The first round of the NFL Draft takes place on April 26th, and mock drafts are all the rage. Everyone thinks that they know who’s going where, even though no one knows what will go down on draft night. With that being said, let’s take a look at the ideal fits for some of the top prospects in this draft class.
Saquon Barkley- Cleveland Browns
Plain and simple, Barkley is the best player in the draft. The Browns are hungry for talent, and Barkley would be a huge help for this team. The Browns are destined to draft a young quarterback, and while whoever they pick probably won’t start on Day 1, Barkley is the type of player that can take pressure off of any quarterback. Also, even though the Browns lost superstar left tackle, Joe Thomas, their offensive line is quietly very good and would be an excellent help for Barkley.
Josh Allen- Cleveland Browns
There is a lot of debate over where Josh Allen is going to go and how good he can be, but Cleveland is the perfect system for him. Allen has the arm strength to throw the ball a mile, but his mechanics aren’t quite right yet. If the Browns pick him, he would have the ability to sit behind Tyrod Taylor for a year before taking the reins. In 5 or 10 years, if Allen is handled the right way, we could be talking about him as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Bradley Chubb- Indianapolis Colts
Going back for his senior season was one of the best things Chubb could have done for his stock. He’s drawn several comparisons to last year’s first overall pick, Myles Garrett, and rightfully so. Chubb is a big strong guy with an incredible arsenal of pass rush moves. The Colts have been linked to him for a long time, and most Colts fans will immediately think of Dwight Freeney when they watch him play.
Quenton Nelson- Chicago Bears
The Bears are looking to protect their young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. They loaded up on pass catchers in free agency, grabbing Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. Jordan Howard is an impressive young running back, and Nelson would be a huge help for him too. Nelson is arguably the best guard prospect to come out of college in a long time and would be perfect for a team looking to protect the future of their franchise.
Minkah Fitzpatrick- Oakland Raiders
This is a classic Al Davis pick, who valued speed over anything else. Why not take Fitzpatrick here and pair him up with hard-hitting Karl Joseph in the secondary? If Gareon Conley can develop, the Raiders could be forming their own Legion of Boom. Fitzpatrick reminds some scouts of Earl Thomas with his elite range and ball skills.
Vita Vea- Los Angeles Chargers
Vea is an incredibly rare prospect, it’s almost impossible to find guys weighing 350 pounds that show the athleticism that Vea has. He also has the talent to make offensive linemen afraid to block him. Now put this guy on a line with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, with the secondary the Chargers have, and they would lead the league in sacks.
Isaiah Oliver-New England Patriots
The Patriots lost Super Bowl hero and Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm Butler to free agency, but Isaiah Oliver would make Patriots fans forget about everything Butler did on the field outside of his Super Bowl winning interception. Oliver is a big, strong cornerback with insanely long arms. He would fit right in on the Patriots defense and would be a great option to pair up with Stephon Gilmore on the other side, who is a very similar player.