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2018 NFL Mock Draft by sportsguru221 - 2.1
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Round 1

Picks 17-32
17. Chargers: Rashaan Evans, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

One of the few weak spots on the Chargers defense is linebacker, particularly middle linebacker. San Diego could really use an intimidating force in the middle of that defense.

Rashaan Evans is the latest Bama middle linebacker to be heralded coming out of college, and he should be a very good NFL player. His run defense is a little ahead of his pass coverage skills, but with good coaching and development he can become a three-down stud linebacker in the NFL.


18. Seahawks: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

The Seahawks need to upgrade along the offensive line, particularly at offensive tackle. They made a clutch midseason pickup for Duane Brown, however there's still a huge hole on the right side of the line.

No one better to fill a huge hole than a massive human being like Orlando Brown. At 6'8, 360 lbs, Brown is a mauling tackle who is an absolute road grader in the run game. He can be beat by some speedier edge rushers, but overall is pretty solid in pass protection. Due to his susceptible nature to speedy edge defenders, a lot of scouts feel he is a better fit on the right side of the line, and that's exactly where he'll play in Seattle.


20. Lions: Billy Price, Offensive Guard, Ohio State

Travis Swanson is gone, leaving a huge whole at center. He wasn't that good anyway, so Detroit was probably going to upgrade the center position regardless.

Billy Price is the near unanimous best center prospect in the draft, and rivals Quenton Nelson for the best interior offensive lineman in the class and for good reason. He was a 4-year starter at Ohio State, including last year at center where he won the Rimington Award for the nation's best center. He'd be an instant upgrade to Detroit's lacklust interior line.




25. Titans: Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

The Titans have a pretty solid o-line, but one of the weak spots is at center. Ben Jones is barely average there, and could stand to be upgraded.

Isaiah Wynn is the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft, as he played just about every position up front for Georgia throughout his career. He projects best as a guard or center in the NFL due to his lack of height (6'2) and length. He's a natural football player who's skill makes up for his physical limitations, and he's always managed to get the job done.


30. Vikings: Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

The Vikings don't have many needs, but one of them is fixing their mediocre o-line. Riley Reiff has been underwhelming so far at LT, but seeing as how he's only one year into a massive deal, the Vikings probably see this as a little too early to give up on him. The rookie Elfein was solid at center, and Mike Remmers actually played decently well at guard when injuries forced him to play there. Minnesota would be better off with keep Remmers at guard, and finding a new right tackle.

After a rough start, Kolton Miller ended up playing really well for UCLA at left tackle. He's got very good height (6'8) and size, and should be a solid fit in the NFL as a right tackle.


32. Eagles: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

I thought about giving the world champs a corner here, but Ronald Darby played really well, and with Sidney Jones expected to be back next year alogn with 3rd round pick Rasul Douglass still on the roster, do they really need to spend a first rounder on another corner?

A wide receiver like Courtland Sutton who's dropped this far might be their best move here. Alshon Jeffrey managed to stay mostly healthy, but that's the first time that's happened since 2014. Nelson Agholor is OK but is a little more inconsistent then he should be, and outside those two guys who do they have? Torrey Smith? They could use some depth here, and Sutton is too good to pass up on.


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