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2018 NFL Mock Draft #10: Browns get Darnold, Wilkins RD1, Ridley RD2!

December 14, 2017 3:30 AM EST
  • Giants choose Barkley instead of Rosen at #2
  • DE Bradley Chubb continues uptrend! Colts at #3
  • Heisman winner Mayfield waits until RD3!
  • Next 2018 NFL Mock Draft revision December 28th


1 Cleveland
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



It has been an exciting start to December for the Dawg Pound. The Browns pushed the Green Bay Packers to overtime, nearly picking up their first win of the season, and the front office was completely cleaned out. New GM John Dorsey has been tasked with finding a quarterback, and this pick has become the obvious resource. The biggest question at this point will be whether Darnold will choose to declare for the 2018 Draft. DeShone Kizer has shown improvement at times, but with a new regime calling the shots in the front office, they will likely go with their own guy. One more loss will secure Cleveland picking number one overall for the second straight year, and Browns' fans can only cross their fingers that it turns out like the Cavs string of first-overall picks which brought them Kyrie Irving, players to be traded for Kevin Love, and eventually their first NBA Championship. Oh, I guess Lebron may have had something to do with it, too.

-Austin Smith


2 NY Giants
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



In a destruction of enormous magnitude, the Ben McAdoo Era in New York has officially come to a merciful end with the Giants firing the second-year coach after a 2-10 start and franchise credibility spiraling out of control. Under McAdoo, the Giants' offense ranked in the bottom five in the league in points, yards and 3rd-down conversion percentage. Big Blue failed to score 30 points with McAdoo as Head Coach. General Manager Jerry Reese, employed by the Giants for over two decades, was also let go. Reese did not properly address the team's offensive line, and they have been unable to run the football the past two seasons. Moving forward, the Giants could continue with Eli Manning at Quarterback in 2018 while Davis Webb, selected out of Cal in RD3 of last year's draft, continues to develop. If the new regime can produce an average offensive line, an offense led by Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Penn State sensation Saquon Barkley could help fans forget the Ben McAdoo era sooner than later.


3 Indianapolis
Bradley Chubb
    NC State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
273



Three more games to go in the 2017 NFL season, and the Chuck Pagano Era in Indianapolis reaches its inevitable conclusion. Thankfully. This franchise, however, not only misses a top QB and coach (which they do), but there is still a matter of gaping holes in the defense (namely a pass rush, CB, and ILB). Most important is the OL protection for #12 when (and if) he does return. Not having a healthy Luck is the main reason things have gone sideways for Indy the past few seasons, so an OT or OG is a huge possibility here. However, as Bradley Chubb has watched his value shoot up the NFL draft boards the past few weeks, Indy has been stuck in neutral trying to get to the opposing QB. The career sack leader for the Wolfpack would likely help the Colts' 30th-rated defense more than just a pulse pressuring the QB. Check him out here vs Florida State. Indianapolis currently ranks next to last in QB sacks with a mere 20 on the year. GM Ballard likes building in the trenches, but also likes difference-makers. We'll see who tops his list in a few more months.


4 San Francisco
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



Jimmy Garoppolo's first 300-yard passing game in the NFL helped lift the 49ers to a week 14 victory against the Texans and their first multigame win streak since 2014. The only blemish in an otherwise-solid performance on both sides of the ball was DeAndre Hopkins' 11-catch, 149-yard, 2-TD field day against the struggling secondary. As a fantasy owner, I still get a little giddy reading that stat line, but as a 49ers fan, I'm left shaking my head. Starting CB Dontae Johnson was burned early and often, and has looked overmatched all season. He's earned a dismal grade of 36.3 on Pro Football Focus, ranking 116th among CBs through the first 14 weeks of the season.

Though I originally viewed Minkah Fitzpatrick as a FS in San Francisco, rookie Adrian Colbert's promising play opens up the possibility of Fitzpatrick playing perhaps his most natural position, outside corner. At Alabama, Fitzpatrick's high football IQ, field awareness, and physicality allows him to be used as a Swiss army knife in Nick Saban's defense; logging time at CB, Nickel, both Safety spots, and even some Linebacker this season as the position was decimated by injury. In the NFL, Fitzpatrick's length and speed make him ideally suited to playing on the outside. Pairing Fitzpatrick with promising rookie Akhello Witherspoon could take the 49ers' CB tandem from one of the league's worst to one of its best in just a couple seasons.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst


5 Denver
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



With Cleveland now expected to take Sam Darnold or Rosen, the chances of the other slipping here are getting slimmer. The Giants are now in great position to be picking second, and, after what has transpired in the Eli Manning saga, they would seem the favorites to snatch whoever the Browns don't take (or should I say curse). I am sure John Elway is going to do plenty of homework on each of the quarterbacks in this draft, but it has to be assumed that Rosen landing here is a fantasy. With that being said, the offensive line still needs improvement, the defensive could use some youth, and at the end of the day, the best player available could be the best bet if a guy like Saquon Barkley falls in their lap.

-Austin Smith


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



Beating Cincinnati, while a refreshing change from the usual frustrating loss, puts the Bears in a bit of a no-man's land: Too high in the draft to take a player they need (WR), but too far down to demand a king's ransom from a team looking to move up for a QB. In a perfect world, pick meets need and Minkah Fitzpatrick slides to this spot. However, that doesn't happen here, so BPA is the call. Per Pro Football Focus, Adrian Amos has been an elite Safety this year, but Eddie Jackson, while having his moments, grades out as average.

James shows the promise to be an amalgam of the two, combining Amos' hits and Jackson's turnover ability, but with the talent and explosion that neither has. His versatility (4.5 sacks in 2015) is exceptional, and his lack of interceptions belies his fantastic ball skills. Much like Jamal Adams, James is the sure-fire, future Pro Bowl Safety in his class.


7 Tampa Bay
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



Buc fans entered 2017 with high expectations after an improved 2016 season, followed by a great draft and decent Free Agent haul. After a truly disappointing season, the employment picture for HC Dirk Koetter and GM Jason Licht grows murkier with each additional loss. No matter who's leading the way in 2018, it's a near certainty that the Bucs will draft an Edge Rusher with their RD1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The team has accumulated just 17 sacks through 14 games --last in the NFL by a goodly margin. Even more appalling is that the top two sack producers are interior DL's Gerald McCoy (5) and Clinton MacDonald (3). The team's top sack producer at Edge, the position specifically tasked to pressure the quarterback, is Will Clarke with just 2.5.

What could stand in the way of drafting an Edge rusher? Well, the team could sign a top Free Agent such as DeMarcus Lawrence or Ziggy Ansah. Secondly, the top prospects (Landry or Bradley Chubb) could be off the board when the Bucs draft. Finally, if Saquon Barkley should happen to be available, the 2018 administration could view the Penn State RB as providing more difference-making potential than the top Edge rushers.


8 Cleveland
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
310



Don't get me wrong, Browns' fans. I am still dreaming of a scenario that has Cleveland getting Sam Darnold and Saquon Barkley, but it is a long shot to say the least. In the scenario that the football gods don't throw the Dawg Pound a bone, there are a number of players that could fit well. Wilkins could be the final piece they need on that front seven. The secondary still has a number of holes, and guys like Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James would be great additions there. I am also not giving up on a wide receiver here. I know Josh Gordon has returned, but I can't be the only one that has deja vu of the old Gordon when he instantly starts running his mouth upon his return. His rehabilitation was supposed to be a life-altering process, and it worries me that the second the duck gets back to the pond, he starts quacking the way he did before. Let's hope the waddling doesn't come next, because he is on his last legs in the league.

-Austin Smith




9 Cincinnati
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



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Back to the 2018 NFL Mock draft, the Bengals top need in the offseason will be Offensive Tackles, Both Andre Smith (starting Right Tackle) and Eric Winston (primary backup on both sides) are Free Agents and Cedric Ogbuehi (starting LOT) is due in 2018 - if the Bengals will wait that long. Expect several new faces along the Bengals OL in 2018 via the draft and/or Free Agency.


10 NY Jets
Mason Rudolph
    Oklahoma State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235



No sooner had Todd Bowles stated that Josh McCown would play out the entire season, he suffers a hand injury against Denver, and the Jets place him on IR. Fans will now have the opportunity to get a look at Bryce Petty. The odds are heavily stacked against Petty showing enough to warrant passing on a QB here, but he could do enough to keep himself in the equation for the starting role next year. Mason Rudolph is one of the more-polarizing prospects in the 2018 Draft. One scout was quoted as saying, "Arm strength is adequate, not tops. What's the difference between him and Bryce Petty?" Rudolph beat out Baker Mayfield for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, butNFL executives seem to prefer Mayfield. With 4,553 yards and 35 touchdowns on the season, QB-needy teams like the Jets will dissect every aspect of Rudolph.


11 Washington
Arden Key
    LSU
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



For Redskins fans, there are two possible dimensions that may exist when the 2018 Draft starts: One with Kirk Cousins and one without Kirk Cousins. The contrast between the two dimensions in response to Roger Goodell on April 26, 2018 will be...drastic: 'With the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft...the Washington Redskins select...ARDEN KEY, DEFENSIVE END, LSU!'

Kirk Cousins Dimension: 'FINALLY!!!! A REAL-LIFE PASS RUSHER OHMAGAHHHH I'M SO FREAKIN' EXCITED!!'

Non-Kirk Cousins dimension: 'But...but.........there was a quarterback...why......why would not you take the....Colt Mc....Mc....McCoy...oh...oh no....'

No matter who the Redskins draft, they had better hope they don't look as inept as they have in the past three games, or there will be sweeping changes. Not only will Kirk leave, but there will be an entire sweep of personnel in Ashburn. Must I remind Redskins' fans what lack of continuity brings to an organization?

Arden Key left LSU over the summer and will enter the 2018 Draft. While this makes some around the league uncomfortable, if his background is vetted and it is determined he is worth the risk, he is clearly the most-physically-talented EDGE rusher in this class. With four similar EDGE players on the roster in Kerrigan, Murphy, Smith (likely to re-sign), and Anderson, the Redskins would be smart to add a more 'bendy', quick-twitch athlete to the mix. Key would provide them with exactly that may elevate this young and talented, yet mortally flawed, defensive unit into the top half of the league.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


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



Comment Forthcoming . . .


13 Arizona
Courtland Sutton
    SMU
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



The Cards head into Week 15 with a 6-7 record. While a playoff berth is still mathematically possible, the chance to play in the postseason seems nearly unattainable. This leaves many fans starting to wonder about some of the questions that will need to be addressed this offseason, including the future of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cards find themselves in a familiar spot in this CMD, sitting at the end of a run on RD1 QBs. AZ should focus on offense as the Cards' O-Line has allowed 44 sacks this season (31st in the NFL), the running game has generated just 81.2 yards/game on the ground (30th in NFL), and the aerial attack's long play of the season is just 52 yards (29th in NFL). SMU WR Courtland Sutton is an advanced route-runner with excellent hands, football character, and size (6'4" and 225 lbs). Sutton has career marks of 3152 yards, 31 TDs, and 16.7 yards/catch, which should help any QB that lines up for AZ in 2018. ~James Siebers, Cards' Analyst


14 Oakland
Denzel Ward
    Ohio State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
184



Could Oakland draft a Buckeye corner in RD1 for the 2nd year in a row, the 3rd straight year the selection was used on the secondary? Well, when your unit can generously be described as a Christmas present to whatever QB they are facing off against, all you can do is keep trying. For much of the season, Sean Smith, David Amerson, and Dexter McDonald have ranked #121, #120, and #119 of 121 qualifying corners in "Passer Rating Against". No CB on the Raiders' roster has hauled in an interception, and the teams' 2 total INTs ranks 32nd in the league. Cleveland and Chicago, which tie for 29th, triple that number. The unit also posts the league's lowest passer rating as a whole. Interestingly, the lowest-ranked current playoff team in that category is the #22 Atlanta Falcons, the 6th seed in the AFC East. If you are not convinced the Raiders' CB unit needs help, you must be drinking whatever McKenzie and Del Rio drink come draft time when they look at the LB corps and determine it is fine. Looking ahead to 2018, Amerson and Smith are both potential cuts, and Carrie is up for a new contract. Though little is known about Conley, we know enough about the unit to know that, even if the 2017 first rounder gets an island named after him, he will need help. Denzel Ward would provide a key piece to finally allowing the Raiders to kinda sorta cover somebody.


15 Buffalo
Brian O'Neill
    Pittsburgh
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
305



Time to end the waiting for Cordy Glenn to get better, or for Dawkins to prove he belongs at LT, or for Seantrel to actually play football. The solution last week was to take G Quenton Nelson here, but let's re-think this. Early this fall, Pro Football Focus ranked O'Neill second in Pass-Blocking Efficiency among all returning Tackles. O'Neill had zero sacks allowed over 366 pass-blocking snaps. It also helps to have a guy who's experienced at the "Tackle-Eligible" play, especially if it was on a lateral from Nate Peterman. O'Neill has won SB Nation's Piesman Trophy for Offensive Linemen, and has two TDs (20-yard screen vs Georgia Tech, and a 5-yard end-around with a dive to the end zone vs Virginia Tech). Formerly a TE like Jason Peters, O'Neill's excellent agility won't go unnoticed at the Combine, and he's what Seantrel was supposed to be: versatile. Last year he played RT and this year he's moved to the blind side when Bisnowaty left for the NFL. O'Neill would be an ideal upgrade for the Bills, particularly if they'd do less zone blocking (Orlando Brown might be the better fit there).

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


16 Green Bay
James Washington
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
205



"An edge pass rusher is the Packers biggest need" is a statement that has been used here repeatedly over the last three NFL Drafts. Nothing much has changed, unfortunately, but if the Packers were to be selecting in this spot, is there a sure-fire impact pass rusher worthy of the pick? Looking at edge rushers available here, the answer is a very-likely "No". So that brings us to one proven postulate of drafting for the Green Bay Packers: When in doubt, get Aaron Rodgers another weapon. Jordy Nelson will be 33 before next season and is already showing noticeable signs of slowing down. Randall Cobb has never again approached the career year he put up in 2014, which earned him a hefty new 4-yr deal. Both are in the last year of their contracts in 2018, with each carrying a 12M+ cap hit. With impending free agent Davante Adams sure to command a top-tier WR contract, it's extremely unlikely all three will be with the Packers next season. A new toy for Rodgers, especially a legitimate deep threat currently lacking on the Packers, seems to be the best value for the Packers in this spot. With Biletnikoff Award-winner James Washington on the roster, Rodgers will bring back the play-action rollout double-move deep shot that Nelson can no longer run. It will be glorious.

- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst

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