Levi's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round
Preface: This is what I think each team will do (Not what I would do).
Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold QB USC: There is quite a bit of chatter about them selecting Josh Allen which I think would be a big mistake. I think the Browns select the safer pick in Darnold who has one of the higher ceilings among QBs. Don't screw it up Cleveland... good luck.
New York Giants - Saquon Barkley RB Penn State: I believe the Giants will get multiple offers at this spot, but they stay with their pick and select the best player on the board who can make an impact on day one. #beast
New York Jets - Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma: The Jets value Darnold 1A to Mayfield 1B. If Darnold is gone, the Jet's decision will be simple... They select their QB of the future. If posing shirtless while rockin' a headband doesn't scream franchise QB, I don't know what does.
Buffalo Bills via trade with the Cleveland Browns - Josh Allen QB Wyoming: The Browns will receive quite a few offers for this pick as well, but the Bills are desperate to find their QB. The Bills trade everything but the kitchen sink... the 12th, 22nd, and 121st selections to move up to number four.
Denver Broncos - Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame: If Darnold, Mayfield, and Allen are gone, I believe Elway is comfortable having Keenum as his QB for the short future. The O-line needs some serious help and Nelson would fit right in.
Indianapolis Colts - Bradley Chubb DE NC State: The Colts would love Nelson to fall to them, but they need help in a lot of different areas and Chubb might be the best defensive player in the draft. He would be a nice consolation prize at number six.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derwin James S FSU: Derwin James is a beast and an athletic freak. The Bucs need some serious help on the defensive side of the ball and James could be the cornerstone for them to build around in the coming years. He can between the legs dunk and bench press 400+ pounds... C'mon son.
Chicago Bears - Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech: The Bears have loaded up on offensive weapons in the offseason and now they need to address the defense. They ranked near the bottom in sacks and QB pressures. Edmunds would fit in great as an edge rusher in Chicago's 3-4 scheme.
San Francisco 49ers - Roquan Smith LB Georgia: 49ers... don't get cute. Draft the best linebacker in this class and reap the rewards for years and years to come. #Stud
Arizona Cardinals via trade with the Oakland Raiders - Josh Rosen QB UCLA: If Rosen is still on the board at #10... expect the Cards to make a move. They trade the #15 and the #47 overall picks to move up to #10. Its not a matter of if, but when Bradford's knees that are held together by string cheese will fail him. At that time Rosen will take over and not look back.
Miami Dolphins - Vita Vea DT Washington: Miami is a team that will be looking to trade up for a QB. But they stick with Tannehill for at least another year and select their Suh replacement in Vea. He is a large dude who can take up space and stuff the run.
Cleveland Browns (formally the Bills) - Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama: The Browns, now flushed with picks select the swiss army knife type player to help there defense. Fitzpatrick can play all over the secondary and the Browns would love to use his versatility. #Upside
Washington Redskins - Marcus Davenport DE Texas San-Antonio: The Redskins need some youth at the DE position... they are a bit long in the tooth (What on earth does that even mean?). He reminds me of a bit less athletic Ezekiel Ansah. Davenport may not be rated this high, but he fits a need for the Skins.
Green Bay Packers - Denzel Ward CB Ohio St: For all that is holy in the world, will you please get Aaron Rodgers a defense that doesn't get blown over by a stiff breeze? The man can only do so much on his own. I am not sure Ward drops this far... He is a fantastic all-around corner who will help bolster that secondary.
Oakland Raiders (formally the Cardinals) - Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame: Many draft "experts" (I use that term loosely) think MM may go to Oakland at #10, but they end up trading back and still getting their guy. Win-Win-Win... Keep Carr upright and healthy.
Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville: The Ravens have other pressing needs for the immediate future, but they decide to draft for the long-term. They have fallen in love with Jackson's upside, like many have. He is a developmental pick, but could turn out to be something special.
Los Angeles Chargers - Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama: The Chargers have a few needs along the defensive and offensive lines. They select the perfect complement to play between Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Thats a frightening front line.
Seattle Seahawks - Will Hernandez G UTEP: Seattle has turned into a ghosttown over the offseason. Players seem to be disappearing left and right and the defensive has been decimated by departures. I can only watch Wilson run around like a chicken with his head cut off so many times though. Please address the awful O-line. The "Wilson back shoulder spin-away" from on coming defenders can only work so many times... I think.
Dallas Cowboys - Courtland Sutton WR SMU: This seems to be a match made in Heaven ever since Dez was boot(pun-intened)ed out of town. I love the fit and potential for Sutton and Dak.
Detroit Lions - Derrius Guice RB LSU: Ah yes... the Lions. Newsflash, your running game sucks. Yes the O-line has underperformed, but Detroit needs "the guy" in the backfield. A guy like Guice would not normally fall this far, but thanks to a deep RB class and that guy Saquon, he does fall. He is an elite prospect. Draft him... before Stafford's arm falls off.
Cincinatti Bengals - Isaiah Wynn G Georgia: Wynn is a really athletic Guard and the Bengals have one glaring need, which is the O-line. Mixon is the future in the backfield, but he needs some holes to run through. Easy pick for Cincy.
Cleveland Browns (formally the Bills) - Harold Landry DE Boston College: I'm sure the Browns would love to come away with Chubb in the draft, but the value of the Bills trade is too much to pass up as they end up with Minkah Fitzpatrick, a very capable edge rusher in Landry, and a 4th round pick.
New England - Kolton Miller T UCLA: This pick is simple... address the massive hole that was left when Solder left. The Pats will only be able to compete at a high level if Brady has time in the pocket. Miller has some question marks after only starting 1 year in college, but he is 6'9'' 310 LBS... yep 6'9''.
Carolina Panthers - DJ Moore WR Maryland: Many experts favorite WR in this class. He has been climbing up boards faster than a "husky" kid chasing an ice cream truck. The Panthers need a true #1 receiver and I fully believe Moore can be that guy. Cam will be dabbing all-day long if they select Moore.
Tennessee Titans - Rashaan Evans LB Alabama: The Titans have a need at linebacker now that Avery Williamson left in free agency. Evans is a run thumper and will fit in well with new defensive minded coach Mike Vrabel.
Atlanta Falcons - Taven Bryan DT Florida: Bryan would fill one of the biggest needs for the Falcons along the front line. He weighs 290+ pounds and ran a sub 5 second 40. Thats impressive. Coach Quinn would love to have a versatile player like Bryan on the defensive line.
New Orleans - Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State: Goedert went from small town, unknown kid to #1 TE prospect. He gets selected by New Orleans and gets to catch balls from Drew Brees. Go ahead and pinch yourself kid, but it ain't a dream. #stockrising
Pittsburgh Steelers - Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State: A name doesn't get much cooler than Leighton Vander Esch... sounds like royalty.. As I have mentioned in the past, the sudden void left by Ryan Shazier needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The Steelers end up with one of the more underrated players in the draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars - Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M: The Jags lost quite a few key pieces to free agency and need a pass catcher in a bad way. Kirk was one of the most productive college WRs in this draft and is primed and ready to compete and produce from day 1. Now we just have to wait and see if Borts can complete some passes. Hit him in the chest Blake... the chest.
Minnesota Vikings - James Daniels G/C Iowa: The weakest position on the team is at Guard. They select a versatile O-lineman who can play a couple different positions. The Vikings are set at most other positions which makes this pick an easy one.
New England Patriots - Josh Jackson CB Iowa: I'm not sure Jackson drops this far, but while other teams are filling more pressing needs than CB, he might drop to New England. The Pats defense disappeared in games quicker than a toupe in a tornado. They need some youth, athleticism, and skill on the defensive side of the ball and they get an athletic defensive back in Jackson. Bill B may even smirk if they select Jackson. No smile though... lets not get too carried away.
Philadelphia Eagles - Connor Williams T Texas: Part of me as a football fan (and Mike Gesicki fan-boy) wants to be selfish and have the Eagles select Mike Gesicki, TE from Penn State, because why not give another weapon to Wentz? But the more practical pick here is Williams who is a nasty blocker and fills a need for the Eagles with 35 year old Jason Peters as their starting LT. #future