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. I believe they will secure their QB here and pass on Saquon Barkley. Mayfield may lack size but he has that "it" factor and can make all the throws.
The Giants get the best player in the draft and the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. Barkley is an athletic beast who stuffed the stat sheet at Penn St. and blew up the combine as well. The Giants will need to fix their joke of an O-line if they want Barkley to reach his true potential.
The Colts have a laundry list of needs, and while 3rd overall is rather high for a guard, Nelson is the best player available and a game-changer O-lineman. The Colts have been awful at protecting their QB for years now and they could use a stalwart like Nelson for years to come.
The Browns could use a CB across from Jason McCourty, and Ward looks very similar to OSU's most recent CB, Marshon Lattimore. The pairing of McCourty, Ward, and Boddy-Calhoun would actually be daunting to go up against.
The Broncos might have to move up if they want Darnold, but this mock draft is not including trades, so they can nab him here. Denver will likely sign a veteran QB like Case Keenum or A. J. McCarron, but I don't think that'll stop them from drafting a rookie QB, a la Chicago's Glennon-Trubisky combo last offseason.
The Jets need help at a bunch of positions, but they're not going to give up the chance to draft a QB high. Rosen is one of the safer rookie QBs with a strong arm and above average accuracy and will likely compete for the starting job.
The Buccaneers pass rush was a punchline in 2017 as they barely pressured the QB. Thankfully, the best edge prospect has fallen right into their laps because of the number of QBs drafted. Chubb should spark some life into a pathetic Tampa Bay defense.
The Bears haven't got what they wanted from Lenoard Floyd and Pernell McPhee has been released, so their defense needs another pass rusher. Landry had a injury-filled 2017 season at Boston College but was fantastic in 2016, ranking just below Myles Garrett as a pass rusher.
The 49ers struggled to stop the run, and Payne is the answer they're looking for. He could fill in right next to the already great DeForest Buckner and flatten HBs while even providing some spark in the pass rushing department.
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.
The Dolphins are planning on releasing RT Ja'Wuan James, which isn't a good idea, but McGlinchey should be able to fill that spot. McGlinchey is one of the few tackles in this draft class that will be a day 1 contributor.
The Bengals fielded the NFL's worst offensive line in 2017. They might be tempted to reach for an O-lineman, and honestly, they should. I rarely think reaching is a good idea but their O-line was simply that bad.
The Redskins couldn't stop the run and they could use a legit nose tackle. Vea fills that role perfectly as it's debatale whether he or Payne 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. With Morgan Burnett a free agent and the Packers usually playing 3 safeties, Fitzpatrick can play Day 1 and fix their problematic pass defense.
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".
I'm going to be honest - I don't like Josh Allen that much. I think he's a 2nd round prospect, but he's been hyped up and I think the Ravens will be looking for a QB to replace Flacco in 2019. Allen isn't ready to start, so he can spend 2018 on the bench.