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Way too early 2018 NFL Mock Draft by tlindsay871
Published at 1/4/2018 8:22:53 PM

This is my first mock for the upcoming NFL draft 2018 so go easy on me. Gladly receive comments and feedback. My mock draft is based on the default order and there are no trades as it is too early to see potential trades. My picks are based on teams needs or best player available. With the strong QB class and the large amount of QB needy teams, talented prospects will fall. I have also included a pro comparison for each prospect and this is based on their talent and tape. It is based on potential, not just the prospects quality as of now. I will only add small reasons under selection and closer to the draft these will be more detailed. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Darnold is the number 1 QB of this draft class for me. Tremendous arm talent, leadership qualities, great mobility, excellent poise and he has a very high ceiling. I would be concerned amount his turnovers due to deep ball accuracy and locking onto to reads too long. This can be worked on though.
My pro comparison for Sam Darnold would be Jameis Winston.


2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen is my number 2 QB in this drat class and he is an extremely accurate passer with solid arm talent and an ability to make all throws. I have concerns over Rosen's durability and leadership qualities within the dressing room. He is a perfect fit as Eli Manning's replacement and can turn this franchise around.
My pro comparison for Josh Rosen would be Matt Ryan.


3. Colts: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Barkley is the best overall prospect in the draft. He is a very gifted RB with a unique blend of speed, power, agility and balance. His production for Penn State was phenomenal and he is a triple threat player. (Running, receiving and returning). The colts couldn't pass up on a chance to take Barkley, I believe he will become a Probowler in the near future.
My pro comparison for Saquon Barkley would be Ezekiel Elliott.


4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is a very talented and versatile DB that would be an instant upgrade to what Browns currently have. I personally prefer Fitzpatrick as a free safety rather than a CB. He has the size, athleticism and playmaking ability to be a great DB in the NFL. He is my 2nd overall prospect and fills a big need for the browns.
My pro comparison for Minkah Fitzpatrick would be Jalen Ramsey.




5. Broncos: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The broncos have got a few needs on offence however Williams is a very talented LT that will be able to play instantly. Very good in pass protection and great in run blocking, Williams would seal the blindside in a division where there are many great pass rushers in Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. This broncos defence is Superbowl ready and I believe Elway will pick up a QB in free agency instead of risking a potential franchise QB in the draft.
My pro comparison for Connor Williams would be Joe Staley.


6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Mayfield is the most polarising prospect in this years draft class. You either hate him or you love him. Although his antics on and off the field are issues, Mayfield is a very talented QB with elite arm talent, leadership ability and charisma. His ability to escape pressure and his mobility is fantastic to watch. He can be the new face of the franchise and fills a major need for the Jets.
My pro comparison for Baker Mayfield would be Russel Wilson


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

Chubb is the best pass rusher in this years draft class. He has a sturdy and thick frame however possesses a great first step quickness an burst closing the gap on offensive lineman and using his bull rush he can pressure the QB consistently. Chubb is also a great run stopper which is a major need for the Bucs in a division of great QBs and RBs. He will also help the leaky Bucs secondary to perform better.
My pro comparison for Bradley Chubb would be Justin Houston.


8. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Ridley is the number 1 wide receiver in this draft class He is an all-round receiver with a unique skillset. He has the speed and acceleration to take the top off the defence and the hands to be a deep threat. Also Ridley s a very smooth route runner and he would have had a lot more production in college if Alabama did't run the ball so much.
My pro comparison for Calvin Ridley would be Amari Cooper.


9. 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Nelson is my 3rd overall prospect. An extremely talented guard that is actually fun to watch. He is a bulldozer and manhandles defensive lineman creating holes. A lot of scouting reports indicate Nelson could also potentially lay centre or tackle at NFL level. He would be a perfect in a Niners offence creating holes for Carlos Hyde and offering great pass protection for Jimmy G.
My pro comparison for Quenton Nelson would be Kelechi Osemele.


10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Inside Linebacker, Georgia

This raiders defence has a lot of problems however I think Smith is the ideal fit. From watching the Rose Bowl, Smith is a big game player and a leader that can be a three down linebacker in the NFL. He hits hard and can blitz well using acceleration and strength to break up screens. There is a chance Raiders will go for an Edge or CB help however Smith will be an instant starter and improve this defence.
My pro comparison for Roquan Smith would be CJ Mosley.


11. Dolphins: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

The Dolphins can go a number of ways with this pick with uncertainty at QB and weaknesses at LB and OL. However Guice is a very talented RB who has great blend of power, speed and durability. He can be a violent downhiller runner moving the chains and keeping Tannehill (if healthy) having to take less hits. A 1-2 combination of Guice and Kenyan Drake would be kickstart this offence.
My pro comparison for Derrius Guice would be Frank Gore.


12. Bengals: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

James is a freakish athlete with size, speed power and athleticism. He has tremendous range and his versatility means he can line up in FS, SS, OLB or even DE. He has the skills to cover tight ends removing any mismatches. He doesn't have the production of Fitzpatrck however he is a better athlete. He will slot straight into the Bengals SS position and create an immediate impact.
My pro comparison for Derwin James would be Kam Chancellor.


13. Redskins: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Redskins have many different needs and I can see them going a number of ways. If they lose Cousins, they will be in the QB market as off now though I believe Cousins will stay. Wilkins is a very disruptive defensive lineman and his versatility allows him to play to any scheme. He is a strong run stopper but also creates a lot of QB pressure and tackles for loss.
My pro comparison for Christian Wilkins would be Geno Atkins.


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

Landry in his 2016/17 season had incredible production with 16.5 sacks, however his production this season has been average.I still believe Landry is an elite pass rusher and fills a major need on this Packers defence. He is explosive and he can bend at the top his pass rush. He is also strong against the run. He has instinct for the ball on finishing plays allowing him to create forced fumbles and turnovers.
My pro comparison for Harold Landry would be Vic Beasley.


15. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Allen is an intriguing QB prospect. I have him ranked as my 5th QB in this draft class behind Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield and Jackson. His intangibles will have QBs drooling; 6ft 5in, elite arm talent and an excellent athlete. He has a quick release and can throw the ball with velocity to get it into tight windows. He has good deep ball accuracy and I believe he has a lot of upside. He does have flaws particularly with his decision making, when put under pressure he makes poor decisions struggling to read the field. He is a major need for the Cardinals with the retirement of Carson Palmer and it allows the new Head Coach a piece to build the franchise around in the future.
My pro comparison for Josh Allen would be Carson Wentz.


16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Sutton is a massive receiver at 6ft 4in and has a good blend of speed, route running ability and hands to become a true number 1 WR in the NFL. He is a nightmare matchup in the redzone and I believe he is going to be a very productive redzone target. Sutton doesn't have elite speed and doesn't have the immediate burst to get past CB at the line of scrimmage. He may take a while to get to the level of an NFL offence however he does have a high ceiling.
My pro comparison for Courtland Sutton would be Mike Evans.


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