Bucky Brooks Mock Draft 1.0: Broncos, Jags among 6 to pick QB

MOBILE, Ala. -- A week of practices here at the Senior Bowl didn't make me re-evaluate much of what I saw on game tape from the top players in attendance, although it did confirm some of the beliefs I already had about players like Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

My first mock of the 2018 NFL Draft is primarily a reflection of the abundance of teams looking for answers at the quarterback position. I forecast six QBs to go in Round 1, which would be the most since 1983. That group is widely regarded as the best QB class of all time (John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino). Now, I believe some of this year's QBs are being overvalued, but it won't prevent them from being picked high because numerous teams are in desperate need of a franchise QB.

This mock is indicative of how I believe teams view these players, and it's not necessarily a reflection of my opinion of where the players should go.

I omitted Georgia LB Roquan Smith from this mock initially. He was added after the mock was first published.

Despite the turnover woes that have led to questions about his readiness to play, Darnold could come off the board at No. 1 to serve a year-long apprenticeship to Alex Smith or another veteran quarterback who comes onboard.

The most dynamic running back in the draft would alleviate a lot of the pressure on Eli Manning to carry the squad.

Rugged defender with a power-based game that overwhelms blockers on the edge.

John Dorsey loves defensive backs with size, speed, athleticism and versatility. Fitzpatrick checks off all of the boxes.

The Broncos could elect to snag a veteran signal-caller, but the UCLA star could tickle John Elway's fancy as a polished pocket passer.

The Heisman Trophy winner could be an enticing option for the Jets based on his alpha-dog mentality and ability to win big games.

Disruptive edge rushers with length, athleticism and sack production are always coveted at a premium.

Smooth cover corner with a polished game. Ward would upgrade the secondary as a premier CB1.

Versatile playmaker ideally suited to play the "Leo" role in the 49ers' defense.

Explosive athlete with the speed and movement skills to blossom into a CB1.

Adding a rugged road-grader will give the Dolphins' O-line a little more toughness and physicality at the point of attack.

The Bengals need a dominant presence on the edge to shore up a leaky O-line that underperformed in 2017.

Colt McCoy serves as the team's bridge quarterback until the young gunslinger is ready to assume the QB1 role.

The enigmatic pass rusher hasn't played up to his potential, but his length, athleticism and natural skills could make him a worthwhile gamble on draft day.

The silky smooth pass-catcher from 'Bama is an ideal No. 1 receiver in any offense. He could replace Larry Fitzgerald as the Cardinals' WR1 or spend a season soaking up knowledge from the legendary receiver as a WR2 before assuming the lead role in the passing game in 2019.

The Ravens need another bookend blocker to keep Joe Flacco upright in the pocket against an impressive collection of pass rushers in the AFC North.

Big, athletic run stopper to plug as a nose or 3-technique in Gus Bradley's defense.

The 'Hawks find a Kam Chancellor clone to fill the void as the enforcer between the hashes.

The Cowboys need to make a decision on Dez Bryant's future this offseason. If the team parts ways with him, Sutton could step in as the team's new WR1.

The potential loss of Haloti Ngata, who's due to become a free agent, could leave a crater in the middle of the Lions' defense. Hurst is a blue-collar 3-technique with the motor and game to be a disruptive force on the interior.

If Sean McDermott values prototypical traits and intangibles in his QB1, Rudolph could be the guy for the Bills. The Oklahoma State star is a natural leader with the tools to be a long-time starter in the league.

A defense can never have enough ball-hawking cornerbacks with the size to match up with the league's big receivers.

Wade Phillips could use another corner with playmaking skills on the island.

Interim GM Marty Hurney could view Kirk as a Steve Smith-like playmaker with the potential to develop into a No. 1 receiver down the road.

The Titans desperately need a sack artist on the edge. Despite Landry's disappointing final season with BC, he's a natural pass rusher with a knack for getting to the QB.

Versatile interior blocker with a nasty demeanor and a rugged game.

Smith would give the Saints a dynamic playmaker in the middle of their defense.

It might be time for the Steelers to move on from Le'Veon Bell. His contract demands could result in him receiving the franchise tag again this offseason. Guice gives the team a solid backup plan for his potential departure this year or next year.

The most explosive playmaker in the draft is not a finished product as a passer, but he would add a dimension to the Jaguars' offense as a dual-threat athlete. With a spread offense aficionado (Nathaniel Hackett) at the controls, the Jaguars could craft an offense that would allow him to shine as a QB1 down the road.

The Vikings could follow the "BPA" (best player available) premise and add a rock-solid interior defender to the rotation.

The potential loss of Malcolm Butler, who's due to hit free agency this offseason, could lead the Patriots to take a cover corner early in the draft.

Evans is a rugged ILB perfectly suited to play as a "plugger" behind a talented front line.

Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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