2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Dog Days of Summer 3.0
Published at 7/12/2017 2:58:02 PM
With the flowing comments and feedback I have gotten with my last mock I decided to do another way too early mock. Again, I made the order by going through schedules of each team and if you get mad at me where your team is at....remember it's July anything can happen. Without further adieu here we go!
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For now this will be the pick until Darnold says otherwise. However, in my opinion I think he stays at USC than be willing to be the pick for the poorly run Jets. He is only going to be 20 years old at the end of this season as a redshirt sophomore and after only starting half a season last year there is a ton of development left there for him. Plus, leaving a rising USC team is a tough decision for Darnold if they can compete for a championship while he is there, rather than go to a bad Jets team. He does however, have the best arm, accuracy, and big game ability out of all the quarterbacks right now. If he comes out he is a no doubt lock pick here.
Last Weeks Selection: Sam Darnold QB USC at Pick # 1
I think landing Kirk Cousins is a pipe dream in the end of it all since the Redskins would be ridiculously stupid to let him walk, so I think they end up retaining him. Instead, under GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan they can start off fresh with their own quarterback. Allen will remind a lot of people of Carson Wentz with his size, arm strength, and pro style experience at a small northern school. However, he may be a bit more raw when he comes out as a junior, but under Shanahan he can develop into a very good signal caller.
Last Weeks Selection: Josh Allen QB Wyoming at Pick # 2
I think the Browns are actually on the cusp of turning it around, but being a young team they will most likely lose those close games they should win. Which, is fine since they will be able to grab another blue chip prospect in this draft. Grabbing a dynamic running back to pair with DeShone Kizer is a smart idea to help the raw quarterback to develop. Barkley to me is a faster version of Ezekiel Elliot and has the ability to put up the same numbers with the Browns improved blockers. I do worry about his workload at Penn St, but he should be great for at least 5 or 6 years.
Last Weeks Selection: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St at Pick # 3
I think this is the season where the floor completely drops on Carson Palmer's career after a few regressing seasons. If that happens they may just tank to land a top quarterback to reload on offense. They kind of have to do that with the Seahawks in their division going nowhere, the Rams who seem to have an upswing in store for them, and the 49ers with a smart front office looking for a quick turn around. The Cards need to do the same to stay relevant. Their defense boosts a good corner and decent pass rush, but to me they have been a bit over hyped and not capable of pulling their poor offense to wins. Rosen has the biggest arm out of the top 3 quarterbacks, but his size and arrogance worries me. If Bruce Arians does not retire after this season it would be a great pairing since he can break Rosen of his poor attitude while also giving him some of the best teaching a quarterback can get from a coach in this league.
Last Weeks Selection: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville at Pick # 22
Barring a huge jump in production for Charles Leno the Bears will most likely want to upgrade their blindside to protect their future in Mitch Trubisky. Not to say Leno has been terrible, he actually has been very good for a 7th round draft pick, but he probably has hit his ceiling and has a future as a solid swing tackle. McGlinchey would have been the top tackle in last years poor tackle class, but another year at left tackle will only help to make him a more finished product for the next level.
Last Weeks Selection: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
I know the Dolphins just drafted an edge rusher in Charles Harris last year, but if they are picking this high they could probably use another. To me their defense is not strong enough to keep their mediocre quarterback play a float on offense. Key is the top pass rusher in the draft that can give them that extra fire power to cover up their mediocre secondary. In a division where they have to compete with the ageless Brady they could use a strong pass rush.
Last Weeks Selection: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St at Pick # 7
I suspect the Lions avoidance of improving their pass rush or running game will cause the Lions to lose a bunch of close games. Plus, their strength on the o-line took a massive hit with Taylor Decker's injury, which will be hard for him to come back from right away. They will probably have an up and down disappointing season. With Ansah an upcoming free agent I bet he would like a guy across from him to pick up his sack numbers so he can get a hefty new contract after his franchise tag year most likely. Hubbard is the second coming of Joey Bosa from Ohio St with equally explosive pass rush ability. He may not be as versatile or explosive as Bosa, but his technique and energy is great. On Ohio St his numbers might not be great due to their great rotation, but he will find a way to stand out.
Last Weeks Selection: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St at Pick # 16
The Rams did a good job bringing in Andrew Whitworth as a stop gap at left tackle and a very good one at that. However, he will be 35 after this season and most likely will get worst than sustaining his ability. Williams is a converted tight end who shined as a blindside protector in Austin last season. With another season of development he should get bigger and stronger to be a more complete blocker. Moving Whitworth to the right side or let Williams to develop there will be the best for Goff to continue to improve without worrying about the pass rush.
Last Weeks Selection: Connor Williams OT Texas at Pick # 8
The Bills have a problem in the middle of their defense with finding tackles who can stay clean off the field. Marcel Dareus has had his issues with drugs off the field and now Adolphus Washington is on the hook for a weapons charge. Both had disappointing seasons anyways and against the Patriots you best be able to put pressure on Brady. The best way to do so is up the middle and Payne who is a budding player can be a perfect player to do so. He is a good all around tackle who should continue to develop being the man this season with Jonathan Allen now in the NFL.
Last Weeks Selection: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama at Pick # 14
The Jags should be somewhat better with Tom Coughlin in the front office or at the very least more accountable to play up to their ability. Which, you hope includes their highly paid defense who have under performed. Meanwhile, on offense Allen Robinson who to me is a number 2 receiver will want a big contract this up coming off season, but to me he is not worth it. Instead, getting another receiver in Kirk who is much more dynamic can pair up with Allen Hurns who is a similar style receiver as Robinson so they will not lose much if the later leaves.
Last Weeks Selection: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama at Pick # 5
With Teddy Bridgewater's career up in the air after his knee injury and Sam Bradford an up coming free agent it will be interesting to see what direction the Vikings go in. If I were them I would rather just start off fresh without either of them cause they could do better. Bradford's going to cost a lot for a mediocre quarterback and to me Bridgewater did not show me enough to rely on full time even if healthy. Jackson has the athletic talent and if he shows improvement with his passing I could see him being a first rounder. Behind a shaky o-line his ability to move out of the pocket could be a great asset.
Last Weeks Selection: Josh Rosen QB UCLA at Pick # 6
The Chargers actually boast a nice corner tandem between Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett. However, Hayward is an older player who may lose his speed at a position where it is a key attribute and Verrett is undersized and oft-injured lately. Bringing in a third top corner is never a bad idea in this pass happy league and one good enough to take over for either incumbent right away if needed is a great selection. McFadden is an athletic specimen on the outside with a good eye for the ball. If he can get more consistent this season he should turn into a fantastic pro.
Last Weeks Selection: Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson at Pick # 10
The Redskins better resign Kirk Cousins or else they should be prepared to be in the basement of the NFC East with Philly and Dallas ascending along with New York always being a well run franchise. Cousins is better than people give him credit for and he gives them the stability at the most important position in the game. He also deserves better talent around him with Jamison Crowder being his only real options since Doctson showed nothing as a rookie and Pryor is only on a one year deal. Ridley is a slightly less explosive version of Julio Jones coming out of Alabama. He has a good all around game which should translate quickly at the next level.
Last Weeks Selection: Arden Key DE LSU at Pick # 9
The key for this team is the health of Andrew Luck to carry them to the playoffs and beyond. Lately, that has been difficult not only because of their bad blocking, but also their defense letting up so many points requiring Luck to throw more than he should. They have made some nice moves up front to put better pressure on quarterbacks, but their secondary could still use more work. Vontae Davis is an upcoming free agent and rookie Quincy Wilson is a raw prospect who might not pop right away. Same can be said about Malik Hooker at safety. Fitzpatrick is a versatile defender who can use his instincts better at safety, but his size and speed also plays well at corner.
Last Weeks Selection: Kendall Joseph LB Clemson at Pick # 20
The Cowboys seem to have trouble keeping their edge rushers from getting in trouble off the field. Even with the addition of Taco Charlton who is a nice prospect on the edge they could still use more talent to go with him. Chubb to me will give them two very solid albeit not very flashy pass rushers. Both he and Charlton are scheme versatile, big, strong, and have good bend around the edge. Plus, they both come in with high character and leadership qualities that is needed on a young delinquent Cowboys squad.
Last Weeks Selection: Derwin James S Florida St at Pick # 19
This pick is from the Texans for them trading up to pick Deshaun Watson. More offensive firepower after helping out their defense last year is a nice idea to really round out their developing roster. With Corey Coleman still needing some rounding out in his routes, and Kenny Britt most likely going to end up being a bust free agent signing another receiver could really help. I really liked Sutton if he came out last year and most likely would have been a lock first rounder. He has nice size and jump ball ability to be a red zone monster. Pairing him with the speedier Coleman can create a nice one-two punch on the outside for DeShone Kizer to grow with.
Last Weeks Selection: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama at Pick # 12
Texan's Record: 8-8