NFL Draft 2018: Complete Mock Draft for All 32 1st-Round Picks

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Safety Derwin James #3 of the Florida State Seminoles makes an interception for a touchdown during the game against the Delaware State Hornets at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 18, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Delaware State 77 to 6. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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For a handful of lucky fanbases, the end of the regular season marks the beginning of a playoff journey of an unknown length, perhaps culminating in the raising of a Lombardi Trophy. 

For the rest, now is the beginning of one of the sporting world's most popular events: the NFL draft. 

The 2018 class looks more interesting than the past few offerings. There are four or five quarterback prospects who could come off the board in the first round, if not in the top 15. A running back has a strong case as the top overall pick, and the offensive line finally has some top-tier products that almost look like guarantees. 

To get familiar with the class, order and the rest, let's take a look at an updated mock.  


2018 NFL Mock Draft 

1. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

2. New York Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

3. Indianapolis Colts: Derwin James, S, Florida State

4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

6. New York Jets: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

8. Chicago Bears: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

*9. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

*10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

11. Miami Dolphins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

13. Washington: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

14. Green Bay Packers: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

15. Arizona Cardinals: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

16. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

18. Seattle Seahawks: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

19. Dallas Cowboys: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

20. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

21. Tennessee Titans: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

22. Buffalo Bills: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

23. Atlanta Falcons: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

24. Carolina Panthers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

26. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

27. Los Angeles Rams: Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State

28. New Orleans Saints: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Davenport, DE/OLB, UTSA

30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

32. New England Patriots: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

* depicts tiebreakers to be decided by a coin flip. Picks Nos. 21-32 will be determined by playoff results.


2. New York Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

It starts and ends with quarterback for the New York Giants. 

The Eli Manning fiasco showed this well enough this season after some within the organization decided to bench him. He's 37, regressing and the roster around him needs rebuilding, so it only makes sense the Giants would choose to address the position now. 

Manning didn't pass the eye test and doesn't survive the on-paper outlook either, not after completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,468 yards and 19 touchdowns against 13 interceptions this season. A bad roster and injuries to guys like Odell Beckham Jr. didn't help, but Manning is one of a few notable veterans at his position nearing the end. 

The Giants know this all too well, making a guy like USC's Sam Darnold an alluring option, should he declare for the draft. As Daniel Jeremiah of pointed out, Darnold's recent struggles aren't the end of the line for his stock: 

In fact, Darnold's stock will only go up in the coming months. Darnold is 6'4" and 220 pounds and coming off a season in which he threw for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He once again had to wade through an iffy USC program, and some NFL front offices will look at production, not upside. 

Darnold couldn't ask for a better situation, either, as he'd get to learn from Manning for at least a year before getting on the field and relying on a weapon like Beckham. Provided the Giants keep building the roster well after nabbing him, he could pan out like a similar former USC quarterback—Carson Palmer. 


3. Indianapolis Colts: Derwin James, S, Florida State

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The Indianapolis Colts can only cross their fingers that Andrew Luck can get back to his normal self and help guide them out of this purgatory. 

Until then, the Colts will likely look to take the best player available, which in this scenario happens to be Florida State defensive back Derwin James. 

James is as versatile as it gets on the back end of a defense, which is exactly what the coaching staff tasked with turning around a unit that coughed up 25.3 points per game wants to hear. Safeties like T.J. Green and Matthias Farley aren't getting it done, and Darius Butler looks like he's in a bit of limbo. 

The Colts did spend a top pick on Malik Hooker already, but when a team can take a pair of potential NFL-best safeties, it should probably pull the trigger, considering safety is one of the league's worst outright positional groups and hard to fill. 

Brendan Sonnone of 247Sports contextualized James' versatility: 

Versatility with high-end prospects in today's NFL is one of the top things a team can have. If the Colts can balance the scales by finding a strong pass-rusher in free agency, the complexion of the entire defense changes in one offseason. 

And if Luck returns healthy and like his usual self, the Colts will need all the help they can get when opponents pass early and often in an effort to keep up. So while this is doubling down and perhaps leaning too much on the best-player-available approach, it makes sense if the front office plays its cards right elsewhere. 


12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

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It's no secret the biggest need for the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason is along the offensive line, and knowing management there, a big-name free agent isn't coming to town. 

Not that most teams are allowing top offensive tackles to get away these days (except for the Bengals, who let Andrew Whitworth go). Cincinnati can only upgrade the spot now via the draft, where in this scenario it actually lucks out with Texas' Connor Williams.  

Upside at other spots pushes Williams down the board a bit, but as Jeremiah wrote before the season, it's easy to evaluate and select a player like him: "He's a better player than any of the offensive tackles in the 2017 draft class. He reminds me a lot of Joe Staley coming out of college. Both guys are natural athletes and play with a physical edge."

Unlike the John Ross disaster this season, the Bengals might start a top-15 pick like Williams right away on the left side of the line. Cedric Ogbuehi was an absolute disaster there in 2017, and right tackle Jake Fisher's future in the game remains an unknown after heart surgery. 

Poor line play is the reason Andy Dalton crumbled, completing 59.9 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Grabbing Williams in this scenario and starting him is obvious, both because it moves Ogbuehi to a position he might be better at and it can't get any worse than what the team trotted out a year ago. 


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