2018 NFL Mock Draft by TK1700 - 2.26
Published at 2/27/2018 7:18:06 PM
From an avid Jacksonville Jaguars fan.
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If the Browns take Barkley here, they will still be able to pick at least one guy between Mayfield, Allen, and Darnold, and that is worst case scenario. There is no guarantee that the quarterback they want (whoever that may be) will be off the board if they pass on him with the first overall pick. On the other hand, if they pass on Barkley, it is almost certain that he will be taken by the Giants or Colts. Barkley is a great prospect and RB is a position of need for the Browns. Address QB with the 4th pick.
I don'y buy all this Davis Webb stuff. If the Giants really wanted to develop Webb, what better time to do that than last year when tanking? Eli is clearly past his prime, so a quarterback is needed. Rosen is probably the best fit for the Giants.
Take the best prospect available. Colts need help on almost every level of defense, and Chubb is the best defender available other than maybe Minkah Fitzpatrick.
I believe that Allen will be the Browns' guy. I also think that they will sign A.J. McCarron or Case Keenum. Neither of those guys will be in the long terms plans, but they can fill in for as long as it takes to develop whatever quarterback the Browns choose. Therefore, the Browns will in theory have time to develop Allen, who needs a lot of work before becoming an NFL quarterback, but has a great skill set.
I firmly believe that Cousins will end up in Denver. Cousins has expressed how much he wants to be on a winning team, and the Browns and Jets don't give him that. That being said, Denver won't need to take a quarterback. I expect Denver to take Nelson because he is an excellent prospect at a position of need. First step to fixing the offense after finding a QB is protecting that QB, and Nelson will do that.
Solid prospect. Good leader as well. Some character concerns, but nothing compared to Johnny Manziel. Jets will likely lose out on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, so they will need a QB. I think Mayfield is more likely to go the Jets than Darnold.
Tampa Bay has a really bad defense. They need help especially in the secondary. They could use both a safety and a cornerback. Fitzpatrick is ideal because not only is he the best defensive back in the draft, he is versatile, and can play multiple positions if necessary.
I know the Bears have a terrible receiving corps, but Calvin Ridley seems like a reach this early. The Bears are expected to lose Kyle Fuller, and could lose Bryce Callahan and Prince Amukamara too. I think Jackson is the best CB prospect after Minkah Fitzpatrick. Denzel Ward may be too small, and could be prone to getting bullied by larger receivers. Address WR in mid rounds.
49ers are really weak at cornerback. Denzel Ward is still a very good player, and can be expected to fill in immediately. 49ers seem relatively fine at every other position. Only glaring hole is cornerback, so I think Ward only makes sense here.
Raiders are another team who need help pretty much everywhere on defense. So, the question becomes who is the best defensive prospect left? I like Hurst because he is a perfect fit for Oakland. He is versatile on the defensive line. He can both plug gaps and generate some pass rush. Hurst can anchor the defense.
The Dolphins have a pretty lackluster group of linebackers. I seriously doubt that Miami will consider drafting a quarterback, as I think that they still have hope for Ryan Tannehill. So, I think a linebacker makes sense, and it just so happens that the best linebacker in the draft is available. Roquan Smith seems like a stud.
The Bengals need offensive line help bad. If Quenton Nelson were somehow here I think they would take him immediately. But, he is gone, and the best offensive lineman left is probably McGlinchey. I don't think the Bengals can afford to pass up on him.
The Redskins got destroyed in the run game this year. They don't have that consistent run stuffing presence. Vea seems to be a perfect fit for Washington. While this may be early for a nose tackle, I believe Vea can be more than a traditional NT. He can get after the quarterback, and he has the ability to play a good amount of snaps as a result of being quite athletic for such a big guy.
The Packers are desperate for help on defense. In particular, the Packers need to get back to generating a pass rush like they did when they won the super bowl. They have some good pass rushers in Mike Daniels and Nick Perry, but I think Davenport will push this group over the edge. Perfect fit for Green Bay's 3-4 defense too.
Arizona will need a quarterback. Even if they sign a QB in free agency, they won't get Kirk Cousins, and I consider every other guy a temporary replacement. Arizona needs to draft a QB to develop, even if he isn't going to start immediately. Darnold is a good prospect and is the last of the top 4 quarterbacks left.
The Ravens have a far below average receiving corps. They can snag the best receiver in the draft with this pick. Jeremy Maclin is well past his prime, Mike Wallace is well past his prime, and Breshad Perriman is not good. Ridley can be the beginning of a new group of receivers.