We are one week away from the NFL Draft, and there is still so much uncertainty. Who will go first overall to the Cleveland Browns ? How many quarterbacks go in the top 10? How many trades will we see? With that as a backdrop, here is Mock Draft No. 6 from me, which might be my final one depending on any late information. In it, I have the four top quarterbacks going off the board with the first four picks — including the Buffalo Bills making a move up to the No. 4 spot to land UCLA’s Josh Rosen with a pick acquired from the Browns. Change the way you listen to NFL news, subscribe to the Pick Six Podcast with Will Brinson and you’ll be the most informed fan at your NFL Draft party.
The Browns would take Wyoming’s Josh Allen, followed by the Giants taking USC’s Sam Darnold, the Jets taking Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, then Rosen to the Bills. Four picks, four passers. For much of the past two months, some league personnel men insisted to me that that this could be a possibility. I didn’t buy it, but now I do. This is a quarterback-starved league, so it makes sense.
“We feel good about the player that will be there,” Ballard said. “When we made the trade [with the Jets from No. 3 to No. 6], we thought a lot about the depth of the draft, where it ended if there were two quarterbacks that go in the top six picks, are we going to feel comfortable with the fourth-best position player? And we do. We feel very comfortable with that.
Other notes from Ballard’s interview on GMFB :
1. Ballard didn’t provide much of an update on Andrew Luck, simply saying the QB is “in a great spot right now,” and noting there are still three months before training camp.
2. For four seasons (2013-2016), Ballard worked under John Dorsey with the Kansas City Chiefs. The time spent in the boardroom going over prospects gives Ballard a unique insight into what to expect from Cleveland’s new GM, who holds the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.