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

Last update: Thursday, Oct. 5, 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. Oakland Raiders: Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB, Kansas
    Bruce Irvin hasn’t performed up to his ability this year, so I’m wondering if the Raiders will consider moving on from him after this season. He’s owed $8 million in 2018, so that could be a big factor. Regardless, Oakland could spend this pick to improve its edge rush.

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    Pick change; previously Matthew Thomas, LB

  2. Minnesota Vikings: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
    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 Christian Wilkins, DT

  3. Washington Redskins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
    If we learned anything from the Redskins’ close loss to the Chiefs on Monday night, it’s that they have to improve their secondary. The safety play has to be upgraded, as a replacement is needed for Su’a Cravens, who doesn’t seem to have interest in playing football anymore.

    Pick change; previously Clayton Thorson, QB



  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C.State
    Robert Ayers is just a temporary solution for the Buccaneers at defensive end. They’ll need a long-term starter across from Noah Spence to help put pressure on Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees.

  5. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
    The Titans have endured some horrific secondary play this season. They need a new cornerback across from Logan Ryan while Adoree Jackson figures things out in the slot.

    Pick change; previously Austin Bryant, DE



  6. New England Patriots: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
    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).

    Pick change; previously Trenton Thompson, DT

  7. 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.

  8. Philadelphia Eagles: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    Alshon Jeffery will be a free agent after this season, while Torrey Smith can’t stop dropping touchdowns. 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.



  9. 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.

  10. Carolina Panthers: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
    The Panthers have some issues at safety they need to clean up. One starter, Mike Adams, will turn 37 prior to the 2018 NFL Draft. The other starter, Kurt Coleman, hasn’t played well the past two seasons, so Carolina may want to find an upgrade.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Toliver, CB



  11. 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.

  12. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
    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 Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB



  13. Detroit Lions: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
    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.

    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 Andrew Brown, DT

  14. 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.

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



  16. 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.





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