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2018 Mock Draft Rev 3: Jets Supplant Niners at #1, Draft Darnold

August 4, 2017 1:25 AM EST
  • Alabama leads with 4 RD1 prospects, followed by Ohio State and Florida State with 3 each
  • Round One Browns: Wilkins (#4), Kirk (#23). No QB!
  • Boston College's Harold Landry lead 7 RD1 EDGE defenders


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



Not much is expected from the Jets in 2017 and it's not hard to see why. With McCown, Petty, and Hackenberg on the depth chart at QB, wins may be hard to come by. "Any given Sunday" is a common phrase in the NFL but Jet fans will probably have more interest in Saturday football, watching guys like Sam Darnold closely, and dreaming of better times ahead. We have seen in the past that guys touted as the Number 1 overall pick at this time of the year sometimes fall out of RD1 completely. Darnold will be under a national microscope, along with every other highly-touted college QB. Every move he makes, both on and off the field, will be studied and scrutinized but if he performs to the level expected the Jets endless search for a Franchise QB may finally be over.


2 San Francisco
Josh Allen
    Wyoming
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'5
Weight:
222



There may be hope for the 2017 49ers' season yet, as QB Brian Hoyer has opened some eyes early in training camp. "Before I got here I didn't know he could throw the ball that far," said veteran WR Pierre Garcon after watching Hoyer launch 50+ yard bombs in a recent practice. Hoyer enters the 2017 season as the unquestioned starter, but 2018 holds far less certainty. If the 49ers end up with a top 2 draft pick, it's hard to imagine them passing on a QB. With Sam Darnold gone, the decision to take Josh Allen is an easy one. Allen continues to impress his coaches in Laramie, particularly with his growth as a team leader. Allen won the respect of his teammates and caught the eye of NFL scouts in 2016 with his raw talent. This season will focus on refinement, patience, and above all his ability to command the huddle in a pro-style offense. If Allen proves he's more than just a big arm and quick feet, he'll secure his place atop the 2018 draft class. ~Brett Clancy


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



If Chicago hadn't moved up in April for Mitch Trubisky, this pick could have been Josh Rosen and Quarterbacks would have gone 1-2-3. However, Chicago made that move and they're ready to run with Trubisky as their long term solution. So where do they need help? Cornerback has multiple pending free agents , including Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller. Quentin Demps is 32, so how much does he have left in the tank? On top of that, Derwin James is arguably the top player eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, so he offers an immediate upgrade to a defensive backfield that finished 26th in passing yards per game.


4 Cleveland
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
310



Heading into the 2017 season, I still believe one thing holds true about our Cleveland Browns. Despite an active off-season of acquiring help in both Free Agency and the draft, the Browns are still one of the least-talented teams in the league. Because of that, I am sticking to the strategy of taking the best player available with their early picks. Where I think they need to improve their approach is unlike last year. The Browns need to try and balance their risk and reward. Last April, Cleveland did a good job of identifying potential, but each of their first five picks had a high amount of risk involved, with the players being unfinished products. I was tempted to select Rosen here, but DeShone Kizer has been really turning heads early in camp. While that is a far cry from being the long-term solution, I am going to show patience at QB, and instead select Wilkins, one of the top defenders in this draft, who can be the final piece to the youth infusion on their front seven. ~Austin Smith


5 LA Rams
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



News has not been great so far this training camp for the Rams. While Jared Goff has a much better grasp of the offense being installed by Sean McVay, the team has already lost Lance Dunbar and Dominique Easley to season ending knee injuries, and Aaron Donald is holding out . Looking at the early depth charts for 2017, the outlook is not bright for the Rams. On offense, the team lacks a go-to pass catcher, and may be starting rookies Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett. On defense, besides the defensive line issues already mentioned, the team did not work out a long-term contract with Trumaine Johnson, so he's on a one-year deal and may be gone after the season. E.J. Gaines is finally healthy and may be able to return to 2014 form, but losing Johnson would leave a huge need.


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



Indianapolis' fans have little concern for a draft that is so far off, because the news about QB Andrew Luck has been all-consuming this off-season. It's beginning to look like he may not be ready for the start of the season, and back-up QB Scott Tolzien hardly instills the type of confidence a franchise trying to rebuild and rebound under a new GM needs. However, in lieu of hitting a the panic button this early, we'll stay calm (for now) and continue to believe #12 will be back healthier and better-protected in 2017. Meanwhile, DraftTek's top-rated EDGE rusher, Harold Landy of Boston College, is the first pick for the Colts in our latest CMD. Landy ended the 2016 campaign with 16.5 sacks for Boston College, which is more impressive when you consider he had to fight off quite a few double-teams each game. Although the Eagle defender doesn't have what many consider "elite" speed, he does have a quick first burst and is relentless in both the pursuit of the QB and holding up his "end of the bargain" against the run. He even forced 7 fumbles a year ago. Landry's long arms and solid use of hands will serve him well as he ventures into the NFL arena following his final collegiate season at Boston College. The Colts desperately need to begin getting back to fielding a defense that creates pressure on the opposing QB, especially with young guns like Marcus Mariota now in the AFC South. Landry compiled 50 tackles last year, Landry turned 22 of those into tackles for loss "which is the type of production (along with QB sacks) that the Colts could use.


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



The Jaguars are, perhaps for the first year in quite some time, flying under the radar entering the 2017 season. But for the team that has long been the sexy pick to win the AFC South and make noise in the playoffs, even with their young, talented roster, the wins just haven't been coming. This year, those who have bit on the Jags in the past are hesitant, both because of their recent struggles and the improvement of the division as the Titans and the Colts are on the rise. While I do not expect the Jags to win the division, I do expect them to take a step forward, as I expect Blake Bortles to overcome his mechanical issues and I think the defense has enough talent to be one of the more advantageous units in the league.

Allen Robinson (who is a pending free agent) has emerged as one of the top chain-moving receivers in the league, and Allen Hurns has developed into a steady player across the field, but Bortles still needs a more dynamic, playmaking talent on the outside. Ridley is a smooth athlete with the ability to score any time he touches the ball. He can play in the slot or on the outside, and if he can make adjustments at the line to avoid the jam, he could be a tremendous playmaker for the Jaguars.


8 Buffalo
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



The Bills' new GM, Brandon Beane, had a variety of experiences with Carolina before following McDermott to Buffalo. His first personnel move was acquiring an EDGE rusher, Mario Addison, from the Redskins' practice squad. I'm pretty sure Beane will like the Bills' EDGE players, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, in the new 4-3 scheme, but with two RD1 picks, at least one will definitely be as big a playmaker like Addison became this year (led the Panthers in sacks). Beane will likely look at QB, RB, TE, or WR on offense and interior DL, OLB, or S on defense. Having been to every training camp practice, I can assure you the earlier pick needs to be an offensive playmaker. Fans will be happy with Tyrod, Yates, and Peterman at QB, and will like one of the 10 WRs that could start behind Watkins and Zay Jones. While LeSean McCoy says he can play at a top level until age 33, let's snare his successor right here: Saquon Barkley. Barkley's lateral agility will remind some of Shady here. ~Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst




9 LA Chargers
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



The 2017 season is not off to a great start for the Chargers' homecoming to Los Angeles. RD1 pick Mike Williams may miss the entire 2017 season with a herniated disc in his back. At the moment, news out of camp suggests he may not need surgery , but it's still a huge issue after investing the seventh-overall pick on Williams. However, Keenan Allen is back, so the receiving concern is on the back burner for now. At this point, the two BIGGEST needs are the secondary and along the offensive line. The team did sign Russell Okung this offseason, but his impact over the past couple years hasn't necessarily lived up to his reputation . Joseph Barksdale was awful last season, so addressing Offensive Tackle could be a major need come 2018 if things don't improve.


10 New Orleans
Arden Key
    LSU
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



The question for the 2018 NFL Draft, as it relates to New Orleans, will be the aftermath to a possible end of the Drew Brees (and even Sean Payton) Era. Both have been instrumental leading and rebuilding a previously-forlorn franchise into a championship-caliber team that culminated with a Super Bowl victory in 2010. While the prospects for a return of Brees in a Saints' uniform is questionable at this point, it's still a little too early to "place a bet" on a QB selection with the first-round pick New Orleans has in this current CMD. Instead, the defense still gets much-needed help off the edge with LSU's Arden Key. New Orleans addressed quite a few defensive concerns this past May in the draft, but will need to continue making more moves to bring the defense out of the depths (finishing near the bottom of the league defensively the past two seasons) of despair. Arden Key might not be the specific player the Saints eventually target, but he's going to be our selection to represent a continuing need on the defensive side of the ball. Key is still a work-in-progress (he underwent shoulder surgery this past May), but has all the potential to wreck opposing offenses on Sundays in the NFL. Quick off the snap, long armed, and able to consistently "turn the corner" on the pass rush, Key's translated ability into to 18.5 sacks over his first two seasons for the Tigers.


11 Cincinnati
Malik Jefferson
    Texas
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
238



The Bengals will lose Linebackers Vontaze Burfict, Kevin Minter, and Marquis Flowers to Free Agency after the 2017 season. That's all three 2017 projected starters! Say what you will about Burfict, but he's the #4-rated LB according to ProFootballFocus.com, and will be hard to replace. Then again, it's hard to imagine another team wanting to bring the personal-foul machine on board.

CIncinnati will need to devote at least two draft picks to the LB spot in 2018, possible more depending upon their FA activity. At this point, there is a couple of guys that Owner/GM Mike Brown can look at in RD1: Dante Booker of Ohio State and our pick, Malik Jefferson of Texas. We'll go with our higher-rated Jefferson here. [Scouting Report].


12 Washington
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



Don't look now, but the 'dysfunctional' Washington Redskins are looking...well...functional. Only 7 teams in the league have had winning records in both of the last two seasons. The Redskins are one of them. Those Baltimore Ravens everyone raves about being one of the most stable and functional organizations in the industry? They've had one season above .500 in the past four years. Truth is, beyond the Patriots, the vast majority of teams don't string together winning seasons. Well, the Redskins have two in a row, and even with a marginally-improved defense would have added at least three wins to the 2016 season (according to Football Outsiders). Considering the improved defensive front in Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, Stacy McGee, and Terrell McClain, and more talent in the back end in DJ Swearinger and Su'a Cravens, the Redskins should now have at least that marginal improvement.

Bashaud Breeland has had a tough camp thus far and may be in his last season as a Redskin, and despite improvements from Kendall Fuller and a promising rookie in Fabian Moreau, the Redskins may be looking for a young DB in 2018. Tavarus McFadden is a corner with length and press-and-bail tendencies that the Redskins have been looking to employ in 2017 under Greg Manusky.


13 Philadelphia
Mitch Hyatt
    Clemson
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
295



Much like a semi-conscious bear stumbling out of its winter's den after a seven-month hibernation, so too are Eagles' fans slowly emerging from this stretch of nothingness we endure every year after the draft, awakened by the alarm clock that is Training Camp. Translated: Eagles' football is back.

After nabbing Saquon Barkley last month, the Eagles must go to Plan B for this CMD. Although the O-Line looks solid now, perception could change rapidly if Jason Peters isn't in that equation (and sooner or later he won't be). CB will probably be a huge need, as well. OT Mitch Hyatt will need a strong 2017 season if he wants to cement himself as a RD1 selection, but playing for Clemson (1st in Total Yards, 3rd in Passing Yards) puts him in an ideal situation to do just that. ~Broz, Eagles Analyst


14 Baltimore
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212



The frigid opposition to drafting an RB in RD1 has finally begun to thaw, especially after the dominant performance of Ezekiel Elliott as a rookie last season. While there may be greater needs with more long-term utility, Baltimore needs to do something big to end the cycle of mediocrity, and it'd be hard to argue that any prospect would make a higher impact that the Elliott-esque Guice. The explosive playmaker is poised for a breakout season after fewer miles on his tread, thanks to sitting behind Leonard Fournette the last few years. Moreover, the shifty and sure-handed Guice could be better suited for today's NFL than his predecessor. This would give the Ravens the dynamic tailback they've needed since Ray Rice. Taking such a player is bound to be under consideration come draft time unless a member of the current mediocre stable takes an unexpected leap. Look for WR, RT, and DL to also be considered here.


15 Arizona
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +13
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



Would the Cardinals be able to run to the podium fast enough in this scenario? After years of having teams jump in front of them to snag QB prospects, the #2-overall prospect on our Big Board falls into AZ's lap in the form of UCLA QB Josh Rosen. The Cards' need for a franchise QB has been well-documented over the past two draft cycles. We only need one number to justify the pick: 38. That is the age Carson Palmer will be this December. While I'm sure HC Bruce Arians will squeeze every season he can get out of the wily vet, GM Steve Keim has to be thinking about the long-term future of the franchise. Rosen will have to prove he belongs after a shoulder injury derailed his Sophomore year, but he looks like the real deal after throwing for 5,584 yards and 33 TDs in his first two seasons.


16 Minnesota
Derrick Nnadi
    Florida State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
303



Another CMD, another intriguing 3-technique prospect projected for the Vikings in RD1. Incidentally, last month's selection of Christian Wilkins and this month's choice, Derrick Nnadi, are very similar players in terms of their overall skill set. Both are well-rounded prospects who have proven themselves capable of stopping the run game and disrupting the pocket. Wilkins has more height, but Nnadi is strong and stout. One might argue that Nnadi has a higher floor, but Wilkins' ceiling may be a bit higher, though I'd say they're really not that far apart. The bottom line is that these guys are both ideally suited to play in Zimmer's 4-3 scheme at the 3-tech and, with Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson's respective status in question after this year, it's very possible one of them hears their name called by the Vikings next spring.

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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Forward to Round 2 Picks 33-48








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Wisconsin
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163 Justin Jackson
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174 Sean Welsh
Iowa
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176 Jerome Baker
Ohio State
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Michigan State
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Ohio State
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