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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Thunder84 - 10.4
Published at 10/5/2017 12:01:17 AM

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Round 1

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

Browns receive: #9 overall, #41 overall, 2018 1st round pick
Cardinals receive: #1 overall

The Cardinals need a new player to fill in for Palmer once he retires. Here, they jump up for one of the top QBs in Sam Darnold. Darnold needs to work on his decision making, but he's got the best tools to work with.

2. Chargers: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

49ers receive: #4 overall, #35 overall, Tyrell Williams
Chargers receive: #2 overall

The Chargers have to do SOMETHING to kickstart their market in Los Angeles. In this scenario, they jump the QB-needy Giants in order to grab local product Josh Rosen. Rosen is having a fantastic season, and he could very well jump Darnold by the end of the year.

3. Giants: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

With both of the top QBs off the board, the Giants settle for the best OT available in hopes of actually keeping Eli upright. Adams currently looks like the best OT of the group, but that could change in the future.

4. 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Received from Chargers
You know a RB is talented when getting picked at #4 is considered a "fall". Barkley could very easily go to either the Browns or Giants. However, in this mock, he falls to the 49ers at #4. Barkley fits Shanahan's offense better than Hyde, and if Cousins does indeed come to San Francisco this offense could become deadly fast.

5. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

After firing Zampese, Dalton has look leagues better than before. Granted, he was playing against Green Bay and Cleveland, but it's still enough to hold Cincinnati off from picking a QB early. Instead, they opt to take an OT to replace their currently awful ones. Williams is another stud tackle, and could surpass Adams by the end of the year.

6. Colts: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

The Colts need defense. And offensive line. And a running back. And a new coach. And...well, you get the point. The Colts are a mess right now, but Ballard seems to have them on the right track. Drafting Quincy Wilson and Malik Hooker helped begin to shape the secondary, and my expectation is that he'll turn to the front 7 next. Key hasn't had a spectacular year by any means, but his potential is off the charts.

7. Bears: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Bears have absolutely no secondary to speak of. They need an enforcer on the back end to pair with Eddie Jackson, and James could do just that. He'd fit in nicely, and give Chicago a safety tandem for years to come.

8. Dolphins: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

The Dolphins are being held back by one position - QB. Well, that's not completely true, but they still need something new at the position. They can walk away from Tannehill's contract whenever they want, so drafting Jackson gives them the option of playing him right away or sitting him for a while. Jackson may not have the ideal qualities of a pocket passer, but he's an incredible playmaker.

9. Browns: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Hue Jackson's offense needs a great WR1 to function properly. For example, once Corey Coleman went out, Kizer's production went to absolute hell. They need a WR that can complement Coleman, and Ridley fits the bill as a tall possession receiver. He'd fit in nicely into Hue's offense.

10. Ravens: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The entire Ravens offense is a dysfunctional mess. The only notable players there right now are Maclin, Yanda, and Stanley. Flacco has been horrendous this year, and the Ravens need to start thinking into the future. They're still tied to Flacco for a while, but that could work out well. Allen has incredible physical tools, but he needs to sit for at least a year, if not more. The Ravens could do that for him.

11. Seahawks: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Seahawks need to upgrade the offensive line, to the surprise of no one besides Tom Cable. Maybe Nelson would give Wilson over a second to throw the football.

12. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

After upgrading the WR corps, the Browns now turn to their other major weakness, the secondary. Fitzpatrick is versatile to move around, providing the Browns with an multi-functional back end of Fitzpatrick and Jabrill Peppers.

13. Cowboys: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Cowboys need a playmaker in the middle to help stop the run. Payne fits the bill as a player who can eat up blocks and make plays.

14. Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

5 QBs? Why not? Rudolph is having an incredible season right now that should rightfully raise his draft grade. The Jaguars are a QB away from competing, so maybe Rudolph could give them the boost they need.

15. Jets: Clayton Thorson, Quarterback, Northwestern

Let's make it 6 QBs! Thorson is drawing great reviews from scouts, which may be enough to push the Jets to grab him. It might be a bit of a reach, but the Jets need SOMETHING at the position.

16. Saints: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

The Saints continue to build their defense by selecting Landry. He'd give New Orleans a legitimate threat across from stud Cameron Jordan.

Picks 1-16

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