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2018 NFL Mock Draft #8: Protecting Franchise QBs Back in Vogue - Three OTs in Top-10

November 16, 2017 2:30 AM EST
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1 Cleveland
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



I will resist the quarterback pick for at least one more mock draft, but I'm not sure I can hold out much longer. First of all, Barkley is an extremely special talent, and we have seen that players like that have had immediate success at the running back position in recent years. Eight of the top ten running backs are first- or second-year RBs. It is hard to ignore the impacts Leonard Fournette, Ezekiel Elliott, and Todd Gurley have had on their respective teams instantly. On the other hand, how can a team that passed on Carson Wentz continue to avoid taking the chance on a future quarterback with a top pick? At what point does the team lose confidence in the front office when they continue to evade making that decision? If Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown keep their jobs, I just don't see how they pass on Sam Darnold here, even if he isn't the top player on their board. ~Austin Smith


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



The general perception in New York is that major changes are on the horizon. Coach Ben McAdoo's seat could not be any hotter and the General Manager chair occupied by Jerry Reese is as warm as it has ever been. The Giants are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and the roster is a mess. A weak offensive line, non-existent running game, and backup wide receivers have clouded the Big Blue skies, making Eli Manning's twilight years in New York appear far less bright. Eli turns 37 in January. Since he made his first career start in 2004, 187 other quarterbacks have started a game. His run in New York has been remarkable. Despite drafting Davis Webb out of Cal in RD3 of last year's draft, the Giants should still consider drafting a potential franchise quarterback if the opportunity and right guy presents himself.

Sam Darnold has all the tools teams look for in an NFL quarterback. He seems to have the mental makeup and positive character traits that served Eli Manning well in New York for a long time. Darnold is still widely considered the best quarterback in this year's class, and a season or two under the tutelage of Eli Manning could do wonders for his NFL career.


3 San Francisco
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



It's Kyle Shanahan's first win. An emotional 82-yard TD catch by Marquise Goodwin jumpstarted the sluggish San Francisco offense on their way to a 31-21 victory. While the offense looked the best it has since CJ Beathard took over the starting QB job, the defense was plagued by a familiar problem. Giants' QB, Eli Manning, picked apart the 49ers' paper-thin pass defense, completing over 75% of his passes, while posting a season-high QB rating of 113.9. While there are more than enough injuries to write off one poor performance, San Francisco's secondary has been the weakest unit on an otherwise-solid 49ers' defense all season.

Alabama DB, Minkah Fitzpatrick would provide a huge boost to a beleaguered unit still adjusting to Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh's scheme. A sure tackler with natural ball skills, Fitzpatrick is a special player who could be an instant starter at Safety or Cornerback and should help bring discipline and leadership to a young position group that too often looked out of position against the Giants.
-Brett Clancy


4 Indianapolis
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



The simplest and easiest selection to make here for Indy is offensive line. It's a no-brainer IF Indy is selecting at this position and the top 3 OT's are still available. It's just a matter of which OT fits the best. Mike McGlinchey is fundamentally sound, but probably best suited to the RT spot, as he struggles against the speed rushers. Will Indy spend that #4 pick on a guy for the right side only? Could Trey Adams from Washington be the guy? The Colts have generated over 40+ starting combinations with the OL unit since Andrew Luck came to town. Imagine if QB Andrew Luck cannot heal well enough to ever play another down in the NFL. Yes, a horribly sad thought, but certainly a possibility. What's more, the banged-up defense for the Colts still has holes it needs to fill, as well. Currently ranked 29th overall in the NFL, their passing D gives up 274.5 yards per game (31st out of the 32 teams) and just unloaded veteran CB Vontae Davis.


5 Chicago
Derwin James
    Florida State
    S
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



This pick represents a clear "best-player-available" strategy, as Chicago has been quite successful in finding Safeties in the later rounds. They've received solid play from Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson, 5th and 4th rounders, respectively. Despite their performance, James would be an immediate upgrade over both, as he boasts what may be the best mix of skills and talent in this year's Draft. However, the Bears are 3-6 and have holes to fill, so one has to believe that moving back from this spot would benefit them greatly. Not only can the players they are sure to target (i.e., WRs) be drafted later in the round (Ridley, Sutton, Washington), but they should also be looking to add picks to their draft that were forfeited in The Great Trubisky Gambit of '17. While that deal may yet bear fruitful results, there is no question it has left the Bears with fewer draft options than are needed by a team in the final years of rebuilding. Here's hoping this Draft becomes top-heavy with QBs and grants Ryan Pace the opportunity to add multiple pieces.


6 Tampa Bay
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



The Bucs' sack exchange nearly doubled their output from Weeks 1 through 8 (8 sacks total) in Game 9 against the Jets, registering 6 against the Jets' porous OL. While this is a positive occurrence, one game does not constitute a trend. Until further notice, DE is still the top draft need. The bad news is that 4 of the Bucs' remaining 7 games are against their NFC South foes - the NFL's toughest division where the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers combine for a 19-9 record. The comforting news is that more losses will lead to a high draft pick. In this and our past couple of mocks, the Bucs land the draft's top EDGE rusher in Boston College's Harold Landry. Here's a nice scouting report on Landry so as to familiarize you with that name.

On another topic, can we talk about Doug Martin? Martin, a presumed pre-season cut, convinced Bucs' brass that he'd re-dedicated himself to football and managed to secure another year on the roster. But Martin just isn't getting the job done as a feature RB. A paltry 51 yards per game and 3.3 ypc should spell the end for Martin and his rich contract. Okay, you heard it here first: if Saquon Barkley happens to be available when the Bucs' pick come up in April, GM Jason Licht pulls the trigger. The Bucs see what Fournette, Elliott, and Gurley have done to catalyze their teams, and hope for Barkley to do the same.


7 Cincinnati
Martinas Rankin
    Mississippi State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
302



The Bengals' offensive line is nothing shy of woeful this year. Their offensive production is almost dead last in most categories and worst in the league in others. Cincinnati has plenty of talent at skill positions, but are unable to take advantage of it due to poor play by their offensive line. An infusion of OL players is absolutely critical this offseason.

With Mike McGlinchey likely off the board, Martinas Rankin gets the nod at pick #7. Duke Tobin and Marvin Lewis both like to draft from the SEC where some of the most competitive college football is played. Rankin displays the strength and explosiveness to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage, which is vital to a team trying to revitalize its running game. Joe Mixon gets swarmed before he can even get to the spot where the hole is supposed to be.
-Jordan Vinson, Bengals Analyst


8 Denver
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



Two years ago, I got blasted by Broncos' fans for predicting that Denver would draft a quarterback with one more year left on Peyton Manning's contract and Brock Osweiler set as the quarterback of the future. My crystal ball steered me right in that scenario, and I am going to rely on it again. I don't know how anyone can believe that Trevor Siemian or Brock Osweiler have any chance at being the long-term solution, and with Paxton Lynch continuing to be passed on, how could the Broncos pass up on a chance to get a much-more-ready player with this pick? The defense is still a championship-level unit. I know the offensive line isn't great, but I never expected to see Denver in a position to get Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. Does anyone truly expect John Elway, of all people, to pass on a much-more-polished quarterback prospect if one falls in his lap?
-Austin Smith




9 LA Chargers
Trey Adams
    Washington
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
309



The Chargers invested heavily at Guard in the last draft, but the Offensive Tackle position is still a question mark. Russell Okung is a reliable short-term stopgap at the LT position, but RT continues to be a concern.

Trey Adams is an athletic, big-bodied pass protector on the blind side. He has quick feet and length to neutralize speedy edge rushers in the NFL. As a run blocker, Adams is strong at the point of attack and quickly moves into the second level to block downfield. He did suffer a torn ACL in a mid-October loss at Arizona State, which has caused him to miss the rest of the season, so he may opt to return for his senior season. However, NFL scouts believe Adams has the potential to be an elite prospect who could emerge as one of the top talents for the 2018 NFL Draft. Mel "Hair" Kiper had Adams his top-ranked Tackle not long ago. See Adams' basketball skills here.


10 Cleveland
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -16
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



I am salivating over the possibility for the Browns to get both Saquon Barkley and Calvin Ridley in this draft, but let me take this week to dream even bigger. Remember last year when the rumors had Cleveland contemplating a trade to get both Myles Garrett and Mitchell Trubisky? Well, imagine both Barkley and Sam Darnold as the possibility this coming April. I will say that if the Giants remain in the two-hole, this dream is over because no matter who the Browns take at one, New York will likely take the other. However, if San Francisco is selecting at two with the recently-acquired Jimmy Garoppolo set as their quarterback (assuming they re-sign him), would a blockbuster package of draft picks for the second-overall selection be enough to woo them? You have to believe it would if this pick were in the top 10. So let's swing for the fences, Dawg-Pound Nation. Go, Giants! Lose, San Francisco and Houston!
-Austin Smith


11 Arizona
Mason Rudolph
    Oklahoma State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235



I've got to be honest, Cards fans; I'm struggling to find reason for optimism this year. The Cardinals seem to be mired in a game of tug-of-war with themselves. Some weeks it looks like they could turn the corner and become a competitive team, only to turn around the next week to come crashing back down to reality. Arizona's 4-5 record through Week 10 seems respectable, but their four wins have come against teams with an 8-31 combined record this season (TB, IND, and SF twice). Meanwhile, the injuries keep piling up and their chances of making the playoffs has plummeted to 4%.

It's time to look to the future of the franchise, and finding a replacement for 37-year-old Carson Palmer has to top GM Steve Keim's to-do list this offseason. Palmer ranks 9th in Average Intended Air Yards at 9.7 yards/attempt. If the Cards keep a similar offensive approach, they need a QB with a big arm. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has plenty of arm strength, along with accuracy to all levels of the field. With 3,690 yards and 30 TDs in his Senior season, Rudolph could perhaps be the most NFL-ready QB in this year's class.

~ Cardinals Analyst, James Siebers


12 NY Jets
Luke Falk
    Washington State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
214



Josh McCown has exceeded expectations with his play this year. The 39 year old plans on coaching when his playing days are done but he may want to hold off on retirement and continue playing for another year. I would not be opposed to him coming back to Metlife in either guise, but with the lack of development shown by both Petty and Hackenberg, the Jets need to add talent at the position is obvious. Luke Falk has not been in the limelight as much as some of the other QB prospects but the more you uncover, the more appetizing he looks as a prospect. With 14112 Passing yards in a 4 year career, Falk holds the PAC 12 all-time record for career passing yards and career TD passes, with 118. Falk has completed 66.8% of his passes this year for 3224 Yards, 29 TD's and 10 Ints, which is a slight dip on his great 2016 and 2015 numbers.


13 Miami
Lamar Jackson
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -25
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205



Miami's offense can't run or pass, therefore they need to maximize this selection and find someone who excels at both. Fortunately for the Fins there is a dynamic playmaker available who fits their needs. The hype surrounding Lamar Jackson has subsided since last year's Heisman, yet he continues to account for 3 to 4 TDs per game. Any player that consistently scores 21 points on their own can surely help Miami's struggling offense. Critics have been harsh towards Jackson's passing ability even though the game tape shows improved mechanics and special explosiveness that coaches can only dream of. Lamar may need some time on the job to master his reads, but most rookie QBs do. One thing is certain, Mr. Jackson possesses more talent than every QB to take a snap for the Dolphins since Dan Marino. ~CME, Dolphins Analyst


14 Oakland
Arden Key
    LSU
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



It's never a good situation when you face the New England Patriots in an (almost) must-win game. With little margin for error, Oakland may find themselves back in the top half of the draft. While that is a reflection of a disappointing season, it does increase the opportunity to add a game changer to the roster. Enter elite edge rusher Arden Key. The Raiders are now tied for last in the league in sacks- a consistent problem for the franchise that ranked 32nd in 2016 and 31st in 2014. With Bruce Irvin a potential cap casualty and a real desperation to find another elite talent to get after the passer, the position will be toward the top of the list as the Raiders must add impact on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker is also a major need as is cornerback. Offensive tackle has to be considered early as well.


15 Baltimore
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
310



Unless Baltimore does the unexpected and drafts a new signal caller, a continued emphasis on Making Baltimore's Defense Great Again may be reflected in Rd1. The clearest path to elevating the solid nit is by upgrading the pass rush- something the Ravens attempted to address in the 2016 draft by improving the edge. While Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams could still develop, the franchise needs playmakers on the DL. Consider that only 2 of the team's middling 22 sacks (9%) come from the defensive front. Compare that to league-leading Jacksonville's 84% of sacks that come from the DL. Granted, there are different schemes and points of emphasis, but it is difficult to apply consistent pressure with a front that is devoid of pressure-appliers. An exceptional athlete like Christian Wilkins could change the whole complexion of the defense.


16 Washington
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212

The defense has been inconsistent, and production from the WRs has been non-existent, but the Redskins' running game has become possibly the team's biggest problem. Averaging only 3.8 ypc, the Redskins have a success rate under 30% on 3rd or 4th and 1 in 2017. The Redskins are second in the league in negative carries, as nearly one out of three of their carries result in negative yardage. While many people point to the offensive line, the All-22 shows that most of the issue stems from the RBs and TEs.

The Washington TEs allow DEs on the backside of runs to come free an inordinate amount. Simple lineup changes might help this, as TE Jeremy Sprinkle was in the lineup on all carries over 3 yards, and, while Rob Kelley was clearly pre-determining his cuts, new starter Samaje Perine is quicker to the hole and relies on his vision/feel more effectively. These changes may create a more balanced offense, but the Redskins' offense would improve immensely with a true difference-maker in the backfield.

Derrius Guice would be that type of player. His vision was arguably better than Leonard Fournette's, and his angry running style makes Guice hard to bring down. With Chris Thompson re-signed as the team's third-down back, Guice would be a perfect bruiser to produce on first and second down. Don't sell him short, though; Guice has shown in 2017 he can be a stud receiving back, as well. -Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

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

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Penn State
RBF
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Ohio State
EDGE
20 Jamarco Jones
Ohio State
OT
21 Denzel Ward
Ohio State
CB
23 Maurice Hurst
Michigan
DL3T
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Ohio State
EDGE
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Ohio State
OLB
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Iowa
CB
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Northwestern
QB
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Iowa
ILB
53 Billy Price
Ohio State
OG
67 Troy Fumagalli
Wisconsin
TE
71 Tegray Scales
Indiana
ILB
75 Marcus Allen
Penn State
S
77 Simmie Cobbs Jr.
Indiana
WRF
93 Billy Hirschfeld
Wisconsin
DL5T
100 Mike Gesicki
Penn State
TE
103 Parris Campbell
Ohio State
WRF
113 Damon Webb
Ohio State
S
115 Jason Cabinda
Penn State
ILB
119 Brendan Mahon
Penn St
OG
129 Michael Hill
Ohio State
DL3T
135 Olive Sagapolu
Wisconsin
DL1T
137 Mike McCray
Michigan
ILB
142 Dre'Mont Jones
Ohio State
DL3T
155 Godwin Igwebulke
Northwestern
S
166 Marcus Baugh
Ohio State
TE
168 Gaelin Elmore
Minnesota
DL5T
173 Janarion Grant
Rutgers
WRS
178 Beau Benzschawel
Wisconsin
OG
180 L.J. Scott
Michigan State
RBF
186 Jerome Baker
Ohio State
ILB
191 DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State
WRF
192 Nathan Bazata
Iowa
DL3T
198 Ike Boettger
Iowa
OT
200 Mike Weber
Ohio State
RBF
201 Conor Sheehy
Wisconsin
DL5T
204 Mason Cole
Michigan
OC
206 Parker Cothren
Penn State
DL5T
213 Justin Jackson
Northwestern
RBF
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