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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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.
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.
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.
Barkley is the HR hitter the Browns offense needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Bengals need to fix their OL. Marv Lewis is some how back, and knows how much that hindered their offense this year.
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
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.
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.
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.