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Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft W/ Trades
Published at 4/24/2018 11:30:17 PM
Final 2018 Mock Draft W/ Trades is what I would do and not what I think will actually happen. Follow me on Twitter for the latest draft news and opinions @Anthony_Russo97
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The Browns will be taking a QB here, it's just a matter of whom. Rosen is still my number one QB in this class and his touch and decision making will let him compete with Tyrod Taylor immediately for the starting job.
Saquon Barkley is an option but Darnold is too good to pass on when QB will be a pressing need in a matter of one or two years. Darnold is polished and poised and has the highest floor of every QB in the draft. A year with Eli can make him a special player for years.
It's clear that the Jets are going to get their franchise QB here, it comes down to Mayfield or Allen. Mayfield's accuracy and confidence seems to better fit what the Jets want to be and John McCown as a mentor is an ideal situation for Mayfield.
With QB addressed, it's time to build a team. Grabbing an elite pass rusher to pair with Myles Garrett is a great option here and Chubb fits a 4-3 defense perfectly. His motor and pursuit will be great with the athletic Garrett.
John Elway likes Case Keenum and wants to win with him. To do that, he will need to address the offensive line. Nelson is a nearly flawless guard prospect and will instantly improve the offense.
Colts receive 13th overall, Rob Kelley, 44th overall, a 2019 2nd round pick, and a 2020 5th round pick
Similar to the Falcons trading up to get Julio Jones, the Redskins have a need at RB and could go up to get the best prospect in quite some time to make a real playoff push. Barkley is an elite prospect with speed and power and can be an immediate contributor with Alex Smith.
The biggest deficiency on the Bucs defense seems to be the back end. Fitzpatrick is a smart and physical upgrade over Chris Conte and can become a leader fairly quickly.
Bears receive 12th overall, 53rd overall, 2019 2nd round pick, and 2019 4th round pick (from Chiefs)
Brandon Beane will be damned if he doesn't come away with a QB. Allen may not have been his first choice and will need time to develop but his huge arm and mobility will make the Bills coaching staff drool.
Reuben Foster aside, the 49ers could stand to add another young linebacker to their improving defense. Edmunds is raw but a gifted athlete who can become an elite linebacker with the right tutelage.
It is a clear fact the Raiders need to do a better job of stopping the run. Smith is a rangy and instinctive player who can be a solid 4-3 SAM linebacker.
Ward is an absolute gift for Miami here. They need an upgrade in the secondary and would love to pair Ward's technique and coverage ability with the budding Xavien Howard.
Harry Heistand is the new offensive line coach of the Bears and Mike McGlinchey is one of his finest students. Reuniting them can give Chicago a bookend at RT for years to come.
The Colts are transitioning to a 4-3 and will need to add pass rushers off the edge. Davenport needs to develop his pass rush moves but his speed and power are a great asset to be coached up.
Safety is not a pressing need but this is one of the picks that is more about talent than need. James is a dynamic athlete who can shine in coverage and as an in the box run defender and just may be able to play CB.
Questions still loom over the entire offense for the Cardinals. Knowing that, offensive line is a good place to address. Williams is on the fence of being a guard or a tackle but Williams is a solid pass blocker with good footwork.
The Ravens are still lacking a big red zone target and there is no better option to fill that need than Sutton. Sutton needs to develop his route running and seperation skills but he is well equipped to be the Ravens version of JuJu Smith-Schuster.