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2018 NFL Mock Draft by MikeParker - 2.19
Published at 2/20/2018 12:17:23 AM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Just like Myles Garrett last year, they Browns get another generational talent with the first pick.

2. Giants: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Darnold has a higher ceiling than Rosen and his game resembles Eli Manning's (gunslinger with high turnover rate but can come up in the clutch). Has a lot of holes in his game but spending a year or two on the bench behind a future HOFer will help a lot.

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

Could draft Quenton Nelson (but that's a bit of a reach) or trade down with a team looking to draft a QB. If they stay, Chubb brings a lot to a defense that only recorded 25 sacks.

4. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen said he would rather be put in the best situation possible for him than just go #1. NY isn't as great as some would think with their horrible o-line and mediocre RBs. Cleveland has a pro-bowl o-line with Thomas, Bitonio, Tretter, and Zeitler, Josh Gordon is one of the most talented WRs in the league, Njoku is a future star TE, and Saquon Barkley will command a lot of pressure from defenses. Rosen is more day one ready than Darnold and if Cleveland takes Barkley, it will be the best situation for him.

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

Assuming the Broncos get Kirk Cousins, the most logical option would be to find him some protection. Last year they got Bolles as their franchise LT, now they look inside and get Nelson, who could be better than another ND alum Zack Martin.

6. Jets: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Could trade down if they're not confident in Allen or Mayfield this high, or could just pick one of the two. Pairing Fitzpatrick with Jamal Adams would give them a great safety tandem for years to come.

7. Buccaneers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

In a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton, the Bucs need to find as much help on defense as they can.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Calvin Ridley is a potential option as the Bears need to find Trubisky some weapons, but I expect them to go after Allen Robinson in free agency. Ward fills a need and pairing him with Kyle Fuller could give them the next best CB tandem.

9. 49ers: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

They could go for Roquan Smith to either pair with or replace Reuben Foster. But they just spend $137.5 million on Jimmy GQ, better to invest more in him by finding him some weapons.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Raiders need a lot of help on defense, they'll take the best defensive player available in Smith.

11. Dolphins: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

Cam Wake is getting old and Charles Harris didn't live up to expectations last year. Davenport gives them a player to rotate in with the two mentioned similarly to the Eagles' rotation.

12. Bengals: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Physical safety who resembles Kam Chancellor, would be ideal in a division that features Le'Veon Bell, Alex Collins, and potentially Saquon Barkley.

13. Redskins: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

The Terrelle Pryor experiment failed and probably won't get resigned. Washington will look at receivers who better fit a west-coast style more with Alex Smith in charge.

14. Packers: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Aaron Rodgers has been carrying the Packers week in and week out because their defense hasn't been close to the level they were in 2010. Vea's athleticism will be on display on the combine and could be a top-10 pick.

15. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

O-line help is also a must, but with Carson Palmer gone, the Cards need to find their franchise QB now. Allen is in a good situation with Larry Fitzgerald coming back for his 15th season and David Johnson coming back from injury. Larry's ability to catch anything will make up for Allen's accuracy woes.

16. Ravens: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Baltimore needs to do everything they can to improve their offense. Their O-line looked really weak after Yanda went down with injury.

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