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2018 NFL Mock Draft by JimmyGisGod - 1.10
Published at 1/11/2018 3:02:35 AM
Draft order is based on my predictions for the rest of the playoffs. Feel free to disagree with my picks or even mock them if you wish. If my user name doesn't give it away, I'm a 49ers fan. There may be some unrealistic predictions regarding them once I get to them.
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I'm going to say the Browns make a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for Alex Smith, sending Kansas City the last of their 2nd round picks this year (61st overall), a 2019 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick from this year that they acquired from the Carolina Panthers. So instead of using this pick on a QB, they use it on the dynamic Saquon Barkley to take pressure off of Smith initially and maybe a young QB down the line.
Even if the Giants do decide to keep Eli Manning around for another year or two, he's getting a little bit older and a successor will need to be found. Josh Rosen has his warts, but he's got the size and arm strength teams covet in potential franchise QBs. If Eli Manning sticks around for a bit longer, he could be an excellent mentor for Rosen and it would not be necessary to throw Rosen straight into the New York fire pit.
Trade: Indianapolis Colts trade this pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the Broncos 1st and 3rd round picks (5th and 71st overall)
The Denver Broncos are going to exhaust every possible avenue to find a franchise QB. If they don't get a Kirk Cousins from Washington in free agency, they may need to turn to the draft. I don't know what happened to Sam Darnold this year. He made quite a few poor throws and fumbled the ball far too many times. But as we saw a year ago and at times this season, he is a beast when he's on his game.
With the 4th pick, the Cleveland Browns just keep on adding talent. Putting this ballhawk next to Jabrill Peppers would give the Browns an excellent safety duo to compliment the excellent pass rushing abilities of Myles Garrett.
Indy pulls what the 49ers did in last year's draft; moving down and getting an extra pick knowing they could still get their man anyway. Bradley Chubb has been a terror coming off the edge for the Wolfpack the last two years, recording 44 TFL and 20 sacks. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished with fewer sacks this season. Chubb could help fix that.
The Heisman Trophy winner does not have ideal height and there are character concerns surrounding him, but make no mistake, he's a straight up bad man baller on the football field. Like a few other teams who also need QBs, I do expect the Jets will try and find a QB in free agency (Kirk Cousins) or via trade. If they grab Mayfield, it'd be great to keep Luke McCown around as a veteran mentor.
Trade: Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade this pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 12th pick and Cincinnati's 3rd (77th overall) and 4th (TBD) round picks
It's extremely rare that you see offensive guards get selected this high, but Quenton Nelson has the talent and skill set to be an exception to that rule. That Cincinnati offensive line is a hot mess everywhere. Nelson has a very well rounded game that would give Andy Dalton more time to find A.J. Green down the field and open some holes for Joe Mixon to run through.
When you trade up to take Mitchell Trubisky and then get an offensive mind as the new head coach to help him out, the next step is getting him some solid receivers to throw to. It's a close call between Courtland Sutton and Calvin Ridley at this point as to who is the #1 WR in this year's draft class. Because the Bears showed they weren't afraid to take smaller school players a year ago (Adam Shaheen and Tarik Cohen), I'll go with the smaller school guy here over the big, bad SEC receiver.
Trade: San Francisco 49ers trade this pick to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for Dallas' 1st, 2nd and 4th round draft picks (19th, 50th and TBD)
The Cowboys have a great running game between Ezekiel Elliott and dual threat QB Dak Prescott. However, Dak has not developed that chemistry with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten can't do it forever. So how about some WR help for the Cowboys? Calvin Ridley could give them what they're paying Dez Bryant to do (but he's not doing).
Jon Gruden has left the Monday Night Football booth and is back in his second stint as the Oakland Raiders head coach. This team could go a number of different directions here. Roquan Smith is what you look for in a modern day NFL inside linebacker, which is one thing the Raiders currently lack on their team. Here is Gruden getting his Bobby Wagner, Luke Kuechly, Deion Jones, etc.
Trade: Miami Dolphins trade this pick to the LA Chargers in exchange for the 17th pick and LA's 3rd and 4th round picks (84th and TBD)
Tre Boston had a nice season at free safety for the Chargers, but they could still stand to improve at the strong safety position. Derwin James could certainly go higher than this, especially if he continues to show during the draft process that he is past the torn ACL he suffered early in the 2016 season. That torn ACL is the only reason this man was not enjoying his rookie NFL season in 2017.
As I said above in the Indianapolis Colts slot, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the fewest sacks as a team in the NFL. Arden Key was not as good for LSU in 2017 as he was in 2016, but he's a gifted athletic freak and has all the traits teams look for in top flight pass rushers.
Trade: Washington Redskins trade this pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the 21st and 56th overall picks
Benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman was not exactly a vote of confidence in believing Taylor could be a long term answer at QB for the Buffalo Bills. Neither was Taylor's less than stellar performance in the playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Having tasted the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the Bills could try finding a QB who they believe could get them over the top. Mason Rudolph has excellent size and a great arm, but he'll face questions about the QB friendly system he played at while at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy.
It seems like no matter what the Green Bay Packers do and who they draft, they can't seem to get it right with their secondary. Here they go back to the well with Joshua Jackson, who had a tremendous 2017 season for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He picked off 8 passes and returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns. True shutdown potential here.
Should the Arizona Cardinals strike out in free agency or the trade market, they could have to look towards the draft to find their QB of the future. Josh Allen will be a very polarizing prospect for a lot of scouts. He has excellent size and a rocket arm, but he's extremely raw and does not possess the best footwork. His completion percentage was also very low. Granted, the talent around him at Wyoming was certainly not the best. Under ideal circumstances, Allen would not be thrown immediately into the fire. Sitting for a year like Patrick Mahomes did in Kansas City could do him a lot of good.
I'll be perfectly honest, Connor Williams could certainly go higher than this. If he's still around at this juncture, the Baltimore Ravens and Ozzie Newsome should bring him on board. You could put him at left tackle and move Ronnie Stanley over to right tackle or keep Stanley at left tackle and make Williams the right tackle. Regardless, they would provide two bookend tackles to protect Joe Flacco.