Round 1 NFL Mock Draft

Mar 2, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley running back goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This year’s combine is just about done and it was a good combine for many, and poor for some. Here is my round one NFL Mock Draft for all 32 NFL Teams.

1.       Cleveland Browns- Saquon Barkley- RB, Penn State.

It is in the Browns best interest to pick the drafts best player with the number 1 overall pick and that is Barkley. The Browns own the 4th pick as well and could still get a good quarterback, but Barkley might not make it to four, so they should snag him at 1. 

2.       New York Giants- Sam Darnold, QB, USC.

The Giants need offensive linemen, but a chance at getting Eli’s successor is rare, and they can’t miss this. Eli Manning isn’t going to play forever. The Giants grab their next franchise quarterback with the number 2 pick. Darnold has the biggest upside to become the best QB in this draft, learning behind Eli wouldn’t hurt. 

3.       Indianapolis Colts- Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State.

The Colts have a bunch of needs, but filling a hole at DE with the drafts best defensive player should be their move with the number 3 pick. 

4.       Cleveland Browns- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma.

After grabbing their dynamic running back at 1, the Browns pick the most entertaining QB at 4. The Browns reportedly love Mayfield, and so do I. I have him going four to Cleveland. 

5.       Denver Broncos- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame.

Assuming the Broncos are the lead choice for Kirk Cousins, the Broncos will need to bolster their offensive line to protect that man, and Nelson is by far the best offensive lineman in this year’s class. 

6.       New York Jets- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA.

The Jets finally get their franchise quarterback in Rosen, who is NFL ready now and can be a dynamic player for the Jets on the offensive side of the ball. 

7.       Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama.

Tampa Bay chooses upside at 7 this year by selecting Fitzpatrick, who may be better at safety than corner, but he will be a prolific NFL defensive back, as the Bucs shape up their defense. 

8.       Chicago Bears- Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA.

Davenport would add support to the Bears defensive line, and would create a dynamic duo at DE alongside Leonard Floyd. 

9.       San Francisco 49ers- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech.

Edmunds may come out as the drafts best linebacker, and showed off this speed, size and athleticism at the combine. He would be a good match alongside Reuben Foster. 

10.    Oakland Raiders- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia.

The Raiders go linebacker at 10 to sure up the middle of their defense. Smith played on the biggest stage this season and performed accordingly. He has a chance to be the best defensive player in the draft. 

11.    Miami Dolphins- Derwin James, S, Florida State.

The Dolphins QB1 is Ryan Tannehill.  The Dolphins biggest need is at safety and can fill the void by selecting the drafts most athletic player in Derwin James. 

12.    Cincinnati Bengals- Connor Williams, OT, Texas.

Maybe if the Bengals protected Dalton more he’d play better. Their best bet to do that is in Williams, who’s stock has dropped, but he’s a mean offensive tackle. 

13.    Washington Redskins- Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh.

Newly acquired Alex Smith is going to need to be protected if he wants to repeat last season’s stats, and drafted O’Neill is a start. 

14.    Green Bay Packers- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn.

The Pack are pretty much set on offense as long as Rodgers is healthy, and adding a ball hawk won’t hurt their defense. 

15.    Arizona Cardinals- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville.

The Cardinals are no longer with Carson Palmer and need their new franchise QB. Jackson will not play WR in the NFL. He’s an exciting player, matched with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, Jackson won’t have an issue fitting in. 

16.    Baltimore Ravens- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama.

The Ravens need more playmakers on offense, and Ridley is an instant game changer. 

17.    Los Angeles Chargers- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming.

By selecting Allen here, he can take a year or two to learn behind Phillip Rivers before taking over the ship. They’d be selecting the drafts best arm talent in Josh Allen, who helped himself tremendously at the combine. 

18.    Seattle Seahawks- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State.

With Ward falling to 18, and The Legion of Boom getting old, Ward could be a fit in that group to learn alongside Richard Sherman. 

19.    Dallas Cowboys- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU.

Dez Bryant is on decline and the Cowboys lack a deep threat playmaker for Dak to throw to. Alongside Dez and Zeke, Sutton would have immediate impact on the Cowboys offense. 

20.    Detroit Lions- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU.

The Lions saw an uptick from Ameer Abdullah last season, but not enough from preventing them from getting a franchise changing running back, to take some pressure off of Matthew Stafford. 

21.    Buffalo Bills- Billy Price, C, Ohio State.

With center Eric Wood’s career over because of injury, Price would be a great fill in at center for Buffalo. 

22.    Buffalo Bills- Vita Vea, DT, Washington.

Buffalo had a solid defense this season, but it would be hard to pass up on the drafts highest rated DT if he’s there this late. 

23.    Los Angeles Rams- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama.

In a similar scenario to Buffalo at 22, Payne is too good to pass up on. He could be a final piece to the Rams defense that recently acquired Marcus Peters. Payne would be terrifying next to Aaron Donald. 

24.    Carolina Panthers- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA.

Kolton Miller is massive. He will have to play right tackle as his career goes on, but for now is a swing tackle that can play right now to help protect Cam Newton. 

25.    Tennessee Titans- Harold Landry, LB, Boston College.

The dynamic pass rusher that the Titans will lack with Morgan and Orakpo getting older. Titans are proactive and choose their next great rusher. Landry can be an impact player for years to come. 

26.    Atlanta Falcons- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma.

Orlando Brown had one of the worst combine performances in recent memory and was also yelled at for slacking. This can move Brown from top 10, to end of round 1. Despite his lack of performance, tape doesn’t lie and he’s the solid pass blocker the Falcons need. 

27.    New Orleans Saints- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan.

A heart condition could push Hurst back to the late first round, but granted he said he wants to be back for training camp, Hurst, if healthy, is a great pick for the Saints to finish off their new and improved defense. 

28.    Pittsburgh Steelers- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa.

The Steelers need to do a better job and locking down opposing receivers, and drafting Jackson could be a huge improvement for them in that category. 

29.    Jacksonville Jaguars- Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State.

Heard this name? Many haven’t but don’t forget it. Gesicki had an unbelievable combine and may have pushed himself into the first round, and as a top tight end. Tight end usually isn’t a first round position, however, after seeing three go in the first-round last year, Jacksonville would be smart to add a security blanket for Blake Bortles. 

30.    Minnesota Vikings- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame.

One of the best offensive tackles in the draft, McGlinchey, who was viewed as a top 10 pick has fallen out of flavor in recent weeks. However, he is a great pick here, no matter who is under center for Minnesota. 

31.    New England Patriots- Arden Key, DE, LSU.

The Patriots lack of getting a pass rush from their front four may have cost them the Super Bowl. Key is the key to fixing that issue. His upside is throw the roof. 

32.    Philadelphia Eagles- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia.

Wynn is undersized for offensive tackle but could be the next man up behind Peters or Lane Johnson if one went down, and with Peters getting older. Long term, I see him as a potential pro bowl guard. The Super Bowl champs need to protect Wentz.

Once the draft becomes closer and any trade scenarios become complete, I will come out with my final mock draft, but for now, this is what I picture happening in late April.

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