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Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–mock draft season.

Now that the draft order is almost finalized, figuring out how the draft will shake out becomes easier. Every two weeks, I will be making a mock draft titled Nick’s Picks. The mock drafts are subject to change, considering the playoffs haven’t concluded yet and teams’ needs will change accordingly. With that being said, let’s mock.

NOTE: There will be trades, but since I cannot predict who will trade, I decided to leave them out. I have written an article predicting what trades could occur.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  6. New York Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  10. Oakland Raiders: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  20. Detroit Lions: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  21. Buffalo Bills: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  24. Carolina Panthers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
  26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  27. Philadelphia Eagles: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  28. Minnesota Vikings: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ken Webster, CB, Ole Miss
  30. Atlanta Falcons: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  32. New Orleans Saints: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Biggest Takeaways:

Sam Darnold will be the number one overall pick. He’s got a tough, blue collar attitude to him which fits perfectly with Cleveland. Rosen is too “upper-middle class” for the Dawg Pound, so he won’t be the pick.

The Herd’s Colin Cowherd gives his reasoning:

USC QB Sam Darnold.

The Broncos do NOT take a QB. I think they need to give both Siemian and Lynch both a fighting chance before adding another guy. If it doesn’t work out, then next year’s draft can be a viable option. For now, they take star edge rusher Bradley Chubb.

NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb.

Lamar Jackson, the Louisville Cardinal, becomes an Arizona Cardinal. With Palmer retiring, the Cardinals need a new QB, and Jackson is the best option available.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Mayfield goes to the Chargers. I’ve had a fascination with this occurring, since I think Rivers and Mayfield have a lot of similarities in terms of their persona. Don’t be surprised if this happens.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Quenton Nelson falls to the Cowboys. In every draft, there is a prospect expected to go in the top 10 that falls into the teens. In 2017, it was Jonathan Allen falling to the Washington Redskins. In 2016, it was Laremy Tunsil falling to the Miami Dolphins. Nelson can give the Cowboys’ offensive line the title of the best line in football once again.

Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson.

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