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Published at 4/5/2018 2:51:50 PM

Updated post Patriots/Rams trade. Bills, Cardinals, Panthers make trades to move up in the draft. Comment and grade please!

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Round 1

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

Hearing rumors that Browns may be taking Josh Allen with the first pick. I don't buy it. The Browns take the best QB in this draft class, who can elevate the talent around him.

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Feeling like the Giants should take a QB here, but they try and squeeze out a few more years out of Eli Manning.

Barkley is the best RB in this class, and he is a home run hitter who can take it to pay dirt on any play. The Giants pair Barkley with OBJ to have a dynamic offense.

3. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The Jets take the fluid passer from UCLA in Josh Rosen. Durability is a concern, but Rosen is a natural passer who can have a smooth transition to the NFL behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.

4. Browns: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Browns have more pressing needs, but Chubb is the best player available, and pairing him with Myles Garrett on the edge is a great idea for a rebuilding unit.

With these two picks, the Browns get the two things that lead to the most success: A QB and someone to get after opposing QBs.

5. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming


The Bills aggressively trade up with the Broncos here. The price is the #12 and #22 pick, but the Bills are willing to give that up to select Allen. Allen has a strong arm and he's built for cold weather. He can compete with AJ McCarron for the starting job in 2018.

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

Nelson is one of the best offensive lineman to come out of college since 2000. There is no bigger need for the Colts than to protect Andrew Luck.

7. Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Denzel Ward is a game changing defensive back. He can play man, zone, press, and attack the ball in the air. Ward will add nastiness to the Bucs defense.

8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

The Bears draft Edmunds, a versatile pass rusher who can start opposite Leonard Floyd. Edmunds can rush from the stand up spot or with his hand in the dirt, making him a mismatch in key situations.

9. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma


The Cardinals desperately need to solve their QB problems. With Sam Bradford coming in to fill the void left by Carson Palmer, they need to plan for the future. The price is the #15 pick and the #47 pick. Mayfield will be extremely comfortable in Arizona, where he can escape the pocket and make plays for a team that needs more dynamic playmakers.

10. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is a swiss army knife-like defensive back. He can play either safety spot, as well as nickel corner or outside. He's not a true #1 corner, but he can cover tight ends and slot receivers and lead a defense for a long time. The Raiders will use him to prevent mismatches.

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vea is a massive man, who will fill the hole left by Ndamukong Suh. Eva can play defensive end or defensive tackle, making him versatile and dangerous for opposing offenses.

12. Broncos: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia


The Broncos trade down, and they add a rangy sideline to sideline linebacker who can bring this defense back to its dominant ways.

13. Redskins: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

James falls to the Redskins, who gladly step in and swoop him up to add playmaking ability, as well as extra run support from the back end, to their defense.

14. Packers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

Davenport is raw, and played at a small school in college. However, his measurements at the combine were excellent and he has tested extremely well. The Packers get an edge rusher who can make plays for the defense.

15. 49ers: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame


The Cardinals trade down, and they recoup the pick they lost in trading for new franchise QB Jimmy Garropolo. They get him some protection here with McGlinchey, who will protect Jimmy G for a very long time at either LT or RT.

16. Ravens: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Ravens add a big DT from Ozzie Newsome's alma mater here. Payne is a big body who will clog run lanes and eat up double teams in the passing game.

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