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2018 Way Too Early NFL Mock Draft by @Anthony_Russo97
Published at 8/17/2017 9:39:05 PM

My first 2018 NFL mock draft. Draft order is based on my predictions for the regular season. Follow me on Twitter @Anthony_Russo97

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Mitchell Trubisky is going to be the guy for Chicago for hopefully a long time. The best way to ensure that happens is to protect him and McGlinchey's strength and ability to pass and run block will give Chicago a lot to look forward to in the future.

2. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Jets taking a QB here is about as likely as Donald Trump tweeting tomorrow. Darnold vs Allen will be the debate alll throughout the season but I give Allen the nod because of his upside and huge arm.

3. Dolphins: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Sam Darnold is perhaps tempting to some, but Cameron Wake will be 35 years old and the Dolphins pass rush is not very good without him. Key is by far the best pass rusher in this class with dynamic speed and burst off the edge.

4. Colts: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

In 2016, the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick despite many defensive playmakers on the board. Despite the 6 game suspension looming, that pick was successful and the Colts will try to replicate that success with the most elusive and explosive running back in college football.

5. Browns: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James is a physical safety much in the mold of Kam Chancellor but he is even faster than the pro bowler. The Browns with James and Myles Garrett will have two elite defenders who can be game changers for a decade.

6. 49ers: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

This pick is a no brainer assuming the 49ers do not acquire Kirk Cousins. Darnold shows all the poise and skills that coaches and scouts love in young quarterbacks and would be a great fit with head coach Kyle Shanahan.

7. Bengals: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

The Bengals defense has shown to be inconsistent and declining over the past couple years. Landry was an exciting prospect last year and probably would've been a first rounder had he declared but his decision to stay in school will earn him a top 10 selection if he maintains his numbers from a year ago.

8. Lions: Malik Jefferson, Inside Linebacker, Texas

The Lions need leadership on defense and they should look no further than Malik Jefferson. Jefferson can play anywhere in the linebacking corps given his knack for getting to the guy with the ball. He is a difference maker for a football team and would bring needed physicality to the Lions defense.

9. Redskins: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Kirk Cousins will probably not be a Redskin next year despite him saying he wants to be. This will put the Redskins back in the QB market and although I really like Josh Rosen, his off the field antics are concerning, so I bumped up the Heisman Trophy winner who I anticipate will really develop as a passer and be similar to Deshaun Watson.

10. Bills: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Bills are in a rebuilld and they just moved on from Ronald Darby which leaves a big hole in the secondary. Fitzpatrick can has the capability to be a cornerback or safety with great length and athleticism. He would be very fun for Sean McDermott to experiment with in different defensive schemes.

11. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

People's biggest problems with Rosen are due to his attitude and coming off as a "prick" to NFL scouts. Bruce Arians may be the perfect person to mold Rosen's on and off the field actions. Rosen's talent is there and if he dials down the controversy, he can be the perfect replacement to Carson Palmer.

12. Vikings: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Vikings have questions at quarterback but whoever their quarterback is will need major help in front of him. The Vikings moved on from former 1st round pick Matt Kalil and can replace him with Williams who is balanced and has very good technique.

13. Chargers: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

The Chargers have some nice defensive linemen in Corey Luiget and Joey Bosa but Brandon Mebane is old and suffered an injury last year. Wilkins is a run stopper who has shown potential to get after the quarterback. The Chargers run defense will be potent with Wilkins which will help alleviate secondary concerns.

14. Rams: Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

Trumaine Johnson is on his way out next year and Wade Phillips would love to have another big corner on his defense. McFadden is a big corner who is yet another talented defensive back from Florida State.

15. Buccaneers: Cameron Smith, Inside Linebacker, USC

The Buccaneers linebcaking is rather pedestrian outside of Lavonte David. Smith is a tackling machine who can be an immediate impact player.

16. Jaguars: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Blake Bortles is clearly on the hot seat this year but assuming he leads Jacksonville to an 8-8 record I don't think the Jaguars will move on from him. The Jaguars do need to protect whoever their quarterback is and Brown is a massive body who can control defenders at the line of scrimmage.

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