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2018 NFL Mock Draft

Dominick Mazotti, Staff Writer

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#1: Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Josh Allen

With the first pick in the NFL draft, the Browns select Josh Allen, quarterback from Wyoming. The Cleveland Browns addressed that their quarterback for this season is going to be Tyrod Taylor, which means they can take Josh Allen and let him learn. Quarterback Sam darnold is more well rounded and an overall better player right now, but Josh allen has the higher ceiling and could be a better player in the long run.

#2: New York Giants

The Pick: Sam Darnold

The New York Giants haven’t had much of a run game for a long time, and with Saquon Barkley still on the board they may consider taking him. But, Sam Darnold from USC will be picked here for two reasons. Reason number one: Eli Manning is old, and it’s starting to show now. After being benched at the end of the season it displayed how bad of a season he was having. Reason number two: this is a deep running back class. The Giants can and should wait until day 2 to draft a running back and select some offensive lineman to help lighten the load.

#3: New York Jets

The Pick: Baker Mayfield

Another quarterback off the board? You better believe it. The Jets will snag Baker Mayfield, the former Oklahoma Heisman winner, with the 3rd pick in the draft. The Jets have loved Baker so far in the draft process and this could help them win back some of their fans as New York should love the swagger he brings to the field.

#4: Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Saquon Barkley

The Browns will need a good run games if they want to revive their franchise which is why they select Saquon Barkley from Penn State. Saquon is many expert’s number one player this year as he is the best receiving back in college football and can also return footballs if he doesn’t win the starting running back job as a rookie.

#5: Denver Broncos

The Pick: Quenton Nelson

The Broncos just shelled out $36 million to Case keenum at quarterback and they need to protect him. The reason they take Notre Dame Offensive guard Quenton Nelson. Nelson is a versatile offensive lineman who has good enough footwork to put him almost anywhere on the line of scrimmage.

#6: Indianapolis Colts

The Pick: Bradley Chubb

The Colts defense hasn’t been good or even respectable in the passing game over the past couple of years. So, they take Bradley Chubb from N.C. State. Chubb is a defensive end who has Khalil Mack’s quickness combined with Von Miller’s strength which could make him one of the best rookies in the upcoming season.

#7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick: Derwin James

Ever since Ronde Barber’s retirement in 2012, the Buccaneers have been dying to get a good defensive back, drafting 6 defensive backs since 2012. But this year, they get it right and take Derwin James, Safety from Florida State. Derwin was on the top of everyone’s board at the beginning of the season but dropped down due to quarterback needs and lack of defensive back need. But the Buccaneers may have just gotten a steal in this draft as Derwin can play any defensive back position for the Bucs.

#8: Chicago Bears

The Pick: Denzel Ward

Having the same need as the Bucs, the Bears defense needs some help on the back end. They will find this help from Denzel Ward, a cornerback from Ohio State. Ward is a hybrid defender who can also return kicks if needed

#9: San Francisco 49ers

The Pick: Tremaine Edmunds

After another arrest of Reuben Foster, the 49ers are yet again in need of a Linebacker. They will choose Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech to fill that void. Edmunds will be just 20 years old when the season starts which gives him a long time to develop under this new 49ers coaching staff and he has the size to cause havoc on any and every play.

#10: Oakland Raiders

The Pick: Roquan Smith

Another team that is in heavy need of a linebacker after an arrest are the Oakland Raiders. Aldon Smith’s arrest indicates that they are in heavy need of a linebacker and they address that need with Roquan Smith. The Georgia product recorded 14 sacks last year and can be an immediate starter for Oakland.

#11: Miami Dolphins

The Pick: Josh Rosen

The Miami Dolphins have holes everywhere on their team and it would be wise for the to trade down with a team like New England but for this mock draft, where there are no trades, the Dolphins will be filling their need at quarterback and will take Josh Rosen from UCLA. Ryan Tannehill’s time is coming to a close in Miami and Josh Rosen can be their project for the future.

#12: Buffalo Bills

The Pick: Lamar Jackson

The Buffalo Bills signed AJ McCarron this offseason as a bridge quarterback. Meaning he will play until their next quarterback is ready. Which is why they will take Former heisman winner Lamar Jackson in the draft. Lamar brings the best dual-threat abilities to the field at quarterback since Michael Vick and will have a chow to compete for the starting job this Summer.

#13: Washington Redskins

The Pick: Vita Vea

The Redskins need a quarterback for the future but all the top tier quarterbacks have been selected by now. Leaving them with Vita Vea as the pick. Vea, a 350 pound defensive tackle from Washington, is possible the best defensive tackle prospect since Ndamukong Suh and will force teams to play two lineman on him in order to stop him.

#14: Green Bay Packers

The Pick: Mike Mcglinchey

Aaron Rodgers recent injuries should be very concerning for the Packers and they should invest in his safety here. I have them taking Mike Mcglinchey, an offensive tackle from Notre Dame. He will be an instant starter in Green Bay and lead the way for the Packers running game next year while protecting Rodger’s blind side.

#15: Arizona Cardinals

The Pick: Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley is the best pass catcher this draft has to offer and he is a player that Arizona can’t pass on. The former national champion has shown time and again that he can win jump balls even though he doesn’t have the height most outside receivers possess.

#16: Baltimore Ravens

The Pick: D.J. Moore

Another receiver taken here as D.J. Moore from Maryland goes to the Ravens. D.J. is a fan favorite in Baltimore as he plays in their backyard and has the ability to score on any play when given the ball.

#17: Los Angeles Chargers

The Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick

One of the best all around players is taken here by the Chargers. Minkah Fitzpatrick from Alabama has the speed to play cornerback and return kicks if needed, but has the hitting ability to play in the box or line up at safety for the chargers.

#18: Seattle Seahawks

The Pick: Josh Jackson

The legion of boom is no more after Richard Sherman was cut. Now the Seahawks must replace him at cornerback and they will turn to Josh Jackson from Iowa to do so. Josh was one of the best ballhakes in college football last season and they’ll need him to continue this in the NFL if they want to return to the playoffs.

#19: Dallas Cowboys

The Pick: Courtland Sutton

Dez Bryant’s departure means that Dak Prescott needs a new #1 receiver. Courtland Sutton from SMU will be their guy here. Sutton stands a  6’4” and can win any 50/50 ball with his 35” vertical.

#20: Detroit Lions

The Pick: Derrius Guice

The Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rushing games since 2014 and that emphasizes their need for running back. The Lions select Derrius Guice at #20 to try and fill their gap at running back. Guice’s power have had GM’s drooling over him since his freshman year but he slid this far due to some people’s concerns with his off the field antics

#21: Cincinnati Bengals

The Pick: Will Hernandez

Possibly the fastest riser on manager’s boards, Will Hernandez from UTEP has the size to manhandle any interior defender. The Bengals are in need of an offensive guard which is why they turn to hernandez here.

#22: Buffalo Bills

The Pick: Da’ron Payne

The Bills interior defensive line is in need of rejuvenation which is why they’ll call on Da’Ron Payne to help out this season. Paynes, an Alabama DT, will be a plug in and play type player meaning they can insert him right into the starting rotation at defensive tackle.

#23: New England Patriots

The Pick: Mike Hughes

Mike Hughes had one of the best statistical seasons this season at UCF but has fallen to the Patriots due to the fact that he hadn’t displayed this ability before UCF’s magical season. Nonetheless, the Patriots will develop Hughes until he’s ready to start and fill Malcolm Butler’s gap that he left on the defense.

#24: Carolina Panthers

The Pick: Marcus Davenport

Marcu Davenport finally comes off the board here to the Carolina Panthers who get an absolute steal. He drops due to team needs for other positions as well as his raw ability and the possible challenges he’d face in other systems. The Panthers will use him like Julius Peppers as an outside linebacker/defensive end on passing downs.

#25: Tennessee Titans

The Pick: Jaire Alexander

The Titans picked Adoree Jackson in the first round last year but he has shown to be more of a return man than a covergade specialist. Which leads them to take Alexander here to help them defend the pass in the all of a sudden great AFC south with Andrew Luck coming back and the coming up of Deshaun Watson.

#26: Atlanta Falcons

The Pick: Taven Bryan

The Falcons take Taven Bryan from Florida because of his ability and athleticism. He can play any position on the defensive line and will be perfect in pass rush situations.

#27: New Orleans Saints

The Pick:  Dallas Goedert

Ever since Jimmy Graham was traded, the Saints have had a blaring hole at tight end and Dallas Goedert will be the man to fix their position. His size and vertical will be perfect for imitating what Jimmy Graham used to do.

#28: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pick: Rahsaan Evans

Rahsaan Evans from Alabama will be the best player available in the board at this point in the draft. With the Steelers need for linebacker after Ryan Shazier’s injury, Evans could be a day one starter and give Shazier all the time he needs to recover.

#29: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick: D.J. Chark

Chark flew up draft boards after an incredible week at the senior bowl. At LSU, he was one of very few bright spots but concerns with catching

and holding onto the ball hurt his stock until his showing at the senior bowl and the combine.

#30: Minnesota Vikings

The Pick: Leighton Vander Esch

Possibly the biggest risk reward player up to this point, besides the quarterbacks, Leighton Vander Esch will be chosen here to fill the Vikings middle linebacker spot. He’s a risk due to the lack of elite competition he played in college and the fact that Boise State has never been able to produce big time defenders consistently.

#31: New England Patriots

The Pick: Kolton Miller

With Nate Solder gone to New York, Kolton Miller will be the Patriots pick at #31 to help protect Brady’s blind side this season. Miller protected Josh Rosen excellently at UCLA, but questions about his run blocking ability cause him to fall all the way to the Patriots at the end of the first round.

#32: Philadelphia Eagles

The Pick: Billy Price

The Eagles don’t have many holes to fill after a decent offseason and after winning the super bowl. But, drafting lineman Billy Price will be perfect for the future. This pick allows the Eagles to put him on the bench to learn or plug him in the lineman rotation this season to get him some experience.

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