2018 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 17-32

Last update: Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Major changes.
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  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
    The Chargers have a great defense, but their one area of weakness is in the interior of the defensive line. Corey Liuget is a talented interior pass-rusher, but the Chargers lack a monstrous run-stuffing presence. That would change with this selection.

    Vita Vea is a freak athlete, as few man can do what he's able to at his size. He could easily be chosen in the top 15, so this is a solid value pick.

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  2. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wynn, G/C, Georgia
    The Seahawks have to focus on their offensive line this offseason, as they can't allow Russell Wilson to run around like a chicken with its head cut off for another year. Taking the best offensive lineman available makes a lot of sense, and that could be Isaiah Wynn.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
    Tony Pauline has reported that Roquan Smith has been medically red flagged, so he has dropped about 10 spots in this mock draft update. It's unclear how serious the injury is, but we saw Reuben Foster fall for similar reasons last year.

    Still, Smith is a great enough prospect that the Cowboys could consider him at this juncture. Their defense falls apart whenever Sean Lee gets hurt, so having Smith on the roster would prevent that from happening.

  4. Detroit Lions: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
    The Lions hired Matt Patricia, so the front office obviously believes he can coach up the defensive players. Thus, it wouldn't surprise me if Detroit's initial selection is spent on an offensive weapon.

    Detroit's rushing attack is extremely lackluster, as Ameer Abdullah has been a major disappointment. Sony Michel would provide a massive upgrade, giving Matthew Stafford the backfield weapon he desperately wants. Michel was Georgia's best running back this past season, and I believe there's a good chance he'll be the second running back chosen in this class.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: James Daniels, C, Iowa
    I have to think someone like James Daniels is Cincinnati's target. The Bengals are desperate for offensive linemen, but all of them would be reaches at No. 12, with the exception of Quenton Nelson, who wouldn't be available. It's too early for a big center upgrade like Daniels at No. 12, but he's much more reasonable at No. 21 overall.

  6. New York Giants: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
    The Giants acquired this pick in the proposed Bills-Giants NFL Draft Trade.

    New York didn't address a need with the first pick it acquired from Buffalo. This is a case where the Giants are plugging a huge hole, however. They acquired Alec Ogletree in a trade, but he's not enough. Another talented linebacker needs to be obtained, and Rashaan Evans certainly qualifies as one.

  7. Los Angeles Rams: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
    The Rams have a ferocious defensive line, but Connor Barwin was the one weak link. He was supposed to provide some veteran stability, but that hasn't happened. Now, Robert Quinn is gone. The Rams definitely need to find some new edge rushers.

    I've been moving Sam Hubbard around in my mock draft quite a bit. That's because he has great talent, but seldom lived up to it at Ohio State. However, he had a strong finish to his 2017 campaign, so he could still go in the first round.

  8. Carolina Panthers: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
    The secondary is the weak link of Carolina's roster. The Panthers need upgrades at both cornerback and safety. They have several prospects to choose from at the latter position at No. 24 overall.

  9. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
    The Titans have Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan as their starting edge rushers, but the former will turn 32 in July. He'll also be a free agent next March. Tennessee needs to look toward the future, and that would mean acquiring a long-term edge rusher who can hound Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck.

    Pick change; previously Will Hernandez, G

  10. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
    The Falcons' defense was incredibly soft against the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. They have to strengthen the interior of their defensive line, and they can do that with this selection.

    This mock selection was influenced by Charlie Campbell's Senior Bowl rumor mill report, where he discussed that the Falcons like some defensive tackles in this class, including Taven Bryan.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
    The Saints were going to pick Patrick Mahomes last year before the Chiefs jumped in front of them. They need a successor for Drew Brees, so it would make sense for them to take Lamar Jackson. Like Mahomes, Jackson has a big arm, and he's also extremely athletic. Jackson needs a lot of work, as he's very inconsistent with his accuracy and mechanics, but Sean Payton might believe that he can coach him up and have him ready to start in 2019 or 2020.

  12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
    I've had the Steelers taking Lamar Jackson in my previous updates, but with Ben Roethlisberger saying that he wants to play for three more years, it makes sense for the front office to look elsewhere.

    Pittsburgh obviously needs to replace Ryan Shazier, who won't play in 2018. The team reportedly likes Leighton Vander Esch, who did not disappoint in the combine.

  13. Jacksonville Jaguars: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
    Jacksonville's receivers did a good job this past season in the wake of Allen Robinson's injury, but none of them projects as a true No. 1. Robinson signed with the Bears, so I suspect the Jaguars will consider a replacement in the first couple of rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Calvin Ridley, once projected to go in the top 10, now may fall out of the first round. He tested extremely poorly at the combine. However, Tom Coughlin might be someone who scoffs at analytics and just chooses Ridley because he believes he's a good player. A crazy concept, I know.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
    The Vikings just gave Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed $84 million contract. They would be foolish not to protect their new quarterback as well as possible, and they currently have a hole at one of the guard spots. Will Hernandez, if available, would be a terrific solution to that problem.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Jackson, CB

  15. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
    Nate Solder signed with the Giants. It wasn't a surprise that the Patriots opted not to keep him. Solder is obviously very talented, but he's had severe injury problems over the past several seasons, so he was too risky to give a big contract to, despite what the Giants just did. Regardless, the Patriots need a new blind-side protector.

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
    The Eagles are in a great position to take the best player available. That could be D.J. Moore, whom some regard as a mid-first-round prospect. He would be quite the bargain at the end of the first round.

    Receiver isn't a big need for the Eagles, but it should be addressed. Torrey Smith was traded to the Panthers, so there are only two viable receivers on the roster unless Mack Hollins is counted, and I don't know if Philadelphia wants to rely on him in a big role next year.

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