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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Lammyj22 - 2.6
Published at 2/8/2018 10:33:49 PM
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I think it's safe to say that they could still draft a QB even if they acquire a vet in FA. Many other scouts have had the idea that it could be a smart idea to allow Darnold to sit a year behind a vet before he is NFL ready for a starting job, we have seen this happen before and it has caused many draft choices to turn out to be busts, or turn out to be stars. Jared Goff sat out his first 9 or 10 games before he started his first game in the NFL, and this past year he played excellent and was a pro bowler for the first time in his career. I think because Josh Rosen has voiced his opinion about playing for the Browns and how I believe he won't hold back from doing it again at the combine, I think they will take a safe choice with another great QB in Sam Darnold.
Other Selections: Saquon Barkley, Josh Allen, Minkah Fitzpatrick
It's going to be a crazy night for the Giants if Darnold is taken with pick 1. Many things are to be believed that they would like to take a successor to Manning here, yet Saquon Barkley is a one in a lifetime player. Plus since the new HC and GM still have confidence in Manning's playing ability, it could be easily argued that the correct selection for night one is with them taking Barkley to bolster that offense out of this world.
Other Selections: Josh Rosen, Quenton Nelson, Josh Allen
Who knows who's going to be the Colts HC next year, since McDaniels pulled some Belichick shit, taking the job with the Colts, just to say, "bye I'm actually staying with the Patriots". I think he could have turned that team around. Well I think the selection of Barkley makes their pick a little more narrowed, I think OL is a solid selection here as well, but taking what I think is a remake model of Myles Garrett, is also a great choice to a defense who hasn't seen positive ratings since, I don't even know when.
Other Selections: Quenton Nelson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Connor Williams
As much as I personally like Derrick Kindred at S, I think with a player like Fitzpatrick at the board, it is challenging trying to pass up on him. Many would rather have the Browns take a weapon for their franchise QB to use in the future, or even a guard like Quenton Nelson who would also be a big selection here. Yet I think they went in a good direction with the draft last year, although they went 0-16, I believe with the amount of selections they have this year could boost them in the coming years and make them a playoff contention team once again. Their defense could be one of the best in the league if they add just some more help around the rough patches and I think they will be ready by 2019/2020.
Other Selections: Quenton Nelson, Derwin James, Calvin Ridley
I can't wait for FA to start up so these selections can start to take form, once teams start signing players I will be able to realize if that position is of need for that team anymore. I feel like this selection of Josh Rosen could change in the coming weeks as I feel John Elway could and would go after a vet, like he did with Peyton Manning. However if they go into the direction of selecting a rookie, I think Rosen would be a great fit. He would already have the weapons around him with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, plus with a defense that is led by the very own Von Miller, I think he would have a great job in Denver and possibly the closest to the playoffs as any other QB in this draft.
Other Selections: Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Quenton Nelson
Although he Jets have missed the ball on many selections in the past, "cough cough, Mark Sanchez, cough cough". I think we have all seen the talent of Baker Mayfield and know that it is undeniable. He lives of the big stage, and in a market like New York, I think he would succeed very well. Personally I hope he succeeds, he has the talent and is a much better and NFL ready QB than most prospects we've seen who have trouble off the field, "cough cough Johnny Manziel cough cough". Maybe the Jets could finally be a dynasty in the making, move out of the way New England.
Other Selections: Josh Allen, Joshua Jackson, Roquan Smith
Well with Bradley Chubb of the board, they have two things they can do, they can panic and still take a pass rusher, who could possibly be here at your second round selection, or you could also just take the second best player on your draft board. Being honest I think everyone believe that they top guy the Bucs want is Bradley Chubb, but he is with Indy now and they will need to take the next best guy, well their offensive line isn't getting any awards, so lets try there. Quenton Nelson is the best OL prospect in this draft, I don't see him failing in this league, he is a for sure long time starter and will be a pro bowler. Big words for a guy who hasn't even participated in the NFL combine yet, but I think he knows what he is doing and his physical ability to do it holds up, which makes me believe that he will succeed in this league.
Other Selections: Marcus Davenport, Connor Williams, Orlando Brown
The Bears are likely to lose both of their starting CB's from this past year to FA, I can see them grabbing one CB in FA and grabbing another one through the draft, that CB would be Denzel Ward, one of my highly liked CB prospects, has shown his ability to play the ball man to man, or deflect or steal the ball in zone coverage, I don't think their is a weak coverage for this CB and would be a lot of fun to see him play in a system like Chicago
Other Selections: Courtland Sutton, Calvin Ridley, Joshua Jackson
I think many people could be disagreeing with me on this selection, but hear me out. Yes, they need some offensive weapons, and yes, they need a lot fo defensive help. But Jimmy G is your new QB, I think he will sign back for a big amount of cash and will be the 49ers new franchise QB/center piece. The 49ers will need to protect their centerpiece if they want to win, what do they need to protect their QB, some offensive lineman. Not the best OL I got to say, but adding Orlando Brown, one of the biggest men on the field when he runs out there, he would be a great presence out there to stop the edge rusher from getting to the QB, sure he's not the best, but I think his size has some up side to it and could help him and the 49ers out in the long run, plus with a big FA class and a deep class at RB and CB, I don't think it's a big deal for them to select anything else except Orlando Brown with everyone else off the board already.
Other Selections: Calvin Ridley, Joshua Jackson, Tremaine Edmunds
I think he will be my new favorite LB, once he enters the league, so, sorry to Christian Kirksey and Kwon Alexander. I don't think I've seen any better of a LB prospect than Roquan Smith. He can get from one sideline to the other in a lot of time for a LB, he can also tackle like he is the best tackler in the league, a leading tackler type player. And when he blitzes he is like a DE coming at you full speed. No other man can take over Navorro Bowman's place except Reuben Foster, and Roquan Smith.
Other Selections: Joshua Jackson, Maurice Hurst, Derwin James
Usually I would have selected Connor Williams here, but I think his injury had been a major set back for him, and could hurt his draft stock. Anyways, the Dolphins have a need for some assistance at OT. Tunsil was an outstanding OG, but the move back to OT, made it look like he lost all his fundamentals to play OT, I think a switch back to OG would help him a lot and could move him back into his normal rookie self. Bringing in McGlinchey means that he will play his primary position and I think he could make a big improvement on this Dolphins OL.
Other Selections: Joshua Jackson, Connor Williams, Kolton Miller
This was a tough decision for me, there are so many need for the Bengals that it was hard to make a final decision as to which position I wanted to make better. Even though his injury hurt his draft stock, I believe he is one of the better OT in the draft compared to Brown and McGlinchey. His techniques are better and I think he will be of value to a Bengals offense that lost two pro bowl starters last year.
Other Selections: Derwin James, Tremaine Edmunds, Harold Landry
I feel that Pryor was a bit of a disappointment to Redskins fans, and their WR core has taken a big hit since they lost Garcon, Jackson and will most likely lose Pryor again. Doctson and Crowder I don't think are the answer. Alex Smith will need some solid receivers for the time that he is in Washington, and Calvin Ridley would be a big acquisition for him. Not as quick as Hill but has big play personality like him. Would be a franchise receiver to build around.
Other Selections: Courtland Sutton, Derwin James, Joshua Jackson
The Packers secondary has not been the best since they lost all their key players. They have however done their best rebuilding it since drafting Kevin King and Josh Jones last year, I think adding Joshua Jackson would be a big addition, especially with a pick this high in a long time, they should make the best out of it and select the thing they need most, which is a CB. If it's Joshua Jackson or Denzel Ward who is still available, they should not hesitate to select him.
Other Selections: Mike Hughes, Harold Landry, Dallas Goedert
The Cardinals allow Allen to just fall right into their laps at pick 15, although I could see them trade up with the Browns to pick 4 to take someone different, I think this is the best selection here if they can't trade up. His play at the senior bowl has shown that he could also be a high drafted QB. He would work great with Larry Fitzgerald and could make the end of his career a good one. I don't see anything but a QB taken here if they can't find a QB in free agency. Although I could see Teddy Bridgewater in play if he can't find a contract with the Vikings.
Other Selections: Lamar Jackson, Mason Rudolph, Courtland Sutton
I would select a WR here, but I think the Ravens are going to use all their energy and available funds to grab Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins clearly don't want to sign him to a big contract when they feel they can get a discount. I could see them franchise tagging him, but I think he would hold out for a bigger contract, which would put into motion a deal sending him to Baltimore anyways. I think their defense has fallen since they lost some key guys, but they still have bright spots in their defense. I think adding someone of Hurst stature would be great because he is so well liked by defensive coaches. The Ravens haven't had a great defense since they won their last championship, so bringing it up and making it a better one, could save John Harbaugh's job, for now.
Other Selections: Courtland Sutton, Da'Ron Payne, Arden Key