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2018 NFL Mock Draft by JuanitoMatito - 3.10
Published at 4/5/2018 10:22:01 PM

My first Mock Draft. Feel free to agree or disagree. Made on the 10th of March 2018. For the sake of my mock draft, Kirk Cousins has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Browns just acquired Tyrod Taylor but he won't be there for too long. I see the Browns taking the quarterback with the highest ceiling and letting him sit for a while before letting him take the reins.

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

The best player in the draft. HC Shurmur has already said he is confident in Eli leading the team for another year or two (yeesh). Barkley can be another key asset in an offence that has OBJ and Evan Engram.

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

The Colts could pick an offensive lineman here but I think that getting an elite talent edge rusher will speed up the process of a team that was in the AFC Championship 3 season ago.

4. Browns: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Browns took Jabrill Peppers in last year's draft and although he hasn't produced like he did in Michigan, you can blame that to the scheme he was put in, Peppers still has tremendous upside. By taking Denzel Ward, they get the best corner in the draft with tremendous potential. He might be a bit undersize but if he has been called the best athlete to play for the Buckeyes, he must be the real deal.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The second QB taken in the top five, Josh Rosen seems like the most NFL ready QB from this draft class. Ideal size, tremendous ball placement and anticipation and poise. Might have character issues but I feel that Elway could could keep in control. The receiving weapons that the Broncos offer Rosen would allow him to get of to a fast start.

6. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Jets need a quarterback. If Cousins does sign with the Jets, this pick will change, but as of now Baker "Crotch Grabbin" Mayfield goes to New York. Probably the most accurate quarterback in this class, and along with his tough and competitive nature, Baker would be able to handle the lifestyle. I find it extremely unfair that he is being compared to Manziel but that's a topic for another time.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

According to most experts, Fitz is the best defensive prospect in this year's class. The Bucs has struggled at the back end as their best player is 34 year old Brent Grimes. Fitzpatrick would not only bring a player who can play anywhere on the defensive side of the ball, but a big time leader who doesn't need to "eat Ws" to hype his team.

8. Bears: Prospect not selected

The Bears' biggest need has to be wide receiver but it is way too early to pick one. i could see the Bears improving their underrated defence by taking a 19 year old monster of a linebacker who rush or play off-ball. Edmunds is bound to be in the Pro Bowl in his career.

9. 49ers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The 49ers just PAID Jimmy Garoppolo so they must make sure that their franchise QB is protected. Nelson is a scary guy when he plays and he rarely makes mistakes when protecting. His pass protection is superb and he is a mauler in the run game.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

It was a disappointing season for the Raiders and while you can say that the offence took a couple of steps back, I believe that Gruden will fix an old defence that has only Khalil Mack. Roquan Smith will not only be able to learn from Navarro Bowman, but he will prove to be a key factor for the renaissance of the Raiders's defence.

11. Dolphins: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

I wouldn't be surprised if a QB came off the board here but the Dolphins need to find a pass rusher to line up opposite of Cameron Wake. With Wake and Suh demanding so much attention, Davenport could come in and feast without having to do too much, as he is still a very raw prospect.

12. Bengals: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James falling this far is not what I expected but the Bengals get lucky. A much more athletic player than Fitzpatrick, James would add a defensive playmaker to a Bengals' defence that could really use one.

13. Redskins: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Alex Smith is the new QB for the Redskins after a career best season in 2017-18. The Redskins haven't been able to find a true number 1 receiver as Pryor failed and Doctson hasn't quite reached his expected potential. Ridley might not be a stat monster due to the way Alabama is coached bit he has all the tools, from speed, clean route running and toughness, to be a number 1 receiver in the NFL.

14. Packers: Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

The second best corner in the draft can start from day 1. The Packers' defence is often forgotten due to Aaron Rodgers being half-man half-football god but in a season where 12 was injured, their suspect skills truly showed. Alexander would improve a weak Packers' secondary.

15. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

With the strongest arm in the draft class, Josh Allen wowed many scouts and teams with his impressive combine. The Cardinals are still in the Cousins' race but if they do fail to get him, Josh Allen would be the best quarterback left. Being able to play with Larry Fitzgerald would develop Allen much quicker than expected.

16. Ravens: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The Ravens could use a QB but taking Lamar Jackson here would be too risky. Instead, they take the best offensive tackle in the draft to pair with Yanda and Ronnie Stanley. A strong and physical tackle who can play both exterior positions, Williams would be a first day starter for the Ravens.


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