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2018 NFL Mock Draft by uljets63 - 4.16
Published at 4/17/2018 2:33:14 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

I have talked myself into it, and I believe that Cleveland will go with Josh Allen here. If they take any other QB there will be pressure to play that player right away. Allen will be given time because he is not ready to play now, and he can learn the QB position behind both Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton this upcoming year. And, he can be the number 2 next year. I know that this bucks the trend of recent years of playing QB's right away, but Aaron Rodgers turned out fine.

2. Bills: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

TRADE: I think The Giants will be willing to trade down here once they see what all the Bills are willing to give up to move up. I think the Giants can get both first round picks this year, a 3rd this year and next years number 1.
The Bills are right there I believe in becoming a contender in the AFC. Sam Darnold will come in from day 1 and be the true number 1 that the Bills need. He will fit in better with what the Bills want to do offensively than Tyrod Taylor did.

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

This pick should get the loudest reaction on day one of the draft, out of sure surprise and the fact that a lot of Cowboy fans are Sooner fans. Baker is a winner and will bring a new attitude to Gang Green.

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

The Browns get the best player in this draft at #4, he needs not to be introduced. Barkley will be the focal point of the Browns offense, and will take alot of pressure off of Tyrod Taylor to be the man. Barkley will be the last piece to the Browns new look offense.

5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Denver has alot of holes, so going B.P.A. here is the best thing to do. Chubb is a great talent that can line up all over the Dline. He and Von Miller can be a great duo for years to come.

6. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

TRADE: The Cardinals have to jump at the chance to get a franchise QB. In my opinion, Rosen is the best QB in this draft. The Cardinals need to be aggressive to keep pace with the Rams and 49ers, and Rosen can be that guy to put the Cardinals into the conversation with those teams.

7. Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

This should be the pick, but we all know that the Bucs are a mess right now and will mess this pick up. Nelson should be the pick because he will helpkeep Jameis Winston upright. He is a mauler and people are already putting the HOF into conversations about his future. That could be a little much, but I think not.

8. Raiders: Prospect not selected

TRADE: The Raiders trade up 2 spots here to get the best LBer in this draft The Raiders need 3 new LBers and Edmunds will be a good start to fixing the worst LB core in the NFL. Edmunds can do it all and will never leave the field. He is a rare player that can cover both TE's that split out and RB's out of the backfield.

9. 49ers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The 49ers might get a steal here with Denzel Ward. in any other draft he would have been a top 5 pick, but with all the QB's he falls to #9. Ward is a true shutdown CB, and with all the talent there is in the NFC West at WR they need to find one.

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

This will be a bit of a surprise on draft night. I think most people will expect the Bears to go offense, but they brought a lot of new talent in during free agency to build around Trubisky, so defense should be the pick here. Davenport is a boom or bust talent, but the Bears have to address the pass rush and there is no denying that he is the most natural pass rusher in this draft.

11. Dolphins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Miami needs to adress thier woeful defense, and Vita Vea will definetly be a good start. I am a firm believer that you start from the inside out when it comes to adressing needs. Vea is a great talent who can change the entire look of your defense. He will be asked to do alot, but I believe he will be up to the task.

12. Giants: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Giants finally have a good LB core with the addition of Roquan Smith. Smith will join Goodson and Ogletree to form a athletic core tht might be undersized but will bring the boom on every play. Smith can play all 3 positions som his versatility is too much too pass on here.

13. Chargers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

TRADE: The Chargers trade up here to get the best safety in this draft. Minkah is a great talent that can play all over the field for your defense. He is better up close to the LOS, but he has the skill set to be a good deep safety as well. I don't want to do it but he kinda reminds me of a Troy Polamalu.

14. Packers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Green Bay finds Morgan Burnetts replacement in Derwin James. James is a pure up tight safety which is what Green Bay needs. Clinton-Dix is a better deep safety than people give him credit for, and this pick will fix two areas.

15. Broncos: Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

The Broncos have to find another CB now with Talib gone. Bradley Roby has become one of the best slot CBs in the NFL and should stay there. Alexander has length and speed that the Broncos will love to have to match up with the likes of Amari Copper, Sammy Watkins and Kennan Allen.

16. Ravens: Hayden Hurst, Tight End, South Carolina

The Ravens reach here for a TE but if the Ravens have drafted any position well its TE's. Hurst might not be a top 20 pick, but he is a tough nosed player that Ozzie Newsome will love to add to this offense. Hurst will be able to step in for a aging Ben Watson and give the Ravens a nice 1-2 punch at the TE position.

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