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2018 Almost Christmas NFL Mock Draft
Published at 12/18/2017 12:23:06 PM

2 round mock draft w/ descriptions for first round. Order based on current W-L records. Follow me @Anthony_Russo97 on Twitter.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

DeShone Kizer is not the long term answer and new GM John Dorsey will likely want to start fresh at QB. Rosen is the NFL ready pocket passer that Cleveland needs to build around.

2. Giants: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

This isn't an indictment of Sam Darnold. Rather, this is me buying in to the Mayfield hype train. The accuracy and moxie of the Heisman Trophy winner is a great fit to transition out of the Eli Manning era.

3. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

GM Chris Ballard loves his linemen on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Chubb is the best edge rusher in the draft highlighted by a relentless motor that can help revamp the defense.

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

The combination of Rosen and Barkley can be even more successful than Dak and Zeke were for the Cowboys in their rookie season. Barkley is explosive and a once in a generation talent that can change the fabric of Cleveland football.

5. 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Garoppolo looks more than worth the 2nd round pick given up for him. Now, it's about surrounding him what he needs and giving him protection is a big priority. Nelson is an exceptional talent who has pro bowler written all over him but I wouldn't be surprised to see them trade down.

6. Bears: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Protecting Mitchell Trubisky is a must and Williams is the most gifted tackle prospect in this class. The athletic Williams can be a franchise left tackle if he can improve his teechnique.

7. Buccaneers: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Donovan Smith has struggled at LT and the Buccaneers will need to do a better job at opening running lanes for Doug Martin. McGlinchey is a fundamentally sound prospect with potential to play either tackle spot.

8. Bengals: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Head coach Marvin Lewis is reportedly out as Bengals head coach at season's end. With that, a culture change and philosophy shift is coming to Cincinatti and Fitzpatrick can help be a leader and catalyst of that change.

9. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

More than likely, a team will move up past this spot and Darnold doesn't fall to 9. Since we aren't projecting trades, the Broncos have to take Darnold here. Darnold can hopefully provide some consistency at QB.

10. Jets: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

With talent emerging from rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets lacking pass rush is being exposed as the weak link. Landry has good bend and can add quickness and athleticism to the young Jets defense.

11. Cardinals: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Cardinals could go with a QB of the future here but I'd wait and address the CB2 spot which has been a struggle for some time. Ward has the length and athleticism necessary to be a standout in the NFL.

12. Raiders: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Raiders need help to defend the run and replace the aging Reggie Nelson. James is a physical specimen who can play the line of scrimmage and defend the run while also being athletic enough to drop back into coverage.

13. Redskins: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

The Redskins still have a subpar interior defensive line even though they added Jonathan Allen in the 1st round last year. Wilkins is a freakish athlete for a man his size and can be a dangerous player next to Allen.

14. Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson

Cameron Wake is 36 years old in January and could use a pass rusher to go with Charles Harris. Ferrell has good size and speed off the edge and has put up big numbers as part of a ridiculously talented Clemson defensive line.

15. Chargers: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

An upgrade for Joe Barksdale has to be high on the priority list if the Chargers want to prolong Philip Rivers career. Brown is a mammoth of a man and is incredibly strong at the point of attack.

16. Packers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Packers haven't drafted a LB in the first two rounds of the draft since drafting Clay Matthews in 2009. Smith is a superb tackler and is a big reason Georgia is in the college football playoff.

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