2018 NFL Mock Draft – Playoff Teams

2018 NFL Mock Draft – TWO Rounds

2018 NFL Mock Draft Playoff Teams Notes: At this point, there appears to be three QB’s that will probably go in the top 20. It that hold trues, how will the QB needy teams picking 21-32 address the position in the draft?

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

Round One (Picks 21-32):

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Baltimore Ravens

21. Baltimore Ravens

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GM: Ozzie Newsome

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg

Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

Last Year’s Picks:

1/16 Marlon Humphrey CB ALABAMA
2/47 Tyus Bowser OLB HOUSTON
3/74 Chris Wormley DT MICHIGAN
3/78 Tim Williams OLB ALABAMA
4/122 Nico Siragusa G SAN DIEGO STATE
5/159 Jermaine Eluemunor OT TEXAS A&M
6/186 Chuck Clark S VIRGINIA TECH

2018 NFL Draft: Another year, and more discussion of Flacco and things not clicking on offense. It is not entirely clear where the problem lies, but either the GM, the QB, or the head coach is failing year after year in regards to their offense. Offensive coordinators have come and gone with the same results, so that is not the problem. Whatever it is, the Ravens aren’t going anywhere until a change is made.

The Ravens defense is loaded with talent, but very young. It is underperforming, but there is reason to believe that they just need time to grow as a unit. The obvious need is at wide receiver, and that should be addressed both in free agency and the draft, but the lack of production there is probably due to other reasons.  What might be required to bring back balance to the Raven’s offense is a renewed concentration on the running game. A true feature back and more talent on the offensive line would be ideal.

Team Needs: RB, OG, WR

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

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans22. Tennessee Titans

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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

Last Year’s Picks:

1/5 Corey Davis WR WESTERN MICHIGAN
1/18 Adoree’ Jackson CB USC
3/72 Taywan Taylor WR WESTERN KENTUCKY
3/100 Jonnu Smith TE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
5/155 Jayon Brown OLB UCLA
6/217 Corey Levin G CHATTANOOGA
7/227 Josh Carraway OLB TCU
7/236 Brad Seaton OT VILLANOVA
7/241 Khalfani Muhammad RB CALIFORNIA

2018 NFL Draft: The Titans have been slowly building one of the more talented rosters in the league, but still have some work to do on defense. The addition of Jackson last year was a nice first step, but they could definitely need another corner and a safety to help maintain leads and keep teams from going deep on them.

Tennessee has a lot of young talent that probably still needs time to develop, so it is not as obvious as to where their primary needs are, but with two exceptional tackles, there does seem to be a need on the interior of the offensive line. The team was built to run the ball, and they shouldn’t stop at just finding top talent at tackle, and to add an elite guard to run behind.

Depending on where the Titans end up drafting, they might have to make a decision on whether to draft an edge rusher earlier, while they are still available. It is a need, and would go a long ways in helping out the secondary.

Team Needs: CB, S, OG, DE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Atlanta Falcons

23. Atlanta Falcons

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GM: Thomas Dimitroff

Head Coach: Dan Quinn

Offensive Coordinator: Steve Sarkisian

Defensive Coordinator: Marquand Manuel

Offensive Scheme: West Coast, Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/26 Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA
3/75 Duke Riley ILB LSU
4/136 Sean Harlow OT OREGON STATE
5/149 Damontae Kazee CB SAN DIEGO STATE
5/156 Brian Hill RB WYOMING
5/174 Eric Saubert TE DRAKE

2018 NFL Draft: There is a trail of teams thriving under Shanahan and then faltering when he leaves. That doesn’t necessarily make him a great head coach, and we will see how that goes after a few years. In the meantime, the Falcons offense has taken a few steps back, and needs to find a new identity instead of trying to force a continuity that simply isn’t there now that Shanahan is gone. Even with their high powered offense last year, they had problems keeping leads, which obviously displayed itself in the Superbowl.

The Falcons were not going to be able to maintain their high scoring ways under a new coordinator, and would benefit from a more reliable four minute drill.  Shanahan did not do well his first year in Atlanta, so the Falcons should be patient to allow the new offensive coordinator / QB relationship to grow.

However, their major weakness is one that was not alleviated with the addition of Poe, and that is a failure to create an interior push on the defensive line. They have some excellent talent on the edge, and a one gap, penetrating defensive tackle would allow Poe to become a two gap anchor.

Team Needs: DT, S, OG, TE

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Los Angeles Rams24. Los Angeles Rams

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GM: Les Snead

Head Coach: Sean McVay

Offensive Coordinator: Matt LaFleur

Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips

Offensive Scheme: West Coast / Spread

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

2/44 Gerald Everett TE SOUTH ALABAMA
3/69 Cooper Kupp WR EASTERN WASHINGTON
3/91 John Johnson S BOSTON COLLEGE
4/117 Josh Reynolds WR TEXAS A&M
4/125 Samson Ebukam OLB EASTERN WASHINGTON
6/189 Tanzel Smart DT TULANE
6/206 Sam Rogers FB VIRGINIA TECH
7/234 Ejuan Price OLB PITTSBURGH

2018 NFL Draft: The Rams have shown considerable improvement, and look like they have a solid foundation for success in the next few years. Finally they have some weapons on offense. They probably didn’t need to make the trade for Sammy Watkins, but his ceiling is so high, he might be able to get healthy and live up to his potential.

The major emphasis for next year’s draft is going to be the continued development of Phillip’s 3-4 defense in its second year. This is when he has had huge leaps in defensive ranking, and he needs more players that fit his system.

The Rams have added a lot of veterans that are playing well, but they need to draft well and develop young talent that can eventually earn those positions. This is particularly true on the offensive line.  For now, Gurley is rejuvenated and the line is holding up, but they need to start drafting talent their immediately that can take the place of aging players like Whitworth in a few years.

Team Needs: OL, CB, LB

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

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

25. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City)

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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: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Jackson Jaguars

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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GM: David Caldwell

Head Coach: Doug Marrone

Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett

Defensive Coordinator: Todd Wash

Offensive Scheme: Hybrid Air Coryell

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/4 Leonard Fournette RB LSU
2/34 Cam Robinson OT ALABAMA
3/68 Dawaune Smoot DE ILLINOIS
4/110 Dede Westbrook WR OKLAHOMA
5/148 Blair Brown ILB OHIO
7/222 Jalen Myrick CB MINNESOTA
7/240 Marquez Williams FB MIAMI

2018 NFL Draft: The Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback. Bortles regression in technique was downright shocking the last few years, and they surely knew they needed to address the QB position before the season even started. The discipline that the Jaguars showed in not panicking and giving up draft picks or trading for a middle of the road QB is admirable, and they will have a pick of QB’s in next year’s first round that will be lucky to land in such a perfect place for a young QB.

The Jaguars defense is loaded with talent, but they could use a versatile safety that won’t be a matchup liability against tight ends or running backs. They will be most likely having to protect a rookie quarterback, so more depth on the offensive line and a dynamic tight end that can serve as an outlet in the passing game would help.

Team Needs: S, OL, TE

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Jaguars: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers

27. Carolina Panthers

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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

Last Year’s Picks:

1/8 Christian McCaffrey RB STANFORD
2/40 Curtis Samuel WR OHIO STATE
2/64 Taylor Moton OT WESTERN MICHIGAN
3/77 Daeshon Hall DE TEXAS A&M
5/152 Corn Elder CB MIAMI
6/192 Alexander Armah DE WEST GEORGIA
7/233 Harrison Butker K GEORGIA TECH

2018 NFL Draft: The Panthers added two perfect players for their matchup based offense in McCaffrey and Samuel, and even dealt away Benjamin to start to free up their more versatile weapon. Benjamin is actually a better fit in Buffalo, and they could use more draft picks to improve an offensive line and to find a young pass rusher.

Carolina probably made some bad decisions in regards to their offensive line, and if a top left tackle prospect fell to them in the first round, they will have a tough decision to make. Ideally, they would also like to have two dynamic, pass catching tight ends.

The Panthers have a problem that has been festering and getting worse which is Cam Newton’s maturity. He is obviously not the natural leader able to lead a team, but teams have succeeded without having that from the QB position. The team had to break up his close relationship with Benjamin because it was causing problems in the locker room, and he just isn’t the same player he was a few years ago. He simply isn’t growing up, and that is a problem.

Team Needs: OT, CB, DE

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Minnesota Vikings28. Minnesota Vikings

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GM: Rick Spielman

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer

Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur

Defensive Coordinator: George Edwards

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

Last Year’s Picks:

2/41 Dalvin Cook RB FLORIDA STATE
3/70 Pat Elflein C OHIO STATE
4/109 Jaleel Johnson DT IOWA
4/120 Ben Gedeon ILB MICHIGAN
5/170 Rodney Adams WR SOUTH FLORIDA
5/180 Danny Isidora G MIAMI
6/201 Bucky Hodges TE VIRGINIA TECH
7/219 Stacy Coley WR MIAMI
7/220 Ifeadi Odenigbo DE NORTHWESTERN
7/232 Elijah Lee OLB KANSAS STATE
7/245 Jack Tocho CB NC STATE

2018 NFL Draft: The Vikings really struck gold with additions to the offensive line that weren’t necessarily coming off of stellar seasons with their previous teams. Doubts have been cast aside, as the offensive line has formed into a unit that has provided protection for the QB as well as has created lanes for whomever is running the ball. The line has played well, but they have also been lucky to not have had test the lack of depth of talent, and should start developing some young offensive line talent through the draft.

The defense, particularly the secondary is the strength of the Vikings team at this point, but the interior of the defensive line is aging. With quality players all around, getting that interior pass rush could take this defensive to even greater heights.

One major question surrounding Minnesota is who is going to be the quarterback next year. They have a pending free agent starter that they traded a top pick for, a budding star, albeit unproven, coming off a gruesome injury, and a designated backup QB that has performed admirably in reserve duty.

Team Needs: DT, OT, LB

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Vikings: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

 

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Pittsburgh Steelers

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GM: Kevin Colbert

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley

Defensive Coordinator: Keith Butler

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

Last Year’s Picks:

1/30 T.J. Watt OLB WISCONSIN
2/62 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
3/94 Cameron Sutton CB TENNESSEE
3/105 James Conner RB PITTSBURGH
4/135 Joshua Dobbs QB TENNESSEE
5/173 Brian Allen CB UTAH
6/213 Colin Holba LS LOUISVILLE
7/248 Keion Adams DE WESTERN MICHIGAN

2018 NFL Draft: The Steelers defense has officially made the transition from the legendary Dick LeBeau and found themselves a gem in last year’s first round pick of T.J. Watt. This is a linebacker driven defense, and it has been fairly obvious that they need an inside linebacker to make that unit the strength of the defense.

Josh Dobbs is a good backup quarterback, but they might have to seriously look at finding Big Ben’s long term replacement. Playing QB in Pittsburgh means having a strong arm, with all three division opponents playing in cold weather stadiums. The Steelers will probably looking at this year’s crop of quarterbacks, along with looking ahead at the year after’s potential prospects.  This year might be the time to pull the trigger and get a strong armed QB prospect to start grooming.

Having possibly the best trio of WR / RB / QB and with budding stars at WR and RB means that it is important not waste that talent with a sub par offensive line.  The Steelers by no means have a poor offensive line, but should be, and have been careful to keep new talent coming in, and could use some depth on the interior.

Team Needs: ILB, OG, QB

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New Orleans Saints

30. New Orleans Saints

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GM: Mickey Loomis

Head Coach: Sean Payton

Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael

Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Allen

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

Last Year’s Picks:

1/11 Marshon Lattimore CB OHIO STATE
1/32 Ryan Ramczyk OT WISCONSIN
2/42 Marcus Williams S UTAH
3/67 Alvin Kamara RB TENNESSEE
3/76 Alex Anzalone ILB FLORIDA
3/103 Trey Hendrickson DE FLORIDA ATLANTIC
6/196 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE MIAMI

2018 NFL Draft: It isn’t surprising that the Saints’ defense has started to come together as a unit, but is surprising that it happened this quickly. Coming into the year, they definitely had much better talent at every level on defense, but so much of that talent was young and unproven.

If there is a talent void on their defense, it is at linebacker. They are having problems matchups created by offenses that utilize running backs and tight ends in the passing game, and could use two new starters there next year.

New Orleans has made much better personnel decisions lately, and they must make the tough decision to address the quarterback position now, and not wait until they absolutely are forced to find the QB of the future. If they can identify a quarterback that they feel they can groom for a year or two, it could help make a seemless transition for the future.

Team Needs: LB, QB, CB

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - New England Patriots

31. New England Patriots

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GM: Bill Belichick (De facto)

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDaniels

Defensive Coordinator: Matt Patricia

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

Last Year’s Picks:

3/83 Derek Rivers OLB YOUNGSTOWN STATE
3/85 Antonio Garcia OT TROY
4/131 Deatrich Wise Jr. DE ARKANSAS
6/211 Conor McDermott OT UCLA

2018 NFL Draft: The undefeated season for the ages hasn’t materialized, but the Patriots, with all of its high profile moving parts in the off season is starting to come together as the team we thought they could be. After seemingly missing on a few highly touted free agents (that haven’t played that bad, just below expectations), the Pats could be expected to go back to concentrating on the draft as its primary element of team building.

Tom Brady hasn’t had any major dropoff in play, which would have been understandable considering his age and the number of hits he has taken.  There has been a bit of a decrease in accuracy, but nothing that they can’t scheme around or be alarmed about. Based on their history, they will most likely address the quarterback position in the draft again, and start developing another young potential replacement for Brady down the road. No team loves 12 personnel more than New England, so finding that dynamic tight end in the draft is always an option.

The big addition of Gilmore hasn’t worked out as expected, and couple with the loss of Logan Ryan, they are in need of help at the cornerback spot. They have also not had an effective edge rusher for awhile, and will need to address that early in the draft. The lack of edge rush for the Patriots has had a cascading effect throughout the defense, and they have been shipping out players the last few years without any suitable replacement.

Team Needs: DE, CB, QB, TE

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

 

2018 NFL Mock Draft - Philadelphia Eagles32. Philadelphia Eagles

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GM: Howie Roseman

Head Coach: Doug Pederson

Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

Last Year’s Picks:

1/14 Derek Barnett DE TENNESSEE
2/43 Sidney Jones CB WASHINGTON
3/99 Rasul Douglas CB WEST VIRGINIA
4/118 Mack Hollins WR NORTH CAROLINA
4/132 Donnel Pumphrey RB SAN DIEGO STATE
5/166 Shelton Gibson WR WEST VIRGINIA
5/184 Nathan Gerry S NEBRASKA
6/214 Elijah Qualls DT WASHINGTON

2018 NFL Draft: Discussion about the Eagles recent surge starts with the most difficult thing to do in the NFL: find your quarterback. They identified the guy they wanted, even though the moneyball guys didn’t care for him, and are reaping the rewards. Philadelphia has been very aggressive in targeting the players they want and making sure they get their man. What is understated, however, is that they have also been able to trade away players that didn’t fit their plans for the future, allowing them to restock their shelves with draft picks.

The offense for the Eagles will have some interesting decisions to make in the offseason.  They have done some one year prove it deals, and they need to look at each and decide who they want to offer a long term deal to. It is a nice problem to have, as they are not burdened by bad long term deals, and can work the draft first now as their primary team building mechanism.

Philadelphia has been forward thinking, and will probably be quietly one of the teams looking at left tackle early in the draft. This is a much better year for left tackles than last year, and having a guy in place for the future would be another wise move for the Eagles.

Team Needs: LT, LB, WR

2018 NFL Mock Draft, Eagles: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

 

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

 

 

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