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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Tpowellsd - 4.13
Published at 4/13/2018 1:01:27 PM
I run a Charger blog. Always been into the draft but this is the first year I've tried a mock.
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Allen is in a way exactly what the 2018 NFL Draft is all about. Some think he is the next John Elway. No really, a credible national draft geek referred to him as that. Others think he is the next Blake Bortles. There is a variety of opinions with all of these QB's in the 2018 Draft. Hell, even the teams have admitted their scouts can't agree on a breakdown of strength and weaknesses especially with Josh Allen. The Browns see something most observers don't see. The GM Dorsey likes him. It's between Sam Darnold and Josh Allen for the 1st pick of the draft. Who do they trust? That will decide their pick. It may not even be made up in Dorsey mind until the morning of the draft April 26th.
It has already been reported the Dolphins and Giants have the blueprint in place for a trade. Darnold is the only pick that can make the Giants back out of that deal. This is the only QB the Giants are interested in picking. The Browns at #1 will decide what the Giants do at #2. Their suitors for a trade are Miami, Buffalo and Arizona. Buffalo is a mess with their offensive line. I don't think Arizona has the means to go from 15 to 2. If Darnold is there at pick 2 then they'll take him. If not, they'll trade down for a player later in the draft. They do like DE Brandon Chubb and LB Roquan Smith among others. The highest bidder in the auction for the 2nd pick off the draft only wins if Darnold off the board
It has been have been reported that the Jets traded up from the 6th pick to 3rd just to select QB from Oklahoma Baker Mayfield. If Miami can not pull off the trade with the Giants to swap picks then Darnold goes to the Giants and QB UCLA Josh Rosen gets selected with the 3rd pick to the Jets.
If the trade does happened as it seems it will. The most likely pick at pick #2 will be the Dolphins trading up for Baker Mayfield. But the draft always has a few shocking surprises a few times every year. A team will draft a player that no one saw coming sending the draft into chaos. Last year it was Chicago trading up for Trubisky. Could this be another shocker or will the Jets get robbed by their divisional rival Miami? This rivalry is about to heat up in the AFC East
The Browns got their QB at #1. Now they get him some help on offense. The best prospect in the entire draft in RB Saquon Barkley. It will be hard to pass up teaming up Myles Garrett last year #1 with Brandon Chubb here at pick #4. The Browns learned the past two years that if you can't win if you don't score. Barkley will help the Browns offense and a much improved Browns team in 2018.
If Denver doesn't trade out of pick 5 I'm very confident that Nelson is their pick. The pick for Denver is between Chubb and Nelson. Elway needs a offensive line to help out newly signed QB Case Keenum. They invested a lot of money for Case Keenum. Now they'll invest it helping with him be successful. At 6'5 and 329 pounds this prospect could play the next 10 years for the Denver Broncos. That is a deal to good to pass up.
A few things have to workout here for Chubb to fall to the 6th spot. If it does the Colts get the best pass rusher in the draft. The Colts will feel like the won the lottery with their 6th pick. The Colts reportedly do love LB Roquan Smith and could trade down to select him. I got them staying here and Chubb is the pick for the Colts at 6.
To be a fly on the wall in Tampa Bay war room. So many choices to decide on the spot. They could trade down for extra picks or go with Minkah Fitzpatrick. Derwin James, McGlinchey and Ward are on the board. I'm giving them the hometown boy from Florida Derwin James. You know why? Because it's my mock and I can. Everyone in college football knows the name Derwin James. They will in the NFL soon as well.
The Bears are a team could trade down but if they don't this is defense. With Ward, Josh Johnson and Fitzpatrick on the board this could be a difficult decision. They go with Ward with the 8th selection.Ward broke up 15 passes in 2017 for the Buckeyes.
After winning the coin toss with Oakland a few weeks ago. The 49ers get a great group of prospects that can help them in out 2018. Nelson and Chubb are off the board and it is to early to select Marcus Davenport and Roquan Smith. The 49ers will select LBTremaine Edmunds. Rueben Foster possible 6 game suspension makes this decision for SF a lot easier. He brings 2017 213 tackles and 10 sacks to the 49ers defense.
Gruden has changed the roster in Oakland since being hired. Even with all the moving parts Oakland has improved their football team in the process. The AFC West could come down to the Raiders and the Chargers. The Raiders will pick up LB Roquan Smith to bring the pain to offenses out in the black hole. There are some concerns being raised about his shoulder but Gruden doesn't care about that. He wants to develop this prospect into the next Ray Lewis.
Rosen wants someone's ass for the recent chatter about concerns teams should have about him. He will cause him to slide down to pick #11. There is a chance the Jets select him at 3 but it seems everyone is pretty confident Mayfield goes to Miami at 2. Noted however that the Miami Herald reported they believe the Dolphins might stay at pick 11. Here the trade doesn't happen so Rosen goes to Miami and Mayfield to the Jets. That means they will be battling it out in the AFC East for years to come. Now the Dolphins can wait until the 2nd round to select their RB after getting the QB here.
Could this be the spot for Lamar Jackson? The Bills signed QB AJ McCarron this offseason. But now their sitting here in April with 3 men gone from their offensive line. Ritchie Incognito got upset this week and packed his toys up and went home. The Bills traded Cordy Glenn to the Bengals and then their center Eric Wood retired. They could go with Lamar Jackson here and they could try and trade up. But picks are golden to a team that sitting in ua unexpected mess with their line on offense. Gotta think Buffalo cools their Jets on trading up (ya see what I did there) and stay at pick 12 to help rebuild a their offensive line. They may eye QB Mason Rudolph on Day 2 of the Draft.
The home of the hogs get one for the other side of the ball. A big body presence on the interior defensive line that was sorely missing in Washington last year. Vita Vea will join the Redskins at pick 13.
Aaron Rodgers is unhappy about Jordy Nelson departure in GB. Well, this pick might make him feel better. The Packers help the defense by picking up Minkah Fitzpatrick. He is one of the best players in the entire draft. It is only because of an early run on QB's that he is still available. His 60 tackles and 9 career INT led Alabama to the National Championship last year.
Until just now I was setting this draft up for the Chargers to take QB Lamar Jackson with the 17th pick. The Cardinals already have 2 QB on their roster in Glennon and Bradford. Jackson has been getting a bum rap on his accuracy. 9% of those incompletions were dropped passes by his WR's.
The Ravens are thinking that this is to good to be true. The NT who is simply one of the most dynamic prospects in the draft flops into the Ravens lap with pick #16. If you line Payne up into the B gap as the Ravens will. He will cause chaos on offenses. He can play in a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 scheme. Either way Payne knows how to rush the passer.