2018 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 4.0: Six QBs go in top 16 picks

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL.com Analyst

Published: April 12, 2018 at 09:30 a.m.

With two weeks to go until teams are officially on the clock, here's my fourth mock of the 2018 NFL Draft.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    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. Pick No.
    2
    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. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    USC
    The Jets land their desired franchise quarterback in this scenario, which once looked improbable.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    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. Pick No.
    5
    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. Pick No.
    6
    G
    Notre Dame
    The rugged interior blocker would help the Colts keep Andrew Luck upright in the pocket.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Florida St.
    The Buccaneers' secondary needs an enforcer like James roaming between the hashes.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    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. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Versatile linebacker adds some sizzle to the 49ers' defense as a run-and-chase defender with crafty pass-rush skills.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    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. Pick No.
    11
    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. Pick No.
    12
    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. Pick No.
    13
    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. Pick No.
    14
    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. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Alabama
    Ridley could benefit from serving as an apprentice under Larry Fitzgerald before taking over as the Cardinals' WR1.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    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. Pick No.
    17
    DT
    Alabama
    The Chargers need a rugged run stopper in the pipeline who can eventually take over for Brandon Mebane.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    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. Pick No.
    19
    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. Pick No.
    20
    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. Pick No.
    21
    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. Pick No.
    22
    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. Pick No.
    23
    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. Pick No.
    24
    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. Pick No.
    25
    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. Pick No.
    26
    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. Pick No.
    27
    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. Pick No.
    28
    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. Pick No.
    29
    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. Pick No.
    30
    G
    Georgia
    The Vikings shore up the biggest weakness on their roster by adding a versatile lineman with a polished game.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    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. Pick No.
    32
    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.
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