Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft

April 26, 2018

It is officially Draft Day and that means it’s every Draftnik’s Christmas Day. The 2018 NFL Draft is going to be one for the ages as we’re going to likely see four quarterbacks go in the Top 10 for the first time in history. And with three trades involving first round picks already it’s only going to get more insane as teams will likely be trading around throughout the night to get the prospects that they want. Of course let’s not forget that we are less than 24 hours away from the draft and nobody has a real good idea of who is going to be the first overall pick. So let’s sit back an enjoy my Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold QB USC

2. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants: Saquon Barkley RB Penn State

3. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma (From – Indianapolis)

4.cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina State (From – Houston)

5. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen QB Wyoming (Projected From – Denver)

6.Indianapolis Colts: Roquan Smith LB Goergia

7. tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame

8. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen QB UCLA (Projected From – Chicago) 

9. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama

10.oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame

11. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech

12. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos: Denzel Ward CB Ohio State (Projected From – Buffalo)

13. washington-redskins-logoWashington Redskins: Vita Vea DT Washington

14. green-bay-packers-logo Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson CB Iowa

15. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears: Harold Landry DE Boston College (Projected From – Arizona)

16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama

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

18. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport DE Texas San Antonio

19.dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys: Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State

20.detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions: Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama

21. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals: James Daniels C Iowa (From – Buffalo)

22. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos: Will Hernandez G Texas El Paso (Projected From – Buffalo)

23.new-england-patriots-logo New England Patriots: Kolton Miller OT UCLA (From Los Angeles Rams)

24. carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers: Frank Ragnow C Arkansas

25.tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama

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

27.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints: Justin Reid S Stanford

28.pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Hughes CB Central Florida

29. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina

30. vikings_logo Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn G Georgia

23.new-england-patriots-logo New England Patriots: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville

32. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville

 

Notable Picks

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold QB USC

Recent rumors have been all over the place for the Browns with several people saying the Browns are cooling on Darnold and that now they are deciding between Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. While that may be true, I think it is all smoke and that they still plan to go with Darnold. I mean they have been linked to him for so long and the fact that Browns Owner Jimmy Haslem even met with Danrold’s parents at his Pro Day. Let’s not forget that a lot of the same traits we’ve heard that John Dorsey likes about Allen and Mayfield also apply to Darnold. I could be wrong and they may take Josh Allen, but I’m willing to take that chance.

 

8. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen QB UCLA (Trade with Chicago)

All along this Draft Season I’ve felt that the Cardinals are desperate to add a young quarterback and if Rosen starts to fall I could see Arizona GM Steve Keim feeling the pressure and going after their next franchise guy. Sure the Cardinals have Sam Bradford but Rosen would give the Cardinals potentially their first elite quarterback since Kurt Warner.  Rosen may not start right away but it would only be a matter of time.

 

10. Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame

Two things are clear, first the NFL is in dire need of offensive tackles and the 2018 offensive tackle class is razor thin. Mike McGlinchey is head and shoulders the best tackle in this class. Not only is right tackle a liability for the Raiders but starting left tackle Donald Penn is 34 years old and on the downside of his career. McGlinchey has experience playing both left and right tackle and could start his career on the right side initially before moving over to left tackle down the road.

 

26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan DT Florida

As we have seen the last several years the Falcons want to have a fast defense on all three levels. Along the defensive line they have Vic Beasley and TAk McKinley, but are weak upfront with the exception of Grady Jarrett. Taven Bryan is still a raw prospect that needs some development, but he has unreal explosion off the ball that we haven’t seen since Aaron Donald. Now with his size he is getting some JJ Watt comparisons and that is likely not true or fair, but he fits perfectly for the Falcons at the three technique where he can get upfield and disrupt helping take pressure off of their edge defenders. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Falcons move up to secure him.

 

31. New England Patriots: Lamar Jackson QB Lousiville

With the recent trades of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett the Patriots are left without a future replacement for Tom Brady as he is all but certain in his final years as the starter in New England. Lamar Jackson isn’t the traditional quarterback fro the Patriots, but offensive coordinator and likely head coach in waiting Josh McDaniels has shown in the past to look for developmental quarterbacks with big upsides. Jackson has all the traits to be successful in the NFL and with time to develop with McDaniels behind Brady it could be best case scenario for him.

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