2018 NFL Mock Draft

Zierlein mock draft 1.0: Darnold, Barkley bolster Browns

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 05:05 p.m.

NOTE: There's a tie for the ninth overall pick. A coin flip between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders will determine which team picks first.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    USC
    Darnold is the best QB in this draft, but the Browns would be wise to let him sit and learn as long as they can.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    UCLA
    While there are better players on the board, the Giants might reach to fill a need.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    N.C. State
    The Colts could go in several directions with this pick, but adding Chubb would address a need without them having to reach to do so.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    Penn St.
    With Darnold in the fold, the Browns go after the top RB in the draft -- a player who can help change the culture in Cleveland.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    G
    Notre Dame
    The Broncos need a guard, and they might have stumbled into an All-Pro with the powerful Nelson.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Wyoming
    While this wouldn't be my pick, the Jets have to find a signal-caller. Allen fits the size and arm-talent profile GMs love.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    DB
    Alabama
    Fitzpatrick is a versatile defender who can be used around the field in a variety of spots that put him near the football.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Ohio St.
    The Bears' secondary needs an upgrade, and while Ward isn't the biggest cornerback in the draft, he is outstanding in coverage.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    LB
    Virginia Tech
    Edmunds is a physical freak with a combination of height, weight, speed and production that we've never seen at linebacker.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    OLB
    Georgia
    The Raiders have been in need of help at inside linebacker for a while, and they get an ascending playmaker in this spot.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Oklahoma
    Adam Gase has worked with a variety of quarterbacks and understands how to finesse his offense to fit the strengths of his QB.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Oklahoma
    Cincinnati needs help on the offensive line. It could opt for Brown here, thanks to his enormous frame and long arms.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Washington
    Big, talented defensive lineman. Many scouts foresee him making a Haloti Ngata-like impact once he figures it all out.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Iowa
    Jackson is a ballhawk with good size and length who can play bookend to Kevin King at CB.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    OT
    Texas
    Williams was better in 2016 than 2017, and he might end up kicking inside to guard, but that won't matter, as Arizona has needs at both tackle and guard.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Alabama
    Ridley would add blazing speed and outstanding route-running ability as a "play-now" talent.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DT
    Alabama
    Payne can overwhelm rushing attacks. He has the talent to become a much better pass rusher, as well. Can you imagine that defensive front, with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram already in the fold?!
  18. Pick No.
    18
    S
    Florida St.
    James feels like a perfect fit in Seattle, and he's a positive influence in the locker room, too.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Michigan
    Hurst-to-Dallas feels like one of the cleanest fits in this mock. Rod Marinelli wants more rush from the interior, and Hurst fits his scheme and style.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DE
    Texas-San Antonio
    Davenport has flashes that are reminiscent of Ezekiel Ansah when he came out of BYU in 2013. Detroit might have to replace Ansah this offseason, as he's due to hit free agency.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    C
    Ohio St.
    Price is a tremendously powerful drive blocker who can fill the void left by the injury to Eric Wood.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    LB
    Alabama
    Evans has some injury concerns, but he's physical and fast. He can play inside or outside linebacker while also offering pass-rush help.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    CB
    Colorado
    Oliver is still a little raw in coverage, but his length and speed will be appealing to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OT
    Ohio St.
    Jones might be a surprise first-rounder. He has good arm length and might have a higher upside than many of the tackles in this draft.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    EDGE
    Boston College
    Landry dealt with injury and inconsistency in 2017. He might have fallen down the board a little, but he still has the talent to burn the edge as a pass rusher.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    G
    Georgia
    Wynn is a perfect fit for the Falcons' scheme, and they happen to need guard help. Wynn is also a capable swing tackle, if he's needed in that role.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    South Dakota St.
    In a draft that might be a little light on high-end receivers, Goedert is one of the premier pass-catchers at tight end and offers the Saints another playmaker.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    S
    Alabama
    It's been a long time since Pittsburgh drafted an Alabama player, but Harrison is a thumper with speed and plays the game like a Steeler.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    QB
    Louisville
    The Jaguars take Jackson to prepare him to be the QB of the future.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OT
    Notre Dame
    The Vikings need to strengthen their tackle position. McGlinchey could help, although he's inconsistent against power rushers.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Central Florida
    Hughes isn't the biggest cornerback, but he has tremendous speed and twitch. He's also an outstanding kick returner.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    G
    Texas-El Paso
    Hernandez showed what he was capable of at the Senior Bowl and would be another powerful run blocker to help maintain a diverse offensive scheme.
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