Projecting the 2018 NFL Draft

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Projecting the 2018 NFL Draft

Andrew Bailey, Reporter

The super bowl is over, the picks are set, and the declarations are in. Now it’s time for the fun part: predicting what will happen in the 2018 NFL Draft. But first, a few rules:

  • Only a first-round mock, so don’t expect anything more than the first 32 picks
  • No trades, all teams are keeping their original picks
  • I am only going to account for seven major free agent signings: Jarvis Landry to the Bears, Kirk Cousins to the Jets, Malcolm Butler to the Texans, Isaiah Crowell to the Redskins, Ziggy Ansah to the 49ers, Tyrod Taylor to the Jaguars, and Case Keenum to stay with the Vikings. All other free agents are unimportant.

No more rules, let’s commence!

  1. Cleveland Browns- Running Back Saquon Barkley, Junior, Penn State
  2. New York Giants- Quarterback Josh Rosen, Junior, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts- Offensive Guard Quenton Nelson, Junior, Norte Dame
  4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)- Free Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Junior, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos- Quarterback Sam Darnold, Redshirt Sophomore, USC
  6. New York Jets- Offensive Tackle Orlando Brown, Junior, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- EDGE Bradley Chubb, Senior, NC State
  8. Chicago Bears- Offensive Tackle Connor Williams, Redshirt Sophomore, Texas
  9. San Francisco 49ers- Cornerback Joshua Jackson, Junior, Iowa State
  10. Oakland Raiders- Linebacker Roquan Smith, Junior, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins- Quarterback Baker Mayfield, Senior, Oklahoma
  12. Cincinnati Bengals- Offensive Tackle Mike McGlinchey, Senior, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins- Strong Safety Derwin James, Junior, Florida State
  14. Green Bay Packers- Cornerback Denzel Ward, Junior, Ohio State
  15. Arizona Cardinals- Quarterback Josh Allen, Junior, Wyoming
  16. Baltimore Ravens- Wide Reciever Calvin Ridley, Junior, Alabama
  17. Los Angeles Chargers- Quarterback Lamar Jackson, Junior, Louisville
  18. Seattle Seahawks- Offensive Tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, Junior, Western Michigan
  19. Dallas Cowboys- Defensive Tackle Vita Vea, Junior, Washington
  20. Detroit Lions- EDGE Sam Hubbard, Redshirt Junior, Ohio State
  21. Buffalo Bills- Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Junior, Virginia Tech
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)- Defensive Tackle Maurice Hurst, Junior, Michigan
  23. Los Angeles Rams- Linebacker Malik Jefferson, Redshirt Sophomore, Texas
  24. Carolina Panthers- EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronwo, Junior, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans- EDGE Harold Landry, Junior, Boston College
  26. Atlanta Falcons- Offensive Lineman Martinas Rankins, Junior, Mississippi State
  27. New Orleans Saints- Defensive Tackle Da’Ron Payne, Junior, Alabama
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Linebacker Rahsaan Evans, Senior, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tight End Mark Andrews, Senior, Oklahoma
  30. Minnesota Vikings- Center/Guard Billy Price, Senior, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots- Cornerback Mike Hughes, Junior, UCF
  32. Philadelphia Eagles- EDGE Marcus Davenport, Junior, UTSA