2018 NFL Mock Draft by richied18 - 2.7
Published at 2/7/2018 11:54:18 PM
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I know. It's crazy, but hear me out.
Baker Mayfield is the pick for the browns at #1. He's a winner, a leader, a guy who his teammates admire, and one hell of a QB. On the other hand, he seems to have trouble staying out of trouble, which is not a trait you want your franchise QB to have. However, with the Browns GM publicly praising Mayfield before getting the job, he's gonna want his QB to lead his franchise.
Some may say that they can wait until the 4th pick, but if the Browns believe Mayfield is a franchise QB, they HAVE to take him at 1. I'll be interested in seeing how Mayfield Performs.
New HC Pat Shurmur has talked about wanting Eli Manning, however new coaches typically like to bring in their own guys to play QB. With talent on defense and in the receiving core, the Giants are closer than many non-playoff teams to contention. A good QB could lead them far.
There have been serious questions about Rosen's character and lack of upside. Though both are legitimate concerns, his arm talent and accuracy may be too good to pass up. After all, Shurmur is excellent working with QBs.
WIth Josh McDaniels shunning the colts to return to Foxborough, and Andrew Luck possibly needing another shoulder surgery, the Colts are lost right now. Giving Andrew Luck a workhorse back would benefit him immensely.
Saquon Barkley is one of a kind. He may be the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. No Brainer for the Colts here.
The Browns could take a QB here, but I have them going with Minkah Fitzpatrick, the playmaker out of Alabama. See above details on why I think the Browns don't need to take a QB this season.
Production, size, athletecism and IQ are all plus attributes for Fitzpatrick. He will bolster an awful Browns secondary. I think he projects as a CB, but he is also capable fo playing FS.
The Broncos QB play since the departure of Peyton Manning has been pitiful. An upgrade is certainly needed in that area. Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler are all replacement level players and the Broncos could use some stability under center.
Though Darnold's season was a mixed bag, he certainly had accuracy, arm talent, and just enough mobility to make it in the league. Scourts say he has the 'it factor'. I'm not sure how much I buy that, but Darnold still projects as a possible franchise QB
The Jets decide not to pull the trigger on Josh Allen here, as accuracy and posie concerns and questions about NFL readiness could be amplified under the NYC spotlight. The Jets have gotten pitiful CB play and that needs to be adressed.
Joshua Jackson is most likely the best CB in the draft. He will replace Buster Skrine and form a great secondary with second year players Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
The Bucs have a franchise QB, and solid offensive weapons. They, like most teams, need to bolster their pass rush.
The Bucs should send me a thank you note after me letting Chubb drop to 7. Chubb can be an elite pass rusher one day in the NFL, and Tampa could stand to benefit from more pressure.
The Bears have their QB of the future, and need an alpha at WR. However, none of the WRs really strike me as franchise type players.
The Bears need a shutdown corner, and should try and keep Denzel Ward in state. Ward is a close second to Joshua Jackson as far as shutdown corners in the draft.
The niners have Jimmy G, and now need to bolster their defense to become contenders.
Smith was insanely productive in college and has elite speed at the LB position. This is basically a best player available choice for a player who will play alongside Reuben Foster. Think of Foster/Smith as similar to K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
The Raiders had a down year, and will benefit from this early selection. WIth Carr, Cooper and Crabtree, the offense looks fine, but the defense needs improvement.
Edmunds can be a sideline to sideline LB, similar to smith, who will team up with Khalil Mack for a scary second level.
With Ryan Tannehill coming back, the Dolphins need to provide him with protection to succeed.
Nelson is regarded as one of the best OG prospects in recent memory. If on the board, the Dolphins should pull the trigger.
The Bengals seem to put off drafting offensive linemen every year for whatever reason. That stops now.
McGlinchey should solidify a pitiful Bengals front. Look for him to be taken top 15.
The skins could bolster the back end of their defense to help the squad reach the next level.
James has shown he can be a playmaker both in the box and in space. Sometimes he shows weaknesses in coverage, but those can be fixed.
The Packers have a solid offense and a struggling defense, so they need an upgrade there.
Pure Value pick here, as Davenport is the best player on the board. His freakish athleticism will entice the packers.
With Carson Palmer retiring, the Cards are in depserate need of a QB. I would reccomend signing a veteran QB like Case Keenum, but he's not gonna be the Cards QB when they win their next Super Bowl.
osh Allen is a raw prospect, with size, athleticism and a strong arm. The Steelers staff will have their work cut out for them to improve his poise and accuracy, and he is the type of QB who needs to sit behind someone to learn these traits. Will Allen be sucessful day 1? Probably not. But with some time and seasoning, he could develop into the guy we all think he could.
The ravens WR core is god awful, and that should be priority 1 for them.
Calvin Ridley has show he has superstar potential, but needs to put it together on a more consistent basis. He has the chance to become the alpha in Baltimore.