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2018 NFL Mock Draft by CPesavento - 12.10
Published at 12/10/2017 10:31:49 PM

My mock draft will reflect need based on numbers, age, free agency etc. There will also be potential trades included. I'm also excluding Eli Manning who may retire. Keep in mind this is early and valuations will change quite a bit before the draft.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Cleveland Browns

Offense Style: West Coast (Run Heavy for now)
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
1 Myles Garrett DE TEXAS A&M
25 Jabrill Peppers S MICHIGAN
29 David Njoku TE MIAMI
52 DeShone Kizer QB NOTRE DAME
65 Larry Ogunjobi DT CHARLOTTE
126 Howard Wilson CB HOUSTON
160 Roderick Johnson OT FLORIDA STATE
185 Caleb Brantley DT FLORIDA
224 Zane Gonzalez K ARIZONA STATE
252 Matthew Dayes RB NC STATE

Offense Rankings: Total 24 Pass 23 Run 19
Defense Rankings: Total 10 Pass 17 Run 6

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 25
Sacks per Attempt: 19

Areas of need: QB WR CB OT RB S

The Browns are in obvious need of a quarterback and I believe passing on Watson prompts taking Jackson over others. The difference Jackson has amongst the other quarterbacks is his running ability which I believe the Browns will see as an added benefit.


2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

New York Giants

Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
23 Evan Engram TE OLE MISS
55 Dalvin Tomlinson DT ALABAMA
87 Davis Webb QB CALIFORNIA
140 Wayne Gallman RB CLEMSON
167 Avery Moss DE YOUNGSTOWN STATE
200 Adam Bisnowaty G PITTSBURGH

Offense Rankings: Total 28 Pass 22 Run 27
Defense Rankings: Total 32 Pass 30 Run 32

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 14
Sacks per Attempt: 28

Areas of need: QB OT DL LB CB

The Giants pick up their next quarterback. Rosen is probably the most polished pro ready quarterback in this draft. The UCLA quarterback is also used to large cities and the New York nightlife should not faze him. But is he really that committed to football?


3. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

*Trade Denver trades picks with San Francisco in the first two rounds #3 & #38 for #3 & #59 as well as 2019 compensation.

Denver Broncos

Offense Style: Erhardt-Perkins / Run Heavy
Defense Style: 3-4.

2017 Draft Picks:
20 Garett Bolles OT UTAH
51 DeMarcus Walker DE FLORIDA STATE
82 Carlos Henderson WR LOUISIANA TECH
101 Brendan Langley CB LAMAR
145 Jake Butt TE MICHIGAN
172 Isaiah McKenzie WR GEORGIA
203 De’Angelo Henderson RB COASTAL CAROLINA
253 Chad Kelly QB OLE MISS

Offense Rankings: Total 23 Pass 19 Run 17
Defense Rankings: Total 5 Pass 4 Run 5

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 26
Sacks per Attempt: 17

Areas of need: QB RT DL S LB

San Francisco will inevitably be looking to trade down with this pick as they have many areas of need. John Elway knows this and may not want to gamble on the 49ers using this on themselves. Quarterbacks values generally increase going into the draft, and I can see Darnold's value rise. I actually see this as Denver's first choice because I think Elway could view Rosen as being a little too headstrong and difficult to control.


4. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

San Francisco 49ers

Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
3 Solomon Thomas DT STANFORD
31 Reuben Foster ILB ALABAMA
66 Ahkello Witherspoon CB COLORADO
104 C.J. Beathard QB IOWA
121 Joe Williams RB UTAH
146 George Kittle TE IOWA
177 Trent Taylor WR LOUISIANA TECH
198 D.J. Jones DT OLE MISS
202 Pita Taumoepenu DE UTAH
229 Adrian Colbert CB MIAMI

Offense Rankings: Total 21 Pass 17 Run 22
Defense Rankings: Total 25 Pass 19 Run 29

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 21
Sacks per Attempt: 26

Areas of need: WR OT LB CB RB

San Francisco is able to just trade down one slot in order to gain additional compensation. Barkley would be very tempting but the 49ers have a lot of areas of need. In the end I think they go with Fitzpatrick because he would allow some flexibility in the defensive backfield.




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

Indianapolis Colts

Offense Style: Flexible Attacking/Play Action
Defense Style: 3-4.

2017 Draft Picks:
15 Malik Hooker S OHIO STATE
46 Quincy Wilson CB FLORIDA
80 Tarell Basham DE OHIO
137 Zach Banner OT USC
143 Marlon Mack RB SOUTH FLORIDA
144 Grover Stewart DT ALBANY ST
158 Nate Hairston CB TEMPLE
161 Anthony Walker Jr. ILB NORTHWESTERN

Offense Rankings: Total 27 Pass 28 Run 24
Defense Rankings: Total 29 Pass 32 Run 13

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 32
Sacks per Attempt: 30

Areas of need: OT CB LB RB

The Colts are dead last in allowing Sacks Per Passing Attempt. They absolutely need to protect the nearly highest-paid player in the NFL in the future and need the best OT prospect.


6. Bears: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Chicago Bears

Offense Style: Erhardt-Perkins
Defense Style: 3-4.

2017 Draft Picks:
2 Mitchell Trubisky QB NORTH CAROLINA
45 Adam Shaheen TE ASHLAND UNIVERSITY
112 Eddie Jackson S ALABAMA
119 Tarik Cohen RB NORTH CAROLINA A&T
147 Jordan Morgan G KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY

Offense Rankings: Total 32 Pass 32 Run 12
Defense Rankings: Total 14 Pass 12 Run 15

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 23
Sacks per Attempt: 7

Areas of need: WR OT CB

Chicago has the worst offense in the NFL for one simple reason, they have no receivers. Kevin White is a bust and Chicago's rookie hasn't had much to work with in order to attract free-agent talent.


7. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

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Cleveland Browns

Offense Style: West Coast (Run Heavy for now)
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
1 Myles Garrett DE TEXAS A&M
25 Jabrill Peppers S MICHIGAN
29 David Njoku TE MIAMI
52 DeShone Kizer QB NOTRE DAME
65 Larry Ogunjobi DT CHARLOTTE
126 Howard Wilson CB HOUSTON
160 Roderick Johnson OT FLORIDA STATE
185 Caleb Brantley DT FLORIDA
224 Zane Gonzalez K ARIZONA STATE
252 Matthew Dayes RB NC STATE

Offense Rankings: Total 24 Pass 23 Run 19
Defense Rankings: Total 10 Pass 17 Run 6

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 25
Sacks per Attempt: 19

Areas of need: QB WR CB OT RB S

Cleveland continues to build on their 25th ranked offense. Barkley will instantly improve the offense and bring explosiveness to a lackluster franchise.


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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offense Style: Erhardt-Perkins
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
19 O.J. Howard TE ALABAMA
50 Justin Evans S TEXAS A&M
84 Chris Godwin WR PENN STATE
107 Kendell Beckwith ILB LSU
162 Jeremy McNichols RB BOISE STATE
223 Stevie Tu’Ikolovatu DT USC

Offense Rankings: Total 13 Pass 5 Run 28
Defense Rankings: Total 31 Pass 31 Run 23

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 7
Sacks per Attempt: 32

Tampa Bay needs to bring more pressure on the quarterback.


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

Cincinnati Bengals

Offense Style: Air Coryell
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
9 John Ross WR WASHINGTON
48 Joe Mixon RB OKLAHOMA
73 Jordan Willis DE KANSAS STATE
116 Carl Lawson DE AUBURN
128 Josh Malone WR TENNESSEE
138 Ryan Glasgow DT MICHIGAN
153 Jake Elliott K MEMPHIS
176 J.J. Dielman C UTAH
193 Jordan Evans ILB OKLAHOMA
207 Brandon Wilson CB HOUSTON
251 Mason Schreck TE BUFFALO

Offense Rankings: Total 31 Pass 26 Run 30
Defense Rankings: Total 16 Pass 8 Run 28

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 24
Sacks per Attempt: 4

Areas of need: LT LB CB S

It's hard to believe that the Bengals have nearly the worst offense in the league. Part of that had to do with the early-season offense of coordinator, but the other part has to do with the offensive line. They need help here in a bad way specifically at tackle, but with none worthy of a #9 selection, they go with the best lineman available and that's Nelson.


10. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Arizona Cardinals

Offense Style: Vertical
Defense Style: 3-4.

2017 Draft Picks:
13 Haason Reddick ILB TEMPLE
36 Budda Baker S WASHINGTON
98 Chad Williams WR GRAMBLING
115 Dorian Johnson G PITTSBURGH
157 Will Holden OT VANDERBILT
179 T.J. Logan RB NORTH CAROLINA
208 Rudy Ford S AUBURN

Offense Rankings: Total 20 Pass 10 Run 32
Defense Rankings: Total 13 Pass 18 Run 9

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 15
Sacks per Attempt: 18

Team Needs: QB OL CB

Carson Palmer turns 38 in December and has hinted at retirement. Allen might seem like a stretch at #10 overall, but other teams will be looking to draft a quarterback and Arizona could feel pushed into this selection.


11. Jets: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

New York Jets

Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 3-4 (Multiple Front)

2017 Draft Picks:
6 Jamal Adams S LSU
39 Marcus Maye S FLORIDA
79 ArDarius Stewart WR ALABAMA
141 Chad Hansen WR CALIFORNIA
150 Jordan Leggett TE CLEMSON
181 Dylan Donahue DE WEST GEORGIA
188 Elijah McGuire RB UL LAFAYETTE
197 Jeremy Clark CB MICHIGAN
204 Derrick Jones CB OLE MISS

Offense Rankings: Total 17 Pass 18 Run 18
Defense Rankings: Total 23 Pass 20 Run 24

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 30
Sacks per Attempt: 23

Team needs: WR OL RB QB

The Jets typically draft the highest player on their board with their first round selection which in the last several years has been defense. This year they change it up and go offense in an area of need.


12. Redskins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Washington Redskins

Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
17 Jonathan Allen DT ALABAMA
49 Ryan Anderson OLB ALABAMA
81 Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
114 Samaje Perine RB OKLAHOMA
123 Montae Nicholson S MICHIGAN STATE
154 Jeremy Sprinkle TE ARKANSAS
199 Chase Roullier C WYOMING
209 Robert Davis WR GEORGIA STATE
230 Josh Harvey-Clemons S LOUISVILLE
235 Josh Holsey CB AUBURN

Offense Rankings: Total 12 Pass 12 Run 23
Defense Rankings: Total 19 Pass 13 Run 22

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 22
Sacks per Attempt: 11

Team needs: S DE RB

Now that San Francisco has their quarterback, I don't see Cousins leaving. They could use a free safety and a playmaker on offense. Their offensive line could also use a bump considering they give up quite a few sacks per attempt.


13. Dolphins: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Miami Dolphins

Offense Style: Erhardt-Perkins
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
22 Charles Harris OLB MISSOURI
54 Raekwon McMillan ILB OHIO STATE
97 Cordrea Tankersley CB CLEMSON
164 Isaac Asiata G UTAH
178 Davon Godchaux DT LSU
194 Vincent Taylor DT OKLAHOMA STATE
237 Isaiah Ford WR VIRGINIA TECH

Offense Rankings: Total 29 Pass 20 Run 29
Defense Rankings: Total 18 Pass 15 Run 21

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 11
Sacks per Attempt: 29

Areas of need: RB OG DE QB

Ryan Tannehill being out all season was a huge blow to the offense which they were unable to recover. His play was better than many thought given the fact that virtually the entire side of the ball returned with dismal results. The Dolphins need more of a pass rush as they rank near the Bottom in Sacks per Attempt.


14. Chargers: Josh Allen, Outside Linebacker, Kentucky

Los Angeles Chargers

Offense Style: Erhardt-Perkins
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
7 Mike Williams WR CLEMSON
38 Forrest Lamp G WESTERN KENTUCKY
71 Dan Feeney G INDIANA
113 Rayshawn Jenkins S MIAMI
151 Desmond King CB IOWA
190 Sam Tevi OT UTAH
225 Isaac Rochell DE NOTRE DAME

Offense Rankings: Total 9 Pass 2 Run 26
Defense Rankings: Total 17 Pass 5 Run 31

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 1
Sacks per Attempt: 6

Areas of need: OT NT LB

The Chargers find themselves in an interesting position as they have very few glaring areas of need (besides health). I would not be surprised to see the chargers trade down this pick as their biggest need (RT) is not really available with this pick. The other major area of need is stopping the run. I think it's a tossup between a NT and LB. The LB wins out this time because he's more versatile.


15. Cowboys: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Dallas Cowboys

Offense Style: Vertical
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
28 Taco Charlton DE MICHIGAN
60 Chidobe Awuzie CB COLORADO
92 Jourdan Lewis CB MICHIGAN
133 Ryan Switzer WR NORTH CAROLINA
191 Xavier Woods S LOUISIANA TECH
216 Marquez White CB FLORIDA STATE
228 Joey Ivie DT FLORIDA
239 Noah Brown WR OHIO STATE
246 Jordan Carrell DT COLORADO

Offense Rankings: Total 18 Pass 29 Run 4
Defense Rankings: Total 21 Pass 21 Run 12

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 16
Sacks per Attempt: 14

Areas of need: DT OG WR TE

Injuries have hurt the Cowboys OL this year as well as a young secondary. They need to get some real talent at receiver as well as get some more push from the interior of their defensive line.


16. Raiders: Bryce Love, Running Back, Stanford

Oakland Raiders

Offense Style: West Coast
Defense Style: 4-3.

2017 Draft Picks:
24 Gareon Conley CB OHIO STATE
56 Obi Melifonwu S CONNECTICUT
88 Eddie Vanderdoes DT UCLA
129 David Sharpe G FLORIDA
168 Marquel Lee OLB WAKE FOREST
221 Shalom Luani S WASHINGTON STATE
231 Jylan Ware OT ALABAMA STATE
242 Elijah Hood RB NORTH CAROLINA
244 Treyvon Hester DT TOLEDO

Offense Rankings: Total 16 Pass 15 Run 25
Defense Rankings: Total 22 Pass 23 Run 11

Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 5
Sacks per Attempt: 27

Team needs: RB OT LB DT

Oakland needs to start getting to the quarterback more often. They are ranked 27th in sacks per attempt. They also need to find a legitimate starting running back.


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