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2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 1/13/2018 12:53:56 AM

This is my first mock ever, and it's also a little daunting since I'm doing this early...I expect to make more before the time of the Draft!

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Whatever QB the Browns choose to start next season, giving them a run game will make their job easier. Barkley is the best player in the draft, and there's no reason as to why Cleveland shouldn't take him here (besides deja vu to Trent Richardson).

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The safest of all of the QBs in this year's draft, the Giants should address nothing other than the QB position with this pick. Whatever Quarterback they choose will enter a system with great targets to start his career, and with the addition of an Offensive Lineman or two, they will be set for success.

3. Colts: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Keep. Luck. Upright. This superstar lineman shouldn't have a problem with that. On a super weak O Line, as long as Barkley still isn't on the board, this seems like the logical pick to keep the only working part of the Colts franchise on two legs.

4. Browns: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Some say Mayfield is the next Manziel, but I say he's the next high-tier QB. He has great accuracy, a great spark for competition, and a love for the sport. Although he has some small off-field issues, I think Mayfield is the logical pick for Cleveland, especially over Sam Darnold (who I think would just be the next Kizer in the way of throwing metric tons of INTs).

5. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Denver seems like a good landing spot for Darnold, a QB who some think is the best in the draft. Here he will have borderline-elite Recievers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, along with a great Defense that has the potential to carry this team into the Playoffs.

6. Jets: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Defense wins Championships, and I don't think the Jets should reach for a QB at pick number six when the top three are already off the board. Take a possible generational talent to rebuild that once-great D Line.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

TJ Ward has been...well...

Forget Ward. It's time for a new Safety, and Fitzpatrick is living, breathing talent. It would be great for the Bucs to get a leader for their Defense and their Secondary, and Fitzpatrick is the man for the job.

8. Bears: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

With the Bears' new offensive mindset, it makes sense to put talent around Trubisky. Drafting a 6'4" safety net seems like a safe pick, and when you look at Chicago's Receiving stats from last season, how can you not take one?

9. 49ers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

Make a good young Defense even better with possibly the top CB in the draft. Get Recievers and maybe a lineman in Free Agency and the rest of the draft and...boom! See you in the Playoffs!

10. Raiders: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Expect Sean Smith to be cut this offseason - and don't expect David Amerson to be your top corner next year either. It's time to rebuild the position with younger talent.

11. Dolphins: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Chubb will be a rotational player to start, but can eventually take over for Cameron Wake. Expect him to play at a high level.

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

Unless you want Andy Dalton's head to be removed from its rightful place, look no further than this Notre Dame lineman. A flashy Receiver or any other position can wait a little longer!

13. Redskins: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Considered a Boom-Or-Bust pick by many, Jackson very possibly has the highest upside in the Draft out of any Quarterback. Washington isn't a team that I see any QB desiring to go in Free Agency, and that's why I think they will be required to draft one.

14. Packers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Roquon Smith is a fantastic talent, and the Packers are usually never picking this high. Why not take advantage of that and draft a super talented defensive piece who can rotate in and take over in the future for older players such as Clay Matthews?

15. Cardinals: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

Mason Rudolph isn't a generational talent. Some would say he's not even a First Round Pick. However, the Cards have had a scout at every one of his college games, and I don't think they can afford to let him slide to another team later in the draft.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Ah, look at that elite QB, Joe Flacco. Look at his elite Recievers...oh wait. This is the Ravens...where expired talent comes to die. Perriman hasn't panned out at all, and at this point I don't think Baltimore can sit around waiting until he does. Here they take possibly the best Reciever in the class and give Joe Flacco a great go-to target.

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