2018 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Major changes.
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The order of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft is based on the real 2018 NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
    James Bradberry has played well thus far, but Carolina’s defense hasn’t been the same since losing Josh Norman. Having a true, No. 1 shutdown cornerback would help the Panthers get back to their dominant ways.

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  2. Denver Broncos: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
    Adding another cornerback to the “No Fly Zone” may seem like overkill, but Bradley Roby hasn’t lived up to his first-round hype, so perhaps Denver will plan on moving him to safety. Besides, Aqib Talib turns 32 this offseason, so he could begin regressing soon.

    Pick change; previously Hayden Hurst, TE

  3. Green Bay Packers: Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB, Kansas
    The Packers had a big need at outside linebacker entering the draft. They didn’t address the position aside from selecting Vince Biegel in the fourth round, however, so that’s something they could target early in the 2018 NFL Draft. Clay Matthews is a famous star because of the commercials, but he really hasn’t played consistently in several years, as it appears as though all of the injuries have taken a toll on him.

    Pick change; previously Hayden Hurst, TE



  4. Buffalo Bills: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    The Bills spent a second-round pick on Zay Jones and traded for Jordan Matthews, but neither player is a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Buffalo needs someone like that in the wake of trading Sammy Watkins.

    Pick change; previously Josh Rosen, QB

  5. Los Angeles Rams: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
    The Rams have a ferocious defensive line, but Connor Barwin is the one weak link. He was supposed to provide some veteran stability, but that hasn’t happened. Here’s an upgrade.

    Pick change; previously Iman Marshall, CB



  6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
    The Steelers wanted O.J. Howard, Evan Engram or David Njoku, but never got a chance to draft any of them. Here’s their chance to obtain a franchise tight end for Ben Roethlisberger.

    Check out the news on Hurst in the NFL Hot Press tonight, as Charlie Campbell reported that the scouting community is raving about the South Carolina tight end.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Smith, LB

  7. Detroit Lions: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
    Haloti Ngata turns 34 right after the season, and he happens to be a free agent anyway. The Lions will need some young blood at defensive tackle, so finding a starter to play next to A’Shawn Robinson will be imperative.

    Andrew Brown recorded six sacks in 2016, and he has tons of potential. Currently 6-4, 285, Brown could easily pack on 10-15 pounds and maintain his explosion.

  8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
    The poor Jaguars will have to continue with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback. Perhaps he’ll be a little less incompetent if they continue to bolster his protection. They need another tackle to go with Cam Robinson.

    Pick change; previously Lamar Jackson, QB



  9. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
    The Vikings have been very disappointed with Sharrif Floyd, who hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Their run defense suffered last year as a result. It’s been better so far, but they could still opt to address the situation in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Trenton Thompson, DT

  10. Tennessee Titans: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
    Brian Orakpo appears to be slowing down, while Kevin Dodd hasn’t shown that he can be an NFL-caliber player yet. There’s a good chance the Titans spend an early draft choice on an edge rusher to start across from Derrick Morgan.

    Pick change; previously Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB



  11. Philadelphia Eagles: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Alshon Jeffery will be a free agent after this season, while Torrey Smith can’t stop dropping passes. The Eagles will need another receiver if they can’t retain Jeffery.

    James Washington made somewhat of a surprise choice by going back to school; he had a chance to be a first-round last April.

  12. Oakland Raiders: Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
    The Raiders have some of the worst linebacker play in the entire NFL, so this is an area they’ll need to focus on at some point next offseason.



  13. New England Patriots: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
    The Patriots need players – both on the edge and the interior – who can generate pressure on the quarterback, as that happens to be the one of two elements their defense is lacking right now (the other being help at linebacker around Dont’a Hightower).

    Trenton Thompson had some medical issues in the past, but he has seemingly gotten over them. He’s a dominant player, however, so he could still sneak into the first round.

    Pick change; previously Christian Wilkins, DT

  14. Washington Redskins: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
    I had the 49ers passing on a quarterback because they’re projected to acquire Kirk Cousins in some fashion. If so, the Redskins will obviously need a new signal-caller.

    Perhaps they’ll consider Clayton Thorson, who, according to Charlie Campbell, has been getting some first-round consideration. Read more in the NFL Hot Press.

    Pick change; previously Equamineous St. Brown, WR

  15. Buffalo Bills: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
    The Bills need to improve the right side of the offensive line. Perhaps Dion Dawkins will be able to properly replace Jordan Mills sometime soon. Right guard John Miller must also be upgraded.



  16. Atlanta Falcons: Dontavius Russell, DT, Auburn
    The Falcons could stand to improve their interior pass rush, which has been inconsistent thus far.

    Pick change; previously Dre’Mont Jones, DT





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