In Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft, he puts on his general manager hat for a three-round mock draft, and explains the difference compared to other mock drafts that he does:
I’m not projecting picks based on what I’m hearing around the league. This is me making three full rounds of picks based on what’s best for each team at that slot, so that each team gets an “A” grade. And it’s not easy to get an “A.” At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. No trades. I try to address team needs, but as with the actual draft, value can supersede need. I’m not projecting picks. This is more of a look at where I see value up and down the board, based on my rankings.
To refresh, here is who Kiper has had going to the Cleveland Browns in all of his 2018 mock drafts to date:
Kiper 1.0: QB Josh Allen, RB Saquon Barkley
Kiper 2.0: QB Josh Allen, CB Minkah Fitzpatrick
Kiper 3.0: QB Josh Allen, RB Saquon Barkley
Kiper 4.0: QB Josh Allen, RB Saquon Barkley, OT Geron Christian, WR D.J. Chark, S Ronnie Harrison
Here are the Cleveland Browns’ picks from Kiper’s three-round mock, along with his assessment (and you can compare it to McShay’s three-round mock):
Round 1 (1): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Round 1 (4): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Round 2 (33): Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Round 2 (35): Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Round 2 (64): Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
This is my top-ranked quarterback, running back and 3-technique defensive tackle with the Browns’ first three picks. General manager John Dorsey is in a great spot with two picks in the top five, and it would be tough to pass on NC State’s Bradley Chubb at No. 4. Could you imagine him getting after quarterbacks on the other side of Myles Garrett? I went with Barkley, though, who will help make better the quarterback that Cleveland takes at No. 1.
Christian would be in the mix to replace longtime left tackle Joe Thomas, and Hubbard is one of the top true 4-3 defensive ends in this class. This class is going to hinge on the quarterback. The Browns have added some weapons in the offseason, and Allen wouldn’t have to start right away with Tyrod Taylor on the roster.
Even though Allen is still at the top, I would think this draft draws some more favorable reviews for Kiper because of the inclusions of Hurst and Hubbard in the second round.