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2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 by TheDaltonGillespie
Published at 4/4/2018 10:06:43 PM

Amateur here, really making this for discussion. Any comments are welcome!

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Round 1

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

Browns go QB here. Darnold is the favorite for the pick but I wouldn't be surprised if they come out of left field for an Allen or maybe even Mayfield. I'm calling Darnold here.

2. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Bills trade up to get their guy, the Cardinals could try but the Bills just have too many assets to be beaten. I believe they grab Rosen. He's generally the consensus number 2 QB. He can start right away or sit behind McCarron for a season. He has a great RB to feed the rock to as well as dump it off to. This isn't a bad situation for Rosen to go into. (Giants trade down, stockpile picks, get more players and help for Eli and gang. (IF NYG stay here I think they replace JPP with Chubb or get their favorite available QB.)

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Jets traded up to 3. Not 2 but 3. They get Mayfield here, the new face of NYC, he's popular, he's dynamic, he is accurate. They just need to surround him with weapons. He can even sit for a bit behind Bridgewater/McCown until they can supply some weapons.

4. Browns: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Browns have a great receiving corps. and a good young TE. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson are very serviceable backs. I think they go Chubb here. He is on the same level of pass rusher (coming out of college) as a Bosa or a Fowler. Pair him opposite of Garret and there won't be a single comfortable drop back for opposing QBs. (They could go Barkley here but RB isn't a priority here.)

5. Broncos: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Case Keenum had a fantastic year last season for my favorite Vikings. I'm not sure if he is the guy the Broncos want for the long term. Allen is still sitting here and some think he is the top QB for this draft. The Broncos could snag him at 5 and let him develop while Keenum captains the offense to start the season. They have plenty of weapons for a guy like Allen to work with. I think they have given up on Paxton Lynch at this point. They could also grab Fitzpatrick or Ward, which ever is their favorite.

6. Colts: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Colts have made a ton of draft capital off of the Jets. I think their greatest priority is protecting Luck at this point. Taking the best, safest player on the board is the move. He can plug right into the interior line. There are needs at receiver, running back, and the defense, all of which they can draft in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Backs like Guice, Michel, Chubb, Freeman, Penny, etc will be available later.

7. Buccaneers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

"There is no way Barkley drops to 7." Is the priority need for any teams listed prior? The Colts need a new roster, 1-3 will be QBs, Browns have 2 RBs, Broncos could take him but I don't think they will. The Bucs lost the real Doug Martin in 2016, but he is now officially off of the team. Barkley is a playmaker. Run inside or outside, threat out of the backfield, good return man, and he can pass protect. He is another weapon for Winston and crew to utilize. They need help on the offensive but I'm not sure if any OL on the board warrant the 7th pick and Barkley is great value here.

8. Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Bears do need help on the O-Line, at guard in particular, but the Bears could finish rounding out their promising secondary with a guy like Fitzpatrick. He has the versatility to play either safety position. He has experience blitzing at Alabama. The Bears need the best secondary possible if they plan on competing in the NFC North with that amount of QB talent.

9. 49ers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

The Niners were in the bottom echelon of sack last season. They do have a great front 7 but they lack a true pass rusher. Davenport is a raw physical freak and once he becomes a bit more polished he should be a force. 6'6", 265 Lbs, Nearly identical combine stats to Chubb. He did play against lesser competition, but he has too much upside to pass on.

10. Raiders: Prospect not selected

Raiders need a LB. Edmunds can play middle or outside, he has the size and speed to do either. He can be a sideline-to-sideline MLB or he can play outside as a pass rusher which is where I believe he will land. Opposite of Mack he will have 1-on-1s all game and could eventually take pressure off of Mack.

11. Dolphins: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Dolphins are in a strange spot. They miss out on all the QBs besides Lamar Jackson or Rudolph. They take one last swing with Tannehill and hope for the best. Smith can play either LB position. He is fast, smart, and just the right size at 235 LBs. Smith was insanely productive for Georgia and should be a welcome addition for Miami.

12. Giants: Will Hernandez, Offensive Guard, UTEP

After trading down for what I am assuming is Buffalo's first rounder this year and more, the Giants finish amping their offensive line with Hernandez. Hernandez is a big, strong, physical guard that you can plug in right next to Solder and pound the rock on the left side. This will also help Eli and OBJ when they can play more balanced.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Redskins need a run stopping monster. That is Vea. Not only does he have the ability to play any position on the 3-4 defensive line, but he has elite athleticism for his size. Akin to a Dontari Poe. He should help to shore up Washington's DL.

14. Packers: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Packers just lost Jordy Nelson, they owe it to Rodgers to give him something to work with at WR aside from Parker and Cobb. Ridley is a polished route runner and is a big play threat. Give your best player some weapons. He will thank you.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Cardinals could end up having to trade up to get Jackson if they feel he is their guy. They may trade up instead of the bills. One thing is sure, they need a QB. Bradford is a fine QB when healthy but his knee is getting much worse. The Cards will take the QB with the second most upside in the draft.

16. Ravens: Rashaan Evans, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

Another 'Bama Backer to the Ravens to pair with C.J. Mosely. I would say they need a TE or WR here but they signed Crabtree and John Brown from Arz. Getting Evans here should completely solidify their defense.

Picks 1-16


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