Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Team needs were somewhat taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, at least as much as we could at this point. It’s still very early for a 2018 mock draft right now, and team needs will not be fully accounted for until AFTER NFL free agency ends.
For our NBA mock draft go here. With only 32 picks to go around, yes, there will be a guy or two that you feel very strongly should be a first rounder, but got left out. Sorry, but it’s inevitable.
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1. Cleveland Browns, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Comedic legend, N.Y. Jets fan and L.A. resident Larry David wants his team to pick Rosen over Darnold, but neither will likely be available by the time NYJ are on the board. David adds that he hates the Jets are winning and thus preventing the opportunity. Yes, the Brownies are once again looking for a signal caller, and are once again probably going to be picking up at the top of the draft.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
2. New York Giants, Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Almost everybody seems to believe that Darnold will be in the top three to top five overall pick discussion, including Adnan Virk, host of College Football Final, who joined our podcast this season. You can hear him assess Darnold and some of the other brand name stars in college football over at this link.
Darnold was previously considered to be THE guy, at #1, but this season he has thrown too many interceptions and now exposed some of his flaws.
3. Indianapolis Colts, Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Penn State coach James Franklin articulated the selflessness and team-oriented philosophy of Saquon Barkley. “He’s never once asked for the ball more, never asked for more touches, never fussed at the offensive line,” said Franklin.
“Never fussed at the coaching staff, he’s an unselfish guy that gets the big picture in a circumstance that most guys wouldn’t.”
“A lot of attention and focus on Saquon Barkley right now, but his attention and focus is on the team.”
This is a guy that we have interviewed many times and written about extensively; for good reason. Go here for more on him.
4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans), Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
Bama blue chip may not even last this long. He’s a prospect that could fit in with almost any team. The Browns are such a team that must get better at stopping the pass, and they may go best DB available with their second pick.
5. Denver Broncos, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were definitely not the answer. Try, try and try again.
6. New York Jets, Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
After battling through several injuries, which included surgery to repair a broken finger, Key missed the Citrus Bowl, and didn’t even travel with the team to Orlando. Key played in eight of LSU’s 12 games them, finishing out the year with 33 total tackles. Those numbers don’t impress, but his measurables do, as will his combine performance this winter.
For more on Key, and the other LSU prospects in this draft, go here.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Brian Kelly has finally gone against his pass happy ways and committed to the run game. Why? Because he knows that he has two future NFL studs on the left side of his offensive line, and he sets up the rushing attack to play to the strengths of the Fighting Irish. McGlinchey is one of those two, Nelson is the other. Go here for more on that.
8. Chicago Bears, Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Bears are a complete mess, they just need players period. Key might be a nice piece to pair with Akiem Hicks, who’s arguably the team’s MVP this season. However, I don’t see him lasting this far.
Really, above all the Bears need a wide receiver, and thus we go with Sutton. It’s not much of a stretch, as he’s a solid top 15 big board guy.
9. Oakland Raiders, Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St
By far the biggest disappointment of the season, the Raiders have been a major let down on every level. Lots of needs to address but why not start with their awful pass defense. Ward, in his first season as a starter, was a consensus All-American. He led OSU with 15 pass break-ups and 17 total passes defended (two interceptions and 15 PBUs).
He also contributed 37 tackles, including 30 solo stops. Ward participated in Cotton Bowl prep practices, and left his decision on playing open until game day. He declined, but in practicing, he helped the younger cornerbacks in the program. The Buckeyes routed USC just fine without him anyway.
10. San Francisco 49ers, Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
The Niners need a new lead edge rusher, or at least should prepare for that situation, cuz it’s coming. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb is flexible to different schemes, and he provides good quickness for a defensive end his size.
11. Miami Dolphins, Derwin James SS, Florida State
An electric prospect who will be wanted by any team with a need to shore up their pass defense.
12. Cincinnati Bengals, Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Brian Kelly finally went against his pass happy ways and committed to the run game this past season. Why? Because he knew that he has two future NFL studs on the left side of his offensive line, and he sets up the rushing attack to play to the strengths of the Fighting Irish.
McGlinchey is one of those two, Nelson is the other. Go here for more on that.
13. Green Bay Packers, Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Payne has not received the same amount of draft coverage that other interior defensive lineman, but he is certainly as good at anybody else in this draft class at clogging up the middle.
14. Washington Redskins, Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Could step in right away and get major playing time. He’s a play-making ballhawk, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Jackson led the nation (tied with two other players) in interceptions with seven.
15. Arizona Cardinals, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, QBs everywhere in this 2018 NFL mock draft. Cards are desperate for a signal caller now that Carson Palmer has retired.
16. Baltimore Ravens, Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama
As good a time as any to address the issues plaguing what might be the NFL’s worst passing offense.
17. Los Angeles Chargers, Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea brings a great combination of size, length, strength, and quickness. He is an excellent run stuffer in the middle and can occasionally provide additional support in the pass rush.
18. Seattle Seahawks, Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Seahawks are pretty desperate at DE now.
Scouts from several NFL teams came to DeKalb to see Landry in action against NIU, and for good reason. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey on facing Landry: “He’s good. I don’t know where the NFL scouts have him ranked, but for us this is like Bosa when we faced him at Ohio State. He can single-handedly disrupt an offensive game plan, and we have got to know where he is.” Go here for more on Landry.
19. Dallas Cowboys, Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
You’ll see many a 2018 NFL mock draft mocking somebody in the middle of the defense to the Boys and there’s plenty of reason for that.
20. Detroit Lions, Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
The senior defensive tackle was a very bright spot in what was a disastrous and highly dramatic season in Tallahassee. His position coach, Odell Haggins, was named interim head coach for FSU as his Jimbo Fisher bolted for a $75 million payday at Texas A&M. But hey, there’s not enough money to pay players right
WILD CARD ROUND LOSERS
21. Buffalo Bills, Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
For more on the LSU prospects in this draft, go here.
22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs), Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
If this guy played in the east coast media market he would have won the Heisman.
23. Los Angeles Rams, Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
OSU rivaling Bama and LSU when it comes to producing “succeed and proceed” early entry players these days.
24. Carolina Panthers, Equainemous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
DIVISIONAL ROUND LOSERS
25. Tennessee Titans, Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
You have to listen to our audio with Price, he’s just as fun to do interviews with as he is to watch dominate opposing defenders. Price is funny, witty, down to earth and oh, also a dominator in both pass blocking and run blocking.
26. Atlanta Falcons, Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Hurst finished the season with 59 tackles (13 1/2 for a loss) and five sacks in 12 starts this season, looking better than his teammate in the position group Rashan Gary. That’s a huge compliment because Gary is projected to be a top ten pick next year when he becomes draft eligible.
27. New Orleans Saints, Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
Nelson had a great season, and made the right call by leaving school early, as there really wasn’t much more he could so next year to improve his stock by another year of college football.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers, Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Mocking a LB to the Steelers, it’s a tradition unlike any other.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP LOSERS
29. Jacksonville Jaguars, Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Vaulted himself into NFL discussion since September, as he’s had a huge season benefiting from the rise of Mayfield.
30. Minnesota Vikings, Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
He entered the season with huge expectations, but has underwhelmed a year after leading the nation in interceptions. He’s been hyped for his ball skills, but hasn’t shown them as much in 2017 as he did before.
SUPER BOWL TEAMS
31. New England Patriots, Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
32. Philadelphia Eagles, Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Even with workhorse back Leonard Fournette on the field his sophomore year, Guice still managed to put up 1,387 rushing yards.
He may not have had quite as eye-catching a junior year by the numbers, but Guice is still far and away one of the best running backs – and athletes – of this class. The quality that sets him apart so much is his ability to “run angry.”
Go here for more on the LSU prospects in this class.
This 2018 NFL mock draft is listed on several mock draft databases including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report and Eat, Drink, Sleep Football.
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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