Charles Davis mock draft 3.0: Jets pick Baker Mayfield

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There's PLENTY of trade talk and proposed trades in mock drafts these days -- likely with good reason. However, my final mock of the 2018 NFL Draft is presented as the order of selections stands today.

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1

Sam Darnold - QB, USC

There's more than a bit of chatter that the Browns will take Wyoming QB Josh Allen in this spot, but I'm going against the grain, and projecting Cleveland to select my top-rated passer.

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Saquon Barkley - RB, Penn State

So many options for the Giants, and a case can be made for all -- QB? OL? RB? Edge rusher? The Giants stick at two, and take the best player in the draft.

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Baker Mayfield - QB, Oklahoma

"Broadway Baker" rolls off the tongue well, but more importantly, his talents fit what the Jets need. He's a QB that believes, and will get his teammates to do the same. Josh Rosen has to be strongly considered in this spot, as well.

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Bradley Chubb - DE, N.C. State

With Barkley off the board, pairing Chubb with last year's No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, gives the Browns ultra-talented bookend pass rushers.

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Josh Rosen - QB, UCLA

I know John Elway has announced he will listen to offers for this pick, but if he sticks, he gets the best pure passer in the draft. Rosen would immediately push Case Keenum for the starting job.

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Denzel Ward - CB, Ohio State

There has to be strong consideration for Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson here (protecting Andrew Luck is paramount), but Ward's playmaking ability wins out in the draft room.

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Derwin James - S, Florida State

Do-it-all type of player who will help slow down the track-star receivers in the NFC South.

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Quenton Nelson - OG, Notre Dame

The Bears cannot believe he lasted this long, but now they have the makings of an all-pro interior O-line: Cody Whitehair at C, Kyle Long at RG, and now Nelson at LG. Good move to build around second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky.

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9

Tremaine Edmunds - LB, Virginia Tech

He jumps off the tape when you watch him. Run, hit, cover, and can be a very good pass rusher, as well. Very young, but his growth will be fun to watch.

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Roquan Smith - LB, Georgia

Hard to pass up this instinctive tackling matching who also will be the leader of their defense.

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Josh Allen - QB, Wyoming

I keep hearing the Dolphins are in the QB market.

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12

Lamar Jackson - QB, Louisville

Everyone expects the Bills to try to trade up for a QB, but in this scenario they stay put and land Jackson, who's a better version of former Buffalo starter Tyrod Taylor. Head coach Sean McDermott knows the problems that Jackson's skill set will create for a defense.

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13

Vita Vea - DT, Washington

Stout, competitive, and energetic, Vea will pair nicely with last year's first-round DL, Jonathan Allen.

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14

Marcus Davenport - Edge, UTSA

New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will find plenty of ways to point this quick pass rusher at opposing quarterbacks. A CB also makes sense here for the Packers.

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15

Calvin Ridley - WR, Alabama

The Cards are QB-needy, but with the top 5 signal-callers off the board, they decide to help Sam Bradford with this big target who can run past defenders, too.

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16

Mike McGlinchey - OT, Notre Dame

WR is a need, so local product D.J. Moore could be considered, but here's a chance to bookend LT Ronnie Stanley, and run the ball like a traditional Ravens team.

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17

Minkah Fitzpatrick - S, Alabama

This is a surprising fall for a player who was projected as a top-five pick when we started this evaluation process. He slides a bit in part due to the early run on QBs. Despite a big need at defensive tackle, the Chargers cannot afford to pass on this versatile playmaker, as they have a need at safety, too.

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18

Josh Jackson - CB, Iowa

The Seahawks have a few spots that need attention, but Jackson's frame and style fit Seattle's defense well. He will pair with second-year CB Shaquill Griffin as they rebuild their secondary.

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19

Mike Hughes - CB, UCF

A huge need for a WR here, but with Calvin Ridley off the board, the Cowboys opt for an instinctive player with good ball skills to help slow down the Eagles in the NFC East.

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20

Taven Bryan - DT, Florida

Has excellent movement skills, and is hard to block in the passing game. Lions need an inside pass rusher. My wild card here is a RB.

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21

James Daniels - C, Iowa

The Bengals are overhauling their OL, and need a big-time pivot to anchor the rebuild. Daniels is the best center in this draft.

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22

D.J. Moore - WR, Maryland

His production in college was limited somewhat by a revolving door of QBs, but there are plenty in the league that believe he's the best WR in the draft.

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23

Kolton Miller - OT, UCLA

The loss of Nate Solder was a big one, but Miller might be his doppelganger in how he plays. Plenty of athleticism on display.

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24

Jaire Alexander - CB, Louisville

Injuries limited him in 2017, but when you watch him you see quickness, footwork, toughness, and intelligence. Had a tremendous NFL Scouting Combine workout, and showed all that he was fully healthy again. Panthers need a running mate for CB James Bradberry, and Alexander will be happy to return home to Charlotte.

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25

Harold Landry - Edge, Boston College

He battled injury in 2017, but if you buy into his 2016 tape (and I do), you see an explosive pass rusher that is craved by new head coach Mike Vrabel. He will also get some good tutoring from incumbents Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

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Da'Ron Payne - DT, Alabama

Plays fast, very good pass-rush skill, speed, power -- exactly the type of player head coach Dan Quinn covets. He will pair nicely with DT Grady Jarrett.

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Hayden Hurst - TE, South Carolina

The Saints consider fortifying the defense here after it made a huge jump in 2017, but they'll love the stress that Hurst can put on a defense with his pass-catching skills. He helps open things up even more for Alvin Kamara.

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28

Derrius Guice - RB, LSU

I think they'll consider a safety like Justin Reid or Ronnie Harrison here, but this is a high-powered offense that likes its toys and Guice gives them another one to complement Le'Veon Bell and potentially take over for him if Bell, who received the franchise tag, and the team fail to come to a long-term agreement.

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29

Dallas Goedert - TE, South Dakota State

As the Jags look to build on their success of last season, a TE who can stress defenses down the middle will be a boon to QB Blake Bortles.

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30

Will Hernandez - OG, UTEP

The Vikings' OL lost some depth in the off-season, and could use a fresh starter at guard. Few prospects had a better postseason, from the Reese's Senior Bowl through the combine, than Hernandez.

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Rashaan Evans - LB, Alabama

Evans makes perfect sense here. He's well-schooled coming from Alabama, and the Bill Belichick-Nick Saban connection is well-documented. He can pair with another former Crimson Tide LB, Dont'a Hightower, in the middle of New England's defense.

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Courtland Sutton - WR, SMU

Yes, they signed Mike Wallace this off-season to take the top off the defense, but in an offense that features a lot of quick throws, big-bodied receivers win a lot of the battles to make those catches when they work inside in traffic. Sutton is that type of receiver.

Follow Charles Davis on Twitter @CFD22.

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