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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ddegroot93405 - 1.27
Published at 1/31/2018 12:27:02 PM
Free agency will have quite an impact on the top end of this draft. Where will Kurt Cousins end up? What about Kase Keenum and Sam Bradford? Arizona, NYJ, maybe Miami? Time will tell. With that in mind, while I mention possible trades I do not have any in my mock.
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There are 5 QBs that could go in the first round but only one RB that is elite. He likely will not be there at pick #4, but a top QB will be. What better way to bring your new QB into the mix than to have a stud RB who can carry the load (see Dallas with Elliot and Jacksonville with Fournette as examples). Add to that is he is a leader and a model teammate.
I think Eli plays out his career in NY, but he only has a few short years left in the tank. So, for the Giants a quarterback should be priority No. 1. They probably won’t have the opportunity to draft this high again for a while, so get the best QB possible.
This would be a great spot for the Colts to trade down and pick up multiple picks to address the line. As such, I believe the Colts will trade this pick to a QB team trying to get in front of Cleveland. At this point, my money would be on the Jets to pull this off. The pick, even if they trade down should be an OT or Edge. In this case Chubb is much higher rated that best OT.
Browns need a QB who can energize them. Mayfield has an excellent arm, pin point accuracy and should be a good fit in Hue Jackson’s offense.
I truly believe that Elway is going to find his QB on the free agent market, as his luck with drafting them hasn’t really panned out. That said, for the time being I project Darnold to Broncos
Jets need a QB. Allen had a rough Senior Bowl week, looking good at times and others, well??? If he can sit for a few years behind a veteran (Sam Bradford??), this could work out.
Bucs stay in state to grab some help for their secondary.
Here's a guy that fills a major need for the team. Ridley is rated as the best WR available, and gives Trubinsky a new weapon
Would the 9ers go defense for a 4th year in row? I doubt it. With that in mind, I have them taking Nelson. The 9ers need to protect their new investment in QB Garapollo. Nelson is likely one of the top-five players at any position in this class, and would be a steal at this point.
If he is not available, I see the 9ers considering Roquan Smith to pair with Rueben Foster and Malcom Smith to make a really solid LB core.
Defense is where to start, for the first 2 or 3 picks at least. DT, LB, CB are all major needs. Smith has outstanding speed at the position. He can play outside, while Navarro Bowman mans the middle for a couple more years. Anyone who watched both of Georgia’s NCAAF Championship games knows he is beast and will immediately improve both the Raider run and pass defense.
If Smith is gone, I would consider D’Ron Payne.
Miami's biggest needs are OL & TE. However, OL needs are more towards a guard (who they just missed out on 2 picks prior) instead of a tackle. I do not see any TE in the 1st round, so now it comes down to BPA. That is where Jackson comes into play.
The offensive line is obviously one of the Bengals' weak spots, being decimated by free agency last year. McGlinchey is a great step in the right direction. He has proven himself against some of the country's best edge-rushers during his Notre Dame career, and he'll improve both the pass and run-blocking for a team that desperately needs it.
With the Skin's trading for Alex Smith, QB is no longer a priority. This pick comes down to Vea or Payne, as plugging a very leaky run defense is vital. Vea brings a massive presence inside to fix that problem.
The Pack could go any number of directions with their biggest needs at WR, Edge, CB & OL. Ward is BPA that fills a big need.
Arizona is in dire need of QBs. No doubt they pick up a veteran or two, but they need some fresh blood to develop. Jackson is an exciting player, played on a big stage and tough opponents. He would be a steal here.
The 6’4’ Sutton put together back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards and 10 TDs, and he scored 32 times in all in his three seasons with SMU. He'll give Joe Flacco a great new target.