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Jacksonville Jaguars: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Derek Barnett, DE
Blake Bortles has been an utter failure thus far. The Jaguars will give him another year, but they can't feel optimistic. Bortles doesn't care about his professional career, as he is more concerned about partying than improving the mental aspect of his game.
Sam Darnold has taken the Pac-12 by storm, as he's been incredible ever since taking over as the starter, which was capped off by his amazing Pac-12 performance. A big quarterback with a nice arm, terrific accuracy and decent mobility, Darnold could end up being the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Myles Garrett, DE and Marlon Humphrey, CB
I currently have the Browns passing on quarterbacks in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so if that happens, they'll almost certainly pick one of the top signal-callers in this class.
Josh Rosen was once the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he's been passed by Sam Darnold. It also must be noted that NFL coaches and owners are wary of the sort of things Rosen has discussed to the media. However, he's young and could improve his thinking.
Detroit Lions: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Malik McDowell, DE/DT
Ziggy Ansah has been a beast thus far as a pro, but the Lions need to add a talented bookend to put more pressure on Aaron Rodgers. Luckily, the best player available here fills that need.
Arden Key has been unstoppable in 2016 and happens to be the sort of monstrous pass-rusher that could really help improve Detroit's woeful defense.
Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Cam Robinson, OT
I'm sure Andy Dalton would love someone like Christian Kirk to throw to opposite A.J. Green. The Bengals lost Marvin Jones this offseason, and time will tell if Tyler Boyd can be an appropriate replacement. It doesn't look good in the wake of Green's injury, as Cincinnati has become completely stagnant.
San Francisco 49ers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): DeShone Kizer, QB
I've given the 49ers a franchise quarterback in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. The next order of business is finding weapons for this signal-caller. It's highly unlikely San Francisco will be able to solve the wideout position in just one offseason, so here's the front office's chance to add a dynamic play-maker. Calvin Ridley is a terrific receiving prospect, and he would prove to be a massive upgrade.
Chicago Bears: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Jonathan Allen, DE/DT
The Bears are bringing back their coaching staff and front office, so they're unlikely to spend their first-round pick on a quarterback. Things could be different following the 2017 campaign, however.
Lamar Jackson has been outstanding for most of this season and projects as someone who could be in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Malik Hooker, S
The offensive line always seems to be a concern for the Chargers. King Dunlap is too injury-prone to be relied upon as the left tackle, while Joe Barksdale has been anemic this season.
Mike McGlinchey would probably be the top tackle chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft if he were to declare, but he has said repeatedly that he's going back to school.
New York Jets: Derwin James, S, Florida State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Mitch Trubisky, QB
The Jets have obvious issues in their secondary. Darrelle Revis needs to be replaced, but the safety position is also in dire need of an upgrade.
Derwin James has missed some time in 2016 with a knee injury, but he's a monstrous safety (6-3, 211) who happens to be a terrific athlete. He's still projected to be a top-10 pick.
Dallas Cowboys: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Jalen Tabor, CB
I don't think the Cowboys will be drafting in the top 10 in 2018 because Dak Prescott looks great, but this order is random, so here we are. Oh, and I'm fully aware that there will be at least a couple of commenters below who complain that this order is unrealistic.
The Cowboys can use this opportunity to upgrade their pass rush. Randy Gregory can't be relied upon to stay out of trouble, so Dallas can select an edge rusher in one of the next two offseasons.
Kansas City Chiefs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Quenton Nelson, G
Andy Reid has shown a penchant for spending early picks on cornerbacks, and he may need to do so in 2018. The Chiefs lost Sean Smith this offseason and have been weak across from Marcus Peters.
Baltimore Ravens: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Quincy Wilson, CB
Saquon Barkley is a very talented running back and projects as a top-15 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Ravens could be interested, as they don't really have anything at the position unless Kenneth Dixon pans out.
Carolina Panthers: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Leonard Fournette, RB
Charles Johnson is an impending free agent, and the Panthers have shown that they're not afraid to let go of veterans. They'll need to find a talented pass-rusher to play across from Kony Ealy.
New Orleans Saints: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Solomon Thomas, DE
The Saints had some terrible play at linebacker in 2016, and it all started when they signed James Laurinaitis, which was a ridiculous decision. They can finally make amends for that with this pick. Malik Jefferson is a terrific play-maker who would be a big difference-maker in the middle of the New Orleans stop unit.
Los Angeles Rams: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): None
The Rams are so devoid of talent at receiver that they're counting on Brian Quick improving and contributing more. It's a sad state of affairs in Los Angeles, but it could change with some quality offseason decisions.
James Washington made somewhat of a surprise choice by going back to school; he had a chance to be a first-round this April.
Miami Dolphins: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Zach Cunningham, LB
The Dolphins will give up on Ryan Tannehill if he fails to lead them to the playoffs over the next two years. Fortunately for them, the 2018 NFL Draft class is loaded with talented prospects at the position, and Josh Allen projects as a potential mid-first-round signal-caller. He has a big arm and can scramble pretty well, but he needs to work on his accuracy next year.
Washington Redskins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/12): Chris Wormley, DE/DT
Matt Jones has been benched, while Robert Kelley is just a solid backup. Derrius Guice would be more well-known if it weren't for Leonard Fournette. Guice had a terrific bowl performance and should have a huge 2017 campaign with Fournette off to the pros.
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