January 22nd, 2018 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Monday, 22 January 2018 10:22

1) Cleveland Browns- QB Sam Darnold, USC- The Browns passed on Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, but finally pick a very talented quarterback with franchise potential. Darnold has to improve his ball security, but his accuracy, touch, poise and pocket presence cannot be taught.


2) New York Giants- QB Josh Rosen, UCLA- The former Bruin star’s moxie and strong arm will serve him well in New York.  The Giants are able to go from franchise quarterback to franchise quarterback and that doesn’t happen often.


3) Indianapolis Colts- OG Quinton Nelson, Notre Dame- Nelson is considered by many to be better than Zack Martin.  It is tragic how the Colts let Andrew Luck take a beating and get seriously injured by ignoring their offensive line.  Luck is getting ready to play again in 2018 and this time Indy better protect him.  Nelson is a terrific pass protector and a powerful run blocker.  The Colts also need to run the ball better to protect Luck and their defense.


4) Cleveland Browns- RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State- Cleveland has pedestrian running backs and the best friend for a quarterback (especially a young one) is a productive ground game.  Barkley is a 3-down back who is excellent at catching the ball.  Darnold’s chances of succeeding increase quite a bit if he has a stud back sharing the backfield with him.  A moribund Cleveland offense is transformed to an up and coming one in a single draft.


5) Denver Broncos- QB Josh Allen, Wyoming- Paxton Lynch is a major question mark and Trevor Siemian proved that he is not the answer in 2017.  Allen is raw, but could be the next Carson Wentz with his rocket arm, size and mobility. 


6) New York Jets- DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State- The Jets are a win-now team and sign Kirk Cousins to be their quarterback.  The number one missing piece to Gang Green’s defense is a big pass rusher.  Chubb is NFL-ready and is the top pass rushing defensive lineman in the draft.


7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama- Brent Grimes is 35 and Fitzpatrick is too talented, productive and versatile to pass up.


8) Chicago Bears- OT Connor Williams, Texas- Mitchell Trubisky is the Bears future and they want to protect their young quarterback.  Williams plays with a mean streak that Chicago fans will appreciate.


9) San Francisco 49ers- CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State- John Lynch understands that defense wins championships.  The 49ers do not have a top cornerback and Ward is extremely talented.  The impact that Marshon Lattimore had on the Saints is on Lynch’s mind.


10) Oakland Raiders- LB Roquan Smith, Georgia- The former Bulldog is exactly what is needed in today’s NFL at linebacker.  Smith defends the run sideline to sideline, easily drops into coverage and is an effective blitzer. 


11) Miami Dolphins- C/G Billy Price, Ohio State- The Dolphins are unsettled on the offensive line and Price is versatile and a day one starter.


12) Cincinnati Bengals-OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame- the Bengals want to get back to running the ball and that starts upfront.


13) Washington Redskins- QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma- The Redskins decide to move on from Kirk Cousins and select the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.  Mayfield provides Jay Gruden with a lot to work with.  His accuracy, timing and competitiveness more than make up for being on the short side (6’ 1”).


14) Green Bay Packers- OLB Harold Landry, Boston College- Clay Matthews is on the down side of his career.  Landry would provide the Pack with a young edge rusher to boost their pass rush.


15) Arizona Cardinals- QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State- Carson Palmer retired and Drew Stanton is a career backup.  Rudolph is not just a product of Oklahoma State’s system.


16) Baltimore Ravens- WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama- The Ravens are weak at the wide receiver position.  Ridley adds speed, youth and crisp route-running to Baltimore.


17) Los Angeles Chargers- DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama- Brandon Mebane is on the downside of his career.  Payne provides the Bolts with a powerful run stuffer in the middle of their defensive line.


18) Seattle Seahawks- RB Darrius Guice, LSU- Pete Carroll wants his team to get back to their identity, which is running the football.  Seattle will trade back late into the 1st round or even to the top of the 2nd round to pick up additional draft choices.  The Seahawks have not come close to replacing Marshawn Lynch.  Eddie Lacy is too slow to be effective now.  C,J. Procise is always hurt.  Thomas Rawls lost his burst due to injuries.  Mike Davis is a journeyman.  Chris Carson showed some potential as a rookie, but also could not stay healthy.  Guice becomes Seattle’s most talented back since Lynch.


19) Dallas Cowboys- DT Vita Vea, Washington- Dallas has spent a number of 1st round picks building an excellent offensive line.  They are now doing the same for their defensive line.  The Cowboys gave up 4.1 yards per carry last season.  Vea is the massive yet surprisingly quick beast in the middle of their defensive line that the Cowboys lack.  Vea demands a double-team and helps free up teammates to go get the football.


20) Detroit Lions- DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan- Matt Patricia is a defensive coach and adds a quick and penetrating defensive tackle. 


21) Buffalo Bills- DE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State- Buffalo’s pass rush needs a boost and Hubbard had good production for the Buckeyes.


22) Buffalo Bills- QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville- The Heisman Trophy winner has more upside than Tyrod Taylor.  He could be another Randall Cunningham with more experience.


23) Los Angeles Rams- G Braden Smith, Auburn- LA could use an upgrade inside on their offensive line to better match-up to top defensive lines. 


24) Carolina Panthers- OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma- Carolina must keep Cam Newton healthy and they are a running team.  Brown is a strong run blocker and has the size to play left or right tackle.


25) Tennessee Titans- DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA- Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are older players.  The Titans lack a big pass rusher.  Davenport has a lot of talent and upside.


26) Atlanta Falcons- DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford- The Falcons defense keeps improving and adding a talent like Phillips would be a sound move.


27) New Orleans Saints- LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama- The Saints defense improved significantly last season.  Evans is a do-everything linebacker that would help take the Saints D to another level.


28) Pittsburgh Steelers- LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech- Ryan Shazier was sorely missed by the Steelers.  Edmunds can play inside or outside and is a talented linebacker who will add to Pittsburgh’s defense.


29) Jacksonville Jaguars- WR Christian Kirk, Texas A & M- Kirk’s speed, quickness and run after the catch ability give a boost to Jacksonville’s passing attack.


30) Minnesota Vikings- G Will Hernandez, UTEP- Mike Zimmer wants to run the football and Dalvin Cook will be back from injury.  Hernandez beefs up Minnesota’s offensive line.


31) Philadelphia Eagles- OT Martinas Rankin, Ole Miss- Jason Peters is old and coming off of a serious knee injury.  Philly needs to protect Carson Wentz and Rankin provides them with a talented and young offensive tackle.


32) New England Patriots- CB Josh Jackson, Iowa- Malcolm Butler will likely leave the Pats as a free agent.  Jackson’s propensity for creating turnovers would be appealing to New England.




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