2018 NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is around the corner, Reezaan Bharwani brings his preditions for the first round.

By: Reezaan Bharwani

1. Cleveland Browns- Josh Allen

There is no need to rush Josh Allen or whomever the Browns end up getting at 1, sitting behind Tyrod Taylor will be great for Allen and hopefully the Browns franchise. NCAA Football: Wyoming at Iowa


2. New York Giants – Sam Darnold

Giants draft Eli’s succession plan with the top passer in the draft. Darnold, who is frequently compared to Manning, now gets to sit behind him.


  1. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield

The word around town is that the J-E-T-S are in love with former Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. Mayfield doesn’t come without character issues but you have to love his passion and admiration for the game.


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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From Browns) – Saquon Barkley

First crazy pick of the draft. Originally, I believed that a QB needy team might come here but instead it’s a running back needy team. Devonte Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Christian McCaffery, Alvin Kamara, and Mark Ingram play the Bucs twice a year. The Bucs add the most talented running back out of the group. The Browns only move back 3 spots.


*Trade*

  1. Buffalo Bills (Denver) – Josh Rosen

The Broncos inked Case Keenum and still have Paxton Lynch, a former first round pick so drafting a quarterback isn’t a need. The Bills have been stockpiling draft picks and make their move once Josh Rosen falls and secure their QB of the future.

 


  1. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson

It’s true that the Colts need to fix their broken defense but after investing $123M in Andrew Luck, the Colts need to find players that can protect their investment better. Luck is one of the best QBs in the league and this pick gives him a better chance of winning.


  1. Cleveland Browns (From Tampa Bay) – Bradley Chubb

This would be a dream scenario for the Browns. They would be happy picking any of the top 5 players in the draft after securing their QB of the future but lucky for them Chubb is the best player in the draft. Because of team needs and a run on QBs the Browns win the draft by taking Chubb at seven.Bradley Chubb


*Trade*

  1. Oakland Raiders (From Chicago) – Roquan Smith

The Raiders jump the 49ers and select a player who can anchor their defense and be a leader for a broken defense for years to come.


  1. San Francisco 49ers – Minkah Fitzpatrick

The 49ers have been working towards rebuilding their defense but it’s mainly been dedicated towards the defensive line. This time the 49ers take the top DB in the draft.


*Trade*

  1. Chicago Bears (From Oakland) – Mike McGlinchey

Chicago moves back a couple of spots after the Colts surprisingly select Quinten Nelson but the Bears still end up with the best tackle in the draft. Bears shouldn’t make the mistake the Colts did. Protect your investment early and often.

 


  1. Miami Dolphins – Tremaine Edmunds

The Dolphins are in rebuild mode and after reshaping their roster, taking the player available is the way to go. Lucky for the Dolphins, this happens to be one of the best athletes in the draft.


  1. Denver Broncos – Denzel Ward

Even after moving back 7 spots the Broncos come away with the top corner in the draft. Ward isn’t the same size or is as physical as Aqib Talib but the NO FLY ZONE is back in business.


  1. Washington Redskins – Mike Hughes

The Redskins have yet to resign Bashaud Breeland (failed physical after agreeing to contract with Panthers) and play in a division with stud wide receivers. Josh Norman can still ball but he isn’t getting younger and his cap hit isn’t getting smaller. Hughes will be an exceptional cornerback in the NFL.


  1. Green Bay Packers – Derwin James

The Packers made some good moves on defense during free agency but their passing defense remains weak, especially after trading Damarious Randle. James is a lethal weapon who can be used all over the field. derwin james


  1. Arizona Cardinals – Courtland Sutton

This pick is about trying to replace a franchise and NFL legend. The Cardinals have tried to rebuild their receiving core but other than Larry Fitzgerald, there has been a revolving door at the position. Sutton is a physically gifted receiver and can learn a lot from Fitzgerald.


  1. Baltimore Ravens – Marcus Davenport

Like the previous pick, this one is also about replacing a franchise legend. Davenport will be Suggs understudy and make an instant impact as a pass rushing specialist.


  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea

In this scenario one of the best run stoppers drops to the Chargers and they shouldn’t take more than a minute to bring their draft card out. They could use this pick to get an ILB but they were one of the worst run defenses in the league and Vea will be an instant impact player.


  1. Seattle Seahawks – Josh Jackson

The Seahawks should not wait long to replace Richard Sherman in this draft. Jackson is talented with good size and has ball hawk mentality. He should fit in well with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.Josh-Jackson


  1. Dallas Cowboys – D.J. Chark

The Cowboys let go of Dez Bryant late into free agency and will look to replace him early in the draft. Clark is similar to Dez in size and has excellent speed and can stretch the Cowboys offense which is something they have had trouble with.


  1. Detroit Lions – Derrius Guice

The Lions have added impact offensive lineman through agency for the past couple of seasons and now those linemen get to block for a mean, downhill runner. Taking pressure off Stafford with a young talented back like Guice will do great things for Stafford’s longevity. NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Notre Dame vs Louisiana State


  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Isaiah Winn

The Bengals let go of some key pieces of their offensive line in free agency in 2017. Dalton took a beating and the Bengals quickly realized that they must correct their wrongs. Trading for Cordy Glen was step 1 and drafting Wynn would be step 2.


*Trade*

  1. Denver Broncos ( From Buffalo) – James Daniels

Denver drafted Garret Boles late last year and continue to build up their offensive line through the draft with JAmes Daniels. Although the Broncos placed a second round tender on Matt Paradis, Daniels can play at guard and eventually take over as starting center.


  1. New England Patriots (From Los Angeles Rams) – Mason Rudolph

Surprise pick by the Patriots but it’s important that they find the eventual successor in this draft to Tom Brady. At pick 23 the Patriots can afford to gamble as teams who are in need of a QB typically trade up towards the end of round 1.Mason-Rudolph-1260x800


  1. Carolina Panthers – Jaire Alexander

Jaire Alexander has excellent speed and fills an important need for the Panthers. Many believe that the Panthers should take a TE here but Greg Olsen is still doing what he does and a TE can be found later in the draft.


  1. Tennessee Titans – Maurice Hurst

Hurst isn’t a risk-free pick but was recently cleared for football activities. If his production is anywhere like his production in college, the Titans would have the steal of the draft.


  1. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan

The Falcons have an up and coming defense but until they find a replacement for Dontori Poe, there is a huge void in the middle of the line. I believe that even with Hurst on the board the Falcons will take Bryan because of his versatility to play along the offensive line.


  1. New Orleans Saints – Calvin Ridley

The Saints offense gets scarier with the pick of Calvin Ridley. His quickness, superb route running, and solid hands will be another weapon for Drew Brees as he looks to make one more championship run and a nightmare for defenses across the NFL.Calvin Ridley


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaad Evans

    I hope we see Ryan Shazier back on the football field at some point but its unclear if that will ever happen. The Steelers must look to replace a solid player and leader. Evans will have big shoes to fill but can make it happen.


  2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Connor Williams

The Jags added Andrew Norwell in free agency but can still upgrade both tackle positions. Williams can be a day 1 starter on either side and can create running lanes for Leonard Fournette.


    30. Minnesota Vikings – Orlando Brown

Kirk Cousins had an underrated offensive line in Washington and the Vikings must protect their $84 million investment with this pick. Even though Brown did not live up to the pre-combine hype, he is still someone worthy enough to gamble on.


31. New England Patriots –  Ronnie Harrison

The Patriots were toasted by the Eagles offense in Super Bowl 51 and need help and speed on the back end. After taking their QB, the Patriots rebuild an under-performing secondary.

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*Trade*

32. Arizona Cardinals ( Philadelphia) – Lamar Jackson

This is later than where most expect Jackson to go but I do believe he will fall in the draft and a QB needy team will trade up to grab him. This is a wise decision for the Cardinals because past this year, they have no long-term plan at QB.

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