2018 NFL Draft Predictions

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  1. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley (RB, Penn State)
    1. Best Prospect in this Draft, and Browns need to score more to actually win games.
  2.  Buffalo Bills (via NYG) – Sam Darnold (QB, USC)
    1. Best QB in this draft, and Bills desperately need a franchise QB. The price will be high though.
  3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)
    1. He is the QB Jets loves and they also need a franchise QB.
  4. Cleveland Browns – Josh Allen (QB, Wyoming)
    1. With Darnold and Mayfield gone, Browns have to go with Allen here.
  5. Denver Broncos – Denzel Ward (CB, Ohio State)
    1. Denver traded Talib away and has a huge hole in the CB spot. Scouters are in love with Ward, and should be the best CB prospect in this draft.
  6. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb (DE, N.C.State)
    1. They need a disruptive rusher, and Chubb is potential all-pro talent.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quenton Nelson (G, Notre Dame)
    1. Another potential perennial all-pro. They need to better protect Winston.
  8. Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edwards (ILB, Virginia Tech)
    1. Bears are in love with him and Edwards fits their system.
  9. San Francisco 49ers – Minkah Fitzpatrick (S/CB, Alabama)
    1. Would be a perfect fit for him, playing alongside Sherman.
  10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith (OLB, Georgia)
    1. Raiders must draft a LB and Smith is the best value here.
  11. Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen (QB, UCLA)
    1. Tannehill still remains a question mark for the Dolphins and they will draft Rosen to compete for the QB spot.
  12. New York Giants (via BUF) – Marcus Davenport (DE, Texas-San Antonio)
    1. Giants traded JPP to Bucs and need a pass rusher. Davenport will be long gone before their next pick, so they select him here.
  13. Washington Redskins – Vita Vea (DT, Washington)
    1. Redskins get the best DT prospect in this draft. They need enormous help in DL.
  14. Green Bay Packers – Derwin James (S, Florida State)
    1. Packers have a urgent need in their secondary, and James is too much talent to pass. He can learn next to Haha Clinton-Dix to significantly improve Packers’ secondary.
  15. Arizona Cardinals – Calvin Ridley (WR, Alabama)
    1. Cardinals can move up in the draft to find their franchise QB. However, they already signed Bradford for two years and can wait another year. Besides, this is Fitzgerald’s last year and Cardinals should go all-in. Ridley makes the most sense here since the Cardinals are in need of a WR and he can be the successor of Fitzgerald.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Hayden Hurst (TE, South Carolina)
    1. Ravens are really shallow in their TE depth, and Hurst looks like a very serviceable player for them. They can go with any other top TEs or WRs in this spot or maybe even trade down to get more mid-round picks.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike Mcglinchey (OT, Notre Dame)
    1. Chargers look like they are ready to make a serious run in 2018, and will look to complete their offense with a talented lineman. Rivers is getting old and needs a better protection.
  18. Seattle Seahawks – Will Hernandez (G, Texas-El Paso)
    1. Seahawks can go either CB or OL here. At this moment, Hernandez makes the most sense to me since they must protect their most valuable player in Wilson.
  19. Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton (WR, SMU)
    1. Cowboys cut Dez Bryant and WR became their primary need. They are in love with Sutton and he will be a good complement to their offense.
  20. Detroit Lions – Harold Landry (EDGE, BC)
    1. Although Lions franchise-tagged Ansah, they need more force to rush the passer. Landry looked great in college, and the Lions can even move him around in different positions to help their defense.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals – Isaiah Wynn (G, Georgia)
    1. Bengals must draft an offensive lineman, and Wynn will be the best player available by this point of the draft.
  22. New York Giants (via BUF) – Kolton Miller (OT, UCLA)
    1. Giants fill another hole by drafting Miller. Their offensive line will look significantly better with the addition of Solder and Miller.
  23. New England Patriots – Leighton Vander Esch (ILB, Boise State)
    1. Patriots need an inside linebacker who can contribute right away. Vander Esch’s draft stock is rising every day and will be a good pick at #23.
  24. Carolina Panthers – Jaire Alexander (CB, Louisville)
    1. Panthers secondary looked awful last year. After they traded away Worley, they must go with a CB here to fill the hole. Alexander will tremendously help Panthers who’ll face receivers like Jones or Evans twice a year.
  25. Tennessee Titans – D.J. Chark (WR, LSU)
    1. This is probably going to be a surprise pick, but Titans need more talent in the receiver core who can contribute right away. He is very fast and will be a deep threat for Titans.
  26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’ron Payne (DT, Alabama)
    1. With Poe’s departure, most experts agree that Falcons have to take a defensive tackle here. They do like Bryan out of Florida but Payne is a clearly better player.
  27. New Orleans Saints – Dallas Goedert (TE, South Dakota St.)
    1. Jimmy Graham left and Saints are always looking to add weapons for Brees who might not have that many years left in the league. Goedert is excellent receiving tight end who will make Saints’ offense even scarier.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans (OLB, Alabama)
    1. They are not sure when Shazier can come back and will go with a linebacker here. They can go QB with Roethlisberger’s possible retirement after this season. However, I believe they will rather go look for a mid-round gem than using this pick for a QB.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars – D.J. Moore (WR, Maryland)
    1. Jaguars lost both Robinson and Hurns in Free Agency and need a receiver. Moore’s stock is rising and he has the potential to be future #1 receiver for the Jags.
  30. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Hughes (CB, Colorado)
    1. Vikings need a third corner who could potentially even take over the #2 spot. With Rhodes and Hughes, Vikings defense will even look better in the upcoming season.
  31. New England Patriots – Isaiah Oliver (CB, Colorado)
    1. Patriots need a corner after letting Butler move to Tennessee. Oliver will show great potential under Belichick and will look good in Patriots’ system.
  32. Kansas City Chiefs (via PHI) – Josh Jackson (CB, Iowa)
    1. Chiefs do not have a first round pick this year but will make a trade with the Eagles to draft Jackson. After trading Peters away to the Rams, they need an impact corner who can come in right away and play for Andy Reid.

 

Proposed Trades:

Bills send their #12, #22, #56, and next year’s 2nd rounder for Giants’ #2 overall pick.

  • It is a high price, but Bills get their much-needed franchise QB. Giants are in win-now mode and will try to fill as many holes as possible in this draft with 2 mid-first rounders and an additional 2nd rounder.

Chiefs send their #54, #86, and next year’s 2nd & 4th rounder for Eagles’ #32 overall pick.

  • Chiefs need a first round pick to get the player they want and will give up a few 2nd and 3rd rounders in response. Eagles’ cap situation is concerning and with this trade can add a few immediate impact players to go for another superbowl run.

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