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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Alexander_21 - 1.24
Published at 1/24/2018 10:13:22 AM

A little quick hitter, feeler to start off the year. Hopefully something different and interesting. Please, Grade, criticize, comment!

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Bills: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

TRADE!!! From Ralph Wilson Jr to Sonny Weaver Jr!

BUF: We all know the Bills have an unnecessary ax to grind with Tyrod. I think with his contract, the fact they benched him, and the fact he was Rex's guy combine to lead to an exit stage right. The Bills have the ammo to move up, having the 21st and 26th picks.
Also Teddy Bridgewater on a 1 year deal!

CLE: In this situation, I'm rolling with the fact that Hue goes all in on Kirk Cousins. He is what 1-30ish in 2 years. He doesn't have the luxury to draft a rookie and hopes he's Carson Wentz(oh...the irony) and doesn't need time to develop. Go all in on Kirk a proven guy and then move down and stock up.
Hue Jackson:"And I want DAVID G@*@&* Putney just because I feel like it!


While 2017 did not go exactly as planned for Darnold, as his 83.6 grade ranked 30th in the nation, he did rank ninth overall last year with an 87.2 grade, and that came as a redshirt freshman. Even in his worst games, Darnold still showed the anticipation and accuracy that make him such an intriguing prospect. He just needs to prove that his turnover-worthy play percentage of 5.0 percent (105th in the nation) was more anomaly than the norm.

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

No, they don't need to waste a #2 pick on a guy that WILL sit behind Eli this year. With OBJ back and Barkley and Engram a year wiser, this offense could take off. Just sign a Tackle, move flowers to RT, resign Pugh and look to bolster CB and RG/C in the later rounds.
Also, Sam Bradford at Backup
Oh...They have Darkwa, ya mister 5TDs impressive.
Running backs must be able to contribute in the passing game, and that’s just what Barkley can do after leading all college running backs with 632 receiving yards. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands and will add a three-down weapon

3. Colts: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

This is BPA. I like Chubb, but I've heard reports he's had issues with injuries and those guys the past few years have fallen. Minkah helps out the 28th ranked secondary and with Melvin and 2017 2nd round pick Wilson on the outside it will allow Minkah to start off at inside CB where he mostly played at ALA, and at worst you move him to FS and Hooker to SS.
Fitzpatrick can play multiple roles on the back end. He excelled in the slot at Alabama, ranking sixth among cornerbacks with an 85.2 grade against the run and allowed just 9.3 yards per completion in his three years. The big question is if he can hold up on the outside where he played just 13 snaps this past year, but at worst, he should be a versatile slot/safety hybrid capable of impacting the game in all phases.

4. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

I don't think New York will want to get stuck with Rosen, dude's a cancer. Allen is a great talent and the Jets can bring back Josh McCown to compete.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I only like Rosen to DEN because of Elway. From all reports, Rosen is a brat and a "pretty" boy. Mostly what people thought of Elway coming out. I think Elway can mentor and calm these bad traits. I wouldn't touch this kid with a 10ft pole. I wouldn't draft him in the 7th. He will be out of the league within 5 years.
Lynch cut
With the quarterback position still an issue for the Broncos, Denver turns to Rosen, who is excellent throwing to the intermediate level and has the zip and touch to attack defenses down the field. He posted the best grade of his career in 2017, finishing at 85.8, though he’s been consistent year-to-year, as he graded at 84.5 in 2015 as a sophomore and 84.9 in 2014 as a freshman. Rosen has some boom-or-bust to his game, but if he can cut down on the poor decisions, he as the talent to become a long-time starter.

6. Browns: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James is my favorite player in this draft. I love his versatility, the Browns can move him in the secondary or down to Linebacker...dude even can play a little edge rusher(I SAID A LITTLE CALM DOWN). These are the kinds of players CLE need guys that can have an impact in multiple ways. He can also help cover guys lke: Eifert, Watson, Gronk Jenkins, Clay, Kelce, and Fiedorowicz. Can I get a 10 sack/10 pick season?
Perhaps the best defensive playmaker in the draft, James is the new NFL prototype as a safety capable of producing against the run or in both man and zone coverage. Florida State also used him as a pure edge rusher, where he regularly pressured the quarterback. The nation’s top-graded safety both as a true freshman in 2015 and as a junior in 2017, James is a movable defensive chess piece that can combat tight ends, slot receivers and opposing run games.

7. Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

From what I've hered the Bucs have been on Nelson all season and even some last year. The Bbucs need to keep Jameis upright and in the pocket. And also need to clear holes for the backs. Nelson is a beast and can play 4 of the 5 spots on teh line.

8. Bears: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

BPA got to fix that defense. The Bears can go after WRs in free agency.
Chubb brings a different dynamic to the table. He finished No. 6 overall among edge defenders at 89.4, including the No. 3 mark against the run and the No. 11 grade as a pass-rusher.

9. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

TRADE!!! The Fins need to revamp their LB corp and Smith is a great fit. But they will probably need to jump the Raiders
.The first linebacker off the board, Smith flies to the football against both the run and in coverage. He also has a knack for finishing plays, as he’s been one of the surest tacklers in the country over the last two-plus years (only 16 missed tackles on 251 career attempts).

10. Raiders: Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan

Hurst is my second favorite guy. Dude will likely be the next Aaron

I'm so happy to see Gruden back, I rocking with this bandwagon this year
Hurst fits the bill as an interior disruptor, as he finished 2017 with the top grade at any position at 96.8. He notched 14 sacks, 29 QB hits and 70 hurries on 782 career rushes. He can also create havoc in the run game, as he ranked second in the nation with his run-defense grade of 94.2.

11. 49ers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa
A breakout performer in 2017, Jackson led the nation in both pass breakups (18) and interceptions (8).

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

Gotta replace my boy Andrew
The offensive line was a big issue for the Bengals last season, and they have questions at both tackle spots. Enter McGlinchey, who dominates at the point of attack, as he ranked in the top-10 as a run-blocker in each of the last three years, including the top mark this past season at 95.0. He’s also strong in pass protection to go with his experience playing both left and right tackle.

13. Seahawks: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

TRADE!!! The Hawks need to jump OL needy teams like ARI, BAL, LAC to ensure they get one of these great OLmen
Brown brings a physical run-blocker and capable pass-protector.. He finished ninth overall among the nation’s tackles at 87.9, and his 88.1 run-blocking grade ranked fourth.

14. Packers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Key I think will start to plummet...just a feeling(#InsiderFacts)
Key is a top-10 talent, but the 2017 season brought question marks both on and off the field. At his best, he has the burst to challenge the edge and the length to win multiple ways, all leading to an 88.0 pass-rush grade that ranked 10th in the nation in 2016. Last season, he played only 409 snaps and played a lot more coverage than he had in the past, but when unleashed, he still showed the pass-rush ability to make an impact at the next level.

15. Saints: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

TRADE!!!(#InsiderFacts) Peyton is on the Baker Trains, but they can trade into the top 10, but if he
Mayfield has been the nation’s most productive signal-caller for three years running, and he should be in the mix. Yes, the Oklahoma offense eases his burden compared to his peers, but he’s still shown outstanding accuracy and decision-making, while making enough “NFL throws” that should instill confidence that his game will translate to the next level. Mayfield has posted the top PFF grade in each of the last two seasons.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

I'm a fan of the Newsome-Saban-Belichick connection
Adding playmakers for QB Joe Flacco may be the top offseason priority, and Ridley brings a downfield, speedy option on the outside. His production at Alabama doesn’t tell the story given the run-heavy scheme, but he averaged 24.0 yards per target on deep passes, ninth-best in the nation.

Picks 1-16


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