PFT’s one and only 2018 mock draft

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[Editor’s note: I’ve had very little to do with this mock draft. So don’t blame me if you hate it. If you like it, I’ll take the credit. The mock draft was largely with input from people who have experience drafting players, including one person whose name would be instantly recognizable and would prompt you to say, “Maybe this isn’t a bunch of BS, after all.” Regardless, here it is.]

1. Browns: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma.

2. Browns (from Giants): Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State.

3. Jets: Sam Darnold, QB, USC.

4. Giants (from Browns): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State.

5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame.

6. Bill (from Colts): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming.

7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State.

8. Bears: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State.

9. 49ers: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia.

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

11. Dolphins: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA.

12. Colts (from Bills): Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech.

13. Washington: Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back, Alabama.

14. Packers: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland.

15. Cardinals: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville.

16. Ravens: James Daniels, C, Iowa.

17. Chargers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville.

18. Seahawks: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama.

19. Cowboys: Vita Vea, DT, Washington.

20. Lions: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA.

21. Bengals: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA.

22. Colts (from Bills): Taven Bryan, DT, Florida.

23. Patriots: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama.

24. Panthers: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida.

25. Titans: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama.

26. Falcons: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina.

27. Saints: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State.

28. Steelers: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State.

29. Jaguars: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama.

30. Vikings: Isiah Oliver, CB, Colorado.

31. Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State.

32. Eagles: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia.

90 responses to “PFT’s one and only 2018 mock draft

  1. I just cant see the Packers taking a wideout as their first pick as badly as they need defensive playmakers.

  2. Dumb already, why would the Browns trade up from 4th to 2nd for a player that will 100% be there at 4.

  3. kissimmeepacker says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    I just cant see the Packers taking a wideout as their first pick as badly as they need defensive playmakers.

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    They’ve gotta get Rodgers some better WRs.

    I just can’t see them taking Moore over Ridley.

  4. Allen to Buffalo at 12 – if they trade up, its one of the other 3. No way should they waste capital to move up for a dude who needs work. Cleveland is taking Allen #1…..why else trade for Tryod an announce he’s the starter? Drafting Mayfield creates instant QB battle amongst fans. Allen (Darnold too) are the projects and Baker and Rosen are starters…..why is this overlooked?

  5. Dallas PLEASE draft Defense with pick ONE! Grab a DT (as posted) Then trade for Earl Thomas (As we KNOW) your going to.
    Then BAM! Just like that our Top 10 Defense Just went Top 5 and Super Bowl Bound! Get your Stud Wr next year. DEFENSE wins the Gold & Diamond rings! We going to run zeke then run zeke some more and pound the all living lives out of the defenses. Our WR Right now are good enough. And good enough is all you need! FACT!

  6. Dumbest one yet. The Browns trading up for a player that theres a 90% chance will be there at 4. They’d be better off taking Chubb 1 and Mayfield would be there at 4.

  7. I want to thank NBC Sports and PFT for providing this mock draft free of charge. Unlike the ESPN network that charges for their mock draft!

  8. If James, Ward and maybe Edwards are gone, I can see the Packers drafting offense.
    That’s also assuming Davenport and Landry are dropping on boards.

  9. Why in the blue hell would Cleveland trade up to 2 when the world know the Jets are taking a QB? If the Giants really wanted Chubb they wouldn’t trade out they would just take him.

  10. calizcowboyz says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Dallas PLEASE draft Defense with pick ONE! Grab a DT (as posted) Then trade for Earl Thomas (As we KNOW) your going to.
    Then BAM! Just like that our Top 10 Defense Just went Top 5 and Super Bowl Bound! Get your Stud Wr next year. DEFENSE wins the Gold & Diamond rings! We going to run zeke then run zeke some more and pound the all living lives out of the defenses. Our WR Right now are good enough. And good enough is all you need! FACT!
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    Like the defense that won the Super Bowl? That defense?? Take a look at the final score.

  11. TaeCH326 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    Dumb already, why would the Browns trade up from 4th to 2nd for a player that will 100% be there at 4.

    You sure? It wouldn’t shock me if the Giants took him at 2.

  12. garyandersonsonly1998fgmiss says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Dallas PLEASE draft Defense with pick ONE! Grab a DT (as posted) Then trade for Earl Thomas (As we KNOW) your going to.
    Then BAM! Just like that our Top 10 Defense Just went Top 5 and Super Bowl Bound! Get your Stud Wr next year. DEFENSE wins the Gold & Diamond rings! We going to run zeke then run zeke some more and pound the all living lives out of the defenses. Our WR Right now are good enough. And good enough is all you need! FACT!
    ———————————————————————————

    Like the defense that won the Super Bowl? That defense?? Take a look at the final score.

    Bro Our New Top 5 DEFENSE then will balance our Top 5 Offense! Guess whos Back, Back again……ZEKE is BACCCCK tell a friend….Time To Eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. the Eagles will not EVER draft a RB in the 1st round.

    The pick @ 32 is Justin Reid.

  14. First off , the Seahawks aren’t drafting ANYONE at 18 after Schneider either trades back or out of the first round entirely ..

  15. I’m fine with the Bills paying through the nose to draft a bust – Josh Allen.
    I would be sad to the Dolphins get Rosen. They should stick with Tannehill.
    I also doubt Rosen falls that far, the Broncos need a QB.

  16. If I’m being redundant because I haven’t read the rest of the comments, my apologies. If I seem unreasonably angry over a, “mock draft.” I apologize again.

    But as a Seahawks fan, “Aghhhhhhh!!!!” Still nothing for the offensive line? It’s like worrying about the fact that the cigarette lighter in my car doesn’t work when the engine, transmission & electrical systems have completely failed. Guess this is par for the course now/again.

    I lived through the late seventies to the last few years with MOSTLY mediocrity. Guess I’ve just got to buckle up for the next ride.

  17. Gave it a chance even though you have Mayfield going number 1 overall….quit reading after you had the Browns trading into the #2 spot.

  18. With both Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne still on the board, the Chargers aren’t going to pass up addressing their DT need to take Lamar Jackson.

  19. Post articles about the Packers moving up for defensive help.

    Post mock with Packers staying at 14 and taking a WR.

    LULZ

    Packers first 3 picks will be defense. Their WRs are ok but GB has always found WR gems later in the draft. That will not change.

  20. I guess we as fans have to complain and moan about mock drafts. My mock draft moan is there is no way the Patriots are taking a QB in the first round. NO WAY!

  21. Didn’t they do a ‘Baker Mayfield’ four years ago?

    I would take Chubb or Barkley at 1 and the best QB remaining next (hopefully Rosen.)

  22. If Gutekunst goes WR at #14 his reign will be very brief. There’s no WR in the draft worthy of taking in the top half of the first round. Packer needs at edge and CB far outweigh those at WR anyway.

  23. Not sure I get the Browns trade-up, unless they’re crazy for Chubb and someone else besides the Giants is too, which is not what we’ve been hearing. Seems like the only competition for Chubb is the Giants.

    But I have been suggesting Mayfield to the Browns at 1 for a long time (check my comments, moderators, and you’ll see). Mayfield at 1 and Nelson at 4 seems best to me, but they’d likely get Chubb at 4 as well if the Giants like a QB.

  24. OMG. I wanted to like this mock, but it is a mockery. If the Browns did trade into 1 and 2 it would be hilarious if they took Rosen and Darnold, or Rudolph and Allen. To hedge their bets and play the odds!

    Or is this mock draft a literal mockery of mock drafts? Why it’s so bad.

  25. Highly likely Vea is drafted by a 3-4 team. That is where he will be most valuable in the NFL. Can’t see the Cowboys drafting a 2-down player that was on a significant pitch count in college (and still not very productive) with their 1st pick.

    In this scenario, I see LVE, Ridley, and Evans as more likely.

  26. 96.5% inaccurate, and that’s after the first 5 picks.

    Why would the Browns trade up to take a player that is guaranteed to be available, seeing that the JETS need to draft 15 quarterbacks??

  27. At least one other of the 3 letter network sites has been putting out at least one mock every day for two months. Then, they will be able to tout how many picks they got right, since they have probably picked every player at just about every spot at this point.

  28. vikings aren’t taking a corner. Waynes is progressing much like Rhodes did after his 3rd year and improving every game. Alexander is great too and was statistically one of the best slot corners last year.

    Vikings need offensive lineman to replace Berger. Guard is the guaranteed pick.

  29. If the Browns do something extraordinary, they will go Barkley at #1, one of the top QB’s at #4, and maybe try like heck to trade pick#’s 33 & 35 and a first in 2019 (or some kind of trade combo like that) to get back in and grab Chubb too. Denver, Indy…someone sitting up there may bite on something like that. That would be 3 of the top 6-7 picks in the draft. 3 top quality players. A very rare occurrence for sure, and sends a message to the team that they are turning this ship around…now. Many on the team just may buy into something like that…A true winning attitude in Cleveland?!?! Say it ain’t so!

  30. The Browns may be dumb enough to take Mayfield at No 1, but I don’t care. Lots of teams make dumb mistakes year after year after year. I think Darnold, Rosen, Allen, and the other QBs available in this draft will be thrilled to not be picked by the Browns.

  31. orangeraider says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    Bucs must stop falling in love with Florida schools

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    No, but they might want to draft players from the one Florida school that consistently produces great NFL talent.

  32. OMG! This is the WORST! What I think is the BEST!
    If you think this is the future, then you can’t predict the future!
    I’ve read a bunch of things, so I know what’s going to happen!
    You’re not smart, I am smart!
    You probably stay fit. I’m fat.

  33. Yall waste a high 1st round pick on Mayfield if you want to. He has no arm, cannot beat zone blitzes and is very average when you force him to stay in the pocket. NFL defenses will pick him apart. I hate when they try to quantify B.S. skills like moxie, competitiveness, likeability and that crap. Rosen is the best WV prospect in this draft. Josh Allen has the highest ceiling and Lamar Jackdon is the most explosive athleticism QB. Only knock on Rosen is he likes to question authority, which NFL coaches hate. Pete Carroll to this day still thinks passing on 2nd and 1 was a good call.

  34. No Will Hernandez in the first round? And the Lions, they have two solid OTs, they need DT help or maybe an OG. And the first four selections? Laughable.

    As is the case every year, this mock is bizarre in the extreme and even in the uncertain world of mock drafts, demonstrates that anyone with a dartboard and a few names can make up a mock draft.

  35. there is also a chance the 49ers may pick a CB in the first round, now that Rueben Foster’s accuser is retracting her accusation of domestic violence.

  36. Why would the Browns need to trade up for Chubb? They could stay at 4 and take him. Giants are going QB. If they weren’t they probably would have traded with the Jets. You people have all been fooled.

  37. Why do the hard luck Bills have to be the team that wastes 2 first rounders on most likely QB bust in draft? I think all 32 teams know Allen is mostly hype and not 1st-round wothy.

  38. Last thing the Raiders need to do is invest another thin dime in their overpriced, overrated OL, much less a 1st rounder. In fact, they should have traded away some of it during the offseason.

    Defense in rd 1-3. And passing on Edmunds if he’s there would be a mistake, unless we plan to take Vea or Payne and re-sign Bowman, but the Edmunds’ value is higher at that pick and the kid’s already a beast at 19 yrs old.

    I’d love to see Ward somehow slip to us, or the pipe dream would be to move up for Chubb. Gruden may also like Fitzpatrick because of his versatility, but I’m always leary of the ‘tweeners.

    Knowing Reggie it’s probably all moot. He’ll trade back and draft that heart patient DT out of MICH in rd 1 like he did with DJ Hayden. THAT one turned out awesome!

  39. Cleveland – Sam Darnold
    Giants – Saquon Barkley
    Jets – Baker Mayfield
    Cleveland – Bradley Chubb
    Buffalo (From Denver) – Josh Allen
    Green Bay (From Indy) – Derwin James
    Tampa Bay – Denzel Ward
    Chicago – Quenton Nelson
    San Francisco – Tremaine Edmunds
    Oakland – Roquan Smith
    Miami – Josh Rosen
    Denver – Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Washington – Vita Vea
    Indy – Mike McGlinchey
    Arizona – Lamar Jackson
    Baltimore – Calvin Ridley
    LAC – Da’Ron Payne
    Seattle – Marcus Davenport
    Dallas – Courtland Sutton
    Detroit – Harold Landry
    Cincinnati – James Daniels
    Denver – Kolton Miller
    New England – Taven Bryan
    Carolina – Rashaan Evans
    Tennessee – Jaire Alexander
    Atlanta – DJ Moore
    New Orleans – Hayden Hurst
    Pittsburgh – Leighton Vander Esch
    Jacksonville – Connor Williams
    Minnesota – They don’t get the pick in before time is up (but if they do, Josh Jackson)
    New England – Sam Hubbard
    Cleveland (from Philly)- Derrius Guice

  40. If I were Cleveland – best player available. Don’t think the QBs are. Take Barkley and Chubb. Use top of the 2nd to take QB/ammo with other picks to trade up into bottom of 1st to get QB. You have Tyrod – who is good enough to get you to the playoffs. Build around. And win. Now.

  41. . Bill (from the Colts)…as in Bill Polian . A very sly Easter Egg for those paying attention.
    A little wink as to who the “instantly recognizable name” helping with this draft is

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