2018 NFL Mock Draft by lehm4691 - Post-combine w/ trades
Published at 3/10/2018 3:02:01 AM
I project in this mock draft that Kirk Cousins is going to the Minnesota Vikings. It's very crucial where Kirk Cousins goes, since he's pretty much the only FA QB who will stop a team from drafting a first-rounder behind him. Other teams who sign FA QBs could still draft a rookie, as few/none are proven long-term answers. Feel free to comment on your team or players you know more.
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I think the Browns still take their pick of QBs here, despite Barkley's ascendance and great combine. I think Darnold is their guy, since he has fewer risks and also great talent.
Trade! The Browns could very well move up two spots and go with the best player in the draft after getting their guy at #1. It would probably take their picks at the top of rounds 2 and 4 to get this done, which could absolutely be worth it if it helps Darnold be successful on offense.
Trade! With Cousins going to MN, it'll be a race at the top of the draft to get the most wanted guys. Here, the Bills trade up to get their guy in Rosen. The Bills would likely offer both of their first round picks at 21 and 22 this year, plus one of their 2nd round picks this year, plus a 2019 first rounder, in exchange for a few mid-round picks (perhaps a 2018 6th round pick plus a 2019 5th round pick). That'd make it worth it for the Colts, and is plausible for the Bills to trade up so far to get their guy. This move up is even more likely with Taylor going to the Browns.
If the Giants can trade back two spots, getting some quality picks to add OLmen or other players, and still get Allen here, that's a win for them. They'd have the top 2 picks in the 2nd and 4th round as well as their other picks. They could get at least two starters for their OL and have picks left to address other positions. Allen could use a year or two sitting behind Manning to develop, although he's probably a capable starter already.
The Broncos will probably find a decent veteran QB, but they'd still like to draft a young guy. Unfortunately, the first 4 picks play out in a way that the top 3 QBs are gone. Still, the Broncos are left with plenty of good prospects. They could use an upgrade on the OL, and here they could take Nelson, who could be a rookie all-pro at guard (which is a need).
Trade! With the Jets missing out on the top 3 QB prospects, they could look to trade back to get a pick or two, then take a second-tier QB later. Someone who could trade up with the board the way it is, the Bucs may want to trade up for DE Bradley Chubb. They lack a quality pass-rush, and Chubb could be a game-changer for them. They'd probably give up something like a 3rd round pick and 5th round pick to the Jets in exchange for a 4th round pick to get this done.
The Jets might want to limit their risk in missing out on their second-tier guy, so they might go ahead and get their guy here after trading back just one spot, so that none of the QB-needy teams trade up ahead of them. I think Mayfield would be a good fit for the Jets, and he has talent to be a first-round pick since he's a QB.
This seemed to be a good spot for WR Ridley since seemed to be the top WR and the Bears need a WR, but he didn't impress at the combine, and now there's not really good value at WR. So the Bears could go a different direction here. They could very well take the top CB here. Ward had a great combine, which is backed up by his tape. He's not too short at 5-11, and he'll likely go in the top 10 or 15 so he's good value here.
The 49ers take Fitzpatrick here after he falls to them. He might be able to play outside CB, but many think his permanent position is S in the NFL. Either way, he helps their secondary.
I think Edmunds is thought by many as the best LB in this draft. And whether he plays inside or outside, he meets a big need for the Raiders.
With none of the top 4 QB prospects falling to the Dolphins, I think they will either take Lamar Jackson or address another need here. With the Cardinals lurking at 15, the Dolphins might think it's not too early to take Jackson here if he's their guy. Tannehill would still start, at least to start the year, but with injury issues and inconsistency, he may not be their long-term solution. Also, since the top CB and LB and OG are off the board, the Dolphins may not find a lot of value in any of those positions of need.
The Bengals would be happy here if the top OT fell to them. McGlinchey is likely to be the first OT taken, and the Bengals would be a good team for him if he doesn't get picked in the top 10.
The Redskins get Vea here to provide talent and depth at DT, which is a definite position of need.
The Packers could use a shutdown corner. Although Jackson didn't have a great combine, he should still go in the first round, potentially the top half.
With the top 5 QB prospects already off the board, the Cardinals may have to look to later rounds for a rookie prospect. Here, they have their first choice of WRs and take Ridley, who didn't have the greatest numbers from the combine but still ran fast and is debatably the top WR prospect.
The Ravens need offensive playmakers, and Sutton has the potential to be a #1 WR. He tested well at the combine and has a chance to be the top WR taken.