2018 NFL Mock Draft by Outlook Sports - 10.16.17
Published at 10/18/2017 3:17:56 AM
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Though a quarterback could be in play for the Browns here, I see Hue Jackson giving Kizer at least one more season to improve under his wing. Cleveland also has two 1st round picks, and two 2nd round picks in this draft class to help surround Kizer with the talent he needs to become a successful NFL quarterback. With that being said, Crowell has been under performing all season under one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, as well is on the last year of his contract with the team. Barkley has done everything to deserve the 1st overall pick through out his career, and could provide the spark the Browns need in the run game. Saquon Barkley has been compared by scouts to talents like Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette, and we have seen how crucial talents like that can be to a struggling team. There are plenty of great players in this draft class, as well as plenty of holes the Browns need to fill in their roster, but none offer the quite franchise changing potential that Saquon Barkley does.
This pick is based off my assumption Kirk Cousins leaves the Redskins to become San Francisco's new franchise quarterback. With that puzzle piece in play, they need to give him some protection and Connor Williams is the perfect guy for the job. He is without a doubt the best run blocker in this draft class, and has plenty of potential in pass protection as well. Williams has grown from a 3-star prospect coming out of high school, to leaving UT as a Top-3 overall draft pick. I believe the sky is the limit for this young tackle, and judging on his growth in college, Williams has the potential to be a cornerstone left tackle for the 49ers.
The Colts number one priority needs to be keeping Andrew Luck healthy and on the field. But with a top 3 pick, Connor Williams already off the board, and the fact there arent going to being any trades in this mock draft, they would be smart to go with a defensive prospect. Indy selected two ball hawking DBs with their first two picks last year in Malik Hooker, and Quincy Wilson, so and with the selection of Chubb, it will make those guys jobs a lot easier. Bradley Chubb is a ruthless defensive end that seems to be where ever the ball is on the field. He is very easy to spot out if you watch N.C. State play because he is most likely blowing up the play for the opposing offense. He simply lives in the back field, whether thats a sack, a tackle for a loss, or simply just heavy pressure, he is there. Bradley Chubb looks to translate those pressures to the NFL, and make the opposing quarterback turn the ball over for the Colts. Don't be surprised if you hear Chubb being compared to the likes of J.J Watt and Khalil Mack within the next couple of seasons.
Eli Manning is coming up on the end of his career in New York, and the Giants would be smart to go ahead and find someone to replace him before it is too late. *Cough, Broncos, Cough* With this draft class loaded at the quarterback position, they sure will have plenty to choice from to find a successor for Eli. I believe Rosen has separated himself from the pack with his play with a lack luster roster built around him in UCLA. He has shown his improvement in completion percentage, the deep ball, and (excluding his last game against Arizona) touchdown to interception ratio this season. Put him on a roster with a lights out defense, and the receivers that the Giants possess, and I believe Josh Rosen could provide a smooth ending to the Eli Manning era.
The Chargers are another team coming to an end of an era at QB, but when you have a talent like Derwin James fall to you at 5, you dont pass him up. Ever since Eric Weddle left the Chargers, their safety position has been suspect, but no longer with the selection of Derwin James. Many scouts believed that when Derwin James and Jalen Ramesy played together at FSU, James was actually the most talented defensive back on that team. That is saying a lot considering what Ramesy has been able to do in his short time with the Jaguars. Much like the Colts, the Chargers are building a young defense, but have already found their All-Pro pass rusher in Joey Bosa. Its time to turn the pressure of Bosa into turnovers for this defense, and no one is better than James at doing so in this class.
Lamar Jackson will be drafted as high as the Bills fall to. This is simply a match made in heaven as Buffalo already has an offense built around a mobile quarterback and I dont believe they would be scared to draft him like some franchise might be. Tyrod Taylor is not going to be the future for the Bills and that is pretty obvious. Jackson is one of my favorite players in this draft, and if the Bills can surround him with the right protection, could be the upgrade at QB Buffalo needs to take over thier division.
Mitchell Trubisky looks like the future in Chicago, now its time to get him a play maker to throw to. That is exactly what Christian Kirk is, as a matter of fact he is probably in the dictionary if you were to look up what a play maker is. The Bears wide receiver core is terrible at best, disgusting at worse. The Bears literally went a full game without completing a pass to them. Cameron Meredith is a good receiver but not a true #1 one, and thats what you need with a young QB like Trubisky.
Cincinnati has a ton of talent all over their roster except the offensive line. This is a huge flaw they need to fix for the sake of the team, and Dalton's health as well. Trey Adams just recently went down with a knee injury, and is out for the season, so depending on what kind of injury he suffered you can expect this to change. Until then, Trey Adams has shown the best footwork in pass protection for this draft class, and stop most defenders on first contact. At 6'8, 327 Lbs, Adams is nearly a literal mountain and defenders seem to stick to him at the line of scrimmage. Not only will this give Dalton time to go through his progressions, but it will allow Joe Mixon to do his damage in the second level.
The Jets have surprised anyone who follows football with their hot start, but I still don't trust them to continue this hot streak. Now this next player could very well not be in this draft class, but I believe he should be. Coming in at 6'3 214 Lbs, Stidham is my 2nd ranked quarterback, and has completely balled out this season as of now. Completing over 65% of his passes for 1,500 yards and a 9/2 touchdown to interception ratio, Stidham was leading Auburn on a potential playoff birth before the LSU upset due to coaching issues. Stidham could use year on the bench but there is no doubt that he is a future franchise quarterback once he learns his offense.
Though I have them with a top 10 draft pick, the Raiders really dont have many holes on their roster. They just haven't been able to mesh everything together this season, no reason to panic though, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Raiders. This pick might seem a little high, but the Raiders are in desperate need for tackle help. We all have seen what happens to the Raiders without Carr, which is why they are here in the first place, and they cannot let injuries stack up on their $25 million quarterback.
I truly believe a healthy Derrius Guice is just as good as Saquon Barkley, and if you watched him last year you would probably see where I am coming from. In 2016, Guice rushed for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns against Texas A&M and totaled nearly 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns while being behind the #4 overall pick in the 2017 draft (Leonard Fournette).
Arden Key started off as a top 3 lock for the 2018 NFL Draft. A few injuries later, and a mild 2017 LSU season and here we are with Key at the 13th overall pick. If this happens, the Dolphins could possibly have the steal of the first round. At 6'6, 265 Lbs, Arden Key is a freight train coming off the edge and one of the most violent sack artists in CFB. Miami needs edge help as is, and Cameron Wake isn't going to be getting any younger.
While quarterback could be an important pick for the Saints, I dont believe they are ready to give up on Brees just yet. He has looked great this season, and as long as he is healthy I believe they will keep him under center. Michael Thomas is an amazing talent, but he can't do it all for the Saints. Adding a speedster like Calvin Ridley not only replaces what they traded away in Cooks, but it gives them insurance for Snead just in case he has another mishap/can't stay healthy. Calvin Ridley has been Mr. Do It All for Alabama in his 3 years being there. In 2 1/2 seasons he has racked up 194 catches, 2255 yards, and 17 touchdowns. You've got your big baller in Michael Thomas, now with Ridley you have a YAC monster to pair with him and make this offense even more deadly.
Dallas has an amazing offense, but one of the worst defenses in the NFL right now. They cannot maintain a lead to save their life, and that is why drafting a playmaker like Minkah Fitzpatrick is something the Cowboys need to do in 2018. They spent nearly all of their draft picks last year on cornerbacks, and they have looked promising but only time will tell. Fitzpatrick offers the same versatility that Byron Jones gave them in 2015, as he is a true defensive back and balls out at any position you put him in. Just put him on the field and your defense will get better. He has a knack for finding the ball,and an even better ability at taking it back to the house as he has 9 career interceptions and returned 4 of those for TDs.