2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Dog Days Of Summer
Published at 6/7/2017 12:23:55 PM
Well, not really here in the northeast it feels like fall and nothing like it should at the start of June. Anyways, out of sheer boredom I am going to make another mock draft, I guess you can call it OTA edition as some teams open up camps. Again, I made the order by going through the schedule. Do not get mad at me this is just one guys opinions and of course the NFL is incredibly hard to predict. So, without further adieu here we go!
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This is going to be the pick barring if the 49ers and Kyle Shanahan gets his guy in Kirk Cousins in the off season. If that happens they can get a huge haul for trading this pick with Darnold coming out looking like a sure fire top quarterback unlike this past draft. However, I am still on the fence that Darnold does come out next year since he will only be 20 years old and USC for the foreseeable future is going to be a very competitive team. He can be like Andrew Luck who could come out and be a top pick, but returned to school since he loved the program. Plus, Darnold is still a kid who can get some more development from coach Clay Helton who is a solid quarterback coach.
Last Weeks Selection: Sam Darnold QB USC at Pick #1
In what is supposed to be a quarterback heavy class at the top the Jets may finally lucking out in the draft. Their brass say they are content with rolling with Hackenberg and that he has shown great strides this off season. However, if they land the 2nd pick as I expect since the tools around Hackenberg are so bad. Allen reminds me a lot of Carson Wentz with a similar big build and strong arm strength. He could have been a late first rounder this past season, but wisely returned to school to hone his craft. A big plus is that he has experience running a pro style scheme at Wyoming.
Last Weeks Selection: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick # 2
Barring either Mike Glennon or Mitch Trubisky surprising everyone I can see this being a similar year to the Titans first with Mariota. Where there is a ton of promise, but not getting the job totally done. If a Josh Rosen or Lamar Jackson really stand out they could possibly trade down, but since three quarterbacks in a row has never happened before I doubt they get that opportunity. Instead, landing McGlinchey a sure fire left tackle coming from the Notre Dame offensive line factory can help whoever the quarterback is for years.
Last Weeks Selection: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame at Pick # 4
This may be a shocking result for a Dolphins team seemingly on the rise, but their schedule is very tough with many trips out west against the AFC West and others. Plus, I think Ryan Tannehill has peaked under coach Adam Gase and I doubt he can continue to create a shroud of illusion over the mediocre quarterback. Their defensive backfield can use some work across the board even though I liked their pick up of Cordrea Tankersley in the draft. However, their safety spot can be retooled and Fitzpatrick's versatility can be a good asset for them.
Last Weeks Selection: Martinas Rankins OT Mississippi St at Pick # 12
This is the Browns selection and I know it's shocking that they pick somewhere other than the top 3 picks. They have high hopes for DeShone Kizer who looks like a new player after gaining a big chip on his shoulder being a late second rounder. Plus, their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball have looked good over the years and this year's should not be any different with Myles Garrett and an improving Emmanuel Ogbah on the edges. They can use a better running back to play behind Kizer and with Isaiah Crowell being a free agent it should not be tough to upgrade the position. Barkley is a more versatile and explosive back to me than Fournette.
Last Weeks Selection: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St at Pick # 3
I suspect under a new regime that the Rams can actually win some games with a coach who can actually make the offense move the ball. I am not ready to call Goff a bust yet like many are on this site, it was only half a season on a terribly coached team. With a full off season to prepare and some better tools around him they should play better. However, bringing in Andrew Whitworth is only a stop gap at left tackle since he is 35. Williams can take over on the right side for the mega bust Greg Robinson and eventually take Whitworth's spot. The stigma of spending a high pick on right tackles I think is a past idea after the Titans made it successful and the Rams have Todd Gurley who can be great with better blockers.
Last Weeks Selection: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick # 6
I can see the Vikings having a very disappointing season for a few reasons. For one their playing the AFC North, which has some very tough teams. I also cannot see the Vikings fixing their o-line problems over night with just some castaways like Mike Remmers and Riley Reiff at the tackles spots are not going to give me much confidence. Combine that with Sam Bradford being incredibly mediocre and unfortunately it sounds like Teddy Bridewater's future is in some major doubt. In which case landing a quarterback is going to be needed for the Vikings again. I think Jackson will have people who love him or outright hate him with his style of play. I would like to see him get more accurate and become a better passer to help compliment his incredible athletic gifts.
Last Weeks Selection: Luke Falk QB Washington St at Pick # 9
The Bengals have many issues that I think can come to roost on them this season. One huge issue is their offensive line which, made Andy Dalton fool everyone that he is a Pro Bowl quarterback. Without them making him look good I can see an improving Steelers and Ravens defense along with even the Browns giving them trouble. In any case, no real top flight linemen remains on the board to be picked here so instead they can continue to improve their defense. Both Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Minter will be free agents so finding a new linebacker can help out immensely. Especially, with Burfict's on field antics making him a flight risk. Jefferson is this year's freak athlete who can play all across the linebacking core with great speed and instincts.
Last Weeks Selection: Malik Jefferson LB Texas at Pick # 17
I can see a big drop for the once highly touted quarterback barring he has an incredible season this year. His off field antics do not bother me as much even though I prefer a quarterback with his head on straight, but if I was as highly talked about as a 19 year old I probably would act the same way. Instead, his disappointing showing on the field worry me. His arm strength is not amazing and his size is a bit worrisome. His pocket passing skills however, are much better than most prospects. If he lands with the Saints who have Brees as an upcoming free agent can sign him on a franchise tag or a team friendly deal to mentor the young Rosen before he's ready to play.
Last Weeks Selection: Josh Rosen QB UCLA at Pick # 7
This pick is from the Texans swapping with them for Deshaun Watson in this past draft. The Browns failed to address their cornerback issue where an aging Joe Haden is rapidly declining in play and the spot opposite of him is still influx. Jason McCourty may rise to the top, but the former Titan is apparently moving to safety. McFadden is an incredibly raw and athletic ball hawking corner who looks great one minute and lost the next. If he can get more consistent with the amazing part he is going to be a lock as the top corner.
Last Weeks Selection: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick # 5
Texan's Record: 6-10
This is going to be an interesting draft for the Redskins if they truly let Kirk Cousins walk away. At this point I think he might just walk away since the ownership has treated him so poorly. I know he's not a top quarterback in the league, but he is a heck of a lot better than plenty others in the league and for the Redskins he's the best they have had in a decade. If he goes they may be forced to try and trade up to land a quarterback again or be forced to roll with another late round quarterback who is not as good as Cousins. If they stay here landing a receiver may be needed since Pryor is on a one year deal and former first round pick Josh Doctson has still not shown any life his rookie year. Ridley could be a top ten pick if not for this loaded quarterback draft and the high end blockers which were not present this year.
Last Weeks Selection: Courtland Sutton WR SMU at Pick # 14
Getting LaGarrett Blount in my opinion is not enough to solve the running back issue for the Eagles. If he was so good than the Patriots who do not have a clear cut top back would not have let him go. At best he's a mediocre goalline back. Meanwhile, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey are all scat backs who are essentially all the same players. Guice to me looked a whole lot better than Fournette last year at LSU, maybe it was Fournette not trying, but either way Guice was an impressive runner. He showed better shiftiness and better pass catching skills than his former running mate as well.
Last Weeks Selection: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick # 16
You cannot tell me having Matt Kalil as your new addition to left tackle and fell comfortable in the pocket if you are Cam Newton. Plus, Michael Oher is still there with his inability to block either side unlike the hype that his movie put on him. This year's 2nd rounder Taylor Moton may pan out as a right tackle, but he profiled better as a guard at his size. Hyatt a local Clemson product has been a terrific blocker for Deshaun Watson the past few seasons. He does need more strength, but as a young player he has plenty of upside.
Last Weeks Selection: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick # 18
I can see some top receivers slide a little because of some high end quarterbacks and better offensive linemen in this years draft. However, just like last year I did not expect three receivers to go in the top 10, so who knows. The Jags picked up Blake Bortles 5th year option, which I think is the smarter move since he has looked good in years prior so maybe this new regime can spark him to play better this year. However, his top two receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns played below their expectations. Robinson a free agent next season may be deemed unworthy for an extension with another poor year and if Hurns plays poorly they may look to upgrade. Kirk's size may hinder him a bit, but he is an explosive type receiver who can take a lot of attention away for the other targets.
Last Weeks Selection: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame at Pick # 13
I can see Key sliding a bit like last year's top edge rushers as team's continue to focus on the offensive side of the ball in this new offensive driven league. However, the Ravens a smartly run organization can sit and pick up the one of the top edge rushers in the draft. After letting Elvis Dumervil go I can see Terrell Suggs not being too far behind him. Key along with Tyus Bowser, Tim Williams, and Za'Darius Smith can create a new young nucleus up front for the Ravens to build around.
Last Weeks Selection: Christian Kirk WR Teexas A&M at Pick # 8
I hope the Bills stay the course with Tyrod Taylor who has been their best quarterback since Jim Kelly. Taylor is not perfect, but he makes the team competitive with his talented arm and ability to move from danger. Do I wish he was bigger, of course, but with new talent around him I think he should continue to improve. Drafting a wideout may be a popular choice, but I have hopes that Watkins can stay healthy and 2nd rounder Zay Jones can pick up the slack. Instead, landing a big tackle on the inside to pair with oft-injured Marcell Dareus and replace the aging Kyle Williams can be a wise and prudent move.
Last Weeks Selection: Arden Key DE LSU at Pick # 10