The 2018 NFL Draft is exactly four days away by now you’ve all seen the mock draft 2.0 3.0 100.0. But in all seriousness as the old saying goes the time for talk is over. It’s now time for all 32 NFL teams to hand in that card with an NFL draft prospects name written on the back with hopes they can become a perennial player for their franchise for the next decade.
Some might consider this an NFL Mock Draft,However every year I give a bold prediction based off need and that includes trade scenarios that haven’t even happened yet, or shall I say some trades haven’t even been thought of. I have just become the GM for all 32 NFL teams and commissioner Roger Goodell has just said the words WELCOME TO THE 2018 NFL DRAFT! THE 2018 NFL DRAFT IS HEREBY OFFICIALLY OPEN………
- Cleveland Browns
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The speculation is officially over and contrary to the belief of many Cleveland is in an envious position in which they have two first round draft picks inside the top five. This move will undoubtedly shock the NFL draft experts and mess up draft boards across the country, but this is a slam dunk pick that the Browns would regret passing on.
Buffalo Bills have acquired the 2nd overall pick from the New York Giants in exchange for 12th & 22nd overall pick! Let me explain the New York Giants aren’t going to draft a quarterback with the second pick they’ve already committed to Eli Manning as their starter next year and it would essentially be a wasted pick here at number two. If the Saquon was there they would’ve pulled the trigger however since he isn’t they trade back to receive more bang for their buck.
- Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Buffalo Bills have been looking for their franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly unbeknownst to them they’ve already got him on their roster. YES, AJ MCcarron however this pick insures the Bills the security needed just in case he isn’t.
- New York Jets
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: This pick screams NEW YORK! The Jets will finally get their future franchise QB in Mayfield and also will add some real excitement to an NFL offense who’s needed it. This pick can potentially change the culture in New York Baker possess that grit you’d like to see from your team’s leader.
- Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold , QB, USC : The Browns played their cards correct and selected the quarterback whom they wanted all along. I believe Cleveland just solidified their football team particularly the offense with the first two draft selections. The talent to succeed will be in place, It comes down to coaching and producing on the field. Lets face it the Browns are comfortable with whomever they land as a passer at 4 that’s why they can afford to draft Barkley 1st overall.
- Denver Broncos
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State: Von Miller will be smiling come Thursday because he will officially have a tag team partner to help wreak havoc on opposing offenses . This is simply Denver taking the best impact player available and although you can make the case for other needs this is a pick that can possibly help Denver return to the post season, Something they haven’t done since Miller had a tag partner by the name of Demarcus Ware and they just so happened to hoist the Lombardi trophy that year.
- Indianapolis Colts
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: Lets be realistic the Colts haven’t been good as of late and that is because they’ve been without franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck has been out with shoulder issues for almost two years and when he has sparingly played it didn’t look good, because his offensive line was nonexistent. Chris Ballard’s main objective this off season should be get Andrew Luck on the field and Keep Andrew Luck on the field PERIOD! Nelson insures that happens highly touted as the best football player in this draft , I’m inclined to believe if this wasn’t a quarterback driven league he would have been the 2nd selection however this is the NFL and that would be preposterous.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: This is a no brainer Fitzpatrick is the best defensive back in a stacked draft class he’s anchored the Bama Secondary starting as a true freshman. He is a future pro bowler and this selection gives the Buc’s an identity on defense.
- Chicago Bears
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: All the upside is here standing at 6’5 the 19-year-old linebacker who ran a 4.54 at the NFL scouting combine looks to be the pick here. I say that because he is 19 there will certainly be a learning curve for him coming out so young, so this pick looks to have a huge upside for the future. I don’t expect Edmunds to come in and wreak havoc right away but in 2-4 years we can be talking about the best linebacker in the NFL.
- San Francisco 49ers
Derwin James, DB, Florida: This seems to be the obvious choice after deciding to part ways with former 1st round pick Eric Reid this seems to be the replacement to fill the void left by Reid. This pick would be a slam dunk James is a player with a high ceiling and still has even reached his true potential when you look up ballhawk in the dictionary he immediately pops up he’s always around the ball and for the Niners secondary this could be a huge addition behind the newly acquired Richard Sherman!
- Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: The best linebacker in the draft who can come in day one and be and absolute stud for any defense. I think Smith easily becomes one of the best tacklers in NFL. Oakland’s defense would immediately upgrade and thought of Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith is downright unfair.
- Miami Dolphins
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The slide is officially over a lot of mocks have Rosen sliding into the twenties lets be realistic that isn’t happening. However, I still have him sliding not because he’s a bad player, but the NFL draft comes down to comfort and likability both things have come into question throughout Rosen’s draft process so much so that what once was thought of as a top five pick land right into Miami’s lap and ohhh how they needed. The Ryan Tanehill hype train has come and gone lets just call it for what it is Tannehill isn’t really he good. He’s shown flashes but so has Jay Cutler……… anyway this is the perfect chance for Miami to move on and get a true Starting quarterback with actual franchise potential.
- New York Giants
Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas -San Antonio: After dealing away longtime pass rusher Jason Pierre Paul New York desperately needs another edge rusher to compliment Oliver Vernon here is where they accomplish just that. Many of you might be thinking why not just draft Chubb 2nd overall well because although Chubb may be more pro ready I believe the upside is the same Davenport’s upside may be higher because as a raw prospect he still gives opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators the same nightmares.
- Washington Redskins
Da’ron Payne, DL, Alabama: Daniel Snyder and Washington Redskins go with familiarity and team up Payne with his old defensive line pal Josh Allen whom they selected in the first round of last years draft. Da’ron Payne eats up space and is the epitome of run stuffer while he shows flashes as a pass rusher his game is stopping the run anyhow he seems to live in opposing offenses backfield. With this pick Washington will have a defensive line to be feared.
- Green Bay Packers
Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State: The selection of Ward seems like the obvious choice after trading away Demarious Randall they desperately need to pair last year standout rookie Kevin King with another standout DB. I think with this selection Green bay will have a very good secondary for the foreseeable future.
- Arizona Cardinals
Vita Vea, DL, Washington: The Arizona Cardinals selection of Vita Vea would take this defense to another level Corey Peters would finally have a stable mate who can help against the run and pass. My observation is Vea is the best NT in this draft he can rush the passer and stop the run with ease this would be a slam dunk.
- Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Baltimore Ravens desperately need to find a quarterback who can create plays the team has already committed publicly to QB Joe Flacco this year and only this year. With the Selection of Jackson, they are acquiring a dual threat QB with a big arm. This selection will perhaps signal the end Flacco’s run in Baltimore.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan: With two ferocious pass rushers on the outside in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram the Bolts have made it no secret that they are looking to beef up the interior on the defensive line. They’ve shown interest in previous selected NT’s and since none are available they will select they best available. My observation is this pick isn’t flashy due to health scare Hurst had during draft process due to an irregular heartbeat. If his health checks out this pick would have a major upside.
- Seattle Seahawks
Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa: If you’re looking to replace Richard Sherman you’ve just accomplished that with this pick long, rangy and athletic terms once used to describe Sherman and the same terms used to describe Jackson once a former receiver this player is an absolute stud opposing quarterback will learn to stay away from Jackson.
- Dallas Cowboys
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: After the sudden release of Dez Bryant this pick seems to be the obvious choice to pair up with Allen Hurns. Calvin Ridley has been pegged as the best receiver in this draft class however I beg to differ he just went to a bigger school than all the rest. Ridley will be Dallas’s selection, but my belief is they could’ve gotten a better pick.
- Detroit Lions
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: An offense that has a fearst passing attack is finally getting some help for the run game. Guice is touted as the second best running back in this draft class and I couldn’t agree more. This will be an immense help for Matthew Stafford and give them a much-needed balance on offense.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: McGlinchey is regarded as the best OT in the draft and this pick would help solidify the Bengals offensive line they players are in place to succeed Duke Tobin and company must make sure they can keep Andy Dalton upright. My observation the Bengals traded for Cordy Glenn whose projected to start on the left side with this pick McGlinchey can anchor the right side for years to come.
- New York Giants
Will Hernandez, G, UTEP: He is no Quenton Nelson, but he is a slam dunk pick the New York Giants grab the second-best guard in the draft in Hernandez. The selection of Hernandez gives the New York Giants a mauler at the position who is just plain and simple nasty this pick will insure Eli stays upright.
- New England Patriots
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: The selection of Rashaan Evans gives the Pats some much needed defensive help. Evans is all over the field and is a tackling machine he’s a player the Patriots could use in many different areas. My belief is the Patriots have landed a solid player if he can stay healthy which has been a concern throughout the draft process.
- Carolina Panthers
Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: With need at the receiver position the Panthers get that in Kirk. I think this pick is solid at this point in the draft based on need and it also give Cam Newton a second option in the passing game.
- Tennessee Titans
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State: With need at the linebacker position this is a can’t go wrong with pick. Vander Esch is a top 15 prospect on my board but due to the multitude passers selected early on he fell to teams that are selecting based on need. I think this a slam dunk pick and will sure up the Titans on defense.
- Atlanta Falcons
Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia: This is a forgotten about prospect but a surefire difference maker along the offensive line. This pick will give Atlanta one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. This is a slam dunk pick that I’m sure the Atlanta faithful wouldn’t mind having. Wynn stays in state and anchors the o-line for years to come.
- New Orleans Saints
Mike Hughes, DB, UCF: Last year it was Marshon Lattimore this year they go defensive back again with Hughes. This pick could solidify the Saints defense and give Lattimore another solid cover corner on the other boundary.
- Pittsburg Steelers
Ronnie Harrison, DB, Alabama: This selection would immediately send waves through the AFC North Harrison is what the Steelers have been missing on the defensive side of the ball he’s the kind of player that will set the tone time and time again. I think this would add much needed help to a secondary that needs it.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: The Jacksonville Jaguars shocked the NFL world last year with how amazing they looked and how the dismantled some of the best teams even almost defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Title game. The one thing that seemed to be missing from an offense that was at times efficient was a security blanket for QB Blake Bortles. I don’t mean an actual security blanket to protect him from coaches, players and teammates for when he throws his signature two interceptions a game. I mean someone who can bail him out of making those boneheaded mistakes.
- Minnesota Vikings
James Daniels, C, Iowa: This selection of Daniels who is highly touted as the best center in this draft would send a clear-cut message they mean business. Daniels is athletic and young he has much more room to grow and can play the guard position if needed also. Kirk Cousins would be Exhilarated with this pick.
- New England Patriots
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: The BC product stays in state as he is selected by the New England Patriots. This pick is a steal this late in the first round and honestly shouldn’t have happened but once again this is a QB driven league. The Patriots lost edge rusher James Harrison to retirement so Landry would be the perfect replacement.
Cincinnati Bengals have acquired the 32nd overall pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 46th & 100th pick. Before you call me crazy the Philadelphia Eagles have the 32nd pick and wouldn’t pick again until the 4th round day 3 with the 130th . The Eagles have already said they’d like to trade out of the first round so they can acquire picks for day two Cincinnati has a total of 11 picks and still have a need at center this trade makes too much sense for both sides.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas- This pick bolsters the Bengals offensive Line and gives them much needed help at center and completes the offensive line overhaul. The thinking is at pick 46 the Bengals were in danger of missing out on the biggest position of need with the amount of draft capitol this move was critical because Ragnow wouldn’t have made it to 46 he’s too dominant of a player.
|Date(s)||April 26–28, 2018|
|Time||8:00 PM ET|
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