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



Last update: Thursday, April 26, 2018. 3:05 p.m. Major changes.
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  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
    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.

    Da'Ron Payne is a great athlete for his position, 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.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Vita Vea, NT - The other top-end nose tackle is an option at this juncture as well.

    2. Leighton Vander Esch, LB - I've had Vander Esch slotted here before, and I still think he makes sense for a Charger team that needs an upgrade at linebacker.

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  2. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
    The Seahawks will almost certainly trade down. After this selection, they don't pick again until No. 120! Considering the amount of holes they have, they desperately need to acquire more resources.

    Isaiah Oliver is someone the Seahawks could acquire in the 25-35 range. He fills a huge need, and he also happens to fit the exact prototype of what Seattle looks for in a cornerback.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Christian Kirk, WR - I could see the Seahawks trading down into the late 20s or early 30s and then grabbing Kirk to replace Paul Richardson.

    2. Billy Price, C - Here's another trade-down target, as Seattle needs to bolster its offensive line.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
    The Cowboys' defense has fallen apart in recent years when Sean Lee has been out of the lineup. Anthony Hitchens was developing into a solid second linebacker, but he signed with the Chiefs this offseason. Dallas needs help at linebacker.

    We published a report that one NFL team medically flunked Leighton Vander Esch. While this is 100-percent true, it's also true that other teams really like Vander Esch and would consider taking him in the first round. I believe the Cowboys to be one of those teams.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. D.J. Moore, WR - If the Cowboys opt for a receiver in the first round, I believe it'll be Moore.

    2. Taven Bryan, DT - A sleeper pick if the Cowboys really want to focus on improving their interior pressure.





  4. Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
    The Lions desperately need help on their defensive line. A'Shawn Robinson is a promising player, but he's the only viable starter Detroit has in the interior.

    Taven Bryan is a rising player who could be chosen in the top 20. Charlie Campbell reported earlier that the Falcons like Bryan, but he may not make it to their pick.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Harold Landry, DE/OLB - Detroit's coaching staff is familiar with Harold Landry, as new defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was his defensive line coach at Boston College the past two seasons.

    2. Justin Reid, S - Reid would be a perfect fit for Matt Patricia's defense, as he's very versatile.

    Pick change; previously Harold Landry, DE/OLB

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansas
    I have to think someone like Frank Ragnow 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 Ragnow at No. 12, but he's much more reasonable at No. 21 overall.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Billy Price, C - Cincinnati should probably take the best offensive lineman on its board after what transpired last year.

    2. Kolton Miller, OT - The Bengals may decide that they can get a solid center in the second round, allowing them to take a tackle.



  6. Buffalo Bills: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
    Conventional wisdom says the Bills would upgrade their offensive line after trading up for a quarterback, but they may believe that solid interior blockers could be obtained on Day 2. Buffalo has to bolster its weak linebacking corps, and it'll be much tougher to snag a talented three-down linebacker in the second or third rounds.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. James Daniels/Billy Price, C - If the Bills keep this pick, and use their other first-rounder to move up for a quarterback, they'll have to select some sort of offensive lineman at this spot.

    2. Isaiah Wynn, G - Another possible blocker, though the Bills might just wait on those.

  7. 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.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. D.J. Moore, WR - The Patriots acquired this pick in the Brandin Cooks trade, so they might use this opportunity to find a replacement for the new Ram receiver.

    2. Taven Bryan, DT - New England must improve its pedestrian pass rush.





  8. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
    Based on how much players have been getting paid at the position, I expect receivers might be taken earlier than expected. Thus, don't be surprised if three receivers are chosen in the opening round (though I have just two being selected.)

    Carolina has shown interest in Moore, which makes a ton of sense. The team currently lacks a No. 1 receiver, and the Panthers could use this pick to change that. I could see Moore going as high as No. 15, so this seems like a steal.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Hayden Hurst, TE - The Panthers like Hurst a lot. Enough to take him at 24? Perhaps, if all the defensive backs they prefer are off the board.

    2. Joshua Jackson/Jaire Alexander, CBs - Carolina needs to upgrade the secondary with multiple new defensive backs.

  9. Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
    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.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Leighton Vander Esch/Rashaan Evans, LBs - If Vander Esch slips a bit, the Titans could scoop him up as a replacement for Avery Williamson. Evans also makes sense.

    2. Harold Landry, DE/OLB - Here's another edge-rushing option.



  10. Atlanta Falcons: Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
    I wish Taven Bryan would be available, as he would be a great fit for the Falcons. Atlanta likes Bryan, but he's off the board.

    With all of the top defensive tackles gone, the Falcons could look to plug a weakness they have at right guard. Billy Price has been medically cleared by doctors, so he could be back in first-round discussion.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Taven Bryan, DT - Once again, Atlanta would love to get Bryan.

    2. Sam Hubbard, DE - The Falcons need to replace Adrian Clayborn, so Hubbard would make sense.

    Pick change; previously Taven Bryan, DT

  11. Baltimore Ravens: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
    Ozzie Newsome promised everyone that they'd be shocked by this pick. Perhaps a big trade down was what he was referring to.

    The Ravens have a huge hole at tight end that they would love to address. Dallas Goedert is getting some first-round consideration, and I know that a couple of teams picking early in Round 2 will have their hearts broken if Goedert is chosen at this juncture.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Hayden Hurst, TE - Perhaps the Ravens will take Hurst over Dallas Goedert.

    2. Lamar Jackson, QB - It wouldn't surprise anyone if the Ravens took Jackson themselves.

    Pick change; previously Lamar Jackson, QB

  12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
    I'm sure the Steelers would love to take either Leighton Vander Esch or Rashaan Evans with this pick, but both happen to be off the board. That's the bad news. The good news is that a very talented cornerback prospect fell to them, as Harold Landry could help their edge rush.

    The Steelers selected T.J. Watt last year, but they are unhappy with Bud Dupree on the other side. Charlie Campbell reported that Landry is in play for Pittsburgh.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Leighton Vander Esch/Rashaan Evans, LB - The Steelers reportedly like Vander Esch, and I have to believe that Evans would be in the conversation as well.

    2. Lamar Jackson, QB - Pittsburgh is another team that could trade up for Jackson. I had the Steelers doing so in some of my early mock drafts.

    Pick change; previously Joshua Jackson, CB

  13. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
    Hayden Hurst was one of my "not" picks, as I reasoned that Tom Coughlin's old-school mentality would prevent him from taking a tight end in the first round. I've obviously changed my mind. There are 18-24 first-round prospects in this class, so this selection is effectively in the second round. Also, I think Coughlin may appreciate a complete tight end, so he'll value Hurst's blocking in addition to his receiving skills.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Courtland Sutton/Christian Kirk, WR - Some might think it's too early for Kirk, but given how quickly receivers have been plucked in recent drafts, and how much wideouts have been paid in free agency the past two springs, this is a possibility. Sutton is also a logical choice.

    2. Jaire Alexander, CB - Maurice Jones-Drew mocked Alexander to his former team, and I think the pick makes sense. Someone will need to replace the departed Aaron Colvin.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
    The Vikings definitely need to acquire offensive linemen to help Kirk Cousins. Failing to address the offensive line would be irresponsible, given how much guaranteed money the Vikings have given their new quarterback.

    Minnesota needs a guard, but non-elite players at that position can easily be obtained in the middle rounds. It's more difficult to do so with talented cornerbacks like Mike Hughes. Besides, the Vikings need cornerback help after Nick Foles sliced and diced their secondary in the NFC Championship.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Will Hernandez/Isaiah Wynn/James Daniels/Billy Price, OL - Name a first-round interior lineman not named Quenton Nelson, and I'll tell you that he makes sense for the Vikings at No. 30.

    2. Donte Jackson, CB - Another possibility to replace the ancient Terence Newman.

  15. New England Patriots: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
    New England's secondary needs help, and I'm sure Bill Belichick would love Justin Reid's versatility. Reid can play all over the secondary, and he fills a need for the Patriots, who like to run three-safety formations.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Rashaan Evans, LB - Evans doesn't have the size Belichick likes out of his linebackers, but he could still be an option.

    2. Isaiah Oliver, CB - The Patriots lost Malcolm Butler. They managed to replace him with Jason McCourty, but he's just a short-term solution.

  16. Philadelphia Eagles: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
    The Eagles are very likely to trade down. I mentioned that the Seahawks don't pick again after the first round until No. 120. The Eagles won't be on the clock following this choice until No. 130!

    Philadelphia's trade-down target might just be Sony Michel. Running back is a need, as Jay Ajayi, an impending free agent in 2019, has durability concerns. Plus, Michel seems like he'd complement Ajayi extremely well in 2018. The Eagles would be able to use Michel as their third-down back right away, as they value his pass-protection ability.

    *** OTHER 2018 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Derrius Guice, RB - If the Eagles stay put, Guice could be their target.

    2. Mike Gesicki, TE - Another trade-down option for the Eagles, who need to replace Brent Celek.



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