NFL Mock Draft Part 2 (Picks 9-16) Video

In fact, King's proclamation that the club "doesn't like Baker Mayfield, they love him" is garnering attention just hours before the 2018 draft.

His departure leaves Buffalo with two quarterbacks with a combined six career starts (including playoffs): free-agent addition AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman, best remembered for throwing five interceptions in the first half of a blowout loss to the Chargers in his rookie season.

"He is the most natural thrower in the draft", said Mayock, "but he reminds me of Sam Bradford", a reference to his supposed lack of durability. The well-known National Football League writer believes that the Cards are targeting Baker Mayfield to be their franchise signal-caller.

"When they made that move (the trade), that was before the owners' meeting, which is very unusual", said former Dallas VP of player personnel Gil Brandt, now a draft analyst for NFL.com and SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The Arizona Cardinals seem to be serious about securing their quarterback of the future now rather than later. In his final season Roethlisberger's completion percentage was 69 percent, in Carson Wentz's senior season he completed 63 percent of his passes and won back to back National Titles.

Much has changed since Lewis' Bengals - at the head coach's behest - signed USC Heisman Trophy victor Carson Palmer before the start of the 2003 NFL Draft.

This may be viewed as a substantial hedge but, this far into the process, it is clear Josh Rosen is the most complete quarterback in the draft. "The homework they do is fantastic", Mayock said. Of the team's 11 first-round selections since 2012, only four are still with the team - and three were selected a year ago.

If he does get that call though, he's ready to do all he can to try and prove the doubters wrong.

The Patriots have 16 first-team All-Pro selections via the draft since 2000, which ranks behind only the Panthers (18), Cowboys (17) and Seahawks (17).

New England got a second-round pick in return for Garoppolo, which is one of the bargaining chips it could use to select one of the sought-after prospects in this year's deep quarterback class. So, if Guice is there at 28, he could be the next Steelers running back.

The Giants have one of the toughest decisions in the draft: Should they draft the best talent available (read: Saquon Barkley) or a quarterback to replace the aging Eli Manning?

In any draft, there is always the option to stick with "safe" players, but often that means missing out on true elite-level talents. His hands aren't great and his 4.64 40 at the combine isn't particularly exciting.

The retirement of Joe Thomas is going to hit the Browns hard this offseason. That makes him a top-5 guy for sure.

"I think it's going to be a insane draft", Jeremiah said.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is one of those who put Nelson in the top 10 of his mock draft, and he compared the 2017 All-American favorably with former Notre Dame lineman and four-time Pro Bowler Zack Martin.

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