The holiday of Halloween is an important mile marker on the year. It signals the coming cooler weather, that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, that the current year is coming to a close, but most importantly, it reminds us that the football season is halfway done, and the chances are your team probably sucks and isn't going to win anything this year.
Halloween is all about spooky illusion. It's about dressing up. It's about being something you're not -- in a fun way. So far, in 2018, we've seen NFL teams do their best impersonations of teams that were actually worth a damn, only to wake up to an early Halloween hangover and realize it's time to get back to reality.
But thankfully for all NFL fans, no matter the costume, with the NFL draft in sight there's still a chance to get a treat instead of a trick, in the end.
Here are 32 of the best treats the college football world will have to offer your team come next spring.
P.S. Reese's is the best Halloween candy. It's not close.
1. New York Giants
PICK: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Giants need a quarterback; that has become very clear. However, even the player who I believe has the best chance to be the first quarterback taken, Oregon's Justin Herbert, has not done enough to overtake what seems to be one of the most sure-thing draft pick we can find in this class, pass rusher Nick Bosa.
Bosa can play any spot on the defensive line and can play it well. He has similar athletic traits to that of his brother, Joey, and those traits allowed him to go No. 3 overall in the 2016 draft. Nick might have even better hands and might be even further along than his brother was, at this time in their careers.
As New York has begun to fire sale their team, they cannot afford to pass on a dynasty roster piece like Bosa.
2. San Francisco 49ers
PICK: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
It wasn't long ago that the 49ers were riding one of the league's longest winning streaks into the 2018 season, and everything was looking up for them with a young, charismatic coach and a quarterback to match.
Then Jimmy G got hurt, and it exposed a lot more holes on the roster than the team thought they had.
The 49ers could go a few different directions here, but if picking this high in the draft, I believe giving them a young, lockdown cornerback would be the most beneficial for their scheme long-term, if Bosa is not available.
3. Oakland Raiders
PICK: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
It's been a little over a month since my last mock draft, and since then the Raiders have positioned themselves to have three selections in the Top 20. Their own organic pick is the one that is selecting right here, and with it they should choose a player who possesses a skillset that doesn't exists in every draft.
Deionte Thompson is truly a rare player. His instincts and his abilities give him one of the most complete games for his position. As a single-high type safety, Thompson has the potential to be a building block for a defense for years and years, no matter the scheme or the coach.
4. Arizona Cardinals
PICK: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
A Cardinals defensive line selection that isn't Ed Oliver? Gasp!
Now that your cliche black-and-white movie reaction is through, it's time to face the facts of Quinnen Williams. Oliver is a great talent, no doubt, but the fact of the matter is he's only 275-280 pounds. Williams is 6-foot-4, 295 pounds and has a lot of the same traits Oliver does, just at a safer size for the NFL. He's stout in run blocking, but he's also one of, if not the, best interior pass rusher in the class.
That's the potential pairing this team is looking for with Chandler Jones off the edge.
5. Buffalo Bills
PICK: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Bills could honestly pick a quarterback here, and not only would I not mind it, I'd applaud the stones it would take to do it.
But, they won't.
Instead, they're likely going to remain invested in quarterback Josh Allen for another year or two. If that's the case, they're going to need to do everything they can to make sure the big boys in front of him are as skilled as they can be.
Williams has been locking down the left side of the line for Alabama for years now, and he's done it against some of the best competition college football has to offer. Some rumors are floating around that the NFL might view him more as a guard. I don't see why that would be necessary, but no matter where you put Williams, the kid can block his ass off.
6. Cleveland Browns
PICK: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
"Hakeem Butler? Is he serious? He can't be serious."
Oh, I'm serious.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Butler is proving to be one of the best mismatch receivers in college football. Not only does he win with his size, but he also does so with balance and strength, often running for many yards after the catch, which is why he's averaging over 22.0 yards per catch for the season, with six touchdowns to boot.
At his size, Butler's style of dominance over cornerbacks, at times, reminds me of A.J. Green. I think Green was more explosive of an athlete laterally, but I do think their play styles are similar, and I believe their ability to win one-on-one matchups can come in a lot of the same ways. Butler has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season in college, but neither did Green. Both were underutilized, but when targeted, were difference makers consistently.
For that, I think Butler's a future No. 1 in the NFL, as long as he works to perfect what his craft can be.
7. Indianapolis Colts
PICK: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Slowly but surely Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard is getting this Colts roster back to contention caliber when it comes to picking up wins week-in and week-out. Luck seems to be back for good (thank God), and they have two nice defensive pieces in Malik Hooker and Darius Leonard.
Oliver would complete the quest to have a dominant, young player at all three levels of the defense. On a defensive line that is searching for an impact player, Oliver would be able to move inside and out to contribute and get the most of his talents.
8. New York Jets
PICK: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
I think the Jets could go a handful of directions here, but I think edge rusher would be their best bet, especially with the board falling like this.
Ferrell isn't as quick-twitch as some of the other pass rushers in the class are, and for that he's not as flashy of a pick. But the ideal size and ability to both stop the run and rush the edge at high levels makes him a complete defensive end, perfect for what the Jets are trying to do to compliment their interior and make their defensive front "whole", if you will.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
PICK: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
All that defense needs is just a little bit of help and the Jaguars could be back where they were last year competing for a playoff spot and maybe even an AFC title, but as long as Blake Bortles is the quarterback, that isn't going to happen -- and the morale of the defense will affect their performance, as we saw in London this past week.
Herbert isn't perfect, but he's the best quarterback this class has to offer.
10. Denver Broncos
PICK: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
In an ideal world, I think the Broncos would love the chance to trade up for Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. But, unless they plan on losing a lot more games, I'm not sure they'll be able to pick high enough in the draft to do it.
So, they'll do the next best thing.
There's a chance Brandon Marshall could be let go next season, as his contract is a team-option for 2019, and Todd Davis isn't a guy you're trying to build your core around. Mack Wilson is. Wilson's athletic ability, reliability and his instincts in the middle are cornerstone-like traits.
11. Tennessee Titans
PICK: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama
The Titans have their future edge rusher in Harold Landry. They just need to surround him with the right cast to let him do what he does best each week.
That starts with getting stronger up front, specifically when stopping the run and taking up blocks on the interior. Davis is one of the best in the class at that. At 6-foot-7, 300-pounds, Davis moves so well for his size. He truly controls A and B gaps with brute force, and would be just what the doctor ordered for the Titans' defense.
12. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys)
PICK: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
The Raider started this draft off right by picking a player in Deionte Thompson whose talent and also the position he plays warrants a high selection because of how versatile of a building block he can be for Gruden's future defense. Whatever defense that is, though, they'll certainly need a pass rusher to pair with Thompson on the deep end.
Polite has really burst onto the scene this season in a big way. He's proven to be one of the best speed rushers in the class, who understands how to win on the edge with an assortment of traits, and also some counter moves to go with them. The faster you can get to the quarterback the better. Polite knows how to do it as fast as anyone in this class.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
PICK: Will Grier, QB, WVU
Yep. It happened. I mocked a quarterback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
How likely is this of happening? I truly have no idea. But what I do know is that Jameis Winston has proven who he is as a quarterback, and that is a quarterback who will never win the city of Tampa Bay a championship. Winston would not only have to get his job back but do such a sharp turn against the trend of signal caller he's been over the last five years to prove that previous sentence wrong, and I just can't see it anymore.
Grier, though he does show some lack of worry for consequences like Winston, is the same type of big-play quarterback who can make the most of the Bucs offensive weapons and philosophy. They just have to hope Grier will learn from his turnovers a lot better than Winston has.
14. Detroit Lions
PICK: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The biggest need the Lions would have had coming into this draft was to get a run stuffer in the middle. But after acquiring Damon Harrison from the New York Giants, they now have one of the best run stuffers in the league on their roster.
So, they'll likely look elsewhere when it comes to their first round selection, and I would suggest they take a good, hard look at Washington cornerback Byron Murphy. Murphy has the mentality, the length and the skills of a round one cornerback. Most importantly for the Lions, he won't be a liability of speed on the outside for them, as is a problem they're working through right now.
15. Atlanta Falcons
PICK: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
If the Falcons get Jeffery Simmons, I quit, man. I just quit.
What a pairing this would be with Grady Jarrett on the interior for the Atlanta Falcons. To give them a front four of Jarrett, Simmons, McKinnley and Beasley, that would be one of the best front fours in all of the NFL. Simmons can not only stop the run, he can also bring some pass rush along side Jarrett.
Honestly, this is a perfect pick for Atlanta.
16. Miami Dolphins
PICK: Devin White, LB, LSU
I had the Dolphins selecting White in my last mock draft, and though they are picking higher in the order this time around, White has done more to elevate his stock, so the pick still fits.
There just isn't enough consistency among the linebacking corps for Miami right now. They're trying to make the most of McMillan, Alonso and Baker, but they are all liabilities in their own way. White can be a constant for them. He's athletic enough, strong enough and instinctual enough.
17. Philadelphia Eagles
PICK: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
Though it brings me great joy that Jordan Matthews is becoming a competent weapon for the Eagles' passing offense, I know he and the rest of the guys currently on the roster won't be there too much longer. A player that could be, though, is N.C. State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon.
With size, speed and production to match, Harmon possesses No. 1 wide receiver potential for the NFL. He and Carson Wentz would make beautiful music together.
18. Baltimore Ravens
PICK: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
I still think the Ravens are searching for their offensive focal point. They're tried bigger receivers; veteran receivers; fast receivers. They've tried an emphasis on a plethora of tight ends. They've gone with a committee of running backs. But none have emerged as "the" option in Baltimore.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, at 6-foot-5, is the best red zone player in the country, and he can be that reliability and that go-to player that Baltimore has been missing for many years.
19. Green Bay Packers
PICK: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
On an aging Packers defense, pass rush has to become a priority. After they spent so much draft capital on secondary players over the last two offseasons, it's time to shift focus.
Clay Matthews can't play forever, and drafting a guy like Burns to come in, get his weight right -- right now he's at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, which won't fly on the defensive line in the NFL -- and learn behind Matthews would be ideal for Green Bay. With nine sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss already, Burns is consistently one of the top producing edge players in the country each week.
20. Minnesota Vikings
PICK: Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
Willis has really burst onto the college football and NFL Draft prospect scene this year in a big way. He's one of the best players on a good Miami defense, and is proving he's one of the top interior defensive linemen in general.
Willis plays with a mean streak to him. He's a bully on the inside of the trenches, and doesn't get pushed around. His quickness and his size make him a good run stopper, and his motor makes him a pass rush option, too. He's a guy who can play anywhere along the line, and can fit in on an already nice Vikings defensive line.
21. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears)
PICK: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
In the third episode of "who will the Raiders take in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft" I have them selecting the best tight end in the draft, and a player who can truly be a mismatch in the NFL, Iowa's Noah Fant.
The Raiders have Jared Cook on the roster now, but he's 31 years old. Bringing Fant in would give them a nice dual tight end option while Cook is still around, and could make it a smooth transition for Fant to be an offensive focal point for years to come after that.
22. Seattle Seahawks
PICK: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
The Seahawks could use a defensive lineman here, too, but with most of the top guys gone, they could stand to get one of the better man coverage corners in the draft here and press their luck for an interior or edge defensive lineman in the second round.
Oruwariye has the size at 6-foot, 200 pounds and the skill to play as an outside cornerback in the NFL. He already shows a knack for takeaways, which, of course, is key for an aggressive defense like the one Seattle runs. He would be a good fit mentally and physically.
23. Houston Texans
PICK: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Somethings never change, like me begging the Houston Texans to please prioritize offensive line work more than they are right now so I can watch Deshaun Watson ball out for years to come.
I was higher on Risner going into the season, but there are still a lot of tools to like, even if I don't think he'll be picked in the top half of the first round anymore. I think he moves extremely well for a man his size. Get him with a good offensive line coach, and I think you have all the clay you need to mold a starting caliber tackle in the NFL.
24. Cincinnati Bengals
PICK: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Not only are the Bengals weak at linebacker when healthy, now they're not even healthy.
Who knows what the futures hold for guys like Vontaze Burfict and others in that linebacking corps. But, whatever the future holds, even when fully healthy, they could use some help -- it's clearly their biggest weakness.
Bush isn't the top man in this class, but his demeanor for the position is exactly what you want. He's smart and he knows how to play the game from the center of the field well. We'll have to see how much of a athlete he is when the Combine rolls around. Sometimes I see good flashes; sometimes I have my concerns.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
PICK: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker has really come on and put together a nice final season. He's a player who uses physicality to his advantage on the outside, but where I thought speed was liability from him when watching his tape last year, I haven't seen that same weakness (or at least as much) in 2018.
The Steelers seem to need secondary help all over. Baker could be a starter right away.
26. Washington Redskins
PICK: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
I'm loading up on wide receivers in this mock draft because, dammit, this class can be this good.
Johnson is a name that not enough people are talking about, if you ask me. He has the size and the mentality to be a top receiver for a team, and his athleticism is much better than people seem to be giving him credit for. Sure, he doesn't move laterally like a slot receiver, but he's not one. He's a sideline stud, and a player who can be called upon and one who can deliver consistently with a 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame.
27. Los Angeles Chargers
PICK: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Ah, I didn't think I'd be making a section of Daniel Jones in the first round of a mock draft. But, when I thought about the potential fit for him as a Charger, it made sense.
Rivers is still playing at a high level, but he is about to turn 37. Jones is a guy who, where I worry about the velocity on his arm, when he knows what he's doing and is confident, he can delivery some great passes and make some good decisions. If he can get a year or two behind Rivers before he's thrown to the fire, I think you can mold, him into a nice starter.
28. Carolina Panthers
PICK: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Julius Pepper can't out-run Father Time for too much longer, can he?
The Panthers love to have their defensive front loaded, and so I wouldn't be surprised at all if they went with a defensive line selection in the first round to make sure they were ahead of the curve with any drop off in edge production. Sweat, at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, has good size and length to go along with bend and speed on the edge.
He could go higher than this, but the Panthers would gladly scoop him up.
29. New England Patriots
PICK: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Allen has been a late bloomer this season, but he has really come on strong. He played more of a true linebacker role last year, and this year they're letting him get after the quarterback much more -- and he looks plenty comfortable doing it. He already has career highs in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (8).
He's the edge addition the Patriots need.
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints)
PICK: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
After selecting Burns with their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, I could see the Packers going offense with the second pick -- I think the priority will be in that order, too.
Brown is one of the most productive receivers in all of college football, but with less size and speed than the outside receivers who have gone before him in this mock, I could see him slipping to the end of the first round or early in the second round. With Randall Cobb about to be out of the picture in Green Bay, Brown would be a perfect slot replacement.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
PICK: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
I didn't think this would be the case going into the seasons, but Julian Love has been one of the most targeted cornerbacks in all of college football this season. The good thing for Love is he's with stood each test and has racked up an interception and 13 passes defended.
The Chiefs need defensive help, especially in their secondary, in the worst way.
32. Los Angeles Rams
PICK: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
What kind of pick do you give a team that hasn't shown it has a weakness enough to lose a single football game yet in 2018? You give them a versatile defensive lineman with rare size and speed.
The Rams can afford to take a risk on a guy like Gary because, though he is a bit of a tweener in what he does well versus the position he plays, when you put him on a defensive line that already has Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, Gary can almost do whatever he's most comfortable with and succeed doing it.
I'm not sure how big of a fan I am of Gary as a first round pick, but I'm big fan of him potentially on the Rams.