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2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 8/27/2017 11:12:04 AM

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Round 1

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

Darnold is the most talented prospect in this year class. The Jets would love to have him, even if New York doesn't have much talent. Darnold reminds me of Jameis Winston in that he has an arm, accuracy, and field vision, but his mechanics aren't great and his throwing motion is slow.

2. Bears: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Adrian Amos might disappoint this year, and if he does, his job might be up for grabs, and Quintin Demps is 32. If they both keep their jobs, James can still play LB, as he was sometimes used on the line to rush the passer even when it wasn't a blitz.

3. Rams: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Rams have a big hole at RT, and when Andrew Whitworth either leaves or retires, he can slide over to the blindside to protect Jared Goff. Williams has shown to be a great blocker during his career.

4. 49ers: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

If Kirk Cousins doesn't take his game to San Francisco, then Kyle Hsnahan will still need a quarterback. Although Rosen has his off the field concerns, he's still shown the tools to be drafted this high.

5. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Browns still need a consistently healthy cornerback, and they also need a deep safety. Fitzpatrick can play either, and is another chess piece for Gregg Williams to toy with along with Jabrill Peppers and Jamie Collins.

6. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The bills continue to look for a different quarterback than Tyrod Taylor (for some reason) , and although I wouldnt draft Allen this high (he's my QB5) I can see why Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane and Rick Dennison might think they can harness his potential. Nathan Peterman is a career backup.

7. Saints: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

The saints defense has been perennially bad for several years now, it still hasn't improved as much as you would think it would. The saints just can't seem to hit on players, whether it be in free agency or the draft. Saints fans hope that trend ends here.

8. Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

If you've watched a single Jaguars preseason game this year, you know why a QB is the pick. Blake Bortles was picked (no pun intended) with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. He showed some things in 2014 and 15 and was expected to take the leap in 2016, but then crashed, hard. He looked even worse in training camp this year, and the jags need to move on.

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

The Lions don't have many good players on defense outside of Darius Slay. Ezekiel Ansah struggled mightily last, and Glover Quin is the only other candidate. Landry is one of my favorite player in the draft, and can take the edge spot opposite Ansah.

10. Dolphins: Kevin Toliver II, Cornerback, LSU

The Dolphins have some young talent at CB, but no star. Toliver has potential to be that star, coming out of DB University. LSU has a fine history of defenders such as Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, Tre'Davious White, and others.

11. Broncos: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Broncos run defense was 28th in the league in 2016, and might have got worse. Vea is absolutely huge, but is somehow still fast, and athletic enough to push a center into a quarterback. Vea will fill a hole, literally. He's so big he can just stand there and plug a gap.

12. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Sutton has the size-speed combination to fit into the NFL, and will provide a immediate boost to the Ravens wide receiver core, which is extremely weak. Breshad Perriman could take the spot opposite him and provide a good combination of strength and speed for the Ravens WR core.

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

The Bengals made a mistake this offseason in letting both Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth go. They should have kept one, but it felt like they didn't even make the effort. McGlinchey might have been the top OT if he had declared last year, but decided to stay in school for one more year.

14. Chargers: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

The Chargers brought in Gus Bradley to run the defense, and he'll convert it to a 4-3. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa are the ends, and the players currently slated to start at DT are Brandon Mebane and Corey Liuget. Wilkins can start immediately for the newest team in Los Angeles.

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

Andrew Luck needs a running back, not just a mediocre receiver core, average TE, and a left side of the offensive line. Barkley is one of the best running backs in college football, and looks like he'll transfer easily over to the NFL.

16. Eagles: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

If Barkley is the best running back in the class, then Guice is close behind. After Leonard Fournette got injured last year, he outperformed the former #4 overall pick and established his name into the conversation for the 2018 NFL draft.

Picks 1-16

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