5. New York Giants (via DEN): DE Bradley Chubb, NC State
Right now, I’m very torn on what to mock to the Giants. Many have Saquon Barkley as the pick here, and that would make a ton of sense. However, Dave Gettleman opts for the best talent on the board, and it’s possible he could think that is Bradley Chubb. And by trading down, he could get Chubb.
Chubb had a great career at NC State and was a pass rushing force for the Wolfpack. The Giants are moving to a 3-4 defense, and they lack another potential rush linebacker in the wake of trading Jason Pierre-Paul. Chubb would come in and start across from Olivier Vernon right away, and that would give the Giants a potent edge duo for James Bettcher’s defense. And if the team doesn’t want Chubb, they will almost certainly take Barkley or trade down, as they are doing here.
6. Buffalo Bills (via IND): QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Here’s the second projected trade of the final mock. The Bills are desperate to move up for a quarterback, and the Colts wouldn’t mind moving down while still being able to get a solid defensive prospect. If the Colts can get the No. 12 pick and a second rounder, they will probably do this deal.
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For the Bills, they move up and get Josh Allen. While Allen needs to improve his accuracy for the next level, he has excellent athletic ability and one of the strongest arms in the draft.
However, there are some concerns about some offensive tweets from Allen’s past that came to light on draft day. That could cause him to fall out of the top five, but it seems like it’s not a major deal for the team. So, the Bills could opt to get him here and use him as their starter.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
The Bucs get lucky here, as they land one of the best players in this draft class at No. 7. Quenton Nelson is an elite guard prospect, and he had a fantastic college career at Notre Dame. Nelson is a plug-and-play starter, and will be a Pro Bowler from day one if all goes well.
For the Bucs, Nelson would slot in as a starter at left guard and would move Evan Smith into a reserve role. That would bode well for the team, and it would give them a better starting line and more depth. If Nelson is available here, the Bucs should not pass on him.
8. Chicago Bears: LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
The Bears want to get some help at linebacker, and they could use someone to serve as an edge rusher in the 3-4 defense. Tremaine Edmunds has the versatility to play outside linebacker or inside linebacker in the Bears scheme, and that should make him an attractive target.
Edmunds is a great tackler and does very well to square up his opponents in the backfield and bring them down. He would be an ideal complement to Leonard Floyd and could add some much needed versatility to the team’s already strong defense. With Edmunds in the fold, the Bears defense could take the next step towards becoming a top five defense in the NFL. The team could also consider Denzel Ward here, as they reportedly have interest in the cornerback.