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2018 NFL Mock Draft by RickJames - 3.7
Published at 3/7/2018 6:42:14 PM

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Round 1

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

The Browns will pass on Barkley in order to get the top QB prospect in the draft. Seeing that the browns recently gave up on picks that ended up becoming Watson and Wentz, the new front office would be fools to pass on another QB.

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Giants claimed they would keep Eli on the roster. This could be smokescreen, but I do think they would rather take the best player available. The Giants have not had a decent RB since Tiki Barber. As long as they improve their OL in free agency, this would be a logical pick.

4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Browns have needs all over the field. Minkah Fitzpatrick is versatile and could plug a couple of their defensive holes.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

It seems Kirk Cousins will not sign with Denver. The Broncos need to start rebuilding, as their roster is getting older. Here's a franchise quarterback that John Elway can use.

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

I personally think Mayfield is the most pro-ready QB in this class. If Baker was 2-3 inches taller, he would be the #1 overall pick. Baker has great accuracy, a good arm, and good mobility. He needs to improve footwork, but that can be learned.

7. Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Brent Grimes is expected to be a free agent, and Vernon Hargraves is best suited in the slot. Denzel Ward can be an impact player immediately on the outside. He makes up for his size with jumping ability, coverage skills, and general athleticism.

8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

With the release of Josh Sitton, the Bears could find an immediate solution with Nelson. Nelson has a high floor and can be an immediate quality NFL starter.

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

The 49ers could go with an LB due to the Reuben Foster situation. However, with the release of Eric Reid, this is another avenue.

10. Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Edmunds is raw, but Jon Gruden could see the potential here. Edmunds can play inside, outside, and in sub packages.

11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Dolphins have terrible linebackers, and this is a solution. They could go with Josh Allen here, but I believe Gase will give Ryan Tannehill another year to prove himself.

12. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Letting Whitworth and Zeitler go in free agency was a mistake. Joe Mixon had no running lanes last year.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Redskins' roster is trending downwards. Improving the interior is absolutely necessary when going up against the NFC East rushing attacks, especially if Barkley is drafted by the Giants.

14. Packers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

A strong locker room could benefit Arden Key, one of the most talented players in this class. The Packers need help on the edge and Key is a force with all the tools to be a good pro.

15. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Cardinals do not have a QB under contract. No need to say more. Besides Kirk Cousins, the QB free agents are scrubs. Nobody is going to rely on Case Keenum to replicate 2017, and AJ Mccarron is a career backup for a reason.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

The Ravens and Bears clearly had the worst receiving corps in the NFL. Maclin and Wallace were shells of their former selves, and Breshad Perriman is a bust. Cortland Sutton could be seen as a more viable option compared to Calvin Ridley. Ridley projects to some as a slot receiver at the next level

Picks 1-16

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