2018 NFL Draft: ESPN’s Todd McShay breaks down top quarterbacks

Josh Allen is gaining traction. (Getty Images)

The pecking order among the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft is taking shape. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield have all firmly established themselves as first-round picks, and Lamar Jackson and Luke Falk are trying to break into that tier.

At the very top, it looks like Darnold and Allen are in the lead. The Dolphins are highly unlikely to have a chance at either of them unless they trade up from No. 11.

Darnold was the only one of the top four who didn’t throw at the NFL Combine last week, opting instead to do so in a more comfortable environment at Southern California’s pro day. Allen and Mayfield benefited themselves by doing so, according to ESPN analyst Todd McShay.

“Of any of them, Josh Allen seemed to surprise some people with how good he was on the board and how effective he was just interacting and just getting to know him a little more,” McShay said. “There are some people who came around on him, if you will, and were impressed by what he did when the cameras weren’t on.

“Then, obviously, his throwing session, we expected an impressive throwing session, but he couldn’t have performed a whole lot better than he did on the field that day.”

Allen has proven himself to have the biggest arm of the group, but there are issues with his accuracy and concerns about how he’ll do making the jump out of a small program like Wyoming, which doesn’t face nearly the level of competition his peers have.

As far as Mayfield and Rosen, McShay has Mayfield ahead at the moment. In his latest mock draft, he had the Dolphins taking him over Rosen at No. 11 and Rosen sliding to No. 15.

“Josh Rosen didn’t have his best day throwing the ball; from varying people in the league who I talked to, I didn’t get any negative reports about his interviews,” McShay said. “I got a lot of reports that said he was really good, but it’s a 15-minute interview and it’s tough to glean a lot from that, and I got some that said he was OK. Nothing really negative there.

“Baker Mayfield, I thought, was really consistent throwing the football and, from most people I talked to, he was really good in meetings.”

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2017 NFL Draft: Todd McShay picks through Miami Dolphins’ class

Isaac Asiata was a solid pick, per McShay, but he would’ve gone for an o-lineman earlier. (Getty Images)

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay had some questions about the Dolphins’ draft class last week, and one of those would have been taking an offensive lineman earlier than the fifth round.

Miami, with a long-term and possibly short-term need at guard, picked defensive players in each of the first three rounds before drafting Isaac Asiata at No. 164 overall.

“Isaac Asiata has mauler qualities and he kinda makes sense with them kicking Laremy Tunsil out to left tackle this year,” McShay said today. “They bring in a guard that’s a better run blocker than pass blocker at this point. He can certainly compete for one of the guard spots… Maybe earlier I would’ve taken an offensive lineman, but Asiata has a chance to win a starting job and if he does, it all worked out.”

McShay was very high on Miami taking defensive end Charles Harris in Round 1, though he had him slotted to go seven picks later at No. 29.

One of his main question marks was the selection of Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley in the third round, who he believed to be a later-round talent.

“But that’s the value they had on him, and they needed to add another corner to the mix,” he said. “He’s got straight-line speed, and I think he fits their scheme.”

Here’s the full draft class:

1st round, No. 22: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
2nd round, No. 54: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
3rd round, No. 97: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
5th round, No. 164: Isaac Asiata, G/C, Utah
5th round, No. 178: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
6th round, No. 194: Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
7th round, No. 237: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

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2017 NFL Draft: ESPN’s Todd McShay says Dolphins need outside linebacker

McShay likes Davis for the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

Let the arguments continue about what the Dolphins must prioritize in next week’s NFL Draft. ESPN analyst Todd McShay is on the side of those who see linebacker as the biggest need.

McShay said this afternoon the ideal route for Miami would be an outside linebacker in the first round and an offensive guard in the second.

“They need a linebacker that can cover, so when you look at them picking at No. 22, who’s going to be available at that spot?” he said. “Jarrad Davis makes a lot of sense. But to me, you’ve gotta mix in a guard as well before it’s all said and done. I think Jarrad Davis makes sense in the first because he’s an athletic guy that can cover, but we also talked about Zach Cunningham who could be available in the second.”
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