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2018 NFL Mock Draft by willdog37 - 2.0
Published at 3/16/2018 3:56:08 PM

Updated after free agency. No trades.

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Round 1

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

After giving Carlos Hyde 15 million and already having Duke Johnson, I don't see them taking Barkley. Taylor is obviously not the long term solution so QB makes the most sense. I see either Darnold or Allen going here, but I think they will prefer Darnold.

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

I think it has to be Barkley or trade out for the Giants here. Quenton Nelson is enticing because their line is so bad but no. 2 is too early for a guard in my opinion. Barkley is a generational talent and they have not had a superstar RB since Tiki. It's time to change that.

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

Chubb is the most obvious pick here for the Colts. Their pass rush has been atrocious since Mathis and Freeney and they need a lot of help on defense.

4. Browns: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

If Cleveland takes a QB at 1, I expect someone to trade up to this spot for a QB. Without trades, however, Ward would be the best fit for Cleveland. He's local and very talented, and they haven't had anyone good at the position since Haden.

5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Even though I think Allen would be the better pick here, I feel Elway will be hesitant to draft another project QB after the Paxton Lynch disaster. Rosen is more NFL ready, and would be able to fill in if Keenum falters this year.

6. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Allen would be able to sit out the year as a Jet behind Bridgewater and McCown. Bridgewater could be the future but he comes with a lot of risks. If the Jets don't address QB here, their rebuild could be slowed tremendously.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Bucs get a steal here at 7. Their defense is arguably the worst in the NFL right now and they need safety help so they don't have to keep starting Chris Conte and an out of position TJ Ward. Fitzpatrick could step in right away and greatly improve things.

8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

I feel like if the Giants trade back with a team before the Bears pick, Nelson will go. But if he falls here, the Bears should absolutely take him. They've addressed the lack of weapons already in free agency and there is not a receiver worth taking. Nelson would greatly help the entire offense and would instantly replace and upgrade Sitton.

9. 49ers: Prospect not selected

Edmunds is an amazing athlete who will help solidify the LB position after Bowman's departure and Foster's legal troubles. The 49ers need to continue building their defense.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Smith is extremely versatile, and the Raiders need a lot of help on defense, especially at LB. He was a force in college and his game will transition to the NFL very well.

11. Dolphins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

After releasing Suh, the Dolphins need another force on the defensive interior. Vita Vea is more talented but I'm not sure how he would fit in a 4-3. Payne is a playmaker from the DT position and he makes sense here.

12. Bills: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

I could see the Bills trading up even more, but if they stay at 12, Mayfield is the best QB available. He may even start right away, as I don't see McCarron being a viable option as a starter.

13. Redskins: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

After losing Bashaud Breeland, the Redskins need to get another corner, especially in the NFC. Jackson is long and physical, and could slot in right behind Norman.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Packers need a playmaker in the secondary. It looks like Morgan Burnett may not be coming back. James is a great talent and I think he and Clinton-Dix would be a scary duo.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

The Cardinals probably have the worst QB situation in the NFC currently. Bradford's health and Glennon's poor play don't inspire much confidence. Jackson and David Johnson is a start of rebuilding the offense, and I don't think they can pass that opportunity up.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

After throwing all of their money at Ryan Grant and John Brown, the Ravens still are not solid at receiver. Ridley is extremely reliable, and Flacco needs a receiver like that to be effective.

Picks 1-16


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