An NFL mock design is never good enough, especially when it comes to free agency. While the results and rumors from the NFL combine gave a little more clarity on the 2018 NFL Draft board, now that the teams have made their biggest strides to meet the needs in March, it's a bit easier to know what they think for the end of April.
Just like in the free agency, the tone of the NFL Draft is determined by how several teams decide on quarterback. Since the first note, there are also several trades that will have big ripple effects for the best dozen picks.
Although there will be more such deals and it is not a simulated design without taking these into account, here it will go
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1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
The Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor as their best stopgap in years, but the team will also go after its long-term franchise solution before Taylor becomes a 29-year-old agent in 2019. Although Darnold has his weaknesses like any talented QB in this rich class, he is the most well-rounded prospect on the pitch with his arm, accuracy and athleticism.
. 2 New York Giants: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
The Giants should hear all trading offers from teams who want to jump the jets to get their preferred QB, but in the wake of the Jason Pierre-Paul trade, their passport hurry becomes even more a blatant weakness. Chubb would flourish in New York's new defense as a sack artist with a variety of moves; the next Chandler Jones for coordinator James Bettcher
3. New York Jets (by Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Changing the jets to # 3 costs them a lot, so we hope they feel good about the quarterback they want to get , Rosen proved in the Combine that he can be the face of a wholesale franchise to go with his immense potential as a pocket-pate.
. 4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Saquon Barkley will be tempting, but with Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr. in the fold, the Browns should rather consider continuing their overhaul of the defensive backcourt instead. Jamar Taylor is an emerging young corner, but free agent supplement T.J. Carrie is better suited for the slot, Damarious Randall is tabbed for safety and Terrance Mitchell is a depth player. Fitzpatrick can start somewhere in secondary school and play games from the first day.
. 5 Denver Broncos: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The Broncos will certainly think about quarterback, but Barkley would fill their more pressing offensive ability and would be the best available player. Should a team like the Bills or Cardinals act before them to design Josh Allen, the Broncos will not force the issue with Baker Mayfield. Allen's availability would make things tempting, but Barkley is the more logical choice, as a player can help John Elway's team win now if Case Keenum gets plenty of money over the next two years to start QB.
. 6 Indianapolis Colts (from Jets): Quenton Nelson, G / OT, Notre Dame
The Colts knew that the risk of moving from third place would be lost to both Chubb and Barkley. Good thing they can stay in the state and look to South Bend for a stallion in dire straits. It does not matter if Nelson plays indoors or out – the Colts could use his athletic, moaning presence to enhance both the running game and Andrew Luck's passing game.
. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
The Bucs went to their line of defense through free agencies and trades (JPP, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, and Mitch Unrein), and they also got a much needed skirt for the mid-tier offensive line (Ryan Jensen). However, after signing Brent Grimes for one year, Tampa Bay still needs to rank second. Ward, as the best pure cover man in the draft, has shutdown potential, and he would also be the best available player.
. 8 Chicago Bears: Trumaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
The Bears were wise to retain Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator and retain the Corner Amukamara and Kyle Fuller. But on the second level of their base 3-4, they could use a dynamic, versatile playmaker who can thrive both inside and outside. Fangio, formerly San Francisco, can get his Patrick Willis / NaVorro Bowman type here.
. 9 San Francisco 49ers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
Speaking of San Francisco, Robert Saleh, his former Defensive Coordinator from Seattle, can get his Earl Thomas type here for the Secondary. Richard Sherman and Akhello Witherspoon will hold the corners, and Jacquiski Tartt has a bright future in a safe place. James would allow Sherman to guard a continuation of the Legion of Boom for the Seahawks' biggest rivals.
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10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, OLB, Georgia
The Raiders were busy rebuilding their defenses with top free agents in linebacker Tahir Whitehead and cornerback Rashaan Melvin. Now defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, formerly from Cincinnati, can grab someone who flanks Whitehead and Bruce Irvin on the weak side. Literally speaking, Smith is a wild, relentless pursuit player in the manner of Bengals & # 39; Vontaze Burfict.
. 11 Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The dolphins could go defensive in many directions, but the release of Ndamukong Suh addresses the monster needs and fits perfectly with Vea's value. He is an explosive player who has been a fixture in Miami for years.
12th Buffalo Bills (by Bengals): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The bills that pay AJ McCarron backup money and trade on that spot while holding No. 22 also indicates that they are make strong play for franchise quarterback by either acting again or withholding. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott from their days in Carolina should be aware of how far a defense, a running game and a dual-threat QB can lead a team. Mayfield has the "It" factor to finally give Buffalo a long-term solution.
. 13 Washington Redskins: James Daniels, C / G, Iowa
The Redskins interior line was hit by Spencer Long, who went in free jets, and guard Shawn Lauvao is unsigned. You should think with this selection of defense if the player is right (Smith or Vea), but Daniels would be a good player who would stand up in front of Alex Smith and also improve the running blocking.
fourteenth Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
The Packers must relaunch their Edge Pass Rush as they turn their Base 3-4 Defense on Mike Pettine's guard. Either Landry or Marcus Davenport makes sense of their plan as freaky athletes who can wreak havoc in the backfield.
15th Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The Cardinals are a team you can watch to get a QB in the top five, but with the way things break out in this mock, we can always do them still attached to Allen at # 15. Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon were signed into a freelance agency, but none can be trusted as a solution beyond 2018. Allen needs a little time to improve his accuracy and mechanics to meet his arm and sportiness. Arizona's situation allows that.
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16. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Davenport, OLB, Texas-San Antonio
The Ravens will ponder this plectrum over a broad receiver and an offensive line, but like the Packers they could take a restart in their 3-4 with Wink Martindale's ruling and Terrell Suggs, who turn 36 in October. Davenport can evolve into a Suggs-like dynamo as he first learns from the situation assistant.
17th Los Angeles Chargers: Da Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Chargers are messed up at the corners with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but inside they could use more explosiveness to make up for what will allow elite defense in 2018. Payne has a Bosa-like short-distance speed and can contribute to the opponent's backfield nightmares.
18th Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Seahawks, despite all their defense changes, still need a lot of offensive lineage support as Russell Wilson is even more burdened by the load. McGlinchey dominated with Nelson in South Bend and would be in Seattle against Duane Brown immediately a real attacker. That would allow Germain Ifedi to slip back into his better position.
19th Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Cowboys hold Dez Bryant, but they lack a real number two who can do anything like a good hand-held receiver. Ridley would be an improvement over Terrance Williams and would give Dak Prescott a new star.
20th Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
The Lions have vowed to host a more legitimate running game in 2018. That should also mean that they are considering another offensive line upgrades with this selection, but it would not be shocking Guice should be chosen so high. He would allow Detroit to give up officially Ameer Abdullah and be the workhorse ahead of new veteran substitute LeGarrette Blount and overtake Theo Riddick.
21st Cincinnati Bengals (out of bills): Connor Williams, G / OT Texas
The Bengals paid the price last year after running both Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeiter in free agency. The offensive line needs to be further addressed after the addition of Cordy Glenn for the left attack. Williams is considered more of an insider and could start immediately at both sentries.
22nd Buffalo Bills (by Chiefs): Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State
The Bills can continue copying their Panthers after receiving their Heisman-won QB in the draft. McDermott needs someone to fly in the vein Luke Kuechly / Thomas Davis to the ball, because Lorenzo Alexander, who will be 35 years old in May, is her best linebacker.
23rd New England Patriots (by Rams): Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Patriots look good on four offensive line positions, but they currently have no good ways to replace the left tackle Nate Solder at the most important position. They used a first-rounder on Solder seven years ago to replace Matt Light. Based on where they are now picking, Miller is a viable solution a little earlier, thanks to the surprising trade of Brandin Cook.
24th Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
The Panthers also have an immediate need for cornerback after the Daryl Worley trade and the Bashaud Breeland Free Agency fail. But Will Hernandez of Wynn and / or UTEP must play with this election as a possible replacement for left-back Andrew Norwell, who set out for the Jaguars. Wynn is the better overall statement.
25th Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE / OLB, Ohio State
The Titans were employed in NFL's free agency, adding running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler. As another team that passes its base 3-4 defense to a new coordinator in Dean Pees, Tennessee with this selection, has a chance to stack on the pass rush behind Derrick Morgan (29) and Brian Orakpo (31), both will become Free Agents in 2019. Hubbard has a nose for the QB, no matter how he is targeted.
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26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT / DE, Florida
Dontari Poe is gone, and also Athyba Rubin and Courtney Upshaw are not under contract. Therefore, the Hawks need a versatile, explosive option for their defensive-line rotation to fight Grady Jarrett. Payne suits Atlanta best if he gets that far, but Bryan would be a nice consolation prize.
27th New Orleans Saints: Arden Key, DE / OLB, LSU
The Saints were a good sack team (42) last season, but it was made by a committee beyond the dominance of Cameron Jordan. They need another dangerous edge breaker and have looked at the versatile key right in their own backyard. With Key available, it becomes an easy choice over a tight end.
28th Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Steelers have already implemented part of their Ryan Shazier fallback plan by signing former Colts and Bears in linebacker Jon Bostic, but Evans would be well suited to their system. Like Shazier, Evans is a natural leader and a stat-sheet stuffer.
29th Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
You can not spell Jacksonville without Jackson – at least not in this mock design. The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles, but even with the remarkable investment he signed in 2020. If Jackson does not land because of his ability to run as a rookie, he is best placed in such a developmental situation – a team that has the NFL's highest attack and a well-established game on the West Coast.
30th Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Goedert, TE, State of South Dakota
Kyle Rudolph continues to produce and has another two years on his contract, but he also comes from Ankle Surgery and will be 29 in November. Minnesota lacks another athletic pass-catch option behind him, and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo saw what the Zach Ertz-Trey Burton combination has done for Philadelphia last season. Kirk Cousins is already loaded with goals on his new team, but in Washington he thrived the most when two close ends (Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis) were major threats.
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31. New England Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
There is some anticipation that the Patriots, especially after the Cooks, could pull off another shocker and follow Odell Beckham Jr. But the extra first-rounder allows them to land Tom Brady's successors as they like, even over QB-needy rivals like the Jets and Bills, if necessary. In the event that New England remains in this election, Rudolph is an ideal prospect.
32nd Philadelphia Eagles: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Moore got more attention in the first round and there is a chance his stock will rise even higher. Moore could help Philadelphia replace Torrey Smith with his ability to make big plays before and after catching.