Draft Day

Joshua Jordan: 2018 NFL mock draft

The Bills would be elated to see Baker Mayfield still on the board at pick No. 12. Brett Deering/Getty Images

Now that all the big moves of free agency have taken place, it's time to take a look at how the first round of the draft may play out. I'm probably one of the few people that don't have a projected trade in the Top 10. That's because I think the Broncos stay put and take their franchise QB at pick No. 5. My mock draft is a bit different from some the national guys like Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.  And I certainly don't have their resume, but I do have the luxury of talking football with guys like Lance, and have co-hosted draft shows in the Houston market the last few years. If you want to see how Lance has the first round shaking out compared to mine, you can read his mock draft here. Below is my first mock, and I'll continue to update it every Thursday up until draft day. 

 

1. Cleveland Browns- USC QB Sam Darnold

The Browns finally get their franchise QB.

2. New York Giants- NCST DE Bradley Chubb

The Giants find a replacement for JPP.

3. New York Jets- UCLA QB Josh Rosen

The Jets grab their QB.

4. Cleveland Browns- Penn St. RB Saquon Barkley

Cleveland finally has some talent on offense, and they get the best player and best QB in the draft.

5. Denver Broncos- Wyoming QB Josh Allen

Many have the Broncos trading out here, but I think they stand pat and take their future QB.

6. Indianapolis Colts- Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmonds

The Colts add an incredible playmaker to their defense.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ohio St. CB Denzel Ward

The Bucs get the best corner in the draft.

8. Chicago Bears- Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

The Bears get maybe the best player in the draft and protect their young QB.

9. San Francisco 49ers- UTSA DE Marcus Davenport 

The 49ers need some pass rush and they get it with Davenport.

10. Oakland Raiders- Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

The Raiders take the best player available and get some secondary help.

11. Miami Dolphins- Washington DT Vita Vea 

 The Dolphins replace Ndamukong Suh with Vita Vea and don't skip a beat.

12. Buffalo Bills- Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

The Bills don't even have to trade up into the Top 10 to get their QB.

13. Washington Redskins- Georgia LB Roquan Smith

Washington needs a physical presence at LB.

14. Green Bay Packers- Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

The Packers go back to the well and select another corner in the first round.

15. Arizona Cardinals- Florida State Safety Derwin James

They get some help in the secondary after the departure on Tyrann Mathieu

16. Baltimore Ravens- Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Ozzie Newsome adds the best receiver in the draft to help his veteran QB. He'll be a nice pairing with possession WR  Michael Crabtree.

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Alabama DT  Da'Ron Payne

Payne falls right into the Chargers' lap.

18. Seattle Seahawks- Iowa CB Josh Jackson

Pete Carroll and John Schneider get their replacement for Richard Sherman.

19. Dallas Cowboys- Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

The Cowboys fall apart when Sean Lee is out, and he's always injured. Evans will fit in nicely.

20. Detroit Lions- Texas OT/OG Connor Williams

The Lions get some help on their offensive line. Williams can play tackle and guard.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - UTEP OG Will Hernandez

The Bengals line was awful last year.

22. Buffalo Bills- UCF CB Mike Hughes

Hughes should step in and start right away.

23. New England Patriots- UCLA OT Kolton Miller

The Pats need a LT to replace Nate Solder.

24. Carolina Panthers- Boston College DE Harold Landry

Julius Peppers can't play forever.

25. Tennessee Titans- LSU DE Arden Key

The Titans need pass rush and they address it with Key.

26. Atlanta Falcons- Florida DT Taven Bryan

Dontari Poe left in free agency so the Falcons add a DT.

27. New Orleans Saints- Iowa OC James Daniels

The Saints grab an offensive lineman in the first round for the second straight year.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Wake Forest S Jessie Bates

The Steelers still need help in the secondary and they add a playmaker that has range and can cover the slot.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

Calais Campbell is getting old, so the Jags add some depth on the defensive line.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn

The Vikings spent a ton of money on Kirk Cousins, so they add some help on the line.

31. New England Patriots- LSU CB Donte Jackson

The Patriots lost Malcolm Butler and can't stop anybody on defense.

32. Philadelphia Eagles- Boise St. LB  Leighton Vander Esch

The Super Bowl champs add to their already stout defense.

 

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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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