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2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Week 1
Published at 9/12/2017 5:40:14 PM

My last installment on my mock draft I used Walt's order, but it just did not sit right with me since I have different expectations than he does. Which, is fine we all have our own opinions. With a couple weeks in of college and one of the NFL it helps figure things out when it comes to prospects and possible draft order. Without further adieu, here we go!

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. 49ers: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

In my opinion I think the 49ers have a much tougher schedule than the Jets to lose more games than the putrid Jets. They Jets also have a slightly better roster overall actually than the 49ers especially on offense and on the defensive line. I also think Darnold would be more likely to come to the pros if he knew Kyle Shanahan and company were waiting for him with the first pick. However, I am still skeptical Darnold remains the unanimous number one pick since the pre-season number one hardly ever remains that way by the time the draft comes around.

2. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Here is where it gets tricky for the Jets and for them not to be their typical self grabbing a big name rather than the right guy. Rosen to me is very talented, but if he lands in New York he will drown under the media spotlight. Meanwhile, I think Jackson is more of a project and the Jets need a guy to play right away. Allen to me has the size, arm, and knowledge of a pro style offense to make a quick transition to the NFL. He may have not looked great against Iowa, but his roster is severely less talented than theirs. So, I would not make it a big deal that he looked a bit overwhelmed. Remember he has a similar skill set to Carson Wentz, but Wentz came from a North Dakota St program that dominates the FCS level. Wyoming is even worst than North Dakota St and they play at the BCS level.

3. Colts: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Until Luck shows up healthy and can do what he does best by covering up the Colts roster deficiencies I am going to mark this as a terrible year for the Colts. One thing they have never solved under former GM Ryan Grigson was a good young back for Luck to lean on. Instead, Grigson traded away a top pick for Trent Richardson. Barkley to me has similar talent along the lines of Ezekiel Elliott and I can see him going at the same spot in the draft.

4. Browns: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

I expect the Browns to play like they did against the Steelers all season long. Tough, hard, and good enough to win most games. However, I bet they will come up short in most games, but I can see them win a few unexpected match ups. I think picking in the top 5 once more is for the best and will allow them to land one more blue chip player. They could also trade down with a qb needy team and collect more draft picks. If they stay here James who is this year's Jalen Ramsey should be the pick and will give the Browns a blue chip player on both the line, linebackers, and the secondary with this pick.

5. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I think this is going to be a lost season for the Cardinals where they have the league's oldest roster. Now it could be even worst with their best young player David Johnson on the shelf. I also think Bruce Arians will be retiring if that is how the season goes with his age and health concerns. They should start fresh and Rosen has the best natural quarterback talent in the draft. I also think his outspokenness will not be as analyzed out in Arizona so this is a perfect fit.

6. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

It seems like the Bengals gamble to let Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler walk while not finding proper replacements proved to be a dumb idea. McGlinchey can come in right away and replace the underwhelming Cedric Ogbuehi who has never looked the part of a former first rounder. Notre Dame has been an offensive line factory in recent years and McGlincey is the next stud to come out of there.

7. Saints: Sam Hubbard, 3-4 Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

The Saints are gonna Saint again this year. They could not get an ounce of pressure on Sam Bradford behind the Vikings all new offensive line. Nor could they cover anyone on the outside. They could go with either a defensive back or a pass rusher, but I think this draft is another deep secondary class. Which, will allow them to wait on that side and land a blue chip pass rusher. Hubbard is a Joey Bosa high energy and ferocious pass rusher type of player. I think he would look nice across from Cam Jordan.

8. Browns: Prospect not selected

Doubling up on defensive backs is not a bad idea for the Browns who could be gifted a nice pick from the Texans who looked terrible against the Jags. I doubt they keep both top 10 picks since their front office likes to gather picks like squirrels gather nuts for winter. Since I do not predict trades ever especially this early I think Marshall would be this years top corner prospect. He has the size, skills, and technique to be a top shut down corner.

9. Redskins: Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

So this Terrell Pryor thing looks like it may not work down in D.C. like it did on a bad Browns team where they had no choice, but to throw the ball to him. I do not think Cousins is leaving the team should pay him otherwise they will look so foolish. Give Cousins the benefit of the doubt since his skill position crop stinks and former first rounder Josh Doctson was damaged goods coming in. Kirk has an OBJ skill set where he can be the spark plug of this offense and a go to option for Cousins to target along with Jordan Reed.

10. Giants: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

Going into the year we knew the Giants offensive line was bad. Then Sunday night happened and it seeing it was a whole lot worst than what we heard. Eli Manning got a lot of the blame for the loss, but I think the line is 100% the culprit along with coach Ben McAdoo who only called up 12 run plays. Adams is projected to be a top tackle in this draft with a lot of experience pass blocking. He will allow the Giants to attempt to move Erik Flowers to the right side to maybe salvage his career.

11. Bills: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

I know the Bills are trying to do their best tank job, but they have an actually good roster across the board. They also play a pretty favorable schedule where a lot of domed teams play them at home when the weather turns sour. Jackson should continue to light the college world on fire enough to make plenty of pro teams want their hands on him to uncap his passing potential. He has looked a bit of a better passer this year, but he continues to rely too much on his legs to survive in the NFL. If he can be more like Mariota where he prefers to pass, but will use his legs when needed than I can see him have a great career.

12. Chargers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

It was very odd to see the Chargers get pushed around by the Broncos on defense on Monday night. I expected their defense to play better than that, especially against Trevor Siemian who is a back up quarterback that is being forced to start. Their secondary was as leaky as I thought though and mostly at the safety spot where they have yet to find a replacement for Eric Weddle. Fitzpatrick is a natural safety who can be that instinctive leader they need in the back end to keep things in order.

13. Lions: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Outside Linebacker, Kansas

The Lions offense looks like as normal as it normally is, but to me their defense will be picked apart by better offensive teams. Not always will you be given the game by Palmer throwing a bunch of picks and two going the other way. Ezekiel Ansah is an upcoming free agent and he is a really good pass rusher, but he is nullified when teams focus all their blocking towards him. Armstrong is a long and athletic pass rusher who can be the perfect complement to Ansah and make it a little more appealing for him to sign an extension.

14. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I expect the Bears to play teams tough each week thanks to their above average offensive line and generally strong defense that will get better as the new players mesh in the secondary. However, putting up points will be difficult with their best receivers being Markus Wheaton who has yet to really play, Kendall Wright who is just a cocky player with no game to back up his talk, and two special teamers in Deonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy. Ridley is a talented receiver with good size, and route running ability to be a go to receiver. He and Trubisky can create a nice young tandem on offense to go along with Jordan Howard at running back.

15. Broncos: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

I highly doubt the Broncos stay here with all their concerns at the quarterback position. Trevor Siemian as mentioned above is just a back up caliber player and Paxton Lynch is apparently not as smart as people thought with how slowly he is learning the playbook. I expect GM John Elway who has been generally aggressive in the front office will probably trade up possibly with the Browns for one of the top quarterbacks. If they stay here Rudolph is a similar quarterback in my opinion to Patrick Mahomes who has a ton of skills, but needs time to learn a pro style offense. I know that's not what Elway wants, but Rudolph is the best option on the board here.

16. Rams: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

If the Rams were smart they would take the Cowboys model of drafting offensive linemen every year in the first round until the line is dominant enough to keep Goff upright. When given time Goff has the skill set to dominate like we saw on Sunday against the putrid Colts pass rush. Their tackles are not terrible, but finding a guard to push out Saffold or Jamon Brown would be a good idea. Nelson has Pro Bowl player written all over him and can be a similar pillar on an offensive line like former Notre Dame alum Zach Martin.

Picks 1-16


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