2018 NFL Mock Draft: Bills grab a top QB after a big trade

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Baker Mayfield /
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NC State. Bradley Chubb. 4. player. 53. . Defensive End

While finding their franchise quarterback has plagued the Browns for years, they have an opportunity to plague opposing quarterbacks for the next decade. Adding Chubb with 2017 No. 1 pick Myles Garrett gives Cleveland one of the most fearsome one-two pass rushing tandems in football.

After adding their franchise quarterback with the first overall pick, the team has the luxury of selecting any player they want. They could go Saquon Barkley here, but I think the team has a lead back in Carlos Hyde and a capable backup/slot receiver in Duke Johnson. Instead they help the defense and build it into one of the most dangerous units in football. (Stephen)

Previous Pick: Unchanged

45. . Running Back. Penn State. Saquon Barkley. 5. player

If this happens, Denver should be pumped because they get to pick between the best two players in the draft: Saquon Barkley or Quenton Nelson. Picking one of those guys at five would carry tremendous value.

They opt to go with Barkley because he is a once in a generation type talent. Recently, the Broncos run game has been pedestrian. Barkley will help bring a spark to the offense and make the starting quarterback’s life easier.

Some analysts believe the Broncos will take a young quarterback early. Since Case Keenum signed a two-year deal, the possibility appears to be there. I believe they will take one in the later rounds and roll the dice on Keenum. (Justin)

Previous Pick: Unchanged

Quarterback. Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield. 6. player. 16. <strong>TRADE</strong> <p>Buffalo trades No. 12, No. 56, and 2019 second to Indianapolis for No. 6 and No. 104</p>

In our last mock draft, I had the Bills moving here and then going even further to No. 2 and take Josh Rosen. However with Sam Darnold available, I don’t think that the Giants would be willing to move back. Josh Rosen also goes to the Jets in this scenario (thanks, Justin) and the Bills can move up and still get their guy.

I think that the team could be enticed to move up to No. 4 to ensure they get who they want, but instead they wait until No. 6 by working with the Colts. I have read more and more this week that the Bills love Baker, and quite frankly I do too. He fits the city like a glove and his skill set could easily match new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s college-themed offense.

Over the last week I have heard more and more reports tying the Bills to Mayfield, and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. I still love Josh Rosen, but Baker is my second favorite player in this draft. Adding a guy like Mayfield, his fire, love of football, and leadership abilities could appeal to someone like McDermott despite the bogus character issues.

Brining Mayfield in will signify a new era (pun intended) for the Bills with a guy who can be the guy. He is deadly accurate and can make every throw you need. He will give this team and city everything he has and can help turn the offense into a dynamic, fun and innovative unit. With some additions we will get to later, this offense could be explosive for years to come. (Stephen)

Previous Pick: Bills trade up to No.2; select Josh Rosen