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2018 Pre-Combine Mock w/ Trades
Published at 2/27/2018 4:15:23 PM

My first mock draft of the year that will include trades. Follow me on Twitter @Anthony_Russo97 for NFL Draft news and opinions.

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Round 1

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

The Browns need talent at virtually every position and the Browns can use the 4th pick on the QB they want to build around. Barkley is the best runner coming out of college in over a decade and is an immediate impact player on a team desperate for playmakers.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Reminder, this mock draft is what I will do not what I think will actually happen. A pick this high warrants selecting a QB if a team needs and this time next year, the Giants will probably need it. Rosen is the best pure passer in this class and has the personality to fit in the BIg Apple.

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

Andrew Luck's health aside, the Colts offensive line is atrocious and needs an infusion of talent. Nelson is incredibly strong and absolutely manhandles anyone in his path. He will immediately open up holes and improve the Colts offensive line. Also, my pick for OROTY.

4. Browns: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Browns drafting a QB that won a lot of games but is lacking ideal size and has a questionable off-the-field history. This sounds like Johnny Manziel but I assure you, it is not. Mayfield is a leader with great accuracy and is much more committed to football and his team than Manziel ever was.

5. Cardinals: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Broncos receive 15th overall pick, 47th overall pick, a 2019 1st round pick, and a 2019 2nd round pick
The Cardinals are in the QB market with Carson Palmer's retirement and the Cardinals are primed to make a big move to get their guy. Darnold is a west coast kid with all the look and intangibles of an NFL QB.

6. Jets: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Todd Bowles has done a good job with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye but he is still looking for his true difference making CB. Fitzpatrick is a smart and physical player who has experience at CB and has the size to make the adjustment in the NFL. Adams, Maye, and Fitzpatrick should form a dominate SEC tandem for Gang Green.

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

Perhaps the best team/prospect fit one could realistically find in the draft, Chubb is the prototypical 4-3 DE with a great motor and great hand usage. The Bucs were one of if not the worst team at getting to the QB and need a true edge rusher especially in a division with some of the best QBs in football.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Bears need to give Mitchell Trubisky pieces but a deep WR class and a chance to grab a talented CB like Ward is enough to not go WR here. Ward has solid technique and long arms to make him a CB1 despite the fact he is under 6 feet tall.

9. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The run defense of the Raiders was probably their biggest weakness last season and Smith will provide as both a proven defender with great range and chase down ability and a proven leader on one of the best defenses in college football.

10. 49ers: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have found their QB of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo and now are on the hunt for pieces to put around him for years to come. Williams has the film of a future quality LT and replacement for Joe Staley

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

Yes the Dolphins added Charles Harris in round 1 a year ago but Cameron Wake is now 36 years old and the Dolphins will need to have an answer for when he hangs it up. Davenport is more raw than Chubb or Harold Landry but he is an exceptional athletic specimen who can become an exceptional pass rusher.

12. Bengals: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Joe Mixon did not live up to expectations in large part because of a terrible offensive line. His former teammate Brown is a mammoth of a man but should be able to stand as a RT at the next level.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

A defensive line with Jonathan Allen and Vita Vea? Redskins better realize how incredibly potent these two could be together particularly against the run. Vea is a BIG man but also is athletic enough to get through double teams and get in the backfield in a hurry.

14. Packers: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

The Packers pass rush is getting older and will need some depth. Landry brings decent athleticism and technique off the edge to learn and eventually replace Clay Matthews.

15. Broncos: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

*From ARI
QB is still a need but the Broncos can go get a guy like Luke Falk or Kyle Lauletta later and address their other needs and their biggest is offensive line. McGlinchey is a solid run blocker and can play RT for a long time in the NFL.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

"Playmaker" is what the Ravens need to address early in the draft and Courtland Sutton is the red zone threat and big receiver that the Ravens really lacked last season. If Sutton can be a better route runner, he can be the

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