2018 NFL Mock Draft

Five-round mock: Saints trade up for Mayfield

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: April 5, 2018 at 12:54 p.m.

Here's my latest mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. We saw another trade involving a first-round pick earlier this week, and I'm projecting five more here, including a blockbuster deal between the Saints and Bears.

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  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Wyoming
    The Browns have a difficult decision to make here. I think it could come down to Allen vs. Sam Darnold. Allen's superior arm strength might push GM Josh Dorsey to bring in the former Cowboy over the former Trojan.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    USC
    Eli Manning is the Giants' quarterback in 2018, but I won't be surprised if the team decides to move on after next season so their young star can lead the franchise for the next 12-15 years.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    UCLA
    Baker Mayfield in New York would be an intriguing fit, as well. But Rosen's gifts as a passer are the best in the class, and it might be tough to pass up on those skills.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Penn St.
    Dorsey gets his quarterback in Allen, and then he lands 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
    G
    Notre Dame
    When Andrew Luck returns, the Colts will need to protect him. Nelson can do that, as well as plow open lanes for whichever running back they take later in the draft to replace Frank Gore.
  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
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Projected trade to Saints
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BEARS. The Chiefs traded from No. 27 to No. 10 to get Patrick Mahomes last year, giving up a 2017 third-round pick and a 2018 first-rounder. Mayfield's talents and Drew Brees' ability to mentor him could be a great situation for the team and player.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    QB
    Louisville
    Projected trade to Bills
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH 49ERS. AJ McCarron was signed to what amounts to a one-year contract, and did not garner the attention most would associate with a franchise quarterback. Therefore, I think Sean McDermott will want a playmaker for down the road a year or two -- and that's Jackson.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OLB
    Georgia
    They've already signed Tahir Whitehead, and adding Smith instantly gives the Raiders a great group at the second level for Paul Guenther's defensive scheme.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Edmunds is an absolute stud who would be picked in the top five or six spots of many drafts. He goes a little lower here due to the early QB run.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    S
    Alabama
    Projected trade to 49ers
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Niners trade down three spots, pick up an extra selection, and still get the guy they wanted in Fitzpatrick.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Washington
    The Redskins' run defense was atrocious last season, and Vea's an immovable object who can help close down running lanes.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Green Bay gets the top cover corner in the draft, meeting a huge need.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Maryland
    The Cardinals get the draft's best receiver, a major bonus at a position of need.
  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 two safeties off the board, the Chargers improve another part of their defense with the athletic and instinctive Vander Esch.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Panthers
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH SEAHAWKS. The Panthers need suddenness at the receiver position, which is Ridley's calling card.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    UCLA
    La'el Collins could be a good right tackle, but he'd be a dominant guard with Miller sliding in at RT.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Michigan
    Getting an impact interior defender is important for the Lions, and keeping a former Wolverine in state would be a Michigan cherry on top.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    C
    Arkansas
    The Bengals have focused on improving their offensive line play this off-season, and they continue to do so here. Ragnow's a beast, and showed off even better athleticism than expected at his pro day.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    Kelvin Benjamin is due to become a free agent in 2019 and given Zay Jones' recent off-field issue, the Bills should be looking for more help at receiver. Sutton's NFL-sized frame and quick feet make him a nice downfield threat.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    EDGE
    Boston College
    It's possible that the Patriots' trade of Brandin Cooks to the Rams was the precursor to another deal. On the other hand, it's possible Bill Belichick just wanted to move on from Cooks and secure younger talent in this draft. I'll go with the latter, with the Pats keeping Landry in the Northeast to chase quarterbacks.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    CB
    Iowa
    Projected trade to Seahawks
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH PANTHERS. Jackson's skill set would fit perfectly in Seattle's defense, and the departure of Richard Sherman makes bolstering the position a need.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Florida St.
    Sweat would be an excellent young player to learn from and perhaps take over for Derrick Morgan or Brian Orakpo, as both are due to become free agents after the 2018 season.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Alabama
    Payne will wreak havoc in the middle on Sundays.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    OT
    Notre Dame
    Projected trade to Bears
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAINTS. The Bears take advantage of New Orleans' aggressive move for a young quarterback. Since Quenton Nelson was off the board when it was their time to pick, why not move down and allow O-line coach Harry Hiestand, who held the same position with Notre Dame last season, to work with a different former Fighting Irish O-lineman?
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Louisville
    Pittsburgh released former Louisville cornerback William Gay this off-season, so bringing in another talented Cardinal would be a good move.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    G
    Texas
    Projected trade to Browns
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH JAGUARS. Cleveland trades up to land a player who will be charged with replacing Joe Thomas, giving up a fourth-round pick to move up a few spots.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    C
    Iowa
    The Vikings continue to fortify their line to help new quarterback Kirk Cousins succeed. Daniels is an athletic lineman with the ability to play guard or center.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    RB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Buccaneers
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH PATRIOTS. Finding a new running back is paramount for the Buccaneers, so it won't be surprising if they trade into the first round to grab Guice.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    Losing Trey Burton in free agency and releasing Brent Celek leave the Eagles without a couple key TEs from last season, but Goedert has great potential to be a difference maker -- especially in a situation where he'll be working with Zach Ertz.
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