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Bucky Brooks mock draft 4.0: Ravens pick Lamar Jackson

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With two weeks to go until teams are officially on the clock, here's my fourth mock of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Josh Allen - QB, Wyoming

GM John Dorsey opts for potential over production with the top pick when he selects Allen, who's a strong-armed gunslinger with an unrefined game.

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Bradley Chubb - DE, N.C. State

The G-Men add the best "big man" in the draft when they pick Chubb to replace JPP on the edge.

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Sam Darnold - QB, USC

The Jets land their desired franchise quarterback in this scenario, which once looked improbable.

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Saquon Barkley - RB, Penn State

The Browns added a runner in the offseason (Carlos Hyde), but Barkley is too good to pass up as a difference maker at the position.

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Josh Rosen - QB, UCLA

It's hard to imagine GM John Elway bypassing a classic pocket passer with a high football IQ and a pro-ready game. Rosen checks off all of the boxes as a potential franchise quarterback.

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Quenton Nelson - OG, Notre Dame

The rugged interior blocker would help the Colts keep Andrew Luck upright in the pocket.

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Derwin James - S, Florida State

The Buccaneers' secondary needs an enforcer like James roaming between the hashes.

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Denzel Ward - CB, Ohio State

Despite the Bears' focus on upgrading the offense earlier this offseason, adding an electric cover corner with exceptional speed, quickness and movement skills is a top priority for Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.

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Tremaine Edmunds - LB, Virginia Tech

Versatile linebacker adds some sizzle to the 49ers' defense as a run-and-chase defender with crafty pass-rush skills.

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Roquan Smith - LB, Georgia

Explosive sideline-to-sideline player would quickly become Khalil Mack's tag-team partner as a destructive force on the second level.

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Baker Mayfield - QB, Oklahoma

If head coach Adam Gase really wants more "alpha dogs" in the locker room, he should pick Mayfield to be his QB1 of the future. No signal-caller in the draft has as much confidence or belief in their own abilities as a leader.

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Mason Rudolph - QB, Oklahoma State

Some will consider this a reach, but it's never too early to grab a franchise quarterback, right? Rudolph is a blue-collar QB with the leadership skills, intangibles and solid overall game to flourish as a QB1 in a conservative offense.

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13

Vita Vea - DT, Washington

The Redskins' woes vs. the run -- the run defense ranked 32nd in the league last season -- could prompt the team to add an athletic run stopper to the lineup.

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Minkah Fitzpatrick - DB, Alabama

The Packers need a Swiss Army knife-like defender with a versatile skill set and a high IQ to thrive as a "Big Nickel" in Mike Pettine's scheme.

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Calvin Ridley - WR, Alabama

Ridley could benefit from serving as an apprentice under Larry Fitzgerald before taking over as the Cardinals' WR1.

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Lamar Jackson - QB, Louisville

With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16. Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner.

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Da'Ron Payne - DT, Alabama

The Chargers need a rugged run stopper in the pipeline who can eventually take over for Brandon Mebane.

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18

Josh Jackson - CB, Iowa

The departure of Richard Sherman leaves a huge void on the perimeter. Jackson would give the Seahawks a long, rangy cover corner with exceptional ball skills to plug into the lineup.

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D.J. Moore - WR, Maryland

After the release of Dez Bryant, the Cowboys pluck Moore to handle the role as the team's top pass catcher for the next decade.

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Marcus Davenport - DE, UTSA

The Lions placed the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah, but they need to find a partner or eventual replacement for him on the edge. Davenport is ultra-explosive.

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Will Hernandez - OG, UTEP

The Bengals want to become a more physical offense, particularly along the frontline. Hernandez is a rugged road grader adept at moving defenders off the ball on power-based running plays.

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Maurice Hurst - DT, Michigan

The Bills need a shop wrecker between the tackles to create chaos at the point of attack. Hurst is a high-motor defender with exceptional hand skills and terrific body control.

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Kolton Miller - OT, UCLA

Miller isn't ready to be a franchise tackle from Day 1, but his freaky athleticism and movement skills could help him reach elite status quickly as a blindside blocker for Tom Brady.

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Hayden Hurst - TE, South Carolina

With Greg Olsen inching closer to retirement, the Panthers could pick his eventual successor in Round 1. Hurst is a polished route runner with strong hands and big-time playmaking skills that set him apart from other prospects at his position.

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25

Harold Landry - OLB, Boston College

The former Boston College star is a natural pass rusher with the balance, body control and burst to turn the corner against elite offensive tackles.

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Taven Bryan - DT, Florida

Dan Quinn loves athletic defensive linemen with non-stop motors. Bryan fits the bill as a dynamic athlete with the size, strength and quickness to overpower blockers at the point of attack.

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Dallas Goedert - TE, South Dakota State

Surrounding Drew Brees with more playmakers is always a priority in New Orleans. Goedert would give the Saints the middle-of-the-field target they've been missing since Jimmy Graham was traded a few seasons ago.

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Rashaan Evans - LB, Alabama

The Steelers' defense needs to find an active playmaker in the middle to control the opponent's running game. Evans is a hard-hitting defender with outstanding instincts and diagnostic skills. Plus, he adds a little spice as a pass rusher.

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Jaire Alexander - CB, Louisville

The best nickel corner in the draft would be a nice addition to a secondary that already boasts the top cornerback tandem in the league with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

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Isaiah Wynn - OT/OG, Georgia

The Vikings shore up the biggest weakness on their roster by adding a versatile lineman with a polished game.

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Leighton Vander Esch - LB, Boise State

The Patriots need more dynamic playmakers on their defense. The Boise State standout is an explosive athlete with the length and athleticism to play multiple spots within a hybrid scheme.

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Mike McGlinchey - OT, Notre Dame

The Eagles have the luxury of taking the best player available at the bottom of the first round. McGlinchey is a rock-solid edge blocker with experience playing left and right tackle.

Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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