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2018 NFL Mock Draft by bscrich - 1.2
Published at 1/3/2018 7:32:30 PM

New update, with some commentary.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The Browns have to go QB #1 after passing on many in recent years. Rosen might offer the best talent, the testing process will tell us a lot, although I think we will see a late charge from Mason Rudolph.

2. Giants: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Connor Williams was a top 5 pick coming into the year, and avoided major injury and returned to the field this year. The Giants desperately need to fix their OL, and I think Williams ends up as the best OT prospect in the draft.

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

The Colts need defensive stars. You could argue Chubb is the best player in the draft and instantly upgrades a defense that came on towards the end of the year.

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

Barkley is the HR hitter the Browns offense needs.

5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

We know of the Broncos struggles at QB, and I think that will be addressed in free agency (Kirk Cousins?). They also need to fix their run game. Nelson is an instant plug and play guard that upgrades their wretched run game.

6. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

I think Darnold is coming out, and if he does, he will still go in the top 5 (how about a Jets and Giants swap?). The Jets may represent the perfect landing spot. Veteran Josh McCown presumably will be brought back, and Darnold can take the red shirt year he would need before taking over in 2019.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Bucs were a trendy pick to make the playoffs this year, and while they have a ton of talent, they also have a ton of holes. They need players on the back-end of their defense and got so desperate they turned to TJ Ward. Fitzpatrick will upgrade their secondary and coverage.

8. Bears: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

There will be movement a top the WR draft board, for my money, Sutton is the best combo of size and speed, with route running and RAC skills to translate into the number 1 WR the Bears desperately need. A healthy Cam Meredith and Sutton gives the Bears a heckuva H/W/S duo on the outside.

9. 49ers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The 49ers hit a HR with their Jimmy G trade (I told you all he was good) and can now focus on upgrading their roster. Getting a safety like James in the spot, would represent a nice surprise for John Lynch

10. Raiders: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vea might be my favorite player in the draft. He has size but unworldly speed, he was clocked at 20 mph this year, the "fastest" TD in the NFl this season was Ty Hill's at about 20.8 mph. The Raiders need to fix their run D, and Vea will help.

11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

A stud in every sense of the word. ILBs tend to fall a bit out of the top 10 (see Davis, Reddick, and Foster last year) but their impact is always immediate, and Smith will transform Miami's D that needs some leadership.

12. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

The Bengals need to fix their OL. Marv Lewis is some how back, and knows how much that hindered their offense this year.

13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Washington was pleasantly surprised to land Payne's former teammate Jonathan Allen last year at 17, this year, they go back to Bama for another impact DL that can play all along their defensive front.

on a side note, there will be so many opportunities to add some great GIFs to this draft. This represents the first, obvious choice: Clubber Lang's prediction... Payne

14. Packers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Key was thought to be the best defender heading into the season, but had an up and down year for LSU. Green Bay desperately needs to add to its pass rush, and Key is worth the gamble here.

15. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Cardinals obviously need a QB, Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield, and even Lamar Jackson will get looks here, but I think the Cards and Gm Steve Keim gamble on Allen's arm talent and athleticism.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

We all know how much GM Ozzie Newsome loves his alma mater, and for good reasons. Ridley is the perfect blend of talent, need, and school, and to me is a lot like Steve Smith, only bigger.


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