NFL Mock Draft 2018: Patriots, Payments, Jaguars land proper QBs | NFL


One NFL mock draft isn’t adequate, particularly if it comes earlier than free company. Whereas the outcomes and rumors from the NFL Mix offered a little bit extra readability on the 2018 NFL Draft board, now that groups have made their greatest strikes to deal with wants in March, it is a little bit simpler to know what they may be pondering for late April.

Similar to in free company, the tone of the NFL Draft can be set by how a number of groups select to deal with quarterback. For the reason that first mock, there even have been two trades — Payments-Bengals, Jets-Colts — that may have huge ripple results for the highest dozen picks.

Though there can be extra such offers to come back, and it is not a mock draft with out taking these into consideration, this is going by way of the primary spherical because it stands now.

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NFL Mock Draft 2018

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor as their finest stopgap in years, however the workforce additionally will go after its long-term franchise answer upfront of Taylor changing into a 29-year-old free agent in 2019. Though Darnold has his flaws like each gifted QB on this wealthy class, he is essentially the most well-rounded prospect on the place along with his arm, accuracy and athleticism.

2. New York Giants: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State

The Giants needs to be listening to all commerce affords from groups that need to bounce the Jets to get their most popular QB, however within the wake of the Jason Pierre-Paul commerce, their cross rush turns into much more of a obvious weak point. Chubb would thrive in New York’s new protection as a sack artist with quite a lot of strikes; the subsequent Chandler Jones for coordinator James Bettcher.

Three. New York Jets (from Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The Jets’ transfer to No. Three value them lots, so let’s hope they really feel good in regards to the quarterback they need to get. Rosen proved on the Mix he will be the face of a big-market franchise to associate with his immense potential as a pocket passer.

Four. Cleveland Browns (from Texans): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Saquon Barkley can be tempting, however with Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr. within the fold, the Browns ought to assume extra about persevering with their overhaul of the defensive backfield, as an alternative. Jamar Taylor is a rising younger nook, however free-agent addition T.J. Carrie is best suited to the slot, Damarious Randall is tabbed for security and Terrance Mitchell is a depth participant. Fitzpatrick can begin wherever within the secondary and make performs from Day 1.

5. Denver Broncos: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

The Broncos will take into consideration quarterback, for certain, however Barkley would fill their extra urgent offensive ability want and could be the most effective participant out there. Ought to a workforce such the Payments or Cardinals commerce up forward of them to draft Josh Allen, the Broncos will not power the problem with Baker Mayfield. Allen’s availability would make issues extra tempting, however Barkley is the extra logical selection as a participant may help John Elway’s workforce win now with Case Keenum getting some huge cash to start out at QB the subsequent two years.

6. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets): Quenton Nelson, G/OT, Notre Dame

The Colts knew the chance of buying and selling again from No. Three could be dropping out on each Chubb and Barkley. Good factor they’ll keep in-state and look to South Bend for a stud at a place of want. It would not matter whether or not Nelson performs inside or outdoors — the Colts may use his athletic, mauling presence to spice up each the working recreation and the Andrew Luck-led passing recreation.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Bucs went to work on their defensive position by way of free company and trades (JPP, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein), and so they additionally received a much-needed rock for the center of their offensive line (Ryan Jensen). However Tampa Bay’s secondary nonetheless must be addressed after the re-signing of Brent Grimes for one yr. Ward has shutdown potential as the most effective pure cowl man within the draft, and he would signify the most effective participant out there, too.

eight. Chicago Bears: Trumaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

The Bears had been smart to maintain Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator and retain beginning cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller. However on the second degree of their base Three-Four, they may use a dynamic, versatile playmaker who can thrive inside or outdoors. Fangio, previously of San Francisco, can get his Patrick Willis/NaVorro Bowman-type right here.

9. San Francisco 49ers: Derwin James, S, Florida State

Talking of San Francisco, Robert Saleh, its defensive coordinator previously of Seattle, can get his Earl Thomas-type right here for the secondary. Richard Sherman and Akhello Witherspoon will maintain down the corners, and Jacquiski Tartt has a vivid future at one security spot. James would permit Sherman to shepherd a sequel to the Legion of Increase for the Seahawks’ greatest rivals.

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10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, OLB, Georgia

The Raiders have been busy upgrading their defensive again seven with prime free brokers in linebacker Tahir Whitehead and cornerback Rashaan Melvin. Now defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, previously of Cincinnati, can go after somebody to flank Whitehead and Bruce Irvin on the weak facet. Strictly playing-style talking, Smith is a ferocious, relentless pursuit participant within the vein of the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict.

11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The Dolphins may go in lots of instructions defensively, however the launch of Ndamukong Suh makes sort out a monster want and features up completely with Vea’s worth. He is an explosive participant who is usually a fixture in Miami’s line rotation for years.

12. Buffalo Payments (from Bengals): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

The Payments paying AJ McCarron backup-type cash and buying and selling into this spot whereas additionally holding the No. 22 total decide suggests they’re making a powerful play for franchise quarterback early, both by buying and selling up once more or staying put. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott from their days in Carolina needs to be effectively conscious of how far a protection, a working recreation and a dual-threat QB can take a workforce. Mayfield has the “it” issue to lastly give Buffalo a long-term answer.

13. Washington Redskins: James Daniels, C/G, Iowa

The Redskins’ inside line took successful with Spencer Lengthy leaving in free company (Jets), and guard Shawn Lauvao is unsigned. They need to assume protection with this decide if the participant is true (Smith or Vea), however Daniels could be a wonderful participant to line up in entrance of Alex Smith and in addition improve the run-blocking.

14. Inexperienced Bay Packers: Harold Landry, OLB, Boston Faculty

The Packers should revamp their edge cross rush as they flip their base Three-Four protection to Mike Pettine’s watch. Both Landry or Marcus Davenport is smart for his or her scheme as freakish athletes who can wreak havoc within the backfield.

15. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

The Cardinals are a workforce to observe to make a transfer for a QB within the prime 5, however with the best way issues have shaken out on this mock, we nonetheless can connect them to Allen at No. 15. Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon had been signed in free company, however neither will be trusted as an answer past 2018. Allen wants a little bit time to hone his accuracy and mechanics to match his arm and athleticism. Arizona’s state of affairs permits for that.

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16. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Davenport, OLB, Texas-San Antonio

The Ravens can be fascinated by extensive receiver and offensive line with this decide, however just like the Packers, they may use some rebooting of their Three-Four with Wink Martindale taking up the scheme and Terrell Suggs turning 36 in October. Davenport can flip right into a Suggs-like dynamo whereas studying from the veteran in a situational position at first.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The Chargers are nasty on the sides with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, however they may use extra explosiveness inside to spherical out what has the makings of an elite protection in 2018. Payne has Bosa-like short-area velocity and may add to opponents’ backfield nightmares.

18. Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Seahawks, even with all of the adjustments to their protection, nonetheless want loads of offensive line assist as much more of the burden falls on Russell Wilson. McGlinchey dominated with Nelson in South Bend and would instantly turn out to be a rock of a proper sort out in Seattle reverse Duane Brown. That may permit Germain Ifedi to slip again to protect, his higher place.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

The Cowboys are holding Dez Bryant, however they’re missing a real outdoors No. 2 who can do all the pieces as a good-hands possession receiver. Ridley could be an improve over Terrance Williams and provides Dak Prescott a brand new go-to man.

20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Lions have vowed to subject a extra legit working recreation in 2018. That must also imply they’re fascinated by one other offensive line improve with this decide, however it could not be stunning if Guice had been to be chosen this excessive. He would permit Detroit to formally surrender on Ameer Abdullah and could be the workhorse forward of latest veteran backup LeGarrette Blount and pass-catching Theo Riddick.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Payments): Connor Williams, G/OT Texas

The Bengals final yr paid the worth after letting each Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeiter stroll in free company. The offensive line must be addressed additional after the addition of Cordy Glenn for left sort out. Williams is considered extra as an inside blocker and will begin immediately at both guard spot.

22. Buffalo Payments (from Chiefs): Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State

The Payments can proceed their Panthers copycatting with this decide after getting their Heisman-winning QB earlier within the draft. McDermott wants somebody to fly to the ball within the Luke Kuechly/Thomas Davis vein, as Lorenzo Alexander, who turns 35 in Might, is their finest linebacker.

23. New England Patriots (from Rams): Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

The Patriots look good at 4 offensive line positions, however they presently haven’t any good methods to switch left sort out Nate Solder at crucial place. They used a first-rounder on Solder as Matt Gentle’s substitute seven years in the past. Based mostly on the place they’re selecting now, a little bit earlier because of the shock Brandin Cooks commerce, Miller is a viable answer.

24. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

The Panthers even have an instantaneous want at cornerback following the Daryl Worley commerce and the Bashaud Breeland free-agency fail. However Wynn and/or UTEP’s Will Hernandez have to be play with this decide as potential replacements for left guard Andrew Norwell, who left for the Jaguars. Wynn is the higher total prospect.

25. Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE/OLB, Ohio State

The Titans had been busy in NFL free company, including working again Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler. As one more workforce handing its base Three-Four protection over to a brand new coordinator in Dean Pees, Tennessee with this decide has an opportunity to pile on the cross rush behind Derrick Morgan (29) and Brian Orakpo (31), each of whom turn out to be free brokers in 2019. Hubbard has a nostril for the QB regardless of how he is aligned.

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26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT/DE, Florida

Dontari Poe is gone, and Athyba Rubin and Courtney Upshaw are usually not beneath contract, both. So the Falcons want a flexible, explosive possibility for his or her defensive position rotation to assist sort out Grady Jarrett. Payne is the most effective match for Atlanta ought to he slip this far, however Bryan could be a good comfort prize.

27. New Orleans Saints: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

The Saints had been a superb pass-rushing workforce final season by way of sacks (42), but it surely was just about achieved by committee past the dominance of Cameron Jordan. They want one other harmful edge rusher and have appeared intently on the versatile Key proper in their very own yard. With Key out there, he turns into a straightforward decide over a decent finish.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

The Steelers already put a few of their Ryan Shazier fallback plan in place by signing former Colts and Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic, however Evans could be an amazing match for his or her system. Like Shazier, Evans is a pure chief and a stat-sheet stuffer.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

You’ll be able to’t spell Jacksonville with out Jackson — not on this mock draft, not less than. The Jaguars prolonged Blake Bortles, however even with the notable funding, he is signed by way of solely 2020. Except Jackson lands with an offense catered to his working skill wherein he may begin as a rookie, he can be finest off in a developmental state of affairs like this — a workforce that has the NFL’s prime speeding assault and a longtime West Coast passing recreation.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

Kyle Rudolph continues to supply and has two years left on his contract, however he is also coming off ankle surgical procedure and turns 29 in November. Minnesota lacks one other athletic pass-catching possibility behind him, and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo noticed what the Zach Ertz-Trey Burton mixture did for Philadelphia final season. Kirk Cousins already is loaded with targets on his new workforce, however in Washington, he thrived most when two tight ends (Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis) had been key threats.

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31. New England Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

There’s some anticipation constructing that the Patriots, particularly after the Cooks deal, would possibly pull off one other shocker and go after Odell Beckham Jr. However the additional first-rounder permits them to land Tom Brady’s successor nonetheless they need, even over QB-needy rivals like the Jets and Payments, if needed. For now, if New England stays at this decide, Rudolph is a perfect prospect.

32. Philadelphia Eagles: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

Moore has been getting extra buzz as a first-round decide, and there is a probability his inventory rises even greater. Moore may assist Philadelphia substitute Torrey Smith along with his skill to make huge performs each earlier than and after the catch.

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