2018 NFL Mock Draft by lehm4691 - Post-combine 3 including FA
Published at 4/6/2018 5:03:30 PM
Feel free to rate and/or comment on your team or players you're most familiar with. This mock draft is updated for the most notable FA signings as well as combine aftermath. Two rounds mocked with teams updated to reflect traded picks in rounds 3 and 4. Plenty of trades, especially in round one, but not exactly the same trades/compensation as what others project. Also, this mock draft plays out the situation of multiple teams competing to trade up for the top few QB's, hence the top QB's going early. I think it's a plausible and maybe likely situation that the top 3 QB's could come off the board before anyone else.
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The Browns will not likely pass on their choice of QB's here, regardless of Taylor. Darnold is likely to be the pick here.
Trade! This is probably the right place for the Bills to trade up to if they want to choose their QB and not miss out (which is likely). Rosen is the choice here, as he is more pro-ready and has better size than Mayfield. I project that the Bills would trade the #12 and #22 picks as well as both of their picks in the 2nd round (#53 and #56), plus a Day 3 pick in round 6 (#187). As things are looking now, the Bills could be the only team that is very likely to start a rookie QB from Day 1, so taking Rosen here makes sense.
I projected this trade before it actually happen. I didn't think it would happen before draft day, but I guess it's smart because it give the Jets a guaranteed top 3 pick (they could even trade up more if they want, as one of the above teams would only be going back one or two spots). I don't think the Jets would give up so much for a non-QB. Here, the Jets move up and take QB Josh Allen, who they would sit behind McCown or Bridgewater for all/part of the upcoming season. Allen has great size and a great arm and could go as high as #1, but he also has some shortcomings and could go as low as the middle of the first round. But because he's a good QB, he goes here. If the Jets don't move up here, the Cardinals or Dolphins or even Broncos could do it. To make the trade happen, the Jets trade to the Colts their own 2nd round pick (#37), their acquired 2nd round pick (#47) and their 2nd round pick next year, which is a lot. But sometimes getting your guy is worth the premium. The Jets still have picks remaining in each of rounds 3-7.
The Browns stay put at #4 here and take RB Saquon Barkley. He could be a final piece to a very interesting Browns offense for the coming years.
Trade! The 49ers jump up to #5 to snag DE Bradley Chubb to be an edge rusher in their defense. They trade their pick at #9 and both of their 3rd rounders (#70 and #74) for this pick and the Broncos' 3rd round comp pick (#99). Chubb is the best edge rusher in this class by quite a bit, so he could very well be worth trading up for.
The Colts get this pick from the Jets when the Jets trade up to #3 overall. They miss out on Barkley and Chubb unfortunately, with the 49ers trading up. However, they have quite a few holes to fill. Here, they go with the top OL available in Quenton Nelson. He probably starts immediately at an OG position, but he could slide outside to OT if needed as he has the size.
The Buccaneers need a DB with good size, so they go with Fitzpatrick here, who has the ability to cover the other team's top weapon. Fitzpatrick could play FS at the next level, but he also has the potential and versatility to be a good CB.
Trade! The Cardinals jump up from #15 to #8 (in front of the Broncos) to take Baker Mayfield, additionally giving up their 2nd rounder (#47) for Chicago's second 4th round pick (#115). Mayfield gives the Cardinals a QB of the future to sit behind Bradford for a year, or more likely play when Bradford gets injured.
The Broncos get this pick from the 49ers when the 49ers trade up to #5 overall for Bradley Chubb. After taking Keenum, the Broncos have the freedom to address other needs before QB in the draft. The Broncos could definitely address either an OL position or a DB position. Here they go with the best available CB in Ward, who is likely to go in the top 10.
Like the Jets, the Raiders could have two impact edge rushers with the addition of Landry here. There's a pretty good chance Landry gets taken in the first half of the first round after having a really nice combine.
The Dolphins could use the draft to address the QB position, but this is likely too early for Lamar Jackson and they can get another impact player here. After moving on from Suh, the Dolphins could take Payne here, who could help fill Suh's role on defense and has really nice potential to be a significant impact defender.
The Giants get this pick from the Bills when the Bills trade up to #2 overall for Rosen. Even with Manning and Webb, the Giants could of course address their QB position. They also have the option, though, to wait a year and see what kind of potential Webb has. Either way, this is probably too early for Lamar Jackson. The Giants have big needs along their OL, so they'll probably take the best available here. McGlinchey is a solid OT prospect who can play either side of the line and start right away.
The Redskins land James here. Safety isn't their biggest need, but James is a true impact safety who can play all over the field and have a big impact on both the pass defense and run defense.
The Packers have quite a few holes on defense and will look for an impact player. Vea would be able to play at NT and solidify the DL. He could have some position versatility to be able to play across the line as well.
The Bears get this pick from the Cardinals when the Cardinals trade up to #8 overall for Baker Mayfield. The Bears have done a lot in FA to give Trubisky some offensive weapons, especially in the passing game. So here they could take an impact defensive player. Edmunds is a very athletic LB who could play inside or outside, but he would likely play ILB in the Bears' defense.
The Ravens really need more talent and youth at the WR position and could use a consistent weapon. Ridley is a solid prospect with a great pro-ready skillset who could be a go-to WR from day one for Flacco.