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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BrantJ18 - 3.4
Published at 3/4/2018 8:07:12 PM
Pre-Free Agency Mock
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Baker Mayfield is heads and shoulders above the rest of the quarterback class and would be the savior the Browns organization needs. Although he is on the short end for a quarterback his strengths will translate well the next level. He's a gunslinger and the Browns should look past his off the field issues because he's the player they need to get them past picking 1st overall every year.
Rosen is one of the safer quarterback prospects in the draft and would be a good quarterback to bet on for life after Eli Manning. My comp for him is Alex Smith, who was taken 1st overall way back in 2005.
Bradley Chubb is the consensus top pass rusher in this years draft and the colts should jump at the chance to get a player like him to boost their lackluster pass rush. He isn't in the same category as other top talents in past years such as Myles Garrett or Jadaveon Clowney but he has a very high floor and should average 10 sacks a year over a lengthy career.
The drafts top overall talent falls to the Browns at number 4 and they will gladly take the dynamic playmaker. Barkley is a better prospect out of college than Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette, and should pair nicely with Mayfield for the new look Browns.
Most mock drafts have Nelson landing here and they should. Nelson is the best offensive line prospect to enter the draft in the past 20 years and the Broncos shouldn't hesitate to pick him up to bolster their horrid offensive line. Of course this all hinges on the Kirk Cousins situation but at the moment the Broncos appear to be the frontrunners to land the prized free agent.
The Jets were willed to 6 wins last season by an aging Josh McCown before he went down to injury after being deemed as the worst team in the NFL before the season started. They have a great coaching staff in place as evidenced by the way they stayed close in games last year and Darnold would be a great place to start for Todd Bowles to build winner.
After a setback year the Buccaneers have a lot of needs to fill including holes in the secondary. Minkah Fitzpatrick is arguably the top defensive prospect in this years draft and falls int the Bucs laps at 7 due to not playing a "premium" position.
Wide Receiver is a huge need for the Bears but at this point Calvin Ridley would be considered a reach. Instead the Bears select the better prospect while still filling a huge need and getting younger in the secondary.
The 49ers have invested heavily in their defensive line over the past few years but don't have a lot to show for it. Davenport is an absolute athletic freak and John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will bet on his raw potential to bring together the defensive line to create a fearsome pass rush. There are needs on offense but Jimmy G has shown that he can shoulder the load with a below average supporting cast.
TRADE --- The Cardinals jump ahead and nab the last of the top tier quarterbacks instead of betting on teams like the Dolphins and Bengals to not make moves to replace their own below average QB's. Allen has huge potential however i don't see him working out in the NFL. Having a huge arm is a great bonus for a quarterback, but he lacks the most important trait an NFL QB must have: Accuracy.
Finding a cornerback to line up opposite of Xavien Howard should be a huge priority for the Dolphins and they get their guy in Denzel Ward. Although he's a cornerback from Ohio State he's not the same kind of prospect Marshon Lattimore was last year. He's a bit smaller and less physical but plays with great closing speed and technique.
After a lost year due to injury Connor Williams' stock took a huge hit. However he is more athletic than Mike McGlinchey and should be viewed still as the top OT in this years draft after Orlando Brown obliterated his draft stock at the combine. This fills a huge need for the Bengals after whiffing on previous picks at the position.
The Redskins should consider themselves extremely lucky to have a player of this caliber fall to them at pick 13. Tremaine Edmunds has huge potential and could be a franchise changing talent on defense. Linebackers that big simply shouldn't be able to move as well as he does and he should be a versatile chess piece in Jim Haslett's Defense.
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback talent in the NFL and last year showed how much he means to the Packers. Protecting him should be the Packers top priority should be keeping him clean and McGlinchey is a great tackle with a very high floor. He's the type of player they can insert into the lineup and not worry about the position for another ten years.
TRADE --- The Raiders biggest weakness last year was their linebackers and it showed. Navarro Bowman was a good pick up but he's still an aging player at a very physical position with a lengthy injury history. The Raiders were able to trade back and still get the best player available while also filling a huge need. Roquan Smith is a great sideline to sideline player that fits the mold of today's linebackers and should thrive in Gruden's new defense.
The Ravens need to give Joe Flacco weapons because he's not the kind of quarterback that can create on his own like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. Ridley doesn't have as much production as past receivers taken in the 1st round but he has number 1 receiver potential and should provide a spark for the Ravens sluggish offense.