Predicting the 2018 NFL Draft Order: Preseason Week 2

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Sam Darnold
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Sam Darnold /

The NFL regular season hasn’t started but it’s not too early to predict the 2018 NFL Draft Order.

Predicting the 2018 NFL Draft Order is a fun but fluid task. It’s especially difficult this early in the preseason. However, one of the benefits for predicting the order is that it can be used to complete mock drafts.

This version of the 2018 NFL Draft Order is based on ESPN’s most recent Power Rankings which were released on August 15th. The order uses the rankings and factors in a playoff scenario to get an accurate picture.

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2018’s draft should have an interesting 1st round with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns both having two picks. The Browns own Houston’s 1st round pick from the trade that landed DeShaun Watson in Houston.

Kansas City traded their pick to the Bills in order to move up to land quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The predicted order has both of these traded picks landing outside the top-15. Obviously, the Browns and Bills are hoping these picks are much higher.

The battle to land the top two picks will be important as teams eye potential franchise quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. At this point, these two are thought of as elite prospects.

1. New York Jets

2. San Francisco 49ers

3. Cleveland Browns

4. Chicago Bears

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

6. Los Angeles Rams

7. Buffalo Bills

8. Miami Dolphins

9. Los Angeles Chargers

10. New Orleans Saints

11. Cincinnati Bengals

12. Baltimore Ravens

13. Washington Redskins

14. Detroit Lions

15. Indianapolis Colts

16. Minnesota Vikings

17. Carolina Panthers

18. Philadelphia Eagles

19. Cleveland Browns (via Hou)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Playoff Teams

21. Tennessee Titans

22. New York Giants

23. Arizona Cardinals

24. Denver Broncos

25. Buffalo Bills (via KC)

26. Oakland Raiders

27. Dallas Cowboys

28. Green Bay Packers

29. Pittsburgh Steelers

30. Seattle Seahawks

31. Atlanta Falcons

32. New England Patriots