2018 NFL Mock Draft

NFL fans rejoice, we are just hours away from the 2018 draft, and it could be a wild one. While trades are sure to happen, they are so unpredictable and spontaneous that I decided to leave them out of my mock draft. Instead, I kept the first round draft order as is and mocked players I believe those teams would have interest in drafting if they stay in that slot. Also, I will take a look at a few notable selections, and discuss my outlook for that player.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  2. New York Giants: Saqoun Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. New York Jets (via Indianapolis Colts): Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Brandley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  6. Indianapolis Colts (via New York Jets): Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
  10. Oakland Raiders: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
  12. Buffalo Bills (via Cincinnati Bengals): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne, NT, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
  19. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
  20. Detroit Lions: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills): Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  23. New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams): Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
  24. Carolina Panthers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  25. Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  27. New Orleans Saints: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  31. New England Patriots: James Daniels, C, Iowa
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Notable Selections:

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

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For months we heard Josh Allen or Sam Darnold to the Browns, but now recent reports say that it is very likely the pick is Baker Mayfield. Many of the concerns that fans have are with the Johnny Manziel comparisons. They may have similar builds, and Mayfield has had his share of off the field drama, but they are very different from a talent perspective. Manziel lacked the arm strength and decision making that Mayfield has shown, and in the right system can become a very good QB. However, the real questions arise from the Browns’ history of drafting quarterbacks, and how they develop them. We can look at somebody like Deshone Kizer, who the Browns drafted in the 2nd round just last year, as someone they struggled to develop. Sure, Kizer was far from a finished product when he was drafted, but showed great flashes. However, Kizer was relatively the same player from week 1 to week 17, and he wouldn’t be the first Browns QB to struggle with development… or the tenth. Just one year after being drafted he was traded away, and maybe a bit too soon for an extremely young player drafted high. A lot of Mayfield’s success will be dictated by his own desire to be great, which I believe he has, and if the Browns’ coaching staff can consistently put him in positions that play to his strengths.

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

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Rosen being taken in the top 10 is very possible, but I believe that would happen via a trade up by a team like the Bills. If not, I still think its plausible that he is there for Buffalo at 12 due to Baker MayField’s recent climb into the conversation for the top pick. Rosen had high expectations coming into college, and although he may not have been what some hyped him up to be, it would surprise no one if he ends up being a franchise QB. Out of the five quarterbacks projected to go in the first round, Rosen is the most ready to suit up week 1 because of his great accuracy. However, his lack of mobility could potentially put a cap on his ceiling as a player with defenses being so much more athletic in today’s NFL. The Bills traded Tyrod Taylor and moved up in the draft in order to get their future at this position. They have decent pieces already in place for Rosen to work with, and I’m sure if they’re able to get him without moving up they will be adding even more with later picks. As it stands, the Bills could very well make a draft night move using their plethora of picks to get into the top 5. Whether it be near the top or at 12, Rosen could be the guy Buffalo is set on.

D.J Moore, WR, Maryland

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Some believe that Moore will end up being the best receiver to come out of this draft and for good reason. He has a great blend of size and speed with the physicality that you look for in an outside receiver. The Cowboys are in desperate need of a weapon on the outside for Dak after losing Brice Butler and releasing Dez Bryant. Allen Hurns was brought in, and Cole Beasley will continue to man the slot, but it is imperative that the Cowboys add a difference maker on the outside. They could opt for Courtland Sutton, who has a very similar play style to Dez Bryant, but I think they will be too enamored with Moore’s ability to get yards after the catch. They already have one dynamic playmaker on the team with Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield, now it’s time for them to add one to their receiving corps.

 

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