2018 NFL Mock Draft First Round Picks 1-20
1. Cleveland Browns
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
The Cleveland Browns have the number one pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After avoiding one franchise quarterback after another, the Browns take no chances this year and take the most dynamic quarterback in this years draft. Look for general manager John Dorsey to bring in an offensive coordinator that can scheme an offense around Jackson’s play making ability, similar to how Bill O’Brien used DeShaun Watson in 2017.
2. New York Giants
Sam Darnold, QB, USC
With an aging Eli Manning, The Giants use their first pick to address the most important position in sports and draft their quarterback of the future. Darnold possesses the elite arm talent, pocket presence, and poise that is needed to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. A proven veteran like Eli Manning will help groom Darnold and prepare for when he eventually takes over at quarterback.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Derwin James, S, Florida State
GM Chris Ballard goes defense for the second year in a row and takes James with the third overall pick. The Colts all of a sudden have a very good safety tandem with James and Malik Hooker that they can build around.
4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) Connor Williams, T, Texas
The Browns already have a solid left tackle in Joe Thomas, but he is 33 years old and has struggled to stay healthy. With their next pick, the Browns draft the best tackle on the board to help ensure their precious quarterback stays upright. Williams most likely plays guard as a rookie and will transition to tackle after the Browns move on from Joe Thomas.
5. Denver Broncos
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
John Elway saw what the Broncos are capable of when they have a competent signal caller under center. Rosen will join a roster that isn’t that far away from being contenders, led by a very capable defense . Elway locks down his quarterback of the future and hopefully a quick turnaround the Denver Broncos.
6. New York Jets
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Similar to Denver, the New York Jets may only be a quarterback away from being a contender in the AFC. With the sixth pick, the Jets draft a quarterback who is a play making machine. Mayfield is the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner who’s skill should transfer over nicely like the NFL.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
The Buccaneers get a major upgrade in their pass rusher with the addition of the NC State’s career leader in sacks. Chubb is an explosive athlete who wins with his hands at the point of attack. Opposing quarterbacks will definitely be weary of him because he is often coming around the edge with his hair on fire.
8. Chicago Bears
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
The Bears need to add weapons to help take pressure off of their franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and they can add a big one by drafting Sutton with the eighth overall pick. Standing at 6’4 218, Sutton is a matchup nightmare in the red zone, where he can use his size to box out smaller defenders and help put six points on the board instead of three. Sutton has very underrated speed and is capable of taking it the distance on any given catch.
9/10. San Francisco 49ers
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
It’s unknown whether or not Carlos Hyde returns to the 49ers into 2018. But that won’t stop John Lynch from bringing in another offensive weapon who can take Shanahan’s offense to the next level. Barkley is a three down back who can contribute in both the running and passing game. Barkley is a threat to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball, which will be a huge advantage for Jimmy Garoppolo on play action.
9/10. Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
The Raiders add a heat-seeking missile with their first pick. Smith is a sideline to sideline linebacker who has the instincts and toughness needed to have a successful career in the NFL. With Smith lurking in the middle of the field, running backs and receivers will definitely proceed with caution.
11. Miami Dolphins
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
The Dolphins pull the trigger on an absolute stud and select Fitzpatrick, who is a versatile prospect that lines up all over the secondary and wreaks havoc on opposing rushers and receivers. The Dolphins most likely will line him up at safety, where he can roam and make plays all over the field.
12. Cincinnati Bengals
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Bengals solidify Andrew Dalton’s blind side and add bulk to the offensive line. Williams will contribute right away, bolstering the run game and allowing Dalton more time in the pocket.
13. Washington Redskins
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Washington continues to add play makers to their receiving corps with the addition of the Alabama stand out. Ridley’s precise route running combined with his break away speed should help him transition very smoothly in the NFL.
14. Green Bay Packers
Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
The Packers are at their best when the ball is in Aaron Rodgers’ hands. And the best way to do that is to get off of the field on third downs. As long as he can stay healthy, Key should develop into an unstoppable force, coming off of the edge for Green Bay.
15. Arizona Cardinals
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
The NFC West is not a division you want to be in if you don’t have a solid interior offensive line. The Cardinals draft themselves a stud guard who will help anchor their offensive line on passing downs, while opening holes for arguably the best running back in the NFL in David Johnson.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The Ravens add competition to the quarterback room and bring in a young gunslinger. Allen has a rocket for an arm with tremendous upside. Allen will get the luxury of learning from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback on how to be a pro.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Chargers continue to build their defense around young playmakers and add to the mix a ball-hawking cornerback. Standing at 6’1, Jackson is a long, rangy cornerback who excels in press coverage and is a perfect scheme fit for the LA Chargers.
18. Seattle Seahawks
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
It doesn’t appear that the Seahawks have the room to sign Tyler Lockett to a long-term deal so Pete Carroll will have to find another dynamic playmaker to add to their receiving corps. By drafting Washington, the Seahawks have the ability to take the top off the defense while Doug Baldwin works the field underneath.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
With Dez Bryant on a decline and unlikely to take a pay cut, the Cowboys draft an explosive play maker to be their new number one receiver. Miller has the potential to be a top ten receiver in the NFL. With opposing defenses loading up the box to slow down Ezekiel Elliott, Miller should see a lot of one on one coverage.
20. Detroit Lions
Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Oliver is a lockdown cornerback who can shut down an entire side of the field and take an opposing teams best receiver out of the game. The Lions get themselves a young defensive stud who they can build a solid defense around.
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