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2018 NFL Mock Draft by NoodleLover - 2.8
Published at 2/8/2018 12:32:16 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Rumors have Allen going to the Browns, but for all his upside he also has big bust potential. I think the Browns make the smart choice and pick the safer option at QB after years of busts.


2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

They could be in play for a QB, but it sounds like they are going to stick with Manning, plus they took Webb early last year, allowing them to focus on other needs. The Giants top running back is going to hit free agency this year and they can replace him here with the best player in the draft and one of the top RB prospects of the last decade.


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

The Colts need to get better in the trenches on both sides of the ball. I like Nelson but I think 3 is too high for a guard. Chubb is the best pass rusher in this draft and has tons of upside. He would instantly become the best pass rusher on a team that has struggled getting to the QB.


4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is the best defensive player in this draft and the Browns had a terrible secondary last year. Adding Fitzpatrick would give them a play maker in the back of the field and would also allow Peppers to move to SS where he is a more natural fit.




5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

I am assuming that the Broncos land Cousins, allowing them to address other needs in the draft. The offensive line in Denver has struggled, and it needs to be addressed. Nelson is perhaps the best guard prospect since Zack Martin and would offer immediate results for Denver.


6. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

I believe that Allen will be a bust. But it sounds as though many teams are still in love with Allen and are willing to take a chance on him. I have the Jets taking Allen over Rosen and Mayfield due to character concerns. The Jets need a leader on offense and I think that Allen has the best leadership qualities of the three QBs.


7. Buccaneers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

No teams was worse at sacking the QB this year than the Buccaneers. Davenport is a small school, athletic freak who is rising up boards due to the lack of great pass rushers and his athleticism. With a little work, Davenport could become a terror on the line. His potential is through the roof and he would add a scary presence to a sluggish pass rush.


8. Bears: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

The Bears need to give Trubisky some weapons on the outside. Sutton offers the size that Ridley doesn't to play as an outside receiver. With the return of Meredith next season, the Bears could have a very good arsenal for Trubisky to work with.


9. 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

I believe that Edmunds will become the best player in the draft. He is a phenomenal athlete who really understand how to play linebacker. The 49ers would love to have another Willis-Bowman tandem with Edmunds and Foster to punish opposing offenses. And Edmunds would act as a security blanket in the case that Foster makes more off-field mistakes.


10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Raiders have maybe the worst set of linebackers in the NFL. Smith is a sideline to sideline linebacker who plays at 110% all the time. He has great coverage skills and is a force in the run game. Smith would add youth and tons of talent to a group of aging and underwhelming linebackers.


11. Dolphins: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Dolphins could use an upgrade on the line, and who better than tackle who is in consideration for the #1 overall pick. Williams falls here because of his his injury this past season. When he played however, he looked like a NFL caliber left tackle. The Dolphins would then move Tunsil back inside where he belongs.


12. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

The Bengals will be ecstatic that McGlinchey falls to them at this point. Cincinnati is home to perhaps the only team that has an offensive line bad enough to rival the Seahawks. Adding McGlinchey here would instantly upgrade an offensive line in desperate need of some talent.


13. Redskins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

They could use another big body to play next to Jonathan Allen, but I think that James is too talented and has such a high ceiling that the Redskins won't be able to pass on him here. He has some injury concerns, but that didn't stop the Redskins from getting a steal in Allen last year and it won't this year.


14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

They drafted Kevin King last year and he played well before his injury, but they need someone opposite of King. Jackson may be the best corner in the draft with great size and ball skills, he would step in opposite of King and make an impact early. The Packers cannot rely on Randall or a Shields comeback


15. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Given the choice between Mayfield and Rosen, I believe that Arizona chooses Mayfield. Mayfield has incredible play making abilities and seems like a good fit in Arizona. I believe that Mayfield will be the best QB in the draft if he doesn't get in his own way like Manziel did.


16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Baltimore has an atrocious set of receivers. Ridley is an explosive and polished receiver who would be a great number 2 in the NFL. And the fact that he played at Alabama makes this pick seem even more likely. The only downsides to Ridley is his slight frame and his occasional drop.


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