Mock Draft Central

Here is your one-stop shop to see all of the mocks for the 2018 NFL Draft from NFL.com analysts. Stay tuned for the latest twists and turns leading up to the big event in Dallas on April 26-28.

Mock Draft Round 1

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Cleveland Browns
2
New York Giants
3
New York Jets
4
Cleveland Browns
5
Denver Broncos
6
Indianapolis Colts
7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8
Chicago Bears
9
San Francisco 49ers
10
Oakland Raiders
11
Miami Dolphins
12
Buffalo Bills
13
Washington Redskins
14
Green Bay Packers
15
Arizona Cardinals
16
Baltimore Ravens
17
Los Angeles Chargers
18
Seattle Seahawks
19
Dallas Cowboys
20
Detroit Lions
21
Cincinnati Bengals
22
Buffalo Bills
23
New England Patriots
24
Carolina Panthers
25
Tennessee Titans
26
Atlanta Falcons
27
New Orleans Saints
28
Pittsburgh Steelers
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
30
Minnesota Vikings
31
New England Patriots
32
Philadelphia Eagles
  1. Mike Mayock

    Full Analysis

    April 25, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      I believe Sam Darnold is the future of the Cleveland Browns' franchise. I think the beauty of this pick is they signed Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, who I think is an underrated starter. Darnold can develop at his own pace. If he's ready Week 1, that's awesome. If he sits for a year, that's fine too.
    2. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      I'm talking 6 foot, 233 pounds, he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He's special. He makes it easier for Eli Manning, and he buys some time to develop that offensive line. I think he's the best player in the draft. He's a generational running back
    3. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      I think this is one of those energy givers that fires up football teams and embraces the spotlight. I think he fits in the Jeremy Bates system, he'll get the ball out quickly, he doesn't have to start right away. I think in that system, New York's gonna love this kid.
    4. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      You pair him with Myles Garrett and suddenly you've got the most dynamic edge rushing duo in all of football. He's gonna impact the game on all three downs, and if you look at the Browns, you've got your quarterback of the future and this young defense is better than most think.
    5. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      It's an intriguing thought process. They're three years removed from a Super Bowl. If they draft a quarterback or trade down I think they're admitting they aren't that close. They're a lot better football team than people think. And Nelson is the best player remaining on the board at No. 5.
    6. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      Projected trade to Bills
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH COLTS. Dude is 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. He's the same size as Carson Wentz with bigger arm talent and he's a better athlete. Out of maybe any player in this draft, his upside might be the highest. I don't think he's ready Day 1, but if he can get over some hurdles, he's going to be special.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      They were 32nd in yards on defense, pass defense, third-down defense and sacks. This kid's special on the back end and will be a big-time contributor.
    8. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Chicago can't believe Roquan Smith fell to them. Runs a 4.5, goes sideline to sideline, he might be a four-down player.
    9. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Most people's No. 1 corner, 188 pounds, ran a 4.32, oily hips. From his perspective, they get the No. 1 corner in this draft.
    10. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      I think the guy that checks all the boxes is Mike McGlinchey. I've known this kid since he was 15 years old. He's got the same IQ and passion for football that Matt Ryan does. He starts Day 1.
    11. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      He gives the Dolphins tremendous value at the position and helps bolster their defense. Perhaps Miami will go with a quarterback, but Edmunds gives them a solid defensive player.
    12. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Colts
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Colts have multiple needs. Give general manager Chris Ballard kudos for coming up with a bunch of players, starting with Fitzpatrick. Pair him with Malik Hooker, and you've got two of the best young safeties in the league.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      He's a freak. The key to his value is how much he'll actually play in sub package.
    14. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      Edgy, tough, competes, finds the ball in the air and added value as a punt returner. I think he's a great pick and will fit in Mike Pettine's new scheme.
    15. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      He's the most ready to play quarterabck in this draft. Beautiful, nautral thrower. The only thing is he needs to understand when the play is over. At the end of the day, he's a difference maker. He can wake up at 4 a.m. and go out and rip an 18-yard comeback. When he has clear feet and clear vision, nobody does it any better.
    16. LAMAR JACKSON

      QB

      Louisville

      I think they're going to change the entire direction of the franchise. They roll out a bold new era. It's Lamar Jackson time. The key is you have to commit schematically, philosophically and the whole building has to be in for this to be the right move.
    17. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      Up there with Vita Vea as the best run stopper in this draft. He's got a little more twitch for a big guy than people think. He also has some potential pass rush upside.
    18. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      He's a freakish athlete but he's incredibly raw. I love the matchup for him in Seattle. Stick your hand in the dirt and hunt quarterbacks.
    19. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      He's got outstanding hands, oily hips, ability to get in and out of breaks. Immediately, you can throw the ball to this guy.
    20. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      The edge rusher is the best dip-and-flatten guy in the draft. The concern there is whether he'll set a physical edge. Reminds me of Yannick Ngakoue.
    21. FRANK RAGNOW

      C

      Arkansas

      He's the best natural center in the draft. He can play all three interior positions.
    22. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Colts
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. I think he can get you out of a game at tackle but I love what he does in a zone scheme. Rule No. 1 in Indy this year has to be we need to protect the franchise, and that's Andrew Luck.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      A lot of people think this kid reminds them of Nate Solder. Long arms and he's freaky athletic. Great pick.
    24. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      Explosive, can make the big play. Vertical threat down the field. I love the fact this young man outside the numbers can beat you.
    25. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      A three-down linebacker who can come off the edge and cover the pass.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Freakish dude. Was only a one-year starter, which is a concern, but he's a great fit in their one-gap-and-go scheme.
    27. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      An explosive offense just got better with my No. 1 receiver in this draft. He's a little bit raw, but I love the pick at 27.
    28. SONY MICHEL

      RB

      Georgia

      A surprise move. Reminds me a lot of Alvin Kamara with the ball in his hands. He's violent in the run game. Physical, elusive and the perfect complement to Le'Veon Bell.
    29. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      The reason why I like this guy is not only can you split him wide and let him catch the football, but he actually commits in the run game. That's rare.
    30. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      You want to talk about a road grader with an edge? He doesn't like people, and he finishes. His feet are better than people think.
    31. JAMES DANIELS

      C

      Iowa

      The best pure center in this draft. In addition to being a pure center, he comes from Iowa and Kirk Ferentz. They trust him, they love him.
    32. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      He's a north-south slasher and a tough guy. He finishes runs. He's had some off-field issues. The reason I love this pick? Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley will get him going in the right direction.
  2. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    April 17, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      There's been a lot of talk around the league about Josh Allen being the pick here, but I still believe Darnold is the safer choice and the right choice.
    2. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      If the Giants are indeed determined to land a future Pro Football Hall of Famer -- GM Dave Gettleman has said he's looking for a gold-jacket guy at No. 2 -- I believe Barkley is the best choice with this pick.
    3. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      Mayfield has the presence and accuracy the Jets are looking for at the QB position.
    4. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      I wouldn't be shocked if the Browns took a cornerback here, but Chubb is too good to pass up. The lack of depth at edge rusher in this draft makes him the logical choice.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      In this scenario, I could see the Broncos trading out of this spot, but if they stay at No. 5, Allen fits the John Elway mold at QB.
    6. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Colts' roster is in terrible shape and that makes it tough to lock in on what they will do here. Ward is the top cover cornerback in the draft and would give Indy a nice duo at the position with Quincy Wilson.
    7. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      The Bucs need to add more pieces around Jameis Winston. Nelson would be a huge asset in both the running and passing game.
    8. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      Edmunds is starting to gain a lot of steam when you talk to teams around the league. It wouldn't surprise me if he were off the board before Chicago picks.
    9. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      With the 49ers stating that Reuben Foster's status with the team is under "great scrutiny" in the wake of the domestic violence charges filed against him, picking Smith should be an easy decision for GM John Lynch.
    10. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Oakland is desperate for playmakers in the back end. Fitzpatrick has an ideal combination of versatility, ball skills and intelligence.
    11. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      Josh Rosen could be the pick here, but Vea fits a more urgent need and he would make an immediate impact.
    12. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      There's a good chance the Bills will have to trade in front of Miami to ensure they land one of the top four signal-callers, but in this scenario, one of them falls right into their lap.
    13. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      This is a little early for Guice to be picked, but the Redskins lack a dynamic presence at RB and he would be a perfect fit in this offense.
    14. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      The Packers need to add some punch to their edge-rush group. Davenport has impressive raw tools.
    15. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      If the Cardinals don't trade up for a quarterback, they need to land a playmaker at wideout or in the secondary with this pick. Ridley is the top guy at his position.
    16. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      I think the Ravens would be looking to trade back in this scenario. Hurst is a good fit for this offense, but they can probably land him 5-7 spots lower in Round 1.
    17. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      This would be a dream pick for the Chargers. James is a top-10 talent in this draft and a perfect scheme fit.
    18. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      Landry isn't the most physical edge defender, but he has natural pass-rushing skills.
    19. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      Sutton is well-liked in personnel departments around the league and the Cowboys have a pressing need at wide receiver.
    20. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      I love the way Hernandez plays the game. His physical, nasty style will fit well with the new coaching staff in Detroit.
    21. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      The Bengals already added one talented offensive tackle in the offseason (Cordy Glenn), but they could use another one. McGlinchey is a Day One starter on the right side.
    22. LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

      ILB

      Boise St.

      Vander Esch has the size, athleticism and versatility to be a playmaker in the Bills' front seven.
    23. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      Evans would team up with Dont'a Hightower to give the Patriots two very explosive linebackers that can play play inside or outside.
    24. MIKE HUGHES

      CB

      Central Florida

      Hughes didn't test all that well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he plays plenty fast and adds value in the return game.
    25. JAMES DANIELS

      C

      Iowa

      Daniels is the best center in the draft and I believe he could handle any of the three interior positions.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Bryan is ultra-twitched up and he's exactly what the Falcons are looking for in their defense. There's a chance he could go much earlier than this spot, but if he's still on the board, I can't see the Falcons going in another direction.
    27. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      The Saints' offense goes to a whole new level when they have a playmaking tight end on the roster. Goedert has tremendous size and athleticism, which is a huge asset in the red zone.
    28. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      I love Alexander's swag and ball skills. He can play inside or outside and he'll be ready to start from Day One.
    29. D.J. CHARK

      WR

      LSU

      This pick might surprise some people, but I love Chark's explosiveness and ability to track the ball down the field. He complements the run game beautifully.
    30. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      The Vikings need more help for the offensive line and Wynn is incredibly consistent on tape.
    31. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      The Patriots don't often draft offensive linemen in the first round, but they have a big hole to fill at the tackle position following the departure of Nate Solder.
    32. SONY MICHEL

      RB

      Georgia

      The Eagles have the luxury of taking the best available player at this spot. Michel would be a dynamic playmaker in this offensive system.
  3. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    April 12, 2018

    1. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      GM John Dorsey opts for potential over production with the top pick when he selects Allen, who's a strong-armed gunslinger with an unrefined game.
    2. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      The G-Men add the best "big man" in the draft when they pick Chubb to replace JPP on the edge.
    3. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      The Jets land their desired franchise quarterback in this scenario, which once looked improbable.
    4. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      The Browns added a runner in the offseason (Carlos Hyde), but Barkley is too good to pass up as a difference maker at the position.
    5. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      It's hard to imagine GM John Elway bypassing a classic pocket passer with a high football IQ and a pro-ready game. Rosen checks off all of the boxes as a potential franchise quarterback.
    6. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      The rugged interior blocker would help the Colts keep Andrew Luck upright in the pocket.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      The Buccaneers' secondary needs an enforcer like James roaming between the hashes.
    8. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Despite the Bears' focus on upgrading the offense earlier this offseason, adding an electric cover corner with exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills is a top priority for Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.
    9. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      Versatile linebacker adds some sizzle to the 49ers' defense as a run-and-chase defender with crafty pass-rush skills.
    10. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Explosive sideline-to-sideline player would quickly become Khalil Mack's tag-team partner as a destructive force on the second level.
    11. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      If head coach Adam Gase really wants more "alpha dogs" in the locker room, he should pick Mayfield to be his QB1 of the future. No signal-caller in the draft has as much confidence or belief in their own abilities as a leader.
    12. MASON RUDOLPH

      QB

      Oklahoma St.

      Some will consider this a reach, but it's never too early to grab a franchise quarterback, right? Rudolph is a blue-collar QB with the leadership skills, intangibles and solid overall game to flourish as a QB1 in a conservative offense.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      The Redskins' woes vs. the run -- the run defense ranked 32nd in the league last season -- could prompt the team to add an athletic run stopper to the lineup.
    14. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      The Packers need a Swiss Army knife-like defender with a versatile skill set and a high IQ to thrive as a "Big Nickel" in Mike Pettine's scheme.
    15. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      Ridley could benefit from serving as an apprentice under Larry Fitzgerald before taking over as the Cardinals' WR1.
    16. LAMAR JACKSON

      QB

      Louisville

      With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16. Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner.
    17. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      The Chargers need a rugged run stopper in the pipeline who can eventually take over for Brandon Mebane.
    18. JOSH JACKSON

      CB

      Iowa

      The departure of Richard Sherman leaves a huge void on the perimeter. Jackson would give the Seahawks a long, rangy cover corner with exceptional ball skills to plug into the lineup.
    19. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      After the release of Dez Bryant, the Cowboys pluck Moore to handle the role as the team's top pass catcher for the next decade.
    20. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      The Lions placed the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah, but they need to find a partner or eventual replacement for him on the edge. Davenport is ultra-explosive.
    21. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      The Bengals want to become a more physical offense, particularly along the frontline. Hernandez is a rugged road grader adept at moving defenders off the ball on power-based running plays.
    22. MAURICE HURST

      DT

      Michigan

      The Bills need a shop wrecker between the tackles to create chaos at the point of attack. Hurst is a high-motor defender with exceptional hand skills and terrific body control.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      Miller isn't ready to be a franchise tackle from Day 1, but his freaky athleticism and movement skills could help him reach elite status quickly as a blindside blocker for Tom Brady.
    24. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      With Greg Olsen inching closer to retirement, the Panthers could pick his eventual successor in Round 1. Hurst is a polished route runner with strong hands and big-time playmaking skills that set him apart from other prospects at his position.
    25. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      The former Boston College star is a natural pass rusher with the balance, body control and burst to turn the corner against elite offensive tackles.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Dan Quinn loves athletic defensive linemen with non-stop motors. Bryan fits the bill as a dynamic athlete with the size, strength and quickness to overpower blockers at the point of attack.
    27. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      Surrounding Drew Brees with more playmakers is always a priority in New Orleans. Goedert would give the Saints the middle-of-the-field target they've been missing since Jimmy Graham was traded a few seasons ago.
    28. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      The Steelers' defense needs to find an active playmaker in the middle to control the opponent's running game. Evans is a hard-hitting defender with outstanding instincts and diagnostic skills. Plus, he adds a little spice as a pass rusher.
    29. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      The best nickel corner in the draft would be a nice addition to a secondary that already boasts the top cornerback tandem in the league with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
    30. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      The Vikings shore up the biggest weakness on their roster by adding a versatile lineman with a polished game.
    31. LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

      ILB

      Boise St.

      The Patriots need more dynamic playmakers on their defense. The Boise State standout is an explosive athlete with the length and athleticism to play multiple spots within a hybrid scheme.
    32. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      The Eagles have the luxury of taking the best player available at the bottom of the first round. McGlinchey is a rock-solid edge blocker with experience playing left and right tackle.
  4. Peter Schrager

    Full Analysis

    April 25, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      John Dorsey, sitting in the catbird seat at No. 1, has no reason to keep this as quiet as he has. But trust me when I tell you, there's been more leaks from Area 51 than Browns headquarters in Berea this month. The way I see it, Darnold's the guy. He'll learn from Tyrod Taylor in Year One, he'll bring his obsession with football to Cleveland, and he'll eventually be the guy to lead this franchise back from oblivion.
    2. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      Our first shocker of the NFL draft shouldn't be a shocker at all, if you know GM Dave Gettleman's draft history in both New York and Carolina. The defensive front seven is where Gettleman's made his bones. Chubb is a home run. Teams are telling me he's been blowing them away. Chubb broke Mario Williams' all-time sack and tackle for loss records at North Carolina State. He has the size, the character, and the upside. He's never been injured, and with Jason Pierre-Paul being shipped out for draft picks this off-season, this makes too much sense.
    3. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      Whether it was Mike Maccagnan spending the first day of free agency in Norman, Okla., back in March, or the glowing reports I got from the dinner the team's top brass had with him in Morristown, N.J., a few weeks ago -- there's been more than just smoke here. The Jets like Mayfield. A lot. And I see him -- Karate Kid headband and all -- being the first quarterback selected by Gang Green in the top 3 of the draft since Joe Namath in 1965.
    4. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      The Browns sit and hang tight, only to see the top player in the draft fall to them at No. 4. In an hour, the Browns get their franchise quarterback and running back. Here's to hoping it works out better than Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden did a few years back.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      Projected trade to Bills
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. The Bills trade picks 12, 22 and the 65 for the fifth overall pick. They decide to make the big move when Allen slips out of the top four. Big-armed, built for the elements, and an alpha in the locker room -- Allen comes to Buffalo as the latest quarterback savior for long-suffering Bills fans.
    6. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      Many respected NFL personnel men have told me Nelson has Hall of Fame potential. Not one, not two, but many guys I trust around the league say this is the surest pick in the entire draft. Andrew Luck desperately needs more help up front. Nelson's a great fit.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      The Buccaneers would love Barkley, Chubb or Nelson to slip to them. James certainly is not a bad consolation prize. Though many see Tampa Bay trading back in this scenario, I don't. There's an expectation to win now in Tampa. That means taking a guy who can contribute right away. James is up to the task.
    8. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Ward's the top corner in this draft -- that seems to be the consensus across the league. The Bears broke the bank open on offense in free agency; they get a Day One starter at corner in the draft.
    9. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Seeing McGlinchey go this high might be a shocker to some, but the top tackle in the draft could go a lot sooner than he's being slotted in other mock drafts. Well-coached at Notre Dame and capable of playing either tackle spot, this could be the man protecting Jimmy Garoppolo's blind side for the next decade.
    10. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      Projected trade to Cardinals
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH RAIDERS. Arizona trades the 15th and 47th overall picks to move up five spots for their quarterback of the future. From Day One of this process, Rosen has been viewed as the purest passer of the bunch. If he's the fourth quarterback taken, he'll use that to fuel him for the rest of his career.
    11. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Adam Gase is a Nick Saban disciple. If one of Saban's favorite, most versatile players slips to 11, look for Gase to scoop him up. Miami's rumored to have interest in a few of the quarterbacks, too, but I have them hanging tight and going with Fitzpatrick.
    12. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Broncos trade back seven spots and still land one of the most dynamic defensive players in the draft. Very often the best player on the field in games loaded with NFL talent, Smith heads to Denver where he joins Von Miller and Shane Ray in a strong front seven.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      I love the idea of Jim Tomsula and Greg Manusky coaching up the 340-pound run-stuffing Vea. He's not Danny Shelton. He's viewed as a better and more polished big-boy prospect coming out of Washington. He can also sack the quarterback. An absolute handful to deal with inside.
    14. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      Still only 19 years old, Edmunds is viewed as an athletic freak off the edge. A developing prospect, he's not as raw a player as you'd expect for someone his age. Pass rush is a Mike Pettine specialty, and Edmunds could have the highest upside of any defensive prospect in this draft. If he slips to 14, that's a steal.
    15. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      Projected trade to Raiders
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH CARDINALS. An ankle injury hampered Landry and he underwhelmed in 2017. But those 2015 and 2016 seasons were outstanding. Oakland trades back, collects an extra second-round pick, and still lands one of the draft's top pass rushers. That'd be a win for an Oakland defense that is desperate for talent at all three levels.
    16. LAMAR JACKSON

      QB

      Louisville

      This is Ozzie Newsome's last draft as the GM of the Ravens, and I can see him going out with a giant splash. Has there ever been a franchise that needed a spark more than Baltimore right now? Alex Smith seemed like the future of the franchise in Kansas City ... until the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes. Could we see the same deal in Baltimore with Joe Flacco and Jackson?
    17. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      The Chargers add some talent to their offensive line in the form of Miller, the 6-foot-7 beast who protected Josh Rosen's blind side at UCLA. He started 13 games at the left tackle spot last season, has had impressive workouts with teams, and can likely play left or right tackle at the next level.
    18. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      One of the best stories in the draft -- the long, athletic UTSA product goes 18th overall to Seattle. Cliff Avril is signed through 2018, but we don't know what the future holds for him, and Frank Clark needs a complement off the edge. Davenport's a bit of a project, but he has improved leaps and bounds over the past two seasons. He stole the show at Reese's Senior Bowl practices.
    19. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Don't be shocked if the Cowboys take Bryan. All eyes will be on the wide receiver position here, but there's a feeling out of Dallas that the Cowboys are going defense with the 19th selection. The "Wyoming Wild Man" made the rare trip from Casper, Wyo., to Gainesville, Fla., (no direct flights) because he wanted to play for Will Muschamp. When Muschamp was relieved of his duties, Bryan stayed and excelled at Florida. The Cowboys are getting a gamer.
    20. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      In Matt Patricia's first draft with Bob Quinn, I expect Detroit to go with another defensive player in the first round. The Lions' offensive line was bruised and battered for most of last season, but when healthy, it can hold its own. So, Detroit goes defense here. Payne is an accomplished player who competed at the highest level in college, and he still has room to grow.
    21. JAMES DANIELS

      C

      Iowa

      A versatile offensive lineman who played under Kirk Ferentz, Daniels projects to be a starting center or offensive guard for many years in the NFL. Safe, solid selection for a Cincinnati team that needs to hit in the first round this year.
    22. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. If the Broncos do indeed make the trade I'm projecting here with Buffalo, they'll get two stud players with the 12th and 22nd picks. Mike Mayock is not alone in his love for Moore, whom he has rated as his No. 1 WR. Most teams I speak to have him rated higher than Courtland Sutton and Calvin Ridley on their boards, as well. This is a great score for Denver, if he's there, as the long-term futures of Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are not set in stone.
    23. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      It sure feels like the Patriots have a bigger move than this up their sleeve on Thursday, doesn't it? Let's say they keep the 23rd and 31st picks and hang tight. A linebacker out of Alabama -- especially someone as accomplished as Evans -- sure makes sense.
    24. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      Mean, angry, tough. Hello, Ron Rivera. Hernandez won't be Andrew Norwell right away, but he certainly would lessen the blow of losing the talented offensive guard to Jacksonville in free agency.
    25. MAURICE HURST

      DT

      Michigan

      If teams believe Hurst's medical scare at the NFL Scouting Combine was only a scare and not something more serious, he's a first-round pick. You know what you're getting with Hurst, the 6-3, 270-pound defensive tackle: Nifty footwork and a run stuffer who can also make plays in the backfield. Would Mike Vrabel, who played and coached at Ohio State, use his first-round pick on a Michigan Man? Let's see.
    26. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      You can never have enough cornerbacks in this league. The Falcons go to Bobby Petrino's team (of all places) for their next defensive back. The Charlotte native has the height, speed, and, most importantly, attitude to work well in Marquand Manuel's defense.
    27. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      The 23-year-old precise route runner out of Alabama falls to 27, where the Saints gladly scoop him up. Another talented performer to add to an already loaded Saints offense. Drew Brees isn't getting any younger; the Saints get him another playmaker.
    28. JOSH JACKSON

      CB

      Iowa

      Pittsburgh gets a talented cornerback who saved his best efforts for the Hawkeyes' biggest games of last season. Three interceptions against Ohio State and a dominant performance against Wisconsin are on tape. He can play right away in Pittsburgh, and they might need him to.
    29. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      Goedert's the first tight end off the board in this mock draft, and I think Jacksonville is the perfect spot for him. A superb athlete, he's another weapon for Blake Bortles in the wake of losing Mercedes Lewis, Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns this off-season.
    30. LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

      ILB

      Boise St.

      The Vikings add another piece to a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league last season. Vander Esch doesn't have a ton of tape beyond this past season, but it was an awfully impressive season in 2017. The Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Year dominated his conference, and in the nationally televised Las Vegas Bowl, he recorded 12 tackles, including 3 for a loss (one sack) and a forced fumble.
    31. FRANK RAGNOW

      C

      Arkansas

      Again, I can see New England doing something special on Thursday night. If they keep the pick, Ragnow is a solid addition to an offensive line that could use some depth.
    32. ISAIAH OLIVER

      CB

      Colorado

      Maybe my favorite defensive back prospect in this draft, Oliver is a 6-foot-tall big body with an insane 80-inch wingspan. Philadelphia already cut Daryl Worley this off-season. Oliver is a guy who can contribute right away.
  5. Rhett Lewis

    Full Analysis

    April 25, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      Let's not overthink this thing, right? As we've discussed all along on Path to the Draft: Darnold's hands are big enough to keep bad weather from being an issue for him in Cleveland, and his arm is strong enough. Darnold has the lowest potential for failure of any QB the Browns will have drafted since returning to Cleveland in 1999. Turn in the card.
    2. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      Eli Manning can still play at a high level. So, let's give him the opportunity to contend for another Super Bowl with Chubb, who could help make the Giants' defense look like the one that helped the team win titles. This pick could easily end up being Saquon Barkley, but I've been listening to Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman this offseason, and this sure sounds like a spot for the draft's best edge rusher.
    3. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      There's plenty of buzz for Baker Mayfield here, but if the Jets are comfortable with Rosen's durability, then how can you pass on a polished natural passer like Rosen, a guy my colleague Bucky Brooks has had as his No. 1 QB throughout the process?
    4. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      He's been Daniel Jeremiah's No. 1 player since Day 1. This pick makes the Browns' draft a success. Carlos Hyde can be Ray Griffen, but Barkley will be Darnell Jefferson, and suddenly, this "program" has some juice.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      Projected trade to Bills
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. I have no problem with the Bills trotting out AJ McCarron for next year or throughout his two-year contract. Give Allen the time he needs to be ready to succeed, and just maybe the golden arm will unleash a golden era at New Era Field.
    6. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH COLTS. While other quarterback-needy teams have been paired with multiple QBs during this process, the buzz in Miami has been about Baker Mayfield almost exclusively. Here, with three QBs off the board in the top five, the Dolphins get aggressive so they don't miss out on the final top-tier passer and perhaps the draft's most polarizing prospect.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      I'd love for the value of this pick to match an elite pass rusher here for the Bucs, but it seems like this is a little high for UTSA DE Marcus Davenport. There's no such issue with the selection of James, though. A game-changing defensive back, James sticks in the state of Florida and becomes an absolute stud in the Tampa secondary.
    8. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      Everything fits here. Support your young QB (Mitchell Trubisky), continue a commitment to the power running game and, yes, Nelson's O-line coach from Notre Dame (Harry Hiestand) is now with the Bears.
    9. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      I thought hard about Minkah Fitzpatrick, especially considering John Lynch's background, but settled on Mr. Prototype when I took into consideration the 49ers' success in the earlier part of this decade with premier off-ball linebackers like Patrick Willis. I'm projecting Tremaine Edmunds over Roquan Smith here because of the higher presence of pass-rush potential with the 19-year-old former Hokie.
    10. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      This is a popular projection in what's becoming linebacker alley at the back end of the top 10. It certainly makes sense when you look at Gruden's Bucs teams. Smith might not be Derrick Brooks, but the similarities between the two has to be part of the thinking here when the Raiders turn in their card for this one-man wrecking crew.
    11. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      Projected trade to Colts
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. After trading back eight spots with two separate trades and accumulating a treasure trove of picks, Chris Ballard and the Colts are still able to upgrade their woeful pass rush by selecting the still raw but supremely talented Davenport.
    12. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. For the second year in a row, the draft's best CB falls out of the top 10. Like Marshon Lattimore last year, Ward could compete for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. With the departure of Aqib Talib, the no-fly zone in Denver doesn't skip a beat, with the talented Ward joining Chris Harris and Bradley Roby. Massive value pick for Denver, which might've considered Ward at No. 5 if it had stayed put.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      I strongly considered putting Minkah Fitzpatrick here, with Fitzpatrick going on a bit of a freefall in this mock, but the thought of an intimidating interior presence in Greg Manusky's defense, to go along with Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan on the edges, was too much to pass up.
    14. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      It's hard to imagine a scenario where Fitzpatrick would slip past the Packers. A more pure outside corner might be the bigger need, but the value of the Crimson Tide do-it-all DB is too great to pass up.
    15. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      We go 'Bama in back-to-back picks. A polished route runner already, Ridley would thrive under the tutelage of future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. There's an obvious need, with Fitz at the end of his career, and in this scenario, the Cardinals add a building block on the perimeter. Side note: I wanted to put Mason Rudolph here, but he'll find a home before the end of Round 1.
    16. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      This was the most difficult pick to predict, and perhaps there's a trade-down opportunity here. With Ridley off the board, let's try to get another target for Joe Flacco in Hurst. One drop in 100 career catches, according to our Lance Zierlein, sounds pretty good to me, especially with the issues the Ravens have had finding consistency from the TE spot.
    17. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      There seem to be a ton of options for the Chargers at this spot, and yes, I know they went heavy on the offensive line last year with Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. While those players should solidify the interior, let's get a tackle who might be able to plug in ahead of Joe Barksdale right away and eventually take over for Russell Okung at LT. This scenario provides a solid O-line core for the foreseeable future.
    18. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      Alexander doesn't represent the length at CB that has become synonymous with the Seahawks in recent years, but he certainly brings the swag -- Daniel Jeremiah made note of it several times while watching Alexander on tape. Along with Shaquil Griffin, the youth movement in the Seattle secondary is underway.
    19. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      I might be reading too much into the Cowboys' attention toward Sutton at his pro day, but he gives Dallas some size on the edge, even if it doesn't translate into the physicality that Dez Bryant brought to the position. Sutton is from Texas, and hearing his name called by his hometown team inside AT&T stadium would make for a pretty cool atmosphere.
    20. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      The Lions could consider some interior offensive line help here, but with Payne on the board, new head coach Matt Patricia gets a serious boost up front as he tries to build this Detroit defense in his image.
    21. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      The Bengals added Cordy Glenn in a trade with Buffalo earlier this offseason, and they continue the OL rebuild with an upgrade on the interior in Wynn. I could see Iowa's James Daniels coming off the board here, as well.
    22. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Part of the Vikings' success with Case Keenum came from the ground game with Dalvin Cook and then Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. A major factor in John Elway's success late in his playing career with the Broncos was Terrell Davis. Guice might not be T.D., but there is a sentiment that he is the best between-the-tackles runner in the draft. With the release of C.J. Anderson, Guice could be a bell-cow candidate for the Broncos as a rookie.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      Obviously, the Patriots need a tackle after watching Nate Solder leave in free agency and Miller provides OL coach Dante Scarnecchia a nice canvas to paint another Pro Bowl-caliber player.
    24. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      One of my favorite players in this draft for his physicality and ferocity, Hernandez fits with Carolina's desire to pound the rock. He provides a replacement for the departed Andrew Norwell.
    25. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      I really enjoyed getting to know Landry in his appearance on Path to the Draft, and I'm sure Titans coach Mike Vrabel will enjoy getting to know him, too. I wouldn't be surprised if Landry isn't on the board here, given the lack of top-end edge rushers in this draft, but it feels like a great spot for Landry to contribute immediately as a rotational edge rusher.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      This is a popular pick in other mock drafts, and it makes sense. As a frenetic interior player to go alongside Grady Jarrett, Bryan would fit right in on this speedy, athletic Falcons defense.
    27. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      Outside of Benjamin Watson's one-year renaissance with the Saints, Sean Payton has struggled to get consistent production out of the tight end spot since the departure of Jimmy Graham. Now, with Watson back, Goedert gets a fantastic mentor and gives Drew Brees another excellent pass catcher.
    28. MASON RUDOLPH

      QB

      Oklahoma St.

      There's no hiding my affinity for the winningest QB in Oklahoma State history. Ask teammate James Washington (nearly 21 yards per reception in 2017) if Rudolph has enough arm to get it done in the NFL. When you break a scoring record held by Barry Sanders at Oklahoma State, you've truly accomplished something. The Steelers have certainly looked the part of Rudolph fans during the pre-draft process, especially at his pro day. Go check the smile on Mike Tomlin's face in the background of one of Rudolph's Instagram posts following the workout.
    29. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      With Allen Robinson off to Chicago, the Jaguars add the highly productive Terrapin in Moore. He managed a school-record 80 receptions in 2017 while catching passes from four different quarterbacks.
    30. CONNOR WILLIAMS

      G

      Texas

      GM Rick Spielman deserves a ton of credit for reshaping the Vikings' offensive line last offseason, and he continues that work by adding a player in Williams who could compete at guard or tackle.
    31. LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

      ILB

      Boise St.

      Vander Esch seems like a perfect Patriot -- a physical and athletic second-level player who has a nose for the football. With a full 16-game slate proving hard to come by for Dont'a Hightower -- he's played a full season only once in his six-year career -- Vander Esch makes a lot of sense here.
    32. BILLY PRICE

      C

      Ohio St.

      Is it a mistake to not put Georgia RB Sony Michel here? Probably, but with Price's ability to play guard and center, Philly gets some valuable depth along the offensive line.
  6. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    April 24, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      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. SAQUON BARKLEY

      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. BAKER MAYFIELD

      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. BRADLEY CHUBB

      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. JOSH ROSEN

      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. DENZEL WARD

      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. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      Do-it-all type of player who will help slow down the track-star receivers in the NFC South.
    8. QUENTON NELSON

      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. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      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. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Hard to pass up this instinctive tackling matching who also will be the leader of their defense.
    11. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      I keep hearing the Dolphins are in the QB market.
    12. LAMAR JACKSON

      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. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      Stout, competitive, and energetic, Vea will pair nicely with last year's first-round DL, Jonathan Allen.
    14. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      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. CALVIN RIDLEY

      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. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      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. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      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. JOSH JACKSON

      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. MIKE HUGHES

      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. TAVEN BRYAN

      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. JAMES DANIELS

      C

      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. D.J. MOORE

      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. KOLTON MILLER

      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. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      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. HAROLD LANDRY

      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. DA'RON PAYNE

      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. HAYDEN HURST

      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. DERRIUS GUICE

      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. DALLAS GOEDERT

      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. WILL HERNANDEZ

      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. RASHAAN EVANS

      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. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      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.
  7. Charley Casserly

    Full Analysis

    April 3, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      Darnold is the best quarterback in this year's draft, and he fills the biggest need for Cleveland.
    2. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      The Giants believe Eli Manning can still play well. They give him a chance to do that with the signing of LT Nate Solder and selection of Barkley.
    3. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      Rosen will be the most scrutinized pick from this draft for years to come. He's the most pro-ready QB in this class.
    4. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      The Browns bypass bigger needs (LT, WR) to land a bookend to Myles Garrett up front on defense.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      Projected trade to Bills
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. The Bills move up the board again and they find their QB. Allen is built to throw in the bad weather he'll encounter in Buffalo.
    6. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      Nelson is the best offensive lineman to enter the draft since 2000.
    7. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Fitzpatrick's versatility will allow him to play cornerback or safety in the back end for the Bucs.
    8. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      This pick gives the Bears two talented young cornerbacks with Ward joining Kyle Fuller in the secondary.
    9. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      The Niners are in desperate need of a pass rusher and Davenport helps them get after the quarterback. ... Chicago and San Francisco could be looking at the same players at this juncture in the draft.
    10. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      The Raiders bolster their defense by adding the best linebacker in the draft.
    11. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      With the division-rival Jets and Bills picking quarterbacks in the top five, Miami keeps pace by adding Mayfield.
    12. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. A playmaking inside linebacker is a need for Denver. Smith fits the bill.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      The Redskins fill their biggest need with the selection of Vea, who changes the face of the front seven on defense.
    14. MIKE HUGHES

      CB

      Central Florida

      Hughes might be the most complete cornerback in the draft.
    15. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      WR, QB and CB are the Cardinals' biggest needs. Ridley is the highest-rated player still available from those position groups.
    16. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      The Ravens decide to address their offensive line and get a bookend for LT Ronnie Stanley.
    17. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      James is the best player available here, and he fills a need. The former FSU star could easily be a top-10 pick this year, but in this scenario, he's still on the board at No. 17.
    18. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      Landry is the No. 3 pass rusher in this draft. He set the school single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016.
    19. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      Payne is an excellent run defender who has potential as a pass rusher, too.
    20. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      The Lions go from having a poor running game to making it a strength of the team with the selection of Guice.
    21. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      Cincinnati addresses a weakness, upgrading the offensive line with a potential Pro Bowl guard in Hernandez.
    22. CHRISTIAN KIRK

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Broncos need an inside WR who can also play outside. Kirk is a fit.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      Miller fills their biggest need on offense. I would not rule out an attempt by the Patriots to trade up for Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey now that they have more flexibility following the Brandin Cooks trade.
    24. JUSTIN REID

      S

      Stanford

      Reid is a versatile defender who can play nickel corner as well as safety.
    25. BILLY PRICE

      C

      Ohio St.

      Price suffered a pectoral injury while bench-pressing at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's still the type of player who can make a big difference at the center position.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Bryan is an upfield defensive tackle who fits coach Dan Quinn's scheme.
    27. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      Hurst has the pass-catching ability teams want at the TE position. The Saints might be able to trade back and still land him.
    28. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      Evans fills the biggest need on the team. He's a highly instinctive player.
    29. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      Moore immediately becomes the Jaguars' best wide receiver.
    30. CONNOR WILLIAMS

      G

      Texas

      Williams is an upgrade at the right tackle position, which hurt them late last season.
    31. JOSH JACKSON

      CB

      Iowa

      Jackson's a better player than Malcolm Butler, who departed New England for the Titans in free agency.
    32. SONY MICHEL

      RB

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Browns
      After trading up, Cleveland gets its third impact player of the first round in Michel.
  8. Maurice Jones-Drew

    Full Analysis

    April 10, 2018

    1. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      He is the best player in the draft. Period. The Browns are in win-now mode; only adding guys who can play at a high level right now will help them do that.
    2. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      Eli Manning is nearing the end of his career, which works out, given that the Giants get the top young passer in this draft.
    3. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      Darnold can sit behind veteran Josh McCown until he's ready to roll. Plus, he will have a young, talented defense to help.
    4. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      Teaming Chubb with Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi will make Cleveland's defensive line a problem for years to come.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      Projected trade to Bills
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. The Bills package the 12th and 22nd picks to move up and nab the guy they love: Allen, a quarterback with the arm strength to throw in all weather conditions.
    6. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      Indy's O-line has been a problem for years. Nelson will be an instant starter with an attitude.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      He's a physical safety with the cover skills of a cornerback. Tampa gets a jack of all trades.
    8. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      With all the new weapons added in free agency, Chicago needs to protect its franchise quarterback. McGlinchey, whose college O-line coach (Harry Hiestand) is now with the Bears, will help do just that.
    9. JOSH JACKSON

      CB

      Iowa

      He gets to learn from the 49ers' marquee cornerback signing, Richard Sherman -- a player with similar size, ability and ball skills.
    10. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Smith's instincts and range are something the Raiders haven't had in recent years. He'll be the missing piece in Paul Guenther's defense.
    11. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Packers
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. Ward falls to No. 11 and the Packers, who are dying for a lockdown corner, make a move to get what they need.
    12. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Broncos trade down and still get their QB. Mayfield might sit early on, but he'll eventually take over because of his accuracy and ability to throw deep.
    13. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      He's a sideline-to-sideline player who's fluid in coverage and adds some pass-rush ability.
    14. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH PACKERS. Fitzpatrick's versatility allows him to play anywhere in the secondary and make an immediate impact.
    15. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      Arizona gets a big-time player who can start at tackle or guard because of his size. Regardless of where he lines up, he makes the offensive line better.
    16. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      He's an explosive pass rusher who could be Terrell Suggs' successor.
    17. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      Gus Bradley's defense made huge strides throughout the 2017 season but struggled against the run. Vea allows the linebackers to run, taking pressure off the pass rushers.
    18. ISAIAH OLIVER

      CB

      Colorado

      Long, rangy corner who fits the mold in Seattle. Oliver can play in press or off coverage.
    19. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      Dallas needs a WR2 and a guy who can eventually take over for Dez Bryant. Ridley is the most polished receiver in the draft and will do what the Cowboys need.
    20. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      He's an athletic pass rusher who can learn from Ziggy Ansah and make an immediate impact for Matt Patricia's unit.
    21. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      An old-school guard who can move guys around, Hernandez has the ability to anchor this rebuilding O-line.
    22. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Payne becomes an instant starter on the interior. He's great against the run and will provide inside pressure. Think Malik Jackson.
    23. MIKE HUGHES

      CB

      Central Florida

      Hughes is an athletic cornerback who fits the press-man scheme of the Patriots. He can also help in the return game.
    24. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      Guice is a tough, hard-nosed runner who pairs well with Christian McCaffrey. Now the Panthers have two young backs who can take pressure off Cam Newton.
    25. HARRISON PHILLIPS

      DT

      Stanford

      He's a former wrestler with a rugged style. Phillips fits this 3-4 defense and allows others around him to be singled up.
    26. MAURICE HURST

      DT

      Michigan

      He's a penetrating DT in the run game and a quick, explosive rusher in the pass game.
    27. SAM HUBBARD

      DE

      Ohio St.

      The Saints can now move Sheldon Rankins to his natural position as a 3-technique and add an explosive pass rusher opposite Cam Jordan.
    28. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      He's a physical linebacker who'll provide immediate help at Pittsburgh's position of need.
    29. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      The top defense in the league lost a huge piece when Aaron Colvin left in free agency. Alexander steps in and Jacksonville doesn't miss a beat.
    30. ORLANDO BROWN

      OT

      Oklahoma

      His performance at the NFL Scouting Combine didn't help his stock, but the game tape shows Brown is a physical run blocker who flattens defensive ends.
    31. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      He's an athletic tackle who will be a plug-and-play guy from the start. His length will help keep defenders away from Tom Brady.
    32. LAMAR JACKSON

      QB

      Louisville

      Projected trade to Browns
      PROJECTED TRADE WITH EAGLES. The Browns trade up to get the fifth-year option for their QB. He gets to sit and learn behind a quarterback who has similar abilities, and he'll have a package or two in the offense as a rookie.
  9. Curtis Conway

    Full Analysis

    April 23, 2018

    1. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      Darnold is the cleanest QB in this class, and he has a huge upside. I like a pocket passer who has the athletic ability to move. Darnold is a prototypical quarterback.
    2. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      With Eli Manning and a receiving corps that's among the league's best, adding Barkley would be a nightmare for defenses. If the Giants use him correctly, Barkley could very well be a top-five back in the NFL.
    3. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      The Jets need a rookie quarterback to play sooner than the rest of the league's QB-needy teams, and I think Rosen's mentally ready to take on the challenge.
    4. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      Pairing Chubb with Myles Garrett would be huge for the Browns.
    5. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      The Broncos need their QB of the future, and I think they'll select Allen if he's available at No. 5. The Wyoming product doesn't have to play right away with Case Keenum in tow, but Allen could be the guy John Elway's been looking for.
    6. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      The Colts need an offensive lineman and Nelson's the best player available here. He's worthy of being the sixth overall pick.
    7. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      Fitzpatrick can play cornerback or safety. Anytime a team can get a quality player with that kind of versatility, it's huge. Derwin James could also be a good fit for the Bucs, but Fitzpatrick is the best option here.
    8. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Chicago needs a cornerback who can play man to man and hold his own against the receivers the Bears face in the NFC North. There's no doubt Ward is up to the challenge.
    9. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      Edmunds is a freakish athlete who could play off the edge or at the second level.
    10. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Jon Gruden needs to bolster his defense and taking Smith here would be a good start.
    11. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      Miami doesn't necessarily need a quarterback to play right away, but Mayfield could develop under Adam Gase and replace Ryan Tannehill as the starter in a year or two.
    12. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      There's a good chance the Bills will try to trade up. If they stay put at No. 12 and pick McGlinchey, they will still be getting a solid tackle to block for LeSean McCoy and protect the QB.
    13. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      Vea is perfect for the Redskins' 3-4 defense. He's a really good athlete who can play nose guard.
    14. MIKE HUGHES

      CB

      Central Florida

      The Packers have several draft needs, but you can't downplay the value of a good cornerback. That's where Green Bay should start, and taking Hughes could help improve the defense immensely.
    15. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      Ridley's the top receiver in this draft and would be a great complement to Larry Fitzgerald, taking pressure off the future Hall of Famer. Of all the wideouts in this class, Ridley has the best chance to become a WR1 (when Fitz retires, of course).
    16. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      A big pass rusher, the 6-foot-6, 264-pound Davenport could provide a boost to an already solid Ravens defense.
    17. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      I really like Payne, who could step in and make an immediate impact in Los Angeles. The Chargers don't necessarily have any glaring needs, but Payne could be part of a rotation that could do a lot of damage up front.
    18. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      The Seahawks desperately need a replacement for Richard Sherman. Alexander is it.
    19. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      Moore would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys following Dez Bryant's departure. Moore is a faster version of Dez and could very well develop into a much-needed No. 1 receiver.
    20. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      I initially liked LSU RB Derrius Guice going to Detroit, but there's not much room in the RB room with the Lions signing LeGarrette Blount this offseason. Looking at the defensive side of the ball, Bryan could really boost a D-line in need of a tackle.
    21. WILL HERNANDEZ

      G

      Texas-El Paso

      The Bengals need a ton of help on the offensive line. I could see Kolton Miller going here, but Hernandez is the better player at this point.
    22. MASON RUDOLPH

      QB

      Oklahoma St.

      I initially had the Bills taking Lamar Jackson, but why would they draft a younger version of the guy they just got rid of (Tyrod Taylor)? Rudolph would be a good fit.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      The Patriots need someone to protect Tom Brady. Taking an offensive lineman here would be smart considering they can get a good tight end later on.
    24. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      I really like James and think he's deserving of being a top-10 pick. The problem is that there isn't a huge demand for safeties this year, so he slides to Carolina.
    25. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      Evans could be a good fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He's instinctive and gets off blocks extremely well.
    26. MAURICE HURST

      DT

      Michigan

      With Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe exiting in free agency, the Falcons need to find some replacements for the D-line. Hurst could be a good option at No. 26.
    27. HAYDEN HURST

      TE

      South Carolina

      Hurst is a perfect fit for the Saints' offense. He could open up the field for Michael Thomas and serve as another weapon for Drew Brees.
    28. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      Landry can get after the passer and drop into coverage. His athletic ability also allows him to also play in the middle of the field in certain packages.
    29. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      With the departures of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, Sutton gives the Jags a big receiver on the outside. He's particularly hard to defend inside the red zone one on one.
    30. ISAIAH WYNN

      G

      Georgia

      The Vikings don't have a glaring need heading into the draft, but you can never go wrong adding more protection for your new franchise quarterback.
    31. MIKE GESICKI

      TE

      Penn St.

      Do we ever really know if Gronk is going to be able to play? Gesicki offers New England a good tight end whose speed allows him to move around and serve as a mismatch.
    32. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      With Brent Celek no longer on the roster, the Eagles could use another TE to complement Zach Ertz. Goedert can serve as Celek's replacement and be another huge weapon in the middle of the field for Carson Wentz.
  10. Chad Reuter

    Full Analysis

    April 20, 2018

    1. JOSH ALLEN

      QB

      Wyoming

      I projected Allen to Cleveland in my previous mock and was lambasted for it. Now, it appears others are coming around that this is a possibility.
    2. BRADLEY CHUBB

      DE

      N.C. State

      The question is, will the Giants pick a quarterback or select a pass rusher to replace Jason Pierre-Paul? New GM Dave Gettleman might try to bolster the defense to help Eli Manning get another ring before he retires.
    3. BAKER MAYFIELD

      QB

      Oklahoma

      The Jets apparently have great interest in the feisty, talented Mayfield. It's hard to blame them.
    4. SAQUON BARKLEY

      RB

      Penn St.

      Yes, Cleveland signed Carlos Hyde this offseason, but Barkley's talent might be too great to pass up. Duke Johnson is due to become a free agent after the season and he might fetch them a middle-round pick if they make him available in a trade on draft weekend.
    5. SAM DARNOLD

      QB

      USC

      Projected trade to Bills
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. Buffalo gets a new quarterback in Darnold, who will try to show the Browns and Jets that they shouldn't have passed on him.
    6. JOSH ROSEN

      QB

      UCLA

      Projected trade to Dolphins
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH COLTS. The Dolphins need to find their next franchise QB, and Rosen is the guy to eventually replace Ryan Tannehill. Adam Gase won't be afraid of Rosen's intelligence and will instead appreciate his ability to master an offense. The team might have to give up a couple first-rounders and their 2018 second-round pick to secure Rosen.
    7. DERWIN JAMES

      S

      Florida St.

      James will play in the box as a run defender, and also has the agility to handle coverage duties, which makes him a favorite among general managers.
    8. QUENTON NELSON

      G

      Notre Dame

      New Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand would love to see his former pupil at South Bend available here. Hiestand previously served as ND's O-line coach.
    9. MINKAH FITZPATRICK

      S

      Alabama

      I think the Niners will try to trade out of this spot, but if they stay put, Fitzpatrick can fill the shoes of Eric Reid, who remains a free agent.
    10. TREMAINE EDMUNDS

      ILB

      Virginia Tech

      Edmunds fits in the Raiders' defense because he can play off the ball and rush the passer.
    11. ROQUAN SMITH

      OLB

      Georgia

      Projected trade to Colts
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. Smith would be a great fit for the Colts, who are transitioning to a 4-3 defense and need linebackers who can cover ground.
    12. DENZEL WARD

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The departure of Aqib Talib puts Denver in a position to pick a corner early in the draft. If they do indeed trade back, Ward should be a prime candidate for Denver.
    13. DERRIUS GUICE

      RB

      LSU

      Last year, Christian McCaffrey made a late push to the top 10. Guice's toughness and speed could get him into the top 15 this year.
    14. VITA VEA

      DT

      Washington

      Green Bay takes the best player on the board in Vea, who can play anywhere on the defensive line.
    15. LAMAR JACKSON

      QB

      Louisville

      New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks brings in his man at QB to learn behind Sam Bradford.
    16. LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

      ILB

      Boise St.

      GM Ozzie Newsome finds a linebacker who'll be a leader in the middle of the Ravens' defense for years to come.
    17. DA'RON PAYNE

      DT

      Alabama

      The Chargers need an athletic tackle inside, and Payne meets that criteria.
    18. D.J. MOORE

      WR

      Maryland

      Projected trade to Panthers
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH SEAHAWKS. For a price of their first- and third-round picks, the Panthers can move ahead of the Cowboys to pick their top receiver. I believe Moore is the top receiver in the class.
    19. CALVIN RIDLEY

      WR

      Alabama

      Ridley's quickness and ability to make plays in the air could help him become Dak Prescott's new No. 1 target.
    20. HAROLD LANDRY

      EDGE

      Boston College

      Now that Ziggy Ansah has signed his franchise tender, the Lions could add Landry across the way and make them a nice one-two punch.
    21. FRANK RAGNOW

      C

      Arkansas

      Ragnow has athleticism and power that the Bengals desperately need up front.
    22. MARCUS DAVENPORT

      DE

      Texas-San Antonio

      Projected trade to Broncos
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Davenport has the potential to be a star playing opposite Von Miller.
    23. KOLTON MILLER

      OT

      UCLA

      The Patriots get their man in Miller, who steps in for the departed Nate Solder at left tackle.
    24. JAIRE ALEXANDER

      CB

      Louisville

      Projected trade to Seahawks
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS. Alexander is an excellent value at this point in the first round, as he's tough and fast. Only his average height makes him available here.
    25. RASHAAN EVANS

      OLB

      Alabama

      Plugging the hole left by Avery Williamson in the middle of the defense should be among the Titans' highest priorities.
    26. TAVEN BRYAN

      DT

      Florida

      Bryan is not the same sort of tackle that Dontari Poe was for the Falcons, but his active nature should complement the powerful Grady Jarrett.
    27. DALLAS GOEDERT

      TE

      South Dakota St.

      Drew Brees is going to love throwing to Goedert, who's an athlete in the Jimmy Graham mold.
    28. JESSIE BATES

      S

      Wake Forest

      Bates is athletic enough to be used in multiple spots in the Steelers' secondary.
    29. CONNOR WILLIAMS

      G

      Texas

      Projected trade to Browns
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH JAGUARS. GM John Dorsey moves back into the first round for a starting left tackle in Williams, giving up the 35th and 114th picks to do so.
    30. MIKE MCGLINCHEY

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Bringing in competition at both offensive tackle spots would be a good thing for a team that needs to protect its new quarterback, Kirk Cousins.
    31. COURTLAND SUTTON

      WR

      SMU

      Projected trade to Colts
      PICK ACQUIRED IN PROJECTED TRADE WITH PATRIOTS. Indianapolis desperately needs weapons on offense. Sutton has the size and footwork to become a playmaker in the NFL.
    32. MIKE HUGHES

      CB

      Central Florida

      The release of Daryl Worley leaves a corner position open, and Hughes fits the slot role quite nicely.

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