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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BenStillerAsRossAvila - 1.8
Published at 1/8/2018 11:00:23 AM
All predictions are my views and my views only. Not associated with Ross Avila
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Less "Moneyball", more money picks.
Barkley's the best player in the draft and Dorsey would be mad not to take a "sure-thing" with his first pick in charge of the Browns, especially with question-marks surrounding every QB in the class.
Rosen's outspoken and opinionated so would fit right in in New York.
The Manning era is over, but in the worst case scenario he can hold down the fort if Rosen REALLY isn't ready.
Broncos from Colts (#5 and 2nd round pick for #3)
The Broncos panic that the Browns could take Darnold, who I imagine will infatuate Elway. The Broncos need a QB. The Colts don't, but they do need just about everything else.
I imagine the Broncos would be willing to give up their 2nd to guarantee their guy.
Is Allen a smokescreen? Could be, but the Browns have been getting smoked 4 times a year by big-bodied QBs with rifle arms in Flacco - not a great example - and Roethlisberger.
Allen's got the size preferred for a physical division and the arm to throw in the elements.
If you convince yourself that a player, particularly a QB, is your guy then it's never too early to take them.
Colts from Broncos (#5 and 2nd round pick for #3)
Moved down two spots, acquired a 2nd rounder and still land their #1 guy.
This could be Key or Chubb but I believe Key to be the slightly better prospect.
I see Mayfield's persona and attitude as a perfect marriage for the Jets and their fans.
In terms of on-field play Mayfield is the #1 QB in this class, but concerns about size and off-field issues push him down. With that said, he has the moxy the Jets need.
The Buccaneers don't have much up front outside of Gerald McCoy. I have to imagine they take the best d-lineman available which, in this case, is Chubb.
The Bears, I imagine, would want to move down to the 10-12 range before making this pick, but I think they'll be stuck.
I think they go Ridley over Sutton because he's the more polished player. They went with the Heigh-Weight-Speed guy in Kevin White and I think that scares them off.
The 49ers have a fantastic foundation with Lynch, Shanahan, Garoppolo and Foster.
They have Buckner on the line, Foster at linebacker and Fitzpatrick would give them a very strong "spine" through the middle of the defense at every level.
Vea will command double teams with his mammoth frame and athleticism which would free up Mack to wreak havoc.
Drake was a nice surprise and Tannehill's coming back from injury, so here's a guy that'll help them both.
Not a sexy pick, but Nelson looks like a 10-year-starter and, I'd argue, is BPA.
Back-to-Back Notre Dame offensive linemen.
The Bengals sucked at tackle this season and the safest one in the class lands right in their lap.
The Redskins have weapons to help Jackson transition after the loss of Cousins.
Redskins' fans might be concerned with a comparison to RGIII, but Jackson has a high ceiling and it's a QB driven league.
The Packers are pretty talent deficient everywhere, so they can take arguably the best player on the board at a position of need.
The offense is falling apart, but there isn't anyone that makes sense at this juncture, so the Cardinals go with a rare talent for their d-line. Depending on pre-draft build up Payne could go a lot earlier.
Cowboys from Ravens (#19 and 3rd round for #16)
The Cowboys need Safety help and in this scenario James has fallen all the way to 16. The Cowboys jump three spots, just ahead of the Chargers, to stop James' slide.