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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Full Order and 1st-Round Predictions for Top Prospects

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) runs downfield during warmups prior to an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, in Starkville, Miss. Ridley was selected to the AP All-Conference SEC team announced Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft passed on Monday, and several highly-touted prospects pulled stunners when they announced they would return to school. 

Chief among them: Clemson defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell, Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell and Stanford running back Bryce Love. 

As a result, there were a few adjustments to be made as the NFL prepares for the AFC and NFC Championship Games. 

Note: Draft order is current through the divisional round of the playoffs. Teams competing in conference championship games are listed according to their seed. 

       

Updated 1st-Round Mock Draft

  • 1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  • 2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  • 3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
  • 4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  • 5. Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
  • 6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  • 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  • 8. Chicago Bears: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  • 9. San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  • 10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  • 11. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech 
  • 12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  • 13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  • 14. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
  • 15. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  • 16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama 
  • 17. Los Angeles Chargers: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  • 18. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  • 19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  • 20. Detroit Lions: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
  • 21. Buffalo Bills: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  • 22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  • 23. Los Angeles Rams: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  • 24. Carolina Panthers: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
  • 25. Tennessee Titans: Da'Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
  • 26. Atlanta Falcons: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  • 27. New Orleans Saints: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  • 28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  • 29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  • 30. Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
  • 31. Philadelphia Eagles: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
  • 32: New England Patriots: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

          

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Mike McGlinchey #68 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish blocks against the Stanford Cardinal during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to start winning in the trenches if they want to fully unleash the weapons they've stockpiled at key skill positions, which means it would behoove them to target a quality offensive lineman in Round 1. 

Not only did the Buccaneers allow 40 sacks in 2017, but they averaged a 27th-ranked 3.7 yards per carry. 

The answer to those woes, then, could be Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey—who projects as an instant contributor after he emerged as one of the nation's most physically imposing bookends during his time in South Bend, Indiana. 

Tampa Bay also has glaring needs at defensive end, running back and cornerback, so it's certainly not a lock that the front office will hone in on an offensive lineman. 

That said, fortifying the offensive line with a talent of McGlinchey's caliber could help unlock the rest of an offense that underwhelmed throughout a disappointing 2017 season. 

          

San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

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The San Francisco 49ers hit a home run by selecting an Alabama prospect (linebacker Reuben Foster) in the first round of the 2017 draft, so why not double-dip into the Crimson Tide talent pool with defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick? 

While Fitzpatrick could easily fly off the board within the first five picks after he racked up nine interceptions, including four pick-sixes, 171 tackles, five sacks and 24 defended passes during his three-year stay with the Tide, it stands to reason he could slide toward the back of the top-10. 

If that happens, the 49ers should run their draft card up to the podium. 

San Francisco's defense ranked 22nd against the pass in 2017, and it could use an upgrade at cornerback opposite 2017 third-round pick Ahkello Witherspoon. 

The 49ers would also be getting a player who's able to move around formations and cause matchup problems against receivers or tight ends. 

"He's not quite on the same level of Jamal Adams when it comes to changing the entire culture of a locker room, but he is just as talented and probably more versatile," an AFC executive told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein

       

Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Vita Vea #50 of the Washington Huskies looks across the line of scrimmage prior to a play against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendal
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If Kirk Cousins walks in free agency, this pick likely changes to a quarterback. But for the time being, we need to make a selection that helps the Redskins' problematic run defense. 

Enter Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, who is an interior wrecking ball of the highest order. 

A 6'5", 340-pound run-stuffer, Vea piled up 15.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks over three seasons at Washington as he consistently penetrated opposing offensive lines and burst his way into the backfield. 

But just because Vea is a mauler inside doesn't mean he's a plodder. 

"He runs as fast as linebackers and cuts as quick as running backs. He races skill players. He has a 4.8 40-yard dash time," ESPN.com's Edward Aschoff wrote. "Strapped with a Catapult GPS monitoring device, Vea was supposedly clocked running between 19 and 21 mph while chasing down a screen play against USC last season."

At Vea's size, athletes of that caliber don't come around often. 

And with the Redskins in desperate need of reinforcements after opponents ripped them for 134.1 yards per game on the ground in 2017, it will be hard to pass up on that combination of size and speed. 

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