2018 NFL Mock Draft

2018 NFL Mock Draft – TWO Rounds

DraftBlaster “Blastoff” for the 2018 NFL Draft

DraftGeek’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft – Updated September 24

 

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Last Updated: September 25

Notes: After the NFL season gets a quarter of the way done, we will start adjusting the draft order per the standings.

Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two

 

Round 1 (Picks 1-20):

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets

1. New York Jets

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (6) Jamal Adams S LSU

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (26) Pass (27) Rush (12)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (17) Rush (11)

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

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

The Jets are going all in with a rebuild of their roster, casting off aging veterans, and having what is essentially an open-call for young players at every position group.  This is going to lead to a lot of losing, but will give them a head start on evaluating young talent. They desperately need to stabilize their quarterback position. Darnold is coming off a mesmerizing bowl game, and expectations at this point is that he is coming out, and will be the early leader for the first pick overall.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Francisco 49ers

2. San Francisco 49ers

Last Year’s First Round Picks: (3) Solomon Thomas DT STANFORD, (31) Reuben Foster ILB ALABAMA

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (32) Rush (4)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (32) Pass (14) Rush (32)

GM: John Lynch

Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan

Defensive Coordinator: Robert Saleh

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

We are going to work under the assumption, for now, that the 49ers are looking at Kirk Cousins to be their QB of the future. There are too many signs pointing in that direction to ignore it.  With that assumption in mind, San Francisco, with all of their offseason moves and big draft haul, could still use help with adding young talent to their secondary. Fitzpatrick is listed as a corner here, but has played both cornerback and safety, and could come out as a safety in next year’s draft.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Chicago Bears

3. Chicago Bears

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (2) Mitchell Trubisky QB NORTH CAROLINA

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (15) Pass (14) Rush (17)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (7) Rush (27)

GM: Ryan Pace

Head Coach: John Fox

Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains

Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

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

The Bears could use a wide receiver to help out their young quarterback, but if they are drafting this high, they will not reach. Their defense showed a lot of promise last year, even after going through a transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4. While they continue to rebuild their roster under GM Pace, they will add top quality talent where they can find it, and Key would boost a pass rush that faces Rodgers and Stafford twice a year.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Jackson Jaguars

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (4) Leonard Fournette RB LSU

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (20) Rush (22)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (6) Pass (5) Rush (19)

GM: David Caldwell

Head Coach: Doug Marrone

Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett

Defensive Coordinator: Todd Wash

Offensive Scheme: Hybrid Air Coryell

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

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

The Bortles era in Jacksonville looks like it is coming to an end, as he doesn’t seem to have made any progress in the off-season. The Jaguars have an excellent defense, that should only be better this year, and are aching to finally have their QB in place. Josh Allen could make a run at being the top overall pick in next year’s draft.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns5. Cleveland Browns

Last Year’s First Round Picks: (1) Myles Garrett DE TEXAS A&M, (25) Jabrill Peppers S MICHIGAN, (29) David Njoku TE MIAMI

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

The Browns have added a lot of talent in the last year, after a dismal 2016 draft. They are slowly adding weapons, and Barkley is looking like a top 5 pick.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Los Angeles Rams6. Los Angeles Rams

Last Year’s First Round Pick: None

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (32) Pass (31) Rush (31)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (9) Pass (10) Rush (16)

GM: Les Snead

Head Coach: Sean McVay

Offensive Coordinator: Matt LaFleur

Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips

Offensive Scheme: West Coast / Spread

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Rams: Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas

Cautious optimism permeates the Rams organization, as a new head coach, and a legendary new defensive coordinator hope to turn things around for a franchise that seemed stuck in the mud.  The conversion to a 3-4 has left a need for more outside linebackers.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (7) Mike Williams WR CLEMSON

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (14) Pass (8) Rush (26)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (20) Rush (10)

GM: Tom Telesco

Head Coach: Anthony Lynn

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt

Defensive Coordinator: Gus Bradley

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Chargers: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

At this point, the Chargers might want to draft an offensive tackle, as their bad luck of injuries continues. However, they have a lot invested in that position already, and do have a major need at safety.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers

8. Carolina Panthers

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (8) Christian McCaffrey RB STANFORD

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (19) Pass (21) Rush (10)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (21) Pass (29) Rush (6)

GM: Marty Hurney

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula

Defensive Coordinator: Steve Wilks

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins (with prominent use of Buck Sweep)

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Panthers: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

The Panthers got to where they were with one of the best front seven’s in the league, but that has fallen off in the last few years. Adding young pass rushers will create a blend of youth and proven veterans.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (9) John Ross WR WASHINGTON

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (15) Rush (13)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (17) Pass (11) Rush (21)

GM: Mike Brown

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Zampese

Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther

Offensive Scheme: Air Coryell

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

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

A few teams have picks in the draft that from start to finish are fairly obvious. They go into the season with a major question mark at left tackle, and should have a glaring need for that heading into next year’s draft.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

10. Buffalo Bills

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (27) Tre’Davious White CB LSU

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (30) Rush (1)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (19) Pass (6) Rush (29)

GM: Brandon Beane

Head Coach: Sean McDermott

Offensive Coordinator: Rick Dennison

Defensive Coordinator: Leslie Frazier

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bills: Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Whether the Bills need a quarterback will unveil itself throughout the year, but Rosen has been off to a good start, and if he can be more judicious with his comments on the state of college football, can prove to be a team player.

 

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2018 NFL Mock Draft - New Orleans Saints

11. New Orleans Saints

Last Year’s First Round Picks: (11) Marshon Lattimore CB OHIO STATE, (32) Ryan Ramczyk OT WISCONSIN

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (1) Pass (1) Rush (16)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (27) Pass (32) Rush (14)

GM: Mickey Loomis

Head Coach: Sean Payton

Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael

Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Allen

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Saints: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

The Saints loaded up on running backs in the off-season, and traded away their top wide receiver. They appear to making an attempt to become more balanced in run/pass plays, much like they were when they won the Superbowl.  However, they may find that they over-adjusted and will discover they have a need at wide receiver.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Philadelphia Eagles12. Philadelphia Eagles

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (14) Derek Barnett DE TENNESSEE

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (22) Pass (24) Rush (11)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (13) Rush (15)

GM: Howie Roseman

Head Coach: Doug Pederson

Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

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

A young team on the rise that signed a number of veterans to “prove it” contracts, the Eagles are now at a place in their rebuild where they can concentrate on adding talent to both lines.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals

13. Arizona Cardinals

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (13) Haason Reddick ILB TEMPLE

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (9) Pass (9) Rush (18)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (2) Pass (4) Rush (9)

GM: Steve Keim

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

Offensive Coordinator: Harold Goodwin

Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher

Offensive Scheme: Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

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

The Cardinals decided to forego drafting a QB early in last year’s draft, but the time to pull the trigger on a top-level QB prospect will becoming soon.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Minnesota Vikings14. Minnesota Vikings

Last Year’s First Round Pick: None

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (28) Pass (18) Rush (32)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (3) Pass (3) Rush (20)

GM: Rick Spielman

Head Coach: Pat Shurmur

Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich

Defensive Coordinator: George Edwards

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

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

The Vikings got a full off-season to put in their WCO, and have a lot of young weapons that need to be given a chance to show their worth. They have an excellent defense, but do have a defensive line that is starting to get up their in age. Adding more talent to the defensive line will only enhance an already excellent secondary.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

15. Indianapolis Colts

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (15) Malik Hooker S OHIO STATE

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (10) Pass (5) Rush (23)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (27) Rush (25)

GM: Chris Ballard

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano

Offensive Coordinator: Rob Chudzinski

Defensive Coordinator: Ted Monachino

Offensive Scheme: Attacking / Play Action

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

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

The Colts are building slowly but surely, and might have found their first young RB in last year’s draft in Mack. They need more help on defense, waiting for the best player available to drop to them.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Baltimore Ravens

16. Baltimore Ravens

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (16) Marlon Humphrey CB ALABAMA

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (17) Pass (12) Rush (28)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (7) Pass (9) Rush (5)

GM: Ozzie Newsome

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg

Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

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

The Ravens went heavy with defense in last year’s draft, and that should be one of the best units in the league next year. However, they could have a big need at left tackle.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins

17. Washington Redskins

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (17) Jonathan Allen DT ALABAMA

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (3) Pass (2) Rush (21)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (28) Pass (25) Rush (24)

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Redskins: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

The Redskins couldn’t get to the QB last year, but added three top-level prospects at each level of the defense in last year’s draft. If they can continue to add to their ability to rush the passer, this team will not have to rely as much on their offense to win games.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans18. Tennessee Titans

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (5) Corey Davis WR WESTERN MICHIGAN, (18) Adoree’ Jackson CB USC

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (25) Rush (3)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (20) Pass (30) Rush (2)

GM: Jon Robinson

Head Coach: Mike Mularkey

Offensive Coordinator: Terry Robiskie

Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau

Offensive Scheme: “Exotic Smashmouth” (Run Heavy)

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Titans: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State

One of the most talked about teams in the off-season was the Titans, and deservedly so.  They added a number of offensive weapons in last year’s draft, but still will have to work on their problem on defense in defending the passing game.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (19) O.J. Howard TE ALABAMA

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (18) Pass (16) Rush (24)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (22) Rush (22)

GM: Jason Licht

Head Coach: Dirk Koetter

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken

Defensive Coordinator: Mike Smith

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Buccaneers: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

The Bucs have the spotlight on them this year, especially after adding an elite wide receiver in free agency, and having the draft’s best tight end prospect fall to them unexpectedly in the draft. However, they still need help in their secondary, and should be adding talent early in the draft.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

20. Denver Broncos

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (20) Garett Bolles OT UTAH

Last Year’s Offense Rankings: Total (27) Pass (21) Rush (27)

Last Year’s Defense Rankings: Total (4) Pass (1) Rush (28)

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

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

The Broncos first have to figure out their QB position, and then can start adding some more weapons for whomever that will be.

 

Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two

 

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