2018 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Free Agency Update


The NFL Combine is over and NFL Free Agency is about to kick off which makes this a crazy time to post a 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

This updated 2018 NFL Draft features one major trade that impacts the entire draft. In this version, the Miami Dolphins traded up with the Cleveland Browns to grab the No. 4 pick.

It provided Browns with another 2nd round pick which helped give Cleveland a major haul. They were able to land Josh Allen, Denzel Ward, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Lorenzo Carter and Joshua Jackson.

This is six top-end prospects capable of changing the face of the Cleveland Browns franchise.

1. Cleveland Browns- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Allen is a great candidate to sit behind Tyrod Taylor and learn. He’s the most psychically talented quarterback in the class, but also one of the most raw.

2. New York Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

The Giants seem to be committed to Eli Manning for a few more years which makes adding Barkley a possibility. He’d provide Eli with a dynamic option at the running back spot.

3. Indianapolis Colts- Bradley Chubb, Edge, NC State

Chubb is going to be a stud at the next level. He is someone who can rush the passer and set the edge against the run.

4. **Trade** Miami Dolphins (via Cle/Hou)- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The Browns elect to trade down and grab some more draft capital. The Dolphins add a quarterback with tremendous upside and the ability to see the field early in  his rookie season.

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5. Denver Broncos- Sam Darnold, QB, UCLA

Free Agency has yet to plan out and the Broncos could miss out on their top target. However, they should be in a strong position to draft a young signal caller.

6. New York Jets- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

The only reason the Jets shouldn’t draft a quarterback here is if they are able to sign Kirk Cousins.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

The Buccaneers need help in the pass rushing department, but there’s no value at this point. Fitzpatrick would step in and immediately help in the secondary.

8. Chicago Bears- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds is a physical freak who could fill multiple roles on Chicago’s defense.

9. San Francisco 49ers- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Nelson is a mauler who excels at opening running lanes. His presence would also help keep pressure out of Jimmy Garoppolo‘s face.

10. Oakland Raiders- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

The Raiders need a presence in the middle of their defense. Smith is an active player who loves to deliver big hits.

11. **Trade** Cleveland Browns (via Mia)- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

Ward is slightly undersized but is a great athlete with natural coverage skills.

12. Cincinnati Bengals- Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Vea would immediately help take some pressure off of Geno Atkins as well as stuff the run.

13. Washington Redskins- Derwin James, S, Florida State

James is still rounding out as a player, but he has as much  upside as anyone in this draft.

14. Green Bay Packers- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Evans would fit as a base linebacker who can generate pressure off the edge on passing downs.

15. Arizona Cardinals- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Cardinals roster is in a bit of an awkward position. They have some good talent, but major holes in key positions like the offensive line.

16. Baltimore Ravens- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Ridley didn’t blow people away at the combine and that could have some negative impact on his draft stock. However,  he is still the top receiver in this draft and should have a solid NFL Career.

17. Los Angeles Chargers- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

Harrison is a sideline to sideline playmaker capable of working multiple spots in the defense.

18. Seattle Seahawks- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Seattle’s decision to move on from Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane creates a major hole at cornerback. Alexander is someone who features good athleticism and the ability to create turnovers.

19. Dallas Cowboys- Marcus Davenport, Edge, UTSA

Davenport has emerged as one of the top prospects in the draft. He has some big-time potential as a pass rusher.

20. Detroit Lions- Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State

Hubbard tested well at the Combine which shows he has more juice than people realize. He has the potential to be a double-digit sack guy in the NFL.

21. Buffalo Bills- Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

Hernandez is a beast in the trenches and loves to initiate contact.

22. Buffalo Bills (via KC)- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The Bills need help stopping the run and that is an area where Payne excels.

23. Los Angeles Rams- James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Washington would serve as a physical presence with the potential to replace Sammy Watkins.

24. Carolina Panthers- Connor Williams, OT/OG, Texas

Andrew Norwell is on his way out the door which creates a big hole on the Panthers offensive line. Williams could start  his career at guard and move to tackle at some point in the future.

25. Tennessee Titans- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Hughes is a playmaker who is always attacking the football. He would give the Titans more depth and talent at the cornerback spot.

26. Atlanta Falcons- D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

Chark’s speed and big-play ability would help take some attention away from Julio Jones.

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

The Saints need a slot receiver capable of working the underneath routes. Kirk is a strong route runner who also has the speed to stretch the field.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

Jackson is a burner who also features the fluidity to hold up in man coverage.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

The Jaguars roster lacks any clear needs which gives them plenty of options. Miller would be a great pickup who could work at either left or right tackle.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

Okorafor is flying under the radar and has the natural ability to be the top offensive lineman in this draft.

31. New England Patriots- Uchenna Nwosu, Edge/LB, USC

Nwosu’s versatility is something Bill Belichick loves in his defenders.

32. Philadelphia Eagles- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

Davis is a bigger cornerback with the potential to develop into a shutdown player.

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33. Cleveland Browns- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

34. New York Giants- James Daniels, C, Iowa

35. Cleveland Browns (via Hou)- Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia

36. Indianapolis Colts- Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma

37. New York Jets- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

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38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College

39. Chicago Bears- Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

40. Denver Broncos- Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

41. Oakland Raiders- Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

42. **Trade** Cleveland Browns (via Mia)- Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

43. New England Patriots (via SF)- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

44. Washington Redskins- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMu

45. Green Bay Packers- Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

46. Cincinnati Bengals- Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

47. Arizona Cardinals- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

48. Los Angeles Chargers- Arden Key, Edge, LSU

49. New York Jets (via Sea)- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

50. Dallas Cowboys- Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

51. Detroit Lions- Mason Cole, C, Michigan

52. Baltimore Ravens- Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan

53. Buffalo Bills- Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State

54. Kansas City Chiefs- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma

55. Carolina Panther- Kyzir White, S, West Virginia

56. Buffalo Bills (via LAR)- Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

57. Tennessee Titans- Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

58. Atlanta Falcons- Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

59. San Francisco 49ers (via NO)- Hecules Mata’afa, Edge, Washington State

60. Pittsburgh Steelers- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

61. Jacksonville Jaguars- Hayden Hurst, TE, Arkansas

62. Minnesota Vikings- Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

63. New England Patriots- Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

64. Cleveland Browns (via Phi)- Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa