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2018 NFL Mock Draft – THE PERFECT MOCK – 3-Rounds w/ Earl Thomas Trade

By on April 24, 2018

The NFL Draft is finally upon us!

I’ve got my final mock draft of the season complete with 3-rounds and trades, including an Earl Thomas trade.

Get ready for THE PERFECT MOCK DRAFT!!!

LET’S GET IT!

1. Cleveland Browns – USC QB Sam Darnold

This pick hasn’t changed for me in a while. There was a brief moment that, I’ll admit, I was caught up in the Saquon Barkley hype and made a mock draft with him as the #1 pick, but the Browns are taking the QB with the highest floor as an NFL QB.

2. New York Giants – UCLA QB Josh Rosen

At this point Giants fans, we’re going to have to agree to disagree until we find out the truth on Thursday night, but I will give you my final point on why you can’t take a RB over a QB in the deepest QB draft in a decade: The Giants turned down the Jets offer of at the very least 3 second round picks. So basically, you’re using a 1st and 3 2nds on a RB in this scenario. This better be the 2nd coming of Barry Sanders for that price. As far as optics go for the fans, I think the Giants front office is handling this really poorly, because if I’m right and the Giants pass on Saquon Barkley, half of the Giants fan base is going to be pissed. It’s going to be another Donovan McNabb situation when Eagles fans wanted Ricky Williams.

3. New York Jets (via Colts) – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

This one is going to be fun. Having an energetic and charismatic QB like Baker Mayfield in New York definitely feels like the second coming of Broadway Joe Namath. And the best part is that the end of the Patriots reign is right around the corner, paving the way for the Jets to rise to the top by being the only team with a legit QB of the future.

4. Cleveland Browns (via Texans) – NC State EDGE Bradley Chubb

When prospects are close in talent level, teams tend to lean towards positional value and EDGE rushers are right behind QB as far as importance to a football team. Myles Garrett and Bradley Chubb would absolutely transform the Browns defense into one of the top units in the next few years, which will allow Sam Darnold to come along slowly, lean on his defense, and avoid forcing the ball.

5. Denver Broncos – TRADE WITH BILLS – Wyoming QB Josh Allen

The Bills were making moves before the Jets were and somehow/someway I think they’re going to finish the job of getting a QB prospect. You guys know I’m not big on Josh Allen as a top 5 QB, but I think the Bills are going to be desperate on draft night to get him after the top 3 guys go 1, 2, & 3. John Elway seems like he’s willing to get out of this pick more than any other team. The Broncos cap situation still is in rough shape and a top 5 rookie salary isn’t what they need on their books right now.

6. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets) – Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson

The Colts moved down because they didn’t need a QB and allowed the run on QBs to happen in front of them, dropping one of the best prospects to them at 6. It may have cost them Bradley Chubb in the process, but Quenton Nelson might be a more important cog in their OL right now.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

The Bucs offense needed this to happen. They need the run on QBs to push the best weapon in the draft to fall to an appropriate place for a RB to be selected. Saquon Barkley is being pumped up by the media with the Giants openly drooling over him, but I think this is the ideal landing place for him. He would join an offense with most of the pieces in place and he might help hide some of the OL deficiencies.

8. Chicago Bears – Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds

The Bears coaching staff is probably hoping Quenton Nelson makes it here, but I think Tremaine Edmunds is an ideal consolation prize. The Bears are in position to get an awesome impact player on defense and I’d love to see Edmunds as the next Monster of the Midway.

9. San Francisco 49ers – Boston College EDGE Harold Landry

Like I said earlier, EDGE rusher is highly important and, even after drafting Solomon Thomas last year, the 49ers still don’t have their DL set up for the 4-3. Harold Landry is going to be drafted a lot higher than people expect and I think the 49ers are his ceiling. Landry is the perfect RE to contrast the rest of the bigger DL they have from their days using top picks on 3-4 DL.

10. Oakland Raiders – Georgia LB Roquan Smith

I finally came off of Denzel Ward as the Raiders pick here. Roquan Smith is going to remind Jon Gruden of  Derrick Brooks and with the depth at CB in this draft, the Raiders can grab one of the best LBs and fill that need later on.

11. Miami Dolphins – Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

Denzel Ward doesn’t fall far though because he’s the top CB in this draft. The Dolphins are kinda in a weird place right now. I would love to see them draft Lamar Jackson, but in the end I’m not sure if they’ve got the balls to make that move with the 11th pick.

12. Buffalo Bills – TRADE WITH BRONCOS – Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

By moving down, the Broncos can now go for the BPA with this pick. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a man without a definitive position, but still one of the best true football players in the draft.

13. Washington Redskins – FSU S Derwin James

It was really hard for me to allow Derwin James to fall this far in the draft, but this is definitely the lowest I can see him falling. The Redskins are in a weird transition with Alex Smith at QB and they are going to have to rely on their defense moving forward. Vita Vea has been a lock here in most of my mock drafts, but either way I think the Redskins go defense.

14. Green Bay Packers – TRADE WITH CHARGERS – Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

The Chargers are struggling to build a fan base in LA after shitting on San Diego. Their home games ended up being more of a vacation spot for visiting fans, rather than a home game. Nothing would change that than investing in the future with a dynamic QB like Lamar Jackson. Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is an offensive minded coach and was also the OC when Tyrod Taylor and the Bills were the top rushing offense in the league. I’d love to see Lynn get his hands on a gunslinger version of Tyrod Taylor and see Lamar Jackson thrive.

15. Arizona Cardinals – Iowa CB Joshua Jackson

With the top 5 rookie QB prospects gone before the middle of the 1st round, the Cardinals are going to need to move to plan B and they’ve needed a CB opposite of Patrick Peterson since I can remember. Joshua Jackson is one of my favorite CBs in the draft because the ball always seems to find him and that would be a lethal combination of CBs.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

After signing Willie Snead from the Saints, I am finally convinced the Ravens may no longer draft Calvin Ridley. Instead, they draft the teammate of their 2016 1st round pick, Ronnie Stanley, to solidify the tackle position for years to come.

17. Los Angeles Chargers – TRADE WITH PACKERS – Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Packers fans will tell you that they only draft WRs in the 2nd round, but Ted Thompson is no longer around and there’s a new sheriff in town. Problem is, Aaron Rodgers is already annoyed with their handling of his favorite target, Jordy Nelson. Devante Adams is perfectly capable of being the new #1 WR, but Randall Cobb is on the injury report every year. The Packers defense isn’t getting fixed overnight, so they need to ensure that their offense is a finely tuned machine. Seeing Aaron Rodgers throw to such a pure route runner in Calvin Ridley would be a true thing of beauty.

18. Seattle Seahawks – Texas OT Connor Williams

The Seahawks could look to trade down because they don’t have any picks in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the draft, but when an OL with the potential of Connor Williams falls in their lap, they should take him. Williams is my favorite OT in the draft and could be a day 1 starter for the Seahawks.

19. Dallas Cowboys – TRADE WITH FALCONS – Washington DT Vita Vea

The Falcons tried to fill their 1Tech role with Dontari Poe last year, but they obviously weren’t impressed. The Falcons have shown to be pretty aggressive in the draft when they have a guy they want, and Vita Vea is the clear cut best NT in the draft. I don’t expect the Cowboys to take Vea, but if he is available this late the Falcons could be one of the teams to jump up and take him. Plus, the Cowboys have a plan for the extra draft pick…

20. Detroit Lions – LSU RB Derrius Guice

I’m not 100% sold on this being where Matt Patricia goes in his 1st draft as a HC after watching Bill Belichick use spare parts at the RB position for years, but the Lions have been in the bottom of the league in rushing since Barry Sanders retired. As a defensive guy, Patricia should know the value of a strong running game and look to address the RB drought in Detroit sooner than later.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals – Georgia G/C Isaiah Wynn

The Bengals OL has fallen off quickly. They used to be one of the best offenses in the league, but the prospects they have recently drafted have not panned out. Isaiah Wynn is going to be one of the best OLs in this class and has potential to play any of the 5 spots on the line.

22. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs) – TRADE WITH BRONCOS – UTEP G Will Hernandez

The Broncos basically turned Quenton Nelson into Minkah Fitzpatrick and Will Hernandez, killing two birds with one stone. Will Hernandez is very similar to Ronald Leary and could help the Broncos lean on the running game to take pressure off of Case Keenum, or whomever ends up starting for them.

23. New England Patriots – UCLA OT Kolton Miller

I really like the idea of the Patriots trading up, but if it ends up being for Lamar Jackson then let’s just cancel the next decade of football. When trading up, I had more of an impact defensive player in mind. In this scenario I think the Patriots should just look to protect their current QB as he enters the final season or two here. Kolton Miller is probably the most athletic OT in the draft and actually reminds me of Nate Solder.

24. Carolina Panthers – Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

Bashaud Breeland must have some kind of venereal disease because after the Panthers failed his physical he hasn’t been touched by any other teams. The Panthers still need some help at CB and Jaire Alexander would be an alpha male for their secondary that is lacking a little swagger.

25. Tennessee Titans – UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

If the Lions don’t take Marcus Davenport, this is about as far as I see him falling in the draft. The Titans have two older EDGE rushers, but I think Vrabel will want to get a guy ASAP to groom behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

26. Atlanta Falcons – TRADE WITH COWBOYS – SMU WR Courtland Sutton

After trading down, the Cowboys can still get their guy at their biggest need going into the 1st round. Courtland Sutton is a bigger version of Dez without the sideline antics and drama on a rookie contract. In the Cowboys run first offense, I could see Sutton having a similar career trajectory to Demaryius Thomas as he develops as a WR. Hopefully the Cowboys force him learn more than 3 routes like they did with Dez Bryant.

27. New Orleans Saints – Maryland WR D.J. Moore

Wide Receiver was a borderline top need for the Saints going into the draft, but after letting Willie Snead go I think they grab a guy that is similar to Brandin Cooks. DJ Moore would be a fun weapon for Drew Brees in this Saints offense.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch

Leighton Vander Esch is one of those guys that people a completely split on: you either love him or you hate him. Chalk me up as a lover, not a hater. He’s a 1-year starter and I think his best football is ahead of him. SO what if he struggles to get off of blocks sometimes, I’m not going to hold that against him as a pro because that’s something you can learn and improve upon. The guys has a great size and speed combo and I’ve seen him dominate Oregon. That’s all I need.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

The Jaguars quietly have one of the best rosters in the league, other than QB. Paul Posluszny retiring paves the way for a new face at LB and Rashaan Evans surprisingly made it past the Steelers.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Iowa C/G James Daniels

The Vikings can stay put and allow one of these interior OL fall to them in the draft and fill one of their biggest needs. James Daniels is so underrated and is one of the more athletic OL in this class.

31. New England Patriots – Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver

I don’t know why, but this just seems like a pairing destined to happen. Isaiah Oliver just seems like a Bill Belichick kind of CB. He’s got a good blend of size, speed, and ball skills.

32. Philadelphia Eagles – TRADE WITH COLTS – Ohio State EDGE Sam Hubbard

I’ve been saying this is a prime trade back position for the Eagles since their team is so deep and a team will pay for a chance to get that 5th-year option on a player. The Colts missed out on Bradley Chubb after it seemed likely they would get him for so long, so they can jump up using some of their ammunition to secure an EDGE Rusher like Sam Hubbard.

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns – Stanford FS Justin Reid

Justin Reid is a fringe 1st round player and he would be a great pairing with Jabrill Peppers.

34. New York Giants – Arkansas C/G Frank Ragnow

Wether the Giants go QB or Saquon Barkley, they still need to rebuild that OL for them.

35. Cleveland Browns – TRADE WITH BRONCOS – Georgia RB Sony Michel CLE gets (40, 106) DEN gets (35)

The Broncos trade up for their offensive centerpiece moving forward.

36. Indianapolis Colts – TRADE WITH EAGLES – Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill

The Eagles fall back and still get an athletic OT prospect that could eventually replace Jason Peters.

37. Indianapolis Colts – Texas LB Malik Jefferson

The Colts can move up and still be in position to let an athletic attacking LB fall in their lap.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – UCF CB Mike Hughes

The Bucs had a bigger need at CB than RB, but this draft is so deep that a 1st round CB is waiting for them at 38.

39. Chicago Bears – Ohio State C/G Billy Price

The Bears wanted Quenton Nelson, but they still get a poor man’s Nelson in Billy Price.

40 Denver Broncos – TRADE WITH BROWNS – Ohio State OT Jamarco Jones

Joe Thomas left big shoes to fill, but local product Jamarco Jones could be the guy to give it a shot.

41. Oakland Raiders – TRADE TO CARDINALS – Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph

The Cardinals get aggressive and grab a QB prospect for the future in front of 3 QB needy times.

42. Miami Dolphins – Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

Some teams have removed Maurice Hurst from their boards completely due to his potential heart condition, despite being cleared by doctors, but he should still go in the top 50.

43. New England Patriots – South Dakota State Dallas Goedert

Rob Gronkowski is playing chicken with the Patriots and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them use a top pick on a TE to call his bluff.

44. Washington Redskins – Alabama NT Da’Ron Payne

Reuniting Jonathan Allen with Da’Ron Payne would create a scary defensive front for the Redskins.

45. Green Bay Packers – Georgia EDGE Lorenzo Carter

The Packers appease Aaron Rodgers in the 1st and still get some pass rush help in the 2nd.

46. Cincinnati Bengals – Penn State TE Mike Gesicki

Tyler Eifert is not the player he once was and is on a prove-it deal with the Bengals.

47. Arizona Cardinals – TRADE TO RAIDERS – Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby

The Raiders released Marshall Newhouse and Donald Penn is getting up there.

48. Los Angeles Chargers – Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown

The Chargers need a RT and Orlando Brown’s film checks out even though his combine testing didn’t.

49. Indianapolis Colts – Georgia RB Nick Chubb

The Colts get their Frank Gore replacement to compliment Marlon Mack.

50. Dallas Cowboys – South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard

The Cowboys passed on a LB in the 1st, but get the athletic, instinctive Darius Leonard out of South Carolina State.

51. Detroit Lions – Kansas EDGE Dorance Armstrong

2nd round Edge rushers allowed the Lions to secure a RB in round 1. Don’t sleep on Dorance Armstrong.

52.  Baltimore Ravens – South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst

The Ravens continue to surround Joe Flacco to see if they can make one more run with him.

53. Buffalo Bills – Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor

The Bills need OL help and Chukwuma Okorafor could play tackle or guard for them.

54. Kansas City Chiefs – Auburn CB Carlton Davis

Marcus Peters got shipped out abruptly, so the Chiefs are going to have to find a CB early on.

55.  Carolina Panthers – Wake Forest FS Jessie Bates

The Panthers grab a local product to complete a youthful facelift on  their secondary.

56. Buffalo Bills – Oklahoma State WR James Washington

James Washington is a big play waiting to happen and hooking him up with Josh Allen would be a good passing duo.

57. Tennessee Titans – Florida DT/DE Taven Bryan

Taven Bryan in a 3-4 is actually a role I could see a team targeting him for.

58. Atlanta Falcons – TRADE TO COWBOYS – TRADED TO SEAHAWKS – FSU EDGE Josh Sweat

And here’s the big trade… With the pick the Cowboys got from the Falcons, they turn around and trade it to the Seahawks for Earl Thomas. And with this pick the Seahawks get some pass rush from FSU EDGE Josh Sweat.

59. San Francisco 49ers – Ohio State LB Jerome Baker

The Reuben Foster situation is unfortunate and the 49ers should start planning for life without him.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers – Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

The Steelers are going to move on from Martavis Bryant sooner or later and Christian Kirk could be the slot WR to AB and JuJu.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars – Boise State WR Dante Pettis

Jaguars like big WRs but they let them both walk in FA.

62. Minnesota Vikings – Stanford DT Harrison Phillips

This pick just makes too much sense not to happen.

63. New England Patriots – Colorado WR Michael Gallup

The Patriots need another WR after trading Brandin Cooks.

64. Cleveland Browns – FSU NT Derrick Nnadi

The Browns get a Danny Shelton replacement to let their EDGE rushers run wild..

 

Round 3

65. Bills – BYU LB Fred Warner

66. Giants – Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson

67. Colts – Clemson WR Deon Cain

68. Texans – Louisville OT Geron Christian

69. Giants – USC OLB Uchenna Nwosu

70. 49ers – LSU WR D.J. Chark

71. Broncos – Mississippi State OT Martinas Rankin

72. Jets – USC RB Ronald Jones

73. Dolphins  – Auburn G Braden Smith

74. 49ers – West Georgia OT Desmond Harrison

75. Raiders – LSU EDGE Arden Key

76. Packers – LSU CB Donte Jackson

77. Bengals – North Carolina CB M.J. Stewart

78. Chiefs – Alabama S Ronnie Harrison

79. Cardinals – Fort Hays State DT Nathan Shepherd

80. Texans – Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews

81. Cowboys – Nevada G Austin Corbett

82. Lions – Virginia Tech NT Tim Settle

83. Ravens – SDSU RB Rashaad Penny

84. Chargers – TRADE TO PACKERS – Alabama CB Anthony Averett

85. Panthers – Miami EDGE Chad Thomas

86. Chiefs – WR Anthony Miller

87. Rams – Oklahoma EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

88. Panthers – Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton

89. Titans – LSU C/G Will Clapp

90. Falcons – Indiana TE Ian Thomas

91. Saints – Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta

92. Steelers – Penn State S Marcus Allen

93. Jaguars – TCU OT Joseph Noteboom

94. Vikings – West Virginia SS Kyzir White

95. Patriots – Wake Forest EDGE Duke Ejiofor

96. Bills – Florida CB Duke Dawson

97. Cardinals – Iowa LB Josey Jewell

98. Texans – Texas CB Holton Hill

99. Broncos – Ole Miss EDGE Marquis Haynes

100. Bengals – NC State OT Will Richardson



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