2018 NFL Mock Draft

Jeremiah mock 2.0: Broncos, Ravens among 5 to take QB

By Daniel Jeremiah |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 6, 2018 at 11:19 a.m.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. The event plays an important role in the draft process, and some prospects helped or hurt themselves this past week in Indianapolis. However, it's only one piece to the puzzle. Keep in mind that free agency, which begins next week, will have a big impact on the draft outlook for teams. Here's the latest iteration of how I think the first round could play itself out.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    I know he chose not to throw at the combine, but Darnold is still the choice here.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    RB
    Penn St.
    A QB could be picked here, but Barkley is a rare talent.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    N.C. State
    Projected trade to Colts
    The Colts must address the pass rush.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    S
    Alabama
    I wouldn't be surprised if the Browns traded back instead of selecting here.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Wyoming
    If the Broncos fail to land Kirk Cousins, they could opt for a full rebuild.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Jets
    Rosen would be a good centerpiece for the Jets' offense.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Florida St.
    James is a special talent capable of starting at multiple positions.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Ward is the top cover man in the draft.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    G
    Notre Dame
    The Niners opt for the best available player.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Louisville
    Alexander is coming off a phenomenal combine performance and Oakland needs an upgrade in the secondary.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    LB
    Georgia
    Smith is an outstanding player and arguably the best leader in the draft.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    ILB
    Virginia Tech
    Projected trade to Bengals
    Edmunds is a freakish athlete and the Bengals need more difference makers on defense.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Davenport has solidified his spot as the No. 2 pass rusher in the draft behind Bradley Chubb.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Central Florida
    The Packers have a need at cornerback and Hughes is excellent on tape.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    G
    Texas
    Williams can play tackle or guard and the Cardinals need to improve up front to compete in the NFC West.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    QB
    Oklahoma
    The Ravens should be in rebuild mode and that starts with a new signal-caller. Mayfield can sit behind Joe Flacco until he's ready to take over.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DT
    Washington
    Vea is a top-10 talent and he would be too good for the Chargers to pass up.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    G
    Texas-El Paso
    Hernandez is flying up the board after an outstanding Senior bowl and NFL Combine. He's a stud.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Alabama
    Payne showed off his athleticism at the combine and he'd be a good fit for the Cowboys.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DT
    Florida
    Bryan can play any position on the defensive line and he'd be a fun toy for new head coach Matt Patricia.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Bills
    Evans is an explosive, playmaking linebacker capable of covering backs and tight ends.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    QB
    Louisville
    I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills packaged some picks to move up for one of the other quarterbacks, but if they sit still, I could see them building an offense around Jackson's skill set.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    CB
    Iowa
    Projected trade to Rams
    Jackson will probably slide a little bit after a so-so combine performance, but his ball skills are outstanding on tape.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Alabama
    The Panthers need to give Cam Newton more weapons and Ridley is a dynamic player.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OL
    Iowa
    Daniels has the ability to play all three interior OL spots and he's ready to play right away.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    S
    Wake Forest
    Bates is one of my favorite players in the draft. He's a true center fielder with tremendous upside.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    Goedert would post monster numbers in the Saints' offense.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    ILB
    Boise St.
    The Steelers love big, athletic linebackers and Vander Esch has the tools to match up with elite tight ends.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    South Carolina
    Hurst, who'll turn 25 before the start of the 2018 season, is a little older than you'd like, but he has Pro Bowl potential and I love the physicality/toughness he brings to the table.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    C
    Ohio St.
    Price reunites with college teammate Pat Elflein and slides right in at guard. He can play all three interior spots.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Landry is a gifted edge rusher and that is an area the Patriots need to address.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    CB
    Colorado
    The Eagles have the luxury of simply taking the best player available, and Oliver would be a perfect scheme fit.
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