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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Rkacalski
Published at 3/13/2018 6:23:00 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Never in a million years would I have thought Allen would go number 1. However after an impressive senior bowl and combine, Allen has shown improvement and has all the potential in the world to be the guy in Cleveland. With the trade for Tyrod Taylor Allen also has the luxury of sitting a year or two. This is an ideal landing spot for him he is very raw and needs time to develop.

Barkley is another option here but I just can’t see the browns taking a running back this early no matter how good he is. Get your guy at one don’t risk him not being there at 4.

2. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The bills will trade up into the top 5 and they’ve made it very clear they are determined to get their guy at quarterback. While a trade to number 3 is also in the cards the ties between bills gm Brandon Beane and giants gm Dave Gettleman are too much to ignore.

The bills are going QB but which one is the big question right now. Sam Darnold has as much upside as anyone however I like Rosen here more. He is the best pure passer in the league and his talent is undeniable.

Giants receive: Picks 12, 24, 56, 65 and a 2019 3rd round pick
Bills receive: Pick 2 and a 2019 6th round pick

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

With two QBs gone the colts are left with the best player available. While a trade down is also in the cards, the colts are in desperate need of a pass rusher and Bradley Chubb is the undisputed best pure pass rusher in this class.

4. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Cleveland lands the best athlete in the class to go along with their shiny new QB. Barkley to many is the best player in the class, adding him alongside Landry, Njoku, Gordan and Taylor, Cleveland has completely remodeled it’s offense.

I don’t see a trade down here the browns are already loaded with draft capital and only have so many roster spots.

5. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

This pick is up in the air right now. The broncos just signed Case Keenum and still have hopes that Paxton Lynch is the future. If I were them I’d take darnold in a second. His potential greatly exceeds Lynch and offers a clear direction at the QB position.

Quentin Nelson is also an option here. However he is a guard and no matter how good a guard is he is not worth a top 5 pick.

6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Much like the broncos the jets signed a bridge QB. Baker mayfield took college by storm last year putting up ridiculous numbers. While he comes from a spread offense and his drop back mechanics aren’t great he’s still one of if not the most accurate prospect in the draft. Having him sit a year or two wouldn’t hurt and gives the jets a clear direction at QB.

7. Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The bucs have commited to Winston and need to find him some help. Best player available is Nelson who can protect Winston for the next 10 years at a pro bowl level. It’s also been reported the bucs “Love” Nelson.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Allen Robinson was a huge addition for the bears who desperately needed to help Mr. Biscuit himself. My pick here for the longest time was Ridley but even with out Robinson it was still high for him. Denzel Ward is one of the best corners in the draft and can help a secondary that’s desperatly in need of some talent. Nelson if he slips here is a choice as well. Fitzpatrick is also an option but I feel he is more of a FS at the next level and the bears are set at safety.

9. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Speaking of Fitzpatrick here he is. San Fran already addressed its secondary this offseason signing Richard Sherman. Why not keep adding to that with the best player available in Fitzpatrick. LB is also a need especially if foster ends up being cut. WR is also a need but Fitzpatrick is a much better player then Ridley or Sutton.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Plug and play starter at a much needed position it’s a pick made in heaven for the raiders. Edmunds is an intriguing prospect here but I think smith is the better more well rounded player at this point.

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vita Vea is one of my favorite players in this draft. With the release of Suh the dolphins already thin defensive line becomes an even bigger need. Vea can take double teams and is an effective run stopper. Edmunds again is an option here but the DL is a much bigger need then an upgrade at LB.

12. Giants: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The giants OL has been a weakness for as long as anyone can remember. By trading down the giants can address the many holes on its roster including OT here.

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

The redskins have many needs however Payne here makes a lot of sense. Jonathan Allen and Payne were a formidable duo in college and can make life difficult for opposing lines for years to come. Washington has also reportedly been very interested in reuniting Payne and Allen.

14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

By trading Demarcus Russell to the browns the thin corner core for the packers gets thinner. Josh Jackson is my favorite player at the position this year and has elite upside.

15. Cardinals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

You just signed Sam Bradford and everyone knows you need to protect that guy. You breath on him the wrong way he’s on IR. But in all seriousness McGlinchey is one of the top 2 tackles in this class and will not only bolster the cards offensive line but open more holes for David Johnson.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

This is a huge hole in the roster. Joe Flacco is an average QB at this stage of his career but he still needs weapons around him. Ridley is one of the best route runners in the class and also has some speed. It also helps that Ridley went to Alabama a personal favorite of the Baltimore GM.

Picks 1-16

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