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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ColinCbock1 - 3.8
Published at 3/8/2018 11:54:47 PM
A few trades
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Darnold is the consensus #1 pick and the guy the Browns will likely build their franchise around. Darnold is a future superstar and while I personally am not a big Darnold fan, I recognize that he is almost a lock for the #1 pick at this point. I'm not ruling out Barkley for the first pick, but it sure seems as if Darnold is the guy.
Barkley is the best player in the draft. With unreal combine stats, Barkley has proven that his electrifying college plays will translate. This will give New York a spark of energy and will power this team to have one of the best offenses for years to come. While finding a future quarterback is a pressing need and offensive line woes continues to plague this team, they can't pass up a future hall of famer.
Chubb is the best defensive line prospect by a landslide and many may consider him the best player not named Saquon Barkley. Chubb is the textbook edge-rusher many teams need but are hard-pressed to trade up and get. The Colts will find their guy to harass AFC South quarterbacks.
Trade From CLE, AZ Gets: #4 Pick / CLE Gets: #15 Pick, 2nd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 2019 1st Round Pick
Josh Allen is the best quarterback in this draft and my personal favorite. I think that a team is destined to trade up and pick him if the Browns opt for Darnold, and thus I think the Cards are his best suitor. With a great deep-threat in John Brown whom I hope they can re-sign for this purpose, the Cardinals can build an aerial attack with a quarterback capable of running a sub 4.8 40 and throw the ball close to 80 yards in the air.
Mayfield proved to be a winner at Oklahoma and should carry that status with him to the NFL. Mayfield is a competitor and winner, perhaps the best in this class. Mayfield has all the skills and intangibles that come with the title of franchise quarterback. We've seen this fiery competitiveness in guys like Drew Brees and Tom Brady. I'm not comparing Mayfield to those guys, but I will say that GM Elway has himself a great quarterback with this pick.
Rosen would be a nice acquisition for the Jets thanks to his all-around game. He makes everyone around him better, and with underrated receiving threats like Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, Rosen should be amused in New York. With free agency looming and greater potential for this team, the Jets would be hard-pressed not to scoop up Rosen if he falls this low.
James is a slight reach, but his fit and background justify this selection. James went to Florida State, meaning the Bucs are practically in his backyard. The Bucs are also in dire need of a good player in the secondary, something James surely will provide. James is a complete safety and one of my favorite defensive prospects.
The Bears need a receiver, but drafting Calvin Ridley or even Courtland Sutton would be a reach. The Bears can't let a gifted guard like Nelson fall lower than this and he would transform this Bears o-line into the best in football. This is such a hard pick and the Bears should opt for Nelson here.
Assuming the aforementioned picks unfold, the 49ers find themselves in a magnificent spot with access to Minkah Fitzpatrick and Denzel Ward. I like the sound of Fitzpatrick better here thanks to his all-around game. Fitzpatrick gives the 49ers a great pass-defense and is the best coverage defender in this draft class. The 49ers would form a top-tier defense with Fitzpatrick in the secondary.
Denzel Ward is the shutdown corner the Raiders have been without for years. Ward would be a much better corner than David Amerson and would resemble Marshon Lattimore from the get-go. Ward is an awesome man-coverage corner.
The highest selected Road Runner ever, Davenport will be a difference maker in Miami. Davenport possesses similar combine stats to Jadeveon Clowney and Davenport definitely has the potential to equal Clowney in production in the pros.
Smith is a polished defensive prospect and would anchor the defense of this Bengals team. With Vincent Rey deteriorating and Vontaze Burfict accumulating suspensions, the Bengals need some help. It's down to Smith or Edmunds, but I think the Bengals can't go wrong with either.
Washington will get a good pass-rusher in Edmunds who has proven to be electric. Edmunds has great speed and is a machine. Reminiscent of Leonard Floyd, Edmunds is a mismatch and would add great talent to a depleted defense.
The Packers were awful in the secondary last season and Aaron Rodger's injury was the indirect cause. Jaire Alexander would shore up any discrepancies present in the defensive backfield and would be a good focal point for this team going forward.
Trade From AZ, AZ Gets: #4 Pick / CLE Gets: #15 Pick, 2nd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 2019 1st Round Pick
I debated between Alexander and Jackson at 14/15, but I decided to put Jackson here. Jackson fits the bill more for Cleveland anyway, so they're fortunate to be able to land him here. Jackson is a great coverage defender and can eliminate any wideout. This is something the Browns will need in order to have a respectable defense.
The Ravens take advantage of the Bears' inability to reach for a receiver and take the best one off the board. Ridley is a prototypical WR1 that we've seen before coming out of Alabama. Hint, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper. The list goes on and on. Ridley will serve a similar purpose on the Ravens.