2018 NFL Mock Draft 2-6-18



Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. 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 2018 mock draft right now, and team needs will not be fully accounted for until AFTER NFL free agency ends.

For our NBA mock draft go here. 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?

1. Cleveland Browns, 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. 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.

2. New York Giants, Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Almost everybody seems to believe that Darnold will be in the top three to top five overall pick discussion, 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.

Darnold was previously considered to be THE guy, at #1, but this season he has thrown too many interceptions and now exposed some of his flaws.

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3. Indianapolis Colts, 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.

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4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans), Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

Bama blue chip may not even last this long. He’s a prospect that could fit in with almost any team. The Browns are such a team that must get better at stopping the pass, and they may go best DB available with their second pick.

5. Denver Broncos, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

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



6. New York Jets, Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

After battling through several injuries, which included surgery to repair a broken finger, Key missed the Citrus Bowl, and didn’t even travel with the team to Orlando. Key played in eight of LSU’s 12 games them, finishing out the year with 33 total tackles. Those numbers don’t impress, but his measurables do, as will his combine performance this winter.

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

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 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.

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8. Chicago Bears, Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

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 team’s MVP this season. However, I don’t see him lasting this far.

Really, above all the Bears need a wide receiver, and thus we go with Sutton. It’s not much of a stretch, as he’s a solid top 15 big board guy.

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

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. 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.


10. San Francisco 49ers, Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

The Niners need a new lead edge rusher, or at least should prepare for that situation, cuz it’s coming.  The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb is flexible to different schemes, and he provides good quickness for a defensive end his size.

11. Miami Dolphins, Derwin James SS, Florida State

An electric prospect who will be wanted by any team with a need to shore up their pass defense.

12. Cincinnati Bengals, Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Brian Kelly finally went against his pass happy ways and committed to the run game this past season. 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.

13. Green Bay Packers, Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Payne has not received the same amount of draft coverage that other interior defensive lineman, but he is certainly as good at anybody else in this draft class at clogging up the middle.

14. Washington Redskins, 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.

15. Arizona Cardinals, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, QBs everywhere in this 2018 NFL mock draft. Cards are desperate for a signal caller now that Carson Palmer has retired.

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.


17. Los Angeles Chargers, Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Vea brings a great combination of size, length, strength, and quickness. He is an excellent run stuffer in the middle and can occasionally provide additional support in the pass rush.

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

Seahawks are pretty desperate at DE now.

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.


19. Dallas Cowboys, Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia 

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.

20. Detroit Lions, Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

The senior defensive tackle was a very bright spot in what was a disastrous and highly dramatic season in Tallahassee. His position coach, Odell Haggins, was named interim head coach for FSU as his Jimbo Fisher bolted for a $75 million payday at Texas A&M. But hey, there’s not enough money to pay players right

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21. Buffalo Bills, Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

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

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs), Bryce Love, RBStanford

If this guy played in the east coast media market he would have won the Heisman.

23. Los Angeles Rams, Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

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

24. Carolina Panthers, Equainemous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame


25. Tennessee Titans, 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.

26. Atlanta Falcons, Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Hurst finished the season with 59 tackles (13 1/2 for a loss) and five sacks in 12 starts this season, looking better than his teammate in the position group Rashan Gary. That’s a huge compliment because Gary is projected to be a top ten pick next year when he becomes draft eligible.


27. New Orleans Saints, Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin

Nelson had a great season, and made the right call by leaving school early, as there really wasn’t much more he could so next year to improve his stock by another year of college football.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers, Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

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


29. Jacksonville Jaguars, Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

Vaulted himself into NFL discussion since September, as he’s had a huge season benefiting from the rise of Mayfield.

30. Minnesota Vikings, Tarvarus McFaddenCBFlorida State

He entered the season with huge expectations, but has underwhelmed a year after leading the nation in interceptions. He’s been hyped for his ball skills, but hasn’t shown them as much in 2017 as he did before.


31. New England Patriots, Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

32. Philadelphia Eagles, 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.

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. 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.


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