NFL Mock Draft 2018: Herbstreit Speaks on Sam Darnold & Josh Rosen


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Sam Darnold is one of the favorites to be the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

For many fans, college football Saturdays are a way to see who the top prospects are for the upcoming NFL Draft. The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on April 28, but it is never too early to take a look at the top prospects.

Given that 2018 is being dubbed by many as the year of the quarterback, we reached out to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to assess the top quarterbacks. You can click here to read the full interview, but we’ll share some of the highlights of his thoughts on the quarterbacks.

Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen are considered the top NFL quarterback prospects heading into the start of the season. Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson could also work themselves into the conversation with a good season.

At this point, Darnold is the player Herbstreit prefers.

“…[Sam Darnold is] more my type of quarterback,” Herbstreit said. “Yeah, he can sit in the pocket and he’s big at 6’4″, 225. But he has some athletic ability where he can move around, and get away from trouble while still making plays. He’s as calm a guy as I have ever seen play this position. He’s a flat-liner emotionally, and has the propensity for making plays. It does not have to work perfect for him to be able to find a way to execute an offense.”

Herbstreit reminded the fans not to count out Rosen just because he has had an inconsistent college career.

“Josh Rosen was the guy that came out of high school and everyone thought, ‘Okay, three years [off to the NFL]. He is brought down from the NFL gods to be an NFL quarterback on Sunday,’” Herbstreit said. “He’s 6’4″ and about 212 pounds. He is what you like to see on Sundays, as far as sitting in the pocket, reading coverages and distributing the football. He can become a very hot name if he starts to play well, and their team starts to win. He could be the name everyone falls in love with just because of his skill set.”

While Allen has the physical tools to be an NFL quarterback, he will likely be more scrutinized than the other signal callers given Wyoming’s level of competition.

“I think Josh Allen is more of a guy you’re going to want to study and examine,” Herbstreit said. “Based on the level of competition, what talent he has physically. Is he the number one quarterback? There are some people right now who say he is going to be the number one pick. Let’s see how these guys all play this year. As you know better than anybody, they get dissected between January and the draft in late April, early May. Their personal workouts, and their work at the Combine, things like that.”

The following is our first look at the entire first round of the 2018 draft. The order is based on the Super Bowl odds courtesy of OddsShark. We also factored in picks that have been traded.

Here’s a look at our latest 2018 NFL mock draft.

2018 NFL Mock Draft: First Round

1. San Francisco 49ersQB Sam Darnold, USC
2. New York JetsQB Josh Allen, Wyoming
3. Cleveland BrownsRB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
4. Buffalo BillsQB Josh Rosen, UCLA
5. Chicago BearsWR Courtland Sutton, SMU
6. L.A. RamsS Derwin James, FSU
7. Jacksonville JaguarsQB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St.
8. Miami DolphinsDT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
9. Detroit LionsEDGE Arden Key, LSU
10. New Orleans SaintsLB Mailk Jefferson, Texas
11. Baltimore RavensWR Deon Cain, Clemson
12. Cincinnati BengalsOT Trey Adams, Washington
13. Indianapolis ColtsOT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
14. L.A. ChargersOT Connor Williams, Texas
15. Washington RedskinsRB Derrius Guice, LSU
16. Minnesota VikingsDE/LB Harold Landry, Boston College
17. Philadelphia EaglesWR James Washington, Oklahoma St.
18. Tennessee TitansDE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
19. Tampa Bay BucsDT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
20. Arizona CardinalsCB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
21. Denver BroncosWR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
22. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
23. Carolina PanthersCB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State
24. Cleveland Browns (via Texans)WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
25. New York GiantsDT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
26. Dallas CowboysLB Jerome Baker, Ohio State
27. Pittsburgh SteelersDT Vita Vea, Washington
28. Seattle SeahawksRB Kalen Ballage, Arizona St.
29. Atlanta FalconsLB Azeem Victor, Washington
30. Oakland RaidersDE Josh Sweat, Florida State
31. Green Bay PackersDL Dorance Armstrong, Kansas
32. New England PatriotsDE Bradley Chubb, NC State

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