WBLZMedia NFL Mock Draft 2018: A bit different from the Rest
It is NFL Draft Season. Thus, it is a time in which experts and fans alike like to give their opinion on whom they feel is the best draft choice. We, here at WBLZMedia have done just that. 11 staff members took the time, in a fantasy style format, to draft the selections of the first-round. It was so much fun, that we have decided to do this again next week. So, stay tuned for that one. Nonetheless, below is our first take on the 2018 NFL Draft.
1. Washington Redskins (Cleveland Browns) – Sean Naylor
Saquon Barkley, RB – Penn State: The Redskins traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft. They swap spots with the Cleveland Browns this yrs draft. Also, the Redskins give the Browns a 4th this yr, 1st 2019, and a 2nd in 2019. The Redskins need a franchise RB and Barkley is that player. He is the best overall player in this draft.
2. New York Giants – Bradley Walker
Josh Rosen, QB – UCLA: Rosen will be the future at QB for the Giants. They need to find a replacement for Eli Manning. He is a good pocket passer with weapons at WR. He also has a high IQ which will help in the new Giants offense under Pat Shurmur.
3. New York Jets (Indianapolis Colts) – Jon Blayne
Baker Mayfield, QB – Oklahoma: Due to re-signing Josh McCown and signing Teddy Bridgewater, we don’t see them in our future plans. Mayfield brings a different dynamic to our team. He is a leader and someone who can help bring winning back to New York.
4. Cleveland Browns (Houston Texans) – Rick O’Donnell
Mike McGlinchey, T – Notre Dame: Cleveland spent a lot of money on offensive pieces this offseason and are fully expected to take a quarterback in the first few rounds. Unless they can shore up their offensive line, Tyrod Taylor who’s struggled with consistency or the rookie quarterback will be hindered by constant pressure. Drafting arguably the best tackle in the draft in McGinchley solidifies their line and will allow growth in both the run and passing game. Taylor will be their stall quarterback until they can get their rookie in pick in round 2 developed. Without a solid presence along the line, FA will be wasted.
5. Denver Broncos – Mike Esposito
Quenton Nelson, G – Notre Dame: Denver has a lot of work to do on the offensive line. Nelson is a big mean pro-bowl caliber guard. The idea of pairing Nelson with last year’s first-round pick Garett Bolles will give Case Keenum a strong left side. Sure they could go QB. However, they just gave Keenum all that money and look to be committed to him for 2 years so why not sure up the offensive line. Another Possible pick here would be Bradley Chubb but ended up with Offensive Line help is the most important need for the team.
6. Indianapolis Colts (New York Jets) – Stephen Golubieski
Bradley Chubb, EDGE – NC State: The Colts have a serious amount of needs, EDGE being one of them, in the trade with the Jets they pick up a bunch of additional 2nd round picks. This is a win for the Colts as they would have most likely taken Chubb with the 3rd overall pick, well they get him here plus some and he will be a day one starter. With the recent move to a 4-3 base defense, Chubb is a perfect fit being 275 lbs with a blend of speed and explosive power he is arguably the best defensive player in the draft. He will make an immediate impact on a team that lacks any long-term building blocks.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Esposito
Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/DB – Alabama: The Bucs have a good young team and have a need for an edge rusher and with Chubb off the board, the versatile Fitzpatrick will pair well with Justin Evans. he is compatible with what Jalen Ramsey was for Jacksonville and could play slot safety or corner. he played under one of the best coaches to play under in Saban and if the logical choice with Chubb off the board
8. Chicago Bears – Jon Blayne
Courtland Sutton, WR – SMU: It is clear that the Bears are heading in a new direction. Adding Sutton to the team will give the Mitchell Tribusky a major target.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Steve Reed
Denzel Ward, DB – Ohio State: Going into the NFL offseason one of the biggest needs for San Francisco was their secondary. The signed veteran cornerback Richard Sherman and now have their future stud. Ward sures up the defense and is added to an already loaded squad.
10. Oakland Raiders – Brian Bosarge
Roquan Smith, LB – Georgia: Raiders continue to build their defense with the best LB in the draft. A sideline-to-sideline defender to clean up any and all messes left behind.
11. Miami Dolphins – Andrew Kim
Tremaine Edmunds, LB – Virginia Tech: The Miami Dolphins restructured Ryan Tannehill’s contract to give him more money in 2018 coming off his injury so while they could go for a quarterback in the first round or even an offensive guard, Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech was too good to pass up. The Dolphins have needed a linebacker. Even though Raekwon McMillan is coming back from injury, Kiko Alonso and Koa Misi are veterans that can be upgraded. They did get Stephone Anthony in a trade last year. Nevertheless, the versatility and upside Edmunds brings can make the run defense a lot better. It also gives the Dolphins a coverage linebacker. They lacked in the area last year. Furthermore, adding some pass rush value on the outside.
12. Buffalo Bills (Cincinnati Bengals) – Rick O’Donnell
Da’Ron Payne, DT – Alabama: Ranked 29th in the NFL in run defense last season and led the league in rushing touchdowns allowed. As a former defensive coordinator, it will be a point of pride for Sean McDermott to address poor play. After locking up AJ McCarron they might not be ready to pull the QB trigger with their first pick in a deep draft. Payne is a run stopper with freakish speed and athleticism that close holes quickly. A patchwork offense got them to the playoffs, poor defensive play bounced them out. Look for Buffalo to draft a bruiser up front on defense.
13. Cleveland Browns (Washington Redskins) – Mike Sigman
Sam Darnold, QB – USC: After trading the 1st pick of the draft, the Cleveland Browns were still able to get “their guy” at 13. The Browns May have recently traded for Tyrod Taylor. Nonetheless, QB depth and the talent Darnold brings is hard to pass up on.
14. Green Bay Packers – Bradley Walker
Calvin Ridley, WR – Alabama: He will fit well alongside Cobb. Rogers will need a new weapon since losing Jordy Nelson. He is the type of WR that Rogers-like.
15. Arizona Cardinals – Andrew Kim
Lamar Jackson, QB – Louisville: The Arizona Cardinals signed two bridge quarterbacks in Sam Bradford (who has not shown the ability to stay healthy) and Mike Glennon (who looked terrible when he was with the Chicago Bears). New head coach Steve Wilks will most likely view them as backups or short-term starters. Thus they draft their quarterback of the future in the former Heisman trophy winner in Lamar Jackson out of Louisville. They could sit Jackson while he develops his consistency in his mechanics but his upside is undeniable. Jackson and David Johnson alone will give NFL defenses fits as he is the offensive playmaker the Cardinals need.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Steve Reed
Christian Kirk, WR – Texas A&M: Since the departure of Steve Smith, Baltimore has been in dire need of a receiver. With busts such as Kamar Aiken and Bernard Perriman, the Ravens need a franchise guy more than ever. Flacco and Kirk could be a great duo and deadly one at that
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike Sigman
Derwin James, Safety – FSU: Somehow, someway, Derwin James, arguably the best safety in the draft, fell all the way to the Chargers. Since Weddle left, the Chargers have been looking to replace the stud, and with this pick, they will!
18. Seattle Seahawks – Andrew Kim
Josh Jackson, CB – Iowa: With the releases of Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to get younger at cornerback. Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane are decent spot starters but other than Shaquill Griffin and Justin Coleman, they could take another big cornerback in Josh Jackson from Iowa. Seattle will love his ball skills and since they play a lot of Cover 3 defense, Jackson will fit in well as he was in zone coverage often in college and excelled in using his length to defend the perimeter as a potential replacement to Sherman.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Mark Wilson
DJ Moore, WR – Maryland: The Dallas Cowboys must either find a replacement for Dez Bryant or some help. With Bryant’s decline in numbers last season, coupled with the vanishing act of Prescott’s other targets, the Cowboys would be wise to select Moore. While small in stature, Moore makes up for it with speed and hands. Pairing Moore with Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott will give the Cowboys the weapons needed to catch the Eagles.
20. Detroit Lions – Mark Wilson
Sony Michel, RB – Georgia: It’s time the Detroit Lions found their next Barry Sanders. The career of Matthew Stafford has been tied to his arm. However, a little help from the running backs could have the Lions in position to play in the NFC Championship Game. This is where Sony Michel comes into play. He’s fast, elusive, and if he breaks the first wave of tacklers, he’s gone to the house. With the Lions struggling to run the ball the last two seasons, Michel could have Stafford in MVP talks. Michel is not the most talked about back in the draft. A reason for that may be due to him not even being the starter at Georgia. However, his upside and his 1,227 yards on just 156 carries should have him right behind Saquon Barkley.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (Buffalo Bills) – Bradley Walker
Rashann Evans, LB – Alabama: Has a great skill set. He caused many fumbles in his senior year. It will help the Bengals defense win the turnover battle.
22. Buffalo Bills (Kansas City Chiefs) – Sean Naylor
Carlton Davis, CB – Auburn: Davis a 6’1″ corner with long, gangly arms. He is bigger than your typical NFL corner. His size will be extremely useful in the red zone against some of the bigger receivers. Davis had double-digit pass breakups for the Tigers in each of his three seasons. While the Bills may need a QB, They certainly can obtain one of those in the second. The defensive side of the ball needed attention.
23. Los Angeles Rams – Stephen Golubieski
Leighton Vander Esch, LB – Boise State: With the loss of Alec Ogletree and only having Cory Littleton to fall back on who is a better weakside Linebacker the Rams have to find a starter. Leighton brings with him staggering numbers of production. In his Junior year, he totaled 141 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss. He also had four sacks, four passes broken up and three interceptions. He would be a day one starter and an impact player where the Rams clearly have a glaring need.
24. Carolina Panthers – Brian Bosarge
Harold Landry, EDGE – Boston College: With all of the top wide receivers off of the board, Carolina makes a pick with an eye towards the future. Julius Peppers is back on a one-year deal, but Carolina will need to add to its pass rush. Landry can rotate in on pass downs in 2018 before taking over as the full-time starter in 2019.
25. Tennessee Titans – Rick O’Donnell
Billy Price, C – Ohio State: Frustrated with the lack of development with quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans need to build up along their front line. With the versatility to play guard and center Price will be an immediate NFL starter. Either they go all in on Mariota this year or will be searching for a new starter soon. The exchange between center quarterback will be key to his development. Expect Price to be the early pick.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Bosarge
Vita Vea, DL – Washington: The Falcons are shocked that the top interior defensive lineman is still on the board at 26. Vea is a super athletic big man who will pair nicely with Grady Jarrett. Vea is a tremendous run plugger with pass rush upside.
27. New Orleans Saints – Mike Esposito
Dallas Goedert, TE – South Dakota State: With the Saints missing a big-time, top-flight pass catcher this gives Drew Brees a weapon to set them up for a deep run. With the acquisition of Demario Thomas on defense, it shows the Saints might go offense in this draft. What else better than a big playmaking TE. The Saints haven’t had a TE like this since Jimmy Graham left. As long as one of the edge rushers aren’t there this will be the Saints Pick.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Stephen Golubieski
Darius Leonard, LB – South Carolina State: WIth the loss of Ryan Shazier the Steelers are without their biggest weapon in the middle of the defense. Darius is a hybrid linebacker. He has the ability to play both the inside and outside. Thus he would fit what they are looking for. Leonard amassed 113 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and one pass batted. He also had two interceptions and one forced fumble in 2017. Not to mention 13.5 sacks in his 3 years at South Carolina State. Look for him to make an immediate impact. If or when Shazier comes back, they make a lethal duo in the middle of the Pittsburgh defense.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mike Sigman
Mike Hughes, CB – UCF: One of the top-tier corners in the 2018 NFL Draft, gets to stay at home and learn from one of the best corners in the league. It’s a crazy pick, but adding Hughes now solidifies the entire secondary!
30. Minnesota Vikings – Mark Wilson
Scott Queensbury, G – UCLA: The Vikings need someone to protect their new franchise player, Kirk Cousins. One of the reasons Josh Rosen expects to go in the top three picks in this draft. He was able to stay on his feet and not his back in 2017. Well, if the Vikings are serious about protecting Cousins and being successful at running the ball, then selecting Queensbury is their only option here.
31. New England Patriots – Sean Naylor
Kolton Miller, OT – UCLA: The Patriots lost their best lineman in Nate Solder via free agency. They will need to protect Good Ol’ Tom Brady for however many more years he decides to play. Selecting the young tackle gives them that stability for now and the future.
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Jon Blayne
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT – Western Michigan: The Eagles need people to protect Carson Wentz next season. Okorafor will be a great addition and someone who could help Wentz and the O-Line.
As you can see, this draft is a bit different from the rest of your mock drafts. While the picks may not be popular, they fit. Especially after you read the summary of the pick. As I stated in the open, this is take one. Take two is coming soon.
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