As the NFL season begins, some fans will already be looking for future stars for the 2018 NFL Draft. So it’s time to break out an early NFL mock draft.
The top of this year’s draft figures to be dominated by quarterbacks, with guys such as Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley also figures to go early on.
Below is SEC Country’s NFL mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft:
NFL mock draft 2018
- Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, USC QB: Darnold has hinted at staying, but if he comes out, the Browns should finally pull the trigger on a first round quarterback.
- San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB: After adding Jimmy Grappolo this week, the 49ers can add the best player in the draft. In this case, it’s Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who is also the Heisman Trophy favorite.
- New York Jets: Josh Rosen, UCLA QB : The Jets have shown some offensive promise this year with Josh McCown at quarterback. But Rosen is too talented to pass up.
- Indianapolis Colts: Connor Williams, Texas OT: For the Colts it’s simple. They have to do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck. As long as Williams can stay healthy, he’ll be a top draft pick.
- New York Giants: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: Offensive tackle could be the pick here. But drafting Allen, a gifted physical specimen, allows the Giants to start planning for life after Eli Manning.
- Miami Dolphins Arden Key, LSU DE: While the Dolphins would love to get their hands on one of the top quarterbacks, they take the most talented defensive player in the class in Key, who had 12 sacks last season.
- Arizona Cardinals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame OT: Like the Dolphins, Arizona would love to get a quarterback. But they’ll gladly take one of the top offensive linemen in all of college football.
- Washington Redskins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama S: Fitzpatrick will be compared to Florida State safety Derwin James. Right now, Fitzpatrick is having the better season, and thus comes off the board first.
- Tamap Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb N.C. State DE: Tampa Bay has put together a nice team and has star potential at every level. But you can never have too many disruptive edge rushers, and Chubb fits that mold
- Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR: Kirk would be a perfect fit for the Bears, especially given their lack of offensive weapons. He is the best wide receiver in this draft class.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Adams, Washington OT: The Chargers need to start protecting Phillip Rivers. With an impressive young defense, this is an easy pick for the Chargers.
- Detroit Lions: Derwin James, Florida State DB: The Lions could use a boost in their secondary. Like Fitzpatrick, James projects as a plug-and-play guy anywhere in a secondary.
- Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley : While Joe Flacco hasn’t been great this year, he also needs some weapons. Ridley would also continue a trend of drafting Alabama players in the first round for the Ravens..
- Oakland Raiders: Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : Payne is the latest monster to come out of Alabama. He’ll eat up space in the middle of Alabama’s defense, freeing things up for Khalil Mack on the outside.
- Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG: The Broncos’ offensive line was a mess last year. Drafting Nelson will help in the run game and keep either Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian off their back
- Cincinnati Bengals Roquan Smith, Georgia LB: Linebacker has been any area of concern with the Bengals. So they draft the best one in the class, as Smith has turned Georgia into one of the best defensive players in the country.
- Green Bay Packers: .Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE: Ohio State might have the most talented defensive front in the country, and Hubbard projects to be the first Buckeye off the board. While Secondary could be a need, the Packers could always use another pass rusher.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Baker Mayfield, SMU, WR: Mayfield is the anti Blake Bortles, and why this might be a little high, he’s got the tools to be a solid NFL quarterback, which Jacksonville desperately needs.
- Buffalo Bills: Lamar Jackson, Louisville QB: Jackson has to take some steps forward, but his athletic gifts are just too much to keep out of the first round. Buffalo would be an excellent place for him, especially since he can learn from Tyrod Taylor.
- Tennessee Titans: Cameron Smith, USC LB: Defensive back could be an area of need, but the Titans also need help at linebacker.
- Cleveland Browns(Via Houston Texans), Courtland Sutton WR, SMU: The best way to help a young receiver is to surround him with playmakers. Adding Sutton, a 6-foot-4 physical specieman, to David Njoku should help Darnold early on.
- Carolina Panthers: James Washington, Oklahoma State WR: While offensive line is an area of need, the Panthers need a wide receiver who can stretch the field, which Washington definitely can.
- Los Angeles Rams: Iman Marshall, USC CB: The secondary is one of the few areas of weakness on the Rams. And he’ll get to stay in Los Angeles to do so.
- Dallas Cowboys: Harold Landry, Boston College DE: The Cowboys will have to choose between adding more help in the secondary or getting more pressure. But Landry, who led the NCAA in sacks last year, is too good to pass up at this point.
- Atlanta Falcons: TyQuan Lewis, Ohio State DE/OLB: The Falcons need some help in terms of bringing pressure. Lewis would be a nice boost after the Falcons took Takk McKinley in the 2017 NFL Draft.
- New Orleans Saints: Rashaan Evans, LB Alabama: The Saints defense has made huge strides this year. Evans could help them get even better, as he’s shown the ability to play all over the field.
- Minnesota Vikings: Mason Rudolph, QB Oklahoma State: Between Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, the Vikings need stability at the quarterback position. Rudolph would help provide that.
- Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch’s dominance ended. Guice should have an excellent year for the Tigers in 2017 and make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round.
- Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City): Christian Wilkins, Clemson DT: With Marcell Dareus now in Jacksonville, the Bills need another monster in the middle. And Wilkins fits that role.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurice Hurst, Michigan DT: Hurst is having a great year for Michigan and couple help an already impressive Pittsburgh defense get even better.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Tarvarus Mcfadden: The Eagles need help in the secondary, and McFadden would be a steal at this point in the draft.
- New England Patriots: Josh Sweat, FSU DE/OLB: The Patriots need a ton of help in the pass rusher. Sweat is an athletic marvel who could help right away.
*Order determined by NFL Super bowl odds as of 10/24
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