This is the last mock before free agency, which means the last one that has little or no direction based on roster holes.
I will have three or so more mocks, but this is it before teams fill holes in free agency, while creating some for other teams.
With the Cleveland Browns making a move to acquire Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor last week, I have them passing on a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb.
I have them taking Chubb because they can get their future quarterback at No. 4.
I have the Bills trading up with the Colts to the third spot to take Wyoming’s Josh Allen, which would leave USC’s Sam Darnold to the Browns in the fourth spot. The Bills would give up the 12th overall pick (which they got from the Bengals in the Cordy Glenn trade Monday, plus the 22nd overall pick (which they got from Kansas City last year), and a fifth-round pick to get to the third spot.
The Browns would pass on Penn State running back Saquan Barkley with the first pick because they can get a back at the top of the second, where they have two picks.
Position value matters. That would be smart.
This mock is based on Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins signing with the Vikings, which leaves the Jets in play for a passer here. But that would all change if Cousins opts to sign with the Jets or another team.
Like I said, this is the last mock before free agency, which makes it the last exercise without any real meaning.
1. Cleveland Browns
Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State. He is the best player in the draft and you can never have enough good pass rushers.
2. New York Giants
3. Buffalo Bills (via mock trade with Colts)
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. They move up to get their big, strong-armed passer who will not have issues in the Buffalo weather.
4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. They wait to take their quarterback and end up with one some think is the best in the draft.
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Oakland Raiders
Derwin James, S, Florida State. Yes, they have Karl Joseph and they took Obi Melifonwu last year, but James would bring a versatile player who could play a number of spots. Melifonwu didn’t play much last year because of injuries and was used at corner.
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Indianapolis Colts (mock trade from Buffalo thru Cincinnati)
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. They need to get a young quarterback and Jackson would be the choice with all the others off the board. Like some other rookie passers in this class, he might need to spend time behind a veteran first.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. They have to get help outside in their passing game. Ridley didn’t run a great 40 at the combine, but he plays fast and the scouts love him.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. They can’t pass up a quality player in this spot who can help a position in need. Smith can fly and we know Gus Bradley loves speed linebackers.
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland. With Dez Bryant’s future unsettled, and even if he stays, they need speed outside. Moore is a player whose stock has risen in the past month.
20. Detroit Lions
Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. They are bringing back Ziggy Ansah up front, but they need more bodies. Payne has the tools to be an immediate impact player.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Bills)
James Daniels, C, Iowa. They traded down to this spot when they landed left tackle Cordy Glenn. Now they can get a center to upgrade a weak spot on their line for years.
22. Indianapolis Colts (from Bills through Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. They are losing Andrew Norwell in free agency, so why not get a replacement who can plug and play right away?
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. He played tackle for the Bulldogs, but would slide inside and upgrade the guard spot. He is coming off a shoulder surgery.