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Mason's Mock Draft 1.0: Quarterbacks all over Round 1

Posted Jan 19, 2018

We haven't seen six first-round quarterbacks since the famed 1983 draft. That could change this year.

1. Cleveland
QB Sam Darnold, USC

His apparent willingness to go to the Browns and his experience in a scheme with pro-style traits ensures that if his name isn't called first, he won't wait long.

2. N.Y. Giants
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

New general manager Dave Gettleman knows the value of building around a franchise quarterback, having assembled a conference-winning team in Carolina around Cam Newton, whom he inherited. While Eli Manning is still a solid starter, the opportunity to find the Giants' next long-term answer could be too tempting to resist.

3. Indianapolis
Edge rusher Bradley Chubb, N.C. State

The Colts never adequately replaced the retired Robert Mathis and have a crying need for pass-rush help.

4. Cleveland (from Houston)
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Barkley gives the Browns a chance for a transformative draft, as he could become one of the league's elite runners right away behind their stout offensive line.

5. Denver
QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

If the Broncos opt to find their long-term quarterback answer in free agency, they will almost certainly look elsewhere with their first-round pick. But the potential price tag of the prime veteran options could chew up much of their potential salary-cap space. Mayfield's combination of on-field savvy, leadership, swagger and accuracy make him a first-rounder, with the potential to go as early as the first five selections.

6. N.Y. Jets
OT Connor Williams, Texas

He should be back to 100 percent in time for offseason work after injuring two knee ligaments last season -- although he eventually returned to the lineup. Quick feet separate Williams from other first-round caliber tackles.

7. Tampa Bay
DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Whether he is a safety or a cornerback depends on the formation and down and distance, but in either role, he would help the Buccaneers' battered defense.

8. Chicago
WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

Alabama's Calvin Ridley is another possibility here, but Sutton might have the higher ceiling of the two.

PICKS 9 AND 10, ORDER TO BE DETERMINED BY COIN FLIP

San Francisco
9 or 10. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Nelson is likely to be the first top-10 guard since 2013, and he could be the best offensive lineman on the board.

Oakland
9 or 10. LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

There is no player quite like Smith in the draft, combining pass-rush punch, coverage ability and aggressive play against the run.

11. Miami
DE Arden Key, LSU

Cameron Wake is still productive, but he turns 36 later this month, and the Dolphins need to add depth and a complement on the edge.

12. Cincinnati
OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

The Bengals' offensive line sagged last year in the wake of the free-agency departures of Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, making Brown a clear target.

13. Washington
QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

If Washington keeps Kirk Cousins, they'll look elsewhere, but if Cousins departs, they will need to find a long-term quarterbacking answer, with Colt McCoy likely to be a bridge starter.

14. Green Bay
OLB Harold Landry, Boston College

He's versatile enough to drop back into coverage and pursue ballcarriers all over the field, but his primary task will be to rush the passer, something he did well before a season-ending ankle injury last year.

15. Arizona
OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Quarterback is a strong possibility for the Cardinals if they don't address the position in free agency. If they want to go the draft route for a QB, they might have to move up to get the passer they want.

16. Baltimore
WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

If at first you don't succeed ... the Ravens make another try at finding a No. 1 receiver to succeed the now-retired Steve Smith Sr.

17. L.A. Chargers
LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

Edmunds would provide a perfect complement to edge rusher Melvin Ingram and defensive end Joey Bosa.

18. Seattle
RB Derrius Guice, LSU

Running-back-by-committee didn't work for the Seahawks last year, and while offensive line is a possibility here, a workhorse back to take the pressure off Russell Wilson is also a necessity.

19. Dallas
DT Vita Vea, Washington

The 346-pound Vea can provide push in the pass rush, making him a viable every-down player. But it is dominant play against the run that will get him into the first round, and that is exactly what the Cowboys need after finishing 27th in first-down rate against the run, allowing one first down every 4.2 attempts.

20. Detroit
S Derwin James, Florida State

If James falls this far, he will be hard to pass up.

21. Buffalo
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Acquiring Kelvin Benjamin at midseason helped, but the Bills still need more targets.

22. Buffalo (from Kansas City)
QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

A sprained foot will keep Rudolph out of the Senior Bowl, robbing him of the chance to show that he can run a pro-style offense, but he is still expected to participate in the team-interview portion of the week's work.

23. L.A. Rams
CB Josh Jackson, Iowa

Trumaine Johnson is a free agent and Kayvon Webster is recovering from an Achilles injury. For the Rams to play the type of defensive football they want, they need outstanding cornerback play.

24. Carolina
Edge rusher Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio

Few players have more to gain next week at the Senior Bowl than Davenport, who could vault himself into the top 10 with an outstanding performance for the South team.

25. Tennessee
CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

The Titans' secondary saw marked improvement in 2017, but it still needs another reinforcement to take the next step.

26. Atlanta
DT Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

Dontari Poe wasn't his dominant Kansas City self in his season with the Falcons, who need to get younger and more athletic on the interior of their defensive line.

27. New Orleans
S Justin Reid, Stanford

The Saints' improving defense could still use more reinforcements, although wide receiver is also a possibility here.

28. Pittsburgh
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Even if Ben Roethlisberger returns for a 15th season, the Steelers still need to find a successor. Jackson, who needs some refinement to become more of a pass-first quarterback, fits the bill.

PICKS 29-32, ORDER TO BE DETERMINED BY PLAYOFF RESULTS

Jacksonville
WR Anthony Miller, Memphis

The Jaguars could also look to tight ends, especially if Oklahoma's Mark Andrews and South Carolina's Hayden Hurst are on the board. South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert is another possibility if he has a strong Senior Bowl week.

Philadelphia
OT Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh

Probably the best offensive tackle at the Senior Bowl, and a potential necessity for the Eagles going forward.

Minnesota
C/G Billy Price, Ohio State

Last year's Rimington Trophy winner should be an immediate starter.

New England
DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Hurst could end up going higher, but if he falls this far, the Patriots will jump at the chance to add the son of one of their 1990s standouts.