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2018 NFL Mock Draft by ColinCbock1 - 4.20
Published at 4/21/2018 1:15:31 AM

This will be my final mock draft before the draft.

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Round 1

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

The Browns get their guy first and hopefully, he works out for them. Darnold is a great talent and has all the physical tools to excel. Despite some questions arising surrounding his decision-making and pocket presence, Darnold has delivered and should hear his name come out of Roger Goodell's mouth first.

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

Barkley is the best player in the draft. Barkley's blend of size, speed, and power make him the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. The Giants love Barkley and have expressed their desire to take him second. Should Barkley find himself available, he'll fit right into the Giants' system and make the Giants a must-see team with Odell and Barkley (and possibly Dez Bryant).

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield is the most polished quarterback prospect in this draft and I believe that the Jets value that. Mayfield has all the tools to excel. While Mayfield is short and doesn't have the best arm, he makes up for those deficiencies with great, fluid mechanics and great accuracy. That's a lot to like, especially for a large market team. Mayfield gives the Jets a lot to work with.

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

Pairing Bradley Chubb with Myles Garrett would be a dream come true for the Browns as Chubb is clearly the best edge-rusher available. Chubb is a great run stuffer but an even better pass-rusher. Chubb's ability to be a disruption cannot be ignored, either. Chubb can deflect passes and drop back in coverage (although it would be ill-advised).

5. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

---TRADE--- Bills Receive: #5 Pick / Broncos Receive: #12 Pick, #22 Pick.

The Bills are desperate and the Broncos are willing to trade down for reasons to be mentioned later. Allen is a great prospect because of his high ceiling. Allen has a rocket arm and has mostly fluid mechanics. Allen also has impressive athleticism— vital for today's league. Allen would likely sit a year, however, to improve his accuracy and some mechanics. I see Allen becoming an elite quarterback because of his arm strength.

6. Colts: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Colts are able to fix their biggest need and become a somewhat respectable defense again. Ward is undersized but overpowered and is a dynamic run stopper at corner. Ward's ability to read routes and deceive quarterbacks while bringing an unmatched intensity scream superstar. I see tons of Tre'Davious White and Marshon Lattimore in Denzel Ward due to size and connections. Ward should be a no-brainer here.

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

Quenton Nelson is the safest pick in the draft because of his accomplishments in college and his guaranteed pancake blocking. Nelson opens up massive holes in the run game and should help Jameis Winston become a more consistent quarterback. Nelson is a great leader and could be the missing piece of the offensive puzzle.

8. Bears: Prospect not selected

Pairing an electric pass-rusher with another seems like a no-brainer as the Bears have the chance to do so with Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds is an intriguing prospect because of his ability to drop back into coverage and rush the quarterback easily. Edmunds should be a fun player to watch when he goes to Chicago and joins forces with Leonard Floyd.

9. 49ers: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

My 49ers need to find a replacement for Reuben Foster and said replacement needs to be a man of high character and respectable play. Roquan Smith is an exemplary player because of these traits. Smith can go sideline to sideline, rush the passer, and be a big force in breaking up passes. The 49ers cannot go wrong with the natural born leader that is Roquan Smith.

10. Raiders: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James fits nicely into a model that proves athletic, versatile defensive backs are going to be the best players. James can play anywhere from the box to deep safety. James can really lay the wood and should be a major piece to the Oakland Raiders' secondary for years to come. Minkah Fitzpatrick was an option, but the fit and potential for James trumps Fitzpatrick's consistency.

11. Dolphins: Leighton Vander Esch, Inside Linebacker, Boise State

Vander Esch, despite being built like an outside linebacker, plays inside linebacker. This allows Vander Esch to be a dynamic inside pass-rusher while being elite in coverage. Vander Esch is a great tackler and playmaker who is capable of being a central piece defensively. A team in transition, the Dolphins need a defensive player to build around and Vander Esch should be the guy.

12. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

---TRADE--- Bills Receive: #5 Pick / Broncos Receive: #12 Pick, #22 Pick.

The Broncos are still going to be able to get what they wanted in Josh Rosen and he should compete with Case Keenum from the get-go. Rosen is dynamic in the pocket and delivers in the short to medium range with distinct precision. Rosen's main drawback is his lack of fluidity outside of the pocket and lack of skill under pressure. Yet, Rosen should be able to put this behind him and succeed with the Broncos.

13. Redskins: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

Vita Vea is going to be a phenomenal player thanks to his God-given talents across the field. Surprisingly fast, Vea makes up tons of ground as an interior pass-rusher and is an elite run-stuffer. I initially had Vea slipping to the Chargers, but the need at nose-tackle is too great for Washington and Vea has the chance to really explode onto the scene.

14. Packers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

I find it unfathomable how Fitzpatrick could slip through the cracks, but in a draft class where teams are looking for players with a specific niche, players like Fitzpatrick slip under the radar. Fitzpatrick is a jack of all trades style of defensive back and could play anywhere in the Green Bay secondary. What's most important is that the Packers improve their struggling defense.

15. Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

Lamar Jackson is a fan favorite. Whether it be his hurdles into the end zone or his precise throws, Jackson gets the job done. The question most teams have regarding Jackson pertains to his mechanics— can he deliver in the pocket? I believe that the answer is yes, and Jackson could easily prove me right if the Cardinals sit him for a year behind Bradford. Jackson would be the fresh face a rebuilding team like the Cardinals needs.

16. Ravens: D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver, Maryland

This might be the first time I've had Moore in the first round, but watching his film and combine highlights is a sight to behold. Moore plays bigger than his size and has great speed. The Ravens could use Moore in a variety of ways. Of course, Moore's Maryland connection does him a favor here, but the Ravens should be happy to find the help they need.

Picks 1-16


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