2018 NFL Mock Draft by ngiese - 3.28
Published at 3/30/2018 2:46:44 PM
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Cleveland can not pass up on the best quarterback in the draft here at #1. Although they expect Tyrod Taylor to start this year they will make an attempt to groom Sam Darnold into the quarterback of their future.
Bradley Chubb is possibly a better draft prospect than Myles Garrett was a year ago. With the release of JPP New York is in need of another dominant defensive end. With the return of OBJ and with their star tight end Evan Engram, New York is confident that a second or third round running back will be able to play in their system.
Trading away a kings ransom to move up 3 spots proves that the Jets are eyeing a QB. After Sam Darnold is picked up by Cleveland, New York picks up their second option Josh Rosen.
Cleveland was eyeing Saquon with the #1 pick in the draft but decided to go QB instead. Luckily, both teams from New York were in need at different positions. With many off-season additions on offense, Cleveland will now look to defense with their upcoming picks.
With the departure of Aqib Talib the Broncos need help at DB. They have traded for Su'a Cravens, but they will opt to take the best corner in the draft early and work on their struggling O-line later in the draft.
The Colts upgraded their defensive backfield last season in the first round, but still could not perform against the run. They will select a young, and raw linebacker who is physically very similar to Brian Urlacher to center their defense.
Edmunds may also be able to assist the Colts to get some sacks in this next year.
In the NFC South, the Buccaneers are surrounded by teams with run-heavy offenses. Derwin James is a big hitting athletic safety, with good coverage skills who will help out greatly in both run and pass situations.
Tampa Bay has capable corners who will now have help over the top.
Quenton Nelson is viewed as a top 10 prospect, and the 7 teams who picked before the Bears will be able to find interior line help in this guard and center heavy draft. After the loss of Josh Sitton the Bears move to get the best guard prospect - possibly the best ever.
Chicago will look to improve their defensive front in the second or third round.
The 49ers appear to not be interested in re-signing Eric Reid, but have not made any moves to replace him. Minkah Fitzpatrick could possibly take an even bigger role in the 49ers defense, and after multiple seasons of picking defensive lineman in round 1 San Francisco will work on their defensive backfield in 2018.
The Raiders could really use a CB, but with Roquan Smith on the board they cannot pass on him. With a second or third round pick used on an interior D-lineman Roquan will be a tackling machine in Oakland.
The other second or third round pick will have to be used on CB.
Miami will role with Ryan Tannehill in 2018, but will draft another QB in this draft. With their first pick they choose to replace Ndamukong Suh with a capable run stuffer in Da'Ron Payne. Miami has capable but old linebackers, and Da'Ron Payne will take up blocks and make their job much easier.
The Bills have AJ McCarron but he is not the future for Buffalo. Buffalo needs an aggressive quarterback who is not afraid to play in harsh weather. Baker Mayfield reminds Buffalo too much of Doug Flutie for them to pass up, and they have a second pick in the first round which they can use to improve their offensive line.
The Redskins let their two best corners go in free agency, and Mike Hughes is the second best corner in this draft. Mike Hughes has the potential to become a CB1 in the NFL.
The Packers GM believes that they are doing well at safety. Cornerback needs work, but the Pack will choose to give their corners help with one of the best edge rushers in this draft. Guard and cornerback will need help in the next few rounds.
After signing Sam Bradford for two years in a division with Von Miller, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram the Cardinals have to make a move to protect their injury prone QB. To do so they draft the best tackle prospect in this draft.
The Ravens defense was good last year, but they still haven't found a Steve Smith replacement. Calvin Ridley is the most capable option to do that in this years draft.