2018 NFL Mock Draft – 7 Rounds
The 2018 NFL Mock Draft is updated constantly based on changes to team needs through free agency, prospect rankings, and other factors. There are two 2018 NFL Mock Drafts, the “DraftBlaster” 7 Round Mock, and also DraftGeek’s Mock Draft.
NFL Mock Draft 2018 – Last Updated: March 20
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Team Needs: QB, CB, WR
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Hue Jackson might appear to be better off drafting guys that can win for him now, but he is not pulling the strings, and Dorsey is not at all in the same position. This pick has most likely been between Darnold, Allen, and Rosen, with Darnold being the leader from day 1. We continue to project Darnold here, as we have for months. With the QB position, more than other positions, the GM’s and other decision makers view prospects very differently than scouts or draft personalities on TV. The decision makers simply look at what a player CAN do and what the perceive to be his ceiling. Scouts and draft analysts break down flaws and inconsistencies.
Team Needs: LT, LB, CB, RB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
This pick will more than likely not be being made by the Giants come draft day, but as of today, they would have to consider picking a QB that they can sit and develop while Eli finishes out his career. With a new GM and coach, they will want to get their own QB in the door sooner rather than later.
Rosen is already getting the white-glove treatment from media members that adore him, in his first major feature story being labeled as “too smart for his own good”. Yes, the old, “his only fault is that he cares too much” line. In the last few years, his political statements and discussions about college football have angered a lot of people, and have been at times vulgar and hateful.
He is adored by a large amount of writers that have given the same treatment to Kaepernick, and whether you agree with him or not, teams hate that stuff. Now that the UCLA coaches have been fired, there are also a lot of people talking and the word is out that he is not the best leader, treats some people very poorly, and football might not be important enough to him for him to be given the keys to an NFL franchise. At that age, it is certainly possible, even probable, to grow out of such things, but this is a top pick in the NFL that is at stake.
3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)
Team Needs: OL, LB, CB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The Jets are bringing in a new offense, and got rid of an offensive coordinator that performed miracles last year with very limited talent. With a new offense will come a new quarterback, and there hope will be to finally land the franchise QB that they have wanted for so long.
They must have had similar grades on their 2nd and 3rd rated QB’s, or perhaps had similar grades on all of the top 3 QB’s in this draft to make this move. Josh Allen has excellent ball velocity, and had a nice Senior Bowl and Combine. With a chance to sit and work on fundamentals for a year, he could develop into the Jets franchise QB that they have been in need of for so long.
4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston)
Team Needs: QB, CB, WR
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Browns: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
After drafting their franchise QB at 1, the Browns will be able to sit back and see how the draft falls to them. Fans will undoubtedly be wanting Saquon Barkly with this pick, but value would suggest grabbing the only true elite end rusher in this draft, and the most sure fire pick in Bradly Chubb. Paired with last year’s first overall pick, the Browns could have the best edge rushers in the league.
Team Needs: OL, DL, QB, S, LB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Broncos: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Another pick that is definitely in flux, the Broncos would have some interesting prospects to consider here. The top corner in the draft, Denzel Ward, would definitely be in play, but the Broncos love to run to set up the pass. With Barkley still on the board, they would have to consider adding a talented and versatile running back.
6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)
Team Needs: QB, WR, RB, OL
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Colts: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S / CB, Alabama
Sometimes, being “done wrong” can be a blessing in disguise. Some college teams feed upon it, and it can give an organization a rallying focal point. Regardless of all of that, they are just at the start of a rebuild, and especially need to draft difference makers on defense. Furthermore, nothing can be said about the Colts’ draft without mentioning Luck and hoping he can come back completely healthy next year.
The Colts could be the most flexible team heading into the draft. They have needs everywhere, have lots of money to spend, and are in key positions in the draft to move down. That has already happened once, and they could be in prime position to keep moving down and gathering picks.
Team Needs: DE, OL, RB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Buccaneers: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The Bucs have been a major disappointment in 2018, but perhaps that should have been expected with so many young players at key positions. They are a very talented young team that essentially needs to “grow up.” They simply couldn’t run the ball last year and it caused cascading problems throughout the offense, and they couldn’t control the time of possession in games, causing more stress on the defense. Quenton Nelson is an offensive guard prospect that doesn’t come around too often, and can instantly boost a team’s run game.
Team Needs: WR, OG, DB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bears: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
The Bears have added wide receivers through free agency, so drafting one with their first pick is not as much a pressing need as it once was. There is a large grouping of receivers that will be able to help the Bears starting in the 2nd, and available throughout the draft. The Bears will stay disciplined and go after talent, and adding elite level edge rushers is always a good thing.
Team Needs: OL, WR, S, RB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, 49ers: 2018 NFL Mock Draft, Chargers: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The 49ers made the first move that really changed the 2018 NFL Draft when they traded for Garoppolo. They are in a position where they can fairly broadly go for best player available in this draft and sort out needs later throughout the draft.
10. Oakland Raiders
Team Needs: OT, LB, RB, DT, CB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Raiders: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Every year there is a team or two that has a huge pile of free agency money to spend to add players on everyone’s “top free agents” lists, and the fans get excited and start dreaming of championships. The problem is that just isn’t what wins Superbowls. As much as the draft is a process of educated guesses, free agency has a similar success rate, but with much higher financial consequences. That is what has inevitably casued some turmoil with the Raiders, but they hope that they are past that era of having to spend huge in one offseason.
The Raiders have to get their defense to play up to its ability, and could use a piece both in the front seven and in the secondary as fresh blood.
11. Miami Dolphins
Team Needs: OG, RB, QB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Dolphins: Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Dolphins need to hope and pray that Tannehill can come back next year healthy and stay healthy. His contract is not actually very troublesome if they decide to move on after next year, but he really needs to stay healthy. The Dolphins are mired in a bit of a mess with some poor free agent moves, and are aging quickly at several key positions. On defense they are in need of some young pieces and should keep an open mind at this point in the draft to taking talent over immediate need.
12. Bufallo Bills (from Cincinnati)
Team Needs: CB, DT, LB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Bills: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Bills could be making a slow move up the draft to get their QB of the future. This pick should end up being in the top 6 by the time the draft rolls around. If, for some reason they get stuck with this pick, they would have to consider grabbing an elite left tackle prospect to replace the one they just traded, but it feels like they are moving up again.
Team Needs: QB, S, DE
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Redskins: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
When the 49ers took Garoppolo, it shook up the free agency market at QB for next year. The “Cousins Domino” is going to be one of the most influential pieces to the 2018 NFL Draft. The Redskins need to do a better shutting down other teams’ big plans, and can add the best player available here without forcing a pick.
Team Needs: OG, LB, TE
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Packers: Tremaine Edmunds, ILB/OLB, Virginia Tech
Ted Thomspon gets a lot of credit for building his team through the draft, and deservedly so. However, the last two years he has fumbled some free agency moves and his drafts have been pretty questionable. A change was made in the front office, and it seems like these previous mistakes were grinding on the coaching staff and players. The Packers need to stabilize their offensive line and need help at linebacker.
Team Needs: QB, CB, OT, OG, TE
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Cardinals signed Sam Bradford to a short term deal, but they are definitely in play for a QB in the first round. There will be a lot of movement at the top of the draft, and they will have to make a move to get one of the top 3 prospects, but Baker Mayfield could fall to them here.
Baker Mayfield has shown a lot of immaturity that, if not resolved, would adversely affect any team that drafts him. The comparisons to other “troubled” players aren’t helpful, as each situation is different. The good is when he is on the field and in practices. By all accounts, players and coaches like him. The bad is that there is a pattern of poor decisions, how he quit his team, and now two entirely different excuses for missing media time before a major event. It is perfectly justifiable for people to question him, as he is the one that has provided this picture of a petulance and insincerity. Teams will be doing a lot of homework on Mayfield before the draft, but the fact is that although the tape and the relationships he has with players and coaches is great, he has a long way to go before a team is going to trust him with the keys to franchise.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Team Needs: RB, OG, WR, TE
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Ravens and a WR is one of the “anchor picks” that can start off most mock drafts for 2018. They are addressing it in free agency, but still have a major need for receivers. This team really needs some skill position help across the board, actually. Where it appears that they will be drafting should set up very well for Baltimore, and they might be going RB and WR early, as well as adding an offensive lineman, which is in stark contrast to last year’s defense heavy draft.
Team Needs: RT, DL
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Chargers suffered some bad injuries early on, but have battled back throughout the year as a lot of their younger players really settled in. They might have overpaid for Okung, but that position is locked in for several years, so no use considering it here. However, they could definitely use an improvement at right tackle, and with their two very talented young guards, could put together an imposing offensive line. McGlinchey is the safest OT in the draft.
18. Seattle Seahawks
Team Needs: OL, CB
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Seahawks: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Seattle needs to reinvigorate their run game, and that does not mean more from their QB. Their offensive line has been a mess for a few years now. As much as Seattle has been castigated for this issue, it is not for a lack of trying. For the amount of success as they have had in drafting guys in the secondary, they have had that much failure with drafting offensive linemen. What they probably need to do is listen to every not-clever business meeting leader and Keep It Simple Stupid. Innovation can be highly overrated, and if they can just go back to more traditional concepts with offensive line play, they should finally stabilize that unit. They don’t need to panic and overreach for offensive linemen, however, just go back to more tried and true concepts. With that being said, getting a dynamic, powerful running back would be a big step getting them back to what brought them success only a few years ago.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Team Needs: OL, DT, WR, TE
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Maurice Hurst’s draft stock is going to be better known as information gets released regarding his heart. Hopefully, it is something that can be managed and it won’t affect his NFL career.
The Cowboys’ offensive line was just not the same this year, but some of that was injuries and developing chemistry. They have enough key pieces that they don’t have to panic and address the position early in the draft. With three of their five positions locked down, they should be looking to add two offensive linemen through the draft and another in free agency and then let the competition unfold. They have found their edge guys on the defensive line, but have a big need in the middle. They also will need to find a WR and TE to replace key players at the end of their careers.
20. Detroit Lions
Team Needs: DT, DE, RB, OG
2018 NFL Mock Draft, Lions: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Matt Patricia and Paul Pasqualoni are both very well known as Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4 scheme guys, both of which coming from the greatest 3-4 coaching tree in NFL history – Parcells / Belichick. Pasqualoni is well known for helping Bill Parcells transition the Cowboys 4-3 into a 3-4, starting off as the coach of the linebackers, helping DeMarcus Ware develop into one of the great 3-4 OLB’s of all time. He was then tagged as the defensive coordinator for Parcells. He also served as the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins, also utilizing the Parcells’ 3-4 defense, and worked with the Houston Texans’ as the defensive line coach for their 3-4 defense. He has held other positions, but as an NFL defensive coordinator has only coached the 3-4.
The confusion with what the Patriots have been running the last few years in terms of 3-4 / 4-3 is in the adhering to traditional naming mechanisms. To be most accurate, the Patriots are best defined as a 3-3-5. They are famous for playing big nickel, and are not often in common alignments. However, there is always a core philosophy that guides a defense one way or another, and the 2-gapping 3-4 defensive line philosophy never changed. To further complicate things, 3-4 defenses like the Patriots and what Wade Phillips run will often have 4 players on the line of scrimmage. But look closely, that one edge guy doesn’t have his hand in the dirt and he is an OLB that can rush or drop on any given play.
A’Shawn Robinson played in this exact system at Alabama, so his role would be easy to determine, but they will have different types of prospects that they are looking at. Furthermore, Ziggy Ansah could be the Lions’ Willie McGinest, who allowed the Patriots in his day to be truly multiple, as he could switch from DE to OLB from play to play. If Ziggy Ansah can be used like Willie McGinest, then perhaps they can find their very own version of Vince Wilfork in Vita Vea. Vita Vea is a defensive tackle that doesn’t come around too often. He looks the part of a traditional 2-Gap nose tackle, but has incredible athleticism, and has many of the skills of a much lighter tackle prospect.