Dawk’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft

There have been all types of smokescreens leading up to tomorrow’s NFL draft…how many quarterbacks will go in the first round? Who will go #1? I’ve heard a lot of opinions, and I’ve watched a lot of film and studied each teams needs. This is how I see it going down Thursday night.

1. Cleveland – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Yeah they could take a QB here, but they have the 4th pick as well so I think the guy they want will be available at #4. Barkley is a gamechanger that everyone on the offense will benefit from. I’m normally not big on taking running backs early in the draft, but in my opinion Barkley is a difference maker you can’t pass up.

2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Many people have Barkley going to the Giants…not me. I think Rosen has an elite NFL arm and while the concussions in the past concern me, he’ll have some time to learn under Eli Manning.

3. New York Jets – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C.State

Many have the jets going QB here, but I think Todd Bowles goes defense here with the best defensive guy on the board. The Jets went defense last year in the first round, and I think they do it this year as well, plus I think they want to see what thery have with Bridgewater.

4. Cleveland – Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Darnold is the choice here over Josh Allen. Darnold will have time to learn, and while I like Allen’s arm his decision making makes me hesitant. Allen is a good prospect but I think Darnold is the safer pick.

5. Denver – Derwin James, S, Florida State

Denver could go anywhere with this pick, but I think James is the best guy on the baord here. James is by far the best safety and will help a defense that lost some personnel over the offseason.

6. Indianapolis – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Not a sexy pick by any means but Quenten Nelson is the best lineman in the draft class by a mile. You have to help Andrew Luck stay healthy, and this helps.

7. Tampa Bay – Sonny Michel, RB, Georgia

If Derwin James slips to this spot I expect Tampa to take him, but in this case I think they go with the next best RB on the board in Sonny Michel who fills a big void left by thew departure of Doug Martin. Some may think Michel is a reach but I think he’s a very talented back.

8. Chicago – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

I think the Bears need some secondary help and Ward will start immediately, and exceptional athlete with solid ball skills.

9. San Francisco – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Well Reuben Foster has had his issues recently, and drafting the best LB in the draft class makes sense here. Minkah Fitzpatrick is also a possibility.

10. Oakland – Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

I could see the Raiders drafting a RB here also, but the offensive line isn’t getting any younger, McGlinchey makes sense here.

11. Miami – Vita Vea, NT, Washington

The Dolphins need to bolster their defensive line losing Ndamukong Suh. Vea fits well here, and Vea is a really nice pick at this spot.

12. Buffalo – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

The Bills need help in a lot of places, and while some see them trying to move up and get a quarterback, I think they go elsewhere. I think they like what they have in McCarron and help him out by grabbing a solid wide receiver.

13. Washington – Maurice Hurst, DE/DT, Michigan

Washington has major issues in run defense, and while I think they’d like to see Vea here, I think they go with Maurice Hurst from Michigan.

14. Green Bay – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama

I think Fitzpatrick makes a lot of sense here seeing they need help in the secondary. Fitzpatrick is versatile and I think if he falls this far it’s a good value pick for the Packers.

15. Arizona – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Allen might be gone by now, who knows? Anywhow, I think we all know Arizona needs a quarterback and Josh Allen is a bargain at #15. It wouldn’t shock me to see the Cardinals trade up either.

16. Baltimore – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

Before signing Willie Sneed and Crabtree I thought they should go WR here….instead they go TE here to fill a position of need.

17. Los Angeles – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The Chargers add a great interior player to build what already is a very telented front 7.

18. Seattle – Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

The Seahawks could go a number of different directions with this pick, either in the secondary or on the defensive line.

19. Dallas – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

The Cowboys have someone in their backyard that can fill the void left by the departure of Dez Bryant.

20. Lions – Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

Out of all the picks in the first round, this one I think is a slam dunk. Matt Patricia has ties to the Boston area as well all know, and this guy fits the mold of what he’s looking for.

21. Cincinnati – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

It’s time to move on from the Red Rifle.

22. Buffalo – Isaiah Wynn, G/C, Georgia

The Bills need to fill the void for the retired Eric Wood. The versatile Wynn makes sense here.

23. New England – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

The Patriots need help in the secondary, and a product of former Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz would be a solid fit here.

24. Carolina – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

It’s pretty apparent that Cam Newton need help at the wide receiver position.

25. Tennessee Titans – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

The Titans need an edge rusher, and should Vander Esch fall to them it would be a great pickup.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

Davenport comes from a small school but has tremendous upside. This guy could go earlier….I think he’s a sleeper.

27. New Orleans Saints – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Kirk may be a reach here but I think he’s a solid fit in Sean Payton’s system

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

The Steelers could go QB here…you never know, but Evans fills a position of need due to the unfortunate injury to Ryan Shazier.

29. Jacksonville – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville.

Yep…I know…something just tells me he falls here.

30. Minnesota – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

Hughes would be a good fit in an already talented secondary.

31. New England – Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

Lauletta is an gifted quarterback from a small school…They need to start preparing for the inevitable.

32. Philadelphia – Darius Guice, RB, LSU

I am a big fan of Guice and the Eagles would be getting a hell of a player at #32.