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2018 NFL Mock Draft by bscrich - 3.14
Published at 3/22/2018 3:43:41 PM

Post Combine/FA Projection 4 rounds w commentary.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

I think with the Tyrod Taylor trade, the Browns have bought some time, and can afford to swing for the fences in terms of ceiling at QB. Allen, in my opinion has the highest ceiling in this year's QB group.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Rosen is the most pro-ready QB, which is somewhat mitigated by Eli Manning's presence. I mean, we all saw how the Giants fans and media reacted to his "benching", which was really just the coach saying, hey we are going to play other guys too.The Giants improved their OL through FA, and can now focus on their next QB for that day when Eli's flame burns out. Give me Rosen over Darnold any day.

3. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Jets made an ultra aggressive move to jump to 3. They paid a massive price, but did so knowing, their intra-division/state rivals, Buffalo, had a plethora of picks to move up to 3 if they desired.

I have heard rumblings the Jets moved up to 3, to jump in front of Cleveland to take Barkley, but that would be quite the stunner, and could simply be posturing, hoping Cleveland then over-reacts and drafts Barkley at one... I think the Jets want a QB, and really like Rosen and Darnold.

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

It seems as a forgone conclusion that Barkley is the pick at four. I have my doubts, I truly do, but I will go with the public on this one.

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

John Elway has quietly drafted horrendously lately. I am not sure Case Keenum is the best fit in Denver either, but they hitched their wagon to him, and now can focus on upgrading their OL and improving their run game.

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

Chris Ballard moved down feeling very comfortable his team was getting a premium player at 6. It could be Nelson or Barkley if they are passed on, and if not, it could be the "best defender" in the draft, for a team that desperately needs impact defenders.

7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Bucs addressed a ton of needs in FA, adding a C in Ryan Jansen, which also allows them to move Ali Marpet back to G, in a 2 birds, 1 stone type maneuver. They added run stuffing DT duo in Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein, to fill the void they thought Chris Baker would, and DE Vinny Curry to team opposite Noah Spence. This allows them to focus on their secondary, where they will have their pick between two S's, or Denzel Ward, the best CB in the draft.

I am willing to say James will be the best of that trio.

8. Bears: Prospect not selected

Edmunds is a Rick James style Super Freak, and will give the Bears and instant star opposite Leo Floyd, who can also play in coverage. Read a recent comp of Brian Urlacher for Edmunds, and that is rather fitting here.

9. 49ers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The 49ers were again active this off-season signing Richard Sherman, C Weston Richburg, and Rb Jerrick McKinnon to fulfill their largest needs.The 49ers loved to land Ruben Foster at 29 last yr, but we've seen his off-season perhaps offer some insight as to why he fell that far. Adding Smith, gives them Foster insurance in the event of a suspension, but also gives them a 3 down LBer, which are becoming more rare in the NFL.

10. Raiders: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Raiders need to plug some holes in their run defense. Payne put on a show during the CFB, and then again at the combine, cementing himself as the best interior DL in the draft.

11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Dolphins just re-did Ryan Tannehill's deal, which means they will make it harder to move him next off-season. This is precisely why, they will go with Mayfield here. They've had a weird off-season, and I am not sure anyone knows the true direction they want to go in.

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

The Bills moved up, with hopes of leaping up and grabbing a QB. After the Jets move, I am not sure they will have the same desire to move up again, so will have to settle on what many think is the premier true pass rusher in the draft.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Red Skins had great fortune last year to land Jonathan Allen (despite his injury) at 17 last. Adding another blue chipper, like Vea at 13, would give them a big, powerful, defensive line, reminiscent of the great Ravens DL's that won a ton of playoff games.

14. Packers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Packers did well to add some pieces in free agency. They need to upgrade the second and third levels of their defense now, and Ward is thought to easily be the best CB in the draft. He isn't quite the blue chipper his former teammate Marshon Lattimore was last year, but certainly good enough to be the Packers' best cover guy next season.

15. Cardinals: Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

The Cardinals cut one of their best players to make room to sign 2 QBs making about a combined $25m. They certainly needed to upgrade their QBs, and Bradford and Glennon may buy them a season, but to move forward, they need to rebuild their OL. Andre Smith' signing won't do much, so adding a LT in the draft makes sense. I think Miller will jockey with Mike McGlinchey and Connor Williams for top billing.

16. Ravens: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

The Ravens, need to upgrade their WR corps for sure. Calvin Ridley is still thought by many to be the best WR in the draft, but hiss testing numbers were so below average, I can't see him becoming a top 20 pick, even with the obvious Ozzie Newsome-Alabama connection. Sutton in my guy, and his RAC skills, for his size, is off the charts.


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