2018 NFL Mock Draft

4-round mock: Bills, Cardinals trade up for QB

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: Feb. 27, 2018 at 09:13 a.m.

This four-round mock draft helps set the table for how players rank heading into this week's NFL Scouting Combine (March 2-5 on NFL Network). I project two trades into the top 10 to push quarterback-needy teams into position to get their passers of the future. Come draft day, there will probably be three or four additional trades in the first round, as well as a handful or so of swaps in each of the rounds that follow. For now, I've focused on getting those all-important passers to the top of the draft, where they belong.

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  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Wyoming
    There has been scuttlebutt that GM John Dorsey likes Allen. Most folks are projecting Sam Darnold to go first overall, but I'll go with Allen, who showed great promise at the Senior Bowl.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    USC
    Darnold has the potential to be the best quarterback in this class. Sitting behind Eli Manning for one year would be ideal.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    N.C. State
    Projected trade to Colts
    The Colts finished second-to-last in the league last year with 25 sacks. Chubb is also strong vs. the run, making him the top defensive player in the draft.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Penn St.
    Adding Barkley to whomever they take with the top pick will put the Browns' building process in full gear.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Projected trade to Bills
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. The Bills are willing to make a big move (giving up their two first-round picks this year plus a 2019 second-rounder) to get a quarterback after Sean McDermott falls in love with Mayfield's fiery demeanor. Denver is a willing trade partner after addressing the QB spot in free agency.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Jets
    The Jets pick the top pure passer in the class -- now they need a strong offensive line and running game to help him.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    G
    Notre Dame
    Nelson's a nimble road-grader who will help the team's second-round pick at running back (or late-first-round pick if they trade up) become a star.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Louisville
    Projected trade to Cardinals
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BEARS. Arizona gives up its 2018 and 2019 first-round picks to move into this spot, as it feels a sense of urgency to get ahead of teams like the Dolphins and Bengals, as well as any other team looking to trade up for a QB. New head coach Steve Wilks gets a dynamic playmaker to develop with the help of new quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich. Jackson has his doubters, but the Cardinals see him for what he can be and they go get their man.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    S
    Alabama
    Fitzpatrick will be the leader of the Niners' secondary for years to come.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    DT
    Washington
    Vea's combination of strength and athleticism gives him an excellent chance of being picked in the top 10.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Edmunds should go higher than this, but if the quarterbacks go early, it will push a defensive star or two outside the top 10.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Projected trade to Bengals
    Both Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap are due to become free agents after the 2018 season, so Davenport will learn from those veterans how to use this length on the edge while still making an impact as a rookie.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Ward's shown great promise as a cover corner, but his size might limit the ceiling of his draft position. Former teammate Marshon Lattimore showed last year, though, that corners don't have to go in the top 10 to make a big instant impact.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    ILB
    Boise St.
    Vander Esch will be considered among the best defensive prospects in the class after the combine concludes.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Bears
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH CARDINALS. Chicago is on the other side of a draft-capital swap this year. Mitchell Trubisky needs difference-makers at the receiver position. Ridley is one of those.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OT
    Oklahoma
    Brown follows in his late father's footsteps to play for the Ravens.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    LB
    Georgia
    Undersized ILBs typically fall into the middle of the first round. Smith's hustle to the ball will help him overcome his lack of bulk, though, giving him a long, successful career.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    S
    Florida St.
    The James-Seahawks match seems like it was made in heaven, which means it probably won't happen. I'll stick with it for now, though.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    G
    Texas
    There's an opening at guard with Jonathan Cooper due to become a free agent. Williams could also play outside if right tackle La'el Collins kicked inside to guard.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Michigan
    Keeping Hurst in-state gives the Lions the quick and strong tackle they need.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    WR
    Texas A&M
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. I'm assuming Denver picks up a veteran QB in free agency. So how about finding another big-play threat?
  22. Pick No.
    22
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. Could the Broncos select tackles in the first round two years in a row? It has happened before (six times in the 1990s, Detroit 2000-2001, Green Bay and Seattle in 2010-2011), and Denver must upgrade its line.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OL
    Iowa
    Projected trade to Rams
    Rams center John Sullivan is due to become a free agent, and Daniels' athleticism has caught the eye of scouts.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Oklahoma St.
    The Panthers need a threat to stretch defenses, and Washington consistently did that for Oklahoma State.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Landry's natural bend and tenacity makes him a good fit for a 3-4 team in need of youth on the outside.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Stanford
    Harrison's combination of hustle, strength, and quickness will make him an excellent piece to add to the Falcons' front line if Dontari Poe departs in free agency.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    Goedert will hit paydirt regularly as a top red-zone target for Drew Brees, whom everyone expects to re-up with the Saints.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    RB
    Georgia
    Let's say the Le'Veon Bell situation goes sideways -- Michel has a similar skill set, so this would be a good addition for the Steelers.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    T
    Georgia
    Wynn is brought in to ensure last year's first-round pick, Leonard Fournette, is able to make yards on the ground.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    CB
    Central Florida
    If veteran Terence Newman departs in free agency, Hughes would be a nice replacement as a playmaker in the secondary and the return game.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Iowa
    With Malcolm Butler expected to depart in free agency, New England needs more talent on the outside.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OLB
    Alabama
    Evans could fill either the Sam or Mike spots for Philadelphia, who could lose Dannell Ellerbe and Nigel Bradham in free agency.
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