Mark Sciubba's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 17-32
Mark Sciubba follow @MarkSciubbaDoe Last Updated: April 24, 2018.
Los Angeles Chargers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- Idk if there's a better QB to coach fit in this draft then Anthony Lynn and Lamar Jackson. Jackson would be perfect for his offense. A situation like this is one Lamar could easily succeed in. And if you get him on the field in powder blue I guarantee you, Chargers aren't going to be playing in front of a crowd the size of an unpopular kids birthday party.
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Seattle Seahawks: Connor Williams, OT/G, Texas
- Another year, another season derailed by terrible Offensive play in Seattle. At Least they finally realized Tom Cable had to go and wasn't the future head coach some thought he was. Adding a talent like Williams to the young talent they already have could finally five he Seahawks a good O line. Can you imagine Russell Wilson with a good O line? That's an MVP type season in the making.
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Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- Dallas finally did what every rational NFL team that wasn’t GMed by the owner would do and cut Dez Bryant. Sutton can step in right away and be just as good if not better. Building an offense around Dak is priority number 1 in Dallas. Adding a talent like Sutton a tall red zone threat who also has the agility of a slot receiver between the 20s is a great place to start.
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Detroit Lions: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
- Lions get a top CB prospect here to lockdown everything across from Slay. The Lions need to retool their not bad, but not good defense for Patricia to make it great. The top reason for their mediocre defense in my opinion is, lack of drafting secondary players with premium picks, and no pass rusher to pair with Ansah. There’s no for sure pass rusher in this draft after Chubb so grabbing one of the top corners should be the way to go.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Wynn, OT/G
- Bengals need to add the top O lineman on their board, for me it’s Wynn who can not only play all 5 spots on the o line but excels at it. After last year’s debacle of John Ross not even being given a chance to get on the field they need an impact player round 1.
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Buffalo Bills: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
- Buffalo has as many holes as any playoff team I can remember. Now that they addressed their biggest. It’s time to start crossing off some others. Evans would be a perfect day one starter for the Bills who need a new Middle Linebacker. would not be surprised in the least if Bills brass would value a guy over like Leighton Vander-Esch over Evans but Evans is the top LB on my board.
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New England Patriots: Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
- Hurst has the best first step i’ve ever seen at Defensive Tackle. His heart condition is the only thing that could keep him from teams taking a chance on him. Patriots need to add speed in the front 7 and Hurst does that while also adding some interior pass rush for them.
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Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
- Panthers need to finally address defensive end with a high pick. The DTs and LBs are too good to not get a defensive end who can get to the QB. Davenport can sit and be a situational pass rusher for a year until he develops. There's a lot of questions on Davenport, but someone will fall in love with the speed and potential of the Conference USA pass rusher.
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Tennessee Titans: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
- The first pick of the Mike Vrabel era in Tennessee will be a big one. I think Vrable grabs a linebacker who's elite athleticism has him getting some Brian Urlacher Comps. Like the Bills and Bears, getting a inside linebacker who can be a day one player for year is a big priority for the Titans.
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Atlanta Falcons: Da'Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
- I think Atlanta could surprise everyone and grab a WR here. I don’t think it enough though to have them pass up on a guy picture perfect for their defense. A guy like Payne added to the talent they already have could turn them into an all time great defense who alone can lead a team deep into the playoffs.
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New Orleans Saints: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
- New Orleans defense has to be the most improved unit in the Nfl last year. They shouldn’t rest on those laurels though and should add the best defensive player available to them if they don’t love any of the available QBs. Hubbard is getting a lot of late first buzz after the combine and he fits a need for the Saints. I would opt for a corner to pair with Lattimore here but this is a what I think will happen mock not what I would do.
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
- A team the Board fell bad for here is the Steelers. All of the inside linebackers they would have loved to have fall to them is off the board. Fear not though Steelers fans, you’re secondary could still be way better than it is. Harrison is a First Round talent who would start day one and do a better job than Mike Mitchell for way cheaper and without any media drama. Harrison is the type of hard working player who can help the Steelers get back to their ways. Though I know some Steelers fans would be dissappointed with this pick, I promise you Ronnie Harrison is not letting Blake Bortles ever throw all over a secondary he’s in.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Moore, WR. Maryland
- Much like the Steelers, the Jags would be dissapointed no LB fell to them. With that being the case the Jags would have to decide between adding another stud O line to an already great unit so Fournette can run for 2,800 yards. The other option would be to grab a great prospect at receiver like Moore. He would be the perfect compliment to the run heavy offense in Jacksonville with his ability to stretch the field. Moore can be a number one receiver in the NFL and will help ease the QB transition from Bortles to his eventual replacement.
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Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
- Minnesota gets some protection to their big free agent investment. Hernandez has a mean streak in the run game that will help get the most out of star rookie RB Dalvin Cook.
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New England Patriots: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- I think New England decides it can get one of the QB’s they want in the second round and instead take the best player available who can help them right now. Guice would be Brady’s new best friend and if committed too could lead the NFL in rushing as a rookie.
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Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
- As great as Jason Peters has been they need to think about his eventual replacement. Brown despite his historically bad combine has plenty of believers in him in the NFL and scouting community. He can be a plug and play starter for a team. If he ever has to run 40 yards downfield then something has gone terribly wrong.
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