2018 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 2.0: Patriots pick OT, CB after Cooks trade

By Charley Casserly |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 3, 2018 at 09:50 a.m.

Editor's note: This mock draft was updated after the Patriots traded Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for the No. 23 overall pick in this year's draft and a sixth-round pick.

With 23 days to go until teams are officially on the clock, here's my second mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. There are a couple of trades -- the Bills move up to No. 5 in a deal with the Broncos and the Browns trade into the last slot of Round 1 in a swap with the Eagles.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    Darnold is the best quarterback in this year's draft, and he fills the biggest need for Cleveland.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    RB
    Penn St.
    The Giants believe Eli Manning can still play well. They give him a chance to do that with the signing of LT Nate Solder and selection of Barkley.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    UCLA
    Rosen will be the most scrutinized pick from this draft for years to come. He's the most pro-ready QB in this class.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    N.C. State
    The Browns bypass bigger needs (LT, WR) to land a bookend to Myles Garrett up front on defense.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Wyoming
    Projected trade to Bills
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. The Bills move up the board again and they find their QB. Allen is built to throw in the bad weather he'll encounter in Buffalo.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    G
    Notre Dame
    Nelson is the best offensive lineman to enter the draft since 2000.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Alabama
    Fitzpatrick's versatility will allow him to play cornerback or safety in the back end for the Bucs.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    This pick gives the Bears two talented young cornerbacks with Ward joining Kyle Fuller in the secondary.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    The Niners are in desperate need of a pass rusher and Davenport helps them get after the quarterback. ... Chicago and San Francisco could be looking at the same players at this juncture in the draft.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    The Raiders bolster their defense by adding the best linebacker in the draft.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Oklahoma
    With the division-rival Jets and Bills picking quarterbacks in the top five, Miami keeps pace by adding Mayfield.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    LB
    Georgia
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. A playmaking inside linebacker is a need for Denver. Smith fits the bill.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Washington
    The Redskins fill their biggest need with the selection of Vea, who changes the face of the front seven on defense.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Central Florida
    Hughes might be the most complete cornerback in the draft.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Alabama
    WR, QB and CB are the Cardinals' biggest needs. Ridley is the highest-rated player still available from those position groups.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OT
    Notre Dame
    The Ravens decide to address their offensive line and get a bookend for LT Ronnie Stanley.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    S
    Florida St.
    James is the best player available here, and he fills a need. The former FSU star could easily be a top-10 pick this year, but in this scenario, he's still on the board at No. 17.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Landry is the No. 3 pass rusher in this draft. He set the school single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Alabama
    Payne is an excellent run defender who has potential as a pass rusher, too.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    RB
    LSU
    The Lions go from having a poor running game to making it a strength of the team with the selection of Guice.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    G
    Texas-El Paso
    Cincinnati addresses a weakness, upgrading the offensive line with a potential Pro Bowl guard in Hernandez.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Texas A&M
    Projected trade to Broncos
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Broncos need an inside WR who can also play outside. Kirk is a fit.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    UCLA
    Miller fills their biggest need on offense. I would not rule out an attempt by the Patriots to trade up for Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey now that they have more flexibility following the Brandin Cooks trade.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    S
    Stanford
    Reid is a versatile defender who can play nickel corner as well as safety.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    C
    Ohio St.
    Price suffered a pectoral injury while bench-pressing at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's still the type of player who can make a big difference at the center position.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Florida
    Bryan is an upfield defensive tackle who fits coach Dan Quinn's scheme.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Carolina
    Hurst has the pass-catching ability teams want at the TE position. The Saints might be able to trade back and still land him.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OLB
    Alabama
    Evans fills the biggest need on the team. He's a highly instinctive player.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    WR
    Maryland
    Moore immediately becomes the Jaguars' best wide receiver.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    G
    Texas
    Williams is an upgrade at the right tackle position, which hurt them late last season.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Iowa
    Jackson's a better player than Malcolm Butler, who departed New England for the Titans in free agency.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    RB
    Georgia
    Projected trade to Browns
    After trading up, Cleveland gets its third impact player of the first round in Michel.
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