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2018 NFL Mock Draft by JoshA - 10.9
Published at 10/9/2017 11:04:18 PM

First Round, from scratch

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

This won't be the most popular pick- but I think Kizer was a romantic longshot to begin with, and the Browns have mishandled him. Kizer has all of the tools, but accuracy and progressive reads lack- just like at Notre Dame. Rosen has questionable intangibles, though I wonder if those are overblown with Rosen being a different cat who speaks his mind. The Browns better give him someone to throw to.

2. 49ers: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Though its fun to see Hoyer and Shanahan together again, obviously that's not more than a stopgap. Shanahan will be great for Darnold, and going up the coast Darnold will have a great career there. Though I am suspicious Darnold will stay in school one more year.

3. Giants: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Flowers is going to get somebody killed at tackle. This will make the Giants oline progressively better, which will give Eli time and that whole offense transforms. Though it won't be long before they draft a replacement for Eli.

4. Chargers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Chargers have pass rush with Bosa and Ingram, but need more defensive studs. Here's a great one for the backend of their defense. I think Fitzpatrick may be better overall than James when it comes to football instincts.

5. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Lose Whitworth and Zeitler, lose their minds. Dalton has to be set up for success, and even with weapons (Green, Ross? Eifert, Mixon) he needs help. All weapons and no line doesn't work.

6. Colts: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Barkley was really tempting, but the Colts need premier defensive players- not only for talent, but the kind of talent that changes the perception and beliefs of a unit. One to build around and believe they can be good- Key could become that kind of player.

7. Bears: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Some picks just seem right. Him and Floyd will have fun playing together.

8. Dolphins: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Harris, Suh, Chubb- Miami wins in the trenches.

9. Cardinals: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

David Johnson will be back healthy, and Carson Palmer is looking older by the day.

10. Ravens: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

As a Browns fan, I hate this pick. Barkley is the best talent in the draft that I have falling here, and would add wins to the Ravens each year.

11. Seahawks: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

To see Russell Wilson with a competent OLine would be fun to watch. Will it ever happen?

12. Browns: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

If the Browns are smart, they'll do something like this (or trade up for Barkley) AND sign Allen Robinson as a FA. Have to have talent at the skill positions, and they can't rely on Coleman to stay healthy.

13. Cowboys: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Imagine him next to Lawrence. That would be fun to watch.

14. Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

The Jags have built a great team, sans their quarterback. If I'm the Jags I sell the farm for Garappolo in the off season- but for a mock's sake I go here.

15. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

How are the Jets winning? Gotta keep swinging at the QB position until they get it.

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

With Jordan and Rankins, Lattimore behind- the defense is slowly building some teeth.

Picks 1-16

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