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2018 NFL Mock Draft by matt12crisafulli - 2.7
Published at 2/7/2018 4:27:03 PM

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Round 1

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1. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

I can see Cleveland making a push in Free Agency for Kirk Cousins, but I don't see it working out. None of the QBs in the draft have really impressed me enough to believe they will take any of them over a once in a generation talent like Barkley. Then again, they are the Browns.


2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen has indicated that he really wants to play in New York. Now we will see if he ends up there. Shurmur is a QB guy and he was hired to look for Eli's replacement, which creates mutual interest.


3. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Chubb is arguably the best defensive player in this draft. The Colts defense has been atrocious over the past few years. Look for the Colts to take a talented running back later in the draft.


4. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Cleveland should know that the Colts aren't in the market for a QB, but they are in the market for Barkley. Taking Barkley first almost guarantees they can get one of their QBs, whether they like Darnold, Allen, or Rosen. If they do choose a QB, it would be smart to make the pick here.




5. Broncos: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Denver's defense struggled since TJ Ward has left. I believe Cousins is going to end up in Denver so they will no longer need a QB. James could become a similar player as former Seminole Jalen Ramsey, and if Denver is looking to get rid of Talib, James is the way to go.


6. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Clearly Petty hasn't worked out for the Jets, and you would be fooling yourself if you said Hackenburg was any better. Its time for a fresh start in New York.


7. Buccaneers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Bucs pass defense was horrible last season. Some scouts say Jackson is the best corner in the draft and with a glaring need in the secondary, it will be hard to pass him up.


8. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I think the smart move for the Bears would be to trade down and get extra picks for this year and next years draft. Ridley hasn't impressed me enough to convince me to take him at this pick. The Bears can get a good WR later in the first round or in the second.


9. 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Jimmy Garoppolo has proven that he can carry the team and get that historic franchise in competition again. Nelson has been deemed one of the best lineman scouted in recent memory. The 49ers have solid tackles, but are weak inside. Nelson would fit perfect.


10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Smith is such a great player who shined on the biggest stage. Oakland's offense can be helped significantly by the arrival of Jon Gruden, but their defense needs help. Smith is a guy who can be plugged in and make plays immediately.


11. Dolphins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick can play both Cornerback and Safety. Miami's secondary wasn't terrible, but did not blow anyone away by any means. They got rid of Maxwell, meaning there is a hole to fill.


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

With the departure of their all-pro captain left tackle Andrew Whitworth last offseason, the Bengals really didn't do anything to replace him. McGlinchey is a great tackle who is getting make pro comparisons.


13. Redskins: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

After trading arguably their best CB to Kansas City in a ridiculous trade for Alex Smith, the Redskins need a CB. Ward doesn't quite fit the profile Fuller did, but he is the most pro-ready corner in this draft.


14. Packers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Green Bay is taking a risk here with Key, but he is extremely talented. Matthews is obviously a huge player for Green Bay, but his contract is up after this year and he isn't getting any younger. Key can be mentored by Matthews on and off the field and take his spot after that.


15. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Mayfield is the most interesting prospect in this draft in my mind. He tops the list when it comes to talent and leadership. But he does have his issues. I think taking him could give him an opportunity to learn under one of the greats, Larry Fitzgerald, on how to conduct himself, and immediately make Arizona somewhat relevant again and potentially give them one last shot to win one with Larry.


16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Ravens have been looking for a number one WR since Boldin and Torrey Smith left. Maclin isn't the answer, nor is Mike Wallace or Breshaud Perriman. Sutton could be. He is a big wide receiver who can make plays that Maclin and Wallace simply can not make.


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