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2018 NFL Mock Draft by WarGhost21 - Teaser Mock (Top 10)
Published at 2/13/2018 10:33:22 AM
My First Attempt at setting up a 2018 Mock, first 10 picks only. Still looking through scouting reports and watching film so it will be a bit before I have enough to do a full mock. Hope you enjoy. If this gets enough support the next one will be a full 2 rounds! After that, possibly an "outside-the-box-picks" Mock and one with trades? Thanks everyone!!
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The Browns have to figure out eventually that they can't just keep going after project quarterbacks forever. They need someone who can step in and do the job right away, and will do it well enough that they won't have to look for another passer for many years. Rosen is their man, because he is the only QB in the class that doesn't need much development to play. He can step in and start immediately.
The Giants, unlike the Browns, have the opportunity to grab a developmental quarterback. Eli Manning has enough in the tank to start the rest of next season, and that should be all Darnold needs to perfect his talent. Once this young man is ready to start after a year, there is no limit to his game. He is special.
I would have the Colts looking to trade down here, but that's for a later Mock. Instead, they get to choose between Barkley, the best running back prospect to come out since Adrian Peterson in my humble opinion, and Bradley Chubb, a fantastic EDGE rusher who is a potential 10-12 sacks a year guy. Previously, I would have gone Chubb, as his talent is much more needed and you can get decent backs later on in the draft, but with Frank Reich headed to Indy, that team will be offensively focused. They will go for the bell cow back in most scenarios.
If the Colts would have taken Chubb, Cleveland would have gone with Barkley in a second, but in this scenario, it isn't that simple. Chubb isn't necessary, as Cleveland already has a high quality pass rushing duo in Myles Garrett and Carl Nassib, so the logical choice is Fitzpatrick, the only player with a high enough rating from me to go here that also fills a need. Doing this will allow Cleveland to shift Jabrill Peppers to a box safety role.
Denver needs help up front, and I'm assuming they snatch up Kirk Cousins in free agency, so they need to protect their shiny new quarterback. Nelson is the best guard prospect I've seen in years, and fills an immediate need for the Broncos. It's not often you see a guard go this high, but Nelson needs to be an exception to that unwritten rule.
Many mock drafts around the internet have Mayfield mocked to the Jets, and I totally agree with them. Mayfield has the poise and ability to be a good starting quarterback in the league, if only teams look past his diminutive size for a passer. The Heisman winner is an easy choice for New York, as they need a plug-and-play quarterback soon.
Tampa Bay gets extremely lucky here, as the best player available is at their greatest position of need. Chubb could go anywhere from first overall to here, so the Buccaneers should count their lucky stars. An immediate starter, Chubb will bring pass rushing skills and run stopping ability to a defense sorely in need of both of these things.
The Bears need a go-to receiver, seeing as nobody on their team knows how to catch balls consistently. Grabbing Ridley, the most polished receiver in this class, will help Mitchell Trubisky's development exponentially. Without getting a wide receiver for the young quarterback, he will not be able to live up to the hype even if his name were Peyton Manning.
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Reuben Foster had, and still has, all the talent in the world to be an All-Pro Linebacker, but he just can't stay out of trouble. San Fransisco needs to look in a different direction in the middle of their defense, and Edmunds is an absolute freak of nature. He can cover athletic Tight ends and Running backs, and even rush the passer. A match made in heaven for the 49ers.
In this scenario, the Raiders lose the coin-flip to the 49ers and end up with the 10th pick. Switch the two teams around, though, and the picks remain the same. Both teams need an ILB, and Edmunds and Smith are relatively equal here, with Edmunds having the slight edge. It could go either way, but these two will most likely go back to back at 9 and 10.