2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 – Trades Edition

The 2018 NFL is finally just a day away. Lots of rumors have been flying around and visits have taken place. I’ve done two mock drafts so far, one before free agency and one after the combine. Now with two weeks to go, it’s time for my final mock draft of the year. This time featuring which teams I believe will trade up in the draft, and which QB will slide on draft day. Let’s dive in!

 

#1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold – QB – USC

I don’t buy all the Baker #1 talk, and I don’t buy any talk of them trading out of this spot. If it were me I’d take Saquon #1 and then take who’s left at 4 because I don’t think there’s a huge gap between any of these QBs. But I believe Darnold is Dorsey’s guy, and will be taken that way at the top of the draft.

#2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State

If I were the Giants I’d take your future franchise QB at this spot, but every report says that they’re intent on keeping Eli for the next few years. So you take the guy who’s probably the best overall prospect in this draft and help a team that’s still built to win now.

#3. New York Jets (via IND): Baker Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma

Last year the Jets took Jamal Adams and he was able to transform that defense as a leader on the field. This year, they do the same with their next franchise QB in Baker Mayfield.

#4. Cleveland Browns (via HOU): Bradley Chubb – DE – NC State

Imagine pairing Bradley Chubb opposite of Myles Garrett. That and getting your franchise QB at #1 and this is a home run first night of the draft for Cleveland.

#5. Buffalo Bills (via DEN): Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming

In this scenario Buffalo trades up and gets the guy with maybe the highest ceiling in the draft. He’s got the size, and the arm strength to get them through the tough Buffalo winters, and if he hits, could make the Bills the leaders in the division in the coming years.

#6. Green Bay Packers (via IND): Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State

The Packers desperately need help in their secondary. In this mock, the Packers do what they rarely ever did under Ted Thompson and trade up to get the best corner available. He can step in and start right away and now you have a great young cornerback pairing with Ward and Kevin King.

#7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James – S – Florida State

Tampa ranked as one of the worst secondaries in the league this last year, and James is an athletic freak and can help them right away.

#8. Chicago Bears: Quinton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame

They have what they believe to be their franchise QB, they hired a coach to help him, and they also signed Allen Robinson and Trey Burton this off-season. Now they take the best offensive lineman on the board and help protect him. If he’s there at 8, the Bears will RUN this pick to the podium.

#9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith – LB – Georgia

If he’s there at 9, I have to imagine they Niners will take Smith. Not only is he the best linebacker in the draft, it also gives them the ability to move on from Rueben Foster.

#10. Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB – Alabama

The Raiders need help in the secondary, and Fitzpatrick has the playmaking ability and the versatility that can help them.

#11. Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA

One of these QBs is bound to fall, and it looks like the most likely is Rosen. He’s the purest passer of the draft, but teams will shy away from his attitude. This is the absolute floor here for Rosen and I think it’d be a steal of he gets to #11.

#12. Denver Broncos (via BUF): Marcus Davenport – DE – UTSA

An athletic freak, Davenport is a project edge rusher. If he hits, he’s the next big think that many people have compared to Ziggy Ansah. Why not put him under Von Miller’s wing and then you’re back to a dominant pass rush.

#13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea – DT – Washington

The Redskins learn from what the Eagles are doing an invest in their offensive line. They drafted Jonathan Allen last year, and with Vea they can grow a dominant defensive front.

#14. Indianapolis Colts (via GB): Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech

The Colts trade back and get a LB with high potential. Only 19 years old, Edmunds has the athleticism to be a great end to end do it all linebacker.

#15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville

Jackson is the biggest lightning rod QB in this class. I’m high on him and I think under the right staff he could be great. Everyone knows that Bradford is just a 1 year guy and a year on the sidelines learning would be great for Jackson.

#16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame

The Ravens had one of the worst o-lines in the league last year, which contributed to their offense being so bad. McGlinchey can come in and start at right tackle right away opposite of Ronnie Stanley and give more time for Flacco, as well as get their run game going.

#17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne – DT – Alabama

#18. Seattle Seahawks: Will Hernandez – OG – UTEP

The #1 need for the Seahawks is on the offensive line, and Hernandez is a bully that can help in both the pass and run game.

#19. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama

After letting Dez Bryant go, the Cowboys need a #1 receiver. Ridley has been downplayed in the last few months, but he’s still the clear #1 receiver in the draft, and should be there for them at 19.

#20. Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan – DT – Florida

#21. Cincinnati Bengals (via BUF): Isaiah Wynn – OG – Georgia

#22. Buffalo Bills: James Daniels – C – Iowa

Daniels can step in right away at center and replace the newly retired Eric Wood.

#23. New England Patriots (via LAR): Leighton Vander Esche – LB – Boise State

#24. Carolina Panthers: Josh Jackson – CB – Iowa

After trading away Daryl Worley and not being able to sign Brashaun Breeland, the Panthers take the physical ball-hawk out of Iowa.

#25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry – EDGE – Boston College

#26. Atlanta Falcons: Maurice Hurst – DT – Michigan

#27. New Orleans Saints: Dallas Goedert – TE – South Dakota State

#28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans – LB – Alabama

The Steelers need to start looking for the eventual replacement of Ryan Shazier.

#29. Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Moore – WR – Maryland

The Jaguars lost both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns this off-season, so they search for their next #1 receiver.

#30. Minnesota Vikings: Connor Williams – OL – Texas

#31. New England Patriots: Jaire Alexander – CB – Louisville

#32. Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Hughes – CB – UCF

 

Where do you see the top prospects going? Let’s start a conversation on Twitter @thomas_mooney1, @AFewGoodMics

 

 

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