O/A Rank Top-15 CBs
21 Denzel Ward
32 Joshua Jackson
34 Tarvarus McFadden
45 Levi Wallace
46 Isaiah Oliver
65 Jordan Wyatt
83 Jaire Alexander
88 M.J. Stewart
91 Carlton Davis
116 Quenton Meeks
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2018 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 Green Bay
Marquis Haynes
    Ole Miss
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
222



A high-motor, speedy edge rusher to get after and terrorize opposing quarterbacks? Sounds like what the Packers had at one time in Clay Matthews. As injuries and age have neutralized CM3's dynamism and made him more of a "good" pass rusher instead of "great," the Packers are looking for that next guy they can turn loose on third downs. The question with Haynes is whether he can develop into more than just a one-trick pony and develop into a three-down player. To do so, he'll surely have to add weight and more bulk to his current 222-lb frame. For the Packers to select Haynes this high, they have to be totally in love with his upside and feel that outweighs any perceived negatives. Taking chances in the first round is not really Ted Thompson's M.O., but you can never really think you have him figured out.
- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst

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18 Buffalo
James Washington
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
205



Next year's Bills' QB (we'll call him "Baker Peterman") will need three things to assure his success: One is a solid offensive line; we'll address that with the Bills' other RD1 pick. Second, he'll need a short field, meaning there's a big ugly DT and faster LB on defense to stop the run, and that's a RD2 priority. Third, he'll need reliable targets, and the Bills catch the draft's best receiver, if not athlete, right here. Washington's gaudy 19.9 yards per reception is the highest in this draft class, but that's his career average. This year, Mason Rudolph is throwing to Washington 21.8 yards at a clip.

Some will say the Bills are already set at WR with Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, and Zay Jones in the fold. Truth is, Jordan Matthews is on a one-year contract, although he has the team's highest catch rate for WRs at 75%. The most-targeted receiver is Zay Jones, but he has the lowest catch rate at under 35%. Second-lowest is Benjamin; hopefully he gets more touches. Journeymen Andre Holmes and Deonte Thompson are the only other WRs who've caught the ball at better than a fifty-fifty rate.
-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


19 Dallas
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188



News Flash! After bagging his lifetime jet plane and family insurance policies to go along with his $50MM-per-year contract, Roger Goodell announces that certain teams will be allowed "do-overs" in the NFL Draft, sending Cuzzin Jerruh into a Dark-Side Rage ! In anticipation of this irrevocable change, DraftTek announces a different way to simulate the new draft process.

Relax, fans . . . my facetiousness is only outweighed by my sarcasm! Jaire Alexander, he of the sub-4.4 forty time, would add depth to both a depleted defensive backfield as well as offering another return option to incumbent Ryan Switzer. All of you Cowboy fans who suffered with me through the loss to Atlanta witnessed the continuation of Anthony Brown's sophomore slump, seemingly always a step behind. Orlando Scandrick (10-year vet) has had a good season, as has rookie Jourdan Lewis . . . but fellow rookie Chido Awuzie has had limited snaps due to injuries.

Alexander is a ball-hawk who uses his instincts and quickness to generate turnovers, a trait sorely lacking in the Dallas defense. His ability to read the quarterback and break on the ball allows him to undercut the route for the interception. Another young piece of the puzzle to plugging a porous defense!
-Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst


20 Detroit
Sam Hubbard
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
266



The Detroit Lions came into the season as contenders for the NFC North crown. When Teddy Bridgewater wasn't ready for the season, Sam Bradford went down, and then Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone while the Bears were still...well...the Bears, the Lions had the division locked up. Until a tumbleweed crossed through the practice bubble in Allen Park, Michigan and an all-familiar tune played just as Matthew Stafford looked up..."Now hold up there, Mr. Stafford," said the new young gunslinger in town, Case Keenum, "I reckon this division ain't big enough for the two of us."...I don't think that happened. Well, maybe. I won't rule it out.

Mr. Keenum has now managed to hold off the franchise's 'franchise' signal-caller while posting the highest single-game QBR of the season and helping his Vikings into firm control of the coldest division in the NFC. If the Lions have a chance, Jim Caldwell and Jim Bob Cooter are going to have to take some more chances down the field to challenge the newest incarnation of the Purple People Eaters. .

Looking to the future, the Lions need a solid 2018 draft to keep up in the division. While Ezekiel Ansah has flashed and Anthony Zettel looks like a solid piece of the defensive-pass-rush future in Detroit, the Lions still lack an EDGE defender that scares opposing defenses. Hubbard would provide another young, athletic piece to the line in Detroit, and at the very least would provide the front-four with a solid, fresh outside rotation in 2018. -Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


21 Atlanta
Derrick Nnadi
    Florida State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
303



Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn set a franchise record with a six-sack game against Dallas. Clayborn, along with Dontari Poe and Ahtyba Rubin are all free agents at the end of the season. While there is some excellent youth on the defensive line in Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley, and Tak McKinley, they need an injection of youth into the DT rotation. Nnadi plays with the same sort of short-man, power game that Jarrett plays with , and Jarrett has arguably been Atlanta's finest defender this season. Atlanta has perhaps struggled more with outside runs and QB scrambles, but adding Nnadi to the center of the run defense will likely make both Deion Jones and Vic Beasley more effective, as Nnadi is a magnet for double teams. His ability to collapse the pocket will be something to watch, as scouts determine whether Nnadi's a first-day pick, or just a run-stuffing wide-body.


22 Tennessee
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



Tennessee has done it! Top of the AFC South! While it's been a bumpy road with some unfortunate breaks for Houston and Indianapolis, the Titans are in the hunt. But inconsistency has thwarted them from being serious contenders. Some weeks, it's clear the team needs to look at Derrius Guice, but then Murray or Henry play really well, and running back isn't a need. Mariota still needs plenty of help in the passing game, but Jon Robinson may want to try and avoid becoming Matt Millen 2.0, taking receiver after receiver in RD1. The secondary has been good, but can be better. Kevin Byard is becoming a top safety and Logan Ryan has been a great addtion, while Adoree Jackson is still developing and learning cornerback at the NFL level. However, Cyprien has been hurt. LeShaun Sims is ok, but not great. So for now, we'll continue to look at cornerback. Plus, New Orleans' emergence in the secondary this year shows what drafting enough cornerbacks early can do to improve a defense .


23 Seattle
Josh Jackson
    Iowa
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
185



Richard Sherman hasn't missed a Seattle game since entering the league in 2011 -105 consecutive games. He will Sunday. It can't be understated what Sherman means to this team: 32 INT, 99 pass breakups, shutting down half the field, being a gold mine for "Mic'd Up." Yet all isn't lost, as Seattle was able to secure the services of an OG Legion of Boom member, Byron Maxwell. Deshawn Shead could be back some time this season, too. A secondary with Maxwell, Shead, Shaquill Griffin, Justin Coleman, and Jeremy Lane (who'd have thought that failed physical would pay off?) isn't half-bad.

While the secondary will be fine for the rest of this season, the off-season is a different story. Corner is going to be a huge need in this draft cycle. Shead and Maxwell only have one-year deals. The Seahawks have already tried to deal Lane once. And now with Sherman's Achilles ruptured, Seattle has to decide if will be the same player when he returns next year and decide if he's worth re-signing in 2019. But don't expect Seattle to actually use their RD1 pick with so little draft capital this season. Be prepared for Schneider to trade down again into Day Two.
-@JefferyMChapman, Seahawks Analyst


24 Carolina
Bradley Chubb
    NC State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
275



The Panthers shined on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. After trading away their number one Wide Receiver, the Panthers set a franchise record for the most yards in a single game with 548 yards. As the dust settles on that trade, it seems as though GM Marty Hurney knew what he was talking about. In fact, this team looked a lot like the 2015 version of the Panthers Offense that was also without Kelvin Benjamin. The Bills happened to look more like the 2017 Panthers with Benjamin. Sorry, Bills fans!

It is the defense; however, that makes this team special. When they put pressure on the QB, everything else about their team seems to click. This number-one-ranked defense is dependent upon the pass rush and it is time to reload. Julius Peppers is 37 and Charles Johnson plays like he's 47. Bradley Chubb out of NC State would be a perfect fit if he is still there when the Panthers are on the clock. Chubb danced his way to breaking Mario Williams' sack record and is a player that makes his presence felt. While the Panthers are starting to shine in 2017, Marty Hurney has to have his eye on the future. Chubb would be a brilliant selection. ~~@PanthersDrafter,Panthers Analyst





25 Jacksonville
Deon Cain
    Clemson
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
200



Jacksonville is currently tied for the lead in their division, riding a Top-5 defense and a smashmouth running game to a 6-3 record. The passing game, on the other hand, has struggled to the extent that the Jags are calling fewer pass plays. Blake Bortles gets most of the blame for this, but it is difficult to find a new franchise QB when picking in the 20s. Wide Receiver is a position that could be targeted early, especially with Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson becoming free agents in 2018. Clemson's Deon Cain is a dynamic athlete who is among the best deep threats in the country. He has the speed to separate down the field and excels at tracking the deep ball in the air. His downfield burst should have an immediate positive impact on the Jaguars' offense by providing a home-run threat, and also drawing double teams from the opposing safety. This would create more favorable matchups for his fellow wideouts, and most importantly, in the running game. With more ground to cover, the defense won't commit to stacking the box. Picking toward the end of the round might not afford Jacksonville the top all-around wideout in this year's class, but this pick is justified because Cain's speed will make him an early contributor while he develops his route tree.


26 Buffalo
Quenton Nelson
    Notre Dame
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
329



This is a delicious dilemma! Do the Bills fix OL or DL with their second RD1 pick?

Quenton Nelson, a three-year starter for the Irish, is both the best Guard and best Center in this draft. Physical with a nasty streak, Nelson loves pancakes, so save your iHop T-shirt. He's built for the smashmouth game at 325 lbs, but Nelson can also turn defenders effortlessly with upper-body strength and impressive lateral agility for a big man.

Maurice Hurst, also available here, is one of 7-9 three-tech DT fits I wrote about here that make sense for the Bills in this well-stocked position. We'll see if we can get one of those in RD2.
-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


27 Pittsburgh
Mark Andrews
    Oklahoma
    TE
    Reach/Value:     -34
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
253



When the front office looks to improve this championship-contending roster, it's likely that they'll address the sputtering offense (19th best in points/game) before the league's second-best scoring defense. The positional group most in need of help is the TE group. Through week 10, Jesse James and Vance McDonald have combined for 279 yards with an anemic 6.2 yards-per-target average. Neither player is much of a mismatch or downfield threat.

While Andrews has been featured primarily as a receiver in college, he has the size the Steelers prefer to be a complete TE who can block on the line. His ability to both move the sticks and make splash plays is reflected in his stat line: Through 10 games he leads the high-flying Sooners with 43 receptions and his 17.3 yards per reception leads all FBS tight ends. There are many directions the team could go in this draft, but none might provide the same spark as Andrews for the flagging offense.


28 Minnesota
Maurice Hurst
    Michigan
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
282



As the season progresses, the Vikings keep finding themselves further and further down the draft order list. In a draft that some believe might end up being one of the weakest classes in recent years, this certainly isn't a bad thing. Further to this, the Vikings feature one of the more well-rounded rosters in the NFL, with talent and depth at every position group. As a draft analyst, it makes it hard to predict what direction the team might go, but as a fan it's a wonderful luxury that doesn't happen all that often. Through Week 10, the Vikings sit in the Top 10 in most of the key offensive and defensive categories, including 10th in Points/Game and T-5th in Points/Game Allowed. That's a recipe for success. Barring any surprise cuts or major injuries, I suspect that GM Rick Spielman will look to add the best talent available at either defensive line or defensive back early on in the Draft, but I also think tight end is a dark horse position that could be addressed if the right player is available. It should be an exciting draft year, even if we're picking at the bottom of a weak class!


29 New England
Ken Webster
    Ole Miss
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
194



Last year, New England traded away their first and second round picks to get veteran players and catapult them to a record-tying six Super Bowl rings. The defense has improved, allowing less than 350 yards passing in each of the last three contests. As it stands right now, New England has the highest chance of making the Super Bowl. Next year, however, there needs to be consideration of life after Brady and Belicheck. Make no mistake, the greatest football story since Rudy will retire together. Does this make OC Josh McDaniel the obvious choice of HC? Probably, but for now, improving the defense and eventually finding a landing spot for a number of talented quarterbacks coming out next year will be needed. The front-seven is a dumpster fire in the middle of a savanna on a dry day and this will be addressed in the upcoming rounds. Stephon Gilmore has largely disappointed in his first season after signing a massive contract. Here's a good young corner to start developing a major strength from last year's Super-Bowl-winning squad.
-David Neff, Patriots Analyst


30 New Orleans
Tyquan Lewis
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
260



The Saints have a lot going for them at this juncture of the season. A 7-game winning streak, an offense that can move the ball on the ground instead of throwing on almost every down, and a defense that no longer sits at the bottom of the league. Currently 8th in total yards allowed, the passing defense is really the big story and they're currently ranked 7th. The Saints' rush defense is a respectable 16th, allowing right around 110 yards per game.

If the coaching staff and front office feel the defense has most of its pieces in place, perhaps they look at QB or OL. But I still believe they need more defensive talent, either at Linebacker or the EDGE. Ohio State's Tyquan Lewisis the pick here, but I would not be surprised if the Saints "reached" down to grab Louisiana Tech's Jaylon Ferguson. Linebackers such as Tegray Scales of Indiana or Ohio State's Jerome Baker could also fill this spot if the Saints feel the pass rush is starting to emerge enough to allow the focus to shift elsewhere.


31 LA Rams
Ronnie Harrison
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



The Greatest Show on Turf looks like it is back again for the Rams. Rookie Head Coach Sean McVay transformed one of the worst offenses in recent history into something unstoppable in one season. Currently 7-2 and sitting at the top of the NFC West, Los Angeles needs to figure out how to put a gap between them and the Seahawks. The only part of the Rams' team that might not be up to par is the secondary. In the last few games, they are planning well, but it will matter most come December and January when they have to play guys like Wentz, Brees, and Wilson (again).

A guy like Ronnie Harrison, safety from Alabama, can help these guys take the next jump. Harrison is a big physical defender who is best known for being able to guard teams' bigger receivers and tight ends. Very few teams have a guy who can consistently match up with tight ends either in the slot or on the outside. That's why Harrison is a huge piece to the Alabama defense. Everyone knows the old saying, "Defense wins championships". This guy has won it all before (almost twice) and he's a big contributor to the best defense in the country. Harrison is someone you can find late in the first round that many people may not know, but can be a game-changer on that side of the ball.
-Michael Gelb, Rams Analyst


32 Philadelphia
Da'Ron Payne
    Alabama
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
319



It seems every year the Eagles have a couple of guys on the team I simply can't stand. Their dumb play and dopey expressions form the exact level of irritation necessary to make me have visions of slapping them upside the head with a 15 pound halibut. The Eagles have NONE of those guys this year. Of all the stats I could list to explain their 8-1 start, the biggest one might be this: Number of Knuckleheads = 0. It seems every guy out there in green knows what he's doing, loves his job, and is selling out for this team.

As far as the draft goes, if this year has taught Eagles' fans anything, it should be that perceived "needs" can change in a heartbeat (see our current CB surplus as an example). So instead of reaching for an O-Tackle here, the Eagles go B.P.A. and grab a potential Top 10 talent in Da'Ron Payne. I wasted all of my allotted space expressing my man-love for the current Eagles' team, so as far as Payne goes, all you need to know is that he can do this, and this, AND THIS! You can never have too many good D-Linemen.
-Broz, Eagles Analyst

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)

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Georgia
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Georgia
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Auburn
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CB
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Auburn
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CB
131 Byron Cowart
Auburn
EDGE
132 Will Clapp
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Mississippi St
S
139 Bijhon Jackson
Arkansas
DL1T
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