Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0

With the NFL Playoffs having kicked off and the Divisional Round coming up this weekend, more and more playoff teams will be finding out their slots in the 2018 NFL Draft. But the other 24 NFL teams have now shifted their agenda towards scouting and finding prospects to potentially draft with their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. 22 of those teams (sorry Houston and Kansas City!) either missed out on playoff berths or were sent packing in the Wildcard Round . They all know exactly which position that they will be drafting from in the draft.

So let’s get to the point right. Over the last few months, I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night. So that concluded the grind of the college football season. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft is on Monday, January 15th. If any high projected prospect makes a shocking decision, you can expect me to be on top of it, releasing another mock draft later that night. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the third version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. This mock draft is coming very soon after I released my second version (it was released on Monday Night), but I’ve changed up a few selections and this feels like a very good mock draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (no trading predictions). And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 3.0 of Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

2. New York Giants (3-13):

USC QB Sam Darnold

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12):

Texas OT Connor Williams

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. New York Jets (5-11):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

LSU DE Arden Key

12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

LSU RB Derrius Guice (Was: Florida State DB Derwin James)

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward (Was: Iowa CB Josh Jackson)

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk (Was: Boston College LB Harold Landry)

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Boston College LB Harold Landry (Was: Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk)

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Ohio State OL Billy Price (Was: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst)

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson (Was: Ohio State OL Billy Price)

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Florida State DB Derwin James (Was: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins)

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard

21. Buffalo Bills (9-7):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7) (from KC):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander (Was: Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown)

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins (Was: Ohio State CB Denzel Ward)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

27. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown (Was: Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn)

28. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson (Was: Alabama LB Rashaan Evans)

29. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst (Was: Washington DT Vita Vea)

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans (Was: Alabama DB Ronnie Harrison)

31. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Was: Texas LB Malik Jefferson)

32. New England Patriots (13-3):

Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver (Was: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander)

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Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0

The NFL Regular Season has concluded and the Wildcard Round has ended as well. 19 NFL teams have now shifted their agenda towards scouting and finding prospects to potentially draft with their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Those same 19 teams (sorry Houston!) missed out on playoff berths and now know exactly which position that they will be drafting at in the draft. And I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now the second version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (no trading predictions). And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 2.0 of the Beckmann NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

2. New York Giants (3-13):

USC QB Sam Darnold

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12):

Texas OT Connor Williams

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. New York Jets (5-11):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

10. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

11. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

LSU DE Arden Key

12. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Florida State DB Derwin James

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Boston College LB Harold Landry

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

Ohio State OG Billy Price

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard

21. Buffalo Bills (9-7):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7) (from KC):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

23. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown

24. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

25. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5):

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

27. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn

28. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

29. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Washington DT Vita Vea

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Alabama DB Ronnie Harrison

31. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson

32. New England Patriots (13-3):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

2018 NFL Free Agency: Tristan Beckmann’s Predictions for Some of the Top Upcoming Free Agents

We still have no idea who is going to win the Super Bowl this year in the NFL. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward at what looks to be an exciting offseason ahead of us! 20 NFL teams have already begun doing so and that is part of the commencement that allows us to as well. In the exciting time called Free Agency, players look for new destinations and good fits while teams try to improve their team by filling need by need and signing some quality talent off the Free Agency market. The new league year begins on March 14th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. That also means that Free Agency will begin on March 14th at 4:00 p.m.. And that brings me to what I’m writing about today. We are about two months away from that date but I’m going to start mapping out likely destinations in my Free Agency predictions for some of this offseason’s most coveted free agents. And maybe after you read this Predictions article, head back to the PSF website and check out my updated mock draft that coincides with these Free Agency Predictions. Enough of the talk however. Let’s get into my stellar but brief attempt at predicting where some great free agents will land this offseason.

Top Free Agent Predictions:

Quarterbacks:

QB Kirk Cousins signs a multi year deal with the Denver Broncos.

QB Drew Brees re-signs with the New Orleans Saints.

QB Jimmy Garropolo re-signs with the San Francisco 49ers.

QB Teddy Bridgewater signs a one year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

QB Case Keenum re-signs with the Minnesota Vikings.

QB Sam Bradford signs a multi year deal with the Washington Redskins.

Running Backs:

RB Le’Veon Bell re-signs with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB Dion Lewis signs a multi year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends:

WR Jarvis Landry signs a multi year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

WR Sammy Watkins signs a multi year deal with the Chicago Bears.

TE Jimmy Graham signs a one year deal with the Green Bay Packers.

TE Tyler Eifert signs a one year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Offensive Linemen:

OG Andrew Norwell signs a multi year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Defensive Linemen:

DT Dontari Poe re-signs with the Atlanta Falcons.

DE Adrian Clayborn re-signs with the Atlanta Falcons.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence re-signs with the Dallas Cowboys.

DE Ezekiel Ansah re-signs with the Detroit Lions.

DL Sheldon Richardson re-signs with the Seattle Seahawks.

Defensive Backs:

CB Kyle Fuller re-signs with the Chicago Bears.

CB Trumaine Johnson signs with the San Francisco 49ers.

SS Morgan Burnett re-signs with the Green Bay Packers.

FS LaMarcus Joyner re-signs with the Los Angeles Rams.

CB Malcolm Butler re-signs with the New England Patriots.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed! If you want more articles like these, be sure to let me know on Twitter @TBeckmannPSF. Let me know your thoughts on these predictions and give me yours! And be sure to check out my updated mock draft which will be out soon after this article is released! Enjoy the rest of your day! Peace!

IT’S HERE! Tristan Beckmann’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0

The NFL Regular Season has finally concluded. Today capped off what has been an incredibly entertaining regular season and it ended in spectacular fashion with teams knocking each other out of the playoff bracket by evening. With that said though, 19 NFL teams have now shifted their agenda towards scouting and finding prospects to potentially draft with their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Those same 19 teams (sorry Houston!) missed out on playoff berths and now know exactly which position that they will be drafting at in the draft. And I’ve been scouting this draft class, position by position, player by player, as the college football season chipped away. I’ve watched enough tape on some of the guys to be able to put together rankings of them and now my first version of my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft. Right now, I’ve projected the first 32 selections in the draft, (no trading predictions), and I’ve assumed that a few players will return to school but the only real possible first round selected player would be USC quarterback Sam Darnold. And now, with all of that said, it is time to unveil version 1.0 of the Beckmann NFL Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16):

UCLA QB Josh Rosen

2. New York Giants (3-13):

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

3. Indianapolis Colts (4-12):

Texas OT Connor Williams

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) (4-12):

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

5. Denver Broncos (5-11):

Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

6. New York Jets (5-11):

Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11):

NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

8. Chicago Bears (5-11):

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10):

Georgia LB Roquan Smith

10. San Francisco 49ers (6-10):

Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

11. Oakland Raiders (6-10):

Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

12. Miami Dolphins (6-10):

LSU EDGE Arden Key

13. Washington Redskins (7-9):

Florida State DB Derwin James

14. Green Bay Packers (7-9):

Iowa CB Josh Jackson

15. Arizona Cardinals (8-8):

Boston College LB Harold Landry

16. Baltimore Ravens (9-7):

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

17. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7):

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

18. Seattle Seahawks (9-7):

Ohio State OG Billy Price

19. Dallas Cowboys (9-7):

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins

20. Detroit Lions (9-7):

Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard

21. Tennessee Titans (9-7):

Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

22. Buffalo Bills (9-7):

Wyoming QB Josh Allen

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6):

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

24. Buffalo Bills (from KC) (10-6):

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

25. Atlanta Falcons (10-6):

Washington DT Vita Vea

26. Los Angeles Rams (11-5):

Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5):

Texas LB Malik Jefferson

28. Carolina Panthers (11-5):

Oklahoma State WR James Washington

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3):

Alabama S Ronnie Harrison

30. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3):

Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver

31. New England Patriots (13-3):

Michigan C Mason Cole

32. Minnesota Vikings (13-3):

Florida OG Martez Ivey

Fantasy Draft Watch

Undervalued Players

Looking at the current ADPs and rankings, it may seem easy to see players’ fantasy value, but then again maybe not. I am no professor and don’t have any scientific degrees hanging on the wall, but I am believer in numbers never lie (maybe stretch the truth now and then).

James White

So let’s start with the Patriots running back James White. If you ask me head coach Bill Belichick has put the writing on the wall with the statement running back Mike Gillislee “has a ways to go.” I don’t believe this is any indictment necessarily, but it supports my belief that White is still the primary back in New England. In the off season White signed a three-year extension after finishing the 2016 season third in both targets (86) and receptions (60). White is going to have a big role in the Patriots short passing game while mixing in a few carries; he’s going to be fantasy relevant once again after finishing as the No. 26 fantasy running back in 2016 (in PPR formats). Currently White is being drafted at the tail end of the 9th round as the 43rd running back off the board (according to FFC).

Carson Palmer

The quarterback position is looking very deep this season, once you get past the elite (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees) and the Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is one of the undervalued. Last season was a down year for Palmer; he had an injured John Brown for most of the season and an inconsistent Michael Floyd that the team eventually released following an arrest incident. But it was only a season removed from when Palmer finished as the league’s No. 5 fantasy quarterback when he passed for 4,671 yards passing and 35 touchdowns (in 2015). This season the crew passing game looks ready to fly and I can see Palmer easily finishing near the top 10, maybe 11 or 12. Currently Palmer is being drafted as the No. 19 fantasy quarterback, around the 13th round. You can get Palmer much earlier in drafts and according to this fantasy footballer I believe in the value.

Tyrell-Williams

A pair of wide receivers that I find interesting and undervalued include; the Los Angeles Chargers wide receivers Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin. Currently Williams is going off the board as the No. 40 fantasy receiver with an ADP of 8.10 (according to FFC), while Benjamin is going outside the top 60 (likely undrafted). Both receivers are poised to enter the season as part of a top tier offense with quarterback Philip Rivers and running game led by Melvin Gordon. From weeks 5 to 13 last year Williams was the No. 14 fantasy receiver in PPR finishing the season at No. 18; so he certainly has WR2 upside.

travis benjamin

Benjamin has looked strong this preseason and last year he was strong out of the gate, ranking as the 24th fantasy receiver through the first 8 weeks. Like Williams, in this offense with Rivers at the helm Benjamin has some upside that fantasy owners should look at in the later rounds of their draft. Williams can certainly make an argument to be taken much earlier and closer to the top 30 (have to remember wide receiver Keenan Allen is back) and Benjamin should be considered as a streaming option for bye weeks and a flex option (play the matchups).

These are just some of the undervalued players I am seeing in current drafts.

That’s My Take

~David Ortega

Mitch Trubisky’s Status (Preseason Week 2)

 

There was multiple QB’s selected in the 2017 NFL draft, and I believe that many of them could potentially start at some point this season. Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) was the first quarterback taken in the draft, coming in at no. 2 to the Chicago Bears.

Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears) 24/33 2 TD, AVG 6.8 YDS, 72.7% passing rate

My observation (the most you can make for two preseason games) is that Mitch Trubisky could start this season, despite HC John Fox’s insistence that he would sit the entire season for development purposes.

The QB situation in Chicago isn’t very healthy at this point with Mike Glennon struggling heavily so far with 1 touchdown in the past two games and 2 interceptions. Trubisky has been repeatedly outshining him in the limited playing time he has had with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

At the moment, Mark Sanchez is also on the roster, taking second string, for some reason currently unknown to everyone but the organization itself. Mark Sanchez has also barely played in the past two weeks with only 6 passing attempts.

I do admire the way the Bears are trying to slowly progress Trubisky, even if that means a mediocre season is inevitable with Mike Glennon under center. Despite Mike Glennon starting, the Bears’ staff realizes Trubisky’s franchise quarterback potential, and are willing to wait until they think he is truely ready to start. Whether that be the 1st game of the season or even next year.Trubisky is part of a 2017 NFL Draft class that has many potential QB starters in the NFL. There is only so much you can learn about these players in the preseason, and I believe we can judge them more clearly if they have the chance to start during the regular season this year. Trubisky can only get better, especially since he only started his senior year of his college career.

Mark Sanchez

 

 

 

Sources:  www.nfl.com/player/ , http://www.thetenyardline.com/2017/08/15/mitch-trubiskys-move-up-the-depth-chart-could-come-sooner-than-expected/ , http://www.quintoquartobr.com/nfl/gm-do-chicago-bears-mike-glennon-e-nosso-quarterback-titular/ , https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/9269/ , http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2017/08/watch-bears-rookie-qb-mitch-trubisky-throw-his-first-nfl-td-pass-2697610.html

 

What You Need to Know About the Cubs Top Five Draft Picks

The Chicago Cubs just got through with their 2017 draft, and we are going to give you a summary about their top five draft picks.

Brendon Little- 6’2″ 195Lbs LHP (State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota)

The Chicago Cubs used their first pick (27th overall) on the LHP from the State College of Florida Manatee- Sarasota. Little has a nice fastball that has reached 96MPH, but he has a curveball that is called “the best in the class” that can make any hitter look silly. With the Mantees, Little posted a 2.53 ERA in 15 games with 133 strikeouts.

Alex Lange- 6’4″ 200Lbs RHP (LSU)

Alex Lange is someone that Cub fans need to watch over the next few years, because I believe he has the potential to get to the big leagues quickly. In 2015 Lange was the ace at LSU with his 1.97 ERA, along with his ERA he was also 12-0. This year Lange is 9-5 with a 2.92 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 110 IP. Lange has three pitches he uses, but his two main pitches are the fastball and breaking ball (both earn plus grades from scouts).

Cory Abbott- 6’1″ 210Lbs RHP (Loyola Marymount University)

Cory Abbott has done something that not many college pitchers can say they’ve done. A few months ago Abbott threw the first perfect game in Loyola Marymount history, and now he has been drafted.  Abbott has put up some incredible numbers this year with an 11-2 record 1.74 Era and 130 strikeouts. Abbott has a very nice slider and fastball.

Keegan Thompson- 6’2″ 210Lbs RHP (Auburn)

Keegan Thompson who sat out the 2016 season with Tommy John was picked up by the Cubs in the third round. Thompson had a great year at Auburn posting a 2.41 ERA with an 7-4 record. Thompson mixes a changeup, curveball, and slider well with the curve being his best pitch.

Erich Uelmen- 6’3″ 195Lbs RHP (Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo)

Erich Uelmen might not have the most impressive record at Cal Poly, but dont let that change your mind about this RHP. Uelmen posted a 2.93 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. Uelmen does not have anything that is very overpowering, but he does like to go to the slider when looking for a strike out.

 

 

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