Post Super Bowl 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions. What could the other 31 teams do in the draft to improve their rosters? Let’s check out our first Mock Draft of the offseason.


ROUND ONE


  1. Cleveland Browns-Sam Darnold, QB, USCdarnold

    All indications are that the Browns will sign a veteran free agent quarterback to serve as a bridge to a rookie. With that in mind, they go with Darnold, who could use time to develop, but has significant long-term upside.


  2. New York Giants-Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

    The Giants are in this position — holding a top 3 pick — as a rarity. Last time they picked this high, they drafted Eli Mannnig. Now that Manning’s career is winding down, the Giants select Rosen, a similar prospect to Manning as a young QB.


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

    Whether Josh McDaniels accepts the Colts’ job or not, this roster has numerous holes to fill. Taking Chubb is a solid combination of value and need, as he should have an immediate impact on the entire Colts’ defense.


  4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)-Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

    Cleveland dips back into the offensive pool and adds a weapon in Barkley. He’s a transformational talent and would instantly become a building block for this franchise.


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

    With the notion that Denver signs a veteran quarterback to run its offense in 2018, they are able to nab the dominant Nelson. He’s an instant upgrade on the interior and would give the entire line an attitude adjustment.


  6. New York Jets-Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

    The Jets are still searching for their first legit franchise quarterback since Joe Namath. By going with Allen, they’d likely re-sign Josh McCown — or some similar stopgap option — in order to groom the toolsy Allen.


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

    The Bucs would likely love for either Nelson, Barkley or Chubb to fall here, as those are all major need areas. However, Fitzpatrick is a do-it-all defensive back that would lend a talent upgrade on the backend of the defense.


  8. Chicago Bears-Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

    If Mitchell Trubisky is to develop into the quarterback the Bears envision, he will need better receiving weapons than he had in 2017. Ridley is a smooth, sure-handed receiver that should be ready to contribute from day one.


  9. San Francisco 49ers-Derwin James, S, Florida State

    There are several areas of need that the Niners could fill here. James is one of the best pure talents in this draft and would provide a chess piece for the San Francisco defense.


  10. Oakland Raiders-Roquan Smith, LB, Georgiasmith

    The Raiders have long needed a playmaker on the second level of that defense. Navarro Bowman was a stopgap option in 2017, but figures to move on in free agency. Bringing in Smith adds speed and flexibility to the Oakland — errrrr Vegas —  defense.


  11. Miami Dolphins-Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

    Can the Dolphins really count on Ryan Tannehill moving forward? It’s feasible that Adam Gase will want to move on to his own guy sooner rather than later. Mayfield is polarizing as a prospect, but Gase has the offensive mind to get the most out of his skill set.


  12. Cincinnati Bengals-Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

    It’s no secret that the Bengals trotted out one of the worst offensive lines in football in 2017. Whether Brown lines up at left or right tackle, he’d be a immediate upgrade in talent and upside.


  13. Washington-Vita Vea, DT, Washington

    With Alex Smith in tow at quarterback, Washington can focus on other areas in the draft. The 340 lb Vea has drawn comparisons to Haloti Ngata, which means he would be an absolute steal at this point if he pans out.


  14. Green Bay Packers-Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

    Talk about upside! Edmunds looks like a defensive end — 6’5″, 250 — and moves like a man much smaller. He’s a bit rough around the edges, but he has the tools to fill major holes in the Packers’ defense for years to come.


  15. Arizona Cardinals-Connor Williams, OT, Texas

    With most of the primary quarterback options off the board, the Cardinals address that porous offensive line. Williams suffered through an inconsistent, injury-plagued 2017, but he has the goods to be a quality starter at the critical left tackle spot.


  16. Baltimore Ravens-Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

    And the search for WR1 continues in Baltimore. St. Brown is flying under the radar, as his college numbers were hindered by an underwhelming Notre Dame passing game. At 6’5″ with smooth route-running ability and solid hands, he should rocket up draft boards.


  17. Los Angeles Chargers-Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

    While the Chargers may have the best set of pass rushers in the league, they need to shore up the interior of that defensive line. Payne is a big-bodied, tough space-eater in the middle and has surprisingly good movement skills.


  18. Seattle Seahawks-Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

    And another team with issues along the offensive line. Russell Wilson pulled off so many magic tricks in 2017, that the Seahawks would have been justified in charging double-admission. McGlinchey is a solid, no-nonsense tackle who may be one of the safer prospects in this class.


  19. Dallas Cowboys-Courtland Sutton, WR, SMUCOLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 09 North Texas at SMU

    Whether or not Dez Bryant is back in Dallas in 2018, the Cowboys need more talent on the receiving corps. Sutton is a big, playmaking receiver who may not be available at 20 if he runs better than expected during workouts.


  20. Detroit Lions-Arden Key, EDGE, LSU

    If the Lions are able to retain Ziggy Ansah, their need for a pass rusher lessens. Key is one of the more frustrating players in the draft, as his god-given talent warrants the first overall pick…but his lack of production, consistency and maturity make him a bit risky.


  21. Buffalo Bills-Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

    One of the missing ingredients on the Buffalo defense in 2017 was the lack of a tone-setting player on the linebacking corps. Evans is just that. While his game has its warts, Evans is the type of player that can change the trajectory of an entire defense in time.


  22. Buffalo Bills (from KC)-Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

    Kyle Williams will be 35 when next season starts and is obviously in the twilight of his career. Hurst is an undersized, high-effort player who uses quickness and leverage to consistently cause ruckus in opposing backfields.


  23. Los Angeles Rams-Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

    Trumaine Johnson is expected to test free agency this offseason, leaving a huge hole if he bolts. Ward is not the biggest corner, but he is quick-footed, feisty and technically sound in coverage.


  24. Carolina Panthers-Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State

    The Panthers needs along the offensive line became more pronounced with center Ryan Kalil announced his plans to retire after the 2018 season. Price can play guard and make the possible move to center once Kalil is gone.


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

    Mike Vrabel, the Titans’ new head coach, is a defensive minded guy who was an edge rusher in the NFL. He will absolutely value the position and recognize the need for more dynamic talent off the edge. Landry is extremely explosive, even if he’s a bit one-dimensional as a pass rusher at this point.


  26. Atlanta Falcons-Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

    The Falcons stay in state with the former Bulldog, Wynn. There were times in 2017 that right guard Wes Schweitzer singlehandedly cost Atlanta drives and points. Wynn, a left tackle at UGA, is a powerful, athletic force on the inside, as he displayed at the Senior Bowl.


  27. New Orleans Saints-Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Texas-San Antonio

    With the lack of a consistent pass rush opposite Cameron Jordan, the Saints select Davenport, the small school, high-upside EDGE rusher. New Orleans banks Davenport’s length and flexibility rounding out into a dominant force on the next level.


  28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise Statevander

    Once April rolls around, Vander Esch may be long gone by the 28th pick. As for now, the Steelers fill an unplanned need at linebacker. Steelers fans would love Vander Esch, as his motor, explosiveness and attitude scream Pittsburgh linebacker.


  29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

    The most dynamic player in the draft finally comes off the board. The Jaguars seem to be a difference-making QB away from truly elite status. With Blake Bortles around for one more year, it is the perfect spot for Jackson to refine his skills for a year before being unleashed.


  30. Minnesota Vikings-Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

    Minnesota decides to make a strength even stronger, as they upgrade on the defensive interior. Phillips, next to Linval Joseph would be a dangerous pair at defensive tackle.

  31. New England Patriots-Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

    Watching the Patriots pass defense all season, it was only a matter of time before the dam broke. It just so happened to break in the Super Bowl. A talent like Jackson would be a welcomed sight, as Eric Rowe is not an ideal starter on the outside and Malcolm Butler is surely gone in free agency.


  32. Philadelphia Eagles-Will Hernandez, OG, Texas-El Pasohernandez

    The Eagles offensive line took home the award as the best unit in the NFL, but could still opt to address the line early. The bruising Hernandez could replace Stefan Wisniewski or Brandon Brooks, taking this line to entirely new heights.


ROUND TWO


  1. Cleveland Browns-Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

  2. New York Giants-Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

  3. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)-Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

  4. Indianapolis Colts-Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

  5. New York Jets-Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma

  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

  7. Chicago Bears-Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State

  8. Denver Broncos-Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

  9. Oakland Raiders-Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

  10. Miami Dolphins-Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

  11. New England Patriots (from SF)-Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

  12. Washington-Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

  13. Green Bay Packers-D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

  14. Cincinnati Bengals-R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL)

  15. Arizona Cardinals-Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

  16. Los Angeles Chargers-Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon

  17. New York Jets (from SEA)-Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

  18. Dallas Cowboys-Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia

  19. Detroit Lions-Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

  20. Baltimore Ravens-Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

  21. Buffalo Bills-James Daniels, C, Iowa

  22. Kansas City Chiefs-James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

  23. Carolina Panthers-Rasheem Green, EDGE, USC

  24. Buffalo Bills (from LAR)-Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

  25. Tennessee Titans-Kyzir White, S, West Virginia

  26. Atlanta Falcons-Calton Davis, CB, Auburn

  27. San Francisco 49ers (NO)-Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

  28. Minnesota Vikings-Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

  29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

  30. Pittsburgh Steelers-DeShon Elliott, S, Texas

  31. New England Patriots-Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

  32. Cleveland Browns (from PHI)-Darius Leonard, LB, SC State


ROUND THREE


  1. Cleveland Browns-Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

  2. New York Giants-Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

  3. Indianapolis Colts-Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada

  4. Houston Texans-Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Chad Thomas, EDGE, Miami (FL)

  6. San Francisco 49ers (from CHI)-Josey Jewel, LB, Iowa

  7. Denver Broncos-Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

  8. New York Jets-Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

  9. Miami Dolphins-Fred Warner, LB, BYU

  10. San Francisco 49ers-Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

  11. Oakland Raiders-Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

  12. Green Bay Packers-Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

  13. Cincinnati Bengals-Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State

  14. Kansas City Chiefs (from WAS)-Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama

  15. Arizona Cardinals-D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

  16. Houston Texans (from SEA)-Justin Reid, S, Stanford

  17. Dallas Cowboys-Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

  18. Detroit Lions-Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

  19. Baltimore Ravens-Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech

  20. Los Angeles Chargers-Marcus Allen, S, Penn State

  21. Carolina Panthers (from BUF)-Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

  22. Kansas City Chiefs-DaShawn Hand, DL, Alabama

  23. Los Angeles Rams-Terrell Edmunds, S/LB, Virginia Tech

  24. Carolina Panthers-Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

  25. Tennessee Titans-Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State

  26. Atlanta Falcons-DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State

  27. New Orleans Saints-Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana

  28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Dorance Armstrong Jr., EDGE, Kansas

  29. Jacksonville Jaguars-Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

  30. Minnesota Vikings-Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

  31. New England Patriots-Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest

  32. Buffalo Bills (from PHI)-Isaac Yiadon, CB, Boston College

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