2018 NFL Mock Draft

2018 NFL Mock Draft – TWO Rounds

2018 NFL Mock Draft:  The top 3 QB slots are driving this draft at the moment. The first question is whether Darnold will even come out. Next, how much will Mayfield’s immaturity cause him to drop?

DraftGeek’s 2018 Mock Draft – Updated November 21

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2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns1. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns Fan Shop

GM: Sashi Brown

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

Offensive Coordinator: Hue Jackson / Al Saunders

Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams

Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/1 Myles Garrett DE TEXAS A&M
1/25 Jabrill Peppers S MICHIGAN
1/29 David Njoku TE MIAMI
2/52 DeShone Kizer QB NOTRE DAME
3/65 Larry Ogunjobi DT CHARLOTTE
4/126 Howard Wilson CB HOUSTON
5/160 Roderick Johnson OT FLORIDA STATE
6/185 Caleb Brantley DT FLORIDA
7/224 Zane Gonzalez K ARIZONA STATE
7/252 Matthew Dayes RB NC STATE

2018 NFL Draft: The Cleveland Browns were a darling of journalists and bloggers that often have an underlying belief that they could manage the team better than the “football guys”. In reality, “Moneyball” is one of the most poorly reported and misunderstood concepts in sports today. However, it is adored by many that cover baseball… and now basketball and football because it is an apparent affront to the “jocks” and a boost to the “nerds”, which journalists include themselves in. In truth, the movie Moneyball is mostly fiction. The team succeeded because they had a number of young pitchers they had on the cheap, which were found by traditional scouts, and the note about the Red Sox winning because of Moneyball at the end of the movie was laughable.  They had one of the highest payrolls in the league.

Analytics are an important aspect of professional sports. Teams are using it more and more to gain an advantage, and it is particularly useful in baseball.  However, it is an “aspect” of each sport, just as training, scheme, in game coaching, traditional scouting, etc.

Furthermore, the idea that being an economist gives you a magical edge in picking players is shockingly naïve, as there is an expression in Economics that if you get 10 different Economists in a room you will get 11 different opinions. The Browns are run by people that are far too concerned in solving for X rather than knowing X’s and O’s, and their flippant comments last year stating they didn’t have an interest in Wentz as he wasn’t a top 20 QB is enough to prove that these guys need to be a part of a department within a sports organization, and in no way should be running the show.

No sports team in America needs to solve a position more than the Browns need to figure out their QB position once and for all. Kizer should be given every opportunity to win the job, and if it doesn’t seem he is the guy, they need to draft the QB they feel can best do the job.

Team Needs: QB, CB, WR

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Francisco 49ers

2. San Francisco 49ers

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GM: John Lynch

Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan

Defensive Coordinator: Robert Saleh

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/3 Solomon Thomas DT STANFORD
1/31 Reuben Foster ILB ALABAMA
3/66 Ahkello Witherspoon CB COLORADO
3/104 C.J. Beathard QB IOWA
4/121 Joe Williams RB UTAH
5/146 George Kittle TE IOWA
5/177 Trent Taylor WR LOUISIANA TECH
6/198 D.J. Jones DT OLE MISS
6/202 Pita Taumoepenu DE UTAH
7/229 Adrian Colbert CB MIAMI

2018 NFL Draft: Garapollo is the 49er’s man of the future at QB, which has started setting the pieces on the board for quarterback movement in the offseason and the draft. With that position in place, the attention will turn to solidifying the offensive line first. This is a much better year for left tackle talent in particular, with a couple of elite guard prospects that could work their way into the first round.

Adding a star at wide receiver will be crucial for Garapollo’s success next year, and in Shanahan’s offense, they need some vertical threats. That doesn’t necessarily mean they will need to spend a top pick at WR, but look for guys that can take the top off of defenses with elite speed. Shanahan’s offense is predicated on play action, so they will need a running back or two that can gain the attention of defenses to make the play action viable.

San Francisco has added a lot of mid range veterans to act as placeholders for their draft picks, but still have a major need at safety. They could use not only a center field type safety that can cover the deep field, but also a versatile “super safety” that can cover both running backs and tight ends when they get out in the passing game.

Team Needs: OL, WR, S, RB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, 49ers: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New York Giants

3. New York Giants

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GM: Jerry Reese

Head Coach: Ben McAdoo

Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan

Defensive Coordinator: Steve Spagnuolo

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/23 Evan Engram TE OLE MISS
2/55 Dalvin Tomlinson DT ALABAMA
3/87 Davis Webb QB CALIFORNIA
4/140 Wayne Gallman RB CLEMSON
5/167 Avery Moss DE YOUNGSTOWN STATE
6/200 Adam Bisnowaty G PITTSBURGH

2018 NFL Draft: John Mara has had just about as bad a couple of years as an NFL owner as you can have. Letting your future Hall of Fame coach go after not providing him the talent he needs to win, putting in a wholly unqualified coach, and letting your inept GM sign massive free agent deals to guys that weren’t even the best player at their position on their previous team is an indication that there needs to be a complete overhaul this offseason.

Years ago, when the Giants were in a similar position, they asked the league for help and they recommended an up and coming coach by the name of Bill Parcells. This time, Mara needs to seek outside counsel and find himself a competent GM and then step back and let that person do their thing. The problem is that they are stuck with some very bad contracts, so they will need a coach that immediately demands the respect of low character players.

First and foremost, this team needs a left tackle. Sometimes one new, uber talented player at a position unit can allow other players to move into lesser, and more appropriate roles based on their talent, and that Giants need to hope that this can happen for them.

In regards to the chatter about Eli being traded to Jacksonville, they should definitely keep an open mind, as it could be a positive for both teams, but it is unlikely as the Jaguars will more probably want to develop a young quarterback of their own. If they think Webb is the future, this team might be in for even more trouble and a longer turn around.

Team Needs: LT, LB, CB, RB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Giants: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

4. Denver Broncos

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GM: John Elway

Head Coach: Vance Joseph

Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy

Defensive Coordinator: Joe Woods

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins / Run Heavy

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

1/20 Garett Bolles OT UTAH
2/51 DeMarcus Walker DE FLORIDA STATE
3/82 Carlos Henderson WR LOUISIANA TECH
3/101 Brendan Langley CB LAMAR
5/145 Jake Butt TE MICHIGAN
5/172 Isaiah McKenzie WR GEORGIA
6/203 De’Angelo Henderson RB COASTAL CAROLINA
7/253 Chad Kelly QB OLE MISS

2018 NFL Draft: Do the Broncos have their quarterback for the next decade on their roster? They really haven’t had superior QB play in years, and have had success with a play-action, controlled passing attack, but those days, and those coaches are long gone. It is difficult to evaluate their need at quarterback because their offensive line has been sub par so far this year. They definitely need a guard, and will keep an eye open for an upgrade at right tackle as well.

On defense, Denver has allowed a number of very good players hit free agency instead of overpaying, and they have needs along the defensive line in particular. Opposing tight ends are having a lot of success against the Broncos, and they need a linebacker or safety that can match up with both tight ends and running backs.

Team Needs: OL, DL, QB, S, LB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

5. Indianapolis Colts

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GM: Chris Ballard

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano

Offensive Coordinator: Rob Chudzinski

Defensive Coordinator: Ted Monachino

Offensive Scheme: Attacking / Play Action

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

1/15 Malik Hooker S OHIO STATE
2/46 Quincy Wilson CB FLORIDA
3/80 Tarell Basham DE OHIO
4/137 Zach Banner OT USC
4/143 Marlon Mack RB SOUTH FLORIDA
4/144 Grover Stewart DT ALBANY ST (GA)
5/158 Nate Hairston CB TEMPLE
5/161 Anthony Walker Jr. ILB NORTHWESTERN

2018 NFL Draft: This season probably should have an asterisk next to it for the Colts as they have a new GM that has had to rebuild a roster that was devastated by incompetence, and then never were able to get their all world quarterback on the field. The season might end up being a bit of a blessing in disguise, as it might be the total reboot that they need to make some much needed changes that are difficult for middle of the road teams to make.

TY Hilton was correct, although a little tackless with his criticism of the offensive line. They might have some young, improving pieces, but they are very poor as a unit.  With a star at QB and WR, the Colts need to make the offensive line the focus of the offseason.

The defense for Indianapolis is a work in progress with a lot of cast off veterans acting as placeholders for draft picks of the new GM. There is a particular need at linebacker and cornerback.

Team Needs: OL, LB, CB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Colts: Derwin James, S, Florida State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Chicago Bears

6. Chicago Bears

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GM: Ryan Pace

Head Coach: John Fox

Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains

Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

1/2 Mitchell Trubisky QB NORTH CAROLINA
2/45 Adam Shaheen TE ASHLAND UNIVERSITY
4/112 Eddie Jackson S ALABAMA
4/119 Tarik Cohen RB NORTH CAROLINA A&T
5/147 Jordan Morgan G KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY

2018 NFL Draft: The Bears’ have not had an ideal year regarding personnel decisions, but at least they have hit on most of the players they have targeted. Trubisky is settling into the quarterback position, and looks like he has the skill set and the disposition to succeed in the NFL, but that still remains to be seen.

There is no reason to dance around it, regarding their primary team needs, the Chicago Bears need wide receivers, and they need them both in free agency and in the draft. Not that you would have known it over the course of several weeks this year, where they hardly threw the ball, which also illustrates a need based on their offensive philosophy- they could use an offensive guard to help in the run game.

On defense, they have been slowly building a solid unit. They play in a division with several high powered passing offenses, and should always be looking to add talent in the secondary.

Team Needs: WR, OG, DB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

7. Los Angeles Chargers

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GM: Tom Telesco

Head Coach: Anthony Lynn

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt

Defensive Coordinator: Gus Bradley

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/7 Mike Williams WR CLEMSON
2/38 Forrest Lamp G WESTERN KENTUCKY
3/71 Dan Feeney G INDIANA
4/113 Rayshawn Jenkins S MIAMI
5/151 Desmond King CB IOWA
6/190 Sam Tevi OT UTAH
7/225 Isaac Rochell DE NOTRE DAME

2018 NFL Draft: When you use two of your first three draft picks on guards, it is not hard to see why the Chargers can’t seem to live up to their potential. They need to establish some sort of identity, and that might be starting to look like a team that can wreak havoc on opposing QB’s. If they can improve the right tackle spot, and the two highly drafted guards develop, they can counter that with a run game that can help control the clock and keep leads that Rivers often provides.

The Chargers have definitely been bitten with some bad luck, but have been fighting through some tough games and getting some close wins, for a change. They have talent at the offensive skill positions, and are just starting to see the defense develop into a formidable unit. Rivers window is closing for a championship, and they will need their luck to turnaround to give him a realistic shot.

Team Needs: RT, DL

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Chargers: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

8. Cincinnati Bengals

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GM: Mike Brown

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Zampese

Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther

Offensive Scheme: Air Coryell

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/9 John Ross WR WASHINGTON
2/48 Joe Mixon RB OKLAHOMA
3/73 Jordan Willis DE KANSAS STATE
4/116 Carl Lawson DE AUBURN
4/128 Josh Malone WR TENNESSEE
4/138 Ryan Glasgow DT MICHIGAN
5/153 Jake Elliott K MEMPHIS
5/176 J.J. Dielman C UTAH
6/193 Jordan Evans ILB OKLAHOMA
6/207 Brandon Wilson CB HOUSTON
7/251 Mason Schreck TE BUFFALO

2018 NFL Draft: The Bengals have looked like a different offense since making a change at the offensive coordinator position, and it is a great example of how important scheme and coaching are. The defense is absolutely loaded with talent, and has played well even when the offense faltered.

The problem with the Bengals, and any talk about their talent is that they are the ultimate “8-8” team. As soon as they seem on the precipice of excellence, they start letting talent walk about the door. Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit in terms of the talent that they continually put together in the draft, but in an age of a salary cap and salary floor, their free agency philosophy seems to keep them from getting to that next level of success.

This is a team that needs help on the offensive line. A fatal error in judgment, promoting players to starting positions without earning it, but rather because they are younger and cheaper is not allowing their offensive weapons to flourish. They might be able to correct that with an exceptionally talented tackle prospect that they can find in the draft, as they surely aren’t going to go out and sign one in free agency.

Team Needs: LT, LB, S

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bengals: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals

9. Arizona Cardinals

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GM: Steve Keim

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

Offensive Coordinator: Harold Goodwin

Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher

Offensive Scheme: Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

1/13 Haason Reddick ILB TEMPLE
2/36 Budda Baker S WASHINGTON
3/98 Chad Williams WR GRAMBLING
4/115 Dorian Johnson G PITTSBURGH
5/157 Will Holden OT VANDERBILT
5/179 T.J. Logan RB NORTH CAROLINA
6/208 Rudy Ford S AUBURN

2018 NFL Draft: The Cardinals might have considered drafting a quarterback in last year’s draft, but instead were able to add some excellent pieces to a defense that needed an injection of youth. Their front office is in a precarious position as Bruce Arians does not like rookie quarterbacks, and on top of that does not see value in college quarterbacks that are not coming from a pro style system. Carson Palmer is at the end of his career, and players at his age simply don’t come back from injuries quickly. The Cardinals don’t seem likely to draft a QB from a predominantly spread system, and might have a prospect in mind after the first round that can learn a year or two before being asked to start.

Team Needs: QB, CB, OL, TE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Oakland Raiders

10. Oakland Raiders

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GM: Reggie McKenzie

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Downing

Defensive Coordinator: Ken Norton Jr

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/24 Gareon Conley CB OHIO STATE
2/56 Obi Melifonwu S CONNECTICUT
3/88 Eddie Vanderdoes DT UCLA
4/129 David Sharpe G FLORIDA
5/168 Marquel Lee OLB WAKE FOREST
7/221 Shalom Luani S WASHINGTON STATE
7/231 Jylan Ware OT ALABAMA STATE
7/242 Elijah Hood RB NORTH CAROLINA
7/244 Treyvon Hester DT TOLEDO

2018 NFL Draft: The Raiders had one of the largest amounts ever to spend in free agency a few years ago, and they went out and spent bigtime on talent, especially on the offensive line. The trouble with that situation is that you find yourself out of sorts regarding the continuity of experienced vets and young, developing talent. The other side of this is when you scrap all of your vets and go all in with the draft, which is just as dangerous a situation. The best teams have veterans that earned their jobs and young talent that they drafted constantly pushing for playing time. Forcing the chemistry that is needed for success rarely happens.

“The Raiders might have made a huge mistake in signing Marshawn Lynch.” Is what we wrote in our preseason report, and that might be coming to light. The front office did their job restocking the shelves with talent when they were forced to spend, but this might be the move that they didn’t need to make.

It is not hard to go out and spend oodles of dough on top free agents, the trick is then having a constant pressure from young players pushing for playing time. If the Raiders don’t establish that soon, they are in for a serious decline.

In the short term, the Raiders surprisingly need to address their offensive line. This, along with finding some talent at linebacker should be a priority in the upcoming draft.

The Raiders are not getting any INT’s and that is a combination of lack of pressure on the QB, and cornerback talent. Upgrades in both areas are needed.

Team Needs: OT, LB, RB, DT, CB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Raiders: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns11. Cleveland Browns (from Houston)

Cleveland Browns Fan Shop

GM: Sashi Brown

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

Offensive Coordinator: Hue Jackson / Al Saunders

Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams

Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/1 Myles Garrett DE TEXAS A&M
1/25 Jabrill Peppers S MICHIGAN
1/29 David Njoku TE MIAMI
2/52 DeShone Kizer QB NOTRE DAME
3/65 Larry Ogunjobi DT CHARLOTTE
4/126 Howard Wilson CB HOUSTON
5/160 Roderick Johnson OT FLORIDA STATE
6/185 Caleb Brantley DT FLORIDA
7/224 Zane Gonzalez K ARIZONA STATE
7/252 Matthew Dayes RB NC STATE

2018 NFL Draft: The Cleveland Browns were a darling of journalists and bloggers that often have an underlying belief that they could manage the team better than the “football guys”. In reality, “Moneyball” is one of the most poorly reported and misunderstood concepts in sports today. However, it is adored by many that cover baseball… and now basketball and football because it is an apparent affront to the “jocks” and a boost to the “nerds”, which journalists include themselves in. In truth, the movie Moneyball is mostly fiction. The team succeeded because they had a number of young pitchers they had on the cheap, which were found by traditional scouts, and the note about the Red Sox winning because of Moneyball at the end of the movie was laughable.  They had one of the highest payrolls in the league.

Analytics are an important aspect of professional sports. Teams are using it more and more to gain an advantage, and it is particularly useful in baseball.  However, it is an “aspect” of each sport, just as training, scheme, in game coaching, traditional scouting, etc.

Furthermore, the idea that being an economist gives you a magical edge in picking players is shockingly naïve, as there is an expression in Economics that if you get 10 different Economists in a room you will get 11 different opinions. The Browns are run by people that are far too concerned in solving for X rather than knowing X’s and O’s, and their flippant comments last year stating they didn’t have an interest in Wentz as he wasn’t a top 20 QB is enough to prove that these guys need to be a part of a department within a sports organization, and in no way should be running the show.

No sports team in America needs to solve a position more than the Browns need to figure out their QB position once and for all. Kizer should be given every opportunity to win the job, and if it doesn’t seem he is the guy, they need to draft the QB they feel can best do the job.

Team Needs: QB, CB, WR

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets

12. New York Jets

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GM: Mike Maccagnan

Head Coach: Todd Bowles

Offensive Coordinator: John Morton

Defensive Coordinator: Kacy Rodgers

Offensive Scheme: West Coast / Spread

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

Last Year’s Picks:

1/6 Jamal Adams S LSU
2/39 Marcus Maye S FLORIDA
3/79 ArDarius Stewart WR ALABAMA
4/141 Chad Hansen WR CALIFORNIA
5/150 Jordan Leggett TE CLEMSON
5/181 Dylan Donahue DE WEST GEORGIA
6/188 Elijah McGuire RB UL LAFAYETTE
6/197 Jeremy Clark CB MICHIGAN
6/204 Derrick Jones CB OLE MISS

2018 NFL Draft: The Jets are playing admirably, even to the dismay of many fans hoping for a top pick in next year’s draft. The team has committed to a rebuild, casting off aging players and bad contracts, but somehow is still winning some games. McCown has been Mr. Dependable, and there is a lot of young talent getting plenty of playing time this year.

With all of that said, the Jets need a quarterback, and this is the draft to get one. Even though they won’t be drafting at the very top of the draft, this draft is probably about 4-5 deep at fairly similarly talented QB’s, so they should be able to get their man wherever they draft.

The defense has some good, young talent, and are starting to come together as the rookies are getting a chance to play rather than ride the bench. This decision to get rid of any of their older vets that they could is allowing them to shorten the learning curve, especially at difficult positions to master such as safety.

The offense for the Jets simply need some weapons. They have some good depth at wide receiver, but they need an elite talent both their and at running back. The offensive line could also use some young talent to start developing.

Team Needs: QB, WR, RB, OL

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Jets: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins

13. Washington Redskins

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GM: Bruce Allen (by default)

Head Coach: Jay Gruden

Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh

Defensive Coordinator: Greg Manusky

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/17 Jonathan Allen DT ALABAMA
2/49 Ryan Anderson OLB ALABAMA
3/81 Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
4/114 Samaje Perine RB OKLAHOMA
4/123 Montae Nicholson S MICHIGAN STATE
5/154 Jeremy Sprinkle TE ARKANSAS
6/199 Chase Roullier C WYOMING
6/209 Robert Davis WR GEORGIA STATE
7/230 Josh Harvey-Clemons S LOUISVILLE
7/235 Josh Holsey CB AUBURN

2018 NFL Draft: Before any major decisions are made in free agency or a draft strategy is in place, the Redskins need to determine who their quarterback is going to be next year. They can’t possibly apply a designation to Cousins again, can they? The 49ers trading for Garapollo quashed the prevailing theory that he was going to reunite with Shanahan, and so the board has been reset regarding destinations.

Washington had a very good draft, and Allen showed to be the steal that many, including us, thought he was. With the offense in flux until the QB position is settled, one thing is for sure: they need a wide receiver. Pryor has been an absolute bust as a free agent acquisition, but no harm no foul after the year is over, as they can move on.

Team Needs: QB, S, DE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Redskins: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Miami Dolphins

14. Miami Dolphins

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GM: Chris Grier

Head Coach: Adam Gase

Offensive Coordinator: Clyde Christensen

Defensive Coordinator: Matt Burke

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

Last Year’s Picks:

1/22 Charles Harris OLB MISSOURI
2/54 Raekwon McMillan ILB OHIO STATE
3/97 Cordrea Tankersley CB CLEMSON
5/164 Isaac Asiata G UTAH
5/178 Davon Godchaux DT LSU
6/194 Vincent Taylor DT OKLAHOMA STATE
7/237 Isaiah Ford WR VIRGINIA TECH

2018 NFL Draft: It was expected that the Dolphins offensive line would take the next step forward this season, but they have instead regressed to an alarming degree. They have tried to address the offensive line in the draft, but haven’t found the right pieces that fit together to make an effective unit. Tunsil is still a work in progress, and it remains to be seen with Asiata can be at guard. It might be time for the Dolphins to target one of the top guards in the draft and pair him with Tunsil and see how that works.

What Miami fans are seeing now is what NY Jets fans saw just a few years ago. Run by the same guy, they are collapsing in the same way that the Jets did under the weight of poor free agency decisions and bad drafts.

Miami will have a decision to make at quarterback. They are not stuck in the contract with Tannehill, and he has battled injuries and bouts of concerning ineffectiveness. Gase’s offense would benefit from having multiple versatile tight ends, and some running backs that can catch as well as they can run. A smart, dependable quarterback can operate that system and might not be on the roster as of now.

Team Needs: OG, RB, QB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Dolphins: Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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GM: Jason Licht

Head Coach: Dirk Koetter

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken

Defensive Coordinator: Mike Smith

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/19 O.J. Howard TE ALABAMA
2/50 Justin Evans S TEXAS A&M
3/84 Chris Godwin WR PENN STATE
3/107 Kendell Beckwith ILB LSU
5/162 Jeremy McNichols RB BOISE STATE
7/223 Stevie Tu’Ikolovatu DT USC

2018 NFL Draft: After a highly praised offseason including some high profile free agents and a draft that was lauded as one of the best, the Buccaneers have been struggling to pull it all together.

The first priority for the Bucs will be to establish a more effective running game. They will surely be looking at finding a true feature back early in the draft, however, the problem might be more accurately pointed at ineffective run blocking on the offensive line.

Tampa Bay plays in a division with some elite quarterbacks, and need all of the edge rush that they can get. They have talent on the defensive line, but for some reason the parts aren’t playing well together. Adding another edge rusher to the mix might be the key to getting the defensive line to operate on all cylinders.

Team Needs: DE, OL, RB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Buccaneers: Arden Key, DE, LSU

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft -Dallas Cowboys

16. Dallas Cowboys

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GM: Jerry Jones

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan

Defensive Coordinator: Rod Marinelli

Offensive Scheme: Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/28 Taco Charlton DE MICHIGAN
2/60 Chidobe Awuzie CB COLORADO
3/92 Jourdan Lewis CB MICHIGAN
4/133 Ryan Switzer WR NORTH CAROLINA
6/191 Xavier Woods S LOUISIANA TECH
6/216 Marquez White CB FLORIDA STATE
7/228 Joey Ivie DT FLORIDA
7/239 Noah Brown WR OHIO STATE
7/246 Jordan Carrell DT COLORADO

2018 NFL Draft: The Cowboys lost two pieces to their offensive line, and have definitely lost their claim to having the best offensive line in the league. That, along with the Elliot distraction all season long, and their vaunted run game isn’t quite the same. Whatever you think of the way the league has handled the situation, Elliot has shown at very least a troubling immaturity, and needs a serious reevaluation of how he handles himself and how he treats women, and his next incident (there have been numerous ones) is going to cost him a long suspension.

Dallas added some very talented defensive backs in the draft last year, and has a very complimentary tandem of defensive ends, but could use that interior burst on the defensive line that is so disruptive in today’s game. A one gap, penetrating defensive tackle would be a major boost to Marinelli’s defense.

The vertical passing game for the Cowboys will need some new weapons to replace some aging and declining parts. A tight end and a wide receiver should be targeted early in next year’s draft.

Team Needs: OL, DT, WR, TE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Cowboys: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

17. Buffalo Bills

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GM: Brandon Beane

Head Coach: Sean McDermott

Offensive Coordinator: Rick Dennison

Defensive Coordinator: Leslie Frazier

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/27 Tre’Davious White CB LSU
2/37 Zay Jones WR EAST CAROLINA
2/63 Dion Dawkins G TEMPLE
5/163 Matt Milano OLB BOSTON COLLEGE
5/171 Nathan Peterman QB PITTSBURGH
6/195 Tanner Vallejo OLB BOISE STATE

2018 NFL Draft: The Bills have had a very strong turnaround under a new GM and head coach, and have been very active in reshaping their roster over the past 6 months or so. The quarterback position was going to be evaluated as the year went on, and thus far, it doesn’t seem like there is any need to address that situation.

Buffalo’s new identity revolves around establishing a dominant front seven, not turning the ball over, and having a dominant run game to control the time of possession. Overall, they have made good progress on their goals, and will continue with a long term, disciplined plan. With a number of extra picks, they can continue to add talent, and would love to find a talented edge rusher to add to the ferocity of their front seven.

Team Needs: CB, DT, LB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bills: Jets: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Green Bay Packers

18. Green Bay Packers

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GM: Ted Thompson

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

Offensive Coordinator: Edgar Bennett

Defensive Coordinator: Dom Capers

Offensive Scheme: West Coast, Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

2/33 Kevin King CB WASHINGTON
2/61 Josh Jones S NC STATE
3/93 Montravius Adams DT AUBURN
4/108 Vince Biegel OLB WISCONSIN
4/134 Jamaal Williams RB BYU
5/175 Deangelo Yancey WR PURDUE
5/182 Aaron Jones RB UTEP
6/212 Kofi Amichia G SOUTH FLORIDA
7/238 Devante Mays RB UTAH STATE
7/247 Malachi Dupre WR LSU

2018 NFL Draft: Aaron Rodgers play the last few years has covered up a lot of poor personnel decisions, even though their front office is rarely criticized. For example, with a future hall of famer at QB that has been running for his life the last few years, how do you let your extremely productive right guard leave in free agency to a division foe? Three running backs drafted over the course of five picks? These are not the types of decisions that got the Pack to where they are today, and they need to rebound in 2018 with a better draft and free agency strategy.

Green Bay needs to add talent to their interior of their offensive line to help a constantly deteorating pocket, and to help create holes in the run game. The secondary is very talented with some young, maturing parts added last year in King and Jones, but they could use that same infusion of talent with their linebackers.

The Packers offense is operating at its best when Rodgers has a dependable outlet in the passing game in the form of an upper echelon pass catching running back or a dynamic tight end.

Team Needs: OG, LB, TE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Packers: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Seattle Seahawks

19. Seattle Seahawks

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GM: John Schneider

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell

Defensive Coordinator: Kris Richard

Offensive Scheme: Play Action, Two TE

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

2/35 Malik McDowell DT MICHIGAN STATE
2/58 Ethan Pocic C LSU
3/90 Shaquill Griffin CB UCF
3/95 Delano Hill S MICHIGAN
3/102 Nazair Jones DT NORTH CAROLINA
3/106 Amara Darboh WR MICHIGAN
4/111 Tedric Thompson S COLORADO
6/187 Mike Tyson S CINCINNATI
6/210 Justin Senior OT MISSISSIPPI STATE
7/226 David Moore WR EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA UNIV
7/249 Christopher Carson RB OKLAHOMA STATE

2018 NFL Draft: The addition of Duane Brown to the offensive line is just what the Seahawks needed to bolster the awful offensive line.  The problem is that is adding yet another me-first, loud mouth that has been hampering Seattle’s ability to play up to their talent level. They simply need to start bringing in higher character players, and start having a more disciplined locker room with guys that are more about the team than themselves.

The offensive line has been the Achilles heal for the Seahawks the last few years, and it is not because they have been ignoring that unit. Wilson’s scrambling ability has lessened the negative impact of their offensive line coaches interesting, but ultimately ineffective approach to offensive line blocking. Seattle needs to not only get more talent on the offensive line, but also find a new coach to lead the unit.

The Legion of Boom still is a very effective collection of defensive backs, but they always seem to be one guy short. Finding diamonds in the rough has not been the case the last few years, and they should probably look at spending a high draft pick on a cornerback.

Team Needs: OL, CB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Seahawks: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Detroit Lions

20. Detroit Lions

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GM: Bob Quinn

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

Offensive Coordinator: Jim Bob Cooter

Defensive Coordinator: Teryl Austin

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/21 Jarrad Davis ILB FLORIDA
2/53 Teez Tabor CB FLORIDA
3/96 Kenny Golladay WR NORTHERN ILLINOIS
4/124 Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB TENNESSEE
4/127 Michael Roberts TE TOLEDO
5/165 Jamal Agnew CB SAN DIEGO
6/205 Jeremiah Ledbetter DE ARKANSAS
6/215 Brad Kaaya QB MIAMI
7/250 Pat O’Connor DE EASTERN MICHIGAN

2018 NFL Draft: The Lions have been making some very good moves under GM Bob Quinn, but it has been quite evident that he took over a roster that needed improvements at most position groups. The loss of Taylor Decker was a prime example of this lack of depth, as they were forced to trade for Greg Robinson as a stop gap solution. Overall, Quinn has greatly improved the roster, but more good drafts and free agency moves are needed.

The linebacker core for the Lions was perhaps the worst in the league last year, but it seems they hit on two draft picks last year, and Whitehead is flourishing again back in his natural position. Where the Lions truly lack talent and depth is along the defensive line. Ansah and Robinson are young stars, but they sorely need more talent on their D-line.

The Lions have to see what their run game can be when Decker gets back, but either the blocking scheme or the play calling is not allowing for any holes whatsoever in the run game. Abdullah is a talented back, but a true power back could add a dynamic to the Lions’ offense that hasn’t been seen in decades.

After next year Glasgow could move over to center, creating a need at right guard. Swanson is a smart center, but gets overpowered too often.

Team Needs: DT, DE, RB, OG

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Lions: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

 

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Want to be an NFL Draft Expert? Advanced Reading:

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NFL Offenses – The Rule Change That Gave Birth To Modern Football

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Offensive Line Schemes: Zone, Man (Angle), Gap

NFL Schemes – Defense

Big Nickel, Super Safeties, and Defending 12 Personnel

Draft Fiction, Fallacies and Flubs

Thinking Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft

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