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17 Joshua Jackson
27 Denzel Ward
32 Isaiah Oliver
40 Holton Hill
46 Jaire Alexander
55 Kameron Kelly
71 M.J. Stewart
81 Quenton Meeks
91 Tarvarus McFadden
101 Carlton Davis
102 Donte Jackson
119 Mike Hughes
132 D.J. Reed
147 Nick Nelson
148 Duke Dawson
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2018 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 LA Chargers
Derwin James
    Florida State
    S
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



Ever since the departure of Eric Weddle... blah, blah, blah. Chargers' fans know the rest of this story by heart. For what was asked of them, I thought Jahleel Addae and Tre Boston played pretty well this year... certainly, at least, much better than anticipated. Therefore, I have been reluctant to climb the board for a Safety. While solidifying positions on the D-Line and O-Line are a need (click here for other positional targets), I am now falling in line. I simply cannot let a talent such as Derwin James fall any further down the draft board.

James was arguably the most versatile defender in the nation in 2017. He does an excellent job against the run (PFF gave James an 85.0 Run Defense Grade) and plays even better against the pass. He allowed just 182 yards and a single touchdown on 39 targets. James was not used frequently as a pass rusher, but still managed to record a QB Pressure on 27.9 percent of his 43 blitzes.

Expect James' stock to skyrocket after the NFL Combine. Per Blogging The Boys, James has been clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's known to bench press 450 pounds, and has approached 600 on the squat rack. He's also broad jumped 11 feet, 3 inches, which would have ranked him in the top 5 at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.


18 Seattle
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212



Russell Wilson is everything most teams would want in their #1 quarterback. He is NOT everything most teams would want as their #1 running back however. Wilson was a legit MVP candidate for being Mr. Everything for the Seahawks this year, but if you don't have a single RB in the Top 80 rushing leaders, you've got issues.

If the Seahawks are going to get back to their winning ways, they must stop trying to turn third string running backs into feature backs (no offense to Chris Carson, Thomas Rawls, or any other "sleeper" back that had more success ruining Fantasy Football leagues than scoring TDs). Derrius Guice is not a band aide. Out of the shadow of Leonard Fournette in 2017, he rushed for 1,251 YDS and 11 TDs. He chipped in with 18 catches and 2 TDs in the passing game as well. At 5'11" and 211 lbs with 4.5 speed, Guice is a legit feature back that would make Seahawk fans (and Russell Wilson) very happy.


19 Dallas
Malik Jefferson
    Texas
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
238

In 2017, Sean Lee missed 6 total games and was injured early in the Week 10 game against Atlanta . . . the Cowboys' record in those 7 games? 1-6! Anthony Hitchens (UFA this off-season) missed the first 4 games of 2017, in which Dallas went 2-2. Have I totally disregarded the middle of what we hope will become the reincarnation of Doomsday Defense ? Jaylon Smith is a beginning of a youth movement in the LB corps and displayed promise in 2017 . . . but he is not totally recovered from his devastating injury during the Fiesta Bowl.

Having watched a number of UT games this past season, I must admit a growing fascination with Mr. Jefferson's "mutli-tasking" application of his size and athleticism to run defense, pass defense, and pass rush. He exhibits the qualities of a 3-down LB . . . and that statement is substantiated by 3 years of statistics with the Longhorns: 231 total tackles (160 solo, 71 assists), 26 of those for a loss, 13 sacks, 5 passes defended, and a forced fumble returned 26 yards for a TD. This underclassman would not only provide depth to a potentially-depleted position group, but might push for a starting role!

- Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst


20 Detroit
Roquan Smith
    Georgia
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -77
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
225



All signs are pointing towards New England Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia to don the Honolulu Blue and Silver as the new Head Coach in 2018. If this is in fact the case, the Lions will most likely give their new head coach a new toy. Enter the Butkus Award winner, Roquan Smith. Standing at 6'1" and 225 lbs, Smith is not the most physically domineering linebacker, but his elite-level instincts , sideline-to-sideline speed, and his ability to dissect plays make him a special kind of linebacker that will fit Patricia's multiple-look defensive schemes to a T.

With LB Tahir Whitehead currenty a free agent and Jarrad Davis (on his own admission) having struggled in his rookie season, the Lions projected depth chart looks relatively weak for 2018. On a smaller scale, Smith will aid Davis' learning curve and vice-versa as the two young linebackers will learn to play together. On a larger scale, selecting Smith will ensure long-term stability at the position. If Smith is the Lions' pick here, pending a stellar Combine and moving up draft boards, this will create a much-needed dynamic duo at LB in Detroit for years to come.

-Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst


21 Buffalo
Lamar Jackson
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +15
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



With Daboll now at the helm, the Bills' quarterback-choice net just got bigger. Gone is Dennison's "horizontal" West Coast game with its gross misuse of playmakers and offensive-line talent, and the possibility exists for a dual-threat quarterback like Daboll coached at Alabama. Putting his best players in positions to succeed, Daboll employed Hurts in the shotgun and the pistol to accentuate his athleticism, and he was rewarded with 855 extra rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. You didn't see Rico doing that with his mobile QB or his offensive line. I could see Daboll maximizing the talents of Lamar Jackson. Daboll's Crimson Tide offense was 15th in the FBS in scoring at 37.1 points a game, and 13th in rushing with an obscene 250.6 ypg, so the combination of Jackson and McCoy (plus the playmakers added in this mock) should make for a very interesting 2018.

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


22 Buffalo
Vita Vea
    Washington
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     -46
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
332



Daboll will have input on Draft Day, and Tide ILB Rashaan Evans as a replacement for, or addition to, Preston Brown will certainly get mentioned before then. However, the Bills' sack percentage plummeted from 7.09% to 4.64% of plays this year, third-worst in the league, and coaches McDermott and Frasier have both mentioed the need for more pressure to force more sacks, fumbles, incompletions, and INTs. While I think 3-tech Kyle Williams will return, the cupboard is essentially bare at 1-tech.

Vita Vea, heir to Danny Shelton's DT spot for the Huskies, is the fastest big man in the draft with size, power, and quickness. He'll likely run away with the Combine's top forty time (among 1-T peers). He helps against the run as well as the pass. It won't be long before the Bills will be asking, "Dareus who?"


23 LA Rams
Rashaan Evans
    Alabama
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
231



The Rams made the playoffs in Coach McVay's first season as Head Coach, but couldn't get a win vs the experienced Falcons. The offense didn't look great and the defense couldn't step up when they needed to. With Goff going into his third season, and McVay being a offensive wizard, it seems like the offense will continue to improve. If you look at the four teams left in the playoffs, you see elite defenses in Minnesota, Philly, and Jacksonville (and Tom Brady, of course). Los Angeles is not too far from taking that next step as a defense. Adding another playmaker to their front seven could make them the real deal.

Rashaan Evans is a 3-down, do-it-all linebacker. He is known for his big hits and ability to stop the run, like every other defender for Nick Saban. He was one of the leaders on a National Championship defense chock-full of first-round prospects. Evans rarely misses tackles, and is one of the best cover linebackers we have seen in the draft in a while. The Tide even let him rush the quarterback some, and you can guess that he was good at it, too. His Combine numbers will only boost his draft stock while scouts are enamoured with how fast/quick he his for his size. He can be a starter from Day One, and if the Rams can pick him up, they will be feared much more come 2018.

-Michael Gelb, Rams Analyst


24 Carolina
Courtland Sutton
    SMU
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



The lack of Wide Receiver depth and talent haunted the Carolina Panthers in 2017. In the playoffs, the starters were Russell Shepard, Devin Funchess, and Moze Frazier. Yikes. With Norv Turner running the offense next season, look for the Panthers to give him the tools to be successful. A Running Back like Derrius Guice will be under consideration here, as well. Norv's offense requires a playmaker like Josh Gordon or Vincent Jackson as he has had in the past.

This offense needs a big and fast Wide Receiver that can gain separation. Watch my man Courtland Sutton and the only thing you may wonder is will he really be there at Pick 24. If he is, I can only imagine Norv jumping up and down on the war-room table so that General Manager Marty Hurney makes the right selection. It is high-time that Cam Newton has a Wide Receiver that can get open. Sutton is surprisingly shifty and runs precise, smooth routes. He has 22 touchdowns and averaged over 16 yards per catch over the past two seasons. I could see him as the Panthers' #1 Wide Receiver sooner rather than later. If he is the pick, the Panthers' Wide Receivers will be haunting NFC Defensive Coordinators as opposed to Panther fans.

~~@PanthersDrafter,Panthers Analyst





25 Tennessee
Joshua Jackson
    Iowa
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
192



The up-and-down season of the Tennessee Titans has come to a close with two surprising twists. The first, a positive one, is that the team made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs, including a tough win over the Chiefs, who at the beginning of the season were widely considered the best team in football. The other is that the team and Head Coach Mike Mularkey parted ways, so now the Titans need a new coach. The team has a wide variety of big names to choose from, but it is yet to be determined whether they are looking for an offensive- or defensive-minded coach. Once that determination is made, it may be easier to start figuring out draft priorities .For now, the secondary is still the most-obvious area of need, so drafting a highly-productive college player (a Jon Robinson-style pick) in Jackson, who picked off eight passes (3 against Ohio State) and deflected 18 more this season for Iowa fits while the team sorts out its direction.


26 Atlanta
Derrick Nnadi
    Florida State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
303



After the anemic showing by the offense in the division playoff game, it's tempting to look towards bolstering that side of the ball, perhaps the Guard position. But is the problem on offense really one of talent? That seems doubtful. In addition, the Falcons are going to be nearing the limits of their cap space with two of their best defensive linemen: Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe, both of whom hit Free Agency. Veterans like Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby possibly will become cap casualties.

Derrick Nnadi seems a very likely target for Dan Quinn's defensive philosophy. Though somewhat undersized, Nnadi possesses excellent burst to penetrate gaps when rushing the passer ,and enough sand in his pants to anchor against the run. It seems a safe bet that the Falcons will be addressing DT in this draft, so keep an eye on the Combine results. Keep an especially-sharp eye out for how prospects perform in the three-cone drill and the broad jump. The latter measurement will be about the explosiveness Quinn wants from his linemen.


27 New Orleans
Dorance Armstrong
    Kansas
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
241



The Saints could use additional defensive help off the EDGE or at Linebacker, as well as the offensive line. I had tried to grab Rashaan Evans (my favorite pick for the Saints) and Roquan Smith for New Orleans, but they were both snatched up earlier in this opening round. Thus,if the Saints don't move up, it boils down to FSU's Josh Sweat and K-State's Dorance Armstrong . Our Big Board has Armstrong rated ahead of Sweat, so Armstrong gets the nod. Armstrong is considered a fringe Day One or possible Day Two pick, but his versatility could help push him up the boards of many teams like New Orleans. The Saints like to move their players around to take advantage of specific matchups on defense. Armstrong can be an effective tool for a team that is starting to gel defensively. New Orleans leaped up the NFL rankings on defense this year, going from 27th overall last year to #17 in the NFL for 2017. Two years ago, they were 31st.

The Saints still need an additional weapon with talent to get after the QB off the opposite side of Cameron Jordan. The other consideration at pick #27 for the Saints is either OG or OT, so look for the possibility that New Orleans tabs a guy like OT Jamarco Jones of Ohio State, Mississippi State's Martinas Rankin (OT), the Buckeyes' OG Billy Price, or Auburn's Braden Smith (OG) as potential offensive-line selections. Maurice Hurst of Michigan is also a consideration here, as he would also be a deadly tool in the front seven of the improving Saints' defensive unit.


28 Pittsburgh
Josh Sweat
    Florida State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
250



The Steelers could go a lot of ways here. Safety, ILB, and CB are all prominent needs. At OLB, where the starters from this year are all still under contract, there is uncertainty for 2019. The Steelers need to decide whether to give a 5th-year tender to Bud Dupree this offseason or plan to move on. Dupree has been okay against the run and in coverage, but he's underperformed as a pass rusher. With no future starters in reserve, the team will add an OLB in this draft.

Sweat, the consensus #1 DE prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, is an excellent athlete with great length. At Florida State, he was a consistent predator in the backfield with 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks this past season. Sweat draws certain parallels to Tomlin's first draft pick of fellow Seminole Lawrence Timmons. Similar to Timmons, Sweat isn't a star but is a productive player who can be molded to a quality starter. The Steelers last year seemed to show a penchant for players with high character and great passion for the game. Expect them to do some diligence to see if Sweat, who opted out of the Independence Bowl, fits the Steeler mold.


29 Jacksonville
Sam Hubbard
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +17
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
266



Well, the Jaguars keep on winning. The biggest shock isn't that they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, but rather that the offense was able to continually put up points and keep them ahead throughout the game. Blake Bortles actually played a pretty savvy game. He took shots down the field, and didn't turn the ball over.

Does this mean Bortles is turning over a new leaf? This off-season, the Jaguars will have to make a decision on their QB, who is owed $19 million next year, but can also be cut without leaving any dead money on their salary cap. They're in the unique position of reaching the final four while most likely still needing their QB of the Future. Should they choose to cut ties with Bortles, their playoff success is making it more difficult to draft their next franchise QB.

Most teams that pick late already have their QB, and take an approach that's some combination of filling a positional need and drafting the best-available player. The pass rush is one area where a team can almost always stand to add more talent, as teams that harass the QB are very consistently playing football in January. A value pick at 29, Sam Hubbard of Ohio State, is a high-effort pass rusher with the power and length to keep offensive linemen off balance. This may not look like the top need for Sacksonville in 2018, as they have been among the top teams at pressuring the QB. However, keep in mind that decisions will soon need to be made on Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue. While those decisions may not impact 2018, they will likely lose some of their pass rush depth in the next 2 years, and need to stay ahead of that in order to keep contending.


30 Philadelphia
Jamarco Jones
    Ohio State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +12
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
310



The Eagles are heading to their sixth NFC Championship in the last 16 years, thanks largely to the play of their offensive and defensive lines. They are quite talented up and down both lines, with one important exception: Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Big V allowed five sacks in nine games as the starting LOT, which is one more than the other four starters on the line allowed COMBINED in 16 games. Jason Peters may return at some point, but the Eagles would be fools to count on him. The Eagles have had GREAT left tackles for the last 20 years, so keeping that tradition going should be offseason priority #1.

I'm not a big fan of most of the O-Tackles in this draft class that are currently projected to be RD1 selections. One of the more intriguing guys I've seen is OSU's Jamarco Jones. He looks like a Left Tackle: 6'5", 310 lbs, nice wingspan, and a natural knee bender. He is very light on his feet, and can change targets very quickly. Jones is a student of the game, playing with a bit of attitude on the field, showing impressive effort. There's one minor negative detail, though: he doesn't always block well in either the run or pass game. You can see the athleticism AND the negative plays here. Jones is a boom-or-bust guy with great tools that might blossom under the tutelage of a good O-Line coach. While you're watching that, check out center Billy Price, as well. He could be the best center in the NFL for the next decade, and can play Guard, too. This could interest a team like the Eagles late in RD1 that wants a safe, bust-proof player.

-Broz, Eagles Analyst


31 New England
Christian Kirk
    Texas A&M
    WRS
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
5'11
Weight:
201



This off-season the biggest loss for the Patriots will be losing Matt Patricia and possibly Josh McDaniels. The latter would be a significant loss, as McDaniel was instrumental in his 14 years as Offensive Coordinator. This includes six top-10 rankings, with stints at No. 1-ranked offense in 2007 and 2012, with Brady eclipsing 4,000 yards again this year at 40 years young! The last time New England didn't have Josh McDaniels calling plays Matt Cassel was quarterback that season under Houston Texans' coach Bill O'Brien.

For now, Christian Kirk, a dominating presence, is the pick here. If McDaniel moves on, this pick will fluctuate with offensive tackle, defensive end, or linebacker in the fold.

Kenny Britt was signed before the playoffs but was an inactive before Tennessee and will likely remain inactive throughout the post-season. New England has a couple of free agents at receiver: Matt Slater and Danny Amendola. A few more are on the last year of their contracts next season. Kirk will add a new dimension for New England, and could have an immediate impact similar to Christian McCaffrey was for Carolina. There's no doubt Christian Kirk, who has a knack for performing on the big stage, can be a great Patriot. It's just a matter of who will be coaching Brady next season.

-David Neff, Patriots Analyst


32 Minnesota
Maurice Hurst
    Michigan
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
282



Well, Vikings fans, if you're anything like me, you're having a real hard time focusing on the draft right now in the wake of the "Minneapolis Miracle", arguably the greatest moment in franchise history. I hope y'all don't mind, but I'm just gonna dwell on that for second. If you haven't heard all of the calls of that fateful play, here's a compilation from our friends at The Daily Norseman. So good. Back to the draft...

The defensive line will likely see some turnover, as Brian Robison, Tom Johnson, and Shamar Stephen are all pending UFAs at this point, leaving Linval Joseph and Jaleel Johnson as the only defensive tackles on the roster. With Joseph anchoring the line at Nose Tackle, adding a disruptive 3-technique is critical for Coach Zimmer's scheme, as he prefers to rush four and disguise his coverage early on in the down, while saving his blitzes for 3rd down. As you can see here, Mo Hurst certainly has the ability to blow up a backfield, while also being supportive in stopping the run. As a senior, he should be ready to contribute early on in his career, which could be an important factor for the 2018 Vikings.

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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Psn
3 Minkah Fitzpatrick
Alabama
S
8 Derrius Guice
LSU
RBF
14 Roquan Smith
Georgia
ILB
18 Arden Key
LSU
EDGE
22 Da'Ron Payne
Alabama
DL1T
24 Rashaan Evans
Alabama
ILB
30 Calvin Ridley
Alabama
WRF
33 Taven Bryan
Florida
DL3T
37 Nick Chubb
Georgia
RBF
44 Da'Shawn Hand
Alabama
DL5T
48 Sony Michel
Georgia
RBF
50 Jeff Holland
Auburn
EDGE
52 Armani Watts
Texas A&M
S
54 Ronnie Harrison
Alabama
S
58 Isaiah Wynn
Georgia
OG
59 Kerryon Johnson
Auburn
RBC
61 Marcell Frazier
Missouri
EDGE
64 Frank Ragnow
Arkansas
OC
67 Christian Kirk
Texas A&M
WRS
70 Braden Smith
Auburn
OG
101 Carlton Davis
Auburn
CB
102 Donte Jackson
LSU
CB
120 Bradley Bozeman
Alabama
OC
123 Joshua Frazier
Alabama
DL1T
129 Bo Scarbrough
Alabama
RBF
140 Lorenzo Carter
Georgia
OLB
142 Hayden Hurst
South Carolina
TE
148 Duke Dawson
Florida
CB
156 Reggie McKenzie Jr.
Tennessee
DL1T
164 Breeland Speaks
Ole Miss
DL3T
166 Will Clapp
LSU
OG
167 Trenton Thompson
Georgia
DL3T
169 Levi Wallace
Alabama
CB
176 Christian LaCouture
LSU
DL5T
180 John Kelly
Tennessee
RBF
185 Johnathan Abram
Mississippi St
S
186 Antonio Callaway
Florida
WRS
196 Davin Bellamy
Georgia
OLB
198 Kevin Toliver II
LSU
CB
199 Kamryn Pettway
Auburn
RBF
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