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2018 Mock Draft Rev 1: QBs Allen, Darnold, Rosen selected 1-2-3

July 1, 2017 1:05 AM EST
  • Lamar Jackson to Steelers in late 1st round
  • Round One RBs: Barkley (Eagles), Guice (Ravens)
  • Bills add defenders Fitzpatrick (S) and Nnadi (DL).


1 San Francisco
Josh Allen
    Wyoming
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'5
Weight:
222



So long as Kirk Cousins remains in Washington, finding a franchise QB will continue to be the 49ers' chief concern in the 2018 draft. Wyoming's Josh Allen will have to outplay USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen to claim the top spot, but he remains the most intriguing of the three, due to his rare combination of arm talent, athleticism, and a Yellowstone-sized chip on his shoulder. As a three-sport athlete and late bloomer in high school, it took a year at the JUCO level, tossing 26 TDs to just 5 INTs for Reedley College, just to garner enough interest to get two measly scholarship offers: from Wyoming and Eastern Michigan. Allen is driven by this notion of being overlooked and underestimated: "It was very frustrating having coaches overlook you, and it still fuels me every day that multiple coaches have done that." San Francisco would be wise to make sure it's not the next team that fuels Allen's competitive fire.


2 NY Jets
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



Hold on to your seats, Jets fans! It's going to be a VERY bumpy ride this year...

The most recent news out of the organization is that Josh McCown "is not a lock to start Week 1." The offense wasn't looking great before this news, but now with no clear Quarterback, on top of an aging Matt Forte and an abysmal collection of Wide Receivers, the Jets offense is a trainwreck waiting to happen. Fortunately, there are a plethora of top Quarterbacks available next year - six with first round potential. Sam Darnold is viewed by many as the top player available in the 2018 Draft, so landing him second overall is a huge catch for a team that needs to start all over on offense.


3 Cleveland
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



I am a firm believer that Brock Osweiler should be the starter for all 16 games, no matter how bad things get. At this time last year, I was excited to see how DeShone Kizer would progress in his first full season as a starter. What we learned was he needs a lot more time to grow. An ideal scenario would be allowing Kizer to learn the game mentally from the sidelines while improving the consistency of his game. Having said that, it is going to be difficult to pass up on one of the "Big Three" quarterbacks in this draft. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Rosen could have been the top quarterback in either of the last two drafts had they been eligible and chosen to leave. My biggest concern with Rosen is some Johnny Football-like behavior that has some worried about his maturity. ~Austin Smith


4 Chicago
Derwin James
    Florida St
    S
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



The Bears were oft-mocked with Safeties Jamal Adams and Malki Hooker leading up to the 2018 draft. The roster is stocked with mid-round picks at the position: Adrian Amos (RD5, 2015), Deon Bush (RD6, 2016), DeAndre Houston-Carson (RD6, 2016) and they added Alabama's Eddie Jackson in RD4 of the 2017 draft. In Free Agency the Bears added ballhawk (6 INT in 13 games in 2016) Quintin Demps, who figures to start for the Bears.

Adding the "top college football player in the nation" (per SI) will add a difference-maker to pair with Demps.Derwin James needs to be watched by Bears fans, although the emergence of one of the afore-mentioned mid-rounders will influence this choice.


5 LA Rams
Tyquan Lewis
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
260



Tyquan Lewis, Harold Landry, and Arden Key will battle it out as top EDGE rusher selected on April 26; in fact, they are selected #5, #6, #7 in this week's mock. Being paired with Sam Hubbard will boost Lewis's stats but will be a difficulty for scouts and draftniks, but we can agree that they'll put on quite a show for the Buckeyes. In this cued-up play, Sam Hubbard is the beneficiary of Lewis's rush. Lewis played opposite Joey Bosa in 2015, so those writing scouting reports from early film will be hitting the rewind button often. Last season, though, Lewis won Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year honors on his own merit.

In 2016, the Rams fell to 25th in sacks from 11th, tied with 3 other teams as the biggest drop in production. Ethan Westbrooks may be the weak link in more ways than one, so Lewis, Landry, or Key may be a Lion.


6 Jacksonville
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



The 2018 draft's three top EDGE rushers are selected #5, #6, #7 in this week's mock: Tyquan Lewis, Harold Landry, and Arden Key, but the Jags nab DraftTek's top-ranked one due to a "Grab" put in by our LA Rams' Analyst. Landry's Top Five Plays of 2016 makes you wonder what those left coasters are thinking. While he's certainly a force,Tyquan Lewis's output was exacerbated by teammates Joey Bosa and Sam Hubbard; not the case with Landry.

At home, the Jaguars ranked 30th in sack percentage with 1.3 sacks per game. It could be argued that a D-Line of Fowler, Jackson, Day, and newly-added DE Calais Campbell will suffice to improve on that stat, and that other spots deserve attention more: WR (no 900-yarder), TE (no 200-yarder), or a tackle who can play 16 games.


7 Indianapolis
Arden Key
    LSU
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



Once the 2018 NFL Draft rolls around, the top priority for Indy will continue to be a pass-rushing, difference-making player off the edge. Once again, LSU's Arden Keywill fill this early slot for Indy. The only sure thing to un-hinge an EDGE selection (or any other defensive pick) will be the failure of the offensive line to meet expectations, namely, keeping #12 clean and upright. That's an expectation that hasn't been met the past four years, and it's a reason why Andrew Luck hasn't been throwing a football for the past several months.

While both Luck and the Colts' organization say he'll be fine once the doctor clears him completely to throw, there's an underlying concern about the effects on his body from the totality of the hits he's taken (sacked 152 times in 156 games) since becoming the starter back in 2012. If the Colts O-Line can keep him healthy and Luck returns without incident in 2017, look for the defense to add a menace off the EDGE.


8 Buffalo
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
203



Behind new vets Hyde and Poyer, the cupboard is bare at Safety, and that's a key element of McDermott's defense (Hey, what's Coach Byrd's son doing these days?).

Minkah Fitzpatrick offers versatility in the backfield. He plays either Safety position, he replaces the Strong Outside Linebacker in Nickel packages, or, as CB, he negates the opponent's top WR. He is effective at gunner on special teams.

As a box Safety this season, Minkah will check all the boxes. He made a career-high 56 tackles in 2016, including 5 tackles for loss and 1 sack. As a pass defender, Fitzpatrick owns the 'Bama record for pick-sixes in his career with 4, one of which was a 100-yard scamper. Will the Bills take another player on D at Pick #25? Let' me know on Twitter!




9 LA Chargers
Jamarco Jones
    Ohio State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -29
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
310



This is a reach, admittedly. At this point in the season, I am looking for the athlete with the best opportunity to shine; and, one who fits a position of need. In this mock, Ohio State's Jamarco Jones fits this bill. (Speaking of "bills," darn you, Buffalo, for snagging Minkah Fitzpatrick right in front of us!) Image the Chargers line in two years if Jones is added next to this year's picks, Lamp and Feeney. True, the Chargers added Russell Okung this off-season to replace King Dunlap as the starting LOT in 2018. After six up and down years in Seattle, Okung left for the Mile-High City, and was a huge disappointment. Unfortunately, based upon his injury history, it is a the trend that may continue.

Jones, meanwhile, anchored a Buckeyes' O-Line that led the Big Ten in scoring, total offense and rushing yards. He was groomed by the Detroit Lions' RD1 pick, Taylor Decker. Playing as a Senior this year, Jones will get the opportunity to prove his leadership abilities. Ohio State will have three new starters on the offensive line.

If Okung does make a comeback, look for the Chargers to turn their attention back to the defensive secondary.


10 New Orleans
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



The loss of Terron Armstead has just made this selection of an Offensive Tackle look all the more perceptive and current, but this was likely a solid possibility, no matter the injury. Keep in mind that the Saints have already lost Center initially this season, but he might return in time for the regular season. While Armstead has done a tremendous job as the blind-side protector for Brees, he has had his share of injuries that kept him out of many games for the Saints. Thus, it's time to look for someone versatile that can play both the LOT and ROT slots.

In this CMD, it's Notre Dame ROT Mike McGlinchey, but look for that to change next cycle with the injury to Armstead. Connor Williams, a starter at LOT for the Longhorns, may ultimately be the better choice. Since there is bound to be quite a few changes between now and next May, we'll go with the Domer for the Saints first pick in this edition of our CMD.


11 Cincinnati
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



The Bengals are sure to take care of Vontaze Burfict (four-year contract signed in 2014) one way or another before April 26-18, 2018. Likewise, the offensive line will get attention before Roger Goodell steps to the mike; the Bengals didn't really replace what they lost there in Free Agency. Third, Tyler Eifert will step on the balance scale with injuries on one platen and a free agency on the other.

John Ross in RD1 of 2017's draft was a risky pick, but he may give the orange and black dual threats for the near future paired with AJ Green, and the opportunity to stretch the field. If Josh Malone and Brandon LaFell fail, Calvin Ridley or Christian Kirk (who we may already have in Ross) would make the Bengals unstoppable. Ridley has been described as "a faster Amari Cooper" whose output may have been hampered by the offensive system he played in. The 'Bama product is elite at crossing routes, widening the field as Ross extends it. With NFL muscle, Calvin Ridley could be a more productive fit than Kirk.


12 Minnesota
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
310



There's a fair bit of uncertainty facing the defensive interior for the Vikings in the short to medium term. Any production from oft-injured Sharrif Floyd at this point would be beyond anyone's expectations for a player that was off to a promising start to his career. Linval Joseph has been a stalwart NT since coming over from the Giants, but he's nearing the end of his five-year contract (signed in 2014). Jaleel Johnson is an intriguing prospect, but he's a rookie RD3 pick who hasn't proven anything on the field. With that, it might make some sense for the Vikings to target another DT early in the 2018 NFL Draft. You can never have too much depth on the defensive line and Christian Wilkins can be an impact player in this scheme.


13 Arizona
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida St
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



GM Steve Keim would love it if one of the top QBs (Darnold, Allen, Rosen) fell to AZ. However, if our early CMDs are any indication, AZ would need to trade up to have any shot at landing an heir apparent to Palmer. Though the need at QB grows each season, Keim should still jump at the chance to improve the secondary. Though the Cards' secondary is littered with potential playmakers (Peterson, Mathieu, Baker), there is still a large hole to fill at boundary corner. Through offseason workouts, it seems as though Justin Bethel is tightening his grip on a starting CB job for 2017. However, Bethel will also become a free agent at the end of the season. FSU's Tarvarus McFadden has the size (6'2" 198 lbs) and ball production (NCAA-leading 8 INTs in 2016) to provide long-term stability at CB.


14 Philadelphia
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



With 661 yards, Ryan Mathews was the Eagles' leading rusher in 2016. His only relevance in Fantasy Football involved me fantasizing that he could hold on to a football. Maybe he'd take care of the football better if it weighed 300lbs, and wore big sloppy underpants that could double as elephant dental floss.

After looking at that link, Eagles' new lead RB LaGarrette Blount looks like a mere wisp. However, at 250 lbs, he's the battering ram the team needs to pair up with Darren Sproles. Blount will be 31 by season's end, however, so expect the Eagles to look for a long-term solution at RB next April. With almost 3,200 all-purpose yards and 30 TDs in the last two years, dual-threat Saquon Barkley would instantly become a focal point of the Eagles' offense. ~Broz, Eagles Analyst


15 Washington
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188



The Redskins have drafted a CB in RD3 of each of the past two drafts. While Kendall Fuller and Fabian Moreau may develop into starting CBs, Bashaud Breeland is in a contract year, and Josh Norman isn't getting younger. Regardless, the Redskins will likely go with the top defensive player available in the 2018 NFL Draft, and in this case, it's Jaire Alexander. A former WR and CB in high school, Alexander starred at Louisville, not only as their top corner, but as a special teams and defensive playmaker. As the Redskins continue to add youth and talent to their defense, one thing the team sorely lacked was a playmaker in the secondary. Norman led the league in dropped INTs with 6 and the remainder of the 'Skins DBs were far more opportunists than playmakers in 2016. Alexander might pair nicely with Moreau as ball-hawking, athletic DBs in Greg Manusky's attacking defense.


16 Baltimore
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212



For only the fourth time since the turn of the century, Baltimore let the draft come and go without selecting a running back. That's because the franchise still features four running backs selected in the first four rounds in the three previous drafts. While that gives the Ravens one of the deepest backfields in the NFL, none in the stable is particularly good. Enter Derrius Guice, a dynamic playmaker who may remind some of Ezekiel Elliott. With a much-improved receiving corps, the Bayou Bengal would finally give Joe Flacco a similar array of weapons that has been enjoyed by his Pittsburgh counterpart. Other spots that could merit some early attention are RT, MLB, and S.

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)

Forward to Round 1 Picks 17- 32
Forward to Round 2 Picks 33-48








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11 Saquon Barkley
Penn State
RBF
18 Tyquan Lewis
Ohio State
EDGE
25 Dante Booker
Ohio State
OLB
36 Marcus Allen
Penn St
S
39 Maurice Hurst
Michigan
DL3T
41 Sam Hubbard
Ohio State
EDGE
55 Mason Cole
Michigan
OC
57 Mike McCray
Michigan
OLB
67 Troy Fumagalli
Wisconsin
TE
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Maryland
OG
75 Parris Campbell
Ohio State
WRF
76 Jack Cichy
Wisconsin
ILB
77 Mike Gesicki
Penn State
TE
79 Billy Hirschfeld
Wisconsin
DL5T
83 T.J. Edwards
Wisconsin
ILB
87 Richard Lagow
Indiana
QB
93 Jason Cabinda
Penn State
ILB
97 Michael Deiter
Wisconsin
OC
104 Tegray Scales
Indiana
OLB
109 Godwin Igwebulke
Northwestern
S
115 Akrum Wadley
Iowa
RBF
125 Olive Sagapolu
Wisconsin
DL1T
131 Josey Jewell
Iowa
ILB
136 Simmie Cobbs Jr.
Indiana
WRF
138 Ike Boettger
Iowa
OT
147 Mike Weber
Ohio State
RBF
151 DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State
WRF
157 Beau Benzschawel
Wisconsin
OG
164 Jerome Baker
Ohio State
OLB
165 Chris Worley
Ohio State
OLB
167 Justin Jackson
Northwestern
RBF
172 L.J. Scott
Michigan State
RBF
183 Sean Welsh
Iowa
OC
189 Marcus Baugh
Ohio State
TE
190 Khalid Hill
Michigan
FB
192 Janarion Grant
Rutgers
WRS
222 Brian Allen
Michigan St
OG
223 Sebastian Joseph
Rutgers
DL5T
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