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2018 NFL Mock Draft by bscrich - 11.7
Published at 11/7/2017 7:36:17 PM

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

I think the "staying in school" talk is just that. Darnold is coming off an elite performance vs Arizona, and a strong finish to the season will cement his status as the best prospect in the draft. He's coming out.

2. 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

This is the assumption is Sequan Barkley is the 49ers pick now that they have traded for Jimmy Garrappolo. However, I just don't see the 49ers using a premium pick on a Rb, not with a 2nd, and two 3rd round picks plus a boatload of a cash to toss around in FA (Lev Bell darkhorse?). I think if a WR like Washington, Kirk, or Ridley tests off the charts, they would get looks, but if not, they choose a premier player to their young defense.

3. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Offensive line is obviously the big hole, so too is LB, but the Giants are rife with talent, and have a chance to impact their offense. Adding Barkley to a group of Beckham, Shepard, and Engram, would give a potentially new coaching staff a jump start on their rebuild.

4. Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

A popular pick as the next step team, has seemingly hit rock bottom. Like the Jaguars the year before, they are actually farther away than we all thought. One area they have to get better in, is their pass rush. Chubb is the draft's best defensive lineman and he will add instant impact.

5. Colts: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Andrew Luck saga was quite bizarre this year. Hopefully the Colts can get him right and ready for next year. Upon doing so, they will need to protect him better and be able to run the football. Nelson is the best OL in the draft and will have a Steve Hutchinson type impact from day one.

6. Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

I would be so frustrated if I were a Bengals fan. There is talent everywhere on this team. The one area that is devoid of talent however, is along their offensive line. It has rendered their skill players somewhat useless, and that needs to be fixed. McGlinchey will help.

7. Browns: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Josh Gordon getting reinstated is going to be an interesting development. If he is anywhere close to his pre-bender days,he Corey Coleman, David Njiouku, and Duke Johnson give the Browns quite the arsenal of weapons, allowing them to focus on adding another pass rusher. I think CB is an area they would look here, but I am not sure there is a top 10 or even 20 CB in this year's draft.

8. Chargers: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

I think by year's end, we may see the Chargers move down in the draft order, so I'd be surprised if they picked in the top 10 once again. However in this scenario, they are, and I'm assigning a mountainous OT they can plug right in. With Forrest Lamp's return and the emergence of Dan Feeney, the Chargers can retool their offensive line that has hindered them for years.

9. Broncos: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Wow, how the mighty have fallen. John Elway has quietly made some really bad personal and draft moves lately, and the Broncos on field product is reflective in that. They need to fix their QB situation (Kirk Cousins?), and if Rosen were to fall here, they would be happy at a chance to develop him.

10. Bears: Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

This Bears team has John Fox's imprint all over it. They are coming along, so you'd like to think he has another year in Chicago, but for him to last, they need a play-maker on the outside. Sutton is so fluid for a big WR, with uncanny ran after the catch skills for his 6'4 frame. He has great speed and will give the bears a dynamic weapon for Mitch Trubisky.

11. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens are quite comfortable taking Alabama players, and I think this year is no different. Ridley is a slick route runner, with great run after the catch skills.

12. Jets: Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

The Jets have shown they have talent on defense, so this draft should be all about adding pieces and impact players on offense. Rudolph is underrated in my book. The knock on him is he doesn't have elite arm talent, but I think he can make every throw, and do so from the pocket. He is mobile, throws with great anticipation, and IMO is very similar to Jared Goff's game coming out of Cal.

13. Raiders: Austin Bryant, Defensive End, Clemson

The Raiders haven't been quite as ready for that elite step as we may have thought. They need to add some pass rush, even w Khalil Mack.

14. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

For a team that was so close a couple of seasons ago, they have a ton of holes. Their OL is now a mess, Carson Palmer even when healthy has struggles, Larry Ftizgerald is likely to retire, they haven't developed a consistent TE, they have no CB help oppo Pat Peterson, they need a lot. If their is a coach that can maximize Josh Allen's strengths the most, its Bruce Arians. I think this is a perfect match for the Cardinals next phase.

15. Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Wilkins has a great motor, he can play a bit on the edge, on the inside (anyone think N. Suh is a Dolphin next year?). A nice fit for the Dolphins scheme.

16. Falcons: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Dontari Poe is one a one year deal, and the part underwhelming, part dirt-bag Ra'Shede Hageman was cut, so the Falcons need some help on the inside. in this scenario my prediction?... Payne.


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