2018 NFL Mock Draft

Draft Season is in full swing which means that we will be providing an updated 2018 NFL Mock Draft on a regular basis. My latest version mixes things up quite a bit with the Browns going in a complete opposite direction than my last several mock drafts. With Mayfield and Barkley going 1 and 4 that has a big trickle down affect for not only the rest of the top 10 but the entire first round. Once again I’ve decided to leave Lamar Jackson out of the first round despite some added buzz that I’ve heard and read from some prominent national draft analysts. While Jacksonville has been a logical landing spot for a long time, I don’t see them pulling the trigger in round one. With out further ado, here is my latest 2018 Mock Draft.

2018 NFL Mock Draft

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma

2. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants: Sam Darnold QB USC

3. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina State

4.cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns: Saquan Barkley RB Penn State (From – Houston)

5. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen QB UCLA

6. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets: Josh Allen QB Wyoming

7. tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Davenport DE Texas San Antonio

8. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama

9. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame

9.oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia

11. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins: Roquan Smith LB Georgia

12. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams OT Texas

13. green-bay-packers-logo Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward CB Ohio State

13. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama

15. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals: Vita Vea DT Washington

16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma

17. san-diego-chargers-logo Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James S Florida State

18. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson CB Iowa

19.dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst DT Michigan

19.detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama

21. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama

22. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills: James Daniels C Iowa (From – Kansas City)

23. los-angeles-rams-logo Los Angeles Rams: Isaiah Wynn G/T Georgia

24. carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame

25.tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry DE Boston College

26.atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan DT Florida

27.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints: Arden Key OLB LSU

28.pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers: DaShon Elliott S Texas

29. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Hernandez G UTEP

30. vikings_logo Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price G/C Ohio State

31.new-england-patriots-logo New England Patriots: Mike Hughes CB Central Florida

32. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles: Harrison Phillips DT Stanford

 

Notable Picks

1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma

Most Mock Drafts have the Browns with either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, there are some rumblings that make me think that Baker Mayfield could be the choice. The main reason is that Scot McCloughan is on the record stating that Mayfield is his top ranked quarterback and he’d take him over the likes of Rosen and Darnold. That was all before he got hired as a consultant for the Browns draft and it could all be a troll job for all we know. With all that said, John Dorsey will have the final say on who they draft. But let’s remember that Dorsey was the guy that drafted Patrick Mahomes and with the track record McCloughan has making picks, it may to be hard not to listen.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Davenport DE Texas San Antonio

Buccaneers fans will probably not like this pick but the fact that we keep seeing Davenport put in the top 10 by prominent national draft analysts makes me think that this could be a possibility and something that they’ve heard from sources in the scout community. Davenport is still a work in progress that relied too much on his natural athletic ability and size to beat up on Conference USA defenders. But his ceiling is sky high because of those traits and you have to know defensive line coaches will believe they can fully develop him. The edge pass rushing class isn’t as deep as we once thought it was which could cause a team like the Bucs that desperately need pass rushing help to take Davenport a bit higher than maybe he should go.

 

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James S Florida State

One of the players the Chargers were rumored to be high on in the 2017 draft was LSU S Jamal Adams who ended up going to the Jets the pick before the Chargers selected. Even though the Chargers drafted Rayshawn Jenkins last year and have Jahleel Addae already on the roster, neither is going to prevent the Chargers from taking their own version of Kam Chancellor. Adams was such a highly regarded prospect because of his size, athletic ability and character while the same could be said about Derwin James. If the Chargers feel comfortable with how he’s recovered from his knee injury they could pull the trigger here.

 

24. Carolina Panthers: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame

Despite what anybody will tell you about the Panthers changing their offense, they are going to be a run first team and will continue to build their offensive line to fit that style. Taylor Moton was taken in the second round last year and Matt Khalil was signed for big money but they still need help at tackle. Adding a prospect like McGlinchey would do wonders as he has experience at both left and right tackle and fits their run first style that doesn’t require their tackles to make big drops in pass protection. McGlinchey could be plugged in at right tackle immediately if they want to give Khalil one last chance or they could move on from him and put McGlinchey and just roll with McGlinchey at left tackle from day one.

 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Hernandez G UTEP

For as much hype that Leonard Fournette received helping the Jaguars in their new smash mouth rushing offense, the real star should be Cam Robinson who locked down the left tackle position and gave the Jaguars a physical presence along the offense line. While drafting Robinson was a big help, the Jaguars should continue to add pieces to make the offense a lot more consistent. Selecting Hernandez could be an option as he is an all out mauler at guard who can physically dominant defensive tackles with elite strength. Plugging Hernandez in a right guard in Jacksonville’s man blocking

19 Comments

  1. I don’t think you follow the Browns much (good move, actually). Jackson has benched Kizer 2 times already and tried to make an outrageous trade for a career backup QB, so they are already going to move on. I don’t expect Jackson to survive this year though. Also, Cleveland REALLY needs DBs and WRs. They have spent a great deal of $ in FA on the online and invested a great deal of picks on the dline – I don’t expect either to be a position they draft in the first round next year. Especially an injured OT!!

    • Who knows what the Browns are going to do with the QB position. This current management has shown to pass on QB early in the draft the past two years and could do it again this year. Not to mention that AJ McCarron could be a free agent acquisition this year. That’s why I gave them Barkley instead.

        • Agree, Duke Johnson is quietly having a fantastic year. Not the power back that can be used a lot but I think the Browns go. Rosen or Darnold 1st overall, trade back with their second first round pick get either James Washington at WR or a OT to replace the aging Joe Thomas. A steal I could see them getting is Damien Harris or Bo Scarbrough

  2. The Lions don’t need another injury prone RB. What they need is an OL coach that can teach their line how to run block. All of their draft picks should be for defense!

  3. interesting early mock…When draft does happen, there will be almost zero chance that Barkley slips out of the top 5 and for the Bears the importance of this draft should go to the offensive side of the ball to give their young QB as much help as possible the defense was actually pretty good, Trubisky needs weapons badly.

    • Agree that Trubisky needs weapons. But you don’t want to reach for a need. I don’t see a top 10 WR in this class. Bears also need pass rush help as Floyd is good but gets hurt a lot.

      I agree that Barkley falling out of top 10 may not happen, but in this scenario QBs went early and I had the Browns passing on this one.

    • They are in a tie with the Packers where a coin toss will determine who as 13 and who has the 14th pick. So yes and no…lol

  4. Like the potential of Edmunds, but I just don’t see him going above Roquan at all. Also, I don’t see the Chargers going with Brown especially since they were burned with DJ Fluker and they are both similar. Also don’t really see the Cowboys seeing choosing Payne over Vea.

    • I like Roquan a lot too and I understand that. I just think Edmunds size will intrigue teams. I also had him to San Francisco because I thought he’d complement Foster better than what Roquan would. Edmunds can play all three linebacker positions while Roquan is only a WLB or MLB.

      Yeah I get that, but in the past they have liked the bigger OT’s and even had success with King Dunlap. I’m not a huge Orlando Brown fan, but he probably goes in the first round and fits what the Chargers want to do.

      I like Vea over Payne too. But I just thought Payne fits what Marinelli likes on defense more than Vea does.

    • Ha, nope not a Bucs fan. I do like Barkley and have him as my 2nd rated player, but don’t see a team in the top 5 that desperately needs a RB. Sure you could slot him to Cleveland, but think they could pass for a guy like Fitzpatrick. Thought about Barkley to Jets but eventually changed my mind.

  5. I AM a Bucs fan, & you are correct, I don’t like the selection of Davenport. High ceiling maybe, but also–low floor?? Tampa Bay needs more of a sure thing at 5-11. Nelson is as sure thing as I have seen, watching drafts since 1984, & fits a real need. Vea, I liked a lot LAST year; I also love Payne,who I think will be a much better pro than college player, & Fitz if you see him as a big outside corner. (Let’s not forget what Julio Jones did to Los Bucos in 2017.)

  6. What team in this mock draft wins the Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes? As a Bronco fan I hope we do and take Quenton at 5. He’s a bluechip player and we need all the help on the OL. Dallas has proven drafting talented guards high work out. I think all mock sites need to include trade scenarios for this years draft. There’s no way we make it out of the 1st round without at least 3 trades.

    • I hope Cousins goes to Jacksonville, but I do think Denver wins the sweepstakes. If so I think Nelson is an option, but I have a feeling they’d go with Saquan Barkley.

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