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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BraedenGlickman - 3.10
Published at 3/10/2018 6:55:56 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

With the acquisition of Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland doesn't need to use these top picks on a quarterback if they don't absolutely love any of the options available. Assuming they're happy with Taylor (and a top-75 pick being given up for him suggests they are), they can afford to take the best player available here, and Barkley is definitely that. A Running-back at number 1 overall is questionable, but Barkley's talent isn't, so despite the high pick I think he's worth it.

2. Giants: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

I personally prefer Josh Rosen, but I think Darnold will be the first QB off the board come draft day, and the Giants need to find a QB to replace an aging Eli Manning while they have the opportunity with a high draft pick. Darnold has all the tools to be a good NFL quarterback.

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

Bradley Chubb is the best player on the board, and Indianapolis needs a better pass-rusher. They could also be a candidate to trade down, as teams like the Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, and Bills, among others, will be looking to trade into the top 3 to ensure they can take the quarterback they want.

4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Cleveland could use some major help in the secondary, and fitzpatrick has the talent and versatility to start day 1 at multiple positions. If Cleveland decides not to go QB, this could be a player they target. They also could look to trade down.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Assuming Denver loses out on the Kirk Cousins race, they will need to find a quarterback of the future, and Rosen has the skillset to be great. My favorite QB in the class, Rosen looks like a future franchise guy, and would be a great player for Denver to build around.

6. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield. Allen has the tools to be a great player but hasn't been consistent. He will probably be a top pick, though. The Jets need a quarterback, and Allen does have potential. Even if they sign a veteran QB like Case Keenum or bring back Josh McCown, having Allen there to develop would be a good situation for them.

7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

After a good combine showing, I'd be surprised if Derwin James falls out of the top 15m, and if Fitzpatrick goes early, he could easily jump into the top 10. With a great combination of size and athleticism, James is exactly what teams are looking for in a safety prospect.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

While Kyle Fuller is back, they don't have much outside of him, and in a division with Aaron Rodgers, being able to cover is crucial. Denzel Ward is arguably the best cornerback in the class, and with blazing speed and cover skills, he'll be a solid find for any team.

9. 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Quenton Nelson probably deserves to go higher than this, but falls because the guard position is incredibly under-valued in the draft, despite becoming increasingly important as interior pass rushers get better and a faster paced passing game makes interior protection all the more important. San Francisco could use a guard to protect new franchise savior Jimmy Garoppolo, and Nelson would be perfect for that.

10. Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Tremaine Edmunds is a great prospect with size and athleticism rare for the linebacker position, and would fit will in the same front seven as Khalil Mack, who needs help around him to make that defense dominant.

11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Another team that could use help at linebacker, Miami could go a lot of ways here, even quarterback if they were so inclined. However, Roquan Smith is a gifted player at the linebacker position and could help reshape that defense along with trade acquisiton Robert Quinn.

12. Bengals: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Bengals don't have much outside of Geno Atkins on the defensive line, and Vea has the potential to be a dominant nose tackle.

13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Washington could also use some help on their defensive line, and Payne is another blue chip DT prospect.

14. Packers: Mike Hughes, Cornerback, Central Florida

Green Bay needs secondary help even more after the departure of Sam Shields, but even before he left it was a big need for them. Mike Hughes is another corner who has number-one corner potential.

15. Cardinals: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

No matter who lines up at QB next season for Arizona, he's going to need people to throw to, and Larry Fitzgerald is still good but nearing the end of his career. Ridley has star potential at wideout. The Cardinals could also trade up for a QB if they miss out on the free agent veterans.

16. Ravens: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

McGlinchey is probably the best tackle in the class, and Baltimore needs help on their offensive line.

Picks 1-16

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