2018 NFL Mock Draft by underwood13 - 1.27
Published at 1/27/2018 2:43:17 PM
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The Browns have the rare luxury of possessing two of the top four picks in this years draft. The Browns taking a quarterback here wouldn't make a lot of sense. With Isaiah Crowell hitting the free agent market the Browns need to take the best player in this draft. Barkley will be a huge upgrade and would make this offense more appealing the free agent quartbacks if the Browns choose not to draft one with their fourth pick.
The only good thing Ben Mcadoo did for the Giants this season is get them the second pick in this years draft, which will turn into their future franchise quarterback. With Eli in his last years of being in the league, he will be able to help groom one of the young quarterbacks in this years draft into being the future of the Giants organization. I know he had turnover problems at USC, but you can't deny Sam's big time arm and with a veteran like Manning showing him the NFL ropes, the sky is the limit for Darnold.
From the Jets standpoint, they have two team in front of them who are in major need of their franchise quarterbacks. With one of the top passers off of the board is makes a lot of sense for the Jets to jump the Broncos and Browns to make sure they get their guy. The Rosen and Darnold debate is a toss up at this point but which ever one goes first the other will be soon to follow.
The Browns have to take a quarterback here right? Wrong! In the AFC North you have to be able to slow down the likes of AJ Green and Antonio Brown so picking up the best and most versatile defensive back in this draft class makes a ton of sense. A quarterback isn't going to make the Browns a winner right away so the best plan is the get an championship caliber team so that when you get the right guy at quarterback he doesn't have so much pressure on his shoulders, whether its in free agency or next years draft.
Its no secret that the Broncos are in desperate need to find their guy at quarterback. They have elite playmakers in Thomas and sanders and a superbowl caliber defense but they need someone to consistently get their play makers the ball without turning the ball over. Josh Allen will be a great fit for the Broncos and will only get better getting pointers from John Elway.
To ever make the playoffs again the Colts have to protect their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. He has been banged up for the last two seasons because the offensive line can't hold up. With defenses only getting better in the AFC South, the Colts should select the best offensive lineman in this years draft. Nelson can play all three interior positions on the offensive line and will give the Colts a big boost at that position group.
In the NFC south you have to face the each Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, and Drew Brees twice a year. Before you can beats these teams consistently, you have to be able to slow down their pass game. James will be an immediate impact player in the Bucs secondary. He is a long and physical safety and his game will translate smoothly to the NFL.
To take his game to the next level, Mitch Trubisky needs to have a go to receiver so he can pass for more than 100 yards per game. Kevin White had huge upside when being drafted a couple years ago, but his NFL career has been injury plagued and is already coming up on his contract year. Drafting Ridley here is a win win situation. By drafting him you are getting Trubisky the weapon he needs at receiver and if White comes around and has a break out year the Bears will find themselves as one of the top offenses in the NFL.
It appears that the 49ers have found their future in Jimmy G. Make this pick simple and draft the best offensive lineman available to ensure the new quarterback in San Fransisco stays healthy. He will be happy to find out the 6'8" 360lbs Orland Browns will be Groomed under Joe Staley to be Jimmy's future blindside tackle.
The Raiders have Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards approaching contract years and its not likely the are able to sign both. The Raiders will give Khalil Mack a huge contract forcing the to let Edwards test out the free agent market. Chubb is highly thought of out of N.C. State and most people don't think he will be available here. With teams having bigger needs than edge rushers in front of the Raiders, they get the steal of the draft with Chubb here.
Say what you want about Ryan Tannehill but he has't had a fair chance to prove himself due to the terrible offensive line play in Miami. The Dolphin have to protect their franchise quarterback to he can make the offensive move forward. The Dolphins should keeping drafting offensive lineman until they get their starting lineup right.
The Bengals have Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson all hitting the free agent market after next season. With hopes of signing two of the three, the Bengals will likely pursue Atkins and Dunlap being forced to let Johnson walk. Drafting Arden Key replaces Johnson and may even be an upgrade at that position.