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2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 - 3/5/18
Published at 3/5/2018 8:35:22 PM

Sorry for the delay on this one. Finals were a mess for me (high school sophomore here) and I saw the combine was coming up so decided to watch some and take a good look. Will try to justify each pick though may skip if I start running low on time. *NO TRADES WILL BE MOCKED* and this mock draft is one round.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Following that combine performance, I'm convinced he's the best quarterback in this class. With the performance Barkley put up, I'm convinced the Browns might take a look at him but might view Quarterback as a more important need and hope he falls to them at 4th.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

It will probably be increasingly tough for the Giants to pass on Saquon Barkley as well, however, I find it likely they will prioritize the Quarterback position first and try for a Running Back in the early second of this deep running back class. Rosen is a safe pick who didn't exactly wow the crowds at the combine, but was decent enough to still be the second best Quarterback in this class.

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

Probably an excellent selection for the Colts. He threw up an amazing combine and is probably the 2nd best player in the whole draft behind Barkley. Both value and a fit for the Colts.

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

The Browns get their wish as Saquon Barkley falls to them at #4 and could be a really dynamic ball carrier for Cleveland. Not sure Calvin Ridley is worth this spot, but he would be an option if the Browns moved down from the top overall pick.

5. Broncos: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

John Elway stated that he's not done "hitting and missing", which leads me to imply that he might not want Kirk Cousins. The Broncos might not have the salary cap to compete for him anyway, meaning they likely need to draft a Quarterback in the draft, where Baker Mayfield is right there for them.

6. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The selections of 4 Quarterbacks in the top 6 leaves the Jets the leftover Quarterback, Sam Darnold of USC. Though I don't like Darnold's play, as I've repeatedly said, and didn't do anything to address concerns about him at the combine, in my mind, there's no denying he'll be taken top 10 unless his pro day goes bad.

7. Buccaneers: Prospect not selected

This may come as a surprise to some, but he lit it up at the combine and has incredible measurables. Could be the answer to the Buccaneers' pass rushing problem from this past season. The main difference between him and Davenport is based on how raw they are.

8. Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

I'm not sure if he'll fall this far, but I think that if he does, the Bears will snag him in a heartbeat. The Bears have issues with the secondary, period, and regardless of if they use him at Cornerback or Safety, he's a major asset that improves the defense.

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

If Calvin Ridley is available here, I can see the 49ers jumping on him. He'd be a nice target for Jimmy Garoppolo and the top WR in this year's draft class too.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

I suppose Roquan is okay in this spot. I don't think he was really hurt a ton by the combine given that many of the guys who performed well were day two prospects to start. Still, solid player, film says a lot, probably a good pick here.

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

Quenton Nelson at #11? This would be an excellent value pick at a position of need for the Dolphins at this spot. If he falls, they should send Usain Bolt to the podium with the card...

12. Bengals: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

Davenport here is a nice fit for a team desperately in need of pass rush. He impressed big time at the combine with a 4.58 40 yard dash and performance comparable to Jadaveon Clowney's. Should be an amazing pick at this spot and elite pass rusher.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vita Vea is a rare talent at Defensive Tackle. With 41 raps on the bench press at the combine, he's likely to be an immediate difference maker for a Redskins defense who needs one on the defensive line.

14. Packers: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

Sutton is probably still up there in the 2 slot at Wide Receiver in this class, despite the good combine thrown up by D.J. Chark and others. With an aging Jordy Nelson and a Randall Cobb who could walk in free agency, they could easily make this move well worth it.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

In a realistic universe, The Cardinals probably move up and snag someone else, however, in this mock without trades, the Cardinals are left with Lamar Jackson, a boom or bust prospect who might need to ripen on the sidelines a little bit. It's an intriguing setup.

16. Ravens: Equanimeous St. Brown, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

The Ravens snag another Wide Receiver for Joe Flacco, a guy with a decent combine and can be a game changer on offense. It's a match made to work.


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