Are you people ready for the NFL Draft as much as I am!? I expect this Draft to be full of trades and exciting picks. I think there is so much first round talent that some players will fall to the second round. As always! May your teams odds ever be in your favor. With that here is my final verdict on my mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft.
1. Browns – Sam Darnold – QB/USC – Browns could go with Barkley here but the need for QB’s in this draft is getting pretty antsy and Browns should take the top QB off the board. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was even at Darnold’s pro day with his family.
Previous Pick – Sam Darnold
2. Giants – Saquon Barkley – RB/PSU – Giants have fallen in love with Barkley and even mentioned him as “almost near perfect player”. Barkley will extend Eli Manning’s career by giving him that balance and taking pressure off to lessen the load on Eli.
Previous Pick – Bradley Chubb
3. (Trade w/ Colts) Jets – Josh Allen – QB/UW – Allen has a rocket for an arm and to me is the best overall QB in this draft. Jets finally fill their long needed position at QB and ride the Josh Allen train. Jets envision Allen in being the next Carson Wentz.
Previous Pick – Josh Allen
4. (Trade w/ Texans) Browns – Bradley Chubb – Chubb only dropped to this spot because of the Giants falling in love with Barkley. Chubb is still a Day 1 starter and Browns pair a force with Chubb and DE Myles Garrett together on the defensive line.
Previous Pick – Saquon Barkley
5. (Projected: trade w/ Broncos) Bills – Baker Mayfield – QB/UO – Beane finds his young QB for the future to run the Bills offense. They did make the playoffs last year, so this isn’t the same old Bills anymore. This could push Bills as a deep sleeper in the playoffs.
Previous Pick – Broncos – Minkah Fitzpatrick
6. (Projected: trade w/ Jets) Packers – Denzel Ward – CB/OSU – Top CB in the draft goes to Green Bay who trades up and fills that last CB hole. Ward may be small but he plays the ball instead of the WR. Very good instinct for a CB to have even before being drafted.
Previous Pick – Jets – Denzel Ward
7. Buccaneers – Derwin James – S/FSU – Not changing my pick here. People are comparing James to Charles Woodson. James is one these new hybrid LB/S weapons as well. Pairing him with TJ Ward could give Tampa two field generals in the back end.
Previous Pick – Derwin James
8. Bears – Quenton Nelson – OG/ND – Best OL in the draft. Bears had Mitchell Trubisky running for his life last year. Getting protection for their young QB to keep him upright. Could of gone defense, but DC Vic Fangio boasted a top 10 defense last year that will get better.
Previous Pick – Quenton Nelson
9. 49ers – Tremaine Edmunds – LB/VT – 49ers grab one of the biggest athletic freaks in this class. Edmunds can play off EDGE or at ILB and he can rush from any position. Has huge tackling radius and you never see players get away from him.
Previous Pick – Tremaine Edmunds
10. Raiders – Roquan Smith – LB/UGA – Top ILB comes off the board that can go sideline to sideline. Can drop into coverage and handle anything thrown at him. Raiders and Jon Gruden have been obsessed with Smith since he performed at the combine.
Previous Pick – Roquan Smith
11. Dolphins – Vita Vea – DT/UW – Dolphins shore up the middle left by Suh grabbing the big athletic Samoan freight train. Men that are 330 lbs arent supposed to run 5.1 40 yard dashes. Has a ton of upside that can make him dangerous with his athletic ability.
Previous Pick – Vita Vea
12. (Projected: Trade W/ Bills) Broncos – Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB/UA – John Elway still gets his swiss army knife that helped Alabama secure another national championship. Fitzpatrick is always flying around the field. If you can find the ball you sure can find him there with it.
Previous Pick – Bills – Baker Mayfield
13. Redskins – Josh Jackson – CB/UI – Same pick here. Redskins need that opposite side of Josh Norman filled. Jackson only started for 1 year and had 8 Ints. Always has a nose for the football and can be that shutdown CB with his size for the redskins.
Previous Pick – Josh Jackson
14. (Projected: Trade W/ Packers) Colts – Harold Landry – EDGE/BC– Colts move to 14 and still get a defensive athlete. Fills an EDGE need that they lacked last year. Landry knows how to get after the QB and holds the edge stout. Knows how to drop in coverage as well.
Previous Pick – Packers – Mike Hughes
15. Cardinals – Lamar Jackson – QB/UL – Cards wanted to stay and not give up their limited draft picks. They have shown interest in Jackson after the combine and like his ability. Jackson could do well being paired with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.
Previous pick – Josh Rosen
16. Ravens – Calvin Ridley – WR/UA – Top WR goes to an ailing WR core that only has Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. Ridley will be a Day 1 Starter at WR number 3 and can show his true ability because he did just win a national championship
Previous Pick – Calvin Ridley
17. Chargers – Josh Rosen – QB/UCLA – Rosen lands in L.A. to develop behind Phillip Rivers. Rivers has another 2 years left in him and that is enough time for Rosen to learn and be the future of the Chargers. This offense is set for the young QB to take it over.
Previous Pick – Mason Rudolph
18. Seahawks – Marcus Davenport – DE/UTSA – The Jadeveon Clowney Prototype goes to Seattle who badly needs him with all the defensive line talent they lost this offseason. Davenport keeps getting bigger and stronger and should develop nicely under HC Pete Carroll.
Previous Pick – Marcus Davenport
19. Cowboys – Maurice Hurst – DT/UM – Cowboys add beef to the D-Line to take care of the leaky run defense. Hurst has shown he has a motor that does not stop. He has a very quick step off the ball and knows how get skinny through gaps.
Previous Pick – Maurice Hurst
20. Lions – Derrius Guice – RB/LSU – Lions Still haven’t found a running back after Barry Sanders. Guice looks like a stud RB, runs angry, and doesnt quit until the whistle blows. Guice is a stick of dynamite waiting to hit the end zone every time he touches the ball.
Previous Pick – Da’Ron Payne
21. (Trade w/ Bills) Bengals – Isaiah Wynn – OL/UGA – Bengals take Wynn with the need of keeping Andy Dalton upright. He also can be put at guard or tackle with his experience playing multiple positions in college. He should excel no matter where hes put.
Previous Pick – Isaiah Wynn
22. Bills – Courtland Sutton – WR/USM – Bills stay with Sutton here. Sutton adds depth to a lacking WR core and is a big physical target that pairs nicely with Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones. He just needs some coaching up getting ready for the NFL level.
Previous Pick – Courtland Sutton
23. (Trade W/ Rams) Patriots – Will Hernandez – OG/UTEP – Hernandez adds size, strength, and speed to the Patriots depleted O-Line. He can be a flexible fill in for offensive tackle as well. Can definitely see him being a starter from day one for Belichick.
Previous Pick – Rams – Rashaan Evans
24. Panthers – D.J. Moore – WR/UM – Carolina is gonna grab the most talented WR in this class. Moore can do everything from dirty underneath routes, needing that speed for the seam route, and even crossing the middle. Has soft hands to bring in the tough catches.
Previous Pick – Harold Landry
25. (Projected: Trade W/ Titans) Packers – Rashaan Evans – LB/UA – Packers trade up a second time to add an ILB. Evans is a fast, rangy, and explosive LB that can rush the passer from any spot. DC Mike Pettine will love this pick for his defense. Very decisive to diagnose plays from run or pass.
Previous Pick – Titans – Lorenzo Carter
26. Falcons – Connor Williams – OT/UT – Williams adds size to the Falcons O-Line at being 6’6″ 320 pounds. Lots of scouts project him as a guard due to his length of his arms. He’s a good run blocker and can develop his pass block less fast by playing in the interior.
Previous Pick – Will Hernandez
27. Saints – Da’Ron Payne – DT/UA – Saints add one of the vital pieces missing to their team last year in Payne. He thickens up the middle of the D-Line bringing pressure up the middle between Alex Okafor and Cameron Jordan.
Previous Pick – D.J. Moore
28. Steelers – Leighton Vander Esch – LB/BSU – Steelers add a long and fast LB that can get in the backfield. LVE was everywhere in MAC totaling up 141 tackles in one season. He has underrated pass defense and is able to cover TE’s with his long stride.
Previous Pick – Leighton Vander Esch
29. Jaguars – Mike Hughes – CB/UCF – Hughes is a 1 year starter with a stat sheet that impresses scouts and GM’s. Hughes adds depth to Jaguars that lost Aaron Colvin in free agency. Hughes also can return punts and kickoffs as well. Very athletic player.
Previous Pick – Lamar Jackson
30. Vikings – Mike McGlinchey – OT/UND – I hold McGlinchey here due to Minnesota needing depth along their O-Line. McGlinchey is versatile and with Mike Zimmer can be a starter after some developing his pass blocking.
Previous Pick – Mike McGlinchey
31. Patriots – Mason Rudolph – QB/OKST – Rudolph Has little tape compared to other QBS in this class and lands in a great spot to develop and learn behind Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. He is big and athletic himself and has a cannon for an arm. Patriots get a steal late in the 1st.
Previous Pick – Connor Williams
32. Eagles – Jaire Alexander – CB/UL – Alexander becomes a fill in for the troubled Daryl Worley. Howie Roseman knows his DB’s and Alexander has that athletic ability that Roseman likes for his defense. Can play outside and inside CB that’s a solid depth option.
Previous Pick – Dallas Goedert