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2018 NFL Mock Draft by xzChaotic - 10.31
Published at 10/31/2017 8:15:26 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

Keep swinging until you hit and Rudolph is quietly putting up very similar numbers to last year Sam Darnold who would have been taken first overall last year.

2. 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Niners let Hyde walk and grab arguably the best player in the draft and Heisman favorite.

3. Giants: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

In typical Giants fashion New York reaches just a bit to grab the player they like. Following that Notre Dame offensive lineman bloodline, McGlinchey will serve as the cornerstone on the left side of that line moving Flowers back to his more natural right side.

4. Colts: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

The Colts continue to ignore their chasm on the offensive line in lieu of the best safety of the draft. So far this year the Colts have given up the most number of plays of 20+ and 40+ yards of any team in the league. This isn't the BIG 12, you still have to play defense, and James is a huge step in the right direction for the Colts.

5. Bengals: Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

The Bengals have had a rather pedestrian defense all season and with only 5 interceptions on the season, they could use a little help in the secondary. They go with Tarvarus McFadden over some of the other names because of the 6'1" frame which will allow him to match up with some of the bigger recievers the team comes across in the AFC

6. Buccaneers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

The Buccaneers rank last in the league in sacks so far this year and are at best average in stopping the run. Key does both of these supurbly well and if he is still on the board at 6 the Bucs would be wise to pounce on the tiger.

7. Cardinals: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Carson Palmer's career is most likely over and Drew Staton is most certainly not the answer. The Cards swing for their next franchise QB in the kid who grew up right down route 10. Character concerns have never been a problem for Arians who would get the most out of the Honeybadger and Patrick Peterson and Rosen will be no different.

8. Ravens: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Ravens are 3rd worst in the league against the rush and Da'Ron Payne will help them plug that hole very well. Their secondary has been shutdown this season and fortifying the front 7 will really allow that secondary to take the next step next year.

9. Jets: Clayton Thorson, Quarterback, Northwestern

Coming off a big win against Michigan State, (33-48, 356 YDS, 2 TD) Thorson is starting to get some more notoriety and rightfully so; the kid can ball. The Jets need to take a shot on a QB and with Rudolph, and Rosen off the board and Darnold most likely staying at USC Thorson could find himself in the first round.

10. Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Raiders defense has been horrible and frankly any defensive piece that doesn't play Mack's position is an up-grade. They grab an NFL ready CB in Fitzpatrick coming from a Saban Defense. Solid pick.

11. Chargers: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

The Chargers are always a mystery because on paper they should be much better than they are on the stat sheet. Beefing up that offensive line would have the greatest benefit to their roster allowing Rivers a little more time to throw to their great core of recievers as well as Gordon a little more room to work.

12. Bears: Ken Webster, Cornerback, Ole Miss

With the receivers in the NFC North, the Bears need to help out their secondary and Webster has been one of the best so far.

13. Cowboys: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Cowboys don't really need much but everyone needs playmakers. Chubb is arguably the best player still on the board and the Cowboys follow that logic with the 13th pick. Wouldn't be surprised if this pick is traded however.

14. Broncos: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

The Bronco's defense, as good as it is, can't cover TE's and hopefully Smith will help fill that hole.

15. Browns: Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

The Browns get a new weapon for their new QB. Their defense has been formidable, now its time to find some firepower. Kirk is the best receiver prospect in the draft right now and the Browns could use someone with strong hands.

16. Lions: Nick Chubb, Running Back, Georgia

The Lions haven't had an exciting RB prospect since Reggie Bush came to town. Chubb has been causing havoc in the SEC for the last few years and he will definitely take the pressure of Stafford to make every play.

Picks 1-16

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