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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Anthony Pagnotta - 1.0
Published at 4/13/2018 12:06:33 AM

Mock draft as of April 9th

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Round 1

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

Barkley is one of the most electric players in the history of the draft and would be an immediate impact player for the Browns. The Browns lack a stud in the backfield and adding Barkley would solve that. Barkley would be yet another step in the right direction for a Browns team that has had a great offseason to this point.

2. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

The Bills move up to take the quarterback of the future. Even though they brought in A.J. McCarron in the offseason, Rosen has the potential to take the Bills back to the playoffs if he is as good as advertised. Right now he is the most NFL ready quarterback available, so putting him on a team in the shape of the Bills could result in immediate success.

3. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Jets have taken the USC quarterback road before and it resulted in two AFC Championship Game appearances. The Jets wouldn't mind finding that success once again at the quarterback position and Darnold has that potential. If he can avoid the turnover issues he had at times and clean up his footwork, he has the potential to be the Jets franchise quarterback.

4. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Browns are still looking for that franchise quarterback and here might be the spot to make that selection. Allen has a lot of concerns, but also has the best upside of any of the quarterbacks in this draft. With Tyrod Taylor in place for the moment, Allen seems like the perfect pick here in case he needs a redshirt season.

5. Broncos: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The quarterback situation is a confusing one for sure. Paxton Lynch was supposed to be the heir to Peyton Manning's throne, but his career has been hampered by injuries. Brock Osweiler had success, but tailed off quickly. Trevor Siemian showed some flashes, but is not a franchise quarterback. Mayfield brings a gunslinger mentality with him and is the only true proven winner from this quarterback group. Denver should take the risk here.

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

Chubb is a potential hall of fame talent and a drop to six might seem unprecedented, but if he's there, the Colts can not pass on him. Chubb is a monster that will cause immediate issues for AFC South quarterbacks. The Colts desperately need pass rush help, as they have struggled to get after the quarterback since Robert Mathis' departure.

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Buccaneers are in depserate need of a running back, but it's hard to justify taking anyone besides Barkley this high. The Buccaneers safeties have been a liability these past couple of season, not to mention the fact that Fitzpatrick is a special talent. Buccaneers land a stud here.

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

Nelson is a road grading offensive guard that physically dominates opponents on tape and the Bears wouldn't mind adding him to protect their franchise quarterback and open up running lanes for their strong backfield. If Nelson slips, the Bears should capitalize.

9. 49ers: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Landry had a down senior season, but he is still the second best pass rusher in this draft. The 49ers are in desperate need of a pass rusher, something that they have lacked since 2015. Landry's athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Smith is a special player despite some concerns about his size. His sideline to sideline ability is the best in the draft. He makes every tackle that is in front of him and for that reason the Raiders should pull the trigger on him to combine with Bruce Irvin.

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Dolphins let Ndamukong Suh walk this offseason leaving a big hole in the middle of the defense. The solution? Fill it with the massive 350 lbs. defensive tackle that is a physical nightmare,. He is able to overpower interior offensive linemen with his strength alone. He could dominate in Miami.

12. Giants: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

The Giants have struggled to protect the quarteback over the past few seasons and now is the time to address that with a new regime in place. McGlinchey is the most sure fire offensive tackle in the draft and could become a starter day one. With Ereck Flowers skipping the first day of camp, this need might become even more important.

13. Redskins: Prospect not selected

With Vea off the boards the Redskins probably won't go with defensive tackle here. With Edmunds still on the board, the Redskins bring in one of the highest upside guys in the entire draft. Edmunds is one of the top sideline to sideline linebackers in this draft and the Redskins would love another London Fletcher type player. Edmunds could develop into that.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Packers secondary has been their Achilles heel over the past couple of seasons and with James sitting here it time to begin solving that. James might be the most flexible player in the draft because of his ball skills. He can play either free safety or slot corner, both of which the Packers need desperately.

15. Cardinals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The rebuild in Arizona is underway and getting a quarterback here would be nice, but unless the team trades up, it seems unlikely they get one of the big four. They could go with Lamar Jackson, but it would be a bit of a stretch at 15. Instead, why not get the guy that could protect the franchise's future? Williams is exactly that.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens receiving corps has struggled to find a consistent threat since Torrey Smith's departure. Ridley is a dynamic receiver who has one of the best all around skill sets in this draft. There are some concerns surrounding his production, but Ridley has all the tools to immediately be a top tier receiver in this league.


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