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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ColeH12 - 1.0
Published at 4/3/2018 10:56:31 PM

This will be a peculiar draft that'll have many uncertainties and surprises after the first 8 or 10 picks. Trades still may happen and updates will come as more happens in the coming weeks.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Browns......a quarterback......any other questions....

2. Giants: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Giants gave away a bit of their gameplan when they traded JPP and they are making a scheme change that Chubb will be a cornerstone is as a great 5 technique who can also rush from the inside. First big surprise of the draft

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Jets traded the farm not for the 1 pick, or the 2 pick but for the 3 pick. This tells me they have a different viewpoint on these quarterbacks than the consensus. They feel confident others are high enough on Darnold, Rosen and Allen that no matter what happens at 1 and 2 they get Broadway Baker.

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

No Kevin Costner is not the GM for this team but it'll damn sure look like it when this draft is over. Cleveland finally gets their quarterback and puts more weapons around Darnold setting him up for success.

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

This is the Broncos dream scenario, somehow the number one quarterback on many boards falls to 5 and the Broncos get a raw quarterback with a huge arm who has aced the pre-draft process and will be able to sit behind Case Keenum for a couple of years to adjust to the NFL. Alternate pick here would be Minkah

6. Colts: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The next best player behind the freak that is Barkley, he is a plug and play automatic Pro Bowl guard. Andrew Luck may actually want to play this year.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The best defensive player in the draft. He can play safety, outside and nickel corner. He can tackle and has a nose for the ball when someone actually tests him. He will make a big impact with Brett Grimes and Vernon Hargraves.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

His draft stock seems to be pointing in the direction of not making it past the top 10. He ran well at the combine and has the traits Gareon Conley did coming out last year without the off the field issues. He will pair nicely with newly inked Kyle Fuller in a division where you better defend the pass

9. 49ers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

This is where the 49ers will get their insurance for Reuben Foster. Smith can play inside and outside and has special closing speed that can make him a great cover backer and possibly edge rusher if Foster can shape up.

10. Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

This guy has also killed the pre-draft process and screams potential. A big guy who has great agility that'll help him in space against the new age of running backs but can still get his hips low to the ground when rushing off the edge. There is no way he makes it out of the top 10.

11. Dolphins: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I think Buffalo will have traded up ahead of Miami by now to get Rosen but I don't want to project trades. Rosen can give Tannehill a good competition and even if Tannehill beats him out, they have a good out of his services after the season ends. There is little doubt in my mind that he will not play a full season because of injury, making this a win-win pick for Miami moving forward.

12. Bills: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

This is an odd spot for Buffalo. I think if they aren't able to trade up before the big 4 is off the board, I think they may trade down to gather additional picks. But here they can get a prospect whose stock is slightly rising by the day and it is looking more and more likely that he is going in the first round. He has the skills of Tyrod Taylor personified with what seems like better decision making. A year behind AJ McCarron will do him good and will unleash an athletic monster on the league.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vita is such an anomaly at his size and also shows off great power that shows great versatility especially when you think of the prospect of pairing him with Jonathan Allen who was playing good ball before his injury. The Eagles have a scary D line and its time the rest of the NFC East starting building.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Before this season, scouts pegged Derwin as a lock for the top 5. But a few injuries and inconsistent play, most likely due to a horrid season by the entire team, has James slipping. This is a good fit though for a Pettine's new and improved defense. With the loss of Morgan Burnett, they will need a versatile piece to split time with Josh Jones at both strong safety and corner around the box.

15. Cardinals: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Cardinals need defensive back help with Mathieu gone and Patrick Peterson has never really been given help on the other side. Outstanding length and good speed make Jackson a potentially great press corner that fits the Cardinals system.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens haven't had a true number one receiver in I don't know how long and it won't stop here. They will bank of Ridley's great route running abilities but he had drop issues along with lack of athleticism that will hinder his growth. They will have two of the biggest what if receivers in Perriman and Ridley.

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