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2018 NFL Mock Draft by YANKSKNICKSGIANTS - 3.18
Published at 3/18/2018 2:40:40 PM

2nd Mock Draft with descriptions (no trades)

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Round 1

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

Cleveland finally gets their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. He may not be the most pro ready, but he does have arguably the highest ceiling in this draft class and sitting behind Tyrod Taylor for a season or two will defintely benefit him in the long run.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

I don't believe the Saquon Barkley smoke, so that's why I have the Giants selecting Rosen. Why pass up on the opportunity on drafting a franchise quarterback when you're more than likely not going to be drafting in the Top 2 for years to come? The Giants might as well get the quarterback of the future, unless management and coaches believe Davis Webb is the answer. Rosen will have the opportunity to sit behind 2x Super Bowl Champion in Eli Manning for a couple seasons. Rosen has been described by NFL Network's Mike Mayock as the "best natural passer in the draft", in addition to being the most pro ready. Buckle up, because the Giant's selection could change the entire outcome of the 1st round.

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Perhaps, the most polarizing quarterback in the draft gets the opportunity to compete for the starting QB job. I'm not completely sold on Teddy Bridgewater due to his ACL injury, only time will tell. After drafting quarterbacks such as Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, and Mark Sanchez, I believe the Jets got their next cornerstone quarterback since Joe Namath.

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

Perhaps the number one prospect in the entire draft, I cannot really imagine Cleveland passing up on the highest rated running back prospect in years, despite signing Carlos Hyde in free agency. After hauling in Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, and now Saquon Barkley, watch out for the Browns next season.

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

This kid simply has the strongest arm scouts have seen in years. John Elway gets his franchise quarterback after sitting maybe a season or two behind Case Kennum. I think it's safe to say Paxton Lynch's days in Denver are numbered. Although Allen is relatively raw as far as footwork and accuracy goes, Lynch and Allen will compete for the backup job.

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

I could see the Colts going with the guard, Quenton Nelson, from Notre Dame here, but Chubb is too good of a talent to pass up on. After finishing second to last in total sacks, Chubb instantly bolsters the Colt's defensive line.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Bucs get the best safety in the draft class. After giving up the most yards per game int he NFL last season, Tampa gets a promising young shut down DB who can also rush the passer.

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

The Bears could go Cornerback here, but why not protect the franchise QB in Trubinsky? After losing Josh Sitton in free agency, the Bears go with the OG from Notre Dame. Nelson could potentially go in the top 5 in the draft, but due to high demand of quarterbacks, I have Chicago selecting the best player available.

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

The 49ers are new and improved thanks to second-year General Manager, John Lynch. They added stud-center Weston Richburg, elusive RB Jerick McKinnon, and shut-down corner, Richard Sherman via free agency. They have the potential franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, and the only glaring hole I see in this team is a true #1 wide receiver. They get the #1 receiver on most boards, Calvin Ridley, who led the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide in receiving.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Raiders finished in the bottom third in the league in total defense. They have the former Defensive Player Of The Year in Khalil Mack, but the Raiders have minimal help from the rest of the defense, so why not add the best overall linebacker in the draft class? Oakland could go with a offensive tackle or corner here, but Roquon Smith is too good to pass up on due to his ability to pass cover, tackle, and rush the passer.

11. Dolphins: Prospect not selected

Two linebackers in a row! Thats right, the Dolphins land the star-studded OLB from Virginia Tech. They need help with MLB Raekwon McMillan coming off an ACL injury. Edmunds easily improves Miami's impressive defense along side Cameron Wake, Kiko Alonso, Reshad Jones, and rising star Xavien Howard.

12. Bills: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

There is a strong possibility the Bills trade up to land their preferred choice of quarterback, perhaps with the Giants? They also could draft Lamar Jackson, but #12 overall seems a little to high for him. Time will tell, but in the mean time, I have them selecting the best cornerback in the draft, in OSU's Denzel Ward. He would be a great addition to a solid Buffalo secondary.

13. Redskins: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Washington could go Safety or Cornerback in this spot, but the offensive line was abysmal last season, mostly due to injuries. However, Washington should add the best tackle in the class in Mike McGlichey to protect newly acquired quarterback, Alex Smith.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

After releasing Jordy Nelson, Green Bay could go with a receiver, but I have the #1 WR going to San Francisco, and drafting a player like Christian Kirk, could be a bit of a reach. Go with perhaps the most athletic DB in the draft, Derwin James, after trading Damarious Randall to Cleveland.

15. Cardinals: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

In a surprising move in the off-season, Arizona released Tyrann Mathieu, leaving a gaping hole in the defense. Why not get a ball-hawk type of defensive back in Josh Jackson to replace the Honey Badger? He lead the NCAA FBS in interceptions, with 8. Although I could see Arizona going with a QB for the future, for now, I have them selecting the talented CB out of Iowa.

16. Ravens: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Baltimore could go with a receiver here, considering they haven't had a true #1 receiver since Steve Smith. However, protecting franchise quarterback Joe Flacco is a top priority.

Picks 1-16


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