2018 NFL Mock Draft 11-7-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet, plus the first quarter of results this NFL season. If you have issue with the order, well you have a lot of company. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were somewhat taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, at least as much as we could at this point. It’s still very early for a mock draft right now. For the link to our NBA mock draft go here.

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With only 32 picks to go around, yes, some guy that you feel very strongly should be a first rounder will be 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. There is no need for name calling; be the adult in the room as you voice your disagreement.

1. Cleveland Browns, 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 written about extensively, and for good reason.Go here for more on him.

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2. San Francisco 49ers, Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Almost everybody seems to believe that Darnold will be the first overall pick this April, 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.

3. New York Giants, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Comedic legend, N.Y. Jets fan and L.A. resident Larry David wants his team to pick Rosen over Darnold, but neither will likely be available by the time NYJ are on the board. David adds that he hates the Jets are winning and thus preventing the opportunity. We see Rosen headed to the other team in Gotham.

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4. Chicago Bears, Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

Bears are a complete mess, they just need players period. Key might be a nice piece to pair with Akiem Hicks, who’s arguably the ream’s MVP this season.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

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.

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6. Los Angeles Chargers, Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

7. Cincinnati Bengals, Trey Adams, OT, Washington

OnlineGambling.lv gives Adams 7/1 odds of becoming the first pick in the draft.

8. Indianapolis Colts, Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

9. Denver Broncos, Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were definitely not the answer. Try, try and try again.

10. Detroit Lions, 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.”

Go here for more on Landry.

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11. Arizona Cardinals, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

12. New York Jets, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Yes, both teams in Gotham could be looking for a QB this draft; including the team you usually suspect.

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13. Miami Dolphins, Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

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.

14. Atlanta Falcons, Derwin James SS, Florida State

15. Baltimore Ravens, Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

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16. Oakland Raiders, Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St

17. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans), Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

18. Tennessee Titans, Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

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19. Washington Redskins, Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Given the one step forward, two steps back, and then two steps forward, three steps back that has been his career in Evanston, many find it puzzling that Thorson projects as an often and sometimes even mid first-rounder. Well, he’s got the size, speed, arm strength, dual threat ability to really succeed at the next level.

It’s kind of like Christian Hackenberg in college- he was also held back by his offensive line and wide receivers.

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We analyzed Thorson’s NFL Draft stock in much more detail over at this link.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars, Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama

21. Dallas Cowboys, Connor Williams, OT, Texas

22. Seattle Seahawks, Simmie Cobbs, WR, Indiana

The Hoosiers have quietly established themselves as one a solid offensive program that year in, year out produces personnel flourish in the same kind of systems and schemes you see in the NFL. Cobbs has shown first round potential while working under some fine offensive minds during his career in Bloomington.

23. Carolina Panthers, Martez Ivey, OG, Florida 

24. Los Angeles Rams, Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

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25. Buffalo Bills, Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

26. Green Bay Packers, 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.

27. Minnesota Vikings, Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

28. Pittsburgh Steelers, Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest 

29. New Orleans Saints, Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

30. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs), Equanimous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

St. Brown is still a blue chip NFL prospect, despite the major drop-off in production he’s seen this fall. That’s not his fault. It’s mostly a product of the transition from DeShone Kizer to Brandon Wimbush, and a new coordinator and new system that’s extremely run heavy.

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This mid-season Q&A with a reporter and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is interesting.

Q. How about Equanimeous, the blocking aspect has been proved but has not been able to get into a rhythm yet with passing attack. What are your expectations of his development in the second half of the season?

COACH KELLY: “Well, I don’t think it’s a question of development. He’s a really good player. We’ve got to do a better job of getting him open and getting him the football. I think that falls on us as coaches and finding him ways to get him the football. There has not been a consistency there.”

“You know, we have to develop that consistency at the quarterback position and in play calling to really help him out.”

“You know, he’s pressing a little bit obviously with the lack of continuity there over the last couple weeks, but you know, he’ll keep fighting and we expect big things from him in the second half.”

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31. Philadelphia Eagles, Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas

32. New England Patriots, Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa   

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on the NFL Draft talk with Wadley last season and on how much he’s grown since then:

“There’s some talk of that at the end of last year. I know he gave a little bit of thought to it. I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I thought that was a little bit premature. We’ve been with Akrum now for four years, coached in the National Football League, and I think we were aware of some things that we felt like he needed to do. It’s really been fun.”

“Akrum is a very talented young guy. He’s a more mature, physically mature player than he was a year ago at this time”

This 2018 NFL mock draft is listed on the Walter Football database

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. I agee with Rick. You have continued “updating” this mock draft and have ignored the two trades that occurred. It feels like you are mailing it in. Either update with those trades or consider your future mocks as ignored.

  4. 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

  5. In your current mock, you have the 9ers taking a QB with their first pick. This is published AFTER San Francisco made the trade with New England which netted them Garappolo. Still think San Francisco selects a QB?

  6. Nathaniel Behnke says:

    Why would San Fran draft a QB?

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