2018 NFL Mock Draft by spookykabuki - 2.20
Published at 2/20/2018 1:29:17 PM
Pre Combine draft with trades
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Barkley is the top overall prospect but the Browns are a rutterless ship without a signal caller who can lead the team to a single win. The Browns have young talent all over the field but without a QB that talent will be wasted. Sam Darnold has his flaws and might not have the super star potential of the other QBs but he has the lowest floor and should fit in pretty well with Hue Jackson (for as long as he's there) and he'll take less of a beating with Todd Haley's obsession with not running QB sneaks.
The Giants have two options: Use the rare opportunity picking at the top of the draft to get Eli's heir apparent or Use the pick to help win in the Eli window. If Barkley is gone in the first pick, they'll take a QB but if he's still on the board he won't be for long.
No brainer pick if the Colts don't trade down with a QB needy team. Chubb is the top pass rusher and will help a very poor Colts defense day one.
After addressing QB with the first pick and no elite offensive weapons to pair worthy of the 4th overall pick, the Browns go best player available. Jabrill Peppers looked lost playing centerfield his rookie year and slotting Fitzpatrick to be the rangey coverage safety and allow Peppers to play more in the box is a huge step to helping the defense.
The Broncos are in win now mode which means I think they're more likely to sign a veteran QB instead of drafting one. That doesn't preclude them from also selecting a QB, depending on who they sign, but Quentin Nelson is a can't miss prospect who will help solidify the interior of the line.
There's a lot of talk about the Jets being all in on Cousins but i think he'll ultimately sign with the Broncos. If they can't get Cousins, I see them signing another veteran FA like AJ McCarron or Sam Bradford to a Mike Glennon type contract and drafting Josh Allen. Josh Allen is the type of QB the Jets love and having him develop behind an adequate but not good QB for a year would be the best case scenario.
The Bucs have underachieved for two straight seasons. The trendy pick for breakout team lately have been routinely disappointing on defense. They lack a true #1 CB or an elite pass rusher. With no edge rusher worthy of this pick They go with Ward who should be their shutdown CB.
The Bears grab the best WR in the draft to pair with their talented RBs and the guy they hope will be their franchise QB. Ridley is a great all around WR that Nagy should be able to use similarly to Tyreke Hill.
Trade: The 49ers have their QB and could use the extra picks to fill other needs. The math doesn't exactly work out but the 49ers could through in a future pick with the 9th overall to get the Bills two 1st round picks this year.
Tyrod Taylor is obviously gone and Nathan Peterman showed he's not the answer. Even if the Bills sign a Bradford type QB, they'll be looking to draft a QB of the future. Josh Rosen is arguably the best QB in this draft and if the Bills can work out a deal would jump at the chance to get him.
He's typically mocked in the late first round but post combine I expect to see him rise. He's going to put up great numbers at the combine and pair that with his tape and his NFL caliber coaching, He has the potential to be selected in the top 10 as the first LB off the board.
Edmunds might end up being the best player in this draft when all is said and done. The Dolphins could go with a bell cow back top pair with Kenyon Drake but Edmunds is too good to pass on.
Every year has a QB surprise and the Bengals could be the team this year. Andy Dalton has been mediocre and really struggled at times. The Bengals could use this draft to develop the next guy and Baker Mayfield is the playmaker that could get them to pull the trigger on a QB.
The Redskins staved off the QB question for another year or two so with their first pick they take another AL DT to anchor the middle and start rebuilding the defesne from the inside out.
A physical freak but raw, Davenport could find himself anywhere from the top 5 to the second round depending on how he tests and if a team falls in love with him. He'd make a great addition to the Packers as a much needed edge rusher.
Without a top QB talent available the Cardinals select Wynn to help their OL woes. Wynn has the ability to slot in at multiple positions and can help day one.
Like QB, there's always a surprise WR especially with a weak class. Ateman should test well enough to move up in the pecking order and the Ravens have a thing for fast, raw WRs.