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2018 NFL Thanksgiving 2 Round Mock Draft
Published at 11/22/2017 3:55:55 PM

What I would do if I was each team's GM. Draft order based on current draft order. Follow me @Anthony_Russo97 on Twitter.

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Round 1

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

The failed trade for AJ McCarron signals the Browns are not sold on DeShone Kizer going forward. Rosen is the best passer in this class and after passing on countless great QBs, Rosen can hopefully be the face of the franchise the Browns have been looking for.

2. 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

With Jimmy Garoppolo expected to be the QB of the future, the 49ers draft the most explosive playmaker in the entire draft to revamp the lowly 49ers offense.

3. Giants: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

It comes down to Darnold or offensive line here. I feel a pick this high warrants taking a player of Darnold’s talent with the knowledge Eli is on his way out very soon regardless of how the Giants play over the next couple years.

4. Broncos: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Unless Paxton Lynch stands out, the Broncos will find themselves in the QB market. However, no QBs available are worth this pick so repairing their offensive line is a top priority. Williams is an all around great tackle prospect when he is healthy and can be the Broncos blindside blocker for years to come.

5. Colts: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Andrew Luck not playing this year and Jacoby Brissett and Frank Gore both having statistically futile seasons signals the offensive line is a major problem. McGlinchey is a solid run blocker and is an immediate upgrade over any lineman on the roster.

6. Bears: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Bears have quietly built a decent young defense. That said, a hard hitting athlete like James can be a great addition to John Fox's team. James is a big man with big hits and is at his best playing the middle of the field.

7. Chargers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Chargers have sorely missed Eric Weddle and can finally address the major ineptitude at safety with the Alabama product. Fitzpatrick wears the Alabama secondary badge of pride and can really help limit big plays.

8. Bengals: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Joe Mixon has not been able to not find many holes this season due at least in part to an inefficient offensive line. Nelson is an immediate plug and play guy who many including myself feel can become an all-pro sooner rather than later.

9. Raiders: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Khalil Mack does his best to try to mask the terrible interior D-Line the Raiders have. Payne is a monster in the middle and can be the next Alabama product to be a difference maker against the run.

10. Cardinals: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Josh Allen is a strong possibility here but he may be a reach and the Cardinals still need to shore up their cornerback situation outside of Patrick Peterson.

11. Browns: Bryce Love, Running Back, Stanford

The prospect of the Browns adding Rosen and Love to Cleveland is too enticing to pass up. Adding the fellow PAC-12 player who has burst on to scene this year by averaging over 170 yards per game can immediately give the Browns a dynamic offense.

12. Jets: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

It’s not a position of need, but the Jets can wait until round two or try to trade back into round one to find a QB or offensive playmaker. Key is easily one of if not the most talented player in the draft but off field issues will probably make him available around this spot. If Key can stay disciplined, the combination of Key and Leonard Williams with Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams on the back end could pose major problems for the AFC east.

13. Redskins: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Despite adding Jonathan Allen a year ago, the Redskins defensive line remains a soft spot. Chubb is a steal here with his high motor and his outstanding play that has made him worth considering in the top 5.

14. Dolphins: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Cameron Wake is 36 years old and the Dolphins could use some youth up front. Landry is an excellent rusher who can make plays against the run and the pass.

15. Buccaneers: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Doug Martin has averaged 3 yards a carry and the offensive line has struggled mightily outside of Ali Marpet. Brown is very good run blocker and can allow Donovan Smith to shift to right side.

16. Cowboys: Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

Dez Bryant hasn't looked like an elite receiver this season and Terrence Williams would be better served in the slot. Kirk is an explosive playmaker who can impact the passing game and special teams.

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