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2018 NFL Mock Draft by christiano2578 - 5.6
Published at 5/6/2017 11:06:52 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

This has been the consensus #1 pick so far, and it's justified

Darnold has a wacky throwing motion, but has a very high ceiling and has shown leadership traits already in his young career. He's certainly better than any other QB on the Jets roster presently

2. Bears: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Adrian Amos and Quentin Demps are a fairly good safety duo, but adding James, who is one of the most versatile and skilled defensive backs to come out in a while, could take their defense to the next level. I'd rate him a little above Jamal Adams

3. Rams: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Sutton has absolutely dominated inferior competition in his time at SMU. He had over 1,200 yards and 10 TD's while dealing with some bad quarterback play. He compares well to AJ Green (Sutton is 6'4", 215, Green is 6'4", 207), and has top 3 WR potential

4. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Williams been a top 5 OT in college football the past two years, and has dominated in pass protection at Texas. Unless 3rd year players Cedric Obeguehi and Jake Fisher significantly improve, OL should be the pick

5. 49ers: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Kyle Shanahan gets his suprisingly mobile pocket passer in the mold of Matty Ice. Rosen's mechanics are great already, but his field vision will need to improve for him to be a great quarterback.

6. Bills: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Via Chiefs

Kyle Williams is hitting free agency, so the Bills add a devastating 3-technique to play alongside Marcel Dareus. He's a great fit in the Bills's 4-3, and is one of the most versatile defensive lineman in this draft.

7. Panthers: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

I have no idea why the Panthers gave so much money to Matt Kalil. He's been horrible for 3 straight years and is injured often. Thus, the Panthers grab the second OT off the board. With 2017 2nd round pick Taylor Moton expected to step in at RT, adding an elite left tackle could create a pretty solid O-line to open holes for Christian McCaffery

8. Cardinals: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Cardinals didn't replace Calais Campbell in either Free Agency or the draft, so they fill that hole here. He's an explosive pass rusher who could terrorize the weak offensive lines of the NFC West with Chandler Jones and the underrated Markus Golden

9. Bills: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Key only falls this far due to concerns over his commitment to the game. Lorenzo Alexander has had one Pro Bowl season, but isn't a good fit in a 4-3 and is on the wrong side of 30. The Bills are able to grab a stellar pass rusher to pair with 2016 1st rounder Shaq Lawson

10. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Via Texans

Suprisingly, the Browns only added one CB in this years draft, and neglected to add a true safety as well. The Browns can kill two birds with one stone with this pick. The safety department is pretty bare (save for Jabrill Peppers, who is prime bust material), and Jamar Taylor and Brean Boddy-Calhoun would be great as #2 and #3 corners.

11. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Giants got really lucky last year, as they made the playoffs even though they struggled plenty with bad teams like the Bears and the Saints. Paul Perkins's ceiling is pretty low, and Barkley is the undisputedly the best RB in this draft. I think he's above Leonard Fournette, and on par with Zeke when they were coming out of college

12. Saints: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Hao'li Kikaha looked promising his rookie year, but has been injured since. Their pick of Trey Hendrickson in this year's draft was a steal, but the Saints need to take a top flight edge defender at some point to be better than Sean Payton's 7-9 standard.

13. Browns: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Neither Corey Coleman have proven themselves to be high end #1 receivers just yet, so the Browns grab a possession receiver who creates separation and is surprisingly quick. He could stand to improve his route running but should be able to contribute right away

14. Dolphins: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Dolphins didn't use a premium pick on their O line this year, which was a mistake. Mike Pouncey can't stay healthy, and Jermon Bushrod was an absolute liability. If the Dolphins can provide quality blocking for Jay Ajayi, we could be seeing some more 200 yard outings from him in the future.

15. Jaguars: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Blake Bortles is a bust. He's only ever had one above average year, and now he has this weird elongated throwing motion that results in a ton of fumbles. The Jags have a promising young roster, and the defense has the potential to be elite. If the QB play and run game takes off, we could be looking at a Superbowl Contender

16. Lions: Bo Scarborough, Running Back, Alabama

The Lions added to their O-line this year in hopes of jump-starting their stagnant run game, but sometimes it takes more than a good line to produce a good running back. Thus, they add the bruising Scarborough to the lineup, who should provide a good contrast to the speedy Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah

Picks 1-16

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