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2018 NFL Mock Draft by MADDHatter - 2.16
Published at 2/18/2018 7:33:02 PM

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Darnold has the "IT" factor and is the QB Cleveland has been searching for.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen is too good to pass up and has the ability to be the next superstar of New York. The Giants need an heir to Eli anyway as Webb was not seen as that.

3. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Colts Receive: #6, #37, 2019 2nd Rounder

Jets Receive: #3

QBs are starting to fly and the Jets don't want to miss out. Just to be clear, I DO NOT think Allen is the third best QB in this draft, but teams are high on him. This mock is just what I think will happen, not what I would do if I were these teams.

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

This is the best possible scenario for the Browns. They get the top QB and the top overall player in this draft. A Darnold and Barkley backfield would be the best thing since Jim Brown for this franchise.

5. Broncos: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

I don't believe the Broncos will land Kirk Cousins in free agency and will need to take a QB. Mayfield is a proven winner, competitor and magician. Elway will get this first round QB right (unlike Paxton Lynch).

6. Colts: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Jets Receive: #3

Colts Receive: #6, #37, 2019 2nd Rounder

The Colts didn't need a QB any way and were able to gather a couple picks while still landing a great player. Nelson will keep Andrew Luck upright and Luck's health right now is the Colts' top priority.

7. Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Somehow Chubb falls to the Bucs and they run up to the podium to select him. Tampa needs a pass rusher badly and they got the best one in the draft without moving up.

8. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Trubisky needs someone to throw to. I still think Kevin White has potential, but you can't depend on that. Kendall Wright is ok in the slot, but the Bears need an outside receiver Trubisky can count on.

9. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is too good to pass up here and can play safety or in the slot to help rebuild this 49er defense that's full of young talent with Armstead, Buckner, Thomas and Foster. John Lynch knows what it takes to be a great safety and I'm sure he'll recognize that in Fitzpatrick

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Raiders add an athletic defender with range that can cover, tackle and rush the passer.

11. Dolphins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Miami needs secondary help and James is a safety that can make an immediate impact for the Phins. Tankersly and Howard looked better as the season went on and the Dolphins can grab a depth CB later in the draft.

12. Bengals: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Kevin Minter is better at providing depth and helping you get through a few games while your starter is injured. The Bengals select Edmunds to increase the speed and athleticism on their defense.

13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Redskins need defensive help in all forms. They select the best DT in the draft to help their run defense.

14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Packers need CB. They've selected many in the last few years. but eventually you have to hit on one. Jackson has good size and should be able to provide Green Bay with a capable starter.

15. Cardinals: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

There's no QB worth taking at #15 so the Cardinals settle on taking another position of need. Brandon Williams hasn't worked out and the Cards CB2 is the one of the most cursed positions in the league. Wilks will try to stop the hemorrhage of passing yards gushing through the opposite side of Patrick Peterson.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

It's time for the Ravens to scrap the WR and TE positions. It's a mess full of older veterans and early round picks that busted. The Ravens will likely cut Maclin due to his cap number and Perriman has not been good at all. Wallace has been their best receiver but is increasing in age and Watson is about ready to hang it up. Maxx Williams has been a bust so far, Boyle is just a guy and Gilmore can't stay healthy. Harbaugh just needs to start over. Taking Sutton will help give Flacco a #1 receiver to work with and they can focus on depth in the other rounds.


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