2018 NFL Mock Draft - 4/26/2018 - FINAL
1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold - QB (USC)
Cleveland Browns

The Browns reset their franchise (again) with the selection of USC Trojan QB Sam Darnold.  He has the ability to play if needed but he should reap benefits by sitting behind former Bills QB Tyrod Taylor.

Sam Darnold
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley - RB (PSU)
New York Giants

The Giants will attempt to gear up for another playoff run with the aging Eli Manning and Barkley provides immediate help to open up an offense which features WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram.  Barkley is considered to be a "generational" talent which overrides the temptation to select a higher value position like DE with Bradley Chubb.

Saquon Barkley
3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield - QB (Okla)
New York Jets

Apparently the Jets are all-in on Baker Mayfield and value him over Josh Rosen.  Regardless if its Mayfield or Rosen, the Jets will look to address the future of their QB position.

Baker Mayfield
4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb - DE (NC State)
Cleveland Browns

The Browns could be shopping this pick to a team looking for QB but in this scenario, I think they stay and take DE Bradley Chubb. Chubb paired with last year's #1 pick Myles Garrett provides a scary tandem for opposing offenses.

Bradley Chubb
5. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen - QB (Wyoming)
Buffalo Bills

* TRADE - via Denver Broncos *

We get our first trade as the Buffalo Bills complete their 2018 mission to pick their future QB.  Josh Allen has all of the tools needed to be an All-Pro but he is raw and needs work.  His strong arm will be a great fit in the northeast weather and his running ability will be a huge plus if the team doesn't address their offensive line concerns.

Josh Allen
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson - OG (ND)
Indianapolis Colts

Nelson is the last of the top 3 elite players in this draft.  Anytime you can add offensive line talent to your roster and help protect your ravaged QB, you do it.

Quenton Nelson
7. Tampa Bay Buccs: Derwin James - S (FSU)
Tampa Bay Buccs

Derwin James has seen his stock fall and rise this offseason to the point where he is now being considered the top DB in the draft. I think Tampa would have to also consider Denzel Ward in this spot.

Derwin James
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith - ILB (Georgia)
Chicago Bears

The Bears have some holes on their defense and Roquan Smith is a top 3 defensive player in this draft.  His instincts and ability to make an impact all over the field will be a huge plus for Chicago.  His speed and quickness compensate for his lack of ideal size as Smith is the type of LB who does not need to come off the field.

Roquan Smith
9. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen - QB (UCLA)
Arizona Cardinals

* TRADE - via San Francisco 49ers *

The Cardinals need to get a quarterback after Carson Palmer's retirement.  It would be a huge gamble to sit at 15 so being able to find a trade partner is huge.  I believe Rosen is the best QB and pure passer in this draft class.  Medical and personality concerns are causing him to slip but I think teams are going to regret passing on the former Bruin.

Josh Rosen
10. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward - CB (OSU)
Green Bay Packers

* TRADE - via Oakland Raiders *

The Packers are in need of secondary help and Ward is the top corner in this draft.  Moving up 4 spots for a potential rookie of the year candidate is a low-risk move.

Denzel Ward
11. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds - ILB (Va. Tech)
Miami Dolphins

If Edmunds is still on the board I think Miami will choose him over Alabama's slot/safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.  Edmunds is a young player who could play strong-side linebacker for the Dolphins and be a game-changing force day one.  The team needs help covering tight ends and running backs and Edmunds has the ability to do just that.

Tremaine Edmunds
12. Denver Broncos: Harold Landry - OLB (Boston College)
Denver Broncos

* TRADE - via Buffalo Bills *

Denver trades back and gets an impact pass rusher to play opposite Von Miller.  Landry struggled to return to form following an ankle injury but was one of the top pass rushers in college football in 2016.

Harold Landry
13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea - DT (Wash)
Washington Redskins

The Redskins need help on the defensive side of the ball and Vita Vea could be the run-stopping plug the team needs in the middle of their front.

Vita Vea
14. Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey - OT (ND)
Oakland Raiders

* TRADE - via Green Bay Packers *

The Raiders move back and still get the top offensive tackle in the draft with Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey.  

Mike McGlinchey
15. San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick - S (Alabama)
San Francisco 49ers

* TRADE - via Arizona Cardinals *

The 49ers get a player who was mocked to them early in the offseason prior to all of the Reuben Foster business.  Fitzpatrick is such a dynamic and versatile player its amazing he is still on the board.  With the ability to play corner and safety, he should help transform the 49ers defense and take them to another level.

Minkah Fitzpatrick
16. New Orleans Saints: Lamar Jackson - QB (Louisville)
New Orleans Saints

* TRADE - via Baltimore Ravens *

The trades continue as the Saints make a move for their future.  Word is the Saints were looking to select QB Patrick Mahomes in last year's draft.  They ended up with Marshon Lattimore so that ended okay for them but do they try again?  Lamar Jackson gets to sit a year behind future HOFer Drew Brees before he joins an offense dripping with talent (WR Michael Thomas and RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram).  

Lamar Jackson
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da'Ron Payne - DT (Alabama)
Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers could use some help on the interior of their defense at all three levels.  Payne offers the best value at this point and should provide immediate run-stopping ability.

Da'Ron Payne
18. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller - OT (UCLA)
New England Patriots

* TRADE - via Seattle Seahawks *

The Patriots must find an offensive tackle to replace Nate Solder.  With a few teams in front of them who could be looking at going OT, they make the move up.  New England goes with the player mostly compared to Solder in Kolton Miller.  Many feel like Miller has a fatal flaw in his game but coaches feel they can fix most flaws and the Patriots have great coaches so I don't see that stopping them.

Kolton Miller
19. Dallas Cowboys: Leighton Vander Esch - OLB (BSU)
Dallas Cowboys

Dallas is said to be in love with the Boise State linebacker.  Medical concerns exist but it appears Dallas may be okay with what they've found.  WR could also be the pick here after the team released Dez Bryant but I'm guessing they wait till round two to address this need.

Leighton Vander Esch
20. Detroit Lions: Marcus Davenport - DE (UTSA)
Detroit Lions

Detroit grabs the raw but talented Marcus Davenport to position opposite Ziggy Ansah.  If Davenport happens to be gone here, I think the team will fall back on a DT like Taven Bryan.

Marcus Davenport
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Frank Ragnow - OC (Arkansas)
Cincinnati Bengals

With OT Mike McGlinchey off the board, I think the Bengals will address their interior OL situation. Specifically at center.  Frank Ragnow is a day one starter who will bring a tough and nasty game to Cincinnati and help stabilize a struggling position group.  OSUs Billy Price is also an option here.

Frank Ragnow
22. Denver Broncos: Jaire Alexander - CB (Louisville)
Denver Broncos

* TRADE - via Buffalo Bills *

Denver finds their replacement to CB Aqib Talib in the rising and uber fast Jaire Alexander.  Alexander is on the rise after a great season and outstanding combine performance. He is lacking height but with his 4.38 speed, he should be able to stay with any receiver.

Jaire Alexander
23. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Oliver - CB (Colo)
Seattle Seahawks

* TRADE - via New England Patriots *

Seattle trades back and is still able to select the player to help rebuild its secondary. Oliver fits the mold of a Seattle corner with his size and length attributes in addition to his 4.5 speed.  

Isaiah Oliver
24. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore - WR (Maryland)
Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have needs on the offensive line and defense but what they've lacked for years is deep speed on the outside.  D.J. Moore has 4.4 speed and would be a great compliment to Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen with the ability to become their #1 WR.

D.J. Moore
25. Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard - DE (OSU)
Tennessee Titans

The Titans are looking to bolster their pass rush and Sam Hubbard appears to be the type of "safe" and consistent player the team could be looking for.  

Sam Hubbard
26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan - DT (Florida)
Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons fill their biggest need with the super athletic DT from Florida.  At 26, this is good value for Atlanta as Bryan has been rumored to potentially get selected in the late teens/early 20s. 

Taven Bryan
27. Baltimore Ravens: James Daniels - OC (Iowa)
Baltimore Ravens

* TRADE - via New Orleans Saints *

The Baltimore Ravens move back and grab who many people feel is the best center in this draft.  Like divison rival the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have no starting center after losing Ryan Jensen to free agency.  While Daniels will need time to grow and add strength, he has great potential with a superior ability to pull and get to the second level of a defense.  

James Daniels
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans - ILB (Alabama)
Pittsburgh Steelers

After the tragic injury to linebacker Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh will look to find his replacement.  The team missed on Vander Esch but Evans is a talented linebacker who should be able to fit right into the Steelers scheme on day one. 

Rashaan Evans
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Calvin Ridley - WR (Alabama)
Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville is missing a top flight WR and Calvin Ridley will fill that gap for them.  Ridley has fallen as many Alabama prospects do during the course of draft season but I feel like Ridley has barely stratched the surface of his ability.

Calvin Ridley
30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn - OG (Georgia)
Minnesota Vikings

The team needs to make sure they protect their fully guaranteed 84 million dollar QB.  Some consider Wynn the 2nd best offensive lineman in the draft.  He played tackle at Georgia but is likely to be moved inside in the NFL.  That said, he has the ability to play all of the positions.

Isaiah Wynn
31. New England Patriots: Josh Jackson - CB (Iowa)
New England Patriots

The Patriots go with the ball-hawking corner from Iowa in Josh Jackson to fill the hole created by the Malcolm Butler situation.

Josh Jackson
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice - RB (LSU)
Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are likely to trade down in this spot but if they stay here I would expect them to add the best player available as they have very few needs.  Derrius Guice is a player who could add another dimension to the defending Super Bowl champion's offense. 

Derrius Guice
  • Penn St.
  • Jr
  • 6000
  • 233
  • 31 3/8
  • 4.40
  • 29
  • 41.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/2
  • NC State
  • Sr
  • 6043
  • 269
  • 34
  • 4.65
  • 24
  • 36.00
  • 10.01
  • 9 7/8
  • Notre Dame
  • Sr
  • 6050
  • 325
  • 33 3/4
  • 0.00
  • 35
  • 26.50
  • 8.09
  • 10 3/8
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6001
  • 204
  • 31 1/7
  • 4.46
  • 14
  • 33.00
  • 10.01
  • 9 3/8
  • UCLA
  • Jr
  • 6040
  • 226
  • 31 3/4
  • 4.92
  • 0
  • 31.00
  • 9.03
  • 9 7/8
  • Ohio St.
  • Jr
  • 5107
  • 183
  • 31 1/4
  • 4.32
  • 16
  • 39.00
  • 11.04
  • 8 3/4
  • Oklahoma
  • Sr
  • 6005
  • 215
  • 30 1/4
  • 4.84
  • 0
  • 29.00
  • 9.03
  • 9 1/4
  • Georgia
  • Jr
  • 6007
  • 236
  • 32
  • 4.51
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 10
  • Florida St.
  • So
  • 6016
  • 215
  • 33
  • 4.47
  • 21
  • 40.00
  • 11.00
  • 9 1/2
  • USC
  • So
  • 6033
  • 221
  • 31
  • 4.85
  • 0
  • 26.50
  • 8.09
  • 9 3/8
  • Va. Tech
  • Jr
  • 6044
  • 253
  • 34 1/2
  • 4.54
  • 19
  • 0.00
  • 9.09
  • 9 3/8
  • Boston College
  • Sr
  • 6023
  • 252
  • 32 7/8
  • 4.64
  • 24
  • 36.00
  • 9.11
  • 9 3/8
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6004
  • 189
  • 31 5/8
  • 4.43
  • 15
  • 31.00
  • 9.02
  • 9 1/8
  • Washington
  • Jr
  • 6040
  • 347
  • 32 5/8
  • 5.10
  • 41
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 10
  • LSU
  • Jr
  • 5104
  • 224
  • 30 3/4
  • 4.49
  • 15
  • 31.50
  • 0.00
  • 9 3/4
  • Notre Dame
  • Sr
  • 6077
  • 309
  • 34
  • 0.00
  • 24
  • 28.50
  • 8.09
  • 10
  • UCF
  • Jr
  • 5101
  • 189
  • 30 7/8
  • 4.53
  • 20
  • 35.50
  • 10.07
  • 8 3/4
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6024
  • 311
  • 33
  • 4.95
  • 27
  • 28.50
  • 8.11
  • 9 3/8
  • Texas
  • Jr
  • 6051
  • 296
  • 33
  • 5.05
  • 26
  • 34.00
  • 9.04
  • 10 1/2
  • Wyoming
  • Jr
  • 6047
  • 237
  • 33 1/4
  • 4.75
  • 0
  • 33.50
  • 9.11
  • 10 1/8
  • UTSA
  • Sr
  • 6056
  • 264
  • 33 5/8
  • 4.58
  • 22
  • 33.50
  • 10.04
  • 9 1/8
  • Louisville
  • Jr
  • 6022
  • 216
  • 33 1/8
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/2
  • Louisville
  • Jr
  • 5102
  • 196
  • 31 1/8
  • 4.38
  • 14
  • 35.00
  • 10.07
  • 9 1/2
  • Michigan
  • Sr
  • 6012
  • 292
  • 32
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 1/2
  • Ohio St.
  • Jr
  • 6053
  • 270
  • 33 1/8
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 35.00
  • 9.08
  • 10
  • UTEP
  • Sr
  • 6023
  • 327
  • 32
  • 5.15
  • 37
  • 24.00
  • 8.08
  • 9 7/8
  • Colorado
  • Jr
  • 6002
  • 201
  • 33 1/2
  • 4.50
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • 9 3/4
  • Southern Methodist
  • Jr
  • 6033
  • 218
  • 32 3/8
  • 4.54
  • 18
  • 35.50
  • 10.04
  • 9 3/4
  • Boise St.
  • Jr
  • 6042
  • 256
  • 33 7/8
  • 4.65
  • 20
  • 39.50
  • 10.04
  • 9 3/4
  • Iowa
  • Jr
  • 6003
  • 196
  • 31 1/8
  • 4.56
  • 18
  • 38.00
  • 10.03
  • 9 3/8
  • LSU
  • Jr
  • 6047
  • 238
  • 33 1/2
  • 0.00
  • 0
  • 31.00
  • 9.09
  • 10
  • Oklahoma
  • Jr
  • 6051
  • 256
  • 33 1/2
  • 4.67
  • 17
  • 0.00
  • 9.05
  • 10 1/2