2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5

2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 5
It is draft week. Josh Norris updates his mock draft with two teams outside of the top 10 moving up for quarterbacks.
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Ohio State C Billy Price told Sirius XM Radio on Monday that he's made "significant progress" from his pectoral injury.

Price suffered the injury at the NFL Scouting Combine while doing the bench press, but the former Buckeye claims that he has a "full range of motion" now in the area. He's now lifting dumbbells for the first time since the injury; obviously a positive sign. Price was once a lock to be the first center off the board, but because of the injury, he could slide into Day 2. Assuming full health, he'd be tremendous value at that point in the draft.
Apr 23 - 10:52 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard to Tennessee Titans LB Wesley Woodyard.

""He's a good worker and good learner and I think he has a chance to be a war daddy once he has an NFL training table and strength program behind him," an AFC area scout told Zierlein. Leonard's strengths include his long frame (6'2/234) and "twitchy" athletic ability, according to Zierlein; but he also notes that he's potentially physically maxed out, and he'll need to improve the efficiency of his angles to tacklers. He projects Leonard as a Day 2 pick, and wouldn't be surprised to see Leonard go near the end of round two or the beginning of round three.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:47 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes that the Raiders want Georgia LB Roquan Smith with their first-round pick.

McShay also notes that he doesn't believe that Smith will be there with their first-round pick. We could see Oakland trading up with a team -- perhaps the Bears -- in order to get their player. If not, McShay notes that Washington's Vita Vea or Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds as possible players that could be fits for the Oakland defense.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:38 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn football that he believes Georgia RB Nick Chubb would have been the first running back selected if not for his knee injury.

"If he hadn’t had that knee he’d have been the first guy picked," the scout told McGinn. "He was good before he hurt that knee. Once a running back has an ACL, man, that’s tough." Another scout noted to McGinn that he showed "tremendous resiliency," and he was one of the stars of the NFL Scouting Combine. Where Chubb goes will depend on how confident a team is in the medical report, but it wouldn't shock us if he was off the board in the first 64 selections.
Apr 23 - 10:27 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 T Tanner Bowles.

Bowles was is ranked as the 17th best offensive tackle by 247 Sports, and fourth-best among players from the state of Kentucky. He was also considering offers from hometown schools Kentucky and Louisville, and out-of-state options like LSU, Oklahoma and Penn State. Bowles will need to add some bulk (6'5/280) to handle the rigors of the SEC, but reports indicate he's a strong player who can help the Crimson Tide in both the run and pass game as a blocker.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 23 - 10:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UCLA WR Jordan Lasley to Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith.

Lasley showed flashes of brilliance in his time with the Bruins, but he also had one of the worst drop rates of any prospect in this class, as noted by Zierlein. There's also this from an NFC area scout. "You can't watch him and not be impressed, but he's got a pattern of behavior that isn't going away in my opinion. He doesn't hold himself accountable. He just acts any kind of way. He could go in the second round or seventh round but he has a lot of ability." Lasley could be a steal if he can cut the drops and keep his head on his shoulders, but there's a boatload of volatility here.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:08 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay hears that the Jets would take USC QB Sam Darnold if he's still on the board.

The Jets and Browns are the two teams everyone is "sure" will take a quarterback, and McShay hears that Darnold (6'4/220) is their top choice. If Darnold is the first pick as many expect, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen are the next two options they are considering. It's interesting to note that Josh Allen isn't listed here, so he could slide out of the top five if things play out this way. We think the Mayfield vs. Rosen choice -- if it comes to fruition -- will be one of the more fascinating things to watch for on Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:00 PM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that LSU RB Derrius Guice runs in a similar style to Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch.

"He isn’t quite as thick as Marshawn but he’s a very similar guy," the scout said. "He’s low to the ground and runs angry. He runs like a guy that’s 240, but when he sticks his foot in the ground he can spin and get out of stuff. People will worry about his injuries because he initiates a lot of contact." Guice has off-field concerns -- which McGinn notes -- but his toughness as a runner and ability to make plays in the passing game should see him go in the first 45 picks -- maybe even the back of the first if a team is convinced he can be an immediate contributor.
Apr 23 - 9:53 PM
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