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2018 NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

21. Buffalo Bills

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Team Needs: CB, DT, LB

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bills: Jets: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Bills will first need to decide what to do at QB, and might very well be looking to address that early in this draft. The good news is that they have extra picks to play with early in the draft. Beane and McDermott would love to keep adding talent to their defensive front seven, but they have a major need at cornerback they will need to address first.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City)

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Team Needs: CB, DT, LB

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bills: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

Will the Bills find their QB of the future in the first round? Will they use an extra pick to move up to get one of the top guys? Probably not. The QB picture appears to show 2-3 guys in one tier, and maybe 5-6 in the next, allowing the Bills to wait until the 2nd or 3rd round to get a QB that they can develop. In the meantime, they would love to keep building their front seven, which is how the Panthers were built as well, and is what they are familiar with.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Los Angeles Rams23. Los Angeles Rams

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Team Needs: OL, CB, LB

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Rams: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

It has been a great year for the Rams and the offense has come together very well under first year head coach Sean McVay. Les Snead has survived the storm, after years of pathologically middle of the road performances, that now can be squarely put on the ex head coach. Wade Phillips was given the unenviable task of taking one of the best 4-3 defenses and converting them into his unique 3-4 system. He has done it many times before and it simply takes a lot of very different personnel. A lot of those pieces are in place, but just starting to develop, and they do have a very specific need at cornerback.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers

24. Carolina Panthers

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Team Needs: OT, CB, DE

2018 NFL Draft Christian Kirk

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

The Panthers let Ted Ginn walk after last year and traded away Kelvin Benjamin. They have some excellent young talent including Funchess, McCaffrey, and Curtis Samuel, but could use help at wide receiver.  For about eight years or so, first round wide receivers have not had a high success rate, and that probably has mostly to do with the college offenses. Wide receivers are simply not taught the skills needed to succeed at the next level. Christian Kirk was caught in a Texas A&M team in turmoil, but can play all over the offense and is an excellent return man as well.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans25. Tennessee Titans

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Team Needs: CB, S, OG, DE

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

The Titans first addressed their offensive line and their run game. They then added a QB, wide receivers and secondary players. They seem to have a plan and methodically are sticking to it, building up a team that is steadily improving. They still could use some talent in the secondary, but at this stage, they can approach the draft in a less specific manner, and look to add the most talented player available, although they are probably going to lean toward defense.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Atlanta Falcons

26. Atlanta Falcons

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Team Needs: DT, S, OG, TE

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

As much as the offense has sputtered this year, and Steve Sarkisian has taken a lot of the blame, people forget that Kyle Shanahan went through the same thing in his first year with Atlanta. It was still a puzzling hire that disrupted a system that was working, but what is done is done. The same issue that has been haunting them for several years is still there, however, and that is they really haven’t solidified the interior of their defensive line. It is not for a lack of trying, but they just haven’t found the right pieces yet.

 

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2018 NFL Mock Draft - New Orleans Saints

27. New Orleans Saints

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Team Needs: LB, QB, CB

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Saints: Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech

The Saints young defensive talent that they have started to collect the last few years really developed this year, ahead of schedule. Somehow, this team is slowly turning into an Alabama style team- playing great defense and running the ball. They will get a key piece on their offensive line back next year, and should continue to build their defense, particularly with an increased emphasis on getting to the QB and controlling the middle of the field on defense.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Pittsburgh Steelers

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Team Needs: ILB, OG, QB

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

Pittsburgh, once again, has one of the most well rounded, talented rosters in the league. There are surely discussions of how they will approach replacing their future Hall of Fame QB, but that has quietly become less of a story as the year has gone on. Drafting late in the first round again, they can let the draft come to them and go for their top player on their board.

 

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29. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Team Needs: QB, S, OL, TE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Jaguars: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

The Jaguars are winning with exceptional defense, and an offense that has defenses putting all of their concentration on stopping the run. The offensive coaches have put together brilliant game plans, but this should not have to be the case for them to win. The Jaguars will need a change at QB, the glaring weakness on their team. And there is no reason to fret about cutting Bortles when there is talk about him having his 5th year option picked up- those options are guaranteed only for injury. The Jags are a team that can get to the Superbowl and possibly win with a more reliable QB, and that surely will come in free agency.  Their defensive line is exceptional, but they could use to build up to a true 8 man rotation.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Minnesota Vikings30. Minnesota Vikings

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Team Needs: DT, OT, LB

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Vikings: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

The Vikings very early on under Zimmer concentrated on being an elite defensive team, and it has paid off. Instead of going into next year without any QB clarity, they might even be able to trade away an extra QB to get more draft picks. With a rebuilt offensive line, and an elite running back that should be back at 100% for training camp, look for the Vikings to simply continue to build their defense.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New England Patriots

31. New England Patriots

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Team Needs: DE, CB, QB, TE

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2018 NFL Mock Draft, Patriots: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma

The Patriots are succeeding despite the fact their high profile free agency moves and trades aren’t quite living up to the billing. They draft well, and make a lot of under-the-radar free agency moves and trades that always seem to work out. What they have lacked, however, is an edge rush, and they are going to have to start throwing some draft picks in that direction.

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Philadelphia Eagles32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Team Needs: LT, LB, WR

2018 NFL Draft Brian O'Neill

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Eagles: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

The Eagles rolled the dice on some “prove it” one year contracts, and it ended up, for the most part, paying off. They are not burdened with a lot of bad contracts like the Giants are, and can approach the draft in a very flexible manner. They will need to start seriously considering developing a young left tackle, so as to have a painless transaction replacing their excellent, but aging Jason Peters.

 

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