Ryan Romero's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-16
The 2018 NFL Draft may be the deepest quarterback group in quite some time.
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New York Jets: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- The New York Jets select this quarterback because they need a quarterback, but they don't have a great offensive line so why not get a QB that can create plays with his legs. He could be exactly what the Jets are looking for.
Chicago Bears: Malik Jefferson, 3-4 MLB, Texas
- The Bears need someone on defense that will help create plays for them to get that spirit of Brian Urlacher back which in my opinion was the last time they were even relevant so he would be a great fit here for the Bears.
San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey, RT, Notre Dame
- The 49ers seem to be putting together a team that will be very capable of competing I think they may go with a superior offensive lineman here and get a solid quarterback in the second round assuming they are disappointed with Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and C.J. Beathard. McGlinchey has experience at both offensive tackle spots so he could start out as the teams right tackle and take over at left tackle in 2020 when left tackle Joe Staley has an expiring contract since Staley will be 35-years-old in 2020.
Cincinnati Bengals: Chukwuma Okorafor, LT, Western Michigan
- The Bengals are also looking for a way to protect Andy Dalton they stacked up with offensive weapons this past draft on wide receiver and running back so now all they need to do is find a good offensive lineman that con provide the protection to Andy that he needs so he can make the reads to John Ross the Boss and A.J. Green.
Detroit Lions: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
- Since other teams went with their needs first the Detroit Lions find them self in a great position to pick up the wide out that will remind them of the second coming of Calvin Johnson and give Stafford a solid target to throw to and to be able to compete with opposing teams defenses.
Baltimore Ravens: Harold Landry, 3-4 ROLB, Boston College
- The Ravens are solid on offense because of Flacco and Wallace so they pick Landry as a way to pair him with Williams to add some serious depth to that pass rush and just like that the Ravens may be able to reenact that superb 2000-2001 Ravens defense that helped them win Super Bowl 35.
Arizona Cardinals: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- Sam Darnold as many people know I am more sold on Lamar Jackson and I have a few other quarterbacks ahead of Darnold but that could change as rumors have swarmed the young quarterback that he has been able to work on his throwing motion and change some key mechanics in his game that may sell me more on him in time to come but as for right now he will have a team that will be ready to let him take over the reigns.
Miami Dolphins: Cameron Smith, MLB, USC
- After drafting Raekwon last year they add Smith to form a truly deep linebacker core to help manage games and get the Dolphins extra possessions which will be key because Tannehill is proving to be injury prone and Cutler is on a one year deal so the Dolphins may start to build a solid defense and use that as a philosophy to start to win games again.
Los Angeles Chargers: Arden Key, ROLB, LSU
- The Chargers are building the defense they drafted a great corner back and line so they continue the trend by solidifying their box presence this will also be key for some of the heavy running teams that they do face with in their own division from Kansas City and Denver.
Cleveland Browns: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- The Browns will go with a cornerback or secondary for that matter after some key drafting last year on the line and on the offensive side of things the Browns are looking to find a shutdown cornerback and Jaire may be exactly what they are looking for and not to mention he can pick the deep ball of in stride, so that could be key when they start to see their inner division opponents.
Minnesota Vikings: Connor Williams, LT, Texas
- After drafting some key defensive positions last year and a loss on the line in Kalil which he will replace quite easily. They picked up Riley Reiff in Free Agency at left tackle, but he's better at right tackle. Williams gives the Vikings a true blindside that their quarterback can rely on.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
- Jacksonville already has a great secondary and made some improvements then focusing on the line a little bit last year they finally get the key center piece that they need on the line which is Wilkins the defensive tackle from Clemson to pair with Malik Jackson.
Los Angeles Rams: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- The Rams find themselves still hung up on Gurely but more attempts and fewer yards this past season wasn't very impressive so they resort to Guice the running back out of LSU for a jump start and a way to be able to create time for Jared Goff.
Philadelphia Eagles: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
- Quenton Nelson is selected with this particular pick because they want to protect Carson Wentz and continue to allow him to have time to throw. So he is a really nice fit and take time in developing some chemistry with his quarterback as far as scrambling pattern and decision making habits go. Philadelphia released left guard Andrew Barbe as well. Barbe was projected to start at left guard.
Oakland Raiders: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
- I picked Ferrell here and stuck him on the right end he is a very talented player and put him across from Mack and you may have two of the best pass rushers in the game since Ferrell is very quick, powerful, and athletic off the line at this point he is a steal in the draft.
Buffalo Bills: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- Saquon Barkley is selected with this pick because they need someone who can run and be able to do it well. The last good running back the Bills had was Marshawn Lynch now they drafted some good defensive pieces and a great receiver in Zay Jones last year so he will add on to the offensive rebuilding to help the bills maintain possessions and to help keep the ball out of Brady's hands longer when they meet so he is a great pick and should make an impact in Buffalo.
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