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Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Coming into the 2.0 version of Nick’s Picks, some major changes have been made. None of these picks are set in stone, since there are still roughly three months until the 2018 NFL Draft. In this segment, I question the order in which the quarterbacks are selected. Is Josh Rosen really worth the number two pick? Are people undervaluing Baker Mayfield? Will the Broncos take a QB? These questions will be addressed in this mock draft.

NOTE: Explanations for picks will occur after the 2018 NFL Combine.

  1. CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. NYG: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  3. IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  6. NYJ: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. TB: Connor Wiliams, OT, Texas
  8. CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  9. SF: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  10. OAK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  11. MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. CIN: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  13. WAS: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  14. GB: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  15. AZ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. BAL: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  17. LAC: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  18. SEA: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  19. DAL: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  20. DET: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  21. BUF: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  22. BUF(KC): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  23. LAR: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  24. CAR: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  25. TEN: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  26. ATL: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  27. NO: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  28. PIT: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  29. JAX: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  30. MIN: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  31. NE: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  32. PHI: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

Biggest Takeaways:

Baker Mayfield goes to the Giants. Mayfield is the polar opposite of Eli Manning, but the pressure of playing in the Big Apple is something that Mayfield could deal with, since he has done well in receiving scrutiny from the national press. Yes, he’s a bit of a goofball, but he has a cannon of an arm and has that clutch mentality needed to start and do well in this league.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Josh Rosen falls to the Jets. I don’t think Rosen is going to wow anyone in the interview room. He has a sense of entitlement which won’t sit well with GMs. However, the Jets would love to have someone like Rosen to lead them into the next decade. Look for Rosen to become a J-E-T.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen.

John Gruden and Reggie McKenzie want another Alabama receiver. This may not look like an immediate need, but Michael Crabtree might not be retained after this season and Amari Cooper has struggled a bit. In order to build up Derek Carr’s confidence, another big play receiver must be added, and Calvin Ridley should be the pick.

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

Arden Key falls to the Panthers. I know that Key is an exceptional talent, but with his various issues whilst at LSU, some teams will be rightfully weary of selecting him. Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers are as old as the hills, so Carolina should look to get a new edge rusher.

LSU defensive end Arden Key.

Justin Reid sneaks into the first round. I’ve had discussions on whether Reid should be a first rounder, since his tape and off the field presence is very underrated. He’s more than deserving to be selected this high, and the Eagles need someone alongside Malcolm Jenkins for the upcoming season.

Stanford safety Justin Reid.

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