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2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Dog Days of Summer 2.0
Published at 6/23/2017 8:55:34 PM

Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.

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Round 1

1. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Well, in this scenario the tanking Jets actually complete their mission of landing the top pick. Everyone expects it to be Sam Darnold who has terrific arm strength, poise, and a very high end understanding of a pro style offense after playing at USC. However, would Darnold come out at age 20 playing on a very good and contending USC team for a few years opt to go to the NFL for a terrible team. I have a gut feeling he will do the same as Andrew Luck who could have been the top pick his junior year, but opted to stay and school to season some more and land in a nice situation with Indy at the time. So, I know all the Jet fans think this is the lock pick, but just don't get your hopes up so much. If that's what happens landing Josh Allen is not a bad consolation prize.

Last Weeks Selection: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
Record: 1-15

2. 49ers: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The 49ers I can see accidentally winning more games than the Jets, which for better or worse will give them the 2nd pick in this scenario. They better hope Darnold does come out so they can land Josh Allen for their offensive minded head coach Kyle Shanahan. I know the 49ers would love to get Kirk Cousins, but it seems that the new direction in Washington is to keep their franchise quarterback. Getting Josh Allen here is an excellent choice with a lot of upside. He reminds me a lot of Carson Wentz with good size, arm, and pro offense experience. Allen does need to get used to better competition coming out of Wyoming, but he seems to have high character to put the work in.

Last Weeks Selection: Sam Darnold QB USC
Record: 1-15

3. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

I suspect the Browns will be a bit better this year than people will give them credit for. They upgrade both lines to the point where they should be above average in those spots. I suspect Kizer after being spurned as a mid round 2nd rounder will put in the work to prove his doubters wrong so they may have found their quarterback. Isaiah Crowell is a free agent after this season and he is a very below average runner. Barkley to me is a better and more explosive runner than Ezekiel Elliott. I also think he is much more versatile than Leonard Fournette with better pass catching ability. This pick will be good behind their upgraded o-line and take some heat off of Kizer.

Last Weeks Selection: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
Record: 3-13

4. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

I think this pick will not change for a while in my opinion, unless if Charles Leno takes a big leap in production. Side Note: for a 7th rounder he has carved out a nice role as a quality blocker, but you can do a whole lot better on the left side. If McGlinchey came out in this years draft he would have been a top 10 pick again thanks to the poor line draft, but this year he should cement himself as a top blocker with more experience. Coming from a great blocker program at Notre Dame should help him be ready to play at a high level right away.

Last Weeks Selection: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
Record: 4-12

5. Jaguars: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Jags are still in a slight up rise where they could be competitive if their highly paid defense shows up, but it has not in the past few seasons so why start now. Bortles will get the blame, but his blocking his atrocious and needs improvement. In this scenario though, the best player available needs to be the mantra for a team in need of any sort of franchise talent to market. Malik Jackson has been a disappointment and bringing in a talented player like Payne who can do it all would be a great pick. Payne supposedly will have a better season than former teammate Jonathan Allen who was highly touted last year. The young defender should fill out and be a strong interior defender.

Last Weeks Selection: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
Record: 5-11

6. Vikings: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

After one promising season out of Sam Bradford I doubt the Vikings get another out of the former number one pick who has been a major disappointment. I am sure the Vikings would love to get Teddy Bridgewater back, but his future is very much up in the air. In the end, the Vikings will probably need to draft another quarterback with Bradford up for free agency. Rosen is a big armed and talented quarterback with a lot of natural ability. However, his IQ and his drive has been brought into question a lot in his young career. I think there is a lot of talent that still needs work and I doubt he will be a sure fire first rounder after this season, but talent alone will launch him up boards.

Last Weeks Selection: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
Record: 5-11

7. Dolphins: Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

I liked the pick up of Cordrea Tankersley for Miami's beliguered secondary, but they need more than a 3rd rounder to compete with New England. Last year's 2nd rounder Xavien Howard is still very raw and performed badly last season. Outside of a major jump in ability I would think the Dolphin's will have the worst secondary this season. McFadden is an exciting and talented corner who has ball hawking ability on the outside. He does need to clean up his coverage ability where he can be a bit lackadaisical. If he improves his consistency I can see him being a lock top 10 pick.

Last Weeks Selection: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
Record: 6-10

8. Rams: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Picking up Andrew Whitworth was a good move by the Rams in upgrading the protection in front of Jared Goff to give him a chance to succeed. However, the right side is still in trouble where Jamon Brown is manning the position. Whitworth is a 35 year old talent so I am not sure how much longer he has left. Williams is a converted tight end with a lot of athleticism to translate on the left side of the line. If he continues to improve his technique I am sure he would be a fine top 10 pick for a lot of teams in need of better talent on the line.

Last Weeks Selection: Connor Williams OT Texas
Record: 6-10

9. Redskins: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

The Redskins even without Scott McCloughan drafted best player available last year, which was the smart way to go. They can use that same method here to continue to improve their defensive front that can still use more fire power after the additions of Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. Key is by far the best edge rushing talent in this years draft with a lot of versatility and athleticism. Ryan Kerrigan is a talented rusher, but is always hurt and Trent Murphy is an impending free agent. Key can come in right away and make a nice young defensive front with this year's rookies.

Last Weeks Selection: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
Record: 7-9

10. Chargers: Mitch Hyatt, Offensive Tackle, Clemson

The Chargers have done a nice job retooling the interior of their offensive line with drafting Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. However, there is a possibility for Lamp to play at the right tackle spot if his athleticism can overcome his arm length. The tackle positions though are still weak with the oft-injured and aging Russell Okung along with the below average Joe Barksdale. Hyatt right now is a right on the cusp of being a first rounder, but if he continues to keep a clean pocket for his new quarterback like he did for Deshaun Watson in both of the National Championship games as a freshman and sophomore. He will be young player coming out with a ton of upside.

Last Weeks Selection: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St
Record: 7-9

11. Saints: Malik Jefferson, Inside Linebacker, Texas

Drew Brees is an impending free agent, but I can see him coming back on a team friendly deal if he continues to play well for the city that he has fallen in love for. They could be in play to trade up for a quarterback or reach for one here, but I think they should continue to improve their defense. The did nothing to really improve their linebacking corp outside of Manti Te'o who is a nobody. Jefferson is a terrific and versatile athlete who may shoot up draft boards as he becomes more comfortable in the middle of the defense. He most likely will also blow up the Combine.

Last Weeks Selection: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
Record: 7-9

12. Browns: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

This is the pick from the Texans for the latter to move up and get Deshaun Watson. If the Browns were smart they would continue to improve their offense after focusing a lot on the defense in this year's draft. Ridley slides a bit thanks to the top heavy quarterback class and better blocker pool than there was last year. However, pairing him up with the speedier Corey Coleman it would create a great one-two punch with Ridley's greater size. Most likely Kenny Britt chased money going to Cleveland and will just turn back into a bum so finding a better number 2 receiver will still be in the plans.

Last Weeks Selection: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St
Texan's Record: 7-9

13. Eagles: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

This is another first round pick that probably will not change for me. The Eagles need to find a running back to pair with Carson Wentz and the crop of Blount, Smallwood, Sproles, and Pumphrey is just terrible for one of the more promising quarterbacks in the league. There were times last season Guice looked like the best running back on the LSU roster with Fournette who gave zero effort. However, I think eventually Guice will be the better pro running back than Fournette who is a one dimensional power runner with injury issues. Guice has a bunch of different ways to hurt you with his speed, size, and pass catching ability. After another year of flashing his talents I think he should be a lock first round pick.

Last Weeks Selection: Derrius Guice RB LSU
Record: 7-9

14. Bills: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots and have not done much to solve their secondary issues. Rookie Tre'Davious White may be a good find, but rookie corners always have their bumps and may take a bit to be heavily relied on. Ronald Darby the incumbent number one corner has a very up and down career so far. Plus, their safeties are nothing to be confident in. Fitzpatrick is a versatile and instinctive defensive back who has the talent to be a very good corner. However, his instincts and range serve better at safety. Either way he would be a great pick up for the Bills.

Last Weeks Selection: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
Record: 7-9

15. Bengals: Martez Ivey, Offensive Tackle, Florida

The Bengals let their stud guard Kevin Zeitler move to their in-state rivals the Browns, along with letting stud veteran Andrew Whitworth move out to LA. Do not be fooled by the Bengals saying they will be okay because they most certainly will not be with that much change on their line, which was the key to making Andy Dalton looking like a top 10 quarterback. Banking on two disappointing first rounders in Cedric Ogbuehi on the left side and returning veteran Andre Smith is not something that should make Dalton sleep well at night. Ivey would be a great selection given his top end talent to go along with his versatility to play inside or outside. He will be given a chance this year at Florida to man the left tackle position and if he continues to succeed there I have no doubts he will transition well into the NFL.

Last Weeks Selection: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
Record: 8-8

16. Lions: Sam Hubbard, Defensive End, Ohio State

I was a bit surprised that the Lions never really addressed their pass rush through the draft or free agency. Especially, after being one of the worst getting to the quarterback and playing in a division with Aaron Rogers who you need to get through if you really want to be a contending team. Plus, Ezekiel Ansah is an impending free agent who may be getting annoyed with not having a running mate to take some attention away from the improving young pass rusher. Hubbard is a talented pass rusher from Ohio St who took over for Joey Bosa and proved to be just as good. He may not have the elite athleticism and versatility as Bosa, but his bend and quickness are nothing to scoff at.

Last Weeks Selection: Bo Scarborough RB Alabama
Record: 8-8

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