2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Collaboration): Picks 1-16

FEBRUARY 18, 2018–It has been a whirlwind of a month since we published our 2018 NFL Draft Mock Draft 1.0. Major re-signings, coaching changes, and trades have shaken up the 2018 NFL Draft landscape, and the Philadelphia Eagles became Super Bowl champions.

As opposed to Mock Draft 1.0, which I compiled exclusively, Mock Draft 2.0 was a collaboration between the Nachmany Football brothers: Eli Nachmany and Albert Nachmany. Today, we go two rounds deep.

This mock is a mix of what we think teams should do and what we believe they will do. As an example, we have a third-round grade on Josh Rosen, but conventional wisdom dictates he will get drafted early in the first round; as such, he makes it into the first round, but does slide down the board.

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1. Cleveland Browns: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State (#3 on Big Board)

The longer this draft process continues, the more convinced I am becoming that the Browns will look to free agency or the trade market for a quarterback to pair with DeShone Kizer, instead of drafting a guy early. Saquon Barkley immediately adds a dimension to the Browns offense that it does not currently have – a next-level rushing attack. Browns RBs Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell are both potential free agents this year. Barkley is a LaDanian Tomlinson-type talent who could be an All-Pro as a rookie; he’s that good. -Eli

2. New York Giants: QB Sam Darnold, Southern California (#11 on Big Board)

At this point the Giants quarterback situation might be the worst one in the league. Eli Manning will be 38 next year, Geno Smith is not a long-term option, and the Giants did not believe Davis Webb was ready to start last year. Look for the Giants to draft Sam Darnold and ease him into becoming the heir apparent to Eli Manning for when he retires. -Albert

3. Indianapolis Colts: EDGE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State (#1 on Big Board)

Bradley Chubb is far and away the best edge rusher to come out of college in a very long time (yes, that includes Myles Garrett). His tenure with the Colts would bring back the sort of dominant pass rush that put an immense amount of pressure on opposing quarterbacks in Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning era. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney were excellent, but Chubb has a chance to be even better. He is the perfect 4-3 defensive end. -Eli

4. Cleveland Browns (via HOU): S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (#7 on Big Board)

No, the Browns did not use their No. 1 and 4 picks on a quarterback. We said before that we feel the Browns will address this in free agency. For now, the Browns add someone in the DB room that will immediatley help out next year. Jabrill Peppers looked a little exposed last year as a positionless player, but with the addition of Fitzpatrick next year, hopefully the Browns can improve on their 17th-ranked pass defense and become elite. -Albert

5. Denver Broncos: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (#17 on Big Board)

It may be smokescreen season, but Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is already on the “Baker Mayfield compares to Drew Brees” hype train. Mayfield is a gamer; he is exactly the kind of leader that a storied franchise like Denver needs right now, as it aims to regain its glory. Certainly, it could be difficult for a smaller quarterback to play in cold weather and elevation, but if anyone can make it work, Mayfield is the guy. Schematically, he could be a fit, as Denver has enough weapons to give some run-after-catch yardage to Mayfield. -Eli

6. New York Jets: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming (#15 on Big Board)

The New York Jets do not just want a quarterback – they need a quarterback. Josh McCown will be a 38-year-old free agent, and with the team’s lack of confidence in Christian Hackenberg, look for the Jets to select a quarterback here. Josh Allen has some concerns, esspecially with his 56.3 completion percentage at Wyoming, but at this time this year, we feel he will jump Josh Rosen on most draft boards. -Albert

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame (#2 on Big Board)

This is not a “complicated” pick by any stretch of the imagination. Quenton Nelson is so good; he is easily the best interior offensive lineman in this class. While picking a guard in the Top Ten is not the ideal scenario from a positional value standpoint, Nelson adds so much value from a talent perspective that he has to be the pick for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers run to submit their draft card on this one. -Eli

8. Chicago Bears: DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (#9 on Big Board)

As the Bears go into Year Two of the Mitchell Trubisky era, they will look to strengthen their defense. Da’Ron Payne is a perfect fit in the 3-4 and will be a great addition to their interior front. Most every good Bears team was built on defense, and in a division that faces a team that was one game away from the Super Bowl in the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and Matt Stafford and the Lions, look for the Bears to help out Trubisky by improving their 10th-ranked defense and playing top-five level next year. -Albert

9. Oakland Raiders: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia (#6 on Big Board)

There are few player-team matches as easy to make as the Roquan Smith-Raiders pairing is. Smith is lightning quick, he hits hard, and he is one of the most athletic linebackers in this year’s class. With Jon Gruden assuming head coaching duties in Oakland, there is no doubt he will use his first pick on a player that matches his style – Smith’s fiery brand of football is exactly what Chucky wants on his team. -Eli

10. San Francisco 49ers: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (#23 on Big Board)

We had Equanimeous St. Brown as opposed to Calvin Ridley here in our previous mock draft, but we feel like the 49ers will definitely pair Jimmy Garoppolo with a new offensive weapon in 2018. Ridley is a great wide receiver and will probably be the next star player from Alabama at the position, following in the footsteps of Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, and ArDarius Stewart. The 49ers will look to help Garoppolo continue what he started last year and with Ridley added to an improving 49er squad, look for the 49ers to try and make a push for the playoffs. -Albert

11. Miami Dolphins: S Derwin James, Florida State (#5 on Big Board)

By now, someone will have leapfrogged the Dolphins to nab Derwin James, who will shore up a team’s defensive backfield for a long time. Miami gets to bring in a top-notch player from Florida, keeping their first round pick in state and making a true steal. If the Dolphins end up with James at No. 11, they would easily be a winner for the first night of the draft. James can cover the big, basketball player-type tight ends that are dominating the NFL right now – he is a must-have. -Eli

12. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma (#4 on Big Board)

Since Andrew Whitworth left, the Bengals have struggled to replace him, moving Clint Boling out of position from his guard spot to fill the void. Picking Orlando Brown will help give the Bengals some stability up front for Andy Dalton. Also, Brown has an NFL pedigree (his dad played for years in the league), and it will give him an extra edge in what goes into playing in the league. -Albert

13. Washington Redskins: CB Josh Jackson, Iowa (#10 on Big Board)

After trading one of their best cornerbacks, Kendall Fuller, in the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins could use a young star like Iowa’s Josh Jackson to strengthen the Washington secondary. There is some question about which cornerback is the best in the class – my guy is Jackson. After watching him demolish Ohio State, Jackson cemented his status for me as the top corner in the draft. He will be a long-term solution here. -Eli

14. Green Bay Packers: EDGE Arden Key, Louisiana State (#12 on Big Board)

The Packers have an aging Clay Matthews who will be a free agent next year. The elite Packers teams in the Aaron Rodgers era have always had a great pass rush. Arden Key at LSU has shown that special ability to rush the passer and would fit in perfectly at that pass rushing linebacker position in the Green Bay defense. -Albert

15. Arizona Cardinals: WR Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist (#14 on Big Board)

Cardinals fans rejoiced when Larry Fitzgerald announced he would return for one more season, but Arizona is playing on borrowed time with him. The rest of the receiving corps is solid, yes, with players like J.J. Nelson, Jaron Brown, and John Brown, but there is no “clear cut” No. 1. That is what the Cardinals add here with Courtland Sutton – a 6-foot-4, athletic star from just a couple of states away at Southern Methodist. The Cardinals will get a quarterback somewhere this offseason – this is another weapon for that player. -Eli

16. Baltimore Ravens: RB Derrius Guice, Louisiana State (#8 on Big Board)

Derrius Guice is a very overshadowed player and would be the top running back in this draft if it wasn’t for Saquon Barkley. Guice will bring stability to a Ravens running game that has not seen someone hit 1,000 yards since Justin Forsett in 2014. Joe Flacco will also appreciate him as Guice proves to be a great back out of the backfield as well and is someone that Flacco will love to have beside him back there. -Albert

Continue Reading: Picks 17-32.
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