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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Soupchuck - 4.8
Published at 4/15/2018 2:24:12 PM

This is how I see the draft shaking out as of now, with a lot of trades done this off sesason already, I can see a lot more coming in the 1st round.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Here is the qb they've been waiting for. After missing on strong arm qb Wentz, they pull the trigger and get their franchise qb. New offensive coordinator likes Haley likes his strong armed qbs, and although not as polished as Big Ben was coming out of college the comparisons of him and Allen make what i think is a solid choice for Haley and his gameplan. And for the Browns he can sit for 1 year behind Tyrod and learn the game better and come back next year more improved.

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

Shurmur being the so called "qb whisperer" why waste the pick on a qb that in this class other than Mayfield has flaws in their game. Take the running back that can change your offense and bring it to a new level. Having Barkley with ODB, Engram, and Shepherd is a pretty solid start to an offense. Get your qb in the next round or later if you truly have faith in Shurmurs abilities.

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

This is the easiest and toughest pick, you know the Jets are getting a qb but which one, unless they're the dumbest team in the league and give that much to move up for a non franchise qb. I am going with Mayfield he is their new broadway joe or broadway Baker if you may. The only thing people can really say bad about him is hes short and cocky, but he is a great leader and is overall game is better than any other in the draft. And on a team with no offensive weapons they're going to need a strong minded good leader and Mayfield fits the bill.

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

Pairing him with last years #1 will set up their defensive for years to come. Much like what Houston did with Watt and Clowney, the Browns will do the same to set up their pass rush, but hope they both stay healthier than the Houston pair.

5. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Broncos get what some call the best qb in the draft, to bad for him Elway has showed although a great player has the eye of talent for QB that rivals Millen. Keenum is a band aid and nothing more, and without a good offensive coordinator like he had in MN, he is going to regress I see. With Darnold, they will have a qb that can step up and play when needed first year.

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

Ballard has already done one trade and very well could do the same to get more picks as the Colts are a mess and have holes everywhere. But one thing the new GM must do if Luck is truly back is keep him on the field and upright. Nelson is the best guard prospect since Logan Mankins and will be able to play there for 10years at a high level. Matching him with Castonzo, Nelson, Kelly, Mewhort/Slausen is the start of a decent line.

7. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Bills need a qb, as McCarron is just a bridge and Peterman cant be trusted to throw to his wrs only corners. In this move they jump ahead of the Dolphins/Cardinals who're potentially looking for qbs now. Rosen is top 3 of qbs coming out in this draft, but injuries(consussions) should be a bit scary.

8. Bears: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Corner could be an option here or Minkah as he can play safety and corner, but im going with Smith. He is a sideline to sideline player and they need a good backer to pair with Floyd, and Trevathen, although Floyd is injury prone and Trevathen misses games due to suspensions. putting him there will help take their defense back to the days of Urlacher and Briggs.

9. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

John Lynch as a GM so far has done pretty well. Taking Minkah here allows them to help their secondary. He can play safety and take over for Reid leaving or corner opposite of Sherman. He could be learning from one of the best corners in the last 10years and become a great player.

10. Raiders: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Can the raiders really rely on Conley and Hall as their corners? Linebacker or defensive line could be a pick here. But with Ward they get a good corner to help there poor secondary. Although only a one year starter he could still come out and dominate. Just ask his former teammate Marshon Lattimore

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

They just lost Suh, Vea literally fills the hole he left. He is a massive man that moves faster and quicker than he should. I find it crazy that he is almost like Dontari Poe since he was also a large man that burst onto the scene at the combine and was also picked at 11 in the draft.

12. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Trading back down could be another option here if someone were desperate, but it would have to be a sweet offer as the Bucs can get a game changer here in James. Chris Conte can't be the starter, and getting James will pair him with a young safety Justin Evans and help shore up the horrible secondary. I could also see corner or one of the offensive tackles being taken here.

13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

they need defensive line help, and with this you get a guy who bursted onto the scene in college playoffs. and you will be putting him next to an old teammate so they know already how to work together. Helping that rush defense is a must for this team.

14. Packers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Matthews is old, and hasnt been good in a couple years. Getting a young player with the tools to be an outisde pass rusher, or drop back and cover is a must for this team. Tremaine has the tools to be a force and in a few years this could look like a steal for him.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Getting a player this explosive fall to you is gold for the Cardinals. He is the better version of Mike Vick, if they can get him here without trading its huge, as Bradford is broken all the time, and Glennon is nothing but an emergency backup as he couldnt beat out Trubisky last year and he only started 13 career college games.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Newsome goes out for his last draft and takes his last 1st rd Alabama player. Flacco needs playmakers and Ridley is one.

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