2018 NFL Mock Draft by BrodieVirtanen - 4.8
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Cleveland has passed on too many quarterbacks in the past few years (Wentz, Watson), and they have received (fair) criticism for it. With a roster that seems more promising every day, they need to pull the trigger on one this year. There are four *potentially* great quarterback prospects to pick from, and Cleveland has had ample time to break down each one. I believe Darnold will be the choice on April 26th.
I think that New York needs to take a step back and look at their current position. There are two things that come to mind: 1) Eli isn't getting any younger, and possibly has 2 seasons left in the tank. 2) How often are teams in prime positions to grab a franchise quarterback? A few minor changes throughout this past season (with other teams winning/losing) and New York could be picking in the 6-10 range and not be in a situation where they can take their guy. I believe the Giants will take Rosen, and let him learn from Eli this year.
The Jets grab their quarterback of the future, who has the personality to survive in New York. Mayfield can potentially be the best quarterback of the draft, but needs to work hard and stay out of trouble.
I have to imagine that the Bills would be offering some tempting deals to Cleveland to jump to this spot, but the idea of getting the best overall player and best quarterback in the draft will immediately make this draft a major winner for Cleveland.
Similar to the Giants, I don't imagine the Broncos will be at this point too often, and when presented with the opportunity to find a potential franchise guy, of which they desperately need, I feel that they will pull the trigger.
Colts are also a major winner in this scenario, as they grab the guy that they would have drafted at #3.
James gets to stay in-state, and fills a massive hole that the Bucs' currently have.
I'm not a Bears fan but I would be pretty pumped to see Nelson go to the young, exciting Bears' offense. Trubisky would be jumping for joy if this happens.
This pick may be out of left field, but the 49ers will need to replace Joe Staley within the next season or two. Grabbing Williams, and getting him into a professional lifting program and practice regimen, means that he won't be thrown to the wolves in year one (but can also still get some playing time), and also means he can step in in 2019/2020 as a starter for the next ten years.
As badly as the Raiders need linebacker help, it is difficult to pass on a shutdown corner (see Saints and Lattimore in 2017). Ward and Conley would make quite the tandem, while the Raiders can invest day 2 picks into their linebacker corp.
Fitzpatrick slides a bit, but the Dolphins will gladly scoop him up. I think the concerns surrounding him are false, and he is going to be a great pro.
Bills miss out on the top four QB prospects and settle with Jackson. Jackson's ceiling is higher than the other four, but floor is lower (except maybe Josh Allen).
Washington grabs their workhorse. Seattle were likely on their knees praying he would slide to them, but Guice is off to D.C.
This is a different pick, but warranted since Jordy Nelson was released. Ridley is an elite #2, and him and Davante Adams, Cobb, and Jimmy Graham will give NFC teams fits.
Cardinals will go the year with Bradford and Glennon at quarterback, so that means queue up the Cardinals 2019 first overall projections. They are right to avoid Mason Rudolph, and should take the BPA. Smith or Edmunds are likely that player, but McGlinchey isn't far behind and fills a need.
Newsome takes BPA again, and Smith will fill the hole that Ray Lewis left, years ago.