2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Picks 17-32

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17. Los Angeles Chargers: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA (#68 on Big Board)

Even though we have Josh Rosen as a third-round talent, it appears that those who get paid to scout players for a living disagree with us. Realistically, Rosen does not get past the Chargers if he slides down the board as we believe he will. We worry about Rosen’s injury history, decision-making, and ability to make plays in the face of the blitz. Los Angeles rolls the dice.

18. Seattle Seahawks: OG Will Hernandez, UTEP (#19 on Big Board)

The Seahawks are in perpetual need of offensive line help, and the addition of Will Hernandez will help Seattle prevent some of the A-gap pressure that has made Russell Wilson’s life a nightmare for years.

19. Dallas Cowboys: WR Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist (#14 on Big Board)

Courtland Sutton grew up in Brenham, Texas and played college football in Jerry Jones’ backyard at the Dallas-based SMU; this pick is an easy match for a team looking to give Dak Prescott everything he needs to win the NFC East again.

20. Detroit Lions: EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College (#18 on Big Board)

Matt Patricia’s arrival means a likely renewed focus on defense in Detroit. With his first-ever first-round pick, Patricia stays in his comfort zone and drafts a defensive star from a Boston-based university.

21. Buffalo Bills: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (#23 on Big Board)

From picking Zay Jones in the second round of last year’s draft to acquiring Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin in trades this season, the Bills are stockpiling wide receivers until one of them hits. They add a great route runner in Calvin Ridley here.

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame (#26 on Big Board)

Dion Dawkins was probably drafted to play guard, but the Bills’ lack of tackle depth forced the rookie to take snaps at left tackle. Buffalo fixes that issue here, nabbing the mammoth Irish tackle Mike McGlinchey.

23. Los Angeles Rams: S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (#16 on Big Board)

The Rams can afford to make a luxury pick here, after a great season with a young roster. Ronnie Harrison steps right into Wade Phillips’ secondary and makes an impact.

24. Carolina Panthers: CB Anthony Averett, Alabama (#22 on Big Board)

Anthony Averett is an extraordinarily technically sound cornerback who is one of the most NFL-ready players in the class. He will shore up a depleted Carolina secondary.

25. Tennessee Titans: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State (#24 on Big Board)

The draft world was stunned when Leighton Vander Esch declared early for the NFL, but after reviewing his tape, it would be a surprise if this player got out of the first round. Tennessee gets a well-rounded linebacker who should record 100 tackles per year.

26. Atlanta Falcons: WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (#31 on Big Board)

In picking Christian Kirk, the Falcons affect two positive outcomes: they get a speedy weapon for Matt Ryan, and they keep Kirk from Drew Brees and the Saints.

27. New Orleans Saints: EDGE Rashaan Evans, Alabama (#27 on Big Board)

New Orleans could stand to improve its pass rush, and Rashaan Evans specializes in making offensive tackles look silly. Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will give Evans many opportunities to do just that in his varied-look scheme.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Malik Jefferson, Texas (#28 on Big Board)

We cannot pretend to know if Ryan Shazier will ever play football again, but adding another great inside linebacker to the mix is probably for the best. Malik Jefferson has the athleticism to fit the look that the Steelers are trying to give opponents.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (#20 on Big Board)

Lamar Jackson, who grew up in Florida and played under now-Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin’s former offensive coordinator (Bobby Petrino) in college, is an easy choice for the Jaguars. The former Heisman winner gets the keys to an explosive offense and gives Blake Bortles a run for his money.

30. Minnesota Vikings: OT Connor Williams, Texas (#30 on Big Board)

If Connor Williams stays healthy, he is a steal with the 30th pick. Mike Zimmer has watched two of his star quarterbacks go down over the last couple of years, and while Case Keenum’s rise is a feel-good story, the Vikings are likely to prioritize protecting their quarterback in the 2018 offseason.

31. Philadelphia Eagles: S Marcus Allen, Penn State (#39 on Big Board)

Near the end of the first round, Philadelphia snags a well-built safety from the State College who grew up just down I-95 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Marcus Allen is an easy mock to the Eagles, who may be looking to rebuild their aging safety corps.

32. New England Patriots: EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA (#35 on Big Board)

A small-school pass rusher who is flying up boards as the draft season kicks off? Bill Belichick makes the call on Marcus Davenport, a talented defensive end with a knack for disrupting plays in the backfield.


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