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2018 NFL Mock Draft by T64 - 2.20
Published at 2/21/2018 12:22:02 AM

Includes trades and write-ups. First round only. Kirk Cousins projected to go to the Jets.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

A lot of people are excited for the combine, and for good reason. Many prospects will move up or down the big board, and some will skyrocket into first round consideration. However, what I'm most looking forward to is Rosen's interview with the Browns. There's reportedly been some animosity from Rosen towards the Browns, and Dorsey apparently doesn't like Rosen either. If Rosen interviews well, he'll be in much more consideration for this pick. Until then, Darnold should be the locked in pick. He has all the traits for a franchise QB, and doesn't come with extra baggage. He's absolutely worth the number 1 pick.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

A lot of people think the Giants should go with Barkley or Nelson here, as they believe the Giants are in a position to compete next year. I agree that they have a shot at the division title, but that gives them all the more reason to pick Rosen. The Giants likely won't have a top pick again for quite a while, and Rosen is a fantastic prospect. Eli is getting old, so the Giants need to strike now for their next franchise quarterback.

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

The Colts are in an interesting position. They could realistically trade down, but teams would much rather trade with the Browns. In this scenario, the Colts stay put and grab their franchise EDGE rusher. Chubb fits best in a 4-3, and Indianapolis just so happens to be switching to that next year. He'd give the Colts a force up front as a great start to their defensive rebuild.

4. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

If a team wants to jump the Broncos, then their best bet is to trade with Cleveland. However, Cleveland has a boat load of picks already, and the best prospect in the draft is sitting right there. Barkley wouldn't just step in right away as a stud running back; he'd also alleviate a ton of pressure off of Darnold. That's huge for Darnold's development, which makes this an incredibly important pick.

5. Broncos: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Broncos took a physical, developmental prospect in Paxton Lynch. I can't see them making the same type of pick again. Mayfield is a much smaller, yet much more pro-ready QB than Allen. The Broncos need a QB that can start right away, and Mayfield provides them that.

6. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Jets receive: #10, #74, #105
Raiders receive: #6

With Gruden at the helm and a move to Vegas looming, the Raiders make a splashy trade in order to secure the best DB of the draft. Fitzpatrick would move all around Oakland's defense as a cornerback and as a safety. It's a sexy pick that'd kick off the Gruden era with a bang.

7. Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Buccaneers miss out on Fitzpatrick, but they get a very nice consolation prize in Quenton Nelson. Unlike Fitzpatrick, this is about as un-sexy of a pick as it gets. However, Nelson is maybe the most pro-ready prospect of the draft. He has all-pro potential out of the gate.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Bears may lose both Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara to free agency. The odds of losing one of them are almost guaranteed. Even then, neither one is all that great. OSU has a very good track record for cornerbacks, and Ward looks to be the next in line. He'd provide an immediate upgrade for the Bears secondary.

9. Dolphins: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

49ers receive: #11, #107
Dolphins receive: #9

The Dolphins make a move in order to land the next best offensive lineman. Williams could play either tackle or guard, but both positions happen to be a need for Miami. No matter where he plays, he'll provide a nice upgrade.

10. Jets: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

The Jets missed out on both Nelson and Williams, so the focus shifts to the defense. The Jets have very little outside of Leonard Williams, and he can't carry the team by himself. An EDGE presence is needed, and Davenport fits the bill as a 3-4 pass rusher. He's raw, but his ceiling is ridiculous.

11. 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

The 49ers trade back and still land their guy. A second ILB alongside Foster was needed, but Foster may not even be on the team next year. Edmunds has rare size and speed, and would pair nicely with Foster if he ever returns.

12. Chargers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Bengals receive: #17, #48
Chargers receive: #12, Compensatory 3rd rounder

The Chargers need help at the safety position, so they make a move to catch a falling stud. Derwin James is far and away the best SS prospect in the class, and is worthy of a top-10 selection. Team needs push him down, so the Chargers make a move while he's still on the board.

13. Redskins: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Surprise! The Redskins traded for Alex Smith, but they still need to plan for life after him. Allen is incredibly raw, but his potential is tremendous. Sitting behind Smith for 3-4 years may be what's best for Allen, and it could set the Redskins up for years to come.

14. Bills: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Bills receive: #14, #45
Packers receive: #21, #22, #149

The Bills seemed to be in great position to land one of the top quarterbacks, but the Redskins's surprise pick sends them into a panic. With Arizona looming, they bundle their 1st rounders in a blockbuster trade with Green Bay. Jackson is an incredibly unique prospect with Michael Vick-esque upside. He could bust easily, but he could also pan out in incredible fashion.

15. Eagles: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Eagles receive: #15, #47
Cardinals receive: #32, Nick Foles

With Jackson and Allen getting stolen right under their noses, Arizona scrambles to find a new QB. Meanwhile, the Eagles get great value for Foles and pick up a falling stud in the process. Smith likely won't fall this far, but if he does, the Eagles would be thrilled to have him.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Amid all this trading chaos, the Ravens stay put and get their guy. Ridley is a very clean prospect that will start day 1. Flacco needs someone to throw to, and Ridley gives him just that.

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