2018 NFL Mock Draft (top ten)

Posted: January 11, 2018 in Football, New entries, NFL
  1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, USC QB – Darnold’s considered by some to have the highest ceiling in this draft class. The Browns will have options to bring in free agent passers this offseason to give Darnold time to develop. The Browns are bottlenecked so badly by their offense Darnold or Rosen make the most sense here.
  2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, UCLA QB – Rosen has polished mechanics and projects to become relevant on this offense faster than other quarterbacks in the draft. The Giants are deeply talented on defense and will look to compete in the NFC East right away rather than rebuild for a year plus.
  3. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, NC State DE – The Colts have one of the most ineffective pass rushes in all of Football. Chubb is an elite senior pass rusher who can improve a substantial area of need for Indianapolis. The Colts also need a running back and better pass protection for Andrew Luck.
  4. Cleveland Browns (through Houston Texans) – Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS Alabama – New Browns GM Jon Dorsey has shown a preference for defensive players in the draft. Fitzpatrick might be the best player in the draft period, defense and offense. Fitzpatrick was winner of the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe award for nation’s top defensive player and defensive back for 2017. Fitzpatrick’s been a key cog for Alabama’s national championship team and number one defense in scoring for all of DI NCAA Football.
  5. Denver Broncos – Josh Allen, Wyoming QB – CBS Sports network analyst Brady Quinn said he likes Josh Allen more than any QB prospect in this year’s draft class. Allen posted stronger numbers in 2016 than 2017 but showed up well in his bowl game against Central Michigan. Allen has impressive size and arm strength and John Elway might think he can craft Allen into an accurate NFL passer.
  6. New York Jets – Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB – Coach Bowles is used to having a strong secondary which the Jets are entirely lacking having whiffed on several early round cornerbacks in the past. The Jets need a QB but run a west coast offense. If they can’t get Darnold or Rosen they will likely wait until later rounds to draft a passer. Ward has excellent speed and has been part of an elite Ohio State defense replacing Marshon Lattimore.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Orlando Brown, Oklahoma OT – The Bucs need to protect Jameis Winston better. Ryan Fitzpatrick started three games last season because of Winston injuries. The Buccaneers also need help in pass rushing but their whole game-plan doesn’t work without effective pass blocking. Brown is a colossal left tackle who was integral to Oklahoma’s playoff berth this season.
  8. Chicago Bears – Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame OT – The Bears could use some offensive weapons but will return Kevin White who can contribute in a big way. Trubisky will need more time to find open receivers and scan the field. Left tackle McGlinchey excels as a run blocker which will also help Jordan Howard and that Bears run game.
  9. Oakland Raiders – Kolton Miller, UCLA OT – Jon Gruden will likely look to groom QB Derek Carr. The Raiders have other needs but QB focused Gruden will look at either a receiver or blocker here. Newhouse has not done his job as a starting tackle. Miller’s an LA guy who will give Carr plenty of time to find the open man.
  10. San Francisco 49ers – Courtland Sutton, SMU WR – The 49ers need a true number one wideout. Garcon and Goodwin are solid players, but they lack height and top speed to stretch the field. Sutton was teammates with 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor who’s been surprisingly effective out of the slot. The 49ers could also look at cornerback or inside linebacker here.

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