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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BenjiBoy - 3.7
Published at 4/12/2018 5:54:43 PM

Post-Combine Mock from an emerging draftnik from Sweden. No trades.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

I am personally scared to death about Allen and his completion percentage and lack of wins in college, and I am afraid that the Browns will screw up again with this pick. But there is no denying his physical talent, and that he has helped himself greatly in the pre-draft process. And I do believe the buzz that Dorsey prefers Allen. It is consistent with his previously shown affinity for strong-armed QBs.

2. Giants: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Barkley or Chubb would make the Giants a lot better immediately. But with Eli seeing the back end of his career, Giants may not be in a position to pick his long-term replacement again before he retires. This team is talented, it is not a rebuild, and I expect a bounce-back season this year. With the opportunity to have Darnold learn behind Manning for a season, his talent and potential as a future franchise QB will be too hard to pass up.

3. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Great fit. He is ready to play right away, and he is the type of traditional pocket passer that Jets seems to prefer based on previous picks and FA pickups (Hackenberg, Petty, McCown). Rosen is however better than all these QBs. Intelligent, good decision-maker, very accurate, plenty arm strength. My favorite QB in this year's draft, despite the persistent questions about his attitude and perceived arrogance.

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

Best player in the draft falls to the Browns. While Allen is a pick for the future (I expect him to redshirt behind Taylor), Barkley makes Browns better right away. Explosive runner, great pass-catcher, great in pass protection. The Browns offense should circle around him for years to come.

5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

I buy Elway's praise of Mayfield, I think his confidence speaks to the competitor in Elway, and I do think he is a consideration here. However, Elway is also not interested in a rebuild. He wants to win know. Getting the best pass-rusher in the draft and pairing him with Von Miller will be scary for opposing QBs.

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

Very polished with good technique, but also plays with a whole lot of aggression and the desired mean-streak. Will help get the Colt's run game going, and help Luck stay upright, and hopefully on the field.

7. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Dolphins have been making a lot of curious moves this offseason, but the common thread seems to be to remake the roster's attitude bringing in highly competitive alphas that are all about football. There might not be any player in the draft that fits that description better than Mayfield, which makes it very easy to believe reports that Gase loves him. With the top 3 position players gone, I think that the Doplhins will not need to give up too much to move up and get their guy.

8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

3-down linebacker with tremendous physical talents. Is athletic enough to drop into coverage, and has great upside as a pass rusher. Will upgrade the Bears Defense immediately, and as a 19-year old player with a bit of an unpolished game his upside is really high.

9. 49ers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

49ers could go a number of directions here, and I believe would be interested to trade down. But at this point I do not think there is any good enough offer. James is one of the most athletic players in the draft, and he has the kind of physical mindset that I think that Lynch wants to bring to the defense.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

High quality guy and locker room leader that is all about football. He is under-sized but still very physical and a hard hitter. He makes a ton of plays with great instincts, effort and toughness. In short: He is a Football Player. Jon Gruden will love him.

11. Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Bucs gets some extra picks by trading down, and still get the guy they would have taken at 7. Bucs need to upgrade their secondary, even with Grimes back (1-year contract), and Ward is the best CB in the draft. A bit under-sized, but great quickness and speed, good technique and ball skills, and a tough player and willing tackler.

12. Bills: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

No, Bills do not get a QB. It seems their eyes are on Josh Allen, but the Browns somewhat surprisingly took him at 1. So instead they go position player, taking this big guy. Vea is very athletic for his massive size. He fills a big need for the Bills as a dominant run defender, since their run defense was horrible after Dareus left last season.

13. Redskins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Swiss Army Knife in the secondary. Will never have to get off the field because off his versatility. Can replace some of the slot corner duties of Kendall Fuller, but will also make plenty of plays roaming the backfield as a Safety.

14. Ravens: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Ozzie makes a big splash in his last draft! He jumps the QB-needy Cardinals to get the most dangerous playmaker in football over the last years. Ravens have done their due diligence on the QBs in the draft, and seeing that Flacco has not impressed since leading them to the Super Bowl, I think there is truth in the rumors that they are preparing to move on from him (creating some nice cap space) after this season. Ravens Offensive coaches have plenty of positive experience working with dual-threat QBs, and the signing of RGIII might signal a philosophy-change on offense.

15. Cardinals: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Cardinals have needs basically across the board. I have them go with the best WR in the draft. Perhaps not the most impressive athlete. But a smooth route-runner with sneaky suddenness and shiftiness and great hands. Provides a much needed alternative in the passing game outside of Fitzgerald, and has the talent to take over WR1 duties when Fitz calls it quits.

16. Packers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

I think it would do Matthews and Perry well to have young guy to get some rotation going. Davenport has an unpolished game, but he has a lot of talent. If he plays up to his potential and gets after the QB consistently, Matthews could perhaps move to ILB as the Packers experimented with a few seasons ago with quite good returns.

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