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2018 NFL Mock Draft by BrodieVirtanen - 11.1
Published at 11/1/2017 2:14:35 AM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

I know, Saquon Barkley is the best player in the draft. But Cleveland desperately needs their QB of the future. After the failure with obtaining McCarron, the Browns have no way to fumble their way out of this one. That is, unless they take too much time and don't get the pick in time. After a failure like the one with the Bengals, I wouldn't be surprised. With that being said, Darnold is very promising and has a much higher ceiling than McCarron or Garoppolo. Let's just hope the Browns don't ruin him with mismanagement.

2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

*TRADE* 49ers trade pick #2 to New York for pick #3, and New York's 3rd and 4th rounder. San Francisco makes the Giants do the exact same thing that the Bears did in 2017. I'd guess that they called the giants up and said 'Arizona has a great offer on the table that we're going to accept unless you trade with us now.' Therefore, Giants grab their replacement for Eli.

3. 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Due to quarterback needy teams, San Francisco is able to walk away with the best running back prospect in twenty years. Barkley will make Garoppolo's life much easier.

4. Colts: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

There isn't a team in the NFL that doesn't need a premium defensive back like Fitzpatrick on their roster. He's a ten year starter at worst, and combined with Hooker will revitalize the Colts' secondary.

5. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

The pain of losing Whitworth has been felt all season. Connor Williams has the potential to be a franchise left tackle, and the Bengals will gladly scoop him up at five.

6. Buccaneers: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Buccaneers grab a beast in Landry. He will slot into the right defensive end position and be a day-one contributor.

7. Cardinals: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

I'm sure the Jets were calling like crazy to try and sneak ahead of the Cardinals, but fortunately the Colts, Bengals, and Bucs all had needs that aligned with great players. Rudolph is a similar player to Russel Wilson. Perhaps Palmer will stick around for one more year as a transition year, but expect Rudolph to get a sniff of the field sometime in 2018/19.

8. Ravens: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

Sure Alex Collins has been serviceable, but Guice is an elite RB prospect that opposing defensive playcallers will be scheming around. It was tempting to mock Derwin James here, but Guice fills a bigger need as Baltimore needs an identity on offense.

9. Jets: Luke Falk, Quarterback, Washington State

New York grabs their QB of the future. While it is a bit of a reach, Falk offers tremendous upside.

10. Raiders: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Oakland grabs some interior defensive line help. Wilkins is going to be a very good player. Probably not elite, but a guy that is consistently pretty good.

11. Chargers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

James will fill one of the safety spots on L.A's roster. I believe James could be a top three player in this class, but similarly to Hooker, I believe he will slide a bit. With a strong finish to the season and a superhuman combine (like he is expected to do) he could go much higher than this.

12. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Yes a receiver is a more pressing need, but grabbing McGlinchey and a receiver in rounds two and three is much better than grabbing one of the first round receivers and grabbing a lineman in the second. McGlinchey will slot somewhere along Chicago's line and be a starter for Trubisky's career.

13. Cowboys: James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

This was a tough pick. I'm going to go for Washington based on the assumption that Demarcus Lawrence gets resigned. Yes a defensive end is a need and Bradley Chubb was almost mocked here, but Washington is a very good receiver and will make Dallas' offense much more potent. Eventually he can take over for Dez as the number one guy in Dallas.

14. Broncos: Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan

Denver's defense gets much better. I wouldn't be surprised if Hurst goes five picks sooner than this come April. Hurst adds to a short list of interior defensive lineman in Denver.

15. Browns: Martinas Rankin, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

With Darnold being the first pick, either a weapon or lineman needs to be the pick. With similar logic to the Bears pick, the Browns should grab their potential left tackle of the future in Rankin opposed to reaching for a receiver. With that said, Calvin Ridley could easily be the pick, but I believe Rankin is the best choice for an aging Joe Thomas.

16. Lions: Ronnie Harrison, Safety, Alabama

Lions grab an elite strong safety prospect in Harrison.

Picks 1-16

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