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2018 NFL Mock Draft (Pre-Combine)
Published at 2/22/2018 3:05:13 PM

I'm sure my picks will change a little after the Combine and Free Agency, but if the draft was tomorrow, here's how I would see it going.

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Round 1

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

Plays in big games, unlike Rosen we know for a fact he's passionate about the game, and he's got all of the intangibles. He does throw a lot of turnovers at times, but that can be worked on at the next level.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Kind of a no-brainer pick here, the Giants get their Manning replacement.

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

The Colts could draft Barkley here, but to me it makes more sense to get Luck protection and draft a RB later.

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

The ideal 1-2 punch on Offense for Cleveland here with the 1st and 4th overall picks, Barkley will provide good insurance for Sam Darnold.

5. Broncos: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

If the Broncos don't get Cousins, I could see them going with Baker Mayfield. Otherwise they should improve their aging defense with a leader to the Secondary.

6. Jets: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Jets take the possible top defensive player on the board and fill a gap at Defensive End. If Mo Wilkerson won't take a pay cut I would be surprised to see him here next year.

7. Buccaneers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Why not take a Defensive Leader here who can make plays all three downs? Smith could re-vitalize this defense and help make the Bucs the contenders they were supposed to be in 2017.

8. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

If Ridley is still on the board at #8 the Bears should take him. There's really no way they could improve the Offense any more than this pick.

9. 49ers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Defense wins Championships, and last year Jimmy G showed he can win games. Improving the secondary here could help the 49ers not get into shootouts like they did with Jacksonville last season.

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

An athletic freak at 19 years old on draft day. What's not to like? He'll only get better as he gets more experienced, and the Raiders have a huge hole at his position.

11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

If Mayfield is still on the board here, why not take him? He's a winner and very competitive, plus they need insurance and a heir for the below average Ryan Tannehill.

12. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Cincinnati has a bottom-five O Line in the League. If their offense can ever get anything going, this needs to change.

13. Redskins: James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

I don't think anyone would willingly go to Washington in Free Agency, so they'll be forced to make a reach here and draft a Wide Receiver for their newly acquired QB Alex Smith.

14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

Oh, look, the Packers drafting a corner. They'll probably reach here and draft a Safety to play corner instead, but this is the ideal pick.

15. Cardinals: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

I already know this is a Love or hate pick. However, the Cardinals have had a scout at every one of his games this year and I don't think he'll be on the board by the time they're picking next.

16. Ravens: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

The Ravens don't have much of a pass rush at all and that's something that needs to change.

Picks 1-16

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