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2018 NFL Mock Draft by acorbett417 - 3.13
Published at 3/13/2018 4:58:01 PM

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Round 1

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

With Tyrod Taylor in tow, the Browns have some more wiggle room to pass on a QB at 1 and take the best running back to come out this century. Barkley is that good.

2. Giants: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Darnold didn't throw at the Combine, but that's fine with Big Blue, who likely won't expect him to attempt a regular season pass in 2018. The Giants land their heir apparent to Eli Manning.

3. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Buffalo is going to do what Philly did in 2016 for Carson Wentz- trade up near the top ten to get within striking distance, then move into the top five for their QB. Rumor has it the Bills are high on the UCLA QB.

4. Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

With Chubb still on the board, Tampa Bay makes a move to get the fierocious pass rusher they need. Cleveland takes the risk with the Jets signing Teddy Bridgewater that a QB will still be there at 7.

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Case Keenum is in Denver as a stop gap for whoever John Elway likes at 5, and Josh Allen reminds me of Elway himself with his rocket arm and gunslinger attitude.

6. Jets: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

While Teddy Bridgewater is not a lock to succeed after his brutal knee injury, he is still young and very promising. The Jets opt to take a beast to block for him.

7. Browns: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Cleveland's decision to trade back a few spots pays off, as the kid who wants to turn Cleveland around is still there at 7. They nab Mayfield and some extra picks along the way.

8. Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

One of the most versatile players in the draft slips to 8 for a budding young Chicago team to snag. A nice piece for new HC Matt Nagy to add to a young and rising defense.

9. 49ers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

John Lynch understands what a good CB can do for a team, so why not have two? Richard Sherman in red and gold makes their secondary good, but adding Ward makes them better.

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

Edmunds is an athletic freak who will replace Aldon Smith at outside linebacker for John Gruden.

11. Dolphins: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

What's looking like one last shot for Ryan Tannehill will be supported by the bruising tackle out of Notre Dame.

12. Colts: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Colts add a nice amount of picks by trading back adn still land a difference-making defender in Smith.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vea fills a big hole in the middle of Washington's weak run defense.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Green Bay can replace Morgan Burnett with the rangey playmaker out of Florida State.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Arizona has Sam Bradford locked down for a year with an option for a second, but should still prioritize drafting a signal caller as high as possible. If they like Jackson then lock this pick in.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Baltimore needs to give Joe Flacco some more help. The physical Ridley gives him a No. 1 receiver on the outside.

Picks 1-16

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