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2018 NFL Mock Draft 1/20/18
Published at 1/20/2018 9:09:17 PM
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The Browns need a QB but the Browns also know they need playmakers and have the fourth overall pick. That guarantees them access to some combination of Rosen, Mayfield, Darnold, and Allen and taking Barkley here guarantees them a generational talent and an offensive focal point.
A great fit and a great opportunity to make the transition out of the Eli Manning era is too hard to pass up at this spot. Rosen is the most polished and NFL ready passer available and a great fit for the New York lifestyle.
It's obvious by Andrew Luck's absence this year offensive line is a major need. I wouldn't normally put an interior offensive lineman this high but Nelson is an exceptional blocker particularly against the run with his great strength and is an even better prospect than Zack Martin who has become an all-pro offensive lineman.
Of Mayfield, Darnold, and Allen, give me the winningest and most accurate available. Mayfield has seperated himself as a leader and playmaker that with Barkley, Josh Gordon, and David Njoku could recreate what he had at Oklahoma.
John Elway missed on Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler are not franchise QBs. Darnold has the intangibles and footwork to be an immediate upgrade over all three of them and help command the Broncos offense.
Josh Allen is a possibility but he's a reach here for me so it comes down to Smith or Minkah Fitzpatrick but I like Fitzpatrick as a safety so taking Smith is where I'd go. Smith is a tackling and chase down machine who would pair nicely with Darron Lee.
A no-brainer here as the Buccaneers were one of the worst teams to pressure opposing QBs and Chubb fits the Bucs' 4-3 scheme. Chubb brings a great motor and developed hand technique and pass rush moves.
The Bears need help at OL and WR but new coach Matt Nagy knows how to make late round picks into contributors so going best player available is a logical move for GM Ryan Pace. Fitzpatrick is a smart and physical safety who may also be a corner but either way can be a leader on the Bears defense.
Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin are two premier edge rushers but the Raiders run defense needs help. Payne is a vicious interior presence who shined during the college football playoff and can be a great 3-technique in new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's defense.
Sutton is a bit of a reach here but the 49ers need to give Garoppolo weapons and Sutton fits the big WR mold that Kyle Shanahan had in Julio Jones in Atlanta. Sutton is a big body that can be a red zone threat and be competitive on 50/50 balls.
I'm still nervous about his health and off field issues but based off what I know now and his exceptional burst off the edge, I'm comfortable with Key at 11 as the Dolphins will be losing Cameron Wake probably this or next year.
The Bengals offensive line is just awful on the inside and outside. Williams is the best pass blocker on the board and brings good athleticism and footwork that make him the LT prospect with the highest upside.
The Redskins still need some help on the defensive line even when Jonathan Allen returns from injury. Vea is one of the most freakish athletes you'll see for a 340 pound man and can be a very menacing 1-technique next to Allen.
Ahmad Brooks and Clay Matthews are getting older and declining and Nick Perry has dealt with injuries this year. The Packers can use youth and talent in the linebacking corps. Landry has the quickness and bend to be a good 3-4 edge rusher in new DC Mike Pettine's defense.
The Cardinals offense has loads of questions with Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians retiring and Larry Fitzgerald's future in doubt. With that, starting fresh with Josh Allen is the way I'd go. He's raw and a bit of a project but the arm talent and mobility is clearly there.
The Ravens are desperate for playmakers on offense to help out Joe Flacco. Guice brings a good combination of size and speed and may go higher if he distances himself throughout the draft process.