The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and everyone is putting out their mock drafts and debating which QB prospect will be a franchise one or will leave their team scrambling again in the future. Honestly, at this point there is draft fatigue and mock drafts become boring and tiresome. We know this one isn’t any different. Thanks for checking it out and feel free to leave your comments below.
- Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC – The Browns and Sam Darnold have been rumored for weeks. At this point it might be a shock if he isn’t their guy but then again, this draft is filled with uncertainty do I wouldn’t bet on it just yet.
- New York Giants –Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State – Previously I had Rosen going to the Giants at two but that seems to be out at the moment. There are enough rumors flying around out there that a trade could be in the works so who really knows. If the Giants stay here they will probably take Chubb who fills a need and is the best pass rusher in the Draft. Plus, GM Dave Gettleman does love his defensive linemen.
- New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Mayfield could be the best QB of the bunch. He certainly has the best, and most consistent game tape of any of the quarterbacks when all things are considered. The Jets need to get off the QB carousel and Mayfield might finally be the answer for them.
- Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – With Chubb off the board and no offensive tackle worthy of being picked this high the Browns go with Barkley who many consider the best player in the draft.
- Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – It is very possible that Elway might skip drafting another quarterback here and instead try to protect his free agent pick up Case Keenum with the best offensive lineman in the draft.
- Indianapolis Colts – Vita Vea, DT, Washington – The Colts may regret trading down since they are now missing out on Chubb and Barkley. They have a need for a defensive tackle and Vea might just be the best one in this draft.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – The Buccaneers would love for Barkley to fall to them but they will settle for one of the best, and arguably the most versatile defensive back in the draft.
- Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – Edmunds is an outstanding athlete and could really boost Chicago’s defense. A cornerback would also be something to think about here but Edmunds is my pick here.
- San Francisco 49ers – Derwin James, S, Florida State – The 49ers could still use a little boost in the secondary and James could be a perfect fit out by the Bay.
- Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – Judging by the Raiders’ offseason so far this pick is going to be hard to predict. It is easy to see Jon Gruden be a complete wild card here. However, it will be hard for Gruden to pass on the player that most resembles Derrick Brooks in this draft.
- Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Rosen slips a little here and the Dolphins have to roll the dice. Rosen might be the best fit for Miami of the remaining quarterbacks.
- Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – Allen falls into the Bills laps here. Few QB prospects in recent years have been as divisive among scouts and draftniks as Allen has. Buffalo can roll the dice here and live with themselves.
- Washington Redskins – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State – The Redskins could go with a defensive tackle here. A quarterback could be in play as well if one tumbles. However, they have a glaring need at linebacker and Vander Esch is versatile and consistent.
- Green Bay Packers – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State – Corner is a big need for the Packers and Ward is probably the best pure corner in this draft. He lacks size but would slide right into the slot and could become a shut-down corner.
- Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – The Cardinals can’t depend on Sam Bradford and would love to add a quarterback. Jackson can sit until he is ready, as long as Bradford stays healthy.
- Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Joe Flacco finally gets a receiver he has been lacking since Derrick Mason left football. Ridley might not be a game breaker but he gets open and can do some things after the catch.
- Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – The biggest hole that last couple of seasons for the Chargers has been the offensive line. McGlinchey might not be a stud left tackle but he should develop into one of the better right tackles in the NFL and he is better than anyone on the roster right now.
- Seattle Seahawks – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama – Taking a corner like Jaire Alexander here is a real possibility. The Seahawks are in a bit of a rebuild and have holes in several places but their secondary is especially glaring. Harrison might not be the next Earl Thomas but he has a ton of potential and fits a need with the ability to start right away.
- Dallas Cowboys – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M – Kirk might be the most dynamic receiver in this draft. With Dez Bryant gone, Dallas has a glaring need for a playmaker at the position and Kirk has the potential to be just that. He will need some work and polish but Kirk could be what the Cowboys need moving forward.
- Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA – He might come from a small school but Davenport has big play ability and the Lions have a need for a playmaker at defensive end.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP – The Bengals need help on the interior of their line and Hernandez has shown he can be a very good run blocker, something the Bengals need desperately after averaging 3.6 YPC last year. Hernandez will push the pile.
- Buffalo Bills – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA – Miller might be a bit of a reach here but he is arguably the best offensive lineman left on the board here and all signs point to there being a run on the offensive line early in the second round.
- New England Patriots – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa – Jackson blew it up last year and emerged as one of the nation’s top corners. He would fit in well with the Patriots’ defense and could have an immediate impact.
- Carolina Panthers – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland – Cam Newton needs a weapon on the outside and Moore is the best receiver on the board. He isn’t the most dynamic receiver but he does a lot of stuff really well and should emerge as a capable target for Newton and open up the offense a little.
- Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama – Evans is the best linebacker available at this point and would fit in well with a Titans defense that could use an upgrade at the position.
- Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama – Dontari Poe is gone and the Falcons have a need for a run stuffer up the middle. Payne falls to the Falcons here and it’s too good to pass up. He will be able to step in right away and have an immediate impact.
- New Orleans Saints – Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – Landry is a promising edge rushing prospect who won’t be asked to do too much right away on a good Saints’ defense. He would compliment the pass rush as he learns how to round out his game.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Reid, S, Stanford – The Steelers could use some youth and impact in the secondary and Reid has the potential to be one of the best safeties in this Draft Class.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma – He had a bad combine but he had a better pro day. The talent on tackles in this draft is thin and Brown might be a bit of a reach here and a wide receiver might make more sense. However, Brown has a load of potential and a bad combine shouldn’t be held against him.
- Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia – The Vikings could use a little help on the offensive front at both guard and tackle. Wynn has the ability to be an outstanding guard in the NFL and could even develop into an All Pro. That potential gives him the nod over a tackle like Kolton Miller who is a possibility here if Wynn is off the board.
- New England Patriots – Connor Williams, OT, Texas – Williams is a decent enough tackle prospect but some think his future is on the inside. The Patriots could use help at tackle and depth inside. Williams could start right away depending on how he develops in camp.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville – Alexander is an interesting prospect. He could go higher or he could fall into the second round. The Eagles don’t have a glaring need at corner but Patrick Robinson’s departure leaves a hole and Alexander would be a good fit in Philly.