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2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - 1.5
Published at 1/6/2018 4:36:15 PM
See my mock draft first over colleagues over at prettygoodsports.com, as well as other writings from my colleagues. As always, comments and feedback are always welcomed
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Isaiah Crowell is a soon to be free agent and has not really turned into the great back his skill set says he could be. Even with their improved interior of their o-line he was still unable to be really effective. Duke Johnson is a nice back, but they clearly prefer him as a pass catcher than an every down back. If Chubb continues to have a great playoff run I am sure he could sneak into the first round due to this overall weak draft. However, I have him as a second round back because he is a tad one dimensional with not much experience catching the ball. Of course, he can hit home runs with his rare blend of strength and speed that could make him plenty effective. Having him and Johnson together could give the Browns a nice duo to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
There could be a flood of backs in this round of the draft or there could be none. Both for the same reason with how good this running back class is which could have them going sooner than normal or they could go later with teams waiting on taking a back later with how good the depth is. In the case, for the Giants they should either take the best blocker or back available. At this juncture, Love is the best talent out of the two groups with his rare speed, energy, and durability. Even injured down the stretch Love was a dynamic bell cow back for the Cardinal even at his smaller stature. The Giants should pair their future young quarterback with an actual running back which they have not had since Brandon Jacobs during his first tenure with the team.
Last Mock Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
The Browns actually have had solid corners this season with Jamar Taylor, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Jason McCourty. However, none of those guys are straight shut down corners or ones good enough to guard team's top options. Plus, with so many picks and potentially more if they trade down in the first round just taking good defensive talent is a good move. Alexander if he stayed healthy all season would be a first round lock, but he could still get close with a good Combine. He has a ton of athleticism and potential to build upon as he continues to develop his technique. His ball skills are also high level quality that could make him a dangerous player to throw against.
Last Mock Pick: Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
The Colts could go in a number of directions here between the o-line, corners, or linebackers. However, no one has ever complained about having to many pass rushers off the edge. They have two solid edges with Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, but they could get even better by bringing in Harold Landry into the rotation. A lot of people really love Landry in the media, but I could see him slide after his poor tape against the good blockers of Notre Dame that were pro caliber. He is a terrific athlete with good bend and speed around the edge. However, his strength is lacking and his size could have him get pushed around easy. If he could get stronger to hold up in the run he would be a lock first rounder. With the Colts he could be a specialized pass rusher only to be utilized on passing downs or specified blitzes. Which, he should do with great effectiveness.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Hubbard OLB Ohio St
The Jets could draft a young quarterback here, but I expect them to make a run after Kirk Cousins with their huge cap space. If they do they should look to bolster their corners through the draft. Mo Claiborne has been bad all year and is soon to be a free agent. Meanwhile, Buster Skrine has had some good moments, but much more bad moments during his time in New York. Averett has been a solid technical corner for the Tide all season long blanketing receivers. No tape is better to show of him than his match up against Clemson where he gave Kelly Bryant no where to throw to on his side of the field. His size may be a deterrent for making him a higher pick, but he plays bigger than that and should do fine at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Mike Hughes CB UCF
The Bucs would love to take Bradley Chubb in the first round, but they just miss out in this scenario. They could still snag a good pass rusher here in the top of the second round since someone will probably slide here. Hubbard has a similar skill set, size, speed, and power that Joey Bosa had coming out of Ohio St. The only issue is that Hubbard has yet to put it all together and has been unable to find consistency from snap to snap. I think most of that has to do with him rotating a lot at Ohio St with a lot of other talented pass rushers. With the Bucs he will not be rotating as much since guys like William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Noah Spence have really not gotten the job done lately.
Last Mock Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
The Bears could take a pass rusher in the first round, but the need to get Trubisky a weapon will be too overpowering for them to avoid. Instead, they could land a solid defender here to help up front. They have been trying to find a book end to compliment Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman for a bit now to round out their defensive front. Guys like Mitch Unrein and Jonathan Bullard especially have not given them that impact they were looking for the past few seasons. Maybe another Gator can out play Bullard like Taven Bryan who has a lot of similar traits to J.J. Watt with his size, speed, and ferocity in his pass rush. However, he needs to work on his energy and consistency from snap to snap. He has a lot of upside to build upon and could be a great pick for a team looking to turn the corner during this rebuild.
Last Mock Pick: Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
Another guard who could go sooner than expected due to perception of the position, but in this poor offensive line league I think teams will begin reevaluating the way they value blockers no matter the position. The Broncos need upgrades all across the front maybe outside of Garrett Bolles their most recent first round pick. With them most likely bringing in a new young quarterback they should really invest keeping him upright and the best way to do that is with a good interior line. Hernandez is a nasty blocker with good balance and base to anchor against bigger defenders. His size and athleticism than people expect out of top blockers. However, he may be one of the best technique driven blockers who should shine during the pre draft practices and games.
Last Mock Pick: Kolton Miller OT UCLA
The Raiders have one of the worst linebacking units in the league and is part of the reason why they could not stop a nose bleed on that side of the ball. Bringing in at least one good tackler who can cover would be a step in the right direction. For some reason Evans has been the most overlooked linebackers coming out of Alabama this year and maybe that is due to a lot of their linebackers going down. However, the one constant has been Evans who shined in the game against Clemson not allowing Bryant to beat them with his legs or beat them in the middle of the field with their tight ends or Hunter Renfrow again. He should be an immediate upgrade for the Raiders and could even bring in some leadership to that side of the ball with his plus instincts.
Last Mock Pick: Taven Bryan DE/DT Florida
Many people probably have never heard of Harrison outside of Texas and West Georgia , but his a top tackle candidate who could sneak in the first round. If he interviews well and proves he could compete against higher level of competition like he did at West Georgia than he should go higher than this. He has good talent, length, footwork, and athleticism to be a left tackle at the next level. If not he could be an excellent right tackle instead. For the Dolphins if he could stay at left tackle that would be great allowing them to move Laremy Tunsil inside where he is a better fit at guard. Again, if not it would also help them solve the right tackle problem where Ja'Wan James has been disappointing since being a first rounder for them.
Last Mock Pick: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
The Patriots could lose Nate Solder this off season as he is set to be a free agent. I expect them to bring him back to protect Brady rather than bring in a rookie. However, they could use upgrades where Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon are concerned. Even Joe Thuney who has had some success this year has not been totally solid in protecting Brady who has been hit a lot this season. Wynn is a versatile blocker who can play at left tackle even with his shorter arms, but should be even better at guard or right tackle where he would be a better fit. He is a blue collar worker with good footwork, and technique to go along with the nastiness that you need to play on the line.
Last Mock Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
I actually have Drew Lock here in my mock on prettygoodsports.com, but he is not in the database in Walt's mock draft for me to put him in. So, for now I will keep the seat warm with Luke Falk who can go sooner than expected if he works out well. The Redskins will probably need to have a back up quarterback behind Colt McCoy if they decide to go that route out of camp. Falk has talent, a good arm, and solid accuracy. However, playing in Mike Leach's system may cause him to use a year to learn how to run a pro system. He has a lot of Kirk Cousins to him too so I could see this working here.
Last Mock Pick: Arden Tate WR Florida St
The Packers just resigned Davante Adams, but that worries me since just like Cobb did when his contract was up he had a great year out of nowhere. Now Cobb has been just okay since then and the same could happen for Adams. Both do benefit with Rodgers throwing them the ball inflating their numbers. However, Rodgers has always loved throwing the ball to his tight ends even though they have all been really below average. This is a weaker tight end draft than recent years, but Andrews who is coming off a great Rose Bowl game has really sparked his stock. Andrews is a talented pass catching tight end with good speed and size who can be a weapon for Rodgers to go to in the middle of the field.
Last Mock Pick: Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
Upgrading their safety unit has been a need ever since Reggie Nelson left a few seasons ago. In fact, that could be a good thing since he has not done much in Oakland. However, they also have Georgie Iloka who is aging rapidly and Shawn Williams playing very poorly. They seem to like Alabama defensive backs and could pair Kirkpatrick with another Tide defender. Harrison reminds me a lot of Landon Collins just without the explosive upside that Collins possessed. He can play the line very well with his strong tackling ability and he could still play well in coverage as he develops his skills further there. Also his ball skills are further along than Collins coming out of college so I can see him being a similar player in the pros.
Last Mock Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP
It seems we are getting ever closer to the end of the great career of Larry Fitzgerald. Supposedly, he will stick around another year to try to get higher up all time records lists. What could help him get there is a better receiver across from him who can take attention away from him. John Brown, Jaron Brown, and J.J. Nelson are smaller receivers who have all dealt with their own injury issues. Plus, the two Browns are soon to be free agents and they are better off without them. Tate is a totally different style of receiver than they have on the roster with great size and ability to be a dynamic red zone weapon. I can see him being a similar type of receiver to Alshon Jeffrey where his long strides and ability to tower over defenders can help him overcome his lack of elite speed.
Last Mock Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
More help for their defense as they try to continue to build up a solid roster. Jason Verrett is a great corner when healthy, but that has become a big issue after missing the majority of the past two seasons. Maybe he can do a rebirth like Keenan Allen has after a myriad of injuries slowed him down the past few seasons. Even if he does return building up their depth should be a smart idea in this pass happy league. Plus, you have to expect the quarterback play should get better in their conference with Patrick Mahomes getting to start, the Broncos finding a new better quarterback, and Jon Gruden fixing Derek Carr. Beal is a long and talented corner who can be a nice player who can develop to be even better as he gains strength.
Last Mock Pick: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
The Jets should find a viable running back to help out Kirk Cousins if they get him. Matt Forte should just be used in that veteran pass catching back role like Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and others have been for the Patriots. At this point, he really does not have much left in the tank to be an every down back. Neither does Bilal Powell for that matter due to his inability to stay healthy for a full season. Johnson displayed all around great play for the Auburn Tigers throughout the season. He was good as a bell cow back, could catch the ball out of the backfield, and played with great toughness playing through injuries in the SEC Championship game. I can see him not getting a ton of love leading up to the draft, but ending up being one of the better backs from this draft.
Last Mock Pick: Duke Ejiafor DE Wake Forest
I hate to say this, but Jason Witten should have retired this off season instead of returning for another go. He has been progressively getting worst each season and for Dak to get better he needs a more reliable pass catcher in the middle of the field to rely on. So bringing in a young option who can take snaps away from Witten should be a smart move in this draft. Hurst is a big athletic tight end with a lot of upside as he continues to harness his technique and routes. Being a former minor league baseball player he is a tad older, but he also has less wear and tear on his body to be able to play well into his 30s if he is good enough.
Last Mock Pick: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St
Again, I can see a lot of running backs being taken sooner than normal due to their high talent, but could also see them slide as teams go after positions with less talented depth. For the Lions though they should just take the best back available at this juncture since it is a disservice to Matthew Stafford by how bad their running game has been. How could your last 100 yard rusher be a washed up Reggie Bush a year away from retirement. If they can find a guy who can run the ball consistently for Stafford to allow them to have a more balanced offense he could maybe bring this team on a nice playoff run. Guice would be a first rounder had he put up better numbers, but LSU's offense was so inept that it dragged him down as well. He displays good balance, vision, and speed that has me thinking he could be better long term than his former teammate Leonard Fournette. Especially, since Guice does not go out looking for contact like Fournette is.
Last Mock Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
The Ravens have been in a cap crunch over the past few years after their Super Bowl run after having to pay Flacco and others for their success. One of those players they had to lose was Ricky Wagner at right tackle and now have a big hole on that side of the line. Miller had a rough go of it at the beginning of the year, but has rounded into form as the season went on. He has good length, athletic talent, and to stay on the edge of the line. Possibly he could stay on the left side, but would be a better fit on the right side where his size and run blocking talent is more valuable.
Last Mock Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU
The Bills will be in need of new talent at defensive tackle after letting Marcell Dareus go to Jacksonville and veteran Kyle Williams possibly being free agent this off season. Plus, Adolphus Washington still has yet to really develop so possibly two tackles will be needed. Sean McDermott also values strong interior pass rushers coming from Carolina where he had a lot of success on defense with his two Pro Bowl tackles. Hurst maybe has the best first step and ability to shoot into the back field in this whole draft. The issue is his size and lack of raw power or strength to shed blockers when they get their hands on him. If he gets stronger he could become a very nice value pick for where ever he lands. He is a perfect fit for the three-technique for the Bills.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
The Titans could use more fire power on the defense especially in the pass rush where they are just okay. Veteran Brian Orakpo has begun to show his age and Derrick Morgan is just okay. Kevin Dodd also has not really looked like a pro after being a highly touted prospect a few seasons ago. Armstrong is an interesting prospect with a lot of athletic upside, but he really has never had to put it all together over at Kansas where he can get away with just his athleticism. He needs to work on his motor, strength, and technique for him to be a dominant player at the next level. However, I could see him explode at the Combine causing his draft stock to sky rocket.
Last Mock Pick: Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas
Something about the Falcons offense just feels off this year and no one can put their finger on it. One theory I have is that Mohammad Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are extremely overrated. Julio Jones is getting older and seems to be getting frustrated by getting double covered so often. Especially, watching him drop a lot of passes is really concerning. Maybe his age is starting to catch up to him or maybe like his counterpart A.J. Green he needs someone to help him out. St.Brown is a terrific player who could play across from Julio with his complimenting size, speed, and solid route running skills. His numbers are not pretty playing on a one dimensional offense at Notre Dame and his size could have teams worried about his speed. If he runs well at the Combine his stock could rise some.
Last Mock Pick: Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
The 49ers should look for new talent on the outside to go with Jimmy Garoppolo. Marquise Goodwin has been a nice option, but he is nothing more than a third option at best. I hoped Pierre Garcon would make an impact with his old coach, but I think his time is up at this point of his career. Kirk is a talented receiver with a lot of explosive play making ability. I could see him flying up boards with a good Combine and Pro Day. However, the reason he may slide down in the draft is his smaller stature and lack of diverse route running skills. At the moment, he is just good at go routes and slants where he can get the ball quickly to utilize his speed. If he could diversify his route tree he could be a real steal in this draft.
Last Mock Pick: Braden Smith OG Auburn
The Chiefs found some production out of nowhere from Dee Ford last year, but he has regressed back to his injured ways this season. Meanwhile, their other edge rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are neither young nor healthy consistently anymore. Though when healthy Houston is still a major threat, but he needs someone to take attention away as he ages. Frazier is another one of those dynamic Mizzou pass rushers who can make an impact at the next level. His numbers are not as good as his predecessors so he will need to answer for that, but he has the athleticism to be a great player. He just needs to hone his craft more and work on his motor.
Last Mock Pick: Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio St
I am going to assume they are going to give Blake Bortles another year of starting barring a major free agent move or unexpected trade up. He has played well this season overall and they did give him his 5th year option so might as well see if he can sustain this success. Helping him do that should be the prerogative of the franchise and giving him a nice interior pass catching option is a good way to help. Mercedes Lewis as never really turned into anything more than a middling tight end and they already gave up on Julius Thomas last summer. Fumagalli is a sneaky good athlete and runs crisp routes to get open. He should be a nice player at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Jamarco Jones OT Ohio St
The Panthers have had one of the best defenses this season with some major holes on that side of the ball. One being on the edge and the other being in the safety unit. It is not because Mike Adams or Kurt Coleman are bad players, but both are just okay and aging. Edmunds is a savvy safety with good instincts, size, and speed to be a talented back end option. He should be a nice value pick here who can roam the back end for the Panthers or possibly be a third safety they can bring in with Adams and Coleman.
Last Mock Pick: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
If the Bills keep all of their picks and wait to take a quarterback in the first round or later. They could also keep Tyrod Taylor after he played relatively well with a lot of turmoil around him this season. If they have these picks they could take some high reward players who can turn into big busts like Jefferson. They could use some better linebacker play after trading Reggie Ragland and have a few starters headed to free agents. Jefferson has the talent and athleticism to be the best linebacker in this draft by a long shot. However, he has played a lot of games disinterested and seems to have below average instincts that can cause him to miss plays. Maybe Sean McDermott who is a good defensive coach can get the most out of him.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
The Browns could have one of the best receiving corps with Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. However, we all know about Gordon's issues and how hard it is to trust him. Then we have Coleman's issues of staying healthy, which has stunted his growth to develop into anything more than a straight line speed option. So with one of their many picks they should look to adding to the depth with possible players who can see starting time or pick up the slack if either of the incumbents miss time. Campbell has all the physical gifts to be a special receiver, but he is incredibly raw playing at Ohio St with their simple offense and Urban Meyer's lack of care to develop players for the next level.
Last Mock Pick: DeShon Elliot S Texas
I think Le'Veon Bell's time in Pittsburgh is going to end this off season. Not only do they not have a lot of cap space for an oft-injured and occasionally suspended back. They have also be running him into the ground this season with the most carries in the league by a long shot and to me that is a sign for Pittsburgh that they do not care if he is going to be healthy enough to play after this season. Michel has been a tad overshadowed by Nick Chubb, but he helped his stock a lot by shredding Oklahoma's arena league defense including putting the nail in the coffin with his walk off touchdown. He may not be as big as Chubb, but he is a better pass blocker and catcher than his teammate. I can see him being similar to Alvin Kamara at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Sony Michel RB Georgia
The Patriots will most likely move this pick along with their other picks trying to get veterans to help out the team in their last few pushes to win Super Bowls before Brady retires. However, if they keep these picks upgrading the defense is a good way to extend Brady's longevity by not forcing him to keep up with opposing offenses. One area they will need to add to is corner if they let Malcolm Butler walk this off season. McFadden is a talented corner with a lot of upside. However, his technique and scheme specific style could make him slide.
Last Mock Pick: Porter Gustin OLB USC
The Vikings could lose both Shariff Floyd and Tom Johnson this off season who are key cogs in the middle of their defense. Linval Joseph is still there as one of the best run stuffing tackles, but his stamina and health are always two big issues. Bringing in another option to rotate in and give him some rest is key to keeping him available. Thompson is a first round caliber talent with a rare ability to be an interior pass rusher. As well as, being a great run stuffer. However, like a lot of defenders getting picked here with his talent he needs to really work on his energy and effort on every play. Too often he takes plays off similar to Malik McDowell and Carl Davis in recent years. Maybe the Vikings strong defensive leadership can motivate him to put in the effort.
Last Mock Pick: Trenton Thompson DT Georgia