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2018 NFL Mock Draft by T64 3.0 - 3.6
Published at 3/6/2018 10:01:24 PM

Post combine. Cousins to Minnesota, Keenum to Denver, McCarron to Cleveland, Bradford to Jets, Bridgewater to Bills, Landry traded to Chicago. 2 rounds with analysis.

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Round 1

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

I have no idea what the Browns are gonna do with this pick. It could just as easily be another QB, or maybe even Barkley. However, in this mock, I'm going with my gut and picking Darnold. Rosen may seem like the better QB, but I just don't see the Browns front office liking him all that much. Darnold has better upside than Rosen, and still has a solid floor. He could sit behind McCarron for a year before taking over.


2. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

TRADE!
Giants receive: #15, #47, #79, 2019 1st, 2019 4th
Cardinals receive: #2

The Cardinals have a lot of pieces set in place. They just need a quarterback to let them compete. So, in order to ensure one of their top guys, they sell the farm to move up to number 2. Rosen would step in immediately and put the Cardinals back into playoff conte


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

This pick comes down to what the Colts prefer: Positional value, or absolute value. Barkley is the best prospect in the draft, but Chubb is arguably the 2nd best and comes at a premium position. I'm thinking the depth of RBs in this class leads the Colts to select Chubb, who would provide an immediate boost to the Colts piss poor pass rush.


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

Well, would you look at that! The Browns get their franchise QB, and through a blockbuster trade, Barkley falls into their laps. Barkley has potential to be an all-pro right out of the gate, and he'd make McCarron and Darnold's job much, much easier.




5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Keenum may have had a great year in 2017, but he's not the future for the Broncos. They have their pick of the next 3 QBs, and Allen looks like he'd be their choice. Allen's upside is akin to Rodgers, but it'll be a challenge to ever hit that ceiling. Sitting behind Keenum would be a good start for him.


6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Sammy no-knees shouldn't be counted on as a franchise QB, so the Jets make sure to land one of the top prospects in Mayfield. Mayfield is arguably the most pro-ready QB of the class, and could rejuvenate a slumping Jets team. Pair him up with a decent RB and another WR, and the Jets could have something going on offense.


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

Amid all the quarterback chaos, the Buccaneers stay put and grab the 2nd best prospect of the class. Nelson has the highest floor in the draft, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if his career mirrored Zack Martin's. You can't go wrong with picking him.


8. Dolphins: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

TRADE!
Bears receive: #11, Jarvis Landry
Dolphins receive: #8

There's been rumors of Miami selecting a quarterback, which makes sense. Tannehill can't be counted on, and the Dolphins are in a good position. With all of the other QBs flying off the board, the Dolphins make sure to land their guy. Jackson has his issues, but his Michael Vick upside could create an incredibly dynamic offense.




9. 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Reuben Foster can't be counted on. Whether he comes back or not, Edmunds would pair perfectly with him. Not many linebackers come like Edmunds, and his upside is ridiculous. If Foster returns, the 49ers could have the best linebacking corps in the league.


10. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Reggie McKenzie would be doing backflips at this point. Fitzpatrick is a swiss army knife that can play both safety and cornerback at a high level. It just so happens that both of those positions are needs for the Raiders. Fitzpatrick would step in right away and make a huge impact.


11. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

With Cousins coming to town, the Bears need to find a way to stop the pass. That could start with Ward, who's coming off a terrific combine. A lot of teams made the mistake of passing on Lattimore last year, and they could be making the same mistake here by letting Ward fall so far.


12. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Bengals offensive line is pathetic. I don't know how else to describe it. Williams may be a better fit at guard, but that doesn't matter for the Bengals. They need help everywhere. The important thing is that Williams would be an improvement no matter where he plays.


13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Redskins picked Jonathan Allen last year, but they still need help up front. Payne is coming off a great combine, and he'd pair very well with Allen up front.


14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Packers pass rush is abysmal, but their secondary is just as bad. James would be a steal at this spot, and he'd fill a big need for the Packers too. He'd provide an immediate impact and would give the Packers one of the better safety pairs in the league.


15. Giants: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Giants move down and still obtain a top 10 prospect. Smith has a few medical concerns, but I don't see that dropping him very far. The Giants need to improve their linebackers, and Smith would be a great start.


16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

This pick just feels like it's meant to be. Alabama prospect? Check. Ozzie Newsome? Check. Position of need? Check. Ridley isn't a flashy prospect, but he's very skilled. He's a plug-and-play WR that would finally give Flacco someone to throw to.


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