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20 Joshua Jackson
25 Denzel Ward
29 Isaiah Oliver
39 Holton Hill
49 Jaire Alexander
55 Kameron Kelly
62 Carlton Davis
64 M.J. Stewart
85 Quenton Meeks
97 Tarvarus McFadden
108 Mike Hughes
114 Donte Jackson
121 D.J. Reed
148 Nick Nelson
163 J.C. Jackson
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2018 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 LA Chargers
Derwin James
    Florida St
    S
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



Earl Thomas. Kam Chancellor. Now Derwin James. Chargers' D Coordinator Gus Bradley has a proven track record developing uber-talented safeties into game-changing forces, and he figures to be delighted to have a new pupil like James. James is a speed/strength/frame marvel who figures to put up some eye-popping numbers at the Combine, but his availability here is more about the crowd of QB grabbing teams at the top than about James being a secret. Lingering concerns over a knee injury that cost him 13 games at Florida State also factor in here. Even with his Seminoles suffering through a lost season, James was among the nation's most versatile defenders in 2017. He can cover big receivers, rush the passer and support against the run. James even ran back kicks. Analysts including Todd McShay project him as a better pro than collegian. If James' Combine numbers move him up the draft board and out of reach, Washington DT Vita Vea could fill a big need up front. If Chargers' officials love Baker Mayfield's moxie more than the idea of gearing up for Philip Rivers' last run, they could go QB of the future.

-Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst


18 Seattle
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



The Seahawks recorded 261 pressures in 2017 - according to Next Gen Stats - good enough for third in the NFL behind Philadelphia and Washington. Seattle's defensive unit ultimately pressured opposing QB's on 44% of drop-backs. Schneider's job this off-season is to ensure the pass rush remains as vicious. With team pressure leader Michael Bennett (59) possibly on the move, Seattle doesn't want to just depend on Dion Jordan's resurgence. Even if Jordan recorded a pressure on 15.8% of his pass rush attempts last season.

For the second week in-a-row we have Seattle picking Harold Landry in RD1. While this appears as a "reach" in the DRAFTSIM, it fits Schneider's tendencies. A QB needy team in the second half of RD1 seems a likely trade partner for Seattle to move down and take Landry, Okoronkwo, or even a falling OL. We've seen similar situations play out with Malik McDowell, Germain Ifedi, and Frank Clark in consecutive drafts. ~@JefferyMChapman, Seahawks Analyst


19 Dallas
Vita Vea
    Washington
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
332

"Listen to the masses who clamor for the massives!" - The Outhouse Poet strikes again! When looking up at the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles (painful to see those 5 words together), one has to notice that they finished #1 in run defense, allowing only 80.8 yards per game. In comparison, your Dallas Cowboys finished #8, allowing 104.0 yards per game. This would appear to be a role reversal from 2016, where Dallas finished #1, allowing 83.7 yards per game and Philly finished middle of the pack, allowing 103.2 yards per game. However, further analysis reveals that in the last 3 games, Dallas only allowed 89.3 yard per game (Philly 89.7) which would seem to indicate how much the Cowboys missed Sean Lee.

V-squared has attained "Pet Cat" status among the readership of Blogging The Boys (a fine addition to SBNation; I highly recommend a visit). Vea utilizes his size very well, displaying an ability to overpower guards and pummel centers when isolated on them. He has the strength to press blockers off of his frame and the hip rotation and flexibility to dislodge. Vea's repertoire includes a booming hump move that can topple blockers off their base as a pass rush counter. When his pad level is low, Vea maintains leverage against running plays.

Vita's issues that need to be corrected include a tendency to allow his pad level to rise, and his base and footwork can be compromised when he gets too far out over his toes. However, a more troubling characteristic is an inconsistency of effort . . . don't know if that's a conditioning problem, but it won't be tolerated by either DC Rod Marinelli or DL Assistant Leon Lett.

- Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst


20 Detroit
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212



With new, defensive-minded Head Coach Matt Patricia coming to town, one would think this pick would be on D. After all, according to Football Outsiders, the Lions' defense finished a below-average 19th overall and 22nd against the pass. In addition, the secondary ranked 22nd against WRs 2 and 3 and 26th against those big, mean TEs. However, if you look at the other side of the ball, the Lions had the 32nd-best rushing attack in the league. Yeah, nice catch; '32nd best' is a nice way of saying 'worst', but I tried.

An argument can be made for whether or not these stats have more to do with the offensive line or the RB, but regardless; replacements at both the interior OL and RB are needed. Derrius Guice is a nasty runner, in the mold of Marshawn Lynch, and would indirectly help Detroit's defense by keeping them off the field, anyway. The Patriots' winning formula consists of ball control and maintaining a complex defensive scheme, and Guice will be instrumental in improving the former in that equation. While Guice lacks breakaway speed and left LSU fans wanting more in 2017, his 2016 tape was that of a top-10 pick. Read Jon Ledyard's astute evaluation of the 2018 RB class here.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


21 Buffalo
Baker Mayfield
    Oklahoma
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +14
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
210



Tyrod ranked 31st, 25th, and 32nd in first downs during his tenure, so look for a visceral competitor for the Bills in RD1 that can work his way down the field in a power-run game. Our 2018 NFL Draft Big Board now has Mayfield ranked as the 3rd QB and Josh Allen at #22 overall, so expect different quarterbacks in mocks leading up to the Combine. Not to worry, though, the Bills are likely looking at trade-up (and free-agent) options if they really like one QB's skillset over another in Daboll's offense. Let's see...At #2, Sean and Brandon's Carolina friend Gettleman now runs the Giants... at #3, the Bills' comeback quarterback Frank Reich now runs the Colts...

The QB discussion in the Bills' War Room is going to be fun. Mayfield's TD-to-INT ratio and yards per attempt are almost double that of Tyrod's. Josh Allen fits the ball into tighter windows with greater arm strength than we've seen. Mason Rudolph, now at #15 on our board, throws pinpoint-accurate lasers at the intermediate level, and always keeps his head downfield. Finally, a combo plate of a Vikes' QB and Lamar Jackson, who's dropped to #37, has me interested again.

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


22 Buffalo
Marcell Ateman
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
220



Here is a list of the tall wide receivers we think will be drafted in Rounds One and Two: Courtland Sutton and Marcell Ateman. That's it. The Bills didn't scout SMU games, and would Baker Mayfield even throw to an Oklahoma State guy? Just pretend that the Bills used this pick and some players or picks from next year to move up a bit for your favorite quarterback.

While he's a great downfield blocker and high-points the ball very well, Ateman spent a year away from football, and that's going to factor into his selection this high. Beane will be all over that.

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


23 LA Rams
Tremaine Edmunds
    Virginia Tech
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
236



Now that the Rams have built the kind of offense that wins teams championships, it's time to start tweaking the defense. When teams score as many points as the Rams do, opposing teams usually have to abandon the run and play catch up. In 2017, opposing offenses found yards on the ground so easy to come by, they simply stayed committed to the run. The Rams finished the year 28th in rushing defense, and yielded the fourth-most rushing TDs.

VA Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is a popular name in draft circles this year. As a former Hokie myself, I have seen a good deal of Edmunds' handiwork over the last couple of years. Without a doubt, the guy is a highlight-reel waiting to happen. Over the course of two relatively healthy seasons in which he played every game, Edmunds racked up 202 tackles, a crazy 30.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. The man can make plays in space. The main question I have is how Edmunds will be used in the NFL. He's not your typical thick, compact NFL linebacker; rather, he's built like a slim defensive end. I think he's best suited to play as an OLB in a 3-4 defense, or in a two-gap system where he's protected by the big guys in front of him. Wade Phillips knows how to mold his defense to his players' strengths, so the Rams would be a good landing spot for Edmunds.


24 Carolina
Joshua Jackson
    Iowa
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
192

Most predictions say the Panthers will focus on WR in RD1. However, do not be surprised to see the Panthers look to bolster their defensive backfield. Though the Panthers ranked seventh in overall defense, they also had a league-low 55 pass break-ups. Panthers' DBs had an underwhelming total of just four INTs. Luke Kuechly led the team with three, and that is a glaring weakness. The Panthers' Max Henson pointed out this will be an area of emphasis for new Defensive Coordinator Eric Washington.

Though only one standout year under his belt, AP All-American Josh Jackson would immediately address these weaknesses. He had 27 passes defensed and eight interceptions. Jackson's long, and anticipates routes incredibly well, which comes from his time as a Wide Receiver in High School. Jackson's elite-level ball skills and the knack for the big play has me looking away from conventional wisdom and looking at Jackson as my prediction for Carolina in RD1. ~~@PanthersDrafter,Panthers Analyst





25 Tennessee
Denzel Ward
    Ohio State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
184

Another week, another Cornerback.

The Titans got lucky last week, having Josh Jackson slide to them at 25. Unfortunately, they got sniped this time around, and we're back to Denzel Ward. Daniel Jeremiah shared his thoughts on Ward in connection to the potential show he's going to put on at the Combine. While he's hearing that scouts are in love with him, and that he's going to tear up the speed drills, size may be a concern. This doesn't seem to be a concern to General Manager Jon Robinson, though, as five of the six cornerbacks listed on the Titans' roster last year are under 6 feet tall. On top of this, all but one of new Head Coach Mike Vrabel's cornerbacks last season were --you guessed it-- under six feet as well (although top corner Kevin Johnson was the six-footer).

What Robinson does care about is previous performance, like 24 deflected passes the past two seasons, and helping lead a pass defense that only gave up 195 yards per game, as well as being an All- B1G selection this past season. [Watch Ward vs Baker Mayfield]


26 Atlanta
Taven Bryan
    Florida
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
290



In 2014, Mike Smith's last year as Falcons' Head Coach, Atlanta's defense finished 32nd in yards allowed and 27th in points given up. In Dan Quinn's third year, Atlanta's defense allowed the 9th-fewest yards and 8th-fewest points. In the playoffs, they held the Rams and Eagles to an average of 14 points. But Dontari Poe is almost certain to depart, and Adrian Clayborn might be too pricey to return. Atlanta seems certain to address the Defensive Tackle position.

Taven Bryan screams "Dan Quinn defender." Incredibly athletic, Bryan combines power and speed. Versatile, Bryan can play inside on passing downs and kick out to D-End against the run. Bryan is also raw, but that has not stopped the Falcons in the Quinn Era. In 11 games with Florida, Bryan totaled 40 tackles, 6 for a loss, and 4 for sacks, and yet he's just scratching the surface of his potential. Bryan is a player who will see his stock greatly affected by the Combine, as he could post enticing numbers for a player of his size and strength. Exactly how well he does could determine whether Taven Bryan earns that first-round pick.


27 New Orleans
Holton Hill
    Texas
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
200

The Saints' defense did an about-face in 2017, and much of the resurgence was due to the play of rookie phenom Marcus Lattimore at cornerback. All Lattimore did in his first NFL season was allow a passer rating (when he was targeted) of 45.3 and allowed zero TD's to receivers he was covering. Zero. As a rookie. That was good enough to tag him as the 29th-best player in 2017 for Pro Football Focus .

In 2018, the Saints have a shot at landing another guy who could give New Orleans one of the potentially deadliest CB tandems in the league if they add Longhorn CB Holton Hill. Lattimore stands at 6-feet tall, but Holton Hill is a 6'3" defender that excels in zone or soft man. Adding him to the secondary opposite of Lattimore will create further problems for OCs and QBs looking to poke and prod potential weaknesses in the pass defense of New Orleans.

In 2017, opposing teams only scored 22 TD's on the Saints' defense, while managing just under 3,600 yards passing against them (tied for 16th-best in the NFL). In 2016 the numbers were 4,380 yards allowed and 27 TDs to opponents.While Hill will get questions thrown at him left and right about his suspension for failing a drug test last season, he has answers already about his on-field skills. He was a menace on the field with 51 tackles, two INT's, and 6 passes broken up in 2017.

Getting an EDGE rusher and another ballhawk defender in the coming rounds would make the Saints even stingier in the coming few years with a duo of Lattimore-Holt in the secondary.


28 Pittsburgh
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
    Oklahoma
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
245



In this DraftSim, the reach for top needs ILB and Safety is a little too far for GM Kevin Colbert, so he looks to upgrade the rush linebacker group. Improved ability to pressure opposing QBs is critical in getting the defense off the field, putting teams away, and ultimately getting back to the Super Bowl. The edge rushers only accounted for 15 of the team's 56 sacks in 2017; they need to have more impact.

Okoronkwo is an impact player. He compares a bit to Brian Orakpo as a powerful and explosive rusher, a violent closer without a lot of finesse as an athlete. Obo's game-changing nature was front and center against Ohio State. He was constantly in the backfield running through or around blockers, practically at will. Okoronkwo's incredible speed is on display as he makes a number of tackles for loss on backside-pursuit plays, meeting the running back at the handoff and taking him down.

Against stiffer competition, like UGA's Isaiah Wynn in the Rose Bowl, he struggled to be a factor. Although he's on the shorter side, his 34.5" long arms (Sr. Bowl measure) should more than make up for a lack of height. While not a star in coverage, he has ample experience in zone coverage in the flats. As a college player Obo succeeds on raw burst and a violent nature while he's limited against better technicians. With teachable flaws and outstanding physical and intangible traits, Okoronkwo is a good value here at the bottom of RD1.


29 Jacksonville
Mason Rudolph
    Oklahoma State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +14
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235

Blake Bortles recently had surgery on a wrist injury that he suffered back in 2016. Bortles has one year left on his rookie deal worth $19 million. That total is only guaranteed for injury, so if Bortles fails a physical on 3/14, the Jags owe him the money. Provided he's healthy, Bortles can be cut or traded prior to that date without any financial ramifications. However, the outlook on trade and free-agent options isn't overly promising. Alex Smith is off the table, and with only $17M in cap space, it will be difficult for Jacksonville to attract top names like Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum, who are expected to command $15M or more per year.

These scenarios may not even be relevant, because, according NFL.com, the Jaguars are leaning toward keeping Bortles for 2018. That gives them one more year to make a long-term decision. If Bortles disappoints, the 2019 free agent class isn't promising. The Jags could draft a QB to provide an insurance policy in case Bortles doesn't play well enough to earn an extension. At pick 29, that is usually a tall order, but Mason Rudolph is still on the board. He was a 4-year starter with good size, and despite playing in a "system" offense, his coaches praise Rudolph's intelligence and work ethic. This is evidenced by the fact that he improved each season. Based on everything we've seen from Bortles, he is likely to be an average (at best) QB in 2018, which isn't worth top dollar. If they draft Rudolph this year, then he gets time to learn before taking over in 2019.


30 Minnesota
Lamar Jackson
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205

In the last CMD, I explained in some detail that there were a number of veteran options for the Vikings, and it was almost a certainty that at least one of them would be signed. As much as I still fully believe this to be the most-likely scenario, I couldn't help but take a look at what might happen if all the best-laid plans fail, and we are left with Plan G: draft your QB with the 30th pick. To be honest, this scenario might happen either way, especially if the team keeps only Case Keenum, or they trade for Nick Foles, for example. Fortunately in this iteration of our mock draft, Lamar Jackson falls into the Vikings' lap. Despite the critics calling for a move to wide receiver, Jackson actually has a strong case for the top QB prospect in the draft. Don't laugh, read this. Jackson could be special.

The proverbial "window of opportunity" for Minnesota is as open as it has been this century, so starting fresh with a rookie QB is a major risk. That said, there's still a chance that a guy like Lamar Jackson is too good for GM Rick Spielman to pass on, and he pulls the trigger on him as the "QB of the Future".

- Brett Stott, Vikings Analyst


31 New England
Sam Hubbard
    Ohio State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
266



Some pieces just fit better than others. The last two weeks, we delved into what the Patriots need to focus on this offseason as the year-long defensive issues came to the forefront. However, Sam Hubbard has been continuously mocked to the Patriots for a few reasons. Patriots like their pass-rushers to be big, tough, and towering in the 6'4" to 6'6" range. Versatility is absolutely vital for the Patriots as the scheme is based on the in-game situation. Hubbard doesn't do any one thing too great, which is why a pick at 31 to 41 is where he fits. However, don't be fooled in believing that he's overrated. Hubbard's collegiate career is a blessing and a curse for him. He played along the most talented defensive line in college football last year. While he definitely had his fair share of the production, teams will wonder why he is so special. For all the excitement there is around Key, Davenport, and Chubb, Hubbard can fit in different situations that neither of those three players can. With the NFL Combine right around the corner, it'll be interesting if Hubbard can impress any scout enough to be taken in the 1st. Hubbard fits as either a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE , which makes him a valuable chess piece in Belichick's scheme.

- David Neff, Patriots Analyst


32 Philadelphia
Kolton Miller
    UCLA
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'8"
Weight:
310

The 2018 NFL Draft is going to be pretty enjoyable for Eagles' fans to watch. The Draft will be held in Cowboys Country, so not only will we be able to hear the phrase "Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles" echoing through Jerry's precious stadium every five minutes, but we'll also get to watch hordes of bottle-chucking Eagles' fans invade Arlington and cause mass panic. The one downside is that we'll have to sit through 31 other RD1 selections before drafting, but that's a pretty sweet problem to have.

When the Eagles finally do pick, look for them to bolster the O-Line if there is a tackle of value available. With so few picks, the Eagles can't afford to reach here, but if there's a guy that can improve Carson Wentz's protection, they'll jump at the chance. The Eagles surrendered 36 sacks during the regular season, which isn't great. The protection improved in the post season, however, as the team led all playoff contestants with just two sacks allowed. Future HOF Tackle Jason Peters swears he'll return for 2018, but at 36 and coming off a torn ACL, the Eagles can't afford to count on him. Second-year tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai improved as much as anyone on the team, so it's not as if Philly MUST scramble for talent here. However, if competition and depth can be added, the team should do so. UCLA's Kolton Miller is a guy that's picking up steam. With only two sacks and five QB hurries allowed on 544 pass-blocking snaps in 2017, as well as possessing the wing span of an albatross, Miller is the kind of lineman that can shoot up draft boards with a strong Combine.

-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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3 Minkah Fitzpatrick
Alabama
S
10 Roquan Smith
Georgia
ILB
14 Derrius Guice
LSU
RBF
21 Arden Key
LSU
EDGE
23 Calvin Ridley
Alabama
WRF
34 Isaiah Wynn
Georgia
OG
36 Braden Smith
Auburn
OG
38 Taven Bryan
Florida
DL3T
42 Da'Ron Payne
Alabama
DL1T
45 Rashaan Evans
Alabama
ILB
46 Nick Chubb
Georgia
RBF
51 Ronnie Harrison
Alabama
S
53 Sony Michel
Georgia
RBF
54 Frank Ragnow
Arkansas
OC
58 Christian Kirk
Texas A&M
WRF
60 Da'Shawn Hand
Alabama
DL5T
62 Carlton Davis
Auburn
CB
65 Kerryon Johnson
Auburn
RBF
69 Marcell Frazier
Missouri
EDGE
72 Jeff Holland
Auburn
EDGE
86 Armani Watts
Texas A&M
S
87 Lorenzo Carter
Georgia
EDGE
103 Bradley Bozeman
Alabama
OC
114 Donte Jackson
LSU
CB
127 Bo Scarbrough
Alabama
RBF
131 Joshua Frazier
Alabama
DL1T
133 Trenton Thompson
Georgia
DL3T
140 D.J. Chark
LSU
WRF
161 J'Mon Moore
Missouri
WRF
167 Breeland Speaks
Ole Miss
DL3T
168 Hayden Hurst
South Carolina
TE
170 Kahlil McKenzie Jr.
Tennessee
DL1T
173 Davin Bellamy
Georgia
OLB
174 Duke Dawson
Florida
CB
182 John Kelly
Tennessee
RBF
185 Eddy Pineiro
Florida
PK
189 Will Clapp
LSU
OG
190 Levi Wallace
Alabama
CB
191 Christian LaCouture
LSU
DL5T
194 Daylon Mack
Texas A&M
DL1T
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