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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ColinCbock1 - 4.7
Published at 4/7/2018 7:31:28 PM

I am taking another stab at mock drafting. If you disagree with what each team receives in mock trades, please let me know in the comments rather than incorporating it into your grading. My main point is that there will be a trade.

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Round 1

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1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Cleveland needs a surefire quarterback prospect. Darnold is the closest thing to polished in this draft class amongst quarterbacks. The acquisition of Tyrod Taylor makes things interesting, and if worst comes to worst, Darnold can sit behind Taylor as he learns the system and adjusts to the NFL. My one knock on Darnold is his throwing under pressure. Perhaps tending to the offensive line in later rounds of the draft can help Darnold adjust. However the Browns play their cards, they'll be ready to incorporate Darnold into their offense.


2. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

---TRADE--- Buffalo Bills Receive: #2 Pick / New York Giants Receive: #12 Pick, #22 Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 2019 2nd Round Pick.

The Bills are going to follow the trend of trading up to grab a quarterback by flying up to #2 for Josh Allen. The Bills are certainly desperate as the only two quarterbacks on their roster are A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman. Allen has a flamethrower for an arm and is capable of throwing the ball for 50 yards in a kneeling position. Allen is still a raw prospect and his accuracy may be an issue. Allen has boom or bust potential, but the Bills will see enough in Allen to pull the trigger at #2.


3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Mayfield is going to be the third quarterback taken in as many picks and as boring as this is, it's going to happen. Mayfield is one of the more proven prospects in this draft class thanks to great accolades during his time at Oklahoma. Mayfield is capable of making any throw despite not having a rocket arm like Allen or even Darnold. Mayfield is also able to compensate for a lack of height thanks to his playmaking ability. All of this fuses into a necessary identity that a New York team needs and the persona Mayfield carries with him screams Jets.


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

Saquon Barkley is the best player in this draft class— that's a given. What we don't know is where Barkley will go. With the Jets moving to third, we know they're going to take a quarterback. They HAVE to. The Giants are puzzling at #2 because there's growing momentum between the Giants and Bills regarding a possible trade. Should that trade happen, which I think is more than a 50-50 chance, I believe Barkley will go to the Browns at 4. I understand that the Browns have a crowded backfield, but Carlos Hyde doesn't function as a three-down back and Duke Johnson is more of a pass-catching back. Barkley can carry the load on every down and yield great results. I think Barkley is a safe pick and even safer mock selection at fourth.




5. Broncos: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Ward has really climbed in a lot of people's drafts and for good reasons— he plays tight man coverage and does an exceptional job of making up for his lack of height. Ward would also fit really well in Denver after the loss of Aqib Talib. Defense has always been this team's method of winning a championship and that trend should continue as John Elway will steer clear of Josh Rosen at fifth.


6. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Colts played their cards perfectly after finessing the Jets of a multitude of picks allowing them to take their precious quarterback. The Colts will pry Chubb away from wanting teams still beneath them in the order and come away with the top pass-rusher. Chubb can help the Colts form a new identity on the defensive side of the ball that has been missing for years. Minkah Fitzpatrick is another option, particularly with the loss of Vontae Davis, but taking a premier edge rusher has to be a priority.


7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James' draft position is particularly difficult to gauge. I tend to fluctuate between mocking him to the Bucs, Raiders, and Washington, but I've decided to have him going to Tampa. The Bucs are in play to trade up for Saquon Barkley as Barkley could be the missing piece for Jameis Winston, but I think the need in the secondary is too pressing. I think Derwin James is the best safety in this class and certainly fits right in as a homegrown product.


8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Bears found their franchise quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky and he played reasonably well considering he only had a year of experience at North Carolina. The Bears also upgraded at receiver by signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. The next step is finding a generational blocker and Quenton Nelson satisfies that need. Nelson is the safest pick in this draft and will be a pro-bowl level player as a rookie. Should Quenton Nelson fall here, the Bears should be elated.


9. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

---TRADE--- Arizona Cardinals Receive: #9 Pick / San Francisco 49ers Receive: #15 Pick, 2nd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick.

Josh Rosen's tumultuous draft day slide will end here and the Cardinals will find their guy. Rosen has been tabbed as the most pro-ready quarterback, but I completely disagree. I think Rosen still has to adjust his attitude in order to adjust to NFL play. Having Rosen sit a year behind Sam Bradford would be optimal for a rebuilding Cardinals team. Finding talent at receiver after Larry Fitzgerald retires should be another priority after this team pounces on a quarterback.


10. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

I find it somewhat incomprehensible how the Raiders are in position to grab Fitzpatrick at 10. Fitzpatrick has an Earl Thomas III style of play that rarely comes up in safeties. Fitzpatrick's ability to shut down an entire half of the field should be taken into heavy consideration for a Raiders team dead last in interceptions a season ago. Fixing their weakest part of the team would be a great move.


11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

As much as the Dolphins need help in the pass-rush, they need a defensive anchor even more with the departure of Ndamukong Suh and age of Cameron Wake. Roquan Smith is a pure playmaker capable of defending the pass and generating turnovers. This is something a needy team like Miami needs more than anything. Smith is a great talent whom the Dolphins can take advantage of.


12. Giants: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

---TRADE--- Buffalo Bills Receive: #2 Pick / New York Giants Receive: #12 Pick, #22 Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 2019 2nd Round Pick.

This idea is really growing on me— the Giants taking a pass-rusher at 12. Marcus Davenport is an incredible talent thanks to his great size at 6'7" and impressive speed and agility. Davenport looks like the guy who can replace Jason Pierre-Paul in New York. Davenport was very productive and while he comes from a smaller school, Davenport certainly looks capable of producing at the next level.


13. Steelers: Leighton Vander Esch, Inside Linebacker, Boise State

---TRADE--- Pittsburgh Steelers Receive: #13 Pick / Washington Redskins Receive: #28 Pick, 2nd Round Pick, 2019 4th Round Pick.

With all the hype building around Leighton Vander-Esch, the Steelers cannot take their chances with a player dubbed the next Luke Kuechly. Vander-Esch was extremely productive at Boise State and played excellent inside despite being built like an edge rusher. With Ryan Shazier's health coming into question, I think taking Vander-Esch is a safe move as he helps address an immediate problem.


14. Packers: Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

After an impressive combine, Jaire Alexander moved up on my big board as the second best cornerback available. Alexander makes up for a smaller build with great speed and coverage skills. With Morgan Burnett in obvious decline and Damarious Randall being traded away for chump's change (sorry DeShone Kizer), the Packers find themselves in need of a top corner, and Alexander should be the guy.


15. 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

---TRADE--- Arizona Cardinals Receive: #9 Pick / San Francisco 49ers Receive: #15 Pick, 2nd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick.

Initially, I was thinking that this would allow the 49ers to scoop up Harold Landry at a more reasonable place. However, with Tremaine Edmunds still available, the 49ers cash out and take a dynamic prospect. Reminiscent of Leonard Floyd, Edmunds has great speed and is great in coverage. Edmunds would play extremely well alongside Reuben Foster in an improved defense in the Bay Area. John Lynch has to love how this draft is unfolding.


16. Ravens: Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

As much as the Ravens need a primary wideout, I can't draft one here. The need at offensive line is too pressing. Isaiah Wynn is an immediate answer thanks to his great frame— something very similar to former Raven Kelechi Osemele. Wynn would play well opposite Marshal Yanda at guard and would allow Joe Flacco to have more time in the pocket. Great wide receivers can be found all over, therefore the Ravens shouldn't risk passing on Wynn.


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