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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ZVPlatinum - 1.17
Published at 1/18/2018 12:34:27 AM

This is my second mock draft. This includes 2 trades. As I get more time I will update picks and add a 2nd round (maybe a third) after the Superbowl.

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Round 1

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

In the mock draft, I predict Kirk Cousins going to the Browns in free agency. This solves a huge need at QB. However, I think it is in the Brown's best interest to draft Barkley with Cousins or not, as Barkley is easily the best offensive player in this draft.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

With Barkley off the board, the only reasonable pick I see the Giants making is Rosen. They can look to draft a Notre Dame O-Lineman or trade down, but I do not see either of those situations occurring.

3. Redskins: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

If the Redskins lose Cousins in free agency, I can see them making a move for a QB. I do not believe Colts really want the 3rd pick in this draft, which makes them a great candidate for a trade-down with a team desperate for a QB. Darnold is the safest quarterback remaining.

4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Browns take the best defensive player in this draft next to Chubb. No team could go wrong with adding DB's. Fitzpatrick is dynamic and could play all positions in coverage.

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Broncos continue searching for a franchise QB. I could see Elway drafting a "project" QB that has high potential in years to come.

6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

With McCown getting hurt late last season combined with his age, I see the Jets needing a starting QB. Petty nor Hackenburg have shown they can step up to the plate. I think the NY fanbase loves this kid's attitude and Jamal Adams has even tweeted in support of Mayfield.

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

Buccs luck out with Chubb falling into their laps. They need an edge rusher and Chubb is easily the best one in the class.

8. Bears: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

Many speculate the Bears may take Ridley or Sutton with this pick. I do not see it with the depth of this WR class. Jackson is the best true corner in this whole class and can immediately give the Bears Defense a boost. Expect Bears to take Jackson, especially if Fuller does not return.

9. 49ers: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Garroppolo looked like a beast with a no-name receiver group. Ridley is the best wideout in this class and I think it would be in the best interest of the niners to help Jimmy G help them win.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

This dude was an animal in the College Football Playoffs. Raiders need a lot of help on defense, so what better way to address a failing than plopping the best linebacker this draft class right in the center.

11. Dolphins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Miami needs help defensively. Raiders will either take Smith or James. I think Dolphins will jump on which ever player lands to them. In this case, I see it being Derwin James that falls to Miami.

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

After losing so much in free agency last year, Bengals look to rebuild their offensive line. There is no better position to start with than Left Tackle, which McGlinchey can hop right into and make an impact.

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

Trading down with the Redskins will allow the Colts to draft OL without having to reach so far. Nelson is by far and away the best interior lineman this draft.

14. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

I see the Cardinals trading up one spot with the Packers. I think this position will be a fight between the Cards and the Bills both wanting Jackson. However, I think Arizona is more desperate for a starting QB than Buffalo is, so they give the Packers a sweeter deal and get the last QB of the first round.

15. Packers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Packers secondary is beyond weak. Denzel Ward is a solid corner who can start right across from Kevin King and give the Packers a youthful secondary that can grow together.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

The Ravens were so close to making the playoffs this past season. One of the reasons the Ravens probably did not make it was because of their lack of offensive weapons. Sutton is a big receiver who can easily step into the offense as a true number 1 WR. Sutton can give Flacco the go-man he needs, while drawing doubles to help other receivers get open.

Picks 1-16

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