DraftGeek’s NFL Mock Draft

Updated February 4

2018 NFL Mock Draft

NFL Mock Draft, By: “DraftGeek” (not be confused with nfldraftgeek.com that does a great job!) is the Data Mining (that is pretty much what non-sports people call Analytics) nerd that has been an NFL draft junkie, and covering the NFL Draft since doing an undergrad paper on it for a Prob and Stats course. A medical industry executive, she (yes, she) secretly would like to give it all up and be Cynthia Frelund. DraftGeek’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft is published bi-weekly until the NFL season concludes.

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns1. 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

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

Sigh. The poor Browns. Another year, another top need at QB. Darnold has some of the best mechanics of any of the QBs coming out, but what really gives him the edge for the top pick, especially with the Browns sitting here, is his (at least at the time of this writing) impeachable character. The Browns can’t afford another character risk. As the senior bowl plays out and after the Combine, Josh Allen could make a strong play for this pick, but right now the edge is to Darnold, who played against better competition and had a higher completion percentage.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New York Giants

2. New York Giants

Last  Year’s First Round Pick: (23) Evan Engram TE OLE MISS

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

The Giants certainly need a left tackle, and everything in me says that Mike McGlinchey should be this pick. However, with Shurmur recently installed as the new HC, I think he and the GM go with the stud QB of the future. Let’s just hope there is a good LT in free agency or later in the draft to protect the guy under center.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

3. Indianapolis Colts

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

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

Protecting Luck is critical to any playoff hopes this team may have. McGlinchey looks to be that can’t lose pick who may be ready to start not day 1 but in fairly short order.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston)

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

How fun for the Browns to get 2 top 5 picks? I think they try to trade this one down, but will there be any takers? Assuming they stay here, why not give your new (and old) QB a true X receiver to throw to? Sutton is a beast and the his measurables will set him apart come Combine time.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

5. Denver Broncos

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

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

Character could be an issue, and an interview with John Elway will make or break Rosen’s chances of securing a top 5 spot. His talent is undeniable, however, and would be a major upgrade for a team desperately in need of talent under center. The WR corp of the Broncos would surely rejoice… though it seems Sanders might not be around to appreciate this pick.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets

6. New York Jets

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

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

I know Barkley is high on everyone’s boards, and rightfully so, but I just like Guice. The combine will tell. Jets might take a QB here, but no one left is even close to a top 10 talent, unless Baker Mayfield is way taller than I suspect. Guice is going to be special.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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

Tampa needs help in both run and pass protection, and Chubb looks to be that guy. Probably the most can’t miss guy in the draft for a team not in need of a QB.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Chicago Bears

8. Chicago Bears

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

While WR is a big need, I don’t see one on the board I would take in the top 10. Ridley maybe, but guard is another need and this one is a good value here. Fitzpatrick is versatile and could play at either S or CB.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Francisco 49ers

9. San Francisco 49ers

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, 49ers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

The Offensive Line needs to get better if Garapollo is going to have a chance. Nelson could be a day 1 starter.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Oakland Raiders

10. Oakland Raiders

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (24) Gareon Conley CB OHIO STATE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Raiders: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

 

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2018 NFL Mock Draft - Miami Dolphins

11. Miami Dolphins

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (22) Charles Harris OLB MISSOURI

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

Hey, I said Barkley fell a little, but not that much. With the Jay Ajayi trade to Philly, this becomes a position of need.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

12. Cincinnati Bengals

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

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bengals: Arden Key, OLB, LSU

Despite a slow start in 2017, Key poured it on when it counted and should be the top guy in this position.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins

13. Washington Redskins

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

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

Looks like the Redskins answered the Cousins dilemma and settled on their QB for the next 4 years. This is a mediocre D that could stand to get better.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Green Bay Packers14. Green Bay Packers

Last Year’s First Round Pick: None

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Packers: Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals

15. Arizona Cardinals

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

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Baltimore Ravens16. Baltimore Ravens

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

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

17. Los Angeles Chargers

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

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Seattle Seahawks

18. Seattle Seahawks

Last Year’s First Round Pick: None

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft -Dallas Cowboys

19. Dallas Cowboys

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (28) Taco Charlton DE MICHIGAN

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Detroit Lions

20. Detroit Lions

Last Year’s First Round Pick: (21) Jarrad Davis ILB FLORIDA

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Lions: Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College

 

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