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March 25th, 2018 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Sunday, 25 March 2018 12:03

1) Cleveland Browns-  QB Sam Darnold, USC- The Browns have won 1 game in two seasons. Deshone Kizer was thrown to the wolves as a rookie quarterback and was awful.  Cleveland’s trade for Tyrod Taylor was a good one.  Taylor is a decent starting quarterback and gives Darnold time to learn a pro offense and adjust to the NFL.  The Browns finally have a solid plan to solve their quarterback problem for a decade.

 

2) New York Giants- RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State- The Giants are committed to Eli Manning for at least the next two seasons.  Dave Gettleman sticks true to his board and likely has Barkley rated as the best player in the draft.  There is nothing not to like about the former Penn State star.  He is big, fast, quick, versatile and has excellent vision.  Barkley is also a fine young man who works hard and should become a fan favorite.  Barkley is going to take a lot of pressure off of Manning.  The Giants’ offense will once again be able to take advantage of play-action passes.  Barkley could do for Manning what Terrell Davis did for John Elway late in his career.  A strong running game will also help the Giants on defense.  Big Blue could quickly bounce back from a dreadful season.

 

3) New York Jets-  QB Josh Rosen, UCLA- The Jets have been searching for a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath.  Rosen is smart, poised, accurate and can make every throw required of an NFL quarterback.  Gang Green did well moving up in the draft to ensure they could pick a top quarterback prospect.

 

4) Cleveland Browns- DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State- Two big keys to winning are to have a good quarterback and to be able to pressure the opposing quarterback.  Chubb is relentless, uses his hands well and also defends the run.  He will pair with Myles Garrett to form a menacing duo.

 

5) Denver Broncos- QB Josh Allen, Wyoming- Allen’s exceptional arm talent, size and mobility remind John Elway of himself.  The signing of Case Keenum gives Allen time to transition to the NFL.

 

6) Indianapolis Colts- G Quinton Nelson, Notre Dame- Andrew Luck staying healthy is vital for the Colts.  Nelson is a stud blocker who can pass protect and open holes for running backs.  Indy is finally building a good offensive line for their franchise quarterback.

 

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- S Derwin James, Florida State- Bradley Chubb is gone and James can be an impact player.  The former Seminole can make plays in coverage, drop down in the box to support the run and be an effective blitzer.

 

8) Chicago Bears- LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech- Chicago pairs Edmunds with Leonard Floyd to give them two athletic defenders that can be very disruptive. 

 

10) San Francisco 49ers- CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama- John Lynch likes the size, versatility and how well prepared for the NFL Fitzpatrick should be.  The 49ers add a key piece to their secondary.

 

11) Oakland Raiders- CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State- Oakland’s secondary was torched last year.  Ward has the speed, quickness and awareness to be a good number one cornerback.

 

12) Miami Dolphins- DT Vita Vea, Washington- Ndamukong Suh has moved on.  The Dolphins have a number of needs and stopping the run is one of them.  Vea is massive, powerful and surprisingly quick.  He has too much potential for Miami to pass on him.

 

13) Buffalo Bills- QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma- Mayfield is really accurate and has a brashness that Buffalo has lacked since Jim Kelly.

 

14) Washington Redskins-CB-Josh Jackson, Iowa- Kendall Fuller was traded to the Chiefs.  Jackson has good size and excellent ball skills.  He’ll fit in nicely in the NFC East.

 

15) Green Bay Packers- OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame- Aaron Rodgers is 34 and keeping him healthy is vital.  Bryan Bulaga is injury prone at right tackle.  McGlinchey can start early in his NFL career at right tackle.  He is a fine run blocker as well as protecting his quarterback.  It doesn’t hurt that he would add some nastiness to Green Bay’s line.

 

16) Arizona Cardinals- QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville- The Cards signed Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.  Jackson is raw and is in a good position to sit and develop., He’s a great athlete with a good arm. Arizona hopes for Jackson to grow into their version of Russell Wilson.

 

17) Baltimore Ravens- TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State- The Ravens are missing a good pass catching tight end to help Joe Flacco bounce back.

 

18) Los Angeles Chargers- DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama- The Chargers badly need help at defending the run.  Payne can plug holes and is quick enough to penetrate and blow plays up.

 

19) Seattle Seahawks- RB Derrius Guice, LSU- Seattle will trade down and possibly out of the 1st round as they do not have a 2nd or 3rd round pick.  The Hawks want to rebuild their physical ground game and need a talented back.  Guice has the size and power that Seattle likes in an every down back.  His burst is something that has been missing in Seattle’s rushing attack for quite a while.

 

20) Dallas Cowboys- WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama-  Dez Bryant has lost a step and Dallas lacks speed at the wide out position.  Ridley is explosive and a good route runner.  He could be a better pro than college player.

 

21) Detroit Lions- DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA- Matt Patricia is a defensive coach and pairing a young edge rusher with Ziggy Ansah is a good idea.

 

22) Cincinnati Bengals- LB Roquan Smith, Georgia- Vontaze Burfict is a loose cannon and unreliable.  Smith is a tackling machine and can play on all three downs.

 

23) Buffalo Bills- LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama- The Bills add a quarterback for their defense.  Evans was extremely productive at Alabama.  He’s an athletic, smart and instinctive linebacker that can grow into a leader on defense.

 

24) Los Angeles Rams- LB Harold Landry, Boston College- Wade Phillips has his cornerbacks (Marcus Peters ans Aqib Talib) and now he looks to add a good edge rusher to his scheme.  Landry had a disappointing senior season, but he was terrific in his junior season.  LA hopes a healthy Landry pressures the quarterback.

 

25) Carolina Panthers- OT Connor Williams, Texas- The Panthers lost Andrew Norwell.  Williams was better in 2016 than 2017.  However, Carolina hopes a healthy Williams would be a fine addition to their offensive line.  The former Longhorn can play left tackle and also move inside to guard.

 

25) Tennessee Titans- LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State- The Titans improved their secondary by signing Malcolm Butler.  Vander Esch replaces Avery Williamson.  He has the size and speed to be a 3-down defender for Tennessee.

 

26) Atlanta Falcons- G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia- Atlanta was not as productive running the ball in 2017 compared to 2016 (4.3 yards per carry versus 4.6, and 12 rushing tds in 2017 as opposed to 20  in 2016).  Wynn is SEC battle tested and was terrific at the Senior Bowl.  He can bolster Atlanta’s offensive line and help them run the ball better.

 

27) New Orleans Saints- WR DJ Moore, Maryland- The Saints are all-in on getting Drew Brees more weapons as he winds down his Hall of Fame career.  Moore is explosive and will complement the size of Michael Thomas well.

 

28) Pittsburgh Steelers- S Justin Reid, Stanford- Pittsburgh needs a good cover safety and Reid is exactly that.  His intelligence and excellent ball skills are what Pittsburgh has been missing at safety.

 

29) Jacksonville Jaguars- G Will Hernandez, UTEP- The Jags take the best available player.  Jacksonville wants to run the football and be physical.  A deep and talented offensive line to pave the way for Leonard Fournette is the plan.

 

30) Minnesota Vikings- C/G Mike Daniels, Iowa- Minnesota has a lot invested in Kirk Cousins and keeping him healthy and productive starts upfront.

 

31) New England Patriots – OT Kolton Miller, UCLA- Nate Solder left via free agency and 41-year-old Tom Brady needs a new left tackle.  Miller is athletic, but has to gain some size to anchor better.

 

32) Philadelphia Eagles- G/C Billy Price, Ohio State- The Eagles do not have any major weaknesses and decide to add a quality offensive lineman.  It makes sense for Philly to protect Carson Wentz.

 

 

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