No mock today

By | April 23, 2018

It’s draft week!! … Depending on who is counting, just three days to go until the picks actually start coming off the board at the 2018 draft. And while there may be a lot of stuff going on just under the radar there really isn’t much buzz out there. Which is kind of surprising, because it is generally thought that there are as many as a half dozen teams reportedly interested in trading up in this week’s draft to get themselves a QB, but there are no concrete rumblings about any particular moves. There are also at least a couple of teams in Denver and Indianapolis, who pick 5th and 6th respectively, who appear to be very interested in moving down and acquiring additional picks. But again nothing much concrete. There does seem to be a growing buzz that in the end Cleveland will select USC QB Sam Darnold with the first pick overall, after the Browns reportedly flirted with the idea of selecting Wyoming’s Josh Allen at that spot. The physically gifted Allen has as much upside as any player in this draft, but he’s far from a finished product and the Browns have swung and missed so many times with their QB choices that the safer Darnold seems, well just safer. At the same time, we noted when putting the final touches on the final GBN Big Board ranking the top overall prospects for the 2018, just how stable the top 15 or so prospects have remained the past few weeks. There also hasn’t been all that much movement farther on down the top 50-100 prospects, but several players do have appeared to make moves including Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch, who could very well go in the first 15-20 picks. Meanwhile, Cs James Daniels of Iowa and Frank Ragnow of Arkansas also appear to be hot, as is Florida DT Taven Bryan. And one late riser we keep hearing about along the offensive line is Louisville OT Geron Christian. We’ll find out for sure though later this week.