Am I the only one who can barely contain their excitement? We’re in full-on draft season, and the 2018 class is really rounding into form. With some absolute elite talents in Saquon Barkley and Quenton Nelson, and a terrific quarterback class led by Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, I think we’re in for a dramatic finish to a process that started many months ago.
Enough talk, let’s get into Mock Draft 3.0!
1) Cleveland Browns (0-16): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
If I’m John Dorsey I’m taking the best prospect in the draft at number one, and the best QB available at four. In this case, you’d get your choice of Darnold, Allen, and Mayfield. That’s not bad. Barkley is the best prospect I’ve graded in my three years covering the draft. I don’t really care that he’s a running back. This kid is a franchise-changer from day one.
Mock Draft 2.0 Selection (1): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
— Bradley Ylitalo (@NFL_drafthub) February 27, 2018
2) New York Giants (3-13): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Newly-hired head coach Pat Shurmur couldn’t be happier. He lands the best signal-caller in the draft and sets his future up with an offense built around Rosen, Odell Beckham, and Evan Engram. Under Shurmur, Rosen would bloom quite well into the franchise quarterback we all know he can be. He’s the best pure passer in this class and his long-term stats would be downright silly if New York were able to patch up the offensive line.
Mock Draft 2.0 Selection (2): Sam Darnold, QB, USC