Final 2018 NFL Mock Draft and Top 175 Big Board

By | April 26, 2018
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Here’s a fun disclaimer that should make you put a whole lot of faith in this mock draft: by the fifth or sixth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft tonight, my final mock draft (below) will likely be rendered totally worthless.

Why? Because the first round of tonight’s draft has the potential to be something of a wild ride. On average, we usually see somewhere between four and eight trades in the first round of a given draft, and if we don’t see at least three trades among the top 15 picks (especially among those teams jockeying to move up and get a quarterback), i’d be rather surprised.

In this mock, I don’t predict trades, because that’s an even stupider idea than putting together a mock draft itself. But for the purposes of entertainment and sure-fire clickbait, here’s my final mock draft for 2018 (thank God).

As a reminder, this is my prediction of what I think WILL happen tonight, as opposed to what should happen:

1. Cleveland — Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Despite all the the chatter you’re hearing about Baker Mayfield being the pick here, or those remaining few “truthers” who think this pick could be Josh Allen, rest assured: “It’s Darnold.”

2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Since it’s “unlikely” that the Giants will trade this pick, if the report is true about the ownership of the New York Giants wanting Saquon Barkley, then this is a done deal. At the end of the day, remember who cuts and signs the paycheck for EVERYONE in the building.

3. New York Jets (via Indianapolis) — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Per Manish Mehta, the Jets’ beat writer for the NY Daily News: “I’m starting to believe that Broadway Baker will become a reality… I’m not guaranteeing anything right now. The rumblings, however, seem to be leading me to the Heisman Trophy winner if he’s on the board.” That being said, there’s still some Josh Rosen chatter for this pick.

4. Cleveland (via Houston) — Bradley Chub, DE, NC State

A binary scenario. If Bradley Chubb is still here, the Browns will very likely take him. If he’s somehow taken in the top three, the Browns will very likely trade down from this pick (probably with Buffalo, Miami, or Arizona).

5. Denver — Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame

if Denver keeps this pick, it sounds like Quenton Nelson is their guy. But if the top four stay static (meaning there are no trades), look for Denver to try and trade this pick. One note to keep in mind: Denver really likes OL Will Hernandez from UTEP, and recently hired Sean Kugler as their offensive line coach… who just happened to hold that position at UTEP last season (meaning he directly coached Hernandez).

6. Indianapolis — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Again, another team that would prefer to trade back from this pick. But if they had to stay here, Roquan Smith is the name that keeps popping up here, unless Quenton Nelson is still available.

7. Tampa Bay — Derwin James, DB, Florida State

This is the player that’s been associated with this pick the most with Tampa’s first round pick. But I could also see this pick being Denzel Ward or Minkah Fitzpatrick (or Quenton Nelson, if Denver trades out from #5 and/or Indianapolis trades out from #6, leaving Nelson still available here).

8. Chicago — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

It sounds like the Bears would prefer if Quenton Nelson or Roquan Smith would fall to this pick. But with them being gone, Minkah Fitzpatrick might be next on their list of preferences.

9. San Francisco — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

While there’s a legitimate chance Tremaine Edmunds falls out of the top 10, the 49ers have made it clear that they’ll move on from Reuben Foster if the current allegations against him are proven true. If he falls here, Roquan Smith sounds like he’s atop their board. But if not, Edmunds sounds like he would be next on their board.

10. Oakland — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

I think the Raiders are hoping that Minkah Fitzpatrick falls to this pick. Assuming he doesn’t, I think Oakland will debate whether to take Denzel Ward and Vita Vea with this pick. Since they’ve been shopping for defensive backs all offseason, and since Ward is ranked higher in most people’s eyes than Vea, I believe he’d get the nod. Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame is another player to keep watch here.

11. Miami — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Even if a bunch of trades shake up the top 10 picks (which sounds almost inevitable), there’s a very legitimate chance Josh Rosen falls this far. If that happened, he’s going to Miami. I could also see Miami moving up a few spots (perhaps to #6 or #8) to ensure they grab him.

12. Buffalo (via Cincinnati) — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Let me be exceedingly clear: THERE IS LESS THAN A 0.001% CHANCE THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS IN REALITY. It’s more likely that Buffalo — or someone else (like Arizona) — trades up to get Josh Allen. Keep an eye out for a deal between Denver and Buffalo, with the Bills trying to move up to #5.

13. Washington — Vita Vea, DT, Washington

From everything i’ve heard & read, the Redskins board for this pick goes: 1) Minkah Fitzpatrick, 2) Vita Vea, 3) Da’Ron Payne. With Fitzpatrick gone, and the Redskins interest in Vita Vea being “the worst kept secret in the league,” Vea goes here. If Vea is gone (Oakland and Miami are strong possibilities), then it’ll be Payne (the Derrius Guice pick here seems to be a red herring).

14. Green Bay — Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College

The Packers’ primary needs are cornerback and edge rusher. So, if Denzel Ward or Minkah Fitzpatrick (or Derwin James) falls to this pick, they’ll take any one of those guys (likely in that order). But I think all three will be gone, in which case, I do think Harold Landry would be their next choice.

15. Arizona — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

While Lamar Jackson is gaining steam at this pick, it sounds like Arizona will opt to address a bigger need at wide receiver here.

16. Baltimore — Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens sound like they want to invest heavily on offense in this year’s draft, starting with the offensive line. Mike McGlinchey’s name keeps coming up here, as he could come in and play right tackle for them right away. One other darkhorse pick: Da’Ron Payne from Alabama.

17. LA Chargers — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

In a nod to NFL insider (and friend of HTTD) Benjamin Allbright, this is my prediction for the Chargers’ pick. As crazy as it might sound, the Chargers are indeed look at quarterbacks in this draft. However, Da’Ron Payne and Rashaan Evans from Alabama are two names that keep coming up here as well.

18. Seattle — Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP

Seattle wants to address the interior of their OL (specifically at right guard), with the goal of getting someone to improve their running game. Will Hernandez would be the most obvious fit for that. Of course, it’s more likely Seattle trades down from this pick.

19. Dallas — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

While the Cowboys want to address the linebacker and wide receiver spots in the draft, but if Da’Ron Payne fell to them, I think they’d take him and address a bigger need at the defensive tackle spot. There’s also a very good chance that Dallas could/would pick linebacker Leighton Vander Esch here.

20. Detroit — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

Marcus Davenport is high on the Lions short list, and he would address their need for a pass rusher opposite Ziggy Ansah. But don’t be surprised if General Manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia trade back from this pick.

21. Cincinnati — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

Center remains a position the Bengals are trying to upgrade, and it sounds like Billy Price might be atop their list of interior offensive linemen.

22. Buffalo (via Kansas City) — Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia

The Bills have a mess along the offensive line, so Isaiah Wynn could come in and fit in at multiple spots, after they get done shuffling all the bodies they have collected there.

23. New England (from Los Angeles Rams) — Connor Williams, OT, Texas

The Patriots have a huge need at both tackle spots, and value athletic prospects at the position. Connor Williams has been so devalued that he’s underrated at this point, and he fits the mold of what New England likes in its linemen.

24. Carolina — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

After never really finding a solution to replace Josh Norman, Carolina’s biggest need is at the cornerback position. Josh Jackson is the best one available here, and he brings the length that they prefer at this position. Safety Justin Reid from Stanford is a strong possibility here as well.

25. Tennessee — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Rashaan Evans has been a popular name associated with this pick, especially since head coach Mike Vrabel — a former linebacker himself — wants defensive players with “front multiplicity/versatility.” Keep an eye out for defensive end Sam Hubbard from Ohio State (Mike Vrabel’s alma mater) here also, but I could just as well see the Titans moving back from this pick.

26. Atlanta — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

The Falcons interest in Taven Bryan has been reported throughout the draft process, and that remains the case even as of this week. If he happens to fall this far (which is becoming less of a certainty), it sounds like he’ll be the pick.

27. New Orleans — Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

New Orleans clearly wanted a pass-catching tight end this offseason, as they tried (and failed) to bring back Jimmy Graham. Mike Gesicki has the potential to be an Evan Engram-type player in the Saints offense, and is another fast-rising prospect.

28. Pittsburgh — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

If Leighton Vander Esch does fall here (there are some teams who are concerned with his medicals), then the Steelers will take him as their replacement for Ryan Shazier.

29. Jacksonville — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

The Jaguars have been linked to selecting a tight end throughout this draft process, so i’ll stick with this idea. Dallas Goedert has been getting some late buzz as someone who’ll go in the first round.

30. Minnesota — Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

Even with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes on the roster, this fit is gaining some traction in the Vikings’ blogosphere.

31. New England — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

You know the drill: they’ll need someone to replace Tom Brady, at some point. It’s very possible they could use one of their two first round picks on Mason Rudolph.

32. Philadelphia — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Eagles could very well try and get ahead of the run on running backs that will take place in the second round of the draft, and take Derrius Guice here.

Round 2

33. Cleveland — Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
34. NY Giants — Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas
35. Cleveland (from Houston) — Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
36. Indianapolis — Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
37. Indianapolis (From NY Jets) — D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
38. Tampa Bay — Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
39. Chicago — James Daniels, OL, Iowa
40. Denver — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
41. Oakland — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
42. Miami — Justin Reid, Safety, Stanford
43. New England (from San Francisco) — Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
44. Washington — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
45. Green Bay — Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
46. Cincinnati — Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
47. Arizona — Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
48. LA Chargers — Ronnie Harrison, Safety, Alabama
49. Indianapolis (from Seattle) — Jessie Bates, Safety, Wake Forest
50. Dallas — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
51. Detroit — Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
52. Baltimore — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
53. Buffalo — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
54. Kansas City — Arden Key, Edge, LSU
55. Carolina — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
56. Buffalo (from LA Rams) — Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
57. Tennessee — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
58. Atlanta — Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
59. San Francisco (from New Orleans) — D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
60. Pittsburgh — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
61. Jacksonville — Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada
62. Minnesota — Rasheem Green, DT, USC
63. New England — Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
64. Cleveland (from Philadelphia) — Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

Final NFL Draft Big Board

RankPlayerPositionSchool
1Quenton NelsonOLNotre Dame
2Bradley ChubbDENorth Carolina State
3Minkah FitzpatrickDBAlabama
4Derwin JamesSafetyFlorida State
5Denzel WardCBOhio State
6Roquan SmithILBGeorgia
7Saquon BarkleyRBPenn State
8Sam DarnoldQBUSC
9Harold LandryDEBoston College
10Josh RosenQBUCLA
11Will HernandezOLUTEP
12Tremaine EdmundsOLBVirginia Tech
13Vita VeaDTWashington
14Baker MayfieldQBOklahoma
15Leighton Vander EschLBBoise State
16Isaiah WynnOLGeorgia
17Mike McGlincheyOTNotre Dame
18Marcus DavenportDEUT San Antonio
19James DanielsOLIowa
20Da'Ron PayneDTAlabama
21Rashaan EvansILBAlabama
22Maurice HurstDTMichigan
23Jaire AlexanderCBLouisville
24Taven BryanDTFlorida
25Derrius GuiceRBLSU
26Josh JacksonCBIowa
27D.J. MooreWRMaryland
28Connor WilliamsOTTexas
29Courtland SuttonWRSMU
30Mike HughesCBCentral Florida
31Ronald Jones IIRBUSC
32Billy PriceOLOhio State
33Sony MichelRBGeorgia
34Lamar JacksonQBLouisville
35Dallas GoedertTESouth Dakota State
36Justin ReidSafetyStanford
37Isaiah OliverCBColorado
38Frank RagnowOLArkansas
39Mike GesickiTEPenn State
40Calvin RidleyWRAlabama
41Ronnie HarrisonSafetyAlabama
42Austin CorbettOLNevada
43Josh AllenQBWyoming
44Christian KirkWRTexas A&M
45Kolton MillerOTUCLA
46Harrison PhillipsDTStanford
47Lorenzo CarterOLBGeorgia
48Kerryon JohnsonRBAuburn
49Sam HubbardDEOhio State
50Carlton DavisCBAuburn
51Tyrell CrosbyOTOregon
52Arden KeyDELSU
53Jessie BatesSafetyWake Forest
54James WashingtonWROklahoma State
55Nick ChubbRBGeorgia
56Josh SweatDEFlorida State
57Hayden HurstTESouth Carolina
58Donte JacksonCBLSU
59Nathan ShepherdDTFort Hayes State
60Anthony MillerWRMemphis
61Mason RudolphQBOklahoma State
62Rasheem GreenDTUSC
63Jerome BakerLBOhio State
64Ogbonnia OkoronkwoOLBOklahoma
65Rashaad PennyRBSan Diego State
66D.J. CharkWRLSU
67Brian O'NeillOTPittsburgh
68Mark AndrewsTEOklahoma
69Duke EjioforDEWake Forest
70Da'Shawn HandDLAlabama
71Fred WarnerLBBYU
72Uchenna NwosoOLBUSC
73Armani WattsSafetyTexas A&M
74Equanimeous St. BrownWRNotre Dame
75Braden SmithOLAuburn
76Dante PettisWRWashington
77Anthony AverettCBAlabama
78Josey JewelLBIowa
79Tim SettleDTVirginia Tech
80Orlando BrownOTOklahoma
81MJ StewartCBNorth Carolina
82Malik JeffersonLBTexas
83Martinas RankinOTMississippi State
84Darius LeonardLBSouth Carolina State
85Chukwuma OkoraforOTWestern Michigan
86Kemoko TurayDERutgers
87Jamarco JonesOTOhio State
88Parry NickersonCBTulane
89Ian ThomasTEIndiana
90Nick NelsonCBWisconsin
91Joseph NoteboomOTTCU
92Geron ChristianOTLouisville
93Michael GallupWRColorado
94Kyzir WhiteSafetyWest Virginia
95Deon CainWRClemson
96Jeff HollandOLBAuburn
97Duke DawsonCBFlorida
98Isaac YiadomCBBoston College
99Antonio CallawayWRFlorida
100B.J. HillDTNorth Carolina State
101Foley FatukasiDTConnecticut
102Marcus AllenSafetyPenn State
103Derrick NnadiDTFlorida State
104Tarvarius MooreSafetySouthern Miss
105Tyquan LewisDEOhio State
106Deadrin SenatDTSouth Florida
107JC JacksonCBMaryland
108Skai MooreLBSouth Carolina
109Andrew BrownDTVirginia
110Kevin ToliverCBLSU
111DaeSean HamiltonWRPenn State
112Terrell EdmundsSafetyVirginia Tech
113Royce FreemanRBOregon
114DJ ReedCBKansas
115Jordan LasleyWRUCLA
116Desmond HarrisonOTWest Georgia
117Trenton ThompsonDTGeorgia
118Kyle LaulettaQBRichmond
119RJ McIntoshDTMiami
120Rashaun GauldenCBTennessee
121Marcel AtemanWROklahoma State
122Dorian O'DanielLBClemson
123Holton HillCBTexas
124Tarvarus McFaddenCBFlorida State
125Dane CruikshankCBArizona
126Hercules Mata'afaDTWashington State
127Will RichardsonOTNC State
128Nyheim HinesRBNC State
129Tre'quan SmithWRCentral Florida
130Jaylen SamuelsFBNorth Carolina State
131Mike WhiteQBWestern Kentucky
132Shaquem GriffinSafetyCentral Florida
133Chad ThomasDEMiami
134Will ClappOLLSU
135Cedrick WilsonWRBoise State
136Brandon ParkerOTNorth Carolina A&T
137Wyatt TellerOLVirginia Tech
138Kentavius StreetDENorth Carolina State
139Alex CappaOLHumboldt State
140Dorance ArmstrongDEKansas
141DeShon ElliottSafetyTexas
142John KellyRBTennessee
143Luke FalkQBWashington State
144Simmie Cobbs Jr.WRIndiana
145Bo ScarboroughRBAlabama
146Troy FumagalliTEWisconsin
147Keke CouteeWRTexas Tech
148Mason ColeOLMichigan
149Dalton SchultzTEStanford
150Darius PhillipsCBWestern Michigan
151Quin BlandingSafetyVirginia
152Jordan WhiteheadSafetyPittsburgh
153Christian CampbellCBPenn State
154Scott QuessenberryOLUCLA
155Breeland SpeaksDTOle Miss
156Jordan AkinsTECentral Florida
157Tracey WalkerSafetyLouisiana - Lafayette
158Micah KiserLBVirginia
159Darious WilliamsUABCornerback
160Mark WaltonRBMiami
161Chris HerndonTEMiami
162Daurice FountainWRNorthern Iowa
163Kalen BallageRBArizona State
164Auden TateWRFlorida State
165Tegray ScalesLBIndiana
166Durham SmytheTENotre Dame
167Godwin IgwebuikeSafetyNorthwestern
168J'Mon MooreWRMissouri
169Akrum WadleyRBIowa
170Christian SamLBArizona State
171Marquis HaynesLBOle Miss
172P.J. HallDTSam Houston State
173Damon WebbSafetyOhio State
174Genard AveryLBMemphis
175Colby GosseettOLAppalachian State

 

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