Kansas City Chiefs: Way Too Early 2018 NFL Mock Draft
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 11:12
National Football League draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said on Thursday that he could see Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard and quarterback-turned-linebacker Joel Lanning be drafted this spring. Therefore, it's not a shock that this is the very position NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper believes the 49ers will target in the first-round. Here we try and predict that with our full seven-round mock draft, which gets kicked off with the Browns selecting at No. 1 overall. He was a junior college QB before going to Wyoming and he hasn't taken a insane amount of reps, so teams can develop him their own way. After the 2017 NFL Draft, ESPN's Adam Schefter said he had been told by an NFL personnel director that Allen would be going first overall in the next draft, saying, "Put it in the books".
With the quarterbacks being the hot topic in this year's draft class, it comes as no surprise that three of the first five picks went in the direction of signal-callers.
Kiper expected both Lazard and Lanning to be selected late in the draft, if at all. Depth at cornerback is an issue the Bills need to address, but whether they need to address it with a first-round pick is another questions.
"The best comp for Allen (6-5, 233) is Big Ben (Roethlisberger) when he came out of college", the unnamed executive told the Plain-Dealer. Another element is evaluating the mock drafts of others. The Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, Vander Esch had 141 tackles in 2017 (most for a Bronco since 1988), had four sacks, forced a team-high four fumbles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. At no point in this process will I engage in debate on who that quarterback is.
Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were both selected in the first round a year ago - matter of fact, they were both top 10 - and both enjoyed productive rookie seasons. "Buffalo is a team to watch for the second tier of quarterbacks because Tyrod Taylor's future is up in the air".