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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Drewski - 2.12
Published at 2/12/2018 3:58:44 PM

First edition of my mock draft. No other existing draft will have any influence on these selections.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

In my opinion, it's been quite a while since there's been a draft without an obvious #1 selection. I can't even remember the last time the Browns were completely satisfied with their starting QB. They draft nothing but busts, and the free agents they sign usually don't last long. It's a carousel of confusion and uncertainty. As much as I think they should take Barkley #1 overall, they might be able to walk away with their first-choice QB AND Barkley. The Browns have been watching Darnold almost his entire junior-year campaign with USC and I think his talent and arm strength will earn him a #1 overall selection in this years draft.

Previous Selection: Saquon Barkley, RB - Penn State

3. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The Jets swapped first round picks with the Colts while also shipping off two 2018 second-round picks & a 2019 second round pick. This sounded crazy to me until a friend of mine reminded me what Atlanta gave up to secure Julio Jones. This is the closest to saying "the Jets are taking a QB" without actually saying so. Although they had their sights on Mayfield and Allen, Rosen will be the selection here. He's shown impressive arm strength and accuracy. Maybe they finally landed their franchise guy.

Previous Selection (@ 3): Bradley Chubb, DE - N.C. State
Previous Selection (Jets @ 6): Sam Darnold, QB - USC

4. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Congratulations, Cleveland. You managed to get your #1 QB choice AND the best player in the draft. Barkley is being touted as one of the best RBs to come out of college in years and if there's anything the Browns need, it's playmakers. With the acquisitions of Carlos Hyde and the emergence of Duke Johnson, Jr. as a slot receiver, Cleveland has an opportunity to have nasty 3-headed monster in the backfield.

Previous Selecton: Josh Allen, QB - Wyoming

5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Broncos were probably the first team "out" of the race for Kirk Cousins. Regardless, they took care of their QB situation by signing Case Keenum. With the loss of Talib at CB, the Broncos could address the CB spot right here. However, I don't think there are any CBs worthy of a top 10 pick. Quenton Nelson will be available and Denver could certainly use the OL help. Denver QBs were sacked 52 times last year, ranking them 3rd worst in the league. Nelson is a straight up monster and easily the best offensive lineman in this draft.

Previous Selection: No change

6. Colts: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Colts certainly made out like bandits. They've managed to pick up an extra two pics in the second round this year for only having to move back 3 spots in this years first round. Indy is switching to a 4-3 scheme next year. With that formation change comes the need for pass rushers. Unfortunately, the Colts need LB help in general. Smith can play both inside and outside which could be an asset to the Colts while trying to enhance their defense.

Previous Selection (@ 6): Sam Darnold, QB - USC
Previous Selection (Colts @ 3): Bradley Chubb, DE - N.C. State

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Buccaneers were the worst defense against the pass last season. They resigned Brent Grimes, but could still use help in the secondary. The addition of JPP surely boosts their line, so a defensive selection here could put them on the map.

Previous Selection: No change

8. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

In my previous draft, I had the Bears drafting a WR to give Trubisky some weapons. Since then, the Bears have gone out and signed Allen Robinson & Taylor Gabriel. With Cameron Meredith also returning from injury, the Bears look to be set at WR for now. Next on their list of needs should be OL. McGlinchey, a former 2-time captain and teammate of fellow top-10 pick Quenton Nelson will be a viable asset in the molding of this franchise. He excelled at Notre Dame earning him considerations for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy, & Lombardi Award.

Previous Selection: Calvin Ridley, WR - Alabama

9. 49ers: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

With Garoppolo appearing to be the new face of the 49ers franchise, they'll look to build around him. They could choose to go OL here (possibly Brian O'Neill). I have them taking my #1 ranked receiver, Calvin Ridley. Marquise Goodwin had a career year last year (56 catches, 962 yards) and earned himself a contract extension. He'll need someone opposite him to help alleviate some of the work load since San Fran's WR depth isn't really what you'd call "deep".

Previous Selection: Mike McGlinchey, OT - Notre Dame

10. Raiders: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

Raiders could certainly use help in their secondary. They had a total of 5, count em, 5 interceptions all season long. Why not seek the assistance of one of the top CBs in the draft?

Previous Selection: No change

11. Dolphins: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Ryan Tannehill isn't terrible. The Dolphins are slightly mediocre. Having only won 3 playoff games since 1994, however, will lead you to grow impatient with the teams growth. Changes in Miami are happening. Out goes Ajayi, Landry, and Suh and in comes Gore, Amendola, Wilson, and Sitton. A replacement QB is an almost guaranteed thing, and this draft would be the time to grab one. Since this mock has no trades, I have the Dolphins taking Allen to be the successor to Tannehill.

Previous Selection: Roquan Smith - OLD/ILB - Georgia

12. Bills: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Despite losing Taylor and gaining McCarron, Bills will still be searching for their next starting QB. McCarron might serve as an initial "bridge QB" until their rookie is ready to take the reigns. Between you and me, I don't think Nathan Peterman is the answer.

Previous Selection (@ 12): Brian O'Neill, OT - Pittsburgh
Previous Selection (Bills @ 21): Tremaine Edmunds, OLB - Virginia Tech

13. Redskins: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

I've heard numerous claims that Marcus Davenport will be a huge sleeper in this years draft. The CUSA Defense player of the year will look to improve an average-at-best defense. He is an explosive pass-rusher who will look to help the Redskins defend against (what looks to be) a young corps of in-division QBs.

Previous Selection: No change

14. Packers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

I could definitely see Ward being drafted earlier. If he's available, however, the Packers need a corner. Badly. Kevin King hasn't shown he's capable of managing the backfield. Despite also signing Tramon Williams back, Ward would be a strong piece for the Packers defense to obtain.

Previous selection: No change

15. Cardinals: Brian O'Neill, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

I had Arizona going QB up until they obtained Sam Bradford. I still think they're in need of another QB because of Bradford's age and durability (or lack there of). I think they try to beef up their OL in the process of their search. O'Neill is a big body and the First Team All-ACC blocker will look to help the Cardinals revitalize their passing game.

Previous selection: Baker Mayfield, QB - Oklahoma

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Will someone please help Joe Flacco out? Baltimore's defense finished the season strong and were 1 play away from clinching a playoff spot. If you asked me where they need the most help, my answer is "offense". The line could use work and play makers are few and far between. Trading up to obtain a player like Calvin Ridley is possible, but I have them taking my #2 overall receiver in Sutton.


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