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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BigDaddiesPizza - 3.8
Published at 3/8/2018 9:45:05 PM
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The Browns need to find their franchise QB and I doubt they'll wait for the 4th overall pick to take that guy, especially now that the Jets have moved up. Darnold is a near lock to go first overall and the Browns should simply select him and develop him as a franchise QB... that is, if everything goes according to plan.
The Giants have a chance to nab a franchise QB here, and that's something they might not have a chance to do again for a long time. Rosen is in a tight race with Mayfield and Allen for the second best QB prospect, but I think Rosen has the highest floor of the three.
I think Allen is going to be a total bust, but NFL teams are buying into him as a premier franchise QB. Allen struggled with accuracy in Wyoming and put up mediocre stats against mediocre teams. He's the prototypical size and has a cannon for an arm, but so did Kyle Boller. I don't see him becoming the next Carson Wentz.
Trade! The Bills have traded up using their 2 first round picks.
The Bills need to move ahead of the Broncos if they want in on a QB, and they're taking Mayfield as their franchise QB. Mayfield has limited size and a few questions off the field, but he blew away the competition with pinpoint accuracy and has that "it" factor.
The Broncos don't get a QB 5th overall... but they get the draft's best prospect and the next Adrian Peterson. Barkley will totally supplant Anderson and Booker as the feature back. Barkley dominated opponent after opponent and is in the 98th percentile athletically for a HB. He's a beast and the most likely in this draft to become a Hall of Famer.
With the ridiculous run on QBs over, the Colts land the draft's best defensive prospect. They have one good pass rusher in Jabaal Sheard; he can bookend Chubb and make this defense much stronger. Chubb should be able to fit in Indy's 3-4 scheme and notch 10 sacks a year.
The Buccaneers offense has been underwhelming for several years now. Their O-line has been a hindrance to Winston, and adding an All Pro guard in Nelson will do wonders for the run game. He might be able to play left or right tackle, so they could potentially get Donovan Smith off the LT spot, which would be a godsend for the Bucs.
Trade! The Browns have traded some mid-round picks and moved up 4 spots from pick #12 (from the Bills).
The Browns desperately need a LT since Joe Thomas' retirement. McGlinchey looks like the only surefire LT in this draft, and they'd do well to nab him here. The Browns roster is looking loaded and they still have another 1st round pick...
The 49ers secondary was subpar in 2017 and they could use Ward as a starter alongside Richard Sherman. They have plenty of players available here who could get the job done; Joshua Jackson and Minkah Fitzpatrick would be great options too.
The Raiders desperately need to add more defensive talent as their unit fell apart in 2017. James is a great value pick here and he should be able to take over Reggie Nelson's spot (even though he was re-signed).
The Dolphins had to release Suh in order to open some cap room, and now they need a cheaper replacement. Vea would be a great value pick here and would be able to mitigate the loss of Suh. Vea is a massive DT/NT who is athletic despite his size.
(originally the Bills, then Browns pick)
The Bears need an impact pass rusher and run stopping linebacker, and they were able to move down and select Edmunds. Tremaine just had a monster season at Viriginia Tech and the sky is the limit for him.
The Redskins couldn't stop the run and they could use a legit nose tackle. Payne fills that role perfectly as it's debatale whether he or Vea is the better player. Either would be great for the Skins.
The Packers have invested a bunch of draft picks into DBs lately, but their pass defense has been a tire fire for approximately two seasons. The Packers need to get Jackson or Fitzpatrick on board at this juncture. Their pass defense needs to be able to fight off the division's tatented QBs if they want to stand a chance.
The Cardinals have about one year of Larry Fitzgerald left and the injury prone deep threat John Brown at WR. They need to give their new QB a weapon, and Sutton is fast and 6'5".
Trade! The Cowboys and Ravens have swapped first round picks for a mid-round pick.
The Cowboys need to improve their defense, and it just so happens a talented safety is in free-fall. With Byron Jones likely moving to corner, the Boys need a safety who can play 100% of the snaps. Fitzpatrick is a great pick at this juncture.