First Official Draft Season 2018 NFL Mock Draft

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Congrats to the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl victory. This was one of the weirdest NFL seasons in recent memory and I can’t really put into words why, but I’m sure many would agree with me. Now the season is over, we’re officially into my personal favorite time of the year: NFL Draft season. This mock draft is subject to change, but this is what I think makes the most sense based on the hype some of the prospects are getting at the moment and how they’d fit with each team, so bare with me and remember that this isn’t set in stone. These picks are what I think makes sense/what WILL happen rather than what I WANT to happen.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – The Browns desperately need their QB of the future, it seems like no matter who they get, he’s considered a bust within a year, but this will all change if they draft Darnold. Although I think Josh Rosen is more NFL ready, there’s no doubt in my mind Darnold will become the better QB down the road and with Rosen saying he doesn’t want to play for Cleveland, there’s a good chance they decide to take another route.
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Undoubtedly the most NFL ready QB in this class and has a chance to be very good. With Cleveland passing on him, it’s a no-brainer for New York at #2. It’s time for the Giants to move on from Eli Manning, as harsh as it sounds.
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State – Bradley Chubb is an absolute monster and is going to be a game changer on defense for whoever drafts him. Getting a piece like this makes a lot of sense for a team that hasn’t had a top-notch defensive player in years.
  4. Cleveland Browns (Via Houston): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – Imagine Darnold under center and Barkley in the backfield…you’re talking about two young studs being the main pieces in your offense for years to come. Barkley has drawn comparisons to many legendary running backs and deservingly so. He has the chance to be the best player in this entire draft and it’s important for Cleveland to fill up two of the most important positions on offense.
  5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Probably the player with the most controversy surrounding him in 2018. Some have labeled him as “immature” and “childish” but there’s no questioning Mayfield’s talent. Let’s not forget, he was the 2017-2018 Heisman winner and would be going to a team that is possibly just a “QB away” from being contenders again.
  6. New York Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – Okay, hear me out. Josh McCown was solid for the Jets this season, but let’s face reality, the Jets need a QB for the future and Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg clearly aren’t the answer either. Allen has the tools to become a very good QB in the league, although many aren’t too high on him (including myself). Regardless of my personal thoughts, Allen is loved by many scouts and for a team who needs their franchise QB, this makes too much sense.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama – Tampa Bay has had loads of defensive struggles for the last couple of years and Fitzpatrick wouldn’t solve those problems by himself, but it would be a good start for a secondary that is lacking a cornerstone defensive player. Fitzpatrick can play safety and cornerback at a high level, which is a huge reason why scouts absolutely love the guy.
  8. Chicago Bears: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State – Now, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ward to Chicago from what I’ve heard and I can see why. I’m not necessarily a huge fan of his and as a Bears fan, there are other guys that I’d rather take, but Ward would fill a need for the Bears without question.
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa – Joshua Jackson is a playmaker and a ballhawk, plain and simple. The 49ers are in a division with Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, and there is a possibility that Kirk Cousins signs with Arizona and they’re going to have to find a way to contain these QBs. An elite defensive playmaker is a fantastic start.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – Roquan Smith is the best player in this draft, in my opinion and for him to fall to 10 would be absolutely ridiculous. But if he does, the Oakland Raiders would not only get great value, but a player that can instantly help your defense. Not to mention, the Raiders are in desperate need of a LB.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – Edmunds is 19 years old…yes, you read that right, 19 years of age. Miami is another team that’s going to have a crucial off-season. With Tannehill coming back, do they draft a QB or do they go another route? Edmunds at #11 makes a lot of sense because of their defensive struggles. It’s scary to think about how good Edmunds could eventually be…
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame – Andy Dalton was the 6th most sacked QB in the league this season. The Bengals’ offensive line definitely needs some buffing and what better way to improve that than to draft an absolute bully at guard. There are some scouts that believe Nelson is the best player in the entire draft and after watching tape, it’s not far-fetched at all.
  13. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama – The most noticeable flaw on the Redskins is their defensive line. Payne is a force on the defensive line and it’d be a terrific start for a team that is in a weird place.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College: Harold Landry was a sure-fire top 10 pick before this year’s college season, but some have questioned his motor and hunger after a disappointing season. The Packers have an aging defense, especially in the front 7 and from just watching them, it’s evident that Clay Matthews has lost a step. It’s time to get someone who can learn from him and become a leader on the defense. Landry is still extremely talented and whoever says otherwise, is being lazy and has not seen what he can do.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – My prediction for Kirk Cousins is that he ends up in Arizona and they’re definitely going to need to improve that offensive line if they want him to have success. McGlinchey is a monster on that offensive line and whether it’s him or Connor Williams here, it would be a great draft pick for the Cardinals.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Calvin Ridley is the most NFL-ready WR in the draft, the only concern with him is his age (already 24 years old) and I think that’ll be the reason he drops this low, but Ridley is one of the best route runners I have seen in a while. With the possibility of Jeremy Maclin gone and Breshad Perriman being disappointing, this pick is logical. The Ravens’ offense would instantly become better with Ridley lining up at WR.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Taven Bryan, DL, Florida – The Chargers desperately need someone who can be the “meat” of their defensive line and can be a presence in stopping the run. Adding Bryan to a defensive line with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram would be a nightmare for opposing offenses.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Connor Williams, OT, Texas – It seems like the Seattle Seahawks have been trying and failing to improve their offensive line for years. In order to help Russell Wilson, they’re going to need to keep trying until they get it right. Connor Williams is the smoothest lineman in the draft this year. His game is fluid and he’d be a major help to that offensive line that has Russell Wilson running for his life on every single passing play.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Vita Vea, DL, Washington – The Dallas Cowboys need to continue trying to improve their defensive line. The secondary is filled with young studs and seem to be alright in that department. If they can bring DeMarcus Lawrence back and draft Vea, they’d have a much improved front 7, just like that. Dallas was very good against the run last year, but like I always say, you can never have enough players on your defensive line.
  20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU – I’ve mocked Guice to Detroit in a lot of mock drafts and it always plays out that Guice falls right to them. Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah haven’t been productive and it’s time to make a change. Guice is insanely talented and it’d give Stafford some much needed help on offense. They need a guy like him to be able to take pressure of Stafford. Teams know how to prepare against Detroit because they know the Lions won’t hurt them on the ground. Drafting Guice would change that.
  21. Buffalo Bills: Derwin James, S, Florida State – Derwin James has been compared to Jabrill Peppers in the past and I don’t agree with that, but a safety that can step up and help in the run game and put a huge hit on a guy is needed for Buffalo. They’re missing that one guy that is feared on their defense and Derwin James can be that guy. Although he had a “down” year, his talent is undeniable.
  22. Buffalo Bills (Via Kansas City): Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State – Eric Wood surprisingly retired and that has opened up a need for the Bills. With back to back picks, Billy Price becomes the perfect draft pick. He’s the best player available at this point.
  23. Los Angeles Rams: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU – There’s a good chance Trumaine Johnson leaves in free agency this year, which would be a huge loss for that secondary. Donte Jackson is a guy who can come in and fill that spot right away.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA – Davenport is a guy who’s been gaining some serious hype, especially after his stellar performance in the Senior Bowl. He’s raw, but with some extra buff, his potential is through the roof. This could be a major steal for a team who’s in dire need of a pass-rusher.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU – Arden Key is another guy that had a disappointing and injury-riddled year and for that reason, he’ll fall big time. Key has the power, speed, and athleticism to become a top pass-rusher in the NFL. I worry about his attitude and work-ethic but new head coach Mike Vrabel should be able to get that tuned up.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia – This feels a hole in the Falcons team and Wynn being from Georgia would be a nice little story. Adding Wynn to that offensive line ensures that no one is going to be bullying that offensive line anytime soon.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama – Evans at 27 would be a huge steal for the Saints. Let’s not forget, the Saints are where they are because of their phenomenal drafting and an upgrade at LB is one of the most glaring needs for New Orleans. I’d expect Evans to be a starter instantly and add some toughness to that Saints’ front 7.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado – Despite an improved showing from the Steelers secondary, there is still doubt about the group as a consistent unit. Isaiah Oliver is a tremendous cornerback and in my opinion, could end up being better than a guy like Denzel Ward in the long run.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma – Whether or not the Jaguars stick with Blake Bortles, one thing is for sure: they need to protect the quarterback. Orlando Brown would be the best offensive tackle in many of the drafts over the last few years, but in a stacked offensive line class, it will see him fall a bit. Cam Robinson was productive for Jacksonville this year and improving their offensive line again could make a huge difference in their argument as the best team in the AFC next season.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA – Miller is another guy that has gotten some serious hype as of late. Once he moved to right tackle this past season, he was pretty much a brick wall. It was almost impossible to get by him. Minnesota has a huge decision to make with their QB situation, but they’re gonna need to make sure their offensive line is in good shape when they decide who takes over under center.
  31. New England Patriots: Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia – After watching the Patriots this year, there are some serious questions along their defensive line. They aren’t able to generate any type of pressure and they need a guy who can be a dominant force down there. Trenton Thompson is that bully type of presence.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas – At this point, there isn’t really a glaring need for the Eagles, but if Malik Jefferson does indeed drop to them in the first round, it’d be silly to not take him. He is one of the best prospects in the entire draft. He flies all over the field and even though he had some struggles, with some coaching, he could be an elite LB for Philadelphia.

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