2018 NFL Mock Draft
Published at 1/18/2018 9:37:14 PM
This list might be different than most other's. But enjoy and leave feedback. (EDITS: Accidently took out Bradley Chubb. Drafted to Bucs in this mock. Arden Key slips)
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This is simple. The Browns passed up on Carson Wentz a year prior to him becoming a potential MVP candidate. The Browns have had the worst of luck at drafting franchise quarterbacks, and they will not want to pass on a guy that is most comparable to Carson Wentz. Although we've seen plenty of players not start out their careers so great, I don't believe that the Browns are willing to wait for Deshone Kizer to develop into a suitable starting quarterback.
Eli Manning is 37 years old, and is most likely not going to remain with the team for much longer. Although the Giants did just draft Davis Webb last year, I believe that the Giants will want to take the more pro ready quarterback with the 2nd overall pick, and will focus their needs on the offensive line in the future.
This pick could go a few ways. Originally, I had Bradley Chubb going to the Colts with the 3rd overall pick, but I think that the Colts will attempt to get the best player available in this draft.Frank Gore isn't getting any younger, and when Andrew Luck comes back, and Josh McDaniels decides to become their new Head Coach, the Colts will want to surround Luck with some weapons, besides T.Y. Hilton. Offensive Line can be an issue resolved later in the draft I believe.
After drafting Allen, the Browns need to address their defense. Jamie Collins isn't the player most people believed he would be, after leaving New England, so linebacker can be figured out later in the draft. Their secondary isn't great either. Jabrill Peppers hasn't turned into the playmaker we saw him be at Michigan, and with the loss of Joe Haden, the browns could look into pulling off what the Jets accomplished in the previous draft, which is drafting possibly the best defensive back in the draft, and top 3 overall player int the draft. Minkah Fitzpatrick can fit at the Cornerback position, or in at Safety, and reminds me a little bit of Jalen Ramsey, or possible a bigger Tyrann Mathieu
Debatably, the Broncos could go with Sam Darnold with this pick. But this mock is being written after the Broncos have already requested Baker Mayfield during the Senior Bowl. I believe that the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner's antic on and off the field can be overlooked, and that even if both quarterbacks are available at this pick, I think the more safe pick here honestly is Baker Mayfield.
Sam Darnold will not have to wait very long for his named to be called on draft day. Sure, he most likely won't slip out of the Top 5, but considering how much talent is in this draft, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise. Sam Darnold has the most upside out of most of the quarterbacks in this draft, but he did have a down year, and his turnovers should be a problem that won't be overlooked by NFL teams. Josh McCown was one of the bright spots of the Jets 5-11 season, and if the jets retain him for this upcoming NFL season, he could be a great menor for Darnold to learn from.
The Bucaneers were a huge disappointment this season, and their defensive line was sub-par, only sacking the quarterback 22 times which ranked dead last in the NFL. Outside of Gerald McCoy, the Bucs have no real pash rush, which puts more pressure of the defensive backs. Getting a guy like Bradley Chubb, who was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, will help the Bucs not only, rack up more sacks, but also put less pressure on Vernon Hargreaves and the rest of the secondary. Chubb recorded 72 tackles 23 TFL, and 10 sacks.
Calvin Ridley hasn't had the best production at Alabama, but he is still the best wide receiver in this year's draft class. Mitchell Trubisky was subpar this year, but in his defense, he had nothing much to work with, outside of Jordan Howard, and occasionally, Tarik Cohen. Giving Trubisky another weapon to work with, could help him turn into the Franchise quarterback that the Bears traded up to get.
The 49ers were tied for 6th worst in interceptions with only 11. After stealing Jimmy G from the Patriots, I wouldn't expect them to go offense this early in the draft despite needing some help on the offensive line and wide receivers. Joshua Jackson enjoyed a breakout year in 2017. At Iowa, he recorded 18 PBU's and 8 INT's, and could be the key to the 49ers getting over the hump.
Roquan Smith has been outstanding this year for Georgia, and was one of the reasons that Georgia's defense was so good during their run to the National Championship. Roquan is a special player, and I wouldn't be too surprised if he landed higher in the draft, but the Raiders desperately need help on the defensive side of the ball in all areas, so I also expect them to target defense for at least 4 rounds of the draft.
I don't think I really need to explain this pick. I can't even name anybody in the secondary, besides Rashad Jones, and maybe Xavien Howard, off the top of my head. Denzel Ward doesn't have the ideal size of a cornerback being listen at 5-10 190 lbs, but his ball skills are undeniably good.
The Bengals made the terrible choice of letting Andrew Whitworth leave via Free Agency to the Rams, who was named First Team All Pro. With Joe Mixon being the future of the Bengals, if this offensive line can add a guy like McGlinchey, I believe that Joe Mixon will reach 1000 yards rushing consistently, and it will take more pressure off of Andy Dalton or whoever their starting quarterback next year is.
I'm making this pick off of the pure assumption that Kirk Cousins remains in Washington. The Redskins were tied for 6th in interceptions with 16, so this pick might not make a lot of sense, but Derwin James will be the best player available at this point, and can help compliment D.J. Swearinger.
The Packers are 16th against the rush, 23rd against the pass, and 22nd in total yards allowed. Aaron Rodgers can only do so much to take the Packers to the playoffs, and without a solid defense, the Packers won't be able to make a serious post season run. Vita Vea can play at DT or DE if needed, and has a great combo of size, strength, and quickness, and could be just what the Packers need to make this team at least top 12 in total defense.
Out of all the quarterbacks in this draft, Lamar Jackson seems to have been forgotten about more than anyone in the first round of the draft. Although Jackson didn't have his finest outing against Mississippi State, but he still had a better overall season than he did when he won the 2016 Heisman Trophy. Now that Carson Palmer has retired, the Cardinals will have to look to the draft to find their future, and with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald returning next season, the Cardinals could be dangerous if they find their long term starter at quarterback.
Joe Flacco has taken much criticism throughout this season, but to be fair, he hasn't had much to work with this season as far as receivers go. The Jeremy Maclin signing was a failure, Mike Wallace hasn't been the same since he left the Steelers, and Breshad Perriman is a bust, getting Flacco a receiver like Sutton could help the Ravens offense become elite, and shoot them into the post season with an already great defense. Sutton totaled 68 catches for 1085 yards and 12 touchdowns at SMU, and could become a 1000 yard receiver in the NFL if given the right QB.