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2018 NFL Mock Draft by rsn32 - 1.12
Published at 1/13/2018 1:16:01 AM

mock draft 1.0-1/12/18: post nat'l championship and 2nd round of nfl playoffs.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen doesn't want to play for the Browns, but in my mind take the best QB and go from there. Rosen is a level above all other QBs in this class in my opinion and is extremely polished and should translate well to the NFL.

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Giants have a decision to make with Eli, but he could have another year or two of good play in a new scheme. 2 is high for a runningback, but Barkley and a healthy Giants offense could put them right back into playoff contention next year.

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

Chubb is probably safer than Arden Key and has the ability to be a complete defensive player for a Colts team that needs help on both sides of the ball.

4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick can play multiple positions and adds a winning attitude to the Browns, who need young leaders moving forward.

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Mayfield, Darnold, and Jackson are probably higher rated and for good reason, but Allen fits the bill of an Elway QB and has the chance to be a wildcard top 5 pick in this draft.

6. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Sam Darnold is severely overrated in my opinion but the Jets need a QB and Darnold will likely do well along the draft circuit, keeping him within the top 10 picks.

7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Bucs had one of the worst defenses in the league last year. They have Lavonte David and some promising players, but need back end help. James from FSU is super athletic and a playmaker.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Denzel Ward could be a great pick for Chicago, and judging by the recent success of former teammate Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State DBs should be a good bet for success.

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

Quenton Nelson would be a great pick for the protection of new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who has an o-line which needs a lot of help.

10. Raiders: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Raiders went from a top o-line unit a year ago to a middling one this year. Donald Penn is getting old and protecting Derek Carr, who seems injury-prone, should be a priority.

11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

If you had to put a bet on one guy in this class being an all-pro immediately, Smith might be the answer. A do it all linebacker, he could improve the heart of Miami's defense immensely.

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

The Bengals line was not good this year and opening up more lanes for Mixon and whoever else is sharing the backfield will be a plus for Andy Dalton or another prospective QB.

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

Payne would fit nicely with last years top pick, Jonathan Allen from Alabama. The Redskins had a pretty tough time shutting down the run this year and could benefit from a big, athletic body.

14. Packers: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

This might not be the Packers top priority, but Calvin Ridley at 14 with Aaron Rodgers could be deadly, especially if the Pack part with Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb. Ridley could be a stud from day one.

15. Cardinals: Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

The Cardinals seem like a destination for a veteran QB, so upgrading a severely lacking o-line should be a priority. Miller could be a riser throughout the draft circuit after a good end to the year.

16. Ravens: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

The Ravens have one of the weakest skill groups in the league. While Alex Collins looked pretty good, they could nab a younger, more explosive back to ignite a drab offense.

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