National Football League mock draft: Patriots swing blockbuster trade for top QB prospect

Will Jay Z push Saquon Barkley to Giants Jets

Will Jay Z push Saquon Barkley to Giants Jets

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock answered questions from reporters during an hour-long conference call Friday to preview the 2018 NFL Draft, and made several connections between NFL clubs and draft prospects who could fit them well.

Quarterbacks are likely to feature heavily this year, it's possible it could rival the 1983 (six) and 1999 (five) drafts for passers chosen in the first round.

The report goes as far to say that Barkley should pull an Eli Manning and tell the Browns he won't play for them if drafted.

Quarterbacks as high picks became all the rage two seasons ago with Jared Goff and Carson Wentz going 1-2 - and with three quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks in last year's draft, that trend continued in earnest.

"Even in a simple system, where you line him up wide and teach him how to rush the quarterback, he's got a lot to learn", Mayock said.

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Mayfield: "Some teams love him and some teams go 'that's not my cup of tea, '" he said. "As it is now, if he went in the third round I'd be very surprised. I think it's going to be a insane first eight, 10, 12 picks".

But how far are they willing to go to get the right guy?

Some draft buzz: Have talked to more than a few sources that really like Lamar Jackson. "Darnold is my number one guy because I think he can beat you from both inside the pocket and outside the pocket, but after him, I feel like you can kind of pick apart different characteristics of each player". If he gets linked up with a good coach who can make use of all that natural ability, he has a chance to be really good.

The one offensive player taken at No. 3 - Blake Bortles in 2014 - led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game last season, but only after three rocky seasons. "I don't know if he can survive an National Football League pocket for long periods of time". The people I spoke with, however, were quick to outline the downsides - not enough practice reps to develop two quarterbacks and the inability to trade a rookie midseason because of a clause in the CBA.

Did the Cleveland Browns make the same mistake drafting edge-rusher Myles Garrett first overall in 2017?

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