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2018 3 Round NFL Mock Draft by DARLancd
Published at 4/14/2018 6:01:03 PM

Using prospect combine grades, person and big boards, team needs, and NFL Network analysis as inspiration. Trades calculated using NFL trade value chart and OverTheCap.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

The Browns have needed an answer under center since the franchise returned in 1999 and Tyrod Taylor isn't the long term answer. Instead Cleveland takes the best QB in what is billed as a good class and hopes that it has finally found that answer.

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

The Giants believe they have a few more years of Eli Manning left, but to ensure that happens they have to find ways to make his life easier. Grabbing the top offensive skill position player (hell the top player period) in the draft goes a long way to gaining ground in a questionable NFC East.

3. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

After giving up 3 second round picks the Jets have to find a solution to their QB controversy and Josh Rosen is that answer. The only prospect anywhere near "pro ready" in this class should see playing time before the year is up.

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

The Browns committed a cardinal sin to start the night, taking a "need" over the best player on the board, but they get rewarded as they land one of the two best players in the draft here.

5. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

*PROJECTED TRADE* (Denver gets 1/12, 1/22, 2/56, 3/96)
The price to move up this high is incredibly steep for the Bills, but they have the capital (2 picks in each of the first three rounds) to make this deal and not get burned if Josh Allen doesn't work out.

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

The Colts need to do a better job protecting Andrew Luck if they want to get back on track with a retooled roster.

7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Bucs stay in state and get a playmaker who can fill multiple needs on the back of a troublesome defense.

8. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

*PROJECTED TRADE* (Chicago gets 1/15, 3/79, 2019 1st)
With rumors about Miami being in on Mayfield the Cardinals decided to jump first shipping off a similar haul to what KC paid last year to get their QB of the future.

9. 49ers: Prospect not selected

The 49ers had questions at LB before they lost Reuben Foster for the foreseeable future. Adding Edmunds gives them a guy with the type of athleticism they need to hang with David Johnson and Todd Gurley.

10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Raiders have needed help at linebacker since the last time Jon Gruden won a game. (For those keeping score at home Gruden's last win was week 13 of the 2008 season)

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Dolphins current DL projection includes 3 starters over the age of 30. Adding Vea gives the group an infusion of youth and starts filling the hole left by Ndamukong Suh.

12. Broncos: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

After trading Aqib Talib the Broncos are a bit thin at corner. With Ward sliding due to the run on QBs and LBs early the Broncos fill a need with the best player remaining on the board.

13. Redskins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Redskins need to improve the center of their defense to regain ground in the NFC East. Fitzpatrick, who can play anywhere in the secondary, gives the a movable chess piece who can play downfield against the division's deep group of tight ends.

14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

The Packers have wasted years of premium Aaron Rodgers by asking him to carry an abysmal defense. Given the improvements of the NFC North in recent offseasons finding a way to fix that should be priorities one, two, and three in the frozen north.

15. Bears: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

The Bears live in perhaps the strongest division around when it comes to quarterback play so finding guys to disrupt that rhythm is a must.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens have struggled throughout their existence to draft wide receivers, but in Ozzie's swansong he goes back to his old stomping grounds and get a player that should help to fix the trend.


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