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31 Tony Brown
47 Jordan Thomas
49 Denzel Ward
73 Adonis Alexander
79 Iman Marshall
95 Brandon Facyson
96 Carlton Davis
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2018 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 Miami
Lamar Jackson
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205



Since Dan Marino's retirement heading into the 2000 season, the Fins have started 18 QBs and have only one playoff win to show for it. To say Miami seeks a playmaker at QB who can consistently make plays is an understatement. Lamar "Action" Jackson is the most dynamic collegiate QB we've witnessed since none other than Mick Vick. Who would you rather have as your QB of the future in South Beach, an aging Cutler, an average Tannehill, or a hometown Vick-esque playmaker? Jackson didn't produce his normal mind-boggling Maddenesque stats against one of the best defenses in the country, but he did pass for over 300 yds and three TDs against a Clemson defense littered with 1st RD talent. Lamar was just one man going against a better team; that's a testament to Clemson's dominant defense moreso than Jackson's failures. Jay Cutler is...well Jay Cutler. Ryan Tannehill may very well come back healthy, but his career TD to INT ratio is 2:1, that's nothing special, folks. Whereas Lamar Jackson is a special QB in every aspect of the word; bring the Boynton Beach native back home to Florida where he belongs. Enjoy this oldie but goodie from Action Jackson's Heisman season. ~CME, Dolphins Analyst


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



Right about now, fans in every NFL city are screaming about one or two blatant flaws in their team. After only two weeks they are already convinced their team's season is shot. Ha Ha Ha! What a bunch of losers! These people need to take a breath, get some perspective, and just be glad they aren't fans of a team with a LEGITIMATE Week 2 Doomsday crisis: The Philadelphia Eagles.

We have no run game (82.5 YDS/G). Our franchise QB, in his all-important sophomore season, is getting battered (30th in NFL with 8 Sacks Allowed). It might be too early to proclaim Clemson OT Mitch Hyatt a first-round talent, but it's not too early to say that the 2018 offseason focus should be rebuilding the O-Line and adding a dynamic RB. -Broz, Eagles Analyst


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



The Vikings came back down to earth in Week 2 after a nice start to the season, as the Bradford-less squad was thumped by the Steelers. When projecting the season's win-loss record, I don't think many were expecting the Vikings to go into Pittsburgh and steal a win (see what I did there?), so this doesn't exactly derail the season. Two things are standing out early in the year for me: Brian Robison's play has fallen off a cliff (even on passing downs when he's lined up inside) and Trae Waynes is (still) struggling. With that, I wouldn't be surprised if the Vikings look at cornerback again early in the draft, and I suspect a DE will be drafted early, as well. In this CMD, though, it's Christian Wilkins for the Vikes as they look to upgrade the less-than-dynamic duo of Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen. Sack percentage has taken a free-fall from 6th-best in 2016 to 4th-worst in 2017.


20 Carolina
Tyquan Lewis
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
260



The Carolina Panthers own the first defense in 36 years to hold their first two opponents without a touchdown. They have been dominant, holding their first two opponents to a league-leading average of a mere 196.5 total yards and three points per game. With the Panthers' offense a bit rusty as they continue to miss opportunities, the Panthers' defense is the reason they are one of only seven teams to be 2-0. They boast seven sacks through the first two games. Two and a half of those have come from Julius Peppers. He's looked great; however, he is on a one-year contract. Charles Johnson is a great Panther in the past tense. He is not the same player he once was; I am confident this will be his last year with the team. With those two all-time Panther greats most likely absent next year, the Panthers have to look for help off the edge. Enter Tyquan Lewis out of Ohio State, who like Peppers, is from eastern North Carolina. He is a team captain and makes too much sense in the middle of RD1. He would team with Addison for years to come as a solid one-two punch. I will be watching him for the rest of the season to see if he could replace a legend and help to keep a Panthers' strength a difference-maker. ~@PanthersDrafter, Panthers Analyst


21 Detroit
Dorance Armstrong
    Kansas
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
241



Detroit's impressing everybody right now. Fans are giddy, podcasts are buzzing, and the prospect of playoffs permeates the air. What would put the Lions over the top? One area that needs a closer look is the difference between Home Sack Percentage (5% of snaps) and Away Sack Percentage (9%) over the last two years. From 2013-15, the Lions' vaunted D-Line profited from home cooking. How about double-dipping in this draft on our D-Line?

Dorance Armstrong is weakside edge rusher nobody is talking about. Chris Trapasso recently said, "He may fly under the radar playing for Kansas, but has legitimate sack-specialist skills". He could be this year's Haason Reddick. As a Sophomore in 2016, Armstrong had 10 sacks, 20 TFL, 56 tackles, and 3 FF. Watch his highlights here, but cue him up in last year's overtime win against Texas. He logged 11 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. Now, let's get us a bona fide Nose Tackle and maybe a Tight End...


22 Tampa Bay
Tony Brown
    Alabama
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -10
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
198



A great overall team performance in Week Two's 29-7 win over Mike Glennon's Bears, but let's peel back the headlines a bit. In our previous mock draft, we pointed out that Jameis Winston could only direct one TD drive in all of pre-season, with zero TD passes --despite all the shiny-new offensive weapons. The Chicago game didn't fully exculpate these concerns. There were two TD drives, including one TD pass, but three field goals in a game that coulda-shoulda been 44-7. Points were left on the table that will be needed against NFC South opponents.

Defensively, the Bucs completely shut down the Bears' run game, but are we really happy with the pass rush? One team sack is meager against Glennon, who attempted 45 passes and had all but abandoned the run game in the 2nd half.

2018 Draft needs? We're continuing to target CB due to impending Free Agency, and also DE (see above under "pass rush").


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



Baltimore has had little success when lacking an elite talent at RB. That's what makes their recent strategy of utilizing mediocre, middle-round talent at the position so perplexing. The unspectacular 3.9 and 3.8 ypc of Buck Allen and Terrance West has little "wow factor," but Derrius Guice certainly has that ability in spades. This is a dream, high-impact scenario for the Ravens, but it would certainly be a deviation from the decision-making process over the last several years where the team has been "bearish" on investing heavily in the position. Should Baltimore go in a different direction, OL would be a relatively safe bet.


24 Seattle
Martinas Rankin
    Mississippi State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
302



At least the Seattle defense is still elite, holding the Packers to zero points in the first half at Green Bay, then allowing just 89 passing yards against the Niners in a 12-9 win. On the other side of the ball: a lot of punting. The Seahawks managed to finally score their first TD of the 2017 season when Wilson worked his trademark magic for a go-ahead strike to Paul Richardson.

Saying the Seahawks need offensive line help is an understatement. The Packers' first TD in Week One came after Luke Joeckel let in immediate pressure after the snap, causing Wilson to fumble at their own 5-yard line. Calling our line a train wreck would be an insult to train wrecks. Since 2006, offensive lines managed by Tom Cable average pass block rankings of 27 (PFT) in the NFL. Cable's hallmark used to be solid run-blocking -from 2012-15 average rank of 7 (PFT)- but last season ranked 26 (PFT). It is possible that Schneider and Carroll have mismanaged their scouting of OL players in recent years, but it's also likely that Cable isn't an acceptable coach. Still, expect blocking help early in the 2018 Draft. -@JefferyMChapman, Seahawks Analyst





25 Green Bay
Da'Shawn Hand
    Alabama
    DL5T
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
280



Da'Shawn Hand has had to bide his time on the uber-talented Alabama defense, getting limited snaps while waiting for Jonathan Allen, A 'Shawn Robinson, and Dalvin Tomlinson to depart for the NFL. There's some debate as to whether he is a better fit on the DL or as an Edge rusher. At 280 lbs, he's already heavier than what the Packers prefer (260-lb range) from an edge rusher. As a full-timer on the Alabama DL, expect Hand to beef up some more and thus be a DL5t candidate for the Packers.

Highlights

- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst


26 Dallas
Nick Chubb
    Georgia
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
228



Overreaction Mock! Yeah, I know investing another RD1 choice on an RB after only two years may be ridiculous . . . but while I can tolerate one game of 9 carries for 8 yards, I will NOT tolerate a player refusing to help his teammates tackle the opposition after an interception . . . and evidently, neither will HC Jason Garrett! So if you will kindly excuse my venting after a 42-17 loss to Denver, allow me to shed some logic on this pick:

1) Zeke's 6-game suspension may well start in 2018.
2) Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are UFA's in 2018.
3) Rod Smith is on a 1-year deal.

If Nick Chubb slides out of the top half of the 2018 NFL Draft, he would provide not only insurance but competition for Mr. Elliott. Last Saturday against Notre Dame, Chubb had 16 carries for 131 yards and 2 TD's. Let's bring back the old "Pony Express", run their collective legs off, and sign the survivor to a second contract!


27 Pittsburgh
Marcus Allen
    Penn State
    S
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205



Assuming that the Steelers feel that Ben will play a few more years, the team will likely look ahead to some other spots on the roster that will open in the coming years. Starting Free Safety Mike Mitchell, at 30, has one year left on his contract. The backup safeties are primarily Special Teams contributors who are something of a liability on defense.

Allen is a vocal tone setter for the Lions' defense. A strong leader in the locker room and a productive player on the field (2016: 110 tackles), he's best suited for Strong Safety in the NFL. With 36 career starts to his credit, Allen is a very experienced college player and should transition to the pro game quickly as a result.


28 New England
Christian Kirk
    Texas A&M
    WRS
    Reach/Value:     +17
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
201



Is Randy Moss available? How about Deion Branch? The way injuries have decimated this team pretty soon, you'll have to swap Malcolm Butler to receiver just to get targets on the field. On the latest injury report, Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are out for the year. Amendola has been shaken up with a concussion. Chris Hogan doesn't have a healthy ankle and Gronk injured his groin, although he does claim it's nothing to worry about. New England had a stellar offense this past season, averaging 5.9 yards per play. This could be in danger this season if Brady doesn't have dependable targets to catch the ball. Obviously, the defense is a big question mark going into next year but the value of this team hinges on Brady. Get him the weapons and watch the pigskin fly.


29 Denver
Micah Kiser
    Virginia
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
240



Call me crazy, but despite an incredible effort against one of the top rushing teams in football, I am not sold that this team can consistently stop the run. Todd Davis hits free agency this coming off-season, and with a lot of money currently sunk into their defense, he could become a cap-casualty. Kiser can fill that role as a run-stuffer in the middle of that defense, and add a physical presence that their current group of linebackers lack. ~Austin Smith


30 Oakland
Dante Booker
    Ohio State
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
233



The LB position for the Silver & Black remains weak and devoid of high-level talent. Yet, Reggie McKenzie's commitment to finding linebackers via dumpster-diving has not produced the glaringly-bad results we expected at the beginning of the season. Marquel Lee has been solid, and Nicholas Morrow has been a nice garage sale find as an undrafted free agent. Given that, I'm not as confident that this will the the RD1 direction the Raiders go, but adding a talent like Dante Booker would be a major and much-needed upgrade. Should Oakland go in another direction, RT or CB are the most likely selections.


31 Buffalo
Derrick Nnadi
    Florida State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +11
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
303



A hidden flaw in the Bills' second-ranked defense's success is Defensive Tackle. Kyle Williams will be 34 in June and is on a one-year deal. Concussed Jerel Worthy's in a contract year and lacks the height, vert, arm length, and hands to ably defend the pass. Captain Dareus was misused by Rex; he's best as an attacking one-technique (see Pro Bowl selection in Schwartz's 4-3), but now has a bad ankle.

Derrick Nnadi offers the strength and run-stopping skill that we got from Kyle Williams. He'll have to outshine my favorites, Vita Vea and Lowell Lotulelei (brother played for McD/Beane on Panthers), but isn't it a fine year to add a DL3t? ~Dean Kindig


32 Atlanta
Maurice Hurst
    Michigan
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
282



For all the questions about the post-Super-Bowl Falcons, being able to beat the Packers in Atlanta should no longer be one of them. Given the questions about the other NFC contenders, Atlanta can stake a reasonable claim to being the top NFC team, at least for the moment. In addition to a much-improved pass rush and pass defense, the Falcons might have one of the most underrated players in the NFL: the reigning MVP. The roster is deeper than it has been in years, but there are still some areas of concern. There are only two legitimate run-stopping DTs on the team, and one of them --Dontari Poe-- is playing through a one-year contract. The lightness of the other D-Linemen makes for a fast defense, but one that can wear down. That can make the fourth quarter more sporty than fans would like. Adding a premier DT could very well be on the docket for April.

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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4 Derwin James
Florida State
S
5 Harold Landry
Boston College
EDGE
6 Christian Wilkins
Clemson
DL3T
16 Tarvarus McFadden
Florida State
CB
17 Jaire Alexander
Louisville
CB
18 Kendall Joseph
Clemson
OLB
19 Derrick Nnadi
Florida State
DL3T
27 Micah Kiser
Virginia
ILB
30 Mitch Hyatt
Clemson
OT
33 Deon Cain
Clemson
WRF
40 Tyrone Crowder
Clemson
OG
44 Lamar Jackson
Louisville
QB
51 Quin Blanding
Virginia
S
59 Drew Bailey
Louisville
DL5T
69 Rick Leonard
Florida State
DL5T
72 K.C. McDermott
Miami (FL)
OT
73 Adonis Alexander
Virginia Tech
CB
83 Josh Sweat
Florida State
EDGE
84 Andrew Brown
Virginia
EDGE
86 Matthew Thomas
Florida State
OLB
88 Jordan Whitehead
Pittsburgh
S
89 Auden Tate
Florida State
WRF
93 Chad Thomas
Miami (FL)
EDGE
95 Brandon Facyson
Virginia Tech
CB
99 Trey Marshall
Florida State
S
104 Duke Ejiofor
Wake Forest
EDGE
107 Jaylen Smith
Louisville
WRF
115 Jacob Pugh
Florida State
OLB
120 Max Browne
Pittsburgh
QB
124 Kendrick Norton
Miami
DL1T
135 Dorian O'Daniel
Clemson
OLB
151 Deondre Francois
Florida State
QB
154 Cam Serigne
Wake Forest
TE
157 Nick Linder
Miami (FL)
OC
163 RJ McIntosh
Miami
DL5T
171 Austin Bryant
Clemson
DL5T
189 De'Asian Richardson
Louisville
DL1T
193 R.J. McIntosh
Miami
DL5T
198 Greg Stroman
Virginia Tech
CB
211 Scott Pagano
Clemson
DL3T
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