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2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - 2.4
Published at 2/8/2018 9:28:33 AM
The Post-Super Bowl Mock and as always go check me out at prettygoodsports.com
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I am in the camp of guys expecting the Browns to make a major push for Kirk Cousins. Either through free agency or even trading a pick for him if the Redskins still franchise tag him. Landing Cousins will give them a steady starter for the first time in a decade and not have to worry about picking or developing the right one. It would also allow them to draft the best player available in Saquon Barkley. The duo of Cousins and Barkley could create an actually viable offense to get this team on the right track to winning.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC
The Giants would be smart in my opinion to keep Eli Manning for another season or two to develop his heir apparent. This roster is not that bad when healthy so I doubt they have a season like they did this year. Which, means they probably will not be picking high for a possible franchise quarterback again so they might as well jump on one now to help down the line. Plus, this o-line is not very suitable for a young quarterback so best to let Eli take those bumps. Darnold has the size, arm, leadership, and mobility to make him a franchise quarterback. However, there is nothing wrong with letting him learn and develop behind the scenes behind one of the best pros in the league in Manning.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
Unfortunetly, for the Colts they cannot land the top back they were hoping to get. Instead, they can still get a high quality consolation prize in Bradley Chubb. This defense has gone a long time without having a true difference maker on that side and none since Luck took over at quarterback. Giving him a stout pass rusher to disrupt opposing quarterbacks and getting them off the field quicker will help Luck just as much as a running back would. He would finally not have to throw a lot to keep up with the scoring of the opposing offense, which will help him stay healthy. Chubb may not be a perfect scheme fit, but you make it work with a talent like him.
Last Mock Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
This pick could very well be used to trade for Kirk Cousins. However, if they can land him via free agency this pick could be a hot commodity sitting in front of the Broncos and Jets. Possibly even more so than the first pick. Since trades are nearly impossible to predict I will have them stay here and land a defensive stud in Fitzpatrick. Jabrill Peppers played well in the box, but when in coverage he was incredibly lost. Maybe he can develop like Landon Collins did, but pairing him with a terrific cover safety in Fitzpatrick would take some pressure off the young safety to do it all.
Last Mock Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
The Broncos I think will come short of landing Kirk Cousins. For one they do not come close to the amount of money the Browns could give him. Second I think this roster is more on a downswing where as the Browns is actually younger and could finally be on an upswing. Plus, no one wants to follow a great player and landing in Denver will just have everyone compare him to Peyton Manning. I think they will be forced to try to draft another quarterback which will be a better move long term saving them cap space and possibly a better quarterback. Allen is a guy that needs to develop a bit with his accuracy and footwork. However, I suspect him to be thrown to the fire too quickly and possibly floundering.
Last Mock Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
The Jets are another team that could go all in on Kirk Cousins, but I doubt they will. They have never been the most aggressive in free agency and normally try to save money than spend it all. If they keep up with that style of team building then they will be drafting a quarterback most likely. They can get lucky here with Rosen falling in their laps due to off field and leadership issues. He is the top quarterback talent wise available and should be ready to go from day one. Maybe sliding will flip a switch on and have him become a more committed player.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
The Bucs miss out on their top target Bradley Chubb, but I expect them to go hard after that position in free agency like they normally do every year. Landing Derwin James here is not a bad consolation prize as he is one of the few true blue chip prospects in this draft. He has dynamic talent in the back end of a defense with his ability to fly all over the field and displaying rare size for a safety. He should be an immediate upgrade over the likes of T.J. Ward and Chris Conte who continues to play for the Bucs.
Last Mock Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
This is a bit of a surprise pick, but I suspect that Josh Sitton may be cut after this season. One is his age and history of nagging injuries that has caused him to miss time. However, the money saved by cutting him could be the biggest factor why. Nelson is a much cheaper player, with more upside, youth, and athleticism at this point than Sitton. The Bears also have his former o-line coach Harry Hiestand who will love to continue to work with his star pupil. Plus, Kyle Long's health has not been the best either so maybe Nelson can take the mantle as the leader of the line and rock in the middle if the veteran misses more time.
Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
The 49ers would have loved to land Quenton Nelson, but I doubt he makes it past the Bucs or Bears for them to land him. Instead, they can give Jimmy Garoppolo a new young go to receiver. They have a nice crop of secondary targets, but they really do not have that go to difference maker on the outside. People knock Ridley's size, but he has the best routes, hands, and speed on the outside in this draft to be a strong number one option. He reminds me of a tad taller Keenan Allen who would have been a top receiver had he not had medical concerns.
Last Mock Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
If you read anything I wrote on here or elsewhere you would know my disdain for off ball linebackers. I think they are the cherry on top of a good defense to this point. The more valuable positions edge rushers, corners, and safeties then lastly off ball linebackers who can pull it all together. However, I do expect Smith to go high due to his ability to fly all over the field and be a good leader. That is something the Raiders really need in the middle and could have a stud for the next decade with Smith. I just do not see him turning this defense around over night like a lock down corner could.
Last Mock Pick: Derwin James S Florida St
The Dolphins are in an odd spot here where they can draft a player from many different positions and it would still make sense. Which, is why they are one of the hardest teams for me to mock. If I were them I would lean towards giving Ndamukong Suh a stronger partner on the inside so he can take more plays off instead of being one of always having the highest snap count in the league. Vea is a rare nose tackle with the ability to be a game wrecker in the passing game and not just a run stopper. With him and Suh on the inside this can turn the Dolphins into one of the toughest teams to stop in the middle of the defense.
Last Mock Pick: Roquon Smith LB Georgia
The Bengals need to go through a culture change that needs to start from up top clearing out the front office, but with owner Mike Brown still in charge that will not happen. Marvin Lewis needs to helm this movement then and it starts with cutting bad eggs like Adam Jones that provides little on the field now compared to the major bad impact he leaves in the locker room. If they let him go then they would need to find a new compliment to pair with former first rounders Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson. Joshua Jackson is right up their alley in what they look for in a corner with his long arms and ability work in a press scheme.
Last Mock Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
The Redskins made as good of a move as you could if they really did not like Kirk Cousins. They landed a starting quarterback for next year and could gain a high pick if they do in fact try to trade Cousins. However, it did come with the cost of their talented young corner Kendall Fuller who was one of the best slot corners in the league last year. However, they are in a prime spot to land the best slot corner in this draft in Denzel Ward who can probably do the job even better than Fuller. He even has the tenacity and technique to move outside as well down the line.
Last Mock Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington
The Packers need to retool this defensive front and find more teeth to scary opposing offenses with. Clay Matthews is aging rapidly and has lost more than just a step. Nick Perry runs too hot and cold to depend on at this point as well. Davenport is making a steady rise and should continue to do so after a nice Senior Bowl. At his length and athleticism he should develop nicely as a standing edge rusher in the Packers scheme.
Last Mock Pick: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
The Cardinals could draft Baker Mayfield here, but I am just not sold on him. Which, is why I continue to have him slide. Instead, I think the Cardinals should take a great player at a need like Mike McGlinchey who should improve one of the worst blocking units in the league last year. He should be able to challenge D.J. Humphries for the left tackle spot and if not he should be a stud right tackle. Either way he would be a better long term fit than Mayfield who I suspect will fizzle out quickly in the NFL.
Last Mock Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
I think the Ravens will be keyed in on McGlinchey and if he gets picked right before them like this than they may revert back to what they know best. Picking a top defender who can slide to them due to character concerns. Edge rusher is by no means a major need with Tyus Bowser, Matt Judon, and Za'Darious Smith rotating in with Terrell Suggs. However, I think Key would be the best by far out of all of them and would be a talented heir apparent to Suggs.
Last Mock Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame