2018 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 14, 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 (4 rounds) updated Dec. 14. 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: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
    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 many 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 played somewhat well versus the Lions and Packers, but he’s had many worse moments. 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. Lamar Jackson occupied this top spot for about a month, but I’m moving to Josh Rosen following his terrific performance against USC.

    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 has been prolific in some big games this year, so that could push him into the top spot.

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  2. New York Giants: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
    I had the Giants trade up for a quarterback earlier in the season. 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.

    The battle to be the top quarterback could be between Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen if Sam Darnold returns to school, which is what I have happening in my 2019 NFL Mock Draft. If so, Jackson may 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. One high-ranking personnel man in the NFC believes Jackson will be the top pick in the draft.

  3. Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
    I’ve had the Colts selecting either Bradley Chubb or Arden Key for a while, but they’ve never been in position to pick Saquon Barkley. I have to believe he’d be the pick here. Frank Gore is going to retire soon, and Marlon Mack doesn’t seem like the long-term answer. Indianapolis needs to give Andrew Luck lots of help, and while the offensive line needs to improve, a dynamic running back would help as well.

    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 Bradley Chubb, DE



  4. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C.State
    The 49ers are now out of range for Saquon Barkley, but that’s OK because they can obtain another blue-chip edge rusher. They picked Solomon Thomas in the first round last year, but having Thomas and Bradley Chubb across from each other would devastate opposing NFC West quarterbacks for years, assuming Thomas pans out after a pedestrian rookie campaign.

    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. There’s some talk that Chubb is viewed as the top defensive prospect in NFL circles.

    Pick change; previously Saquon Barkley, RB

  5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
    OK, here we go. I feel as though this will be a very polarizing pick. There are some ardent fans of Baker Mayfield who will believe that I have the Oklahoma quarterback in the correct spot. There are others who dislike Mayfield as a prospect. We spoken to team sources that have him as a second- or third-round player.

    However, team sources pegged Deshaun Watson as a second- or third-round prospect last year as well, and he went No. 12 overall. If a quarterback is considered a Round 2-3 player, he will likely be chosen in the opening frame, and Mayfield, like Watson, could win teams over with his leadership ability and upside. He certainly has his flaws, but a team desperate for a franchise quarterback – i.e. the Broncos – could pull the trigger much earlier than some expect.

    Pick change; previously Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB



  6. Cleveland Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
    Any team that can’t stop Brett Hundley in the fourth quarter and overtime to achieve its first victory of the season desperately needs defensive back help. The Browns are desperate at both cornerback and safety, and Minkah Fitzpatrick can play both positions extremely well. Plus, he’s arguably the best player available.

    Pick change; previously Da’Ron Payne, NT

  7. 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.



  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
    The Buccaneers thought they may have fixed their safety woes when they signed T.J. Ward. However, Ward has just been mediocre, and he expressed his frustration with the coaching staff. Chris Conte, meanwhile, may not return either, as the Buccaneers have a team option on him. Tampa Bay is in desperate need of better safety play.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
    The Bengals have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Their only viable starter is left guard Clint Boling. They need two new tackles, a better center, and a second talented guard.

    NFL teams and scouts absolutely love Quenton Nelson. He’s viewed as an elite prospect. He’s a guard, so he may have trouble being chosen in the top five, though it’s not completely impossible. He’s viewed as the next Logan Mankins, so I’ll be surprised if he’s not taken in the initial 10 selections.



  10. New York Jets: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
    The Jets have gotten a lot out of Kony Ealy, who has been tremendous for them despite the Patriots cutting him during the preseason. However, Ealy is an impending free agent and may command a high price tag. If heads elsewhere, the Jets will need another new edge rusher. Arden Key is a special talent, and he happens to be the best player available.

  11. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
    The Redskins looked completely helpless trying to stop Alfred Morris in a must-win game the week after Thanksgiving. They need to bolster their defensive front, and Da’Ron Payne happens to be the best player available.

    Payne, a freak athlete, has a chance to be chose in the top five – I considered him to Cincinnati at No. 5 a couple of weeks ago – so he’s a great value pick at No. 11.

    Pick change; previously Vita Vea, NT

  12. Arizona Cardinals: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
    The Cardinals have been dying for competent play across from Patrick Peterson for years. If they can find a shutdown cornerback to pair with Peterson, it would really take their defense to another level. Perhaps that could be Denzel Ward, who has enjoyed a terrific finish to his 2017 campaign. Ward was exceptional in the Big Ten Championship.

  13. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
    The Raiders are tied for the 10th-fewest sacks in the NFL as of this writing – helped by their recent game against the Giants – so they could definitely use a potent edge rusher to bolster their defense. Clelin Ferrell is a talented edge rusher who could be chosen in the top 10, so this is nice value for Oakland.

  14. Miami Dolphins: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
    A quarterback will be debated here if there is a worthy one available, 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. Byron Maxwell was released, so Miami will need to find a replacement.

    Pick change; previously Ken Webster, CB

  15. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
    It never hurts to strengthen a team’s offensive line, and that’s what the Chargers could do with this pick. Russell Okung is not going to be around much longer, while Joe Barksdale has been a disaster. Mike McGlinchey can start at right tackle immediately and then shift to the blind side once Okung moves on.



  16. Dallas Cowboys: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
    Roquan Smith is too talented to fall out of the top half of the opening round, so the Cowboys would definitely consider him with this selection. Anthony Hitchens is an impending free agent, while Jaylon Smith hasn’t played up to his billing quite yet.


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