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



Last update: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Major changes.
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  1. Denver Broncos: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
    The Broncos were going to consider Haason Reddick if he fell to them in the 2017 NFL Draft, so it would make sense if they addressed their linebacker situation at this juncture. They can't cover tight ends and pass-catching running backs, so someone like Roquan Smith would help.

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  2. Seattle Seahawks: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
    The Seahawks would crazy not to address their horrible offensive line. The inept blocking is why they're 3-2 instead of 4-1 or 5-0 right now. They need help everywhere, excluding center, so they might as well begin with a new left tackle. Perhaps George Fant can play on the right side when he returns.

    Connor Williams needs to improve his strength, but his length and athleticism could have him chosen in the top half of the opening round, and maybe even the top 10.

  3. Washington Redskins: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
    The Redskins will certainly be interested in a first-round quarterback if they lose Kirk Cousins to the 49ers, as detailed earlier in this mock.

    Many may not know the name yet, but according to Charlie Campbell, Clayton Thorson been getting some first-round consideration. Read more in the NFL Hot Press.





  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    The Jaguars missed out on all the quarterbacks. Perhaps they'll continue to add to Blake Bortles' supporting cast. Tom Coughlin loves bolstering the offensive line. Obtaining a solid left tackle would allow Cam Robinson to move to the right side or to the interior.

    Pick change; previously Mitch Hyatt, OT

  5. Atlanta Falcons: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
    The Falcons could stand to improve their interior pass rush, which has been inconsistent thus far.

    Pick change; previously Trenton Thompson, DT



  6. Miami Dolphins: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
    A quarterback will be debated here if there is a worthy one available, but I think the Dolphins will continue to start Ryan Tannehill next year. They'll focus on another position, and perhaps that'll be cornerback. I'm not sure how long the Dolphins keep Byron Maxwell around, especially at his outrageous salary. Maxwell hasn't performed well yet, so unless he improves his play, he'll be gone next offseason.

    Pick change; previously Iman Marshall, CB

  7. New Orleans Saints: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
    Cameron Jordan is having an All-Pro year, but they could use an elite edge rusher across from him. Alex Okafor has been solid this season, but he's not great, and he's an impending free agent anyway.

    Austin Bryant has been a terror thus far, and he's now firmly in top-15 discussion. He's a great value pick here.

    Pick change; previously Andrew Brown, DT

  8. Los Angeles Rams: Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB, Kansas
    The Rams have a ferocious defensive line, but Connor Barwin is the one weak link. He was supposed to provide some veteran stability, but that hasn't happened. Here's an upgrade.



  9. Buffalo Bills: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    The Bills spent a second-round pick on Zay Jones and traded for Jordan Matthews, but neither player is a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Buffalo needs someone like that in the wake of trading Sammy Watkins.

  10. Green Bay Packers: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
    The Packers had a big need at outside linebacker entering the draft. They didn't address the position aside from selecting Vince Biegel in the fourth round, however, so that's something they could target early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Clay Matthews is a famous star because of the commercials, but he really hasn't played consistently in several years, as it appears as though all of the injuries have taken a toll on him.



  11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
    The Steelers wanted O.J. Howard, Evan Engram or David Njoku, but never got a chance to draft any of them. Here's their chance to obtain a franchise tight end for Ben Roethlisberger.

    Check out the news on Hurst in the NFL Hot Press tonight, as Charlie Campbell reported that the scouting community is raving about the South Carolina tight end.

  12. Carolina Panthers: Maurice Hurst, DE, Michigan
    Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson aren't going to be around for much longer. Mario Addison is the only significant edge rusher on the roster right now that Carolina will have in the a couple of years, so the Panthers could go after a defensive end in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Ronnie Harrison, S



  13. Minnesota Vikings: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
    The Vikings have a huge liability at cornerback in Trae Waynes, who has failed to live up to his first-round billing. The Vikings could decide to go back to the drawing board next offseason.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Toliver, CB

  14. New England Patriots: Tavon Bryan, DE/DT, Florida
    The Patriots have the worst defense in the NFL. It all starts up front, where they can't generate any sort of pass rush. An interior presence would go a long way in helping them.

    Tavon Bryan is having an outstanding year, and he's probably moved into second-round consideration at the moment. If he keeps up his high level of play, however, he could sneak into the opening round.

    Pick change; previously Roquan Smith, LB

  15. Philadelphia Eagles: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Alshon Jeffery will be a free agent after this season, while Torrey Smith can't stop dropping touchdowns. The Eagles will need another receiver if they can't retain Jeffery.

    James Washington made somewhat of a surprise choice by going back to school; he had a chance to be a first-round last April.



  16. Buffalo Bills: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
    The Bills need to improve the right side of the offensive line. Perhaps Dion Dawkins will be able to properly replace Jordan Mills sometime soon. Right guard John Miller must also be upgraded.



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