2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Post-Senior Bowl
Published at 1/29/2018 9:37:39 AM
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The Browns have an okay cornerback unit, but they could do better. Hughes is an extremely athletic player with a lot of speed on the outside. He is not an over powering player size wise, but he should be a great player at the next level. He could also give them a solid kick returner. Hughes reminds me a lot of Adoree' Jackson athletically and can be a good value here.
Last Mock Pick: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
The Giants not only need to find new tackles, but both Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh are both up coming free agents. It will be difficult to keep both of them let alone one of them at the very least. A guy like Wynn can be a great value here due to his versatility to play all over the line. Not only that, but he is a nasty blocker with good technique and footwork to be a top blocker.
Last Mock Pick: Kolton Miller OT UCLA
The Browns will be tempted by Saquon Barkley with one of their picks in the first round, but in this scenario they miss out on him with the Colts nabbing him. Instead, they can take advantage of this talented running back class and land an equally solid runner. Johnson is a gritty runner with good all around talent that has me smelling off a great sleeper back in the making here. With the Browns talented interior line he should pop right away with Darnold in front of him as well.
Last Mock Pick: Equanimeous St.Brown WR Notre Dame
The Colts should continue to focus on building an offense to help Andrew Luck not have to put the whole game on his shoulders. They could look towards the defense, but there really is no great player at a spot of need here without reaching. Instead, they can replace free agent guard Jack Mewhort who cannot stay healthy. Hernandez is a nasty blocker with a great base and improving technique to continue to get better. He really stood out well at the Senior Bowl.
Last Mock Pick: Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
Last year former Buffalo corners ended up flying up the draft boards and this year the same can happen with Isaiah Oliver. Like the others he has good length, footwork, and technique to be a top end corner. He does need work to play up to his skill level to be a more consistent player. The Jets could use him with Mo Claiborne headed to free agency and Buster Skrine being a bad player overall.
Last Mock Pick: Nick Nelson CB Wisconsin
The Bucs should continue to retool this defensive line to help out their talented linebacker core and allow them to do their job. It could even help out their young secondary to have a strong pass rush limiting their time stuck in coverage. Hurst is a favorite of mine with his natural ability to shoot into the backfield and be a huge disruptor. He should be a good fit next to Gerald McCoy.
Last Mock Pick: Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
It is no secret that the Bears need new receivers, but I would be more comfortable for them to attack that via free agency and use this pick elsewhere. However, they have pressing needs at corner so they may focus on retaining those guys over putting money into receiver acquisitions. If that is the case drafting a guy like St.Brown who is big and athletic on the outside can be a great help.
Last Mock Pick: Dorance Armstrong OLB Kansas
Most often when you draft a new quarterback you pair him with a new weapon. With the Broncos drafting Baker Mayfield they should pair him with his favorite target from college Mark Andrews. Not only is it a big need for them to sure up the position, but Andrews should already have the trust and report to hit the ground running with Mayfield.
Last Mock Pick: Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
The Raiders need to find a proper edge rushing mate with Khalil Mack who is basically a one man show at this point. Bruce Irvin is an uninspired player who is just cashing checks at this point. Armstrong is a player who I can see explode at the Combine with his length and athleticism. He does need to work on his motor and ability to use his hands while rushing the passer. However, I see a good future in store for him much like Mack coming from smaller football schools.
Last Mock Pick: Rasheem Green DL USC
The Dolphins should look into bringing in better blocking talent to help keep Ryan Tannehill upright and healthy. More so than ever since his knee seems to be put together with duct tape and glue. Ju'Wan James may leave via free agency this season and Laremy Tunsil is not a perfect fit out on the left side. Miller is a long and athletic tackle who can prove a useful pick for either side. Most likely the right side since his height could make him vulnerable against smaller pass rushers.
Last Mock Pick: Will Hernandez OG UTEP
The Patriots will need to bring in a corner if they let Malcolm Butler walk this off season. Alexander would be a first rounder if not for his injury history this past season. When healthy he is an extremely fast corner with a ton of speed to limit separation. He does need to work on his technique and footwork to be a more well rounded corner. This is a type of player the Patriots can take since other teams may be scared off from him.
Last Mock Pick: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
The best quarterback on the board here for the Redskins is Lamar Jackson who may scare them away with his similarities to Robert Griffin. If that is the case they can still use this pick to upgrade their receiving core. Terrell Pryor obviously did not fit. Then the collection of Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson are just not good enough to command a defenses attention. Tate is a giant target on the outside who could be a great outside threat and red zone weapon.
Last Mock Pick: Auden Tate WR Florida St
Aaron Rodgers has been looking for a consistent tight end to throw to for awhile now, but none seem to stick. This is an okay tight end class to take a few from like the Packers have been known to do with a position of need. Hurst is an older prospect due to his time as a minor league baseball player, but has proven to have a lot of upside as a tight end in the NFL. He should only continue to improve with proper technique to pair with his athleticism.
Last Mock Pick: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
The Bengals need to improve their offensive line after letting Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth walk last off season. Finding a proper left tackle could kill two birds with one stone by allowing Cedric Ogbuehi to move inside where he fits better. O'Neil has a ton of upside with his athleticism and improving footwork being a former tight end. However, he needs to get stronger in his base in the run game to be a good all around blocker.
Last Mock Pick: Connor Williams OT Texas
The Cardinals may be lucky here by passing on Lamar Jackson in the first round and still landing him here in the second. I cannot see the Redskins since he reminds them of RG3 or the Bills since he plays similar to Tyrod Taylor. That takes two quarterback needy teams off the list of taking him. I doubt the Browns take him either so he may slide a bit after the first round to here. Jackson is an athletic quarterback with a ton of upside as he continues to develop from the pocket. He may turn into the biggest steal of the draft if he works out.
Last Mock Pick: J.C. Jackson CB Maryland
The Chargers should be in the market for a corner with Jason Verrett showing no signs of staying healthy. Unless, he has a renaissance like fellow teammate Keenan Allen has I think the Chargers should find an alternative if that does not occur. Jackson could be a top corner in this draft if not for his off field issues. If he comes out clean in the interviews and shows up at the Combine he should still be a top half of the draft pick.
Mock Pick: DeShon Elliott S Texas
The Jets with their new quarterback should pair him with a new running back to take some of the pressure off of him. Matt Forte is definitely in his twilight years and should be used as just a pass catching back. Meanwhile, Bilal Powell does not have the faith of the coaching staff to be an every down back. Guice would be a highly touted back had it not been for his offense holding him back at LSU. He is a talented bulldog type of a back with a ton of speed and grit. If he shows better hands at the Combine he should only rise higher.
Last Mock Pick: Derrius Guice RB LSU
The Cowboys pride themselves on a great offensive line, but it is nowhere near as good as it once was. La'el Collins is a bit out of position at right tackle and would be a lot better back at guard. That way Chaz Green or Jonathan Coooper will not be allowed to start. Harrison is a talented blocker with some baggage that forced him to leave Texas and go to West Georgia. If he interviews well he should not make it out of the second round. He could even be a solid emergency left tackle if Tyrone Smith's nagging injuries strike again.
Last Mock Pick: Taven Bryan DT Florida
The Lions of course should be looking to draft a running back. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are just not getting it done. Nick Chubb is a bulldog of a back with good power, speed, and solid enough hands to be an every down back. He should be a good player for Matthew Stafford to finally defer to and not have to throw it as much as he has done throughout his career.
Last Mock Pick: Nick Chubb RB Georgia
The Ravens should dedicate a lot of picks to their offense after spending so much on defense the past few years. One spot they will need help in is receiver where Mike Wallace is a free agent. Then the two incumbents Breshad Perriman cannot develop into the top receiver they hoped he would be and Jeremy Maclin is a shell of his former self. Chark looked great at the Senior Bowl displaying the raw ability he possesses. He could be a nice sleeper pick at the next level as he gets more chances to shine away from LSU's terrible offense.
Last Mock Pick: Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin
The Bills need a better linebacking core to fit in Sean McDermott's defense. Lorenzo Alexander just does not play well as an off ball linebacker. Meanwhile, Ramon Huber and Preston Brown are both free agents this off season. Vander Esch played like a man possessed for the Broncos this past season and should show a lot of ability at the Combine. He has good size, speed, and instincts to be a good fit for the Bills defense.
Last Mock Pick: Luke Falk QB Washington St
The Chiefs found some production out of nowhere from Dee Ford last year, but he has regressed back to his injured ways this season. Meanwhile, their other edge rushers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are neither young nor healthy consistently anymore. Though when healthy Houston is still a major threat, but he needs someone to take attention away as he ages. Carter is a player who finally looked good this season after teasing an amazing skill set throughout his career. Maybe he can carry it into the NFL as a nice sleeper option.
Last Mock Pick: Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia
The Panthers want to get faster on offense so why not draft possibly one of the fastest receivers in the draft. Curtis Samuel I think would be a better fit in the underneath slot role, which will have them still looking for a compliment to Devin Funchess. Kirk has soured among evaluators for some reason, but it is not his fault he had terrible quarterback play. He has a ton of speed and explosive ability to be a nice steal here for whoever stops his fall.
Last Mock Pick: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
The Bills obviously could use this pick and their previous three picks to move up for a new quarterback. However, I think just retooling the whole roster and sticking with Tyrod Taylor for another season is not a bad idea after making the playoffs this year with him. Adding another solid blocker to the fold will help this offensive line become one of the better young ones. Crosby has looked good during the Senior Bowl and helped his stock out immensely. He is not the most impressive sized blocker, but he should be able to block well at right tackle where he can easily out play Jordan Mills.
Last Mock Pick: Brian O'Neil OT Pittsburgh
Another team like the Cowboys that prides themselves on having a strong offensive line is the Titans. Unfortunately, the interior of their line could use some work to balance out their two great bookends. Josh Kline their solid guard is a free agent and may attract a too big of a contract for the Titans to compete with. Instead, they can develop another young option like Sean Welsh who many scouts are saying could rise up draft boards. He looked great at the Senior Bowl and displays good talent to work on the inside at guard or center. Either spot would be an upgrade for the Titans.
Last Mock Pick: Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St
The Falcons want to emulate the type of defense that coach Dan Quinn had up in Seattle. To do that he needs two great field generals in the middle at safety. He currently has one in the making in Keanu Neal, but could use a better option next to him. Edmunds may not be as athletic as Earl Thomas, but he has that same savvy instincts as he had coming out of Texas. He should be a good pairing to grow with Neal giving them a nice young duo to build around.
Last Mock Pick: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
The 49ers miss out on Quenton Nelson in the first round, but they can still find another blocker in this seemingly decent class. Williams has first round caliber athleticism and skill at tackle. The issue has been his base and strength to hold up in the run game. Even more so to me is his inability to translate his great skill to the field consistently. Kyle Shanahan is one of the better offensive coaches in the league and could possibly get the most out of a talented player in Williams.
Last Mock Pick: Marcel Ateman WR Oklahoma St
Unfortunately, for the Steelers finding a new inside linebacker could be a huge need for them in light of the Ryan Shazier injury. Even before that I thought they could do better next to him and now with him out they have two open spots. Jefferson much like his former teammate picked right before has a lot of athletic gifts to turn into a great player. However, some question his love for the game and effort. If he is coached up he could turn into a nice steal here.
Last Mock Pick: Josey Jewell LB Iowa
The Jags cannot roll into next year thinking they can get the same solid play out of Bortles. Too often did he not get the job done last year and was forced to lean on the defense to bail him out. At some point a quarterback needs to take over a game and carry a team to get over the hump in the playoffs. The Jags should look into free agency, but they are a bit cap strapped to pay a guy like Cousins. So they will be forced to roll with Bortles again probably, but drafting a guy like Falk to push him is not a bad call.
Last Mock Pick: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St
The Vikings should look to bringing in another corner to push the incumbents across from Xavier Rhodes. Guys like Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes are just not getting it done. McFadden another Seminole corner could pair well with fellow alumni Xavier Rhodes. He is a bit of a scheme specific corner where he works best in a press or zone than an off-man coverage. Perfect for him the Vikings run the exact scheme where he can thrive.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Beal CB Western Michigan
The Browns should look into bringing in new talent on the outside to pair with their new quarterback. Of course, Corey Coleman is there, but he has shown an inability to stay healthy or develop his route tree. While Josh Gordon is an obvious flight risk to go all in on. A guy like Simmie Cobbs who is a big receiver on the outside can be a good balance to Coleman who is just a speed receiver.
Last Mock Pick: Jordan Whitehead S Pittsburgh
The Patriots should continue to pour assets into their defense that could be their most likely undoing in the Super Bowl if they were to lose. They need a better linebacker to pair with Dont'a Hightower when he is healthy and good enough to pick up the slack if he does get hurt again. Burks is a talented tackling machine who is a lite version of former teammate Zach Cunningham. He should be a nice unassuming player who can blossom in New England into one of the best linebackers in the league like others have under coach Belichick.
Last Mock Pick: Sony Michel RB Georgia