Josiah Ray's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Debut
Round 1 Picks 1-16
The 2018 NFL Draft may be the deepest quarterback group in quite some time.
Josiah Ray Last Updated: October 6, 2017.
San Francisco 49ers: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- Its pretty obvious here, a stacked QB draft. A QB needy team. I think Mayfield and Rosen are looking like the best QBs right now and I feel they go Rosen, the hometown guy everyone knows. A ideal fit for Shanahan’s system. Now they just need weapons for him.
New York Giants: Mike McGlinchey, LT, Notre Dame
- Now the obvious pick is LT replacing Flowers, Giants still believe in Eli and they got a QB in the second last year so I don't think they go for QB yet, but Eli could be on his last year here. McGlinchey has been solid and looks like a lock for the best tackle.
Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
- James is locked in as the best DB prospect, hits hard, can play any position in the secondary, his pro comparison is Ramsey and he would bolster a chargers D that's borderline elite, having him on the back would improve them drastically assuming everyone stays healthy and they get a kicker they could be playoffs, but its the chargers so you know.
Cleveland Browns: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- Lots of places they can go but they don't have a #1 corner. They select Alexander who's a beast, while hurt this year he's easily the best cover corner tho a little undersized. He draws pro comparisons to Champ Bailey the way he leaves guys slightly open to fool the QB then uses elite acceleration to step in for the pass defense or pick. He had 8 INTs last year, he's been hurt this year but should be back soon. He's a balanced CB that can play man or zone and in the AFC North he's needed. Gonna be going against AB, Green, ect.
Indianapolis Colts: Connor Willliams, LT, Texas
- Colts have a lot of issues but getting a premier blindside defender helps alot, the key is keeping luck healthy and developing a run game, they have a young OL adding a stud on the left can make them a good OL if they make a decent FA addition, look for them to select a RB in FA or draft, Barkley could go here tbh but I think getting a OL is more key and plugging a RB in is better than getting a star and giving him trash to work with. Defense could use help too but LT is the most important position and they already have QB.
Cincinnati Bengals: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- Dalton isn't the answer, McCarron isn't trusted. I'd bet money Bengals clear house after this year and the best way to restart a franchise is getting a QB. Mayfield is the best on the board and likely Heisman winner. Will be key as they rebuild. With the 2 blue chip franchise LTs gone I think they go QB it's a easy decision.
Chicago Bears: Harold Landry, DE/ER, Boston College
- A lot of people had Arden key here but he's having a very poor year and has zero conditioning, yeah he's coming off a injury but its likely he returns a year if he doesn't improve his stock. Even if he does go though Harold has been amazing this year, he's a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB, he will fit well at OLB opposite Leonard Floyd giving them a elite ER group. Another option would be a WR.
Miami Dolphins: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
- They could go QB but feel they will give 1 more year to Tannehill, and probably add in FA. Nelson is a elite guard and allows them to put someone next to Tunsil who plays LT and shores up their OL. With Ajayi, Landry, Parker, Thomas they have alot of weapons for Tannehill and if they move on the following year they have a good young team and a QB friendly situation, they could go QB in the 2nd round though.
Washington Redskins: Malik Jefferson, 3-4 MLB, Texas
- Jefferson is a headhunter. And for a Washington defense that prides itself on dealing damage rather than playing safe in coverage he's a perfect fit to the mentality. I love watching the redskins D who are really underrated. Even their backups vs KC were playing hard. This defense plays rough a lot of times that means they go for big hits and with missed tackles it screws them, but adding Jefferson who's a great tackler and a enforcer is great, he will play next to Zach Brown as the 2nd ILB and will make the defense elite.
Tennessee Titans: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
- He's a lock as a first rounder, has a balanced speed and strength, is a great run stopper and elite pass rusher. He will help their defense which has long been the weak spot for this franchise.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- This gives Jameis another stud weapon. He's averaging 129 yards and 1 TD a game, he can go deep, short, medium, he can run any route, has elite speed (possibly a 4.3 come combine) the 6'0 205 pound WR can do it all and will develop into a elite WR giving Winston 2 great options especially as DeSean Jackson gets older.
Seattle Seahawks: Orlando Brown Jr., LT, Oklahoma
- Everyone knows Seattle needs OL. Brown is massive at 6'8 345 pounds, his footwork improved massively and he will be perfect for Seattle effectively shoring up the LT spot, with a few more performances like he's had he may go even higher out of Seattle's reach but I feel they trade up for a tackle if they are out of reach.
Oakland Raiders: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- Oakland faces the best run defense and best defense 2 times a year, Lynch is aging and looks spent despite all the hype. Barkley is the undisputed best RB and one of the best outta college in years, he has HOF potential and giving carr a stud like him takes away all pressure in the run game opening up the pass. The defense is still a massive issue but it would be the most Oakland thing ever for them to continue to ignore it and focus offense while praying Mack can play like 3 men and win games.
New York Jets: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- It was originally thought they were tanking but the jets look good. A 3 headed committee backfield is beasting, getting a franchise QB in darnold at #14 would be a dream. He's struggled This year and honestly hasn't lived up to hype, but USC lost a lot of talent in Smith-Schuster, Banner, and others. Darnold still displays great mechanics, accuracy, touch, and footwork. Great leadership which will help a lot for the jets. He's a prototypical pro style QB and will do well in the NFL I feel, getting him weapons just like I said with the 49ers to build around rosen, is the next step on the agenda for the Jets.
New Orleans Saints: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- The heir to Drew Brees is selected, Brees is likely done in NO with their cap situation and age, I could see him going somewhere with a young QB (or a team that just drafted QB and sit the rookie) Rudolph has shown he's a elite prospect and if not for such a stacked class he would be higher. He's putting up great numbers and leading a dominant offense, OROY candidate right here with guys like Thomas helping. I can see them being more balanced with Brees gone leaning on Alvin Kamara as the franchise back and use him in the receiving game a lot.
Minnesota Vikings: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
- Bradford looked amazing, Bridgewater is about to be healthy. This team doesn't need a QB as most people think (with Keenum even looking like a stud) the Vikings go best available at a need and that's Wilkins the dominant nose tackle who fits perfectly into their line. This is the best situation for Wilkins and will make their defense even better. Look for this to be a playoff team and contender with Bradford/Bridgewater, Cook, Thielen, Diggs. All they need is OL honestly.
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