2018 NFL Mock Draft 4-23-18


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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Team needs were more taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, as the NFL free agency market has seen a whole lot of major moves. We’re just eight days away now from the NFL Draft at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

What will happen at Jerry’s World/The DeathStar? Our best projections follow below.

With only 32 picks to go around, yes, there will be a guy or two that you feel very strongly should be a first rounder, but got left out. Sorry, but it’s inevitable. Also, many of you will strongly disagree with the projections here, and with the write-ups, but try to be respectful about it in the comments section.

That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

There is no need for name calling; be the adult in the room as you voice your disagreement. We appreciate your passion and interest, but keep it clean.And seriously, how empty and meaningless is your life that you would feel the need to brutally insult someone over a mock draft projection?

Anyway, as this is a 2018 NFL mock draft updated after the announcement of NFL Draft night invitations, we have a lot of changes that reflect the list, which can be viewed at this link.


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1. Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Almost everybody seems to believe that Darnold will be a top three pick, including Adnan Virk, host of College Football Final, who joined our podcast this season. You can hear him assess Darnold and some of the other brand name stars in college football over at this link.

Yes, the Brownies are once again looking for a signal caller, and are once again probably going to be picking up at the top of the draft. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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2. New York Giants, Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Penn State coach James Franklin articulated the selflessness and team-oriented philosophy of Saquon Barkley. “He’s never once asked for the ball more, never asked for more touches, never fussed at the offensive line,” said Franklin.

“Never fussed at the coaching staff, he’s an unselfish guy that gets the big picture in a circumstance that most guys wouldn’t. A lot of attention and focus on Saquon Barkley right now, but his attention and focus is on the team.”

This is a guy that we have interviewed many times and written about extensively; for good reason. Go here for more on him. Barkley put up 29 bench press reps, second to only DL Kylie Fitts of Utah among combine attendees under 270 pounds. Barkley, who also ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and had a 41-inch vertical, is 43 pounds lighter than Fitts. Go here for more on his monster combine.

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In a just world, he’d be the first pick overall. Hey, #2 isn’t bad though.

3. New York Jets via Indianapolis, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Comedic legend, N.Y. Jets fan and L.A. resident Larry David wants his team to pick Rosen over Darnold, or anybody else for that matter, and it looks like it might actually happen now. L’Chaim!

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans),  Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

With a quarterback in place the Browns can go best player available, and at this slot, Chubb is the only franchise type prospect still available.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb is flexible to different schemes, and he provides good quickness for a defensive end his size. Think a Joey Bosa type, but maybe even better. He is poised to be the first non-QB off the boards.

5. Denver Broncos, Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

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Brian Kelly has finally gone against his pass happy ways and committed to the run game. Why? Because he knows that he has two future NFL studs on the left side of his offensive line, and he sets up the rushing attack to play to the strengths of the Fighting Irish. McGlinchey is one of those two, Nelson is the other. Go here for more on that.

6. Indianapolis Colts via NYJ, Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia 

He’s a tackling machine, who can also be a disruptor in the opposing offensive backfield, and also drop back into coverage. Smith brings a ton to the table.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derwin James SS, Florida State

An electric prospect who will be wanted by any team with a need to shore up their pass defense. The Niners need a new lead edge rusher, or at least should prepare for that situation, cuz it’s coming, but we think they’ll address that in free agency.

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8. Chicago Bears, Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St

Bears are a complete mess, they just need players period. Ward, in his first season as a starter, was a consensus All-American. He led OSU with 15 pass break-ups and 17 total passes defended (two interceptions and 15 PBUs).

He also contributed 37 tackles, including 30 solo stops.  Ward participated in Cotton Bowl prep practices, and left his decision on playing open until game day. He declined, but in practicing, he helped the younger cornerbacks in the program. The Buckeyes routed USC just fine without him anyway. Also, Ward had a monster combine- go here for more on that.

OSU rivaling Bama and LSU when it comes to producing “succeed and proceed” early entry players these days.

9. San Francisco 49ers, Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The combine really hurt this guy, but he still remains a hot prospect, and his stock obviously didn’t suffer too much. Vea excels at  clogging up the middle; he’s got great potential to be an excellent run stuffer at the the next level.


10. Oakland Raiders, Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

By far the biggest disappointment of the season, the Raiders have been a major let down on every level. Lots of needs to address but why not start with their awful pass defense. Bama blue chip may not even last this long. He’s a prospect that could fit in with almost any team.

11. Miami Dolphins, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

The Dolphins might be wise to select QB in first round, because this draft class has more depth at the position than previous editions. Head coach Adam Gase said Ryan Tannehillhas progressed well from his left knee injury and that he will be the starter in 2018. However, this is a good time to grab an insurance policy, with a prospect like Allen potentially being available.

He didn’t have the greatest combine, and there are plenty of questions about his accuracy and arm strength, but he’s still a blue chip prospect- one that many believe might even go #1 to Cleveland.

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12. Buffalo Bills, Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

It goes without saying that AJ McCarron, Joe Webb and Nathan Peterman are not the answer.

The reigning Heisman trophy winner killed it during the passing drills at the combine, but we all knew that was going to happen. The main concerns for Mayfield related to character, as he’s an individual who actually expresses strong opinions in public and showcases his colorful personality. The NFL, typically wants to no part of anybody like that, and instead prefers vanilla corporate types.

As we all know, corporate culture=absence of any culture, but Mayfield reportedly aced the interviews so he successfully alleviated this concern. Go here for more on Mayfield’s combine. 

13. Washington Redskins, Tremaine Edmunds, OLBVirginia Tech

Edmunds is a quick, instinctive player with good length, and a ridiculous athlete who should succeed at the next level at either the Mike or Will.

14. Green Bay Packers, Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Could step in right away and get major playing time. He’s a play-making ballhawk, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  Jackson led the nation (tied with two other players) in interceptions with seven.

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15. Arizona Cardinals, Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Sutton really should be the first wideout off the boards, not Ridley, and the underwear Olympics last week likely solidified that.

16. Baltimore Ravens, Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

As good a time as any to address the issues plaguing what might be the NFL’s worst passing offense. Yes, they brought in a couple of receivers in free agency, and thus I really wanted to do a pick change here, but ultimately decided to stay put…for now. No doubt we’ll likely end up making a few changes between now and the end of April.

Ridley didn’t have the best combine possible, but he’s still a blue chip. Go here for more on that.

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17. Los Angeles Chargers, Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

For the Notre Dame player NFL Draft mocksourcing go to this link

Brian Kelly finally went against his pass happy ways and committed to the run game this past season at Notre Dame. Why? Because he knew that he has two future NFL studs on the left side of his offensive line, and he sets up the rushing attack to play to the strengths of the Fighting Irish. McGlinchey is one of those two, Nelson is the other. Go here for more on that. Tackle is a position that has been mocked to the Chargers in many a mock draft, and McGlinchey at this point would be a steal.

18. Seattle Seahawks, Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

Scouts from several NFL teams came to DeKalb to see Landry in action against NIU, and for good reason. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey on facing Landry: “He’s good. I don’t know where the NFL scouts have him ranked, but for us this is like Bosa when we faced him at Ohio State. He can single-handedly disrupt an offensive game plan, and we have got to know where he is.”

Landry had a blockbuster combine, go here for more on that and go here for more on Landry.

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19. Dallas Cowboys, Arden Key, OLB/DE, LSU

You’ll see many a 2018 NFL mock draft mocking somebody in the middle of the defense to the Boys and there’s plenty of reason for that. Key comes with a lot of baggage, it’s true. He may be a stretch to go in the first round, but his talent and versatility is undeniable.  Key is suited to multiple systems and positions.

He might be a good fit for the Cowboys too as Jerry Jones has already shown absolutely no qualms about taking in very troubled players with severe off-the-field issues.

Go here for more on the LSU prospects in this class

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20. Detroit Lions, Marcus Davenport, OLB, UTSA

There are some, perhaps you could even say “many,” who believe that Davenport is essentially the second best pass rushing prospect in this class behind Chubb.


21. Cincinnati Bengals, Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

You have to listen to our audio with Price, he’s just as fun to do interviews with as he is to watch dominate opposing defenders. Price is funny, witty, down to earth and oh, also a dominator in both pass blocking and run blocking.

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs), Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

For more on the LSU prospects in this draft, go here.

23. New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams), Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Even with workhorse back Leonard Fournette on the field his sophomore year, Guice still managed to put up 1,387 rushing yards.

He may not have had quite as eye-catching a junior year by the numbers, but Guice is still far and away one of the best running backs – and athletes – of this class. The quality that sets him apart so much is his ability to “run angry.”

Go here for more on the LSU prospects in this class.

24. Carolina Panthers, Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

Hernandez is a fast rising prospect, due to an excellent Senior bowl and stellar Combine.



25. Tennessee Titans, Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Fills a need and a tremendous value at the same time.

26. Atlanta Falcons, Taven Bryant, DT, Florida

Falcons need to shore up this position group and Bryant is a guy who can play anywhere on the DL.

27. New Orleans Saints, Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama

Has the measurables and skill set, but there are some concerns medically.

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28. Pittsburgh Steelers, Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Mocking a LB to the Steelers, it’s a tradition unlike any other.


29. Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

There’s not a team in the NFL that would turn down more pass defense help from blue chip prospects like these- whether it be back in the secondary, or up front in the pass rush.

30. Minnesota Vikings, Connor Williams, G/T, Texas

You’ll see an OL mocked to the Vikes in many a 2018 NFL mock draft, and there’s a good reason for that. Williams will be the best around when Minnesota is on the board.



31. New England Patriots, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Time to start thinking about Tom Brady’s eventual successor. He is on the other side of 40 now, after all.

32. Philadelphia Eagles, Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida

The man who won the Scouting Combine hands down; with by far the best story of the week in Indianapolis. Yes, we know that the top end of his range supposedly doesn’t extend up into the first round, but hey the NFL invited him to draft night for a reason. Go here for more on Griffin

This 2018 NFL mock draft is listed on several mock draft databases including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report and Eat, Drink, Sleep Football

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.

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  1. I find it hard to believe that, after weeks of posting your mock draft, you continue to make the same mistake. Cleveland owns Houston’s first-round selection in 2018 by way of the 2017 draft-day trade that brought QB Deshaun Watson to the Texans. You even have Houston selecting a QB with the pick! If you want to be taken seriously on this subject, you need to pay WAY more attention to what is actually going on.

  2. Overall I don’t think it’s too far out of wack. The only things I think I would disagree with would probably be Tennessee taking Gucie as they have two very capable RB’s for a 1/2 punch, so taking a first rounder would be ignoring other needs and there are other best available players too than an RB at 12. My other issue would be Redskins at 26 would be very unlikely in my opinion.

  3. predictions after each pick

    1. Jets, Sam Darnold, QB, USC Jets go 2-14

    2. 49ers, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA Kirk stays in DC 3-13

    3. Colts, Derwin James SS, FSU 4-12

    4. Bills, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming 4-12

    5. Rams, Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU 4-12

    6. Jags, Mason Rudolph, QB, OK ST. 5-11

    7. Saints, Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame 5-11

    8. Bengals, Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida 6-10

    9. Ravens, Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama 6-10

    10.Browns, Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St. 6-10

    11. Chargers, Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama 7-9

    12. Eagles, Christain Kirk, WR, Texas A&M 7-9

    13. Bears, Connor Williams, OT, Texas 7-9

    14. Cardinals, Christian Wilkins DT, Clemson 8-8

    15. New York Giants, Derrius Guice, RB, LSU 8-8

    16. Dolphins, Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville 8-8

    17. Panthers, Harold Landry, DE, BC 8-8

    18. Vikings, Mitch Hyatt OT, Clemson 8-8

    19. Redskins, Tyquan Lewis, DE, OH ST. 8-8

    20. Browns ( Texans 8-8), Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

    21. Bucs, Quenton Nelson OG/OT, Notre Dame 9-7

    22. Lions, James Washington, WR, OK ST. 9-7

    23. Titans, Micah Kiser OLB/ILB, Virginia 10-6

    24. Cowboys, Marcell Frazier, DE, Mizzu 10-6

    25. Seahawks, Martez Ivey, OG/OT, Florida 10-6

    26. Broncos, Jamarco Jones, OT, OH ST. 10-5-1

    27. Bills (Chiefs 11-4-1), Derrick Nnadi, DT, FSU State

    28. Falcons, Martinas Rankin, OT, Miss ST. 12-4

    29. Raiders, Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan 12-4

    30. Steelers, Marcus Allen, S, Penn ST. 11-5

    31, Packers, Da`Ron Payne, DT, Alabama 13-3

    32. Patriots, Trey Adams, OT, UWashington – 14-2

  4. brownsfan1 says:

    The Browns are deep and young on the DL, they won’t be drafting an DE in the 1st. WR/DB

  5. I can’t imagine Tampa Bay’s passing up DE Chubb in order to draft a guard. Needs a re-think.

  6. You have Iowa CB Joshua Jackson being drafted twice in this Mock. Once by the Bills pick 21 via Chiefs. And the second time is at pick 32 by the Patriots.

  7. TheOUTLAW says:

    I don’t see the Browns taking a SS especially since they took one last year.

  8. Pretty sure the Browns will pass on Josh Rosen @ #1 Combine will be huge for tons of players as always, but the QB class will have the most impact on the scouting. Possible 6 qb`s go round 1 crazy

  9. Bengals466334678 says:

    Bengals have DreK locked up for 5 years, WJ3 who had broke out as a top 10 CB this year and former first rd Darqueze Dennard as CBs. They had the top worst passing and rushing OL. Do your research. Safety is a need but way down the list need. LT, C, LB, RT, RG are our top 5 needs BY FAR.

  10. Did a WAY early mock back in August… wow what a year the NFL had. This is the Feb update.

    1. Sam Darnold CLE
    2. Josh Rosen NYG
    3. Bradley Chubb IND
    4. Saquon Barkley CLE-via hou
    5. Quenton Nelson DEN
    6. Baker Mayfield NYJ
    7. Josh Allen BUF-via tam
    8. Mike McGlinchey CHI
    9. Minkah Fitzpatrick SAN
    10. Vita Vea OAK
    11. Tremaine Edmunds MIA
    12. Arden Key CIN
    13. Roquan Smith WAS
    14. Orlando Brown GNB
    15. Lamar Jackson ARI
    16. Calvin Ridley BAL
    17. Kolton Miller LAC
    18. Derwin James SEA
    19. Harold Landry DAL
    20. Maurice Hurst DET
    21. Josh Jackson TAM-via buf
    22. Marcus Davenport TAM-via buf
    23. Billy Price LAR
    24. Christian Kirk CAR
    25. Tarvarus McFadden TEN
    26. Da`Ron Payne ATL
    27. Denzel Ward NOS
    28. Rashaan Evans PIT
    29. Courtland Sutton JAX
    30. Ronnie Harrison MIN
    31. James Washington NEP
    32. Isaiah Wynn PHI

  11. Where is the QB for Buffalo? They considered trading up last year for Trubisky. This year they have more ammunition than everybody (2 firsts and 2 seconds) to trade up and finally get their franchise QB. You can take it to the bank- they will trade up.

  12. Wrong order–Niners pick at 9, Raiders at 10.

  13. The lions will not take Guice and you can bank on that. The Lions will take either Landry, Payne, Davenport, Wynn or Danials. The Lions will not take a back until the fourth round. If you read recently from insiders and an interview with Bob Quinn he likes his RB and is working on getting a OC or LG to supplement the running game.


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