by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

While Kevin Sylvester did his mock draft without any trades, we know that won’t be true.  So I’m going to give it a try and predict some of the deals, and picks that will happen in the first round.

1. Cleveland Browns-Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Browns take the safest and best quarterback

2. NY Giants-Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Draft’s best and most versatile weapon extends Eli Manning’s time as starter.

3. NY Jets-Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

The Big Apple bright lights shine on Broadway Baker

4. Cleveland Browns-Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

No need for Chubb with Myles Garrett, so protection for Darnold comes from top flight guard

5. San Francisco 49ers (Trade with Denver)-Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Niners make aggressive move up to get Chubb

6. Buffalo Bills (Trade with Colts)-Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Bills trade two firsts and a second round pick to move up and get their highest rated QB

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Bucs fill big need on defense with no-brainer Alabama standout

8. Arizona Cardinals (Trade With Bears)-Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Cards leap over Dolphins to guarantee getting last legit QB

9. Denver Broncos (Trade With 49ers)-Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

After trade down, Broncos still get draft’s top cornerback

10. Oakland Raiders-Derwin James, DB, Florida State

Gruden sees lack of playmakers in secondary, grabs play-making safety

11. Miami Dolphins-Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Defensive needs bigger than a new QB, so Dolphins get best linebacker

12. Indianapolis Colts (Trade With Bills)-Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Trade down still gets Indy an impact defensive player

13. Washington Redskins-Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

Athletic pass rusher fills need on D-line

14. Green Bay Packers-Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Huge need for Packers

15. Chicago Bears (Trade with Cardinals)-Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Irish OL coach now working for Bears

16. Dallas Cowboys (Trade With Ravens)-D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

Desperate for speed to replace Dez, Jerry Jones swings a deal to excite hometown draft day fans

17. Los Angeles Chargers-Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Bolts desperate to bolster defensive line

18. Atlanta Falcons (Trade With Seahawks)- Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Vea drops a bit, and Falcons pounce with trade up

19. Baltimore Ravens (Trade With Dallas)-Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

Hoping for Vea, Ravens still get a big body to stop run

20. Detroit Lions-Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Lions stay local and take third straight defensive tackle

21. Cincinnati Bengals-James Daniels, C, Iowa

Daniels can fill hole at guard or center

22. Indianapolis Colts (Trade With Bills)-Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

With pick from Bills, Colts add pass rusher to team with Roquan Smith

23. New England Patriots-Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Tom Brady’s heir apparent will put pressure on AFC East defenses

24. Carolina Panthers-Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

Big body for their biggest need

25. Tennessee Titans- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

A Mike Vrabel kind of player for the Titans new head coach

26. Seattle Seahawks (Trade With Falcons)-Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Replaces Richard Sherman

27. Philadelphia Eagles (Trade With Saints)-Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Alabama wideout drops a bit, so Eagles trade up to get a Wentz weapon

28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Replacement for Ryan Shazier

29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

Weapon for Blake Bortles

30. Minnesota Vikings-Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

Big blocker for Kirk Cousins

31. New England Patriots-Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Butler is gone, Hughes moves in

32. New Orleans Saints (Trade With Eagles)-Arden Key, DE, LSU

No moving expenses for Baton Rouge big body

Greg Gabriel’s Mock Draft

 

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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