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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Rager77 - 11.29
Published at 12/11/2017 8:59:25 AM

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Round 1

1. Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Cleveland absolutely needs an answer at the Quarterback position! They have passed too many times before when the opportunity has been there for a Franchise QB. I chose Rosen despite the criticism against him for non football issues. I think he's a better passer and better fit than Darnold.

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Surprise! I think that the Giants could very well draft Saquon Barkley. Popular opinion would have the Giants take a QB but I think that you roll with Eli for a little while longer. (Yes I know he's been benched) Think about it, they have talent on their defense and an amazing core of receivers. Adding a weapon in the backfield like Barkley finally gives them a legit threat that would need to be game planned for and you keep the vet QB who's won 2 Superbowls. Rookie QB's can take time to develop, do the Giants really want to risk wasting the rest of the talent on their roster to take time to develop a QB? I believe they're in win now mode!

3. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Winning this past week against the Bears hurts the 49ers a bit as they don't have the option to grab Saquon Barkley now, however they get a stud in Fitzpatrick! This pick would continue to solidify the San Fran defense and give them stability at the safety position for years to come.

4. Broncos: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Broncos take a QB since the ones on their roster pretty much force them to! They are seriously devoid of any talent at that position and it has cost them games. I also think it's hard to pass up on a QB like Darnold if you're Denver. They could choose to address their O-line but I dont think so.

5. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Colts get the best pass rusher in this class at number 5. Chubb has been killing it all year at NC State and continues to prove he is worthy of an early selection.

6. Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I can't see the Bears going any other route than to take a receiver. Ridley is said to be the best route runner in this class so I think the Bears take him to help out their young QB who they invested a lot in.

7. Browns: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

I'm very tempted to select a WR here for the Browns but win James still on the board and the chance to have a dynamic duo at safety with him and Jabrill Peppers, I think the Browns need to jump all over this chance. They already have some nice pieces on their young defense and to add in a playmaker like Derwin James could take them to the next level! They have plenty of picks in the second round to get help for Rosen.

8. Buccaneers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Tampa Bay needs help on the edge, that's no secret. Unfortunately the Bucs miss out on Brad Chubb but Key is no slouch! While he hasn't put up huge numbers this year he's been a major disputor to the teams hes faced. Key has all the moves but he will need to continue to build us his strength in the NFL, as long as that happens the Bucs will be very happy with this pick

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

It took a while but the first Tackle is off the board at 9. Bengals need help on their O-line in a very bad way. McGlinchey has what it takes to be a franchise Left Tackle, he isn't a superb athlete but he gets to his blocks and excels in pass protection.

10. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

The Cardinals can't bank on the aging Carson Palmer moving forward, it's time for them to select a QB of the future and that is Lamar Jackson. The former Heisman winner is a rare talent with his combination of arm strength and speed. The sky is the limit for Lamar Jackson.

11. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

New York needs offensive help and they start here with their QB of the future. Mayfield has been absolutely incredible this year and has been turning the heads of manny scouts. There are concerns about his size, mainly his height, but we have seen undersized QB's get the job done in the NFL before. Baker is a passionate player and he loves the game, and he will be fine/love the media attention in New York.

12. Redskins: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

This is the scenario where the Redskin find a way to make a deal with Kirk Cousins and sign him long term. If they manage that it would be a good idea to draft a receiver since they recently let their top two wideouts walk. Sutton is a beast and would be a big target as hes listed at 6'4". Washington needs to give Cousins a true number 1 target. Sutton could be that guy!

13. Dolphins: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Miami slots in perfectly considering their needs. They don't have much at the Guard position and Nelson might be the best O-line prospect in this class!

14. Chargers: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Chargers need help on the right side of their O-line and Brown seems like a good fit for them. Even though he has played left Tackle for the Sooners, Brown is a better fit at Right Tackle in the NFL. He will be helpful in opening up more holes for Melvin Gordon and taking pressure off Phillip Rivers.

15. Cowboys: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Cowboys could use some help on their defensive line so they grab the best D-tackle in the draft, Da'Ron Payne. Payne has turned in a very solid year for Alabama and has the size and skill to be dominant at the next level. He does very well in one on one matchups against offensive linemen and makes his teammates around him better.

16. Raiders: Prospect not selected

Oakland's defense has been horrendous this season and they need to improve it. At 16 they grab the top CB on the board to pair with last years first round pick Gareon Conley to solidify the postion. Webster has turned in a solid year but hasn't had much attention as Ole Miss has struggled this year. Webster has impressed though and he looks to have what all teams are looking for, speed, athleticism, and ball skills.


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