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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Drewski - 2.12
Published at 2/12/2018 3:58:44 PM
First edition of my mock draft. No other existing draft will have any influence on these selections.
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In my opinion, it's been quite a while since there's been a draft without an obvious #1 selection. I can't even remember the last time the Browns were completely satisfied with their starting QB. They draft nothing but busts, and the free agents they sign usually don't last long. It's a carousel of confusion and uncertainty. There is, however, one thing I am certain about in this draft. Barkley is the most talented and explosive offensive player coming out of this draft. Although struggling at QB once again, the Browns will surely use one of their two top 4 picks on a QB (unless Kirk Cousins strolls into town). The field has grown over the past few months and I think they'll still be able to snag a solid option at #4.
The first of many QB's taken in the first round, Josh Rosen appears to be the most NFL ready out of the pack. After throwing for more than 3,700 yards his junior year at UCLA, the Giants will look for a new gunslinger in Allen. With Beckham Jr. coming back from injury, the Giants will need to proceed in finding their new franchise QB with Eli Manning clearly on the decline. Whether or not Rosen will start immediately is still up in the air, but he will have to compete with Davis Webb initially to prove his worth.
The only team in the Top-7 not in dire need of QB help, the Colts look to go defense here. Indianapolis ranked 30th in yards allowed per game (28th in passing yards allowed) leading me to believe some pressure on opposing QBs will help alleviate the pressure the secondary faced most of last season. Coming off of back-to-back 10-sack seasons at NCSU, Chubb looks to be a nice fit for the Colts D-Line.
For this draft, at this present time, I have Kirk Cousins signing with Denver. Having said that, Browns go QB here. After selecting Barkley #1 overall, the Browns will follow up with (who they hope will be) their next franchise QB, Josh Allen. Kizer appears to be a bust, and Hogan and Kessler haven't proven that they're ready to step up.
As mentioned in the description of pick #4, I have the Broncos signing Kirk Cousins. They clearly don't like what they see in Paxton Lynch while Osweiler and Siemian are par (at best). With the signing of Cousins, Broncos will look to upgrade at guard by drafting Nelson. Denver QBs were sacked 52 times last year, ranking them 3rd worst in the league. Nelson is a straight up monster and easily the best offensive lineman in this draft.
With the Jets losing out on the Cousins campaign, they'll look to go QB here. If there's one thing the Jets are good for, it's historically drafting horribly. Not saying Darnold isn't talented, but I see him as a boom or bust type pick. Mayfield has been seen as an option for the Jets at this pick, but his on and off the field attitude may shy them away. Petty and Hackenberg are clearly not the answers for this organization so they will look for a fresh, young QB to, hopefully, be the next face of their franchise.
The Buccaneers were the worst defense against the pass last season. With Brent Grimes likely moving on from the team, they'll need as much secondary help as possible. I could see them drafting a CB in this spot, but I do think a reunion with Talib might be possible as well. Fitzpatrick will be the best player available at the time, and Tampa Bay needs all the secondary help they can get.
Since the Bears went all out on drafting Trubisky last season, they need to follow up with this draft in grabbing him some weapons. I have Ridley as the best receiver available this draft. It's unknown what the status of Cameron Meredith will be to begin the season and Kevin White can't stay healthy to save his life so a WR in this spot makes the most sense.
With Garoppolo appearing to be the new face of the 49ers franchise, they'll look to build around him. With no other highly ranked receivers, San Fran goes O-Line here. The former 2-time captain and teammate of fellow top-10 pick Quenton Nelson will be a viable asset in the molding of this franchise. He excelled at Notre Dame earning him considerations for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy, & Lombardi Award.
Raiders could certainly use help in their secondary. They had a total of 5, count em, 5 interceptions all season long. Why not seek the assistance of one of the top CBs in the draft?
Miami found its way into the bottom part of a lot of defensive categories last season. Out of all the necessities they're looking to stumble upon this off-season, linebacker should be one at the top.
Although there are much better players available at this spot, the Bengals need to address their offensive line the most, and O'Neill is the best available. O'Neill is a big body and the First Team All-ACC blocker will look to help the Bengals revitalize their run game.
I've heard numerous claims that Marcus Davenport will be a huge sleeper in this years draft. The CUSA Defense player of the year will look to improve an average-at-best defense. He is an explosive pass-rusher who will look to help the Redskins defend against (what looks to be) a young corps of in-division QBs.
I could definitely see Ward being drafted earlier. If he's available, however, the Packers need a corner. Badly. Kevin King hasn't shown he's capable of managing the backfield, so Ward would be a strong piece for the Packers defense to obtain.
After the retirement of Carson Palmer, QB will be the top priority for the Cardinals in this draft. Arizona could play around and trade up for one of the earlier mentioned QBs drafted, or they could wait patiently and see if anyone drops. In this case, I have Baker Mayfield available. Barring that Cousins chooses another destination or teams have a change of heart, I see Mayfield being available and ready to assume the role as play caller for the Cardinals next season.
Will someone please help Joe Flacco out? Baltimore's defense finished the season strong and were 1 play away from clinching a playoff spot. If you asked me where they need the most help, my answer is "offense". The line could use work and play makers are few and far between. Trading up to obtain a player like Calvin Ridley is possible, but I have them taking my #2 overall receiver in Sutton.