2018 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Major changes.
Next update: Occasionally. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft is based on the real 2018 NFL Draft Order.

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    *** 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT (2 rounds) updated Oct. 5. This mock draft will be updated occasionally. Check out old versions of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
    Last week, I had the Browns trading down with the Giants, who moved up for Sam Darnold. Now, I’m wondering if Cleveland just doesn’t take him. DeShone Kizer showed promise during the preseason, but he hasn’t shown any signs that he can be a viable NFL quarterback. Despite getting good protection, Kizer has made lots of mistakes and has held on to the ball too long in the pocket. He was only a second-round pick, anyway, and we saw the Panthers give up on Jimmy Clausen, another second-rounder, after one year when they selected Cam Newton first overall.

    Sam Darnold took the Pac-12 by storm last year, but hasn’t lived up to the hype this season. Much of that is his worse supporting cast. Through five games, Darnold has been sacked more times than he was last year. He still has the talent to be the No. 1 overall pick, and he could win over the Browns and their new coaching staff next spring.

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    Pick change; previously Saquan Barkley, RB


  2. San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
    A quarterback would make sense for the 49ers if they didn’t stand a good chance of obtaining Kirk Cousins. There’s a decent shot it happens next offseason, so I’m going to avoid giving them a signal-caller for now.

    Saquan Barkley is the other candidate to go No. 1 overall. If the Browns pass on him, the 49ers will definitely consider taking him. Carlos Hyde is having a great year thus far, but he’s an impending free agent, and San Francisco could deem him too injury-prone to sign to a big contract.

    Saquon Barkley ran a 4.33 at the Penn State pro day in March and happens to be an even better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott. It’s quite possible that he could be the first-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Arden Key, RB

  3. New York Giants: Trey Adams, OT, Washington
    It’s no secret that the Giants need to improve their offensive line. Neither tackle has fared well this season, to put it nicely, and New York has to do what it can to find a franchise left tackle. Ereck Flowers has struggled at the position, but could be better at right tackle or even at guard.

    Trey Adams, who, according to Charlie Campbell in the NFL Draft Hot Press, has been receiving high first-round marks, makes sense at No. 3 overall.

    Pick change; previously Sam Darnold, QB



  4. Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
    I think it’s entirely possible that the Chargers use this pick on their quarterback of the future. Philip Rivers has hinted at retirement, and the Chargers may decide that if they want to keep trying this ridiculous Los Angeles experiment – the team really should be in Portland, San Antonio or Oklahoma City – they’ll need to generate some excitement by obtaining a local quarterbacking product. Josh Rosen makes sense for that reason.

    Rosen was once the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he’s been passed by Sam Darnold, and maybe even Lamar Jackson. NFL coaches and owners are wary of the sort of things Rosen has discussed to the media, and his open views could hurt him. Scouts have told us that his teammates don’t like him either, so that’s a major strike against him. And for the cherry on top, even if his high school coach criticized him. However, Rosen’s epic comeback against Texas A&M almost certainly has helped repair his draft stock a bit.

    Pick change; previously Derwin James, S

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
    Don’t completely blame Andy Dalton for the team’s struggles thus far. This is the first time in his career that he’s playing behind an offensive line that doesn’t happen to be packed with talent. In fact, Cincinnati’s blocking is probably worse than Seattle’s. Both tackles stink, so the Bengals need to address this position early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Mike McGlinchey would probably have been the top tackle chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft if he had declared (No. 7 overall to the Chargers?), but he announced that he would be returning to school.

    Pick change; previously Trey Adams, OT



  6. Indianapolis Colts: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
    No team in the 3-5 range needed an edge rusher, so the Colts will happily scoop up Arden Key! Indianapolis has some nice outside linebackers in Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, but neither is the elite talent Key happens to be. This is just a great value pick for Indianapolis to improve its defense.

    Pick change; previously Mike McGlinchey, OT

  7. Chicago Bears: Derwin James, S, Florida State
    As we saw in the losses to the Falcons and Buccaneers, the Bears have some pretty severe safety problems. I like Austin Hooper, but there’s no way he should ever be scoring 88-yard touchdowns against anyone.

    Derwin James has missed some time in 2016 with a knee injury, but he’s a monstrous safety (6-3, 211) who happens to be a terrific athlete. He’s still projected to be a top-10 pick.

    Pick change; previously Christian Kirk, WR

  8. Miami Dolphins: Iman Marshall, CB, USC
    A quarterback will be debated here, but I think the Dolphins will continue to start Ryan Tannehill next year. They’ll focus on another position, and perhaps that’ll be cornerback. I’m not sure how long the Dolphins keep Byron Maxwell around, especially at his outrageous salary. Maxwell hasn’t performed well yet, so unless he improves his play, he’ll be gone next offseason.



  9. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
    A quarterback might be considered here, but I really think Bruce Arians might give it one more shot with Carson Palmer if he’s convinced he can appropriately protect his geriatric signal-caller. Doing so would involve spending a first-round pick on a tackle, and Connor Williams would replace Jared Veldheer. I can’t imagine Veldheer being on the roster next year.

    Connor Williams needs to improve his strength, but his length and athleticism could have him chosen in the top half of the opening round, and maybe even the top 10.

    Pick change; previously Josh Rosen, QB

  10. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
    It’s the best Alabama player available, right? That might just be Calvin Ridley, who would help Baltimore’s pedestrian receiving corps. Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin have both been inconsistent thus far, while Breshad Perriman has done nothing. The Ravens need to give Joe Flacco a No. 1 wideout.

    Pick change; previously Minkah Fitzpatrick, S



  11. Seattle Seahawks: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
    Cliff Avril will be a 32-year-old entering his contract season in 2018. The Seahawks may decide that if they can’t nab one of the top offensive tackles, they’ll pursue a potent edge rusher to replace Avril, whose production has fallen off a cliff this year.

    Austin Bryant has been a terror thus far, and he’s now firmly in top-15 discussion.

    Pick change; previously Connor Williams, OT

  12. Cleveland Browns: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
    The Browns will need to give Sam Darnold another receiver to throw to besides Corey Coleman, who has struggled to stay healthy thus far in his career. They can’t keep relying on the likes of Kenny Britt and his half-hearted routes.

    Christian Kirk just had an explosive game against Arkansas, and he could be the second receiver chosen in the top 15 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Calvin Ridley, WR

  13. Dallas Cowboys: Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
    Dallas’ offensive line has taken a big step backward this season, as the team now has holes at both left guard and right tackle. Well, as one former Cowboy great once said, they can kill stones with one bird by selecting a talented right tackle, as it would allow La’el Collins to move back inside.

  14. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
    Blake Bortles has been an utter failure thus far, and there was speculation that they’d draft a quarterback to replace him. That didn’t happen, but it could next April. It’s a shame, as the Jaguars would be 3-1 right now with an OK quarterback and 4-0 with a good one.

    Lamar Jackson has some issues – ball placement is a big one – but scouts are ranking him favorably, and they believe he’ll be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. For more, check out the new NFL Draft Rumor Mill for scouts’ thoughts on Jackson and the other quarterbacks.

    Pick change; previously Orlando Brown, OT

  15. New York Jets: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
    The Jets spent all of their efforts tanking this offseason, yet they’ve done so incorrectly. They won, which has hurt their chances of landing Sam Darnold. Perhaps they’ll consider committing to Josh McCown for the long term. He could be their quarterback for the next 12 years, even though he’ll be 50 by then.

    The other option is to go with Clayton Thorson. Many may not know the name yet, but according to Charlie Campbell, he’s been getting some first-round consideration. Read more in the NFL Hot Press.

    Pick change; previously Orlando Brown, OT

  16. New Orleans Saints: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
    I considered a quarterback when the Saints were selecting earlier in this mock, as the Saints could move on from Drew Brees this offseason. Brees is a free agent, and New Orleans could choose to start over from scratch. In this scenario, however, they keep Brees and once again attempt to improve their defense. The Saints need help all over, including someone to play next to Sheldon Rankins with Nick Fairley likely finished.

    Teams are extremely high on Da’Ron Payne, who does some freakish things for a player at his position.




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