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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ddegroot93405 - 2.18
Published at 2/18/2018 7:16:33 PM
Chiefs trade of Alex Smith to Redskins changed the landscape. Free agency will have quite an impact on the top end of this draft. My assumptions in this mock: • Kurt Cousins signs with Denver. • Bridgewater will remain in Minnesota. • Buffalo, NYJ and Arizona will fight over Kase Keenum, AJ McCarron and Sam Bradford.
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Biggest needs: QB, RB, WR, CB
There are 5 QBs that could go in the first round but only one RB that is elite. He likely will not be there at pick #4, but a top QB will be. What better way to bring your new QB into the mix than to have a stud RB who can carry the load (see Dallas with Elliot and Jacksonville with Fournette as examples). Add to that is he is a leader and a model teammate.
Biggest needs: QB, OL, CB, Edge
I think Eli plays out his career in NY, but he only has a few short years left in the tank. So, for the Giants a quarterback should be priority No. 1. They probably won’t have the opportunity to draft this high again for a while, so get the best QB possible.
Biggest needs: QB, OT, Edge
Projected Trade: Colts let Jets jump up 3 spots with trade, getting Jet’s 1st and 2cd round picks
Darnold has a lot of upside, and could be the best of QBs long term. That is why the Jets sign a veteran and groom Darnold for a couple years.
Biggest needs: QB, RB, WR, CB
Browns need a QB who can energize them. Mayfield has the intangibles to do that, as well as an excellent arm, pin point accuracy (70% completion percentage) and should be a good fit in Hue Jackson/Todd Haley’s offense.
Biggest needs: QB, OT, LB, CB
I truly believe that Elway is going to find his QB on the free agent market, as his luck with drafting them hasn’t really panned out. To do that he will need to release some players to create the cap room to sign Cousins. Best bet is Elway lets go of Talib, and he drafts a DB in his place. Fitzpatrick is the perfect free safety for today's game, and he's versatile enough to play center field or come down in the box as needed. His coverage abilities are also good enough to start him at cornerback. His coverage ability at the safety position can boost a defense.
Biggest needs: QB, CB, WR
Projected Trade: Colts traded down 3 spots with Jets, then turn around and trade again, this time with Arizona. Colts gain Arizona’s 1st and 2cd round picks. This trade completely deflates Bills, who where trying to find a willing trade partner, but dropping all the way to 21 & 22 was too far for Colts.
This is really the perfect situation Allen needs some work before he can step onto an NFL field, but his upside is enticing enough for Cardinals to trade up and grab him and then redshirt him for a couple years.
Cardinals will bring in a seasoned QB (Sam Bradford?) which allows Allen to sit and learn.
Biggest needs: Edge, CB, RB
The Buccaneers grabbing Chubb would be a coup. He's a dominant edge-rusher that gives high effort on nearly every play. He's the perfect guy to come in and take the Bucs defense to another level.
Biggest needs: WR, OL, CB, LB
Da Bears are probably the hardest team in the top of draft to read. This is probably too high for Ridley, and they have a lot of other needs so I have them going BPA who fills a need.
Ward isn't Marshon Lattimore, but he plays with a similar technically sound, pass-breakup style and is a reliable tackler.
Biggest needs: OL, WR, Edge, CB
Would the 9ers go defense for a 4th year in row? I doubt it. Would they trade out for more picks. That would depend on who is on the board. Since a nasty mauling guard to protect the QB and intensify the running game is sitting there, I project Nelson as the pick, as the 9ers need to protect their new investment in QB Garapollo. Nelson is likely one of the top-five players at any position in this class, and would be a steal at this point.
If he is not available, I see the 9ers considering Roquan Smith to pair with Rueben Foster (if he is not released) and Malcom Smith to make a really solid LB core.
Biggest needs: DT, LB, CB, OL, RB
Defense is where to start, for the first 2 or 3 picks at least. DT, LB, CB are all major needs. Smith has outstanding speed at the position. He can play outside, while Navarro Bowman mans the middle for a couple more years. Anyone who watched both of Georgia’s NCAAF Championship games knows he is beast and will immediately improve both the Raider run and pass defense.
If Smith is gone, Raiders would consider Tremain Edmunds or Da’Ron Payne.
Biggest needs: OL, TE, DL
The Dolphin’s OL needs are more towards a guard instead of a tackle, so Orlando Brown may not make sense. I do not see any TE in the 1st round, so now it comes down to BPA. Edmunds is flying up draft boards and would help out the Fins.
Biggest needs: OL, OLB
The offensive line is obviously one of the Bengals' weak spots, being decimated by free agency last year. McGlinchey is a great step in the right direction. He has proven himself against some of the country's best edge-rushers during his Notre Dame career, and he'll improve both the pass and run-blocking for a team that desperately needs it.
Biggest needs: DL, Edge, WR, CB
Payne brings a massive presence inside on the defensive line. He has also been occasionally used on short yardage offense. Payne is well worth being a first-round pick, especially after his College Football Playoff performance.
Biggest needs: WR, Edge, CB, OL
The pack could go a number of different ways, such an OT, or a CB or even an Edge rusher. Secondary is still a huge area of need for the Packers.
Biggest needs: OT, Edge, CB, RB
Projected Trade: Colts traded down from 6 to 15 with Arizona.
While a pass rusher is high on the list, protecting Andrew Luck is probably higher. Brown might not be able to handle the best speed rushers in the league, but he should serve as a long-term starter at right tackle.
Biggest needs: WR, DT, OT, QB
The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. Here's a guy that also fills a major need for the team. Ridley is rated as the best WR available, and Joe Flacco could use a new fresh weapon. This makes too much sense.