2018 NFL Mock Draft(2 Rounds)- October 27th
Published at 10/27/2017 5:27:14 AM
Close to the midway point of the NFL season it is still hard to gauge which teams will be picking where. I went with the current standings (or pretty close), I do not believe that some teams will be picking where they are which makes this a little more difficult. The Bucs, Raiders, Cowboys, and the Broncos should be picking later while the Cardinals, Packers, Dolphins, and Jets should be picking sooner. I went on a few assumptions that Kirk Cousins signs with the 49ers, Sam Darnold elects to remain in school, and that Carson Palmer and Jason Peters likely will retire after suffering injuries this past week. I hope to continue to do these mock drafts every week, it has always been something I have been interested in doing. Hopefully somebody can help me figure out how to save a draft while it is in progress, I lost this a couple of times when my internet cut out and was wondering if there was a way you could repeatedly save it like you would a word document?
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DeShone Kizer has thrown 11 interceptions and has already been benched mulitple times in his first year with the Browns. Like most other Browns QB experiments it seems like this one has failed. Rosen can make all the throws at the next level and has a quick release combined with great footwork. He played behind a poor offensive line in college so I do not think we have seen his full potential. He has all the makings of a franchise QB in the NFL.
I am assuming that Kirk Cousins heads to San Francisco in the offseason and the 49ers will be looking to add weapons. It appears that Carlos Hyde's days are numbered with the 49ers and it would pave the way for Barkley to automatically become a 3 down workhorse. Cousins-Barkley could become one of the NFL's best QB-RB tandems.
I seriously doubt the Giants trade the QB that has won them two Super Bowls and I also doubt that the Giants draft a Qb without giving 3rd round pick Davis Webb a shot of developing into their future franchise QB. Offensive line has been the biggest issue for the Giants so far this year and I think they take an OT to get the most out of Manning's last few years.
The Colts need a dominant pass rusher and I beleive that Key has the highest ceiling of any ends in this draft with Bradley Chubb not far behind. Key has been quiet so far this season but I think we see him step up this back half of the season as he attempts to increase his draft stock.
The Bengals have a glaring need at Offensive Line but if they land inside the top 5, I think they address that in the offseason and later in the draft. I am able to watch Minkah play every Saturday and his versaility and playmaking ability remind me of a bigger Tyrann Mathieu. The Bengals can not pass on a player of this caliber.
The Bucs rank dead last in the NFL in sacks with 7.0 so far. Bradley Chubb is the best pass rusher I have seen on film this year and he will pair great with Noah Spence.
It appears that the Carson Palmer era is over in Arizona and so might be Bruce Arians'. Josh Allen seems to fit the bill of an Arizona Cardinals QB, he has a big arm and has a home run hitter mentiality. He also might have the highest ceiling of any QB in this draft.
The Ravens need help on the offensive line and I don't see any value at reciver at this point. It seems like they have found their future running back in Alex Collins now it's time to open up some holes for him.
The Chargers play at safety has been pretty poor so far this season with Addae underperforming. Derwin James has the look of an all pro safety in the NFL. He is a freak athlete with a great combination of size and speed without lacking in the coverage department. The addition of James would be a home run for the Chargers and could make them the best young defense in the league. Some of their offensive line problems will be solved when Forrest Lamp returns from an ACL tear.
The tanking but not really tanking New York Jets could try it again next year and hope for the #1 pick to select Sam Darnold but I think they go ahead and grab Lamar Jackson here. Jackson is the most exciting player in college football and the Jets need all the excitement they can get. Jackson could unleash their offense similar to how DeShaun Watson unleased the Texans this year.
The Bears just won a game with Trubisky only completing 4 passes. It helped that Eddie Jackson scored 2 touchdowns, now let another Alabama grad score you some touchdowns on the other side of the ball. Trubisky needs a go to target and Ridley has the hands for Trubisky to rely on in pressure situations.
There is not much seperation at the cornerback posistion this early in the process but McFadden is my favorite just becasue his combination of size and speed is rare. The Raiders could need a tackle if Penn retires but I also know that the Raiders have yet to get an interception this year, so there's that.
The interior defensive line one of the weaknesses of the Cowboys defense as they are in the bottom 10 of the league in rushing yards allowed per game. Payne should come in and make an immediate impact as a pass rusher and as a run stuffer.
Jefferson is an athletic linebacker that is good in coverage which should help the Broncos cover Tight Ends which has been an exploitable flaw this season. This defensive unit continues to get stonger and they address offensive line issues later in the draft.
Crowell is not the answer at running back for the Browns and he is set to hit Free Agency anyway. Guice will be able to come in and run behind a solid offensive line and help take pressure off of Josh Rosen
Landry will be able to come in and play either opposite of Ansah or could play OLB and be an automatic upgrade from Whitehead and Worrilow. Either way he will provide another consistent pass rusher on this improved defense.