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Five-round mock draft: Saints trade up for Baker Mayfield

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Editor's note: Click through the tabs above to see each round of Chad Reuter's five-round mock draft.

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

Josh Allen - 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 John Dorsey to bring in the former Cowboy over the former Trojan.

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2

Sam Darnold - 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.

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3

Josh Rosen - 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.

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4

Saquon Barkley - RB, Penn State

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.

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5

Bradley Chubb - EDGE, 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.

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6

Quenton Nelson - OG, 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.

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7

Derwin James - S, Florida State

The back end of the Buccaneers' defense needs revamping; grabbing James is a good start.

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8

Baker Mayfield - QB, Oklahoma

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 establish a great situation for the team and player.

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9

Lamar Jackson - QB, Louisville

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.

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10

Roquan Smith - LB, 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.

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11

Tremaine Edmunds - LB, 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.

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12

Minkah Fitzpatrick - DB, Alabama

PROJECTED TRADE WITH BILLS. The Niners trade down three spots, pick up an extra selection and still get the guy they wanted in Fitzpatrick.

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13

Vita Vea - DT, Washington

The Redskins' run defense was atrocious last season, and Vea's an immovable object who can help close down running lanes.

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14

Denzel Ward - CB, Ohio State

Green Bay gets the top cover corner in the draft, meeting a huge need.

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15

D.J. Moore - WR, Maryland

The Cardinals get the draft's best receiver, a major bonus at a position of need.

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16

Marcus Davenport - EDGE, UTSA

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.

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17

Leighton Vander Esch - LB, Boise State

With the top two safeties off the board, the Chargers improve another part of their defense with the athletic and instinctive Vander Esch.

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18

Calvin Ridley - WR, Alabama

PROJECTED TRADE WITH SEAHAWKS. The Panthers need suddenness at the receiver position, which is Ridley's calling card.

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19

Kolton Miller - OT, UCLA

La'el Collins could be a good right tackle, but he'd be a dominant guard with Miller sliding in at RT.

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20

Maurice Hurst - 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.

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21

Frank Ragnow - C, Arkansas

The Bengals have focused on improving their offensive line this offseason, and they continue to do so here. Ragnow's a beast, and showed off even better athleticism than expected at his pro day.

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22

Courtland Sutton - WR, SMU

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.

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23

Harold Landry - 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.

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24

Josh Jackson - CB, Iowa

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.

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25

Josh Sweat - DE, Florida State

Sweat could learn from (and perhaps take over for) Derrick Morgan and/or Brian Orakpo, as both are due to become free agents after the 2018 season.

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26

Da'Ron Payne - DT, Alabama

Payne will wreak havoc in the middle on Sundays.

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27

Mike McGlinchey - OT, Notre Dame

PROJECTED TRADE WITH SAINTS. The Bears take advantage of New Orleans' aggressive move for a young quarterback. Quenton Nelson's off the board when it's their time to pick at No. 8, so they 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 OL.

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28

Jaire Alexander - CB, Louisville

Pittsburgh released former Louisville cornerback William Gay this offseason, so bringing in another talented Cardinal would be a good move.

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29

Connor Williams - OT, Texas

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.

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30

James Daniels - C/OG, 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.

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31

Derrius Guice - RB, LSU

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.

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32

Dallas Goedert - TE, South Dakota State

Losing Trey Burton in free agency and releasing Brent Celek leaves the Eagles without a couple key TEs from last season. Goedert has great potential to be a difference maker -- especially in a situation where he'll be working with Zach Ertz.

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.

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