2018 NFL Mock Draft by lucasmd3 - 3.30
Published at 3/30/2018 2:57:34 PM
If the past few years have shown us anything, you have to move up to get the guy you want at QB. There are a few trades here that I think make logical sense for QB-needy teams.
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The Browns finally grab a true franchise QB in Darnold. While he might not be a day one starter, he is the future of the franchise. My top overall quarterback for sure. Darnold spearheads the Browns franchise turnaround.
Buffalo has the most ammunition to move up in the draft and I believe the Giants are looking to collect picks. Allen will compete with McCarron at first, but will ultimately be handed the reigns. There's high upside here, but plenty of risk for Buffalo.
While some believe the Jets traded up for Mayfield, I believe they'll go with the safer option. Rosen is arguably the most pro-ready QB in the draft and the Jets need to get this one right. I believe they do get it right with Rosen.
This could be Barkley, however I believe the Browns are comfortable with Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde. They instead opt for the top pass rusher in the draft to complement Myles Garrett.
Another potential spot for Barkley, but I believe Denver values an offensive line upgrade over the running back spot. Nelson should help change the attitude of the Denver offensive line, upgrading the run production and pass protection.
The Colts land a dynamic playmaker. Their run game has suffered for years now and now they have a true lead back. Barkley can contribute by taking pressure off of Andrew Luck and making an impact as a pass catcher.
The Bucs upgrade with a playmaker in the secondary. It has been their achillies heel for years now. They could opt for Denzel Ward, but Fitzpatrick is likely the better of the two talents.
The Bears were hoping for Nelson, but with him off the board they opt to trade back with Arizona. The Cards look to hop in front of Miami to get Mayfield. While he's been compared to Drew Brees and Johnny Manziel, I see Baker as closer to Drew than Johnny.
John Lynch builds his own Legion of Boom and Ward is the final piece of the puzzle. With the exception of Eli Apple, OSU corners have been very successful in the Urban Meyer era. Another good pick for Lynch.
The Raiders add a dynamic rusher from a small school. Sound familiar? Davenport will become the Robin to Khalil Mack's Batman. Their rush abilities should mask the weakness in the secondary.
This is a make or break year for Adam Gase. With Ryan Tannehill back in the fold and Baker Mayfield off the board, the Dolphins need to make a splash. Ridley is the safest, most pro-ready wide out who can step into the Jarvis Landry role in the offense.
The Giants trade back and grab their QB of the future in Lamar Jackson, though they likely didn't expect him to be here. Pat Shurmur likely sees a DeShaun Watson type of player in Jackson and he becomes Eli's heir apparent. They still have another 1st round pick to enhance their defense or offensive line.
A rangy and athletic linebacker that plays with versatility is the option for Washington here. Their defense was often burned in the run game last year and Edmunds possesses the sideline to sideline speed to help all over the defense.
Green Bay has lacked a true running game for too long. They look at the impact players like Kamara, Fournette, and McCaffery had last year and buy on Guice. Guice upgrades the run game and is sneaky good in the pass game.
The Bears wanted Nelson, but instead opt for his teammate to protect Trubisky. While he may not be as talented as his interior counterpart, McGlinchey is still a valuable first round talent that can anchor the offensive line for years to come.
As a Steelers fan, I hate to see James head to a division rival, but Baltimore knocks it out of the park here. Their secondary was an issue last year and Eric Weddle can't play forever. James can be a day one starter to pair with Weddle in the short term and lead this secondary in years to come.