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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Macerelli_M - 2.18
Published at 2/18/2018 4:04:50 AM

2 Round Mock Draft. We need the Scouting Combine and Free Agency ASAP so we know how to rank the draft prospects and where Kirk Cousins signs!

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Cleveland needs to find their franchise QB. Baker Mayfield gets knocked for his height but his competitiveness and his numbers are very impressive. He becomes "the guy" (at least for this year).


2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I can see the Giants trying to trade out of this pick and build the offensive line to give Eli one more shot at a Super Bowl. The long term answer is to find his successor, however, and Josh Rosen is the purest thrower.


3. Colts: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Likelihood of this happening? Probably slim to none. But the fact that Andrew Luck has not thrown a football yet and he's already endured so much damage to his body scares me. Maybe new head coach Frank Reich grabs arguably the top QB in this draft and either keeps both QBs (he just witnessed backup Nick Foles win Super Bowl MVP) or trades or cuts Luck in 2019 when the dead money doesn't kill them.


4. Browns: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Purely a BPA pick here. Bradley Chubb playing the DE opposite Myles Garrett with Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib coming off the bench turns this defensive line into a real strength.




5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Denver grabs Josh Allen to become the new QB in the mold of a young John Elway. Allen needs a lot of improvement in terms of pocket presence but his physical tools make him worth the risk of him busting.


6. Jets: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Jets love picking BPA regardless of need. This time, however, Saquon Barkley fills a big need. Todd Bowles wants to balance the offense more with a better running attack and Saquon will do just that. Plus, he's a great receiving threat.


7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

I have a feeling Derwin James' stock is going to skyrocket after the draft. He's a chess piece on the defense who can help give the defensive line more time to get after the QB.


8. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Chicago has a bunch of random, cast-off WRs and is in serious need of a reboot at the position. Calvin Ridley is silky smooth and should become a favorite target of Mitchell Trubisky from day one.




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

San Francisco needed to upgrade the linebacker position even before Reuben Foster's most recent arrest. Tremaine Edmunds is a fast-riser who has everything you could want physically from your LB.


10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Oakland has been leaning on Khalil Mack too much and finally finds someone to help in the front seven. Roquan Smith may be a little undersized but his instincts and sideline-to-sideline ability will greatly change the bite to this defense.


11. Dolphins: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Miami runs to the podium to draft possibly the top overall prospect at #11. Quenton Nelson is a plug and play OG who brings a technical skill and a nastiness that has not been seen on this offensive line for a while.


12. Bengals: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Cincinnati desperately needs to improve along the offensive line but Minkah Fitzpatrick is too tempting to pass on here. Minkah brings a winning culture and leadership with him that the Bengals can benefit from. Plus he has the length that Cincy loves in their DBs.


13. Redskins: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

I have a feeling Derrius Guice is one of those guys who will improve his draft stock at the Combine. Washington struggled finding a consistent RB, rotating between Rob Kelly, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson. Thompson is a very good receiving threat and change of pace back but Guice can be Washington's Ezekiel Elliott.


14. Packers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Green Bay can use some consistent playmakers on the defense and Denzel Ward is the best of the bunch. Ward is very athletic and should be able to play in the slot and on the outside.


15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Follow me for a second before you blow up the comments section. 1) New head coach Steve Wilks saw firsthand what a dual-threat QB can do for your team. 2) New offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has been known to adapt his offense to his QB's skill set. 3) Lamar Jackson has improved each year in college and has shown great pocket presence (ie, can slide in the pocket and find his WR). 4) It's basically guaranteed that Jackson will play in a dome or in nice weather for 10 games (8 home games, 1 at SF and 1 at LA.


16. Ravens: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Baltimore needs a new QB but that won't happen so instead they grab Orlando Brown to play Right Tackle just like his father did 20 years ago. This is more than a nostalgia selection as Brown will become a great bookend to last year's pick, Ronnie Stanley.


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