NFL Network’s Mike Mayock released his annual one and only mock draft of the year tonight. Mayock is pretty plugged in and has the Denver Broncos selecting Notre Dame guard, Quenton Nelson with their 5th overall pick.
He is 6’5”, 329lb guard who is considered one of, if not the best overall prospect in the entire 2018 NFL Draft. He would step right in and play at one of the guard spots for the Broncos during his rookie year. He has instant All-Pro/Pro Bowl potential and could be a difference maker for the Broncos offense.
Bolles, Nelson, Paradis, Leary, Veldheer is a pretty damn good offensive line.
He is NFL Network’s Draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah’s 3rd overall player in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Nelson lined up at left guard for the Irish this past season and that is where he projects at the next level. He has a thick, hulking build -- and he’s the nastiest offensive line prospect I’ve ever evaluated. In the run game, he is quick out of his stance and has the ability to completely wash opposing players down the line of scrimmage. He rolls his hips on contact, locks on with a powerful grip and doesn’t let up until he’s finished the job. Nelson is very effective when he works up to the second level on combo blocks and pulls. He can adjust in space and he blocks through the whistle consistently. In pass protection, Nelson possesses an immediate anchor vs. power rushers and effortlessly handles twists and stunts. Overall, Nelson has all of the tools to be the best run blocker in the NFL and he’ll be reliable in pass protection. He’s the easiest player to evaluate in this draft class.
The Broncos top 3 options of Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Bradley Chubb are off the board, so they will consider Quenton Nelson here. However, I see them trading back if this happens and taking UTEP guard Will Hernandez who they reportedly love in the late 1st round. He’s a damn good guard prospect and is a better value than Nelson at 5.
Here is Mike Mayock’s entire first-round mock draft.
Mike Mayock 1st round mock draft
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold||Quarterback||USC|
|2||New York Giants||Saquon Barkley||Running Back||Penn State|
|3||New York Jets||Baker Mayfield||Quarterback||Oklahoma|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Bradley Chubb||Defensive End||NC State|
|5||Denver Broncos||Quenton Nelson||Guard||Notre Dame|
|6||Buffalo Bills||Josh Allen||Quarterback||Wyoming|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Derwin James||Safety||Florida State|
|8||Chicago Bears||Roquan Smith||Linebacker||Georgia|
|9||San Fransisco 49ers||Denzel Ward||Cornerback||Ohio State|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Mike McGlinchey||Offensive Tackle||Notre Dame|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Tremaine Edmunds||Linebacker||Virginia Tech|
|12||Indianapolis Colts||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Safety||Alabama|
|13||Washington||Vita Vea||Nose Tackle||Washington|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Jaire Alexander||Cornerback||Louisville|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Josh Rosen||Quarterback||UCLA|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Lamar Jackson||Quarterback||Louisville|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Da'Ron Payne||Defensive Tackle||Alabama|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||Marcus Davenport||Edge Rusher||UTSA|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||Cortland Sutton||Wide Receiver||SMU|
|20||Detroit Lions||Harold Landry||Edge Rusher||Boston College|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Frank Ragnow||Center||Arkansas|
|22||Indianapolis Colts||Isaiah Wynn||Guard||Georgia|
|23||New England Patriots||Kolton Miller||Offensive Tackle||UCLA|
|24||Carolina Panthers||Calvin Ridley||Wide Receiver||Alabama|
|25||Tennessee Titans||Rashaan Evans||Linebacker||Alabama|
|26||Atlanta Falcons||Taven Bryan||Defensive Tackle||Florida|
|27||New Orleans Saints||D.J. Moore||Wide Receiver||Maryland|
|28||Pittsburgh Steelers||Sony Michel||Running Back||Georgia|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars||Hayden Hurst||Tight End||South Carolina|
|30||Minnesota Vikings||Will Hernandez||Guard||UTEP|
|31||New England Patriots||James Daniels||Center||Iowa|
|32||Philadelphia Eagles||Derrius Guice||Running Back|