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2018 NFL Mock Draft by CDDubs - 3.26
Published at 3/29/2018 1:03:29 AM
Rounds 2, 3 are coming (no explantions)
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Many people believe that this pick will be Saquon Barkley, however I believe the Browns signing Carlos Hyde says otherwise. It is true that they also traded for Tyrod Taylor, signed Drew Stanton and acquired WR Jarvis Landry but, Tyrod has proven that he is an average at best QB who lacks the arm talent to become a star. With that the Browns take the best QB in the draft, Tyrod will be the starter for at least the start of the 2018-19 season but once Darnold get in I believe he will shine.
A lot of people have the Saquon-o-meter going off the charts for this pick, however they make a smart pick with the most purely talented QB of this draft. Allen is clearly not ready to start in the NFL his rookie year and he won't have to with Eli Manning still the clear cut starter, and he'll have a terrific HC in Pat Shurmur to help him properly develop.
There is no reason for the Jets to trade up to this pick unless they wanted to get one of the "Big 3" (Darnold, Rosen, Allen) otherwise they just made another Jets move by gifitng the Colts an extra three picks while not moving down too much. They paid a steep price to get him but, the Jets get their ideal man in Josh Rosen. Rosen has a high celing mind you probably not as high as Darnold or Allen but also has the highest floor and will be ready to be a Week 1 starter who can produce.
The trend continues...an RB at 4. The Browns go BPA here and that is Barkley, however I would not be surprised if this pick was Chubb, Fitzpatrick, or Ward as the Browns clearly have a lot of needs on both sides of the ball.
The Broncos were probably hoping that one of the "big 3" QBs fell to this pick so that they could snag him, however they go 1, 2, 3 and I do not believe that they would reach for Baker Mayfield when they have a much bigger hole in their entire O-Line outside of Garrett Bolles who I will give a pass to as he is still young and developing and did show some signs last season of being a stable option there. The Broncos get the best Lineman in the draft here and fill a big need, Nelson is a monster plain and simple.
Chris Ballard is a genius for this pick as he likely planned to take Chubb at #3 anyway so, to get an extra three picks to get the same player he gladly moves to to #6 and swindles the Jets. Chubb has the look of a absolute stud of a pass rusher. He has been compared to many exeptional pass rushers currently tearing up the NFL such as, Chandler Jones, Khalil Mack, Myles Garrett, etc.
The Bucs secondary needs a steadying force out there at Saftey that they can rely on and Fitzpatrick is exactly that.
Even though the Bears just signed Allen Robinson they still take the best WR in this draft class to give Trubisky yet another weapon to use on an offence that could be very potent very quickly.
The 49ers secondary just needs young talent plain and simple, so Derwin James is the pick considering they just spent a King's Ransom on a beaten down Richard Sherman. This pick could be Denzel Ward, however Safety is a far bigger need for the 49ers than CB. James may not be the Safety that Fitzpatrick is but is still very capable of doing his job at a high level.
The Raiders secondary was horrendous last season, so they made the move of not re-signing any of their CBs from last season and bring in Rashaan Melvin who is a very capable CB from the Colts, perhaps they overpaid but this is a massive spot of need. That being said the pick is Denzel Ward who I believe to be the best CB in this draft and yes...the Raiders draft yet another Ohio State CB after they took Gareon Conely last season.
The Dolphins just got a lot of weight off their shoulders by dumping Ndamukong Suh's anvil of a contract, however that is a big need that forms in its place. I believe that need will be addressed later in the draft, they address multiple needs here with Edmunds who is a great pure athelete who can pass rush and drop back in coverage.
The Bills traded up to this pick with the Bengals presumably to get a QB but the signing of A.J McCaron makes me believe otherwise so they take player in their biggest spot of need on the O-Line. McGlinchey demonstrated this season at ND that he has the ability to be a high quality NFL Lineman.
Perhaps not the talent of Christian Kirk but Ridley is still a very nice conslation for the Redskins who desperately need to get someone for Alex Smith to throw to.
The Packers need another CB to play with Kevin King who they took in last years draft, Jackson is the best CB on the board at this point so the Packers snag him 14
The Cardinals have a big need at QB, and I believe Baker Mayfield to be a beautiful fit for the Cardinals.
The Ravens take Davenport to improve their pass rush and fill in the hole that Terrell Suggs will leave in that role once he retires.