Josiah Ray's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2.0
Round 1 Picks 1-16
The 2018 NFL Draft may be the deepest quarterback group in quite some time.
Josiah Ray Last Updated: April 2, 2018.
Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- He's a great qb and u feel the only that can start week 1. He will sit behind Taylor most of the year though, he can make any throw and is very smart. With the #1 overall pick, no franchise qb, and Darnold available its obvious, they passed on Wentz and others before. They won't make that mistake again.
Previous Pick: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- It's not often a team picks at 2 and the giants are stacked and are only here cuz of injury. They will bounce back and at worst be picking 10-15 next year so if they don't address QB now they won't he able to later unless they wanna sell the farm. Rosen is a stud that's got a arm, accuracy, and is smart. He reminds me of Marino. Get him and have him sit a year or 2 behind eli. Eli plays out the next few years retires and the Rosen era begins.
Previous Pick: Mike McGlinchey, LT, Notre Dame
New York Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- You don't trade up to top 3 for someone other than a quarterback when you have McCown and bridgwater as your QBs. They clearly want a qb and Allen is the best available. He can sit a year behind McCown and bridgewater plus provides young competition and a youth movement at quarterback.
Previous Pick: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Buffalo Bills: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- In this mock, I have Cleveland sending 4 to Buffalo for 12 and 22. The Bills give up a Buffalo gives up alot and gets their franchise QB. Baker has loads of potential and is very smart. The most accurate qb and has the arm. This is a solid move and they have AJ who can start at first while Baker adjusts. Also for Cleveland they get more picks and can load up and get talent to play with Darnold.
Previous Pick: Kendall Joseph, MLB, Clemson
Denver Broncos: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- Hall of Famer Terrell Davis is the last franchise RB Denver had. The committee mindset hasn't worked. While Anderson statistically has been fine out of 10 carries he has 6 or 7 that are 1-3 yard gains then a big gain that makes him look fine. Barkley is a workhorse and athletic freak. They can have him pound the rock 20 times a game and take passes from Keenum. If they keep Anderson they can have him be the change of pace guy. Anyways while OL is somewhat a need Barkley would fix the run game in one pick and make the offense top 15.
Previous Pick: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, RE, North Carolina State
- Ironically the Colts were probably taking Chubb at 3. They can get him at 6. He's a stud pass rusher similar to Khalil Mack he can be a game changer on that young defense.
Previous Pick: Connor Williams, RT, Texas
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
- Tampa needs OL and gets the best guy at 7. The qb run will help a lot of teams and this could be huge for Tampa. Not only that but Nelson is the best guard prospect in years. He's a Joe Thomas. Zack Martin type player. He's gonna dominate whether he's on a dynasty contender or whether he has practice squad guys next to him.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Chicago Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
- They fixed the offense in FA so they look to defense, Fitzpatrick is a Jalen Ramsey type player that can play corner or safety like Chubb, Barkley, and Nelson hes a stud that should go higher around top 5 based on talent but falls due to the qb run. Chicago is lucky and snags him at 8.
Previous Pick: Harold Landry, ROLB, Boston College
San Francisco 49ers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- San Francisco lost out on both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns who would have both been great additions in Free Agency. They lack a #1 wr so it's obvious getting Ridley the best wr in the draft, he can play inside outside and do it all has great hands and great RAC ability. Hes gonna be a star and with Jimmy G throwing it'll be fun to watch his career unfold.
Previous Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Oakland Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, MLB, Virginia Tech
- They have needed a ILB for years and edmunds is a stud, he can play any LB position is very smart and has the instinct, he's athletic and has great range hes the best tackler in the draft, him and Roquan are close in talent but hes a better tackler and I just feel he fits what Oakland is wanting more with his versatility they can use him how they do with mack moving him around.
Previous Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Miami Dolphins: Will Hernandez, LG, UTEP
- They shore up the line with a stud, Hernandez would be the first lineman gone in any other draft but having a HOF talent like Nelson pushes him down. He will go to Miami and dominate and be the last piece for that line with Juwuan James and Laremy Tunsil.
Previous Pick: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
Cleveland Browns: Mike McGlinchey, LT, Notre Dame
- They got a franchise QB now they get a franchise tackle to replace Thomas, McGlinchey is the best tackle in the draft and has the best instinct too.
Previous Pick: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Washington Redskins: Roquan Smith, 3-4 MLB, Georgia
- Washington goes best player available and gets a steal in Roquan a guy who can lead their defense for years, Roquan has insane instincts and is a solid tackler.
Previous Pick: Malik Jefferson, LOLB, Texas
Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, 3-4 ROLB, UTSA
- Green bay lacks pass rush and because of that it puts a young defense in a poor spot, getting Davenport who might have the highest ceiling in the draft defensively is huge, he is versatile and can play 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, and 3-4 OLB, and the edge role in a nickel set. He's a step in the right direction and takes pressure off a young secondary.
Previous Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- Arizona gets a QB to develop behind Sam Bradford. Lamar needs time to sit and get used to the NFL but has massive upside and could be the most exciting player in the league.
- The Louisville defense is atrocious meaning Jackson is always throwing and behind. Last year they had a much better defense and he played well in almost every game, dominating Clemson but coming up just short, his line was weak and teams like Houston took advantage, freshman DT Ed Oliver was on him lile a jacket that entire game. It only got worse as the year went on vs LSU with a fit and beasting Arden key, Tredavious white, and Jamal Adams. Adams was instrumental by playing spy and running him down with his 4.3 speed. But he's shown he can make any throw and has good footwork, pocket presence, and decent awareness.
- If he gets a year off he can be great In the NFL especially in a system designed for him. If Cardinals get a weapon to replace Fitzgerald who will be retired by then sadly. Keep Brown, and run heavily with DJ they can be good. A option run system with Lamar Jackson and DJ is just unfair. This redshirt year also allows them to focus on preparing the offense and get weapons and players that suit the new style they will run. They will have a whole draft the next year to get ready for the Lamar Jackson era. This is probably my favorite pick in the draft as it sets the Cards up to be one of the most explosive teams in the league.
Baltimore Ravens: Connor Williams, RT, Texas
- Baltimore grabs the top offensive lineman on the board. James Hurst got extended, but he was a backup last year. Connor Williams can gain more strength until Baltimore's convinced they overpaid Hurst because he's not the long-term answer next to Ronnie Stanley at right tackle.
Previous Pick: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
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