by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert

1 – Cleveland – Sam Darnold – QB – USC

I just don’t see any way the Browns draft Josh Allen over Darnold.

2 – N.Y. Giants – Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State

Barkley helps Eli as he gives the offense another play maker.

3 – N.Y. Jets – Baker Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma

Mayfield may only be 6′ 5/8″, but he is by far the best QB in this draft.

4 – Cleveland – Bradley Chubb – DE – North Carolina State

This slot will be a prime trading slot but the Browns go with the best player in this Draft instead of trading down.

5 – Denver – Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State

The Broncos have a strong need in the secondary and Ward is the best corner in the Draft.

6 – Indianapolis – Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame

The Colts are tempted to trade down but Nelson is too good to pass up.

7 – Buffalo – Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA

The Bills have to get a QB and with two of the top four available, they move up five slots to get Rosen.

8 – Arizona – Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming

The Cardinals would have preferred Rosen but are just as happy with Allen.

9 – San Francisco – Minkah Fitzpatrick – DS – Alabama

The 49ers want a corner who can play man coverage and that is just what Fitzpatrick does well.

10 – Oakland Raiders – Roquon Smith – LB – Georgia

Smith is the most instinctive LB in the Draft and helps upgrade the Raider defense.

11 – Miami – Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech

The Dolphins would have liked to trade up trade up for a QB but they just didn’t have the ammo to do it.

12 – Tampa Bay – Derwin James – DS – Florida State

The Bucs would have taken James at 7, they still get him at 12 and pick up a second rounder to move down.

13 – Washington – Vita Vea – DT – Washington

Vea give the Redskins an impressive force in the middle of their defensive line.

14 – Green Bay – Josh Jackson – DC – Iowa

The Packers tried to sign the Bears Kyle Fuller in free agency, when they couldn’t get it done they go for the same position in the Draft.

15 – Chicago – Marcus Davenport – OLB/DE – UTSA

The Bears were hoping to draft an edge pass rusher at 8, they make the trade and still get a very good pass rusher. They also pick up a second round pick to move down.

16 – Baltimore – Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama

If the Ravens end up signing Dez Bryant then they will go in another direction in the Draft.

17 – L.A. Chargers – Mason Rudolph – QB – Oklahoma State

The Chargers find Phillip Rivers replacement.

18 – Seattle – Harold Landry – Edge – Boston College

Landry is too god to pass up at this point of the Draft.

19 – Dallas – Courtland Sutton – WR – SMU

The Cowboys draft a local player to fill the shoes of Dez Bryant.

20 – Detroit – Da’Ron Payne – DT – Alabama

Payne is just too good to pass up at this point.

21 – Cincinnati – Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame

The Bengals had trouble with their offensive line and McGlinchey helps fix that problem.

22 – Buffalo – Leighton Vander Esch – LB – Boise State

Leighton gives the Bills the Mike linebacker needed to run the defense.

23 – New England – Kolton Miller – OT – UCLA

Miller is very similar to Nate Soldier who the Pats lost in free agency.

24 – Carolina – Mike Gesicki – TE – Penn State

With Greg Olson getting older and coming off an injury, Gesecki is the perfect guy for the Panthers.

25 – Tennessee – Lorenzo Carter – Edge – Georgia

Carter has been a fast riser and this is just about the area he will get selected.

26 –Atlanta – Taven Bryan – DT – Florida

A strong inside force with pass rush traits. Too good a player to pass on at this point.

27 – New Orleans – Dallas Goedert – TE – South Dakota State

The Saints have a choice, either Goedert or South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst. They go with Goedert because he has the better all-around game.

28 – Pittsburgh – Rashaan Evans – LB – Alabama

After the Ryan Shazier injury, the Steelers have to get an inside linebacker.

29 – Jacksonville – Jaire Alexander – DC – Louisville

Alexander makes a strong secondary even stronger.

30 – Minnesota – Will Hernandez – OG – UTEP

The Vikings have to improve on the offensive line.

31 – New England – Kyle Lauletta – QB – Richmond

Tom Brady’s eventual replacement.

32 – Philadelphia – Hayden Hurst – TE – South Carolina

Hurst replaces Trey Burton who signed with the Bears during free agency.

Greg goes into detail on Vander Esche in his scouting reports.

 

Greg Gabriel

Gabriel has spent most of his adult life as an evaluator for various NFL clubs. He started his career in 1991 working for the Buffalo Bills as a part time scout under dormer Bills Director of Player Personnel Norm Pollom. He left the Bills in June 1984 to become the Great Lakes area scout for National Football Scouting. Following the 1984 season, Gabriel joined the New York Giants as their Midwest area scout and was promoted to Director of Player Development in 1996. The Giants went to three Super Bowls and won two during Gabriel’s time with the club.

Following the Giants appearance versus the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, Greg became Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears under General Manager Jerry Angelo. He held that position until June of 2010. During his time with Chicago, the Bears won three Division titles and the 2006 NFC Championship. In his nine Drafts with the Bears, the team drafted 12 future Pro Bowl performers such perennial Pro Bowler Matt Forte, Tommie Harris, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.

In the 2012 – 2013 season, Gabriel was a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles Scouting Department and has since done some small scouting roles for various NFL clubs.

Since leaving the NFL Gabriel has been a contributor for the National Football Post, the Bleacher Report and more recently Pro Football Weekly. He also is both a writer and contributor for WSCR (670the Score) in Chicago. The last three years he has authored the Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide.
Gabriel grew up in Amherst and is a 1974 graduate of Canisius College where he was a member of the football team. He and his wife Robin currently resides in the Chicago area.

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