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Lance Zierlein mock draft 1.0: Darnold, Barkley bolster Browns

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Here's a look at my first mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. To see my scouting reports for all of the prospects mentioned below, as well as many more, click here.

Remember, this mock is a projection of where I believe players will go, and it's not necessarily a reflection of my opinion as to where the players should go.

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.

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1

Sam Darnold - 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.

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2

Josh Rosen - QB, UCLA

While there are better players on the board, the Giants might reach to fill a need.

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3

Bradley Chubb - 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.

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4

Saquon Barkley - RB, Penn State

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.

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5

Quenton Nelson - OG, Notre Dame

The Broncos need a guard, and they might have stumbled into an All-Pro with the powerful Nelson.

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6

Josh Allen - 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.

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7

Minkah Fitzpatrick - 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.

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8

Denzel Ward - CB, Ohio State

The Bears' secondary needs an upgrade, and while Ward isn't the biggest cornerback in the draft, he is outstanding in coverage.

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9

Tremaine Edmunds - LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds is a physical freak with a combination of height, weight, speed and production that we've never seen at linebacker.

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9

Roquan Smith - LB, Georgia

The Raiders have been in need of help at inside linebacker for a while, and they get an ascending playmaker in this spot.

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11

Baker Mayfield - 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.

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12

Orlando Brown - OT, Oklahoma

Cincinnati needs help on the offensive line. It could opt for Brown here, thanks to his enormous frame and long arms.

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13

Vita Vea - DT, Washington

Big, talented defensive lineman. Many scouts foresee him making a Haloti Ngata-like impact once he figures it all out.

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14

Josh Jackson - CB, Iowa

Jackson is a ballhawk with good size and length who can play bookend to Kevin King at CB.

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15

Connor Williams - 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.

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16

Calvin Ridley - WR, Alabama

Ridley would add blazing speed and outstanding route-running ability as a "play-now" talent.

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17

Da'Ron Payne - 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?!

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18

Derwin James - S, Florida State

James feels like a perfect fit in Seattle, and he's a positive influence in the locker room, too.

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19

Maurice Hurst - 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.

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20

Marcus Davenport - DE/OLB, UTSA

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.

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21

Billy Price - C, Ohio State

Price is a tremendously powerful drive blocker who can fill the void left by the injury to Eric Wood.

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22

Rashaan Evans - 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.

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23

Isaiah Oliver - CB, Colorado

Oliver is still a little raw in coverage, but his length and speed will be appealing to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

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24

Jamarco Jones - OT, Ohio State

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.

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25

Harold Landry - LB, 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.

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26

Isaiah Wynn - OG, 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.

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27

Dallas Goedert - TE, South Dakota State

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.

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28

Ronnie Harrison - 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.

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29

Lamar Jackson - QB, Louisville

The Jaguars take Jackson to prepare him to be the QB of the future.

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30

Mike McGlinchey - OT, Notre Dame

The Vikings need to strengthen their tackle position. McGlinchey could help, although he's inconsistent against power rushers.

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31

Mike Hughes - CB, UCF

Hughes isn't the biggest cornerback, but he has tremendous speed and twitch. He's also an outstanding kick returner.

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32

Will Hernandez - OG, UTEP

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.

Follow Lance Zierlein on Twitter @LanceZierlein.

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