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49ers selected Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This is something of a surprise with the 49ers fairly set at tackle, but Joe Staley is entering his age-34 season. McGlinchey (6’8/309) was a three-year starter for the Irish, playing right tackle as a sophomore before guarding the blind side as a junior and senior. McGlinchey earned PFF College’s No. 2 offensive tackle grade in 2017, and No. 1 in run blocking. He also logged the highest Wonderlic score (37) among draft-eligible tackles. McGlinchey’s below-average core strength shows up versus bull rushers, however, and Notre Dame coaches reportedly believed right tackle was always his best position. McGlinchey does offer left tackle length (34-inch arms) and was a consistent executor throughout college. O-Line guru Lance Zierlein compared him to Jared Veldheer.
Apr 26 - 9:12 PM

Bears selected Georgia OLB Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (6’1/236) earned the 2017 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, breaking out for a team-high 137 tackles (14 TFL) and 6.5 sacks. An instinctive, explosive off-ball linebacker who plays with more power than his size suggests, Smith missed just one tackle in all of 2017 and has immense value on passing downs, where he excels as a pass rusher and allowed just 5.7 yards per catch when targeted in his career (PFF). Smith is a cross between Lavonte David and Deion Jones with sideline-to-sideline speed (4.51) and an omnipresent playing style.
Apr 26 - 9:04 PM

Bills traded up with the Bucs to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Allen's tweet controversy did not lead to a prolonged slide. The Bills traded the Nos. 12, 53 and 56 (both second-rounders) picks for the right to move up five spots and select whom they hope is their quarterback of the future. They are also receiving pick No. 255 in return. Allen (6’5/237) spent three years at Wyoming after transferring from JUCO, completing just 56.2% of his passes with a 44:21 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.8 yards per attempt with a 16-9 record. In 2017, Allen was beaten out for first- and second-team All-Mountain West honors by Nick Stevens (Colorado State) and Brett Rypien (Boise State). Per PFF College, Allen’s 2017 passer rating (127.8) crashed to 58.5 when pressured, one of the nation’s worst marks. Nevertheless, Allen combines cannon arm strength with dynamic mobility and drew comparisons to Carson Wentz during the pre-draft phase, testing out as an elite 82nd-percentile SPARQ athlete. A boom-bust project, Allen also offers a Bollerian/Lockerian floor.
Apr 26 - 8:59 PM

Colts selected Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nelson (6’5/329) made 36 starts at left guard for the Irish, wrapping 2017 as PFF College’s No. 1 rated-overall guard and No. 1-rated run-blocking guard. Nelson has plus arm length (33 ¾") for an interior lineman and repped 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine. After watching his tape, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah deemed Nelson "the best run blocker I’ve ever evaluated." An intimidating, pancake-blocking presence who allowed just one QB hit last season, Nelson was compared to Hall of Famer Larry Allen by offensive line guru Lance Zierlein.
Apr 26 - 8:50 PM

Broncos selected NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Chubb (6’4/269) earned 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year in addition to the Nagurski Trophy and Hendricks Award, setting an NC State record in tackles for loss (26) as a senior after leading the nation in TFLs (22) as a junior. PFF College charted Chubb with 56 QB pressures in 2017, and he graduated with 26 career sacks. On tape, Chubb is a rich man’s Brian Orakpo with long arms (34") and 4.65 jets. Able to convert his speed into power, Chubb wins with physical strength and a relentless motor and projects as an immediate every-down edge player.
Apr 26 - 8:47 PM

Browns selected Ohio State CB Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

This is a bit of a shock with NC State DE Bradley Chubb still on the board, but it is not a reach. Ward (5’11/183) rotated with Marshon Lattimore as a sophomore before exploding as a 2017 junior for first-team All-America honors with 17 pass breakups and two picks. Per PFF College, Ward allowed a stingy 35.1% completion rate in 2017 and 54.0 career passer rating when targeted. On tape, Ward showed dominant man-cover skills with fluid hips, lightning-quick feet, and blazing speed, and had a knack for forcing quarterbacks to make especially tiny-window throws to earn completions. He tested as a rare 98th-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy, destroying the forty (4.32), vertical (39"), and broad (11’4") jumps. Be it in the slot or outside, Ward’s one-on-one matchup ability gives him the highest ceiling in this cornerback class.
Apr 26 - 8:40 PM

Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold (6’3/221) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 24 starts for the Trojans, going 20-4 and completing 64.9% of his throws with a 57:22 TD-to-INT ratio at 8.5 yards per attempt. A gunslinger cross between Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, Darnold’s biggest college drawback was his turnover tendency, throwing 13 picks with nine lost fumbles in 2017. Darnold has an elongated release and shoddy footwork, and would be the youngest starting quarterback in league history if he gets the Week 1 nod. Long term, Darnold is a higher-variance prospect with top-ten quarterback upside.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM

Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Eli Manning is in the twilight of his career, but the Giants have gone with the player they believe is the best in the draft. Barkley (6’0/233) dominated all three years as a Nittany Lion, averaging 6.52 yards per touch with 54 career TDs; 43 as a rusher, eight as a receiver, two on kick returns, and one as a passer. On tape, Barkley marries LeSean McCoy’s lateral explosion with David Johnson’s size and versatility. Barkley showed rare passing-game chops for a college back, leading all NCAA running backs in receiving yards (632) and yards after catch (644) in 2017, and excelling as a pass blocker. Barkley broke the Combine, blazing 4.4-flat and posting superhuman 99th-percentile SPARQ results. Like Johnson, Barkley is a better perimeter player than tackle-grinding inside runner, but an ideal fit for today’s game.
Apr 26 - 8:24 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Apr 26 - 8:20 PM

Fox Sports' Charles Davis believes that USTA CB Devron Davis could be selected on Day 3.

Davis (6'0/210) is called "quick, willing to tackle, and aggressively plays the ball" by Davis. He's not the only person who had positive things to say about the corner, as Mike Tanier notes his catchup speed and aggressiveness. He's also reportedly good in the zone, so he could be a fit in multiple schemes. Davis is definitely a sleeper corner prospect to watch for on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 7:05 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Western Michigan OL Chukwuma Okorafor "looks like Tarzan."

He looks like Tarzan," said the scout. "Good athlete. Just not real aware. Mental is a real concern. Played pretty good against the good competition. Against the lower level he didn’t play quite as well. Disinterested at times. He’s just not nasty and struggles to learn." Okorafor mostly played left tackle for the Broncos, but most project him to move inside to guard at the highest level. A team that believes he can be a bookend could take him in the first 64 picks. At guard, he likely goes in the third-to-fourth.
Apr 26 - 6:56 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that the Ravens could trade down from the 16th pick and target Iowa C James Daniels.

We've seen the Ravens projected to take a plethora of positions in mock drafts, from quarterback to cornerback to anything but punter and kicker. Pauline says that Daniels is a player they covet, but with the 16th selection he may not be great value. We could see a team trading up to that selection to take a quarterback or wide receiver (New England?), which would allow the Ravens to increase their capital and get a plug-and-play center.
Apr 26 - 6:49 PM

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora projects the Seahawks to take Louisville CB Jaire Alexander in mock draft.

This is interesting, as La Canfora does project some trades in his mock, but doesn't here with Seattle. "They really, really, really want to trade down, but I just don't see a match in the end," he writes. "Not sure who is coming up." The Seahawks do have a need at corner, and Alexander (5'10/195) is one of the best in the class. If they make the selection, however, they don't pick again until the middle of the fourth round on Sunday.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 6:40 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Pitt T Brian O'Neill has "a lot to work with."

The full quote: "You’ve got a lot to work with," one scout said. "He was one of the top fuel eliminators at the combine in terms of size, speed, quickness and agility. But he didn’t play very hard. He’s got a long ways to go. He was a former tight end. That’s where some of the lack of toughness and aggressiveness (stems) from." Another scout believes that O'Neill (6'7/294) is similar to Justin Pugh, and that the hope is he can develop into a left tackle. A team that believes that could take him in the first 40 picks, but even as a right tackle, he'll likely be off the board by the end of the second round.
Apr 26 - 6:29 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell projects the Cardinals to take Maryland WR D.J. Moore with the 15th pick in his final mock draft.

Campbell notes that he doesn't believe that Arizona values QB Lamar Jackson that highly, and if they are to make a trade up, it's going to be for someone like QB Josh Rosen. Campbell believes Moore is a reach at this spot, but notes that they need a WR, and that Arizona has often gone off-board -- our nice way of saying that Campbell believes they reach often -- to get a player they like.
Apr 26 - 6:17 PM

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