NFL Mock Draft 2018 (Updated March 16)

Hey Dudes! This is our NFL 2018 Mock Draft.

1. Cleveland Browns

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. In my last mock in February I had Barkley slipping all the way to the Packers at 14. I was wrong about that and I was also wrong in saying he was the second best offensive player in the draft. He is not only the best offensive player in the draft, he is also the best player in the draft, period. With the signing of Tyrod Taylor and coach Hue Jackson stating that Taylor will be the starter for the Browns in 2018, my pick of Baker Mayfield going #1 will not happen. I believed the Browns would go the route of Quarterback at #1, and they might still, but after the performance by Barkley at the combine, he is the best pick in this draft.

First Predicted Pick: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. 

2. New York Giants

Sam Darnold, QB, USC. In my last draft the Giants picked Bradley Chubb, while still the best pass rusher in the draft, the Giants look to replace Eli. Maybe Darnold does not become the starter in week 1 or even week 8, but I believe that Darnold will be the 2nd pick this year. The Giants will receive a copious amount of phone calls here with Darnold and Rosen on the board but the Giants make the smart move and grab the second best player in this draft Sam Darnold.

First Predicted Pick: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. With a new HC in Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts may grab a pivot in this QB-heavy draft. However, the defensive line for the Colts has not had that top pass rusher since the Dwight Freeney heyday. Chubb possesses high-end physical traits, years of production and the ability to play in a variety of positions in both odd and even fronts.

First Predicted Pick:  Sam Darnold, QB, USC.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The free-agent offensive line class is mediocre at best, and the Dolphins can’t afford another season of shoddy offensive line play. Nelson is a people-mover at guard and is ready to be an impact player the moment he steps on the field in the NFL.

First Predicted Pick: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa.

5. Arizona Cardinals (via Mock Trade With Denver)

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. As Rosen slips through the first few selections, it’s likely many teams will be more comfortable moving up for the former UCLA quarterback. After adding Case Keenum to a roster with a fair amount of holes, the Broncos like the idea of moving back. The Cardinals are in dire need of a franchise quarterback and make the move to land Rosen.

First Predicted Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA.

6. New York Jets

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. Even though the Jets regime has brought in Teddy Bridgewater at pivot I believe that the Jets look at Allen here. New Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was in Denver during the early stages of Jay Cutler’s career. It’s not hard to draw physical parallels between the two quarterbacks.

First Predicted Pick: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama. Fitzpatrick will give the Buccaneers what they desperately need — length in their secondary. He can play safety on occasion or lock down off-coverage duties as an outside corner. He’s even twitchy enough to stay with bigger slot receivers.

First Predicted Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama. 

8. Chicago Bears

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. After watching Alshon Jeffery tear it up in Super Bowl 53 the Bears will look to give Trubisky help. Ridley is a sudden route-runner with good downfield speed. He’ll be a movable pass-catching option for Mitchell Trubisky and a matchup nightmare in the slot.

First Predicted Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama.

9. San Francisco 49ers

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. The retirement of Patrick Willis a few years ago left the defense in shambles. Along with Willis’ retirement, the underwhelming pick of Reuben Foster in the last draft leads the Niners to take a linebacker. Smith is a game-changer and a proven clutch player. The Niners wish to get a playmaker for Garoppolo but with Ridley gone, this is the next best thing.

First Predicted Pick: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia.

10. Oakland Raiders

Tremaine Edwards, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech. The Oakland defense gave up 5.6 yards per play last season (27th), so help is needed. CB Gareon Conley, last year’s first-round pick, is still an unknown after playing only two games in 2017, which means the secondary is still a question mark. But the Raiders also have a need at linebacker, and with the top two CBs off the board, they can choose between Edwards and Roquan Smith. Edwards is a better fit for Oakland, as he can play off the line and rush off the edge. He’s an athletic freak who will turn some heads at the combine.

First Predicted Pick: Tremaine Edwards, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech.

11. Miami Dolphins

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. Welp there goes another one of my picks to a free agent signing. I put Quenton Nelson in this spot, but with the signing of Guard Josh Sitton, the Dolphins look to shore up their pass Defense with this pick. Ward plays atechnically sound, pass-breakup style and is a reliable tackler.

First Predicted Pick: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. Based on his 2016 film, Williams would be a top-10 lock. In 2017, he started strong, hurt his knee and had some bumps upon returning. As one of the youngest players in this draft, he has room to grow as a player

First Predicted Pick: Connor Williams, OT, Texas.

13. Washington Redskins

Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. A true ball-hawk, Josh Jackson will add to this already great defensive backfield across from the other Josh.

First Predicted Pick: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State.

14. Green Bay Packers

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State. Gallup can provide everything the Packers need at wideout. Downfield speed? Check. Plus ball skills? Check. Elusiveness after the catch? Check.

First Pick Prediction: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

15. Denver Broncos (via Mock Trade With Arizona)

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. To validate the movement and subsequent draft pick to their fans, the Broncos can film one of those videos for their website of all the staffers celebrating when this pick is in, as they smoothly moved down and technically got better value for a player they had been zeroing in on all along. Hernandez reunites with his collegiate head coach, Sean Kugler, who was recently hired as Denver’s offensive line coach. This is an ideal pairing. Denver nets a second and the last of three third-round picks the Cardinals have in this draft and send a seventh-rounder — along with No. 5 overall — in the trade back.

First Predicted Pick: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. Brown on the right side of the Ravens offensive line, next to Marshal Yanda, is the making of nightmares for strongside defensive linemen in the NFL.

First Predicted Pick: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. Payne two-gaps like he has been playing in a traditional 3-4 for a decade, and unleashed in the College Football Playoff, we saw the explosiveness of a quality interior pass-rusher. Look out, AFC West.

First Predicted Pick: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama.

18. Seattle Seahawks

Derwin James, S, Florida State. With the uncertain future of Seattle icon Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks are fortunate to grab a comparably versatile safety in James. Yes, he would fit the “freak” label and will thrive as the “Robber” in the Seahawks cover 1 and cover 3 based defense.

First Predicted Pick: Derwin James, S, Florida State.

19. Dallas Cowboys

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State. Vander Esch had a ridiculous combine, one that, without the presence of Tremaine Edmunds, would be viewed as one of the best in a long time at the off-ball linebacker position. Rashaan Evans is considered here, but the Cowboys place a high priority on athleticism, and Vander Esch covers a lot of ground really fast at 6-4 and 240-plus pounds.

First Predicted Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State.

20. Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The Lions recently hired Bo Davis to coach their defensive line. Who’s Bo Davis, you ask? Well beyond having a very “defensive line coach” name, he coached that spot at … the University of Texas-San Antonio in 2017. Connecting the dots here. Would fill a huge need too.

First Predicted Pick: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA.

 21. Buffalo Bills

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. 

The Bills may look to get a proven winner in Mayfield to shore up their franchise. Mayfield is interesting because he could honestly go anywhere in the first two rounds. In my last mock I believed the Browns would take him 1st but in hindsight he is not talented enough to go into the top 10.

First Predicted Pick: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU.

22. Buffalo Bills (via Trade With Chiefs)

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. While I think Mason Rudolph is the favorite for pick No. 21 if the Bills stay put, let’s examine how the first round would look if they decide to pass on him. Sutton is a huge, power forward-type wideout with better athleticism than his size would suggest and dominant ability on jump balls.

First Predicted Pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan.

23. Los Angeles Rams

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville. Alexander likely would’ve gone in the top 15 had it not been for an injury-riddled final season at Louisville. He’s not a menacing cornerback physically but plays with outstanding quickness and tenacity when the ball is arriving.

First Predicted Pick: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville.

24. Carolina Panthers

Mike McGlinchey, OL, Notre Dame: Another way to beef up the protection for Cam Newton, this is a really nice value add this late in the draft.

First Predicted Pick: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State.

 25. Tennessee Titans

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama. The Titans roster isn’t littered with holes, and Evans would bring more toughness to Tennessee’s defense in the middle. He’s a between-the-tackles thumper with some range to the sidelines.

First Predicted Pick: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama. 

26. Atlanta Falcons

Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Vea would give Dan Quinn a Brandon Mebane or Red Bryant type of mammoth nose tackle who can two-gap when needed or get upfield in obvious passing situations.

First Predicted Pick: Vita Vea, DT, Washington.

27. New Orleans Saints

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Didn’t think we’d get to a place where the Saints needed wide receiver help more than defensive help, but here we are.

First Predicted Pick: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF. Shaquem Griffin impressed everybody at the combine, including the man running the linebacker drills in Steelers scout Mark Gorzak. Griffin ran a blistering 40 time at 4.38. His athleticism, story, and need at the position will be enough for the Steelers to snag him with the 28th.

First Predicted Pick: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State 

 29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. Wynn landing in Jacksonville would help Leonard Fournette’s inside running and keep Blake Bortles from facing inside pressure. The former Georgia left tackle has All-Pro potential at the guard spot in the NFL due to his footwork and sturdy anchor.

First Predicted Pick: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. From a size, length and athleticism perspective, Miller might be the most impressive offensive tackle in this class. He got plenty of pass-protection reps at UCLA and improved every season. He can play either right or left tackle.

First Predicted Pick: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. 

31. New England Patriots

Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. Bryan is a movable chess piece with plus athleticism and long arms. Sounds like a Bill Belichick defensive lineman to me.

First Predicted Pick: Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. 

32. Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Goedert, TE, SDSU. Losing Trey Burton in free agency and releasing Brent Celek means the Eagles would like to get some more depth at the position.

First Predicted Pick: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon.


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