2018 NFL Mock Draft: Crazy Trade Edition

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans claps during the first half of a game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans claps during the first half of a game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

So far this offseason we have seen a ton of NFL trades and I fully expect to see several more some of which are included in this 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

There are plenty of trade rumors swirling as we approach the NFL Draft. This updated version of my 2018 NFL Mock Draft features several trades that create havoc. Obviously, these trades are just projections.

The biggest projection is the New York Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Tennessee Titans for this year’s 1st round pick plus more. Beckham Jr. gives the Titans a star to help Marcus Mariota take the next step.

New York also works a trade with the Buffalo Bills to move down from pick No. 2 overall. In the end, they end up with 3 picks in this mock draft.

1. Cleveland Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC

It appears to be coming down to Darnold or Josh Allen. Either way, the Browns get their quarterback of the future.

2. *TRADE* Buffalo Bills (NYG)- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Buffalo is desperate for a quarterback and land a high upside prospect here with Allen. He has a big arm and the talent to be a dynamic playmaker.

3. New York Jets (Ind)- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

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Rosen is the last man standing for the Jets as they look to solve their quarterback problem

4. Cleveland Browns (Hou)- Bradley Chubb, Edge, NC State

The Browns elect to add to their defensive front by grabbing Chubb and passing on Saquon Barkley.

5. Denver Broncos- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Barkley would be a great help for Case Keenum as the Broncos look to get back into contention.

6. Indianapolis Colts (NYJ)- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Colts need to land top-end talent on the defensive side of the ball. Ward lacks ideal size, but has the coverage skills to succeed at the next level.

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

Fitzpatrick will be able to help at either safety and cornerback in the Buccaneers defense.

8. *TRADE* New York Giants (Chi)- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

The Giants make another trade, but this time up the draft. They package some picks to land Nelson and sure up the interior of their offensive line.

9. San Francisco 49ers- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds will play inside linebacker for the 49ers, but could rush off the edge in some packages.

10. Oakland Raiders- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Smith would immediately become the vocal leader of the defense and be a sideline to sideline playmaker.

11. Miami Dolphins- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Miami lands a new quarterback here with Mayfield. It’s still possible that they even trade up if they feel Mayfield won’t be available.

12. *TRADE* Chicago Bears (NYG)- Connor Williams, OL, Texas

Chicago passes on Quenton Nelson for the opportunity to land more draft capital. However, they still get a talented offensive man in Williams who also brings position versatility.

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

James would be an enforcer at the back end of the defense and provide what Su’a Cravens couldn’t.

14. Green Bay Packers- Vita Vea, DL, Washington

Vea would give the Packers an intimidating defensive front working alongside Mike Daniels.

15. Arizona Cardinals- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

The Cardinals have too many roster needs to make an aggressive move for a quarterback. Instead, they land a playmaking cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.

16. Baltimore Ravens- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

The Ravens made some veteran signings at the wide receiver, but still need youth and upside at the position.

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

Chargers are putting the finishing touches on what should be a playoff roster.

18. *TRADE* New England Patriots (Sea)- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Patriots know they need to come out of this draft with a young quarterback. Trading up here gives them an intriguing option in Jackson. This pick makes more sense known that Josh McDaniels is still in place.

19. Dallas Cowboys- Marcus Davenport, Edge, UTSA

Dallas should go with the best defensive player available when they are on the clock. Davenport needs to develop, but he has a chance to be a top-end pass rusher.

20. Detroit Lions- James Daniels, C, Iowa

The Lions can sure up the interior of their offensive with a day-1 starter like James Daniels.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (Buff)- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

Hernandez would bring some attitude and physicality to a Bengals offensive line in need of toughness.

22. *TRADE* New York Giants (Buff/KC)- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Ridley can’t replace Odell Beckham Jr., but he’s a talented receiver who will have an effective NFL career.

23. New England Patriots (LAR)- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Patriots have question marks along the offensive line especially at left tackle. Most see McGlinchey as a right tackle only, but he showed promise at left tackle.

24. Carolina Panthers- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

Harrison is a playmaking safety who would represent an immediate upgrade for the Panthers.

25. *TRADE* New York Giants (Tenn-Beckham Jr.)- Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State

The Giants pull the trigger on a Beckham Jr. trade that lands them multiple draft picks. It allows them to add another pass rusher like Hubbard to the mix. Tennessee gets themselves a transcendent talent in Beckham Jr..

26. Atlanta Falcons- Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Atlanta’s roster doesn’t have many glaring needs, but they could use an explosive threat at wide receiver.

27. New Orleans Saints- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

The Saints land another young defender to help continue the rebuild of their defense.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

With Ryan Shazier‘s long-term future in question the Steelers need to think about adding an inside linebacker.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Jacksonville can afford to draft a developmental player like Miller thanks to their roster depth.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

The Vikings are pretty set at most spots along the roster. However, the offensive line still looks iffy on paper.

31. *TRADE* Seattle Seahawks (NE)- Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia

Seattle has very little draft capital so moving down makes a ton of sense. Lorenzo Carter would be a great addition to a defensive front that is looking to replace a few key contributors.

32. Philadelphia Eagles- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

Goedert would serve as the replacement for Trey Burton who made some catches for Philadelphia.