2018 NFL Mock Draft: Browns lead off with QB; Seahawks, Saints, Eagles boost O-line

The Browns should go tough during signing Kirk Cousins to a richest agreement in NFL story once giveaway group opens adult in March. They have an implausible volume of tip space and struggled with what was expected a misfortune quarterback play in a fasten final year.

But he has to wish to play there. And convincing a best authorization QB to strike a open marketplace in some time on a thought of fasten a group that was 1-31 over a final dual seasons is a tough sell.

For a functions of this mock, we have Cousins fasten a Jets in March, thereby holding them out of a quarterback race. And that means a Browns have to use a No. 1 collect on their top-rated QB prospect. Waiting until No. 4 to breeze a QB means opening adult a probability of a Giants, or a trade-up team, sniping a Browns’ tip choice. They can’t means to let that happen.

Below is a stream breeze order, that facilities a silver flip during No. 9 and 10.

1. Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold, QB, USC. The former ubiquitous manager in Cleveland put off committing to a authorization quarterback for dual years and eventually paid for it with his job. Don’t design a new front bureau to make a same mistake. In a category installed with several intensity long-term starters during a many vicious position in football, we entirely design a Browns to use their tip collect on their quarterback of choice rather than risk blank out on their man by targeting him during No. 4. I’m creation Darnold a favorite for that respect right now.


2. New York Giants

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. It’s positively probable a Giants use this collect on a quarterback, yet we’re going to have to wait until a mix to see who emerges as a claimant for a top-two pick. The Cousins marketplace could also play into who’s accessible here. we design to container a QB in here eventually, yet for now we’ll hang with Barkley, presumably a best using behind awaiting to come along given Adrian Peterson. I’d also like to see a Giants cruise trade down (perhaps with a Bills?) to collect adult mixed resources to use to boost their descent line.


3. Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. With Barkley off a board, a Colts focus to holding a best pass-rusher in a class. Kansas City enjoyed a resources of pass-rushers when Colts GM Chris Ballard was with a team, adding Dee Ford in a initial spin in 2014 notwithstanding already carrying Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The Colts need to boost their pass rush after recording usually 25 sacks in 2017 (31st in NFL), and Chubb would have an evident impact.


4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)

Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama. I’m inventory Fitzpatrick as a giveaway safety, yet design a group that drafts him to go a Jalen Ramsey track and try him during cornerback first. At possibly position, he feels like a tighten for a tip 5 formed on his flexibility and a significance of carrying chosen talents in a delegate in today’s game. If a Browns come out of a initial spin with a intensity authorization QB and Fitzpatrick, they’ll have “won” a draft.


5. Denver Broncos

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The Broncos seemed to do their due industry on Baker Mayfield during a Senior Bowl, yet if Rosen falls into their laps we consider he has to be a pick, supposing a quarterback conditions isn’t resolved by breeze day. Rosen has pro-style knowledge during UCLA and total to be a form of high-ceiling talent John Elway is looking for during a position after dual years of sophistry Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.


6. New York Jets

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa. The Jets get their authorization quarterback in a form of Kirk Cousins in this scenario, and they now use their tip collect on another square to supplement to their young, earnest secondary. Jackson is glorious in man-to-man coverage and comes off a deteriorate in that he led a republic in interceptions. He gives a group an glorious deputy for free-agent Morris Claiborne.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The Buccaneers need to ascent several spots on their descent line, and while left tackle is arguably a bigger need, Nelson is a best descent line awaiting in this category and good value selecting in a tip 10. He’s a form of awaiting that isn’t going to move a lot of fad to a authorization yet about as doubtful to spin into a bust as anyone after winning top-tier talent during a collegiate level.


8. Chicago Bears

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. The Bears have their authorization quarterback, and now it’s time to give him someone to chuck to. With Alshon Jeffery a thing of a past and Kevin White not operative out, Chicago needs to residence this debility in mixed ways. Even if they pointer a comparatively big-name giveaway representative receiver, I’m not statute them out for Ridley, who is a many improved awaiting than his collegiate numbers suggest.


9. San Francisco 49ers

Derwin James, SS, Florida State. John Lynch showed in his initial breeze as 49ers GM that building a peculiarity invulnerability is a tip priority, as a 49ers drafted Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster in a initial spin and followed that adult by holding Ahkello Witherspoon in a second round. James can be a Swiss Army blade for a 49ers’ invulnerability while giving a group nonetheless another building retard on that side of a ball. 


10. Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. The Raiders contingency go to work improving all 3 levels of their defense; Khalil Mack can’t do it alone. Smith has glorious energy and speed during a linebacker position and should be a force as a three-down linebacker for this section for years to come.


11. Miami Dolphins

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The Dolphins are confronting a large doubt symbol during quarterback after Ryan Tannehill missed a whole year due to injury, and 2018 is a initial year it becomes financially possibly to get out from underneath his contract. While a group could save $15.2 million in tip space by releasing him, a healthy Tannehill is value gripping as a starter one some-more year while Allen develops and gets in position to take over in 2019.


12. Cincinnati Bengals

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. The Bengals have to come out of this breeze with a improved devise for their descent line after a disaster of 2017, and McGlinchey is a good step in a right direction. He has proven himself opposite some of a country’s best edge-rushers during his Notre Dame career, and he’ll urge both a pass- and run-blocking for a group that desperately needs it. This would be a good mark for a Bengals to trade down as good and collect adult mixed picks to residence a line.


13. Washington Redskins

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech. With a quarterback conditions sorted out, we consider a Redskins many expected use this collect on a front-seven player. Zach Brown is a giveaway agent, while Mason Foster and Martrell Spaight fit improved in abyss roles. Edmunds is partial of a evolution of a linebacker position, players who “devoured ball-carriers and reason adult in coverage simply given of their vast jaunty gifts during their outrageous size,” per a Chris Trapasso.


14. Green Bay Packers

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. The Packers could go one of a few ways with this pick, yet after signing Davante Adams to an prolongation during a finish of a season, a many expected unfolding has them targeting a actor on a defensive side of a ball. Here they supplement to a cornerback abyss breeze with Ward, a smallish cover man who nonetheless has reason his possess with bigger targets. He and Kevin King would give a Packers a good substructure during a position for years to come.


15. Arizona Cardinals

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Arizona is a transparent trade-up claimant if they can’t land a starting-caliber quarterback in giveaway agency. we pegged them as trade adult to No. 10 in my ridicule dual weeks ago, and might do so again depending on how a marketplace shakes out in March. Mayfield might be on a shorter side, yet he has a gunslinger genius that many descent coordinators should be vehement to build upon.


16. Baltimore Ravens

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. In Ozzie Newsome’s final breeze during a helm of a Ravens, he brings in a informed name, a son of a late former Ravens tackle Orlando “Zeus” Brown. This isn’t usually a bequest collect for a franchise; Brown Junior is a large participation who has a physicality to attain in a NFL and should be a boost to a team’s pass insurance from Day 1.


17. Los Angeles Chargers

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. The Chargers have a span of beasts on a dilemma to rush a passer, yet too many times this year they were finished in by a run, giving adult a league-worst 4.9 yards per lift as 6 opponents surfaced 150 rushing yards opposite them this season. Payne gives a Chargers a best run defender in this breeze as good as a sneaky-good pass-rushing hazard from a inside to span with their glorious twin during end.


18. Seattle Seahawks

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. The Seahawks enter a offseason with dual starters on a offense line sealed in (Duane Brown, Justin Britt), and they should be looking for upgrades for all 3 other spots. Hernandez has all we wish from a safeguard awaiting and can step in and start from a get-go. He’d be an critical spoke in Seattle’s descent line for a subsequent 10 years if comparison here.


19. Dallas Cowboys

Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Maliek Collins hasn’t worked out in his dual years on a line, and he was a separate in run invulnerability while personification a second-most snaps of any Cowboys defensive lineman behind DeMarcus Lawrence. Vea would be a outrageous burst brazen in run defense, and he can also get into a backfield and assistance fall a slot on flitting downs. Trapasso says the “Haloti Ngata comparisons are spot-on.”


20. Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The Lions should be looking for some approach to boost their pass rush if they don’t move Ziggy Ansah behind subsequent season. While during his best Ansah is tough to handle, injuries have tormented him a final few years and done him mostly ineffective. Davenport would be an glorious cheaper choice to reinstate Ansah’s production, yet there’s also a possibility a large defensive lineman could be prolonged left by a time a Lions pick.


21. Buffalo Bills

Billy Price, C, Ohio State. The Bills lost Eric Wood to a career-ending damage this offseason, and they could demeanour to a breeze to find his long-term deputy if they aren’t gentle giving Ryan Groy a bigger role. Price is impossibly strong, and that should assistance him mount adult to NFL-caliber defensive tackles right from a get-go.


22. Buffalo Bills from Chiefs

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. The Bills have done it transparent they don’t see Tyrod Taylor as a long-term starter, and given they’ve been mostly incompetent to land chosen talents in giveaway agency, that should meant branch to a breeze to find their authorization quarterback. It’s probable they package their dual picks together to burst into a tip 10. If they stay put, Jackson total to be a best-case scenario. Like Deshaun Watson, opinions of Jackson are all over a map, yet Brian Daboll should be means to put him in a position to succeed.


23. Los Angeles Rams

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn. With Trumaine Johnson finally removing a shot during giveaway group after being franchise-tagged twice, and with Nickell Robey-Coleman also scheduled to strike giveaway agency, it’s transparent a Rams have some work to do during a position. Even if they land someone in giveaway group (perhaps a Wade Phillips-Aqib Talib reunion?), they shouldn’t demur to go dilemma here if a awaiting they like is available. Davis has a distance to compare adult with receivers during a NFL spin yet still has room to grown underneath Phillips’ tutelage.


24. Carolina Panthers

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Panthers are tied to Matt Kalil for during slightest one some-more year, yet another year of a distance of play he delivered in 2017 will leave them unfortunate for a change. Why not get a burst on that eventuality with Williams, who has a high roof for a left tackle awaiting yet didn’t come tighten to personification adult to it in 2017? Using him as a pitch tackle in 2018 and removing him prepared to take over subsequent year should safeguard a descent line is a strength in front of of Cam Newton.


25. Tennessee Titans

Arden Key, OLB, LSU. Like Williams one collect earlier, Key was a highly-touted awaiting entrance into 2017 who didn’t live adult to his billing. He’ll have to answer questions about off-field red flags during a combine, yet design him to exam good adequate to sojourn in a first-round conversation. The Titans have their tip dual outward pass-rushers ticketed for giveaway group after a 2018 season, so drafting and building Key could put them forward of a game.


26. Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan, DT, Florida. The Falcons don’t have many needs, yet one mark they could be targeting in a initial spin is defensive tackle, with Dontari Poe usually signing a one-year understanding final offseason. Bryan has warranted some J.J. Watt comparisons notwithstanding a miss of stats during a collegiate level, so he could be a quick riser if he blows divided a foe during a combine.


27. New Orleans Saints

James Daniels, C, Iowa. The Saints showed in 2017 that they can build a offense around a widespread using game, and it wouldn’t be too startling to them keep building on that strength with a collect like Daniels. He’s on a tiny side for a core prospect, yet he’ll be a good fit for a Saints’ zone-blocking scheme. His batch could be on a arise if he can put adult a good bench-press series during a combine.


28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama. The inside linebacker position tragically became one of need when Ryan Shazier suffered a inauspicious damage opposite a Bengals during a Monday night game. While Shazier focuses on his health, a group contingency find an answer inside. That could come in a form of Evans, a versatile linebacker who can cover in a flitting diversion yet take on blockers while aggressive a using behind as well.


29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The Jaguars will watch Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson strike giveaway group in March, yet a latter is a claimant for a authorization tag. And Allen Hurns is a recover claimant whenever a group wants to partial ways with him and his large tip number. While a Jaguars had unheralded receivers like Keelan Cole step adult in 2017, there’s still reason to indurate their talent bottom during a position this offseason. Sutton is some-more of a possession receiver than a burner, and he could give Blake Bortles a confidence sweeping he needs in a flitting game.


30. Minnesota Vikings

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. Assuming a Vikings figure out what to do with their free-agent quarterbacks streamer into a draft, they could be looking to supplement talent during one of a few opposite positions. One mark where they have a need is during defensive tackle, where Sharrif Floyd can’t be counted on to resume his career anytime soon. Hurst is small for an NFL defensive tackle, yet he has a speed to dig into a backfield and should give a team’s pass-rush a boost.


31. New England Patriots

Harold Landry, DE, Boston College. Landry expected doesn’t have a distance to reason adult as a three-down defensive finish in a NFL, yet one thing he’ll give a group that drafts him is pass-rush assistance after pier adult 16.5 sacks in a dermatitis 2016 campaign. The Patriots are positively a group looking for that form of boost after carrying to spin to James Harrison late in a deteriorate and postseason. Bill Belichick would put Landry in a best possibility to succeed, and if he reaches his potential, a Patriots could have their subsequent pass-rush star.


32. Philadelphia Eagles

Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. The Eagles have no Day 2 picks, and it creates clarity for them to trade down if they aren’t in adore with how a house shakes out by a time No. 32 is on a clock. If they stay put, a jaunty Wynn would be a good value in a spot, and he’d give a group but many vivid needs peculiarity abyss inside.

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