2018 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Major changes. Round 3 added.
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 (3 rounds) updated Nov. 4. 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: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
    The Browns attempted to trade for A.J. McCarron and failed because they forgot to submit the paperwork. This secretly saved them, as I discussed in the NFL Disaster Grades. Cleveland could try to obtain McCarron again, but it really depends on what the new regime will want to do.

    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. Kizer 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.

    I’ve had Sam Darnold as the top quarterback for a while, but he has struggled so much this season that I’m wondering if he returns to USC for 2018 in an attempt to rebuild his draft stock.

    The battle to be the top quarterback could be between Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen. If so, I think Jackson would ultimately win out, as he has higher upside and better intangibles. He needs to improve his ball placement, but coaches are going to fall in love with his skill set.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
    I’ve repeatedly written that I wouldn’t be mocking a quarterback to the 49ers because there was a good chance they would obtain Kirk Cousins. Well, they traded for another signal-caller instead, acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo. I have NFL Trade Grades posted for this in the link.

    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 solid 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.

  3. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
    As mentioned, I had the Giants trade up for a quarterback five weeks ago. They no longer have to do that, as they can pick the top signal-caller the Browns don’t want.

    Eli Manning turns 37 in January, and he’s in obvious decline. The Giants will likely have a new front office, so they’ll want their own franchise quarterback.

    Josh Rosen was once the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he was passed by Sam Darnold, and maybe even Lamar Jackson. Darnold has struggled, so that’s no longer the case with him. However, 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.



  4. Indianapolis Colts: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
    No team in the 3-5 range needed an edge rusher in the mock draft update a couple of weeks ago, so the Colts happily scooped up Arden Key at No. 6 overall. They can get him here as well. Indianapolis has some nice outside linebackers in Jabaal Sheard and John Simon, but neither is the elite talent Key happens to be. Some will want the Colts to select an offensive tackle, but Key is one of the three best players available, and they don’t need a safety (Minkah Fitzpatrick), so he makes the most sense at No. 4 overall.

  5. 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. And speaking of Spence, I don’t know how much longer Tampa can wait on him to remain healthy. When will his shoulder issues go away?

    Bradley Chubb has been steadily moving up my mock drafts. At 6-4, 275, Chubb has a great blend of size and speed, and he’s been dominant this season.



  6. New York Jets: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
    It seems like the Jets spend a first-round pick on a defensive lineman every other year. However, they need someone in the middle of the trenches, as their defense just hasn’t been the same since losing Snacks Harrison.

    Da’Ron Payne, a freak athlete, has a chance to be chose in the top five – I considered him to Cincinnati at No. 5 last week – so he makes sense for the Jets at this spot.

  7. Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
    Reggie Nelson is an impending free agent, but it’s unlikely the Raiders are going to re-sign the 34-year-old anyway, given how much he has struggled this season. Oakland needs help at safety next to Karl Joseph if it wants to improve its struggling pass defense.

    Minkah Fitzpatrick is having a dominant 2017 campaign and is now likely to go in the top 10. He could be chosen in the top five, as seen in last week’s mock draft update.

    Pick change; previously Derwin James, S

  8. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
    The Chargers are getting poor play from right tackle Joseph Barksdale, while Russell Okung can’t be the long-term plan on the blind side. I have to believe that offensive tackle is one of the positions they’ll target 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. Excluding one game (vs. Georgia), he has been great this season.

    Pick change; previously Connor Williams, OT



  9. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
    I think the Bears would jump all over the top wide receiver prospect in the class if they have the ability to obtain him. Kevin White has been a bust thus far, while Cameron Meredith’s long-term status is unclear because of the brutal injury he suffered in the preseason. The Bears need to give Mitchell Trubisky a viable No. 1 receiver.

    Pick change; previously Ken Webster, CB

  10. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
    This would be a perfect spot for one of the top quarterbacks, but I have Sam Darnold returning to USC, and Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are already off the board.

    Arizona’s plan, in this scenario, would be to find a second-round signal-caller and use this selection on a blue-chip offensive tackle. Right tackle Jared Veldheer has taken a major step backward this year. He has hinted at retirement, so I’ll be shocked if he plays beyond 2017. It appears as though he has already checked out mentally.

    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 Mike McGlinchey, OT



  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Derwin James, S, Florida State
    Cincinnati’s defense hasn’t been the same since losing Reggie Nelson. George Iloka and Shawn Williams are OK players, but neither is the elite talent the Bengals are used to having in the back end.

    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 potential top-10 pick.

    Pick change; previously Minkah Fitzpatrick, S

  12. Denver Broncos: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
    The Broncos were going to consider Haason Reddick if he fell to them in the 2017 NFL Draft, so it would make sense if they addressed their linebacker situation at this juncture. They can’t cover tight ends and pass-catching running backs, so someone like Roquan Smith would help.

  13. Cleveland Browns: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
    I wanted to give the Browns an offensive play-maker to accompany their new quarterback, but there are no players who fit the need in this range. Perhaps the Browns can select receivers in the second round.

    With this selection, Cleveland can take an interior defensive lineman. The Browns really need a talented disruptor to go with Danny Shelton.

  14. Detroit Lions: Clellin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
    There’s some uncertainty with Ezekiel Ansah, as he’s an impending free agent with a dubious injury history. I’m sure he’ll be franchised, but how long will he last in Detroit beyond 2018? Meanwhile, Kerry Hyder is coming off a season-ending injury. The Lions could opt to select an edge rusher.

    I’ve had Clellin Ferrell slotted high in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft, but we’ve seen enough from the redshirt sophomore to believe he’s going to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Ferrell is a highly athletic player who has been very productive this season.

    Pick change; previously Austin Bryant, DE

  15. Washington Redskins: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
    This pick obviously depends on what happens with Kirk Cousins. The 49ers are off the table, but the Browns, Giants, Jets and Jaguars are still realistic options for him, and he could move on to one of those teams this upcoming offseason. If the Redskins lose him, they’ll consider a quarterback in the opening round.

    Josh Allen struggled in some big games this year, but I’m wondering if NFL teams will understand that Allen has zero talent around him and thus had no chance to thrive versus elite competition. Allen is very talented, and all it takes is for one desperate team to fall in love with him.

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  16. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
    It’s the best Alabama player available, right? That might just be Ronnie Harrison, who would help Baltimore’s secondary. Eric Weddle has been a huge disappointment this season, so the Ravens may decide to go younger and cheaper at safety.

    Pick change; previously Calvin Ridley, WR




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