It’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. It’s two rounds of projected picks for the 2018 NFL draft. It’s 128 possible prospect-team matches. It’s … almost time for the real thing.
As a reminder, Mel and Todd are not making these picks based on their personal preferences; they’re peering into the future and predicting what they think will happen during the draft.
Mel’s predictions for picks 1-64 don’t feature any trades, but Todd projects two big trades for teams moving up in the first round to take quarterbacks. Those picks are denoted with an asterisk.
Here we go, starting with the Browns, who have five picks in the first two rounds.
Kiper: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Allen, my top-ranked quarterback, can sit behind Tyrod Taylor in 2018 and take the Week 1 snaps in 2019.
McShay: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
I’ve had Darnold here in all three of my mocks. Nothing he has done at the combine or pro day has changed my thoughts on this pick.
Kiper: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Darnold won’t have to play early, giving him time refine his mechanics and footwork. Unless the G-Men get a trade offer they can’t refuse.