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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Quentin Carter 3.0
Published at 3/8/2018 11:22:24 AM

Based off team needs, depth, and future needs. DRAFT DAY MOCK DRAFT

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Round 1

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1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

There are a lot of rumors going around about the Browns taking Josh Allen with the first pick. I don't really believe those rumors and I think the Browns will take their future QB in Sam Darnold. He's the best quarterback in the draft hands down, and when he's at his best its not even a question.


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

I originally thought Bradley Chubb would be the pick here, but now I'm starting to believe Barkley will. Although I don't think he's worth the #2 pick, he makes a lot of sense that has lacked a decent running back since Tiki Barber(Sorry Rashad Jennings, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Brandon Jacobs).


3. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Jets are obviously trading up for a Quarterback. While they may have given up too much, if they land the guy they want and it works out...then it doesn't matter what they gave up. I get the feeling Allen is the pick here, from what I understand the Jets are enamored with Allen and he fits what I believe the Jets are looking for.


4. Browns: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Chubb could go here @ 4. But I think the Browns help themselves out in the secondary and reach for the instate corner out of OSU. He's the best corner in the draft and what I like about him is he's a great tackler. Very Physical, reminds me of Antoine Winfield.




5. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I believe the Broncos will trade out of this pick. With the Bills collecting picks, it is apparent that they want to trade up for a Quarterback. Rosen would be the guy here and would be able to start week 1. In this trade scenario, I say Buffalo trades Shady and swaps picks with Denver.


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

Gotta believe the Colts will take Chubb and they'll be happy he falls this far. Many thought he would be taken with the Colts pick @ 3. Now they get extra picks from NY and get to take the guy they want @ 6.


7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Buccaneers need a lot of help in the secondary and due to the versatility of Fitzpatrick, he's an easy pick here. You can plug and play him at CB or FS and it would give the Buccaneers the versatile playmaking ballhawk that defense needs.


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

The Bears were able to help get Mitchell Trubisky some offensive weapons with the signings of Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton. I think if Denzel Ward falls here, they'll take him. However I don't believe he will, meaning Chicago should take Nelson the safest pick in the draft. He's a player I think could make the Pro-Bowl in his rookie year and reminds me a lot of Zack Martin coming out of the same school Notre Dame.


9. 49ers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

I think this is a perfect fit for San Fran and I believe John Lynch has gotta go defense at this pick. Roquan Smith(from what I heard) is rising up on teams draft boards. He would help a rising SF defense and add another leader to the locker room.


10. Raiders: Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

This is a classic Oakland pick. Wait until the combine, see who's fast and athletic. Pick him. In this case it might seem like a bit of a reach(which they are known for) However, Alexander is the best pure cover corner in this year's draft when he's healthy. I promise this isn't a bias as he's from my Alma Mater :)


11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vita Vea replaces Suh at DT/NT. He's one of highest rated defenders in this year's draft and reminds me of Haloti Ngata and could be what Danny Shelton could've been for Cleveland.


12. Broncos: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

In this trade scenario, the Broncos get Shady and the 12th pick. The Broncos take Tremaine Edmunds to help bolster a once feared defense that wasn't so terrifying last year. Could also see Denver take a DB here it available.


13. Redskins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Washington needs a lot of help, so this pick could be a number of different players. They lack speed and aggressiveness on defense. Derwin is THAT athlete, he's strong athletic and is a playmaker. Which to be honest, is rare at this position. Derwin would give Washington another playmaker on defense after losing Kendall Fuller via trade.


14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Packers secondary needs help. They traded away Damarious Randall to the browns for Deshone Kizer, and lost Morgan Burnett to the Steelers via Free Agency. The question remains, who will play CB for the Packers? Joshua Jackson is a well disciplined CB from a great school, he'll fit perfectly in McCarthy's team and scheme.


15. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

I originally thought this could pick could be OT. However Arizona believes if Bradford is healthy they could have the most explosive offense in the NFL. I don't believe that, but they certainly do. Problem is....Will Sam Bradford stay healthy? He may have been a stop-gap QB signing anyway, take Baker Mayfield as your next QB of the future.


16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens WR depth chart is as follows: Crabtree, Snead, Brown, Moore, Perriman. An interesting group to say the least, but they might be able to make it work. If they don't believe this they'll take Calvin Ridley. The team also just recently tried to sign WR Dez Bryant but failed to reach an agreement. Meaning they are still looking for help. I think they'll take their chance with Calvin, the most polished WR in the draft.


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