Draft Mock 1.0
Initial Publishing of our First Rounders
Version 1.0 of the 2018 Draft Mock is here for your viewing, dissection, and discussion. This is ever changing barring trades or injuries, and before we see these prospects at the All-Star Games and pre-Combine workouts.
- Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St.
Josh Rosen doesn’t want to play for the Browns so they’ll leave him there for the Giants to take and they’ll secure who many have atop their boards and see what’s left at number four.
- New York Giants: Josh Rosen UCLA
Put this one down in permanent marker. The best QB in the class walks into the house that Eli built and starts to lay down his own foundation.
- Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb DE NC St.
Edge isn’t the biggest need on the team, offensive line needs tons of work, but the value here with Chubb is incredible. Immediately the best edge rusher on the team.
- Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold QB USC
I was tempted to put Josh Allen or Mason Rudolph here but all signs point to Barkley and Darnold being the new cornerstones of a never ending rebuilding situation in Cleveland.
- Denver Broncos: Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
I doubt John Elway takes a risk on another QB in the first round. I would assume they nab a QB in free agency, maybe one named Manning? They’ll add to an already good secondary, but aging and getting slower.
- New York Jets: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
This one makes too much sense to not come to fruition. The young flashy QB comes to the big apple. Hard knocks anyone?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arden Key DE LSU
Key didn’t have his best season but we have all seen what kind of force he can be on the football field. Tampa has no pass rush so he’ll play a ton of snaps day one and the production should come.
- Chicago Bears: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
I thought about Connor Williams here because of the need to protect Trubisky but I think they’ll opt to add the number one wide out for him to grow and develop with instead.
- Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith LB Georgia
This is one of those no brainer kind of picks. Smith brings an edge to playing linebacker that you look for when scouting players. He is a sure tackler that would help get that defense on its feet.
- San Francisco 49ers: Connor Williams OT Texas
I thought about Quenton Nelson the guard from Notre Dame or a corner but if Connor Williams is there I can’t see them passing up a guy to protect their QB like he can.
- Miami Dolphins: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
Miami could go a hundred different directions with this pick and it could be a multitude of positions. Guard is there biggest need so if Nelson is there they most likely would not pass him up.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
Edmunds is a super dynamic line backer who has the ability to rush the passer and diagnose and stuff out the run. Not the ideal size but his quickness is his biggest strength.
- Washington: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
I would take Mason Rudolph if he was still here for Washington but it would probably be between Derwin James and Josh Allen depending on what happens with Kirk Cousins.
- Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson CB Iowa
I like Denzel Ward more and I think he could ultimately be the best player in the class when it’s all said and done but right now the hype is behind Josh Jackson and he is no slouch and a true ball hawking corner.
- Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
I could see Mason Rudolph being the pick but I have a strong feeling Alex Smith will end up in Arizona. So they add to John Brown and an aging Fitz by adding the Alabama product.
- Baltimore Ravens: Derrius Guice RB LSU
A tough talented runner, similar to a Ray Rice, is an ideal fit here for the Ravens who are in need of a runner who can take weight off of the shoulders of Joe Flacco.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
Perfect in terms of need and value. Not much to add here, other than it makes perfect sense.
- Seattle Seahawks: Derwin James S Florida St.
That whole secondary is getting old and no longer as feared as it once was. Denzel Ward would also make sense, but with Earl Thomas wanting out Derwin James makes sense.
- Dallas Cowboys: Vita Vea DT Washington
The Cowboys are another team that could go several different positions with this pick, I thought wide out but with the depth at that position I think they’ll hold out into later rounds.
- Detroit Lions: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
I’m not super high on Davenport yet but he is a freak athlete who should blow some minds at the combine and probably secure himself a spot in the later part of the first round.
- Buffalo Bills: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St.
Some security at QB comes in the form of the arm of Mason Rudolph. If he were still here it would be a no brainer in my opinion. And with their next selection…
- Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs): Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
They get a stuffer in the middle of the defensive line. They need some depth with the departure of Marcell Dareus. So one pick on offense and defense.
- Los Angeles Rams: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St.
Finally my guy comes off the board and what value the Rams get! It would be like last draft when Marshon Lattmore fell to the Saints but just a whole lot farther. He may not be Lattimore day one, but Ward has the skills to be the best player in this class.
- Carolina Panthers: Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
The Panthers could look at an Anthony Miller or Sam Hubbard here but I think if Brown was here they would jump at the chance to save Cam Newton from himself. He puts himself in enough danger, they need to keep that pocket safe for him at least.
self in enough danger, they need to keep that pocket safe for him at least.
- Tennessee Titans: Billy Price G Ohio State
The Titans already have a really good O line but the interior of the line could use some help. It may not be the sexy pick, but it would be the correct one.
- Atlanta Falcons: Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama
With Dontari Poe heading into free agency it would make sense that Payne would be their potential selection on draft day. He could very well be a like for like replacement on day one.
- New Orleans Saints: Sam Hubbard DE Ohio St.
Another buckeye falls into the lap of the New Orleans Saints who have made a living the last few drafts off of grabbing the buckeyes who slip in the draft. They could go Christian Kirk or Anthony Miller here but, the need at edge though will have them take Hubbard, unless they opt to keep Alex Okafor in free agency.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
They added TJ Watt last year so why not add another young, dynamic linebacker to infuse that defense with even more speed? I think this is a perfect fit and I would be surprised to see them pass on Jefferson if here were there at pick 28.
- Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn OT Georgia
The offensive line may be the only weakness the Vikings have, so I would imagine that whomever is atop their board at either tackle or guard will be their pick in the first round.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
The most complete tight end in the class and the only one worth taking in the first round. I still believe in Blake Bortles, he was my number one QB in his class, and I’m not done with him yet and neither are the Jaguars. Keep building around him and see what he can do.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
My CB2 comes off the board here to the Philadelphia Eagles who could go left tackle here but the value with Oliver makes way too much sense. He could be their best corner on their roster day one and I think he’s an elite cover corner.
- New England Patriots: Ogbonnia Okorokwo DE Oklahoma
I could see a QB going here, similar to a Jimmy G scenario from a few years back but their pass rush could use some more youth and speed and the Oklahoma product can get that done. The Pats grab the best name in the draft at the end of round number one.
In the coming weeks, watch out for our Three Point Stance Magazine Three Minute Draft Diagnosis video series to breakdown a number of the draft eligible players, as well as our Quarterback Corral series profiling the top ten signal callers entered in the draft.