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Brian Billick projects Quenton Nelson to 49ers in mock draft

Apr 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM--

Former NFL head coach Brian Billick revealed his top-10 mock draft during Path to the Draft on NFL Network. He starts off with the Cleveland Browns passing on a quarterback with the top overall selection and drafting running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State instead.

Within Billick's mock, the Browns do eventually get their quarterback three selections later after Sam Darnold heads to The Big Apple.

As for the San Francisco 49ers, Billick has them adding a player to help protect their $137.5 million investment at quarterback. He has the 49ers picking guard Quenton Nelson out of Notre Dame with the ninth-overall selection.

"You've got to protect your number one asset," Billick said. "What's your number one asset? Jimmy Garoppolo. So you're going to go with the guard from Notre Dame. This guy's got everything. He's got the size; he can get up to the second level. What I like about him, he's got those heavy hands you talk about for defensive players. He's got what Chuck Noll calls 'that six-inch punch' where he can dominate a defensive lineman in close quarters."

Below is Billick's complete top-10 mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  2. New York Giants - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  3. New York Jets - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  4. Cleveland Browns - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  5. Denver Broncos - Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  6. Indianapolis Colts - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  8. Chicago Bears - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  9. San Francisco 49ers - Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  10. Oakland Raiders - Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

What do you think of Billick's projected selections? Leave a comment below.

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