2018 NFL Mock Draft

5-round mock draft: Bills trade up for Mayfield

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: March 20, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

After a flurry of free-agent activity and blockbuster weekend trade, here's my mock for the first five rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

NOTE: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition during his medical evaluation earlier this month at the NFL Scouting Combine. I projected him as a first-round pick in my pre-Combine mock draft, but given the setback, I now project him to go in Round 2. However, if news emerges that alleviates the concern about his health prior to the draft, I would once again put him in the mix for the first round.

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  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    Cleveland's picked up all kinds of pieces in the free agent market, even a veteran quarterback in Tyrod Taylor to teach Darnold the ropes during the 2018 season. It will be Darnold's team after that, however.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    UCLA
    Eli Manning is the Giants' quarterback in 2018. My guess is the team will move on after next season so their young star can lead the franchise for the next 12-15 years.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Wyoming
    The Giants got their man, and now the Jets land a QB, which is the reason they made the pre-draft deal with the Colts in the first place. The question is whether the team will prefer Allen's potential or Baker Mayfield's physical skills and leadership style.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Penn St.
    GM John Dorsey gets his quarterback, as well as the top player in the draft in Barkley. Browns fans should be thrilled by this turn of events.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    DE
    N.C. State
    The Broncos defense was at its best when Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware were terrorizing quarterbacks. Now Chubb will help Miller strike fear into passers in the AFC.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Projected trade to Bills
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH COLTS. If Bradley Chubb isn't there for the Colts, GM Chris Ballard will be happy to move back again to gain a package of picks that would include, at minimum, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft (reflected below) and a 2019 first-rounder. Bills head coach Sean McDermott is hungry for a playmaker at the quarterback position, so a move up the board is definitely possible.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Florida St.
    The back end of the Buccaneers' defense needs revamping; grabbing James is a good start.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    G
    Notre Dame
    Nelson deserves to go higher than this, and it wouldn't surprise me if Indianapolis or Tampa Bay make that call. But former Notre Dame OL coach Harry Hiestand would love to work with his star pupil again now that he's with the Bears.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Edmunds would not last this long in a typical draft, but when quarterbacks go early, even rangy, dynamic linebackers have to wait for a while.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    LB
    Georgia
    If the Raiders want speed at the second level, they'll go for Smith.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    DT
    Washington
    The Dolphins released Ndamukong Suh, so they have a gaping hole in the middle of the defense. Vea fills the void.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Projected trade to Colts
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Colts need bodies at the corner spot alongside Quincy Wilson, and get the best cover man in the draft despite moving down twice.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Maryland
    Alex Smith is coming to town, so finding him a reliable, quick, and strong-handed target like Moore makes all kinds of sense.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    S
    Alabama
    Malcolm Jenkins went 14th overall in the 2009 draft when teams weren't sure which position he would play in the secondary. The Packers could be the beneficiaries of similar thinking this year.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    QB
    Louisville
    Head coach Steve Wilks needs a leader and playmaker. The Sam Bradford signing takes pressure off Jackson to be great in 2018, but don't be surprised if Jackson flashes as a rookie.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Davenport has the potential to become an excellent pass rusher for the Ravens, who will need help when Terrell Suggs retires or moves on to another team.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    ILB
    Boise St.
    With the top safeties off the board, the Chargers improve another part of their defense with the athletic and instinctive Vander Esch.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    CB
    Iowa
    Seattle decided to clean house on defense, including releasing Richard Sherman. Jackson has some big shoes to fill, but he has the skills and confidence to pull it off.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    WR
    Alabama
    It's easy to believe Ridley would be a welcomed addition to Dallas' passing game.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OL
    Iowa
    Finding a quality pivot is important for Matthew Stafford and the run game to operate efficiently.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    G
    Texas
    The Bengals continue to improve their offensive line by adding Williams to kick inside next to new left tackle Cordy Glenn.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    If the team is going to get a quarterback, he'll need receivers with whom he can connect in 2018 and beyond. Kelvin Benjamin is due to become a free agent after the 2018 season, so Sutton provides another big body in the receiving corps.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Projected trade to Rams
    Trading away Robert Quinn creates an opportunity for Landry to make an immediate impact, even if Connor Barwin is re-signed.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    EDGE
    Florida St.
    Julius Peppers is returning to Carolina, and Sweat will have a chance to soak up wisdom from him. Sweat hasn't yet reached his potential, but the sky's the limit.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Georgia
    Carter is a fantastic athlete and a strong player. He'll learn from the veterans for a year and then take over a starting role in 2019.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Alabama
    Payne will wreak havoc in the middle on Sundays.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    Drew Brees didn't get Jimmy Graham back, but he'll like what he sees from Goedert.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    S
    Stanford
    Reid is a hard-hitting defender for the back end and will fill in quite well in Pittsburgh's defense.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    OLB
    Alabama
    Paul Posluszny retired after a distinguished career, so finding another starter in the middle makes sense.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    TE
    Penn St.
    New quarterback Kirk Cousins loves throwing to tight ends. Pairing Gesicki with Kyle Rudolph at TE should work well.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OT
    UCLA
    Replacing Nate Solder with another large, tall tackle seems a likely path for the Patriots.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OT
    Notre Dame
    The Eagles are looking to improve their offensive line, and McGlinchey will help.
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