2018 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: 5 QBs go in top 12 picks

By Charles Davis |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 24, 2018 at 10:53 a.m.

There's PLENTY of trade talk and proposed trades in mock drafts these days -- likely with good reason. However, my final mock of the 2018 NFL Draft is presented as the order of selections stands today.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    There's more than a bit of chatter that the Browns will take Wyoming QB Josh Allen in this spot, but I'm going against the grain, and projecting Cleveland to select my top-rated passer.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    RB
    Penn St.
    So many options for the Giants, and a case can be made for all -- QB? OL? RB? Edge rusher? The Giants stick at two, and take the best player in the draft.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Oklahoma
    "Broadway Baker" rolls off the tongue well, but more importantly, his talents fit what the Jets need. He's a QB that believes, and will get his teammates to do the same. Josh Rosen has to be strongly considered in this spot, as well.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    N.C. State
    With Barkley off the board, pairing Chubb with last year's No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, gives the Browns ultra-talented bookend pass rushers.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    UCLA
    I know John Elway has announced he will listen to offers for this pick, but if he sticks, he gets the best pure passer in the draft. Rosen would immediately push Case Keenum for the starting job.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    CB
    Ohio St.
    There has to be strong consideration for Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson here (protecting Andrew Luck is paramount), but Ward's playmaking ability wins out in the draft room.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Florida St.
    Do-it-all type of player who will help slow down the track-star receivers in the NFC South.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    G
    Notre Dame
    The Bears cannot believe he lasted this long, but now they have the makings of an all-pro interior O-line: Cody Whitehair at C, Kyle Long at RG, and now Nelson at LG. Good move to build around second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    He jumps off the tape when you watch him. Run, hit, cover, and can be a very good pass rusher, as well. Very young, but his growth will be fun to watch.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    LB
    Georgia
    Hard to pass up this instinctive tackling matching who also will be the leader of their defense.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Wyoming
    I keep hearing the Dolphins are in the QB market.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    QB
    Louisville
    Everyone expects the Bills to try to trade up for a QB, but in this scenario they stay put and land Jackson, who's a better version of former Buffalo starter Tyrod Taylor. Head coach Sean McDermott knows the problems that Jackson's skill set will create for a defense.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Washington
    Stout, competitive, and energetic, Vea will pair nicely with last year's first-round DL, Jonathan Allen.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will find plenty of ways to point this quick pass rusher at opposing quarterbacks. A CB also makes sense here for the Packers.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Alabama
    The Cards are QB-needy, but with the top 5 signal-callers off the board, they decide to help Sam Bradford with this big target who can run past defenders, too.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OT
    Notre Dame
    WR is a need, so local product D.J. Moore could be considered, but here's a chance to bookend LT Ronnie Stanley, and run the ball like a traditional Ravens team.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    S
    Alabama
    This is a surprising fall for a player who was projected as a top-five pick when we started this evaluation process. He slides a bit in part due to the early run on QBs. Despite a big need at defensive tackle, the Chargers cannot afford to pass on this versatile playmaker, as they have a need at safety, too.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    CB
    Iowa
    The Seahawks have a few spots that need attention, but Jackson's frame and style fit Seattle's defense well. He will pair with second-year CB Shaquill Griffin as they rebuild their secondary.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    CB
    Central Florida
    A huge need for a WR here, but with Calvin Ridley off the board, the Cowboys opt for an instinctive player with good ball skills to help slow down the Eagles in the NFC East.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Florida
    Has excellent movement skills, and is hard to block in the passing game. Lions need an inside pass rusher. My wild card here is a RB.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OL
    Iowa
    The Bengals are overhauling their OL, and need a big-time pivot to anchor the rebuild. Daniels is the best center in this draft.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Maryland
    His production in college was limited somewhat by a revolving door of QBs, but there are plenty in the league that believe he's the best WR in the draft.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    UCLA
    The loss of Nate Solder was a big one, but Miller might be his doppelganger in how he plays. Plenty of athleticism on display.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    CB
    Louisville
    Injuries limited him in 2017, but when you watch him you see quickness, footwork, toughness, and intelligence. Had a tremendous NFL Scouting Combine workout, and showed all that he was fully healthy again. Panthers need a running mate for CB James Bradberry, and Alexander will be happy to return home to Charlotte.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Boston College
    He battled injury in 2017, but if you buy into his 2016 tape (and I do), you see an explosive pass rusher that is craved by new head coach Mike Vrabel. He will also get some good tutoring from incumbents Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Alabama
    Plays fast, very good pass-rush skill, speed, power -- exactly the type of player head coach Dan Quinn covets. He will pair nicely with DT Grady Jarrett.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Carolina
    The Saints consider fortifying the defense here after it made a huge jump in 2017, but they'll love the stress that Hurst can put on a defense with his pass-catching skills. He helps open things up even more for Alvin Kamara.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    RB
    LSU
    I think they'll consider a safety like Justin Reid or Ronnie Harrison here, but this is a high-powered offense that likes its toys and Guice gives them another one to complement Le'Veon Bell and potentially take over for him if Bell, who received the franchise tag, and the team fail to come to a long-term agreement.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    As the Jags look to build on their success of last season, a TE who can stress defenses down the middle will be a boon to QB Blake Bortles.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    G
    Texas-El Paso
    The Vikings' OL lost some depth in the off-season, and could use a fresh starter at guard. Few prospects had a better postseason, from the Reese's Senior Bowl through the combine, than Hernandez.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OLB
    Alabama
    Evans makes perfect sense here. He's well-schooled coming from Alabama, and the Bill Belichick-Nick Saban connection is well-documented. He can pair with another former Crimson Tide LB, Dont'a Hightower, in the middle of New England's defense.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    Yes, they signed Mike Wallace this off-season to take the top off the defense, but in an offense that features a lot of quick throws, big-bodied receivers win a lot of the battles to make those catches when they work inside in traffic. Sutton is that type of receiver.
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