Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are both well known in the sports community for their wisdom when it comes to the NFL Draft. And the main reason people look at both of them instead of one is because they usually come to completely different conclusions. McShay released his first 2018 version about a month ago, but we finally got Kiper’s first edition of the 2018 mock draft yesterday… and we realized the guys have come to almost the exact same conclusion — when it comes to the first five picks, at least.
No. 1: Cleveland Browns
McShay: Sam Darnold, QB (USC)
Kiper Jr.: Josh Allen, QB (Wyoming)
McShay and Kiper Jr. have Darnold and Allen flip-flopped. It’s the only pick they disagree on.
No. 2: New York Giants
McShay and Kiper Jr.: Josh Rosen, QB (UCLA)
Both NFL experts agree that the Giants are in desperate need of a fresh pair of legs and a healthy arm, and that’s what they get from Josh Rosen.
No. 3: Indianapolis Colts
McShay and Kiper Jr.: Bradley Chubb, DE (NC State)
Chubb is a player that brings speed and power to the table and never takes a play off. He plays with his hair on fire and the Colts are looking to revamp a defense that has been lackluster since the days of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
No. 4: Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)
McShay and Kiper Jr.: Saquon Barkley, RB (Penn State)
Overall, Barkley may easily be the most talented player in the draft. He gives you explosive playmaking ability and is dangerous wherever you put him. The Browns will benefit heavily from adding two great offensive weapons after loading up on defense last year.
No. 5: Denver Broncos
McShay: Josh Allen, QB (Wyoming)
Kiper Jr.: Sam Darnold, QB (USC)
Both players have intangible talents that stretch far beyond their years and arm talent that would make NFL offensive coordinators foam at the mouth. The only disagreement the men come to is consistency and decision-making.
Besides the big names everyone is talking about, let’s look at the absolute best names of the entire NFL Draft.
1. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT (Western Michigan)
2. Poona Ford, DT (Texas)
3. Hercules Mata’afa, DE (Washington State)
4. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR (Notre Dame)
Tennessee has a couple of promising players that are entering the draft this year. Here is the list of how they rank in my opinion.
1. John Kelly
2. Rashaan Gaulden
3. Trevor Daniel
4. Kahlil McKenzie Jr.