2018 NFL Mock Draft by Nick_Fargo - 11.15
Published at 11/16/2017 1:15:08 AM
Just my first assessment of where I believe teams could go with their picks this spring.
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Obviously, the botched trade for A.J. McCarron means that the Browns are definitely not sold on second round choice, DeShone Kizer. If they were to go for a quarterback in the first round, Rosen makes the most sense to me.
The Jimmy Garoppolo trade should mean that the 49ers can look at other positions to draft. In my opinion, they need to go best player available, and that is Barkley. His numbers may not be huge this year, but he will produce more when teams aren't stacking the box and when he's running behind a stronger offensive line.
More and more, it looks like the Eli Manning era is coming closer to an end. If the Giants are still in the top five when Draft Day rolls along, they should take a chance on finding a franchise quarterback. Darnold has been very inconsistent this season, but his upside is huge.
The Colts seriously need some help along the edge. They simply cannot just wait and see if Tarell Basham becomes that guy. Chubb is the most dangerous defensive talent in this draft, with over 40 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in just two seasons.
Top-five may seem really high for an interior offensive lineman, but trust me when I say that Nelson is a rare exception. He is the anchor for one of the most potent rushing attacks in the nation, and the Bengals could use someone to help them improve the ground game.
Garret Bolles looks fantastic at left tackle, but the other side of the offensive line needs help in a huge way. Just like his father, Brown is a massive force to be reckoned with, and should have a great, long career at right tackle.
The Chargers are still looking for someone to fill the void left by Eric Weddle, and Fitzpatrick would be just the right guy for the job. Fitzpatrick is a leader, and is versatile and athletic enough to be successful at any position in the secondary.
When you're a bad team like the Cleveland Browns have been for some time, you just need to keep adding as much pure talent as possible, and they have enough picks with which they can take as many shots as possible. James is a tremendous athlete and is much more polished as a defender than Jabrill Peppers.
The secondary needs help at both levels, but finding a true shutdown corner has to be priority No. 1. Ward is still growing into his frame and physical tools, but the sky is the limit for him. He possesses the athleticism to become a big-time playmaker in the NFL.
The Bucs' pass-rush has been dismal for a while now, with just eight sacks in the first nine weeks of the season. Landry was the FBS sack leader in 2016, and still creates havoc on opposing quarterbacks despite having offensive coordinators' full attention.
Despite outperforming everyone's expectations, the Jets still do not have a quarterback of the future. Jackson has his doubters, but any team desperate for a difference-maker at the game's most important position should take a gamble on his physical tools and potential.
2016's draft was all about loading up the defense, but this year, the Ravens need to get Joe Flacco all the help he can get. Barkley may be the best running back in this class, but Guice isn't too far behind. Getting him this late would be a steal.
Larry Fitzgerald is likely heading for retirement soon, so it may be time for the Cardinals to find a sure-handed receiver with a similar skill set to take his place. Sutton has the big frame and a physical playing style to be that guy, with a lot of potential to be a No. 1 target.
Honestly, this defense needs help in so many places, but especially down the middle. Smith is the kind of physical, athletic playmaker who makes plays all over the field and can transform the identity of the entire defense with his presence.
If Kirk Cousins doesn't sign a long-term contract with Washington, quarterback could definitely be the position they look at. However, if they want to fill their need at safety, Harrison's combo of size, athleticism, and playmaking ability would be worthy of a first round pick.
Besides Ndamukong Suh, I don't really see a lot of difference makers on the defensive line besides Charles Harris on the edge. Wilkins is a rare athlete for a guy his size. He has the power and explosiveness to wreak havoc in the backfield, too.