2018 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 4.0: Chargers trade up for Josh Rosen

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: April 26, 2018 at 06:43 p.m.

With the 2018 NFL Draft just hours away, here's my final mock of the first round.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Surprise! The Browns want accuracy and a history of winning. Mayfield provides both.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    N.C. State
    Rumor has it the Browns could move up for this pick, but the Giants get the top pass rusher if they stay put.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    USC
    The Jets could take Josh Rosen here, but I'm guessing Darnold will be the pick if he's still available.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Penn St.
    You could do much worse than Barkley, who should provide an immediate spark to the Browns' running game.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Wyoming
    Projected trade to Bills
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. If Allen is on the board here, Buffalo could make this deal to take the big, strong-armed QB.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    LB
    Georgia
    The Colts need some "dudes" on defense, and Smith has the potential to be a Pro Bowler early in his career.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    G
    Notre Dame
    Big, powerful and dominant. Nelson isn't just an elite run blocker -- he is the tone-setter the Bucs need.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Ward isn't the biggest corner, but he might be the best in this year's class, and the Bears need talent in the secondary.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Edmunds is big, fast and fills up just about every column on the stat sheet, which should make John Lynch happy.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OT
    Notre Dame
    The Raiders are said to be hot on McGlinchey in a year where quality tackles will be scarce.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    DT
    Washington
    Goodbye Ndamukong Suh, hello Vita Vea. The Dolphins are able to plug in another physical force in the middle.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    S
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. After trading down, the Broncos go with a proven winner who helps strengthen the secondary after the departure of Aqib Talib.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Chargers
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH REDSKINS. Rosen could be "Chosen" in this spot if he begins to slide and the Chargers make a move up the board for this perfect fit.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Central Florida
    The Packers need a physical cornerback with man-cover talent -- and Hughes' ability in the return game doesn't hurt, either.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    S
    Florida St.
    The Cardinals are in a little bit of a reset now and it's time to find new leaders to build around like the talented James.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Maryland
    Baltimore needs a wide receiver and Moore could very well be the pick, even if this is a bit of a reach.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DT
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Redskins
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH CHARGERS. With the Redskins trading back, they would have to be ecstatic to find such a talented run-stuffing option like Payne.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    CB
    Colorado
    Seattle could very well deal this pick and move to the back of the first round (or out of the first round), but Oliver checks all the boxes for the Seahawks.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    ILB
    Boise St.
    Don't be shocked if a team at the back end of the first round moves up to target Vander Esch. If he's here, the Cowboys lock in.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    CB
    Louisville
    The Lions add a quick-twitch cornerback with ball skills and attitude to shore up the secondary.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    C
    Arkansas
    Ragnow is said to be moving up the board, and this would clearly be a need pick for the Bengals, who covet size and strength.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Davenport is a little raw, but he has the traits and rush potential to find reps (and sacks) in his rookie season.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    UCLA
    Many people see Nate Solder when they look at Miller -- and my guess is Bill Belichick is one of those people.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    CB
    Iowa
    The Panthers are badly in need of a cornerback and they covet length.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OLB
    Alabama
    Talented linebacker with the ability to play inside or outside and even give the Titans a pass-rush option.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Florida
    Upfield pass rusher with loads of potential who is still finding his way as a football player.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Carolina
    If the Saints don't trade up, they would have to be excited to find Hurst sitting there and waiting for them.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    S
    Stanford
    The Steelers like speed, intelligence and toughness. Reid fits the bill.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    WR
    Alabama
    Ridley slides down the board, but this could end up being a perfect pairing for both parties.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    G
    Texas-El Paso
    This isn't a sexy pick, but with Dalvin Cook coming back from injury, Hernandez is the type of blocker they need for the running game.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    TE
    Penn St.
    The Patriots can always find a blocking tight end, but it will be awfully hard to find a long, athletic pass-catching tight end with Gesicki's physical traits.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    QB
    Louisville
    Projected trade to Bengals
    PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH EAGLES. The Bengals have the picks to make this move. Cincinnati OC Bill Lazor coached under Chip Kelly and will likely have a plan ready for the explosive Louisville quarterback.
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