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2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Pre-Combine
Published at 2/25/2018 4:57:49 PM

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Browns should make a move for Kirk Cousins in my opinion. Not only will they now have great leverage with their two picks here, but they can finally stop trying to draft the "right" quarterback. They will finally have a guy who can stabilize the position well enough for them to actually win games. The Browns roster is not as terrible as people think with solid blockers and talented defenders to actually be a competitive team with a good quarterback. However, until I see them make the move for Cousins mocking them a quarterback is the right move. Darnold is the best quarterback in terms of size, arm, leadership, and upside in this draft. People pushing him down the boards are thinking too much on this much like with Deshaun Watson from last year.

Last Mock Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Giants are making the wrong decision choosing to forgo a quarterback here or so what I have heard from the rumors coming out of New York. If you ask me they just need to rip the band aid off and start over instead of this slow burn with Eli. At 37 his time has passed and with how poor this roster is they probably will not be fighting for a Super Bowl with him. Instead, they should draft a quarterback to develop behind him for the long term. If not then I guess either trading down or drafting Saquon Barkley here is the answer.

Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming

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

The Colts would love to land Saquon Barkley, but landing a stud at end is not a bad idea either. They were one of the worst teams getting to the quarterback and if they solve that issue then they would be playing less games from behind. Which, in turn allows Andrew Luck not to have to throw as much to make up points. Chubb may not be a perfect fit, but you just make it work with a player this talented.

Last Mock Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C State

4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

I cannot imagine the Browns keeping this pick if the Broncos are still in need of a quarterback since either the Jets, Cardinals, or Bills will be in play to move in front of them. However, until free agency is over with it is hard to say what will happen. Fitzpatrick would be a fine pick here if they stay. He is possibly the best defender in the draft or 1A after Chubb and would be an excellent compliment to Jabrill Peppers.

Last Mock Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Until they actually sign Kirk Cousins I will act as if he is still a free agent. However, barring a team jumping in front of them they have a shot at landing a quality quarterback prospect here. Allen is a talented player with good size, arm strength, and mobility. However, his accuracy issues really worry me since it is rare to have a quarterback with under a 60 percent completion percentage to excel in the pros. If he is given time to develop then I can see him succeeding, but that may be difficult to do in Denver.

Last Mock Pick: Josh Jackson CB Iowa

6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Jets love Josh Allen, but in this scenario they will probably miss out on him barring an ability to jump in front of Denver. If they do miss on him then I can see them getting jumpy and reach for Mayfield who will bring headlines to a team desperate for attention. Mayfield is a bust waiting to happen in my opinion and not just because of the height issues. What worries me most is the poor track record of Big 12 quarterbacks in the NFL. Compound that with his other issues I just do not see it working for Mayfield.

Last Mock Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC

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

The Bucs would love to land either Barkley or Chubb here, but I cannot see either slipping to them. Instead, landing a top notch blocker is not a bad idea after watching Jameis Winston get beat around last season. They currently have no guard talent of note besides the overrated J.R. Sweezy who is severely over paid in my opinion. Nelson to me is the safest pick in the draft and should be an immediate stud where ever he lands.

Last Mock Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St

8. Bears: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

The Bears could land Quenton Nelson to take over the spot of Josh Sitton, but luckily this is a good guard draft so they can land a guy later. Instead, finding a compliment for Leonard Floyd is also a need for this team. The group of Pernell McPhee, Willie Young, and Lamar Houston are not good enough. Davenport is a rising talent and could easily go in the top ten.

Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame

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

The 49ers just gave Jimmy G a massive contract and should now supply him with talent to help him succeed. The group of receivers currently on the roster are nice players, but not good enough to really threaten a defense. Ridley is being a bit down played due to his size, but size as a receiver is not a big need really just look at AB and OBJ dominating. What kills are routes, speed, and good hands all of which Ridley has.

Last Mock Pick: Roquan Smith LB Georgia

10. Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

The Raiders supposedly love Marcus Davenport and if he is here then he will probably be their guy. If not they can land another versatile defender to pair with Khalil Mack in Tremaine Edmunds. I am not a huge fan of Edmunds since he looks more athlete than a complete football player at this moment. His instincts need work and refinement, but you cannot deny his athletic gifts that make him good in space and attacking the quarterback. He reminds me a lot of Leonard Floyd who had the talent, but was more of a projection than an immediate impact player.

Last Mock Pick: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA

11. Dolphins: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The Dolphins could get lucky if Rosen's red flags between health and attitude cause him to slide down in the draft. I doubt he makes it here with teams trading up, but that's something I cannot mock just yet. I doubt if he is here Adam Gase will pass up the opportunity to upgrade the quarterback position after inheriting Ryan Tannehill. In fact, a competition could make both quarterbacks better and sliding could light a spark under Rosen who is labeled as a lazy player thus far.

Last Mock Pick: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech

12. Bengals: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Bengals could go in many different directions here on all levels of the defense to the offensive line. If I were them I would take the superior talent in Smith who could take away the reigns of lead backer on defense from Vontaze Burfict. Especially, since Burfict could be suspended long term with one more offense. Smith is a talented backer who reminds me as an athletic talent within the same vein as Luke Kuechly minus the intensity that makes Kuechly special right now. Maybe down the line he gets there.

Last Mock Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St

13. Redskins: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Redskins just traded away ascending Kendall Fuller and could lose Bashaud Breeland this off season. Even if Breeland's back his play was so up and down that I would not rely on him too much next year. Jackson is a terrific corner prospect who could emerge very well across from Josh Norman. He has the ball skills, size, and technique to handle the fire across from the All-Pro corner and prove teams to be afraid throwing it to his side as well eventually.

Last Mock Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama

14. Packers: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

B.J. Raji is still on his "hiatus" or whatever you call it. Meanwhile, Kenny Clark is not a great fit at nose tackle and I think switching over to the five-technique would be a smart move. Vea is a talented defender who reminds me a lot of Raji with the ability to be a great space eater with good pass rushing ability up the middle. With him in the fold he can help out the rest of their young defense behind him by speeding up the clock on quarterbacks making them uncomfortable.

Last Mock Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington

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

The Cardinals miss out on any top quarterback here. Which, is fine really since I think they are better off resigning Blaine Gabbert or say Josh McCown as they tank for a top pick next season. In the meantime, they can solve an issue they have had for awhile now for the next young qb they land. Their offensive line was atrocious last season and bringing in Mike McGlinchey could help out big time. It is still up in the air whether he will play left or right tackle at the pro level. Either way he should be an upgrade for the Cardinals.

Last Mock Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA

16. Ravens: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

I think it is really hard to change your feathers and in the terms of the Ravens they know defense. They should focus on offense, but with a talent like Key sitting here they may be inclined to take him. Of course, they have gathered a few good rotational young pieces on the edge, but none are as good as Key can be. He can truly give them a compliment and a replacement for the aging Terrell Suggs who may be a few seasons away from retirement. Key does have off field issues, but the Ravens have thrived and rehabilitated players like him in the past.

Last Mock Pick: Arden Key OLB LSU


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