2018 NFL Mock Draft by Quentin Carter 1.0
Published at 3/8/2018 11:22:24 AM
Based off team needs, depth, and future needs. PRE-FA
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The Browns are going to take a Quarterback. The question is whether they'll take a QB at 1 or at their 4th pick. Although Saquon Barkley is rare talent, I believe the browns will take their guy at 1, and look to take a RB early in the 2nd round. A lot of people have Questions about Sam Darnold, and despite the current streak of disappointing USC Quarterbacks, Sam Darnold will be a great pick for the Browns IF they can get him some players to throw to. Darnold is a playmaker and even though he had a slow start to the season, he picked it up and was one of the most reliable and efficient quarterbacks by the second half of the season.
Eli Manning is 37 years old and he isn't going to get any better, faster, or stronger. They'll like have him for a year or two however meaning although QB is a pressing need, they can take the best player in the draft. Look at who the Giants have had at Running back since Tiki Barber...inconsistency.
This would be an easy pick for the Colts as their pass-rush is non-existent. If Barkley is here at their pick, I think they take him. However Chubb is a quality talent from a quality conference. He's consistent and his play will translate quite well into the NFL.
Many others believe the Browns could trade out of this pick. I believe they could as well. However if not I think they'll take Fitzpatrick, and its intrgining to see how they'd use him. The browns just stated they'd have Jabrill Peppers(1st round pick 2017) play box safety, it'd be interesting to see Minkah lined up with Jabrill to make a formidable pair in the secondary. However they could also opt to play him at cornerback similar to how Jacksonville used Jalen Ramsey, and we all know how that has worked for them.
To me, this guy screams Denver. He's Elway's kind of quarterback, and since I dont believe they'll sign Kirk Cousins, I think they can't ignore the QB position any longer. He'll be an immediate starter.
Josh Allen is an interesting prospect, he has all the tools to be a star in the NFL but he made need some time to be groomed. I think the Jets bring back Josh McCown on a 1 year deal, and let Allen sit behind a Veteran Quarterback before he's able to take over.
One of my favorite players in the draft gets taken by a team that has a huge need a the Safety position. The TJ Ward experiement didn't pan out, however James has the ability to play almost anywhere on the defense and he would be a huge upgrade to a defense that has promise but hasn't lived up to the expectations. James said at the combine he wouldn't fall out of the Top 10, and I believe him.
Ward is the best corner in the draft. The reason he's so unique is because he's a strong tackler, and was efficient at stopping the run while also being an efficient cover corner. He reminds of another OSU pro bowl cornerback from years ago, Antoine Winfield.
I would say Nelson is the 2nd best player in the draft after Barkley. He has potential to be a 1st year Pro-Bowler, and helps a depleted SF Oline. He is what I would consider to be the safest pick in the draft.
He's jumping up draft boards as he should. He's in my opinion the best pure cover corner in the draft. He doesn't have all the tools Ward has, or the ballhawking ability Jackson has. But he has potential to be a true shutdown corner. He comes from a good conference, and faced strong WR's in the ACC. Oakland's secondary REALLY needs some help right now, and although people may feel this is a reach.....The Raiders are known to reach for player so this pick shouldn't be a surprise.
Dolphins LB corp gets a huge upgrade with Smith who not only brings a lot to the table with his speed and athleticism, but brings leadership to a locker room that needs it.
Linebacker could also be a pick here, as I could see Tremaine Edmunds being drafted here as well. Unless the Bengals sign an tackle in Free Agency, I dont see how the Bengals ignore their offensive line. Their offense has the potential to be one of the best, but without an offensive line to protect Andy Dalton and to help Joe Mixon pound through(Bad choice of words) they'll be stalled in the AFC North. McGlinchey is an immediate starter from a school that grooms offensive lineman. Good pick for the Bengals.
Washington needs a lot of help, so this pick could be a number of different players. They lack speed and aggressiveness on defense. That's where Edmunds comes in, his upside is through the roof and at the least will be a solid starter but has potential to be a perennial All-Pro.
The Packers have a solid CB with Randall, however in a number of games they were burned for long touchdowns and key pass plays. Not only this, but they don't have any defensive playmakers, and that is why Josh Jackson will be the key to fixing that in this years draft. Josh Jackson is a ball hawk, and can change the game with his knowledge of the opposing QB and his ability to make plays. He comes from a well-disciplined school and will fit in right with the Green Bay Packers.
Not a huge fan of Connor Williams but he will fill a need that the Cardinals have long needed. The Cardinals could opt to go Quarterback here, but I dont think Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield would be worth taking here as I dont think they fit their system. Whoever their next QB will be, they'll need their blind side covered and Connor Williams will be a Day 1 starter.
Calvin Ridley is the best in a seemingly weak WR class. There is a lot of potential in this years draft but not any true #1 receivers. The Ravens need help now at Wide Receiver, and Calvin has excellent Route Running Skills, and can fill an immediate need for the Ravens. With the emergence of Alex Collins, Baltimore can look to improving their offense as their defense continues to be one of the best in the league.