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2018 NFL Mock Draft by aidack - 2.7
Published at 2/7/2018 10:25:39 AM

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Round 1

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

- Crowell will likely leave in FA
- Browns will take all the dynamic offensive playmakers they can get; just so happens Barkley is the best one in the draft

2. Giants: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

- I think this is more likely than most people may think it is. Mayfield's on field performance combined with his clear leadership ability make him a good fit for the team and the city
- Gettleman is a smart guy, I think he will see through the "too short" and "next Manziel" narratives and choose who I believe is a top 5 player in the entire draft
- I could EASILY see Rosen here as well, Browns pick #4 (Rosen) and Giants could switch

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

- No brainer; best defensive player in the draft and a clear need for Indy

4. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

- Browns get their QB for the future
- I envision them also finding a vet in FA (McCarron, Bradford)
- Rosen can sit behind them until he is ready to jump in and attempt to rescue the franchise

5. Broncos: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

- I see the Broncos as the team that will acquire Kirk Cousins in the offseason
- With the QB need addressed, the Broncos can get one of the best players in the draft, an inject youth, leadership, and versatility into their aging secondary
- Talib and Darian Stewart could be on their way out, so maintaining the secondary could be of large importance for the Bronco's this year

6. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

- Jets resign McCown, allowing Darnold to adjust to the NFL for one year

7. Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

- Perhaps this is a reach with so much talent available due to the QB influx, but with such a glaring need at CB (and in the secondary in general) it makes sense for the Bucs to make this choice

8. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

- A receiver would be a reach, and I think the Bears know that, so why not secure arguably the best offensive tackle in the class?
- The Bears have been dealing with relatively poor play at tackle, and after signing Charles Leno to an extension last offseason, it's time to look into replacing Bobby Massie

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

- Makes way to much sense for this not to be the pick
- Not only is Nelson the best O-lineman in the class, but the Niner's must protect their inevitable investment of Jimmy G

10. Raiders: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

-Raiders have a lot of needs on defense; pairing the massive Davenport with Khalil Mack is a decision that will strike fear in the hearts of all other 31 teams

11. Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

- With an aging defense that has needs all over the place, it makes sense to plug in a versatile and talented player like Edmunds. It also doesn't hurt that he will be the second youngest player to ever be drafted in the NFL

12. Bengals: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

- There was a point last season where the Bengal's linebacking corps was so banged up, they were putting guys out there that did this:
- The Bengal's have an excruciating need on the O-line, but Smith is too valuable and talented to pass on, and he will instantly improve a struggling Cincinnati defense for a roster that was a perennial playoff contender just a few years ago

13. Redskins: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

- After that Alex Smith trade, to me this just seems like a Redskins-ish pick
- Do I think Allen should go in the first round? No, I see him as the next Jake Locker. Do I think the Redskins will panic and make this pick if Allen is here? ABSOLUTELY
- Allen does have potential and I think if he sits behind Smith for a year or two there is a chance he could be good. Who knows?

14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

- The Packer's need defensive help more than any other team, if for no other reason than because they are already among the league's best teams when they have AR12 out there
- Add some secondary help, and I'd consider them a Super Bowl contender in 2018

15. Cardinals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

- Perhaps this is a reach due to injury concerns (among other things), but the Cardinals are desperate for all the offensive help they can get
- I see the Cards going after a veteran QB in FA, so the upside here makes the pick a relatively sensible one

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

- Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense needs help. Period.
- I think Ridley can be a solid no. 2 WR in the NFL, and if the Ravens sign a veteran offensive playmaker, they could be in good shape this year


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