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2018 NFL Mock Draft "uberRealism" 1.0
Published at 8/30/2017 8:19:18 AM

It may be WAY early right now, but it's never TOO early, so let's just get started. Measurements and statistics provided are from CFBstats. This will be updated throughout the year, as more is learned about this talented group. Enjoy!

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Round 1

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

Projected Finish: 2-14 (4th in AFC East)
2017 First Picks: S Jamal Adams (1-6) and S Marcus Maye (2-39)

Measurements: 6'4" and 225 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 3086 yards (67.2% comp.) for 31 TD's and 9 INT's
2017 Statistics:

Until further notice, Sam Darnold will remain atop most draft boards. He is the savior of southern California, however, and my only concern is that he won't declare for the draft until he brings USC a championship. Assuming that isn't the case, he's the best hope for a Jets team that is just coming out of the "blow it up" stage of their rebuild. This is their QB of the future.


2. 49ers: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Projected Finish: 3-13 (4th in NFC West)
2017 First Picks: DE Solomon Thomas (1-3) and LB Reuben Foster (1-31)

Measurements: 6'5" and 222 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 3203 yards (56.0% comp.) for 28 TD's and 15 INT's
2017 Statistics:

Kirk Cousins will, more likely than not, remain in Washington. The 49ers are far from being competitive, both in their division and beyond, but a QB would be a BIG step in the right direction. Allen won't wow anyone with his numbers or resume (small school struggle), but he's a big guy with a good arm and experience in a pro-style system; the instant starter they need.


3. Rams: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Projected Finish: 4-12 (3rd in NFC West)
2017 First Picks: TE Gerald Everett (2-44) and WR Cooper Kupp (3-69)

Measurements: 6'6" and 238 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 56 tackles (14.5 for loss), 12 sacks, and 11 QB hurries
2017 Statistics:

The Rams are invested in Jared Goff, whether we (the fans) like it or not. Both the offensive line and receiving corps have seen some major money thrown their way this offseason, and it's time for Los Angeles to "trust the process." On the other side of the ball, Arden Key is a monster off the end and without a doubt the best player available; he'll replace Connor Barwin.


4. Browns: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Projected Finish (CLE): 4-12 (4th in AFC North)
2017 First Picks: DE Myles Garrett (1-1) and LB/S Jabrill Peppers (1-25)

Measurements: 6'3" and 211 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 11 tackles (0 for loss), 0 deflections, and 1 INT (0 TD's)
2017 Statistics:

The former five-star recruit Derwin James figures to light it up this year for the Seminoles, despite coming off of a meniscus tear in 2016. The injury cut his season short, but not until he had established himself as a top safety his freshman year. DeShone Kizer keeps the QB job. The Browns will have a big hole once Calvin Pryor's contract expires; James will fill it.




5. Bears: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

Projected Finish: 5-11 (4th in NFC North)
2017 First Picks: QB Mitchell Trubisky (1-2) and TE Adam Shaheen (2-45)

Measurements: 6'8" and 309 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 5.24 yards per rush (24 TD's) and 26 sacks against team
2017 Statistics:

Ah, the ever-so elusive franchise left tackle. Adams fits the bill, for sure, but is he worthy of a top-five selection? The Bears are absolutely ragged on the o-line. Sure, the interior is solid, but this is a league dominated by the edge rush and those teams able to stop it. Charles Leno and Bobby Massie just aren't getting the job done; here's another piece for Trubisky.


6. Buccaneers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Projected Finish: 5-11 (4th in NFC South)
2017 First Picks: TE O.J. Howard (1-19) and S Justin Evans (2-50)

Measurements: 5'11" and 223 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 1496 yards (5.5 avg.) for 18 TD's and 402 receiving yards
2017 Statistics:

Tampa Bay is in a tough spot at running back. They've got a bunch of guys that are "almost there" competing for the starting gig right now. Doug Martin is in suspension trouble and we're yet to see how rookie Jeremy McNichols pans out. But, as we've seen time and again, teams won't pass on exciting runners if there's any chance they start; Barkley is that good.


7. Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

-TRADE: JAX SENDS PICKS 1:10 AND 3:10 TO NO FOR PICKS 1:7 AND 6:7-
Projected Finish (NO): 6-10 (3rd in NFC South)
2017 First Picks: CB Marshon Lattimore (1-11) and OT Ryan Ramczyk (1-32)

Measurements: 6'3" and 205 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 3543 yards (56.2% comp.) for 30 TD's and 9 INT's
2017 Statistics:

The Blake Bortles era is over. Chad Henne might actually be the starter when week one rolls around. Brandon Allen is definitely has the brightest future of any QB on the roster, but that isn't saying much. They've put a lot of money into their defense, and this team is just one leader away from an AFC South title. Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman winner, is that star.


8. Bills: Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

Projected Finish: 6-10 (3rd in AFC East)
2017 First Picks: CB Tre'Davious White (1-27) and WR Zay Jones (2-37)

Measurements: 5'11" and 200 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 83 catches for 928 yards (11.2 avg.) and 9 TD's
2017 Statistics:

Christian Kirk has been nicknamed "Baby Beckham," and for good reason. He runs textbook routes, takes punts to the house, and drops just about none of the "iffy" balls thrown his way. He's a number one receiver, and should be a nice consolation prize for the Bills, who were just leap-frogged to pick up a QB. Kirk will complement Zay Jones' game quite well.


9. Ravens: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Projected Finish: 6-10 (3rd in AFC North)
2017 First Picks: CB Marlon Humphrey (1-16) and LB Tyus Bowser (2-47)

Measurements: 6'3" and 250 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 51 tackles (22 for loss), 16.5 sacks, and 6 QB hurries
2017 Statistics:

Harold Landry is the epitome of consistency, missing a sack in only two games last year, which both happened to be on the wrong end of a big blowout. Long story short, he's a beast. His numbers should only improve his senior year, and he'll have a chance to back up his elite status with a solid showing at the combine in February; Ravens snag a versatile rusher.


10. Saints: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama

-TRADE: JAX SENDS PICKS 1:10 AND 3:10 TO NO FOR PICKS 1:7 AND 6:7-
Projected Finish (JAX): 7-9 (4th in AFC South)
2017 First Picks: RB Leonard Fournette (1-4) and OT Cam Robinson (2-34)

Measurements: 6'1" and 203 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 66 tackles (5 for loss), 7 deflections, and 6 INT's (2 TD's)
2017 Statistics:

The top zone corner in college football (in some minds) just happens to be making a rather seamless transition to "safety" for his senior season. In the pros, he'll take on more of a nickel-corner role, and some people might see the next Earl Thomas in this kid. He's a got a high floor with his varied skill set, and the Saints could use another set of hands in the secondary.


11. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

-TRADE: CIN SENDS PICKS 1:15 AND 3:15 TO LAC FOR PICK 1:11-
Projected Finish (LAC): 7-9 (4th in AFC West)
2017 First Picks: WR Mike Williams (1-7) and OG Forrest Lamp (2-38)

Measurements: 6'7" and 310 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 4.47 yards per rush (18 TD's) and 28 sacks against team
2017 Statistics:

Notre Dame was hard to watch at times last year, but the offensive line was one of the few bright spots on the team. Mike McGlinchey was the unchallenged leader of this solid unit, and would've been the top tackle in last year's draft. Another year of experience won't hurt his stock; Bengals grab Andrew Whitworth's replacement; they're willing to trade up for that.


12. Redskins: Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

Projected Finish: 7-9 (4th in NFC East)
2017 First Picks: DT Jonathan Allen (1-17) and LB Ryan Anderson (2-49)

Measurements: 6'2" and 198 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 20 tackles (3 for loss), 6 deflections, and 8 INT's (0 TD's)
2017 Statistics:

The Redskins could go anywhere with this selection. Assuming Cousins bites the bullet and signs a long-term contract at last, their biggest holes would then be on defense. After drafting pass rushers with their first two selections last year, drafting Bashaud Breeland's successor has to be a priority of theirs. McFadden is a big, physical press corner; he fits the bill.


13. Broncos: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Projected Finish: 7-9 (3rd in AFC West)
2017 First Picks: OT Garett Bolles (1-20) and DE DeMarcus Walker (2-51)

Measurements: 6'4" and 310 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 48 tackles (13 for loss), 3.5 sacks, and 5 QB hurries
2017 Statistics:

The Broncos will fill one of two holes in the first round this year: inside linebacker or inside lineman. They have stud corners, edge rushers, and deep safeties. But, Brandon Marshall can't hold up the inside by himself. Adding an enforcer in the middle of the defense would do wonders for this group. Wilkins could fit in anywhere on their d-line, filling a hole (literally).


14. Colts: Malik Jefferson, Outside Linebacker, Texas

Projected Finish: 7-9 (3rd in AFC South)
2017 First Picks: S Malik Hooker (1-15) and CB Quincy Wilson (2-46)

Measurements: 6'3" and 238 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 62 tackles (8.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, and 3 QB hurries
2017 Statistics:

I was one of the few people not happy with the Malik Hooker pick last year. The best player available approach doesn't really work when you're not competing at the moment. The Colts needed (Reuben Foster) a tackler. I say a tackler (and not a specific position), because the skill is just missing from this team. Jefferson provides good value and fills a hole here.


15. Chargers: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

-TRADE: CIN SENDS PICKS 1:15 AND 3:15 TO LAC FOR PICK 1:11-
Projected Finish (CIN): 8-8 (2nd in AFC North)
2017 First Picks: WR John Ross (1-9) and RB Joe Mixon (2-48)

Measurements: 6'4" and 218 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 1915 yards (59.3% comp.) for 10 TD's and 5 INT's
2017 Statistics:

The Chargers knew exactly who they wanted at 11th, so they looked for a trade down. After finding one with the Bengals, their guy is (as they knew he would be) still on the board. Philip Rivers will have a year or two to groom Rosen, who has the potential to be great. He slips this far only because of off-field concerns, which could be alleviated by staying local.


16. Lions: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Defensive End, Kansas

Projected Finish: 8-8 (3rd in NFC North)
2017 First Picks: LB Jarrad Davis (1-21) and CB Teez Tabor (2-53)

Measurements: 6'4" and 246 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 56 tackles (20 for loss), 10 sacks, and 5 QB hurries
2017 Statistics:

Cornelius Washington and Anthony Zettel are starting on the ends for the Lions, and they spent only a 7th-round pick on this area of concern in the last draft. Dorance Armstrong is a great player on a bad team, and that will cause him to go a bit under-the-radar. He's got good technique and plays with a certain physicality that screams "draft me." He's an upgrade.


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