2018 NFL Mock Draft

Brooks Mock Draft 1.0: Broncos, Jags among 6 to pick QB

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL.com Analyst

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 04:32 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    Despite the turnover woes that have led to questions about his readiness to play, Darnold could come off the board at No. 1 to serve a year-long apprenticeship to Alex Smith or another veteran quarterback who comes on board.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    RB
    Penn St.
    The most dynamic running back in the draft would alleviate a lot of the pressure on Eli Manning to carry the squad.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    N.C. State
    Projected trade to Colts
    Rugged defender with a power-based game that overwhelms blockers on the edge.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    S
    Alabama
    John Dorsey loves defensive backs with size, speed, athleticism and versatility. Fitzpatrick checks off all of the boxes.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    UCLA
    The Broncos could elect to snag a veteran signal-caller, but the UCLA star could tickle John Elway's fancy as a polished pocket passer.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Projected trade to Jets
    The Heisman Trophy winner could be an enticing option for the Jets based on his alpha-dog mentality and ability to win big games.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Disruptive edge rushers with length, athleticism and sack production are always coveted at a premium.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Smooth cover corner with a polished game. Ward would upgrade the secondary as a premier CB1.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Versatile playmaker ideally suited to play the "Leo" role in the 49ers' defense.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Central Florida
    Explosive athlete with the speed and movement skills to blossom into a CB1.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    G
    Notre Dame
    Adding a rugged road-grader will give the Dolphins' O-line a little more toughness and physicality at the point of attack.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Oklahoma
    Projected trade to Bengals
    The Bengals need a dominant presence on the edge to shore up a leaky O-line that underperformed in 2017.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    Wyoming
    Colt McCoy serves as the team's bridge quarterback until the young gunslinger is ready to assume the QB1 role.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    EDGE
    LSU
    The enigmatic pass rusher hasn't played up to his potential, but his length, athleticism and natural skills could make him a worthwhile gamble on draft day.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Alabama
    The silky smooth pass-catcher from 'Bama is an ideal No. 1 receiver in any offense. He could replace Larry Fitzgerald as the Cardinals' WR1 or spend a season soaking up knowledge from the legendary receiver as a WR2 before assuming the lead role in the passing game in 2019.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    G
    Texas
    The Ravens need another bookend blocker to keep Joe Flacco upright in the pocket against an impressive collection of pass rushers in the AFC North.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DT
    Washington
    Big, athletic run stopper to plug as a nose or 3-technique in Gus Bradley's defense.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    S
    Florida St.
    The 'Hawks find a Kam Chancellor clone to fill the void as the enforcer between the hashes.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    The Cowboys need to make a decision on Dez Bryant's future this offseason. If the team parts ways with him, Sutton could step in as the team's new WR1.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Michigan
    The potential loss of Haloti Ngata, who's due to become a free agent, could leave a crater in the middle of the Lions' defense. Hurst is a blue-collar 3-technique with the motor and game to be a disruptive force on the interior.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    QB
    Oklahoma St.
    Projected trade to Bills
    If Sean McDermott values prototypical traits and intangibles in his QB1, Rudolph could be the guy for the Bills. The Oklahoma State star is a natural leader with the tools to be a long-time starter in the league.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Iowa
    A defense can never have enough ball-hawking cornerbacks with the size to match up with the league's big receivers.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    CB
    Louisville
    Projected trade to Rams
    Wade Phillips could use another corner with playmaking skills on the island.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Texas A&M
    Interim GM Marty Hurney could view Kirk as a Steve Smith-like playmaker with the potential to develop into a No. 1 receiver down the road.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Boston College
    The Titans desperately need a sack artist on the edge. Despite Landry's disappointing final season with BC, he's a natural pass rusher with a knack for getting to the QB.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    C
    Ohio St.
    Versatile interior blocker with a nasty demeanor and a rugged game.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    LB
    Georgia
    Smith would give the Saints a dynamic playmaker in the middle of their defense.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    RB
    LSU
    It might be time for the Steelers to move on from Le'Veon Bell. His contract demands could result in him receiving the franchise tag again this offseason. Guice gives the team a solid backup plan for his potential departure this year or next year.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    QB
    Louisville
    The most explosive playmaker in the draft is not a finished product as a passer, but he would add a dimension to the Jaguars' offense as a dual-threat athlete. With a spread offense aficionado (Nathaniel Hackett) at the controls, the Jaguars could craft an offense that would allow him to shine as a QB1 down the road.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DT
    Alabama
    The Vikings could follow the "BPA" (best player available) premise and add a rock-solid interior defender to the rotation.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Colorado
    The potential loss of Malcolm Butler, who's due to hit free agency this offseason, could lead the Patriots to take a cover corner early in the draft.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OLB
    Alabama
    Evans is a rugged ILB perfectly suited to play as a "plugger" behind a talented front line.
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