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Hudrick's 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0



    Hudrick's 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
    Hudrick's 2018 NFL mock draft 1.0

    Mock draft season is here. The Super Bowl Champion Eagles will hold the No. 32 overall pick. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 1.0 to get you ready for the 2018 NFL draft in Arlington, Texas. 

    1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC (6-4/220)
    Darnold has work to do mechanically, but his intangibles are off the charts. Mentally and as a leader, he has what it takes to make it in Cleveland. He'd benefit from watching behind DeShon Kizer to start the season.

    2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (6-4/218)
    If it were me, Rosen is the guy if I'm taking at quarterback. His footwork and toughness in the pocket are second to none in this draft. There are questions about his maturity, but moments like this make me believe he'll be just fine.

    3. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (6-4/275)
    The Colts need an impact pass rusher and Chubb is the best there is in this draft. He's also a nasty customer, something Indy could use a little more of.

    4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (5-11/223)
    You already drafted your future franchise QB, now give him a serious weapon to work with. Sure, there are things Barkley needs to improve on, but he has the potential to be a perennial All-Pro.

    5. Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame (6-5/329)
    With Darnold and Rosen gone, the Broncos pick the best offensive lineman in the draft. Of all the players in the draft, Nelson seems like the most can't-miss prospect. He has the potential to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

    6. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (6-1/220)
    This is where things get interesting. You might look at Mayfield and think his antics and off-the-field issues wouldn't fly in New York. I look at it like this: What prospect has dealt with more scrutiny over the past year than Mayfield? I see a Kirk Cousins-like QB with a little more attitude.

    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama (6-1/201)
    This is a perfect fit. Fitzpatrick is a versatile DB who will help fix the Bucs' biggest flaw. Fitzpatrick can cover, has excellent range and he's physical. Easily the best safety in this draft.

    8. Chicago Bears – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (6-1/190)
    When mock drafts first started coming out, Ridley wasn't regarded as a top-10 pick. I have no idea why. This guy has it all. He's an explosive and precise route runner who can be effective catching balls all over the field. He's a true No. 1 receiver, which the Bears desperately need.

    9/10. Oakland Raiders (coin flip) – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (6-1/225)
    Smith earned being a top-10 pick after his play during the CFP. He's a monster. He plays sideline-to-sideline and will be a welcome addition to a Raiders' defense that has some pieces but has struggled.

    9/10. San Francisco 49ers (coin flip) – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (6-1/192)
    Jackson fits the mold of the modern corner with his length and ability to press. He's also showed the ability to play off and excel in zone. The 49ers will be an intriguing team next season and Jackson will add to that.

    11. Miami Dolphins – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (6-5/250)
    Edmunds possesses unbelievable size and athletic ability. He'll excel at blitzing and covering tight ends at the next level.

    12. Cincinnati Bengals – Connor Williams, OT, Texas (6-6/320)
    The Bengals clearly made a mistake in letting Andrew Whitworth go to the Rams. Their first step in rectifying that would be to take the best tackle in the draft.

    13. Washington Redskins – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (6-5/223)
    You've all likely heard it by now: Allen has all the physical tools, he just needs work. Well, it's absolutely true. From a physical standpoint, there isn't a more gifted QB in this draft. Give him a couple seasons to sit behind Alex Smith and hope Jay Gruden can get the most out of Allen.

    14. Green Bay Packers – Arden Key, EDGE, LSU (6-6/265)
    Key was a beast his sophomore season (11 sacks), before a junior year mired by injuries and inconsistency. He has all the tools to be a disruptive NFL edge rusher. Can the Packers get it out of him?

    15. Arizona Cardinals – Orlando Brown, OL, Oklahoma (6-8/360)
    With the top four quarterbacks off the board, the Cardinals look to bolster their offensive line. Brown is a road grader that should help pave the way for star RB David Johnson. Does Brown have enough athleticism to play the left side? I believe he does.

    16. Baltimore Ravens – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (6-4/218)
    Sutton is an interesting case. He has great size and is pretty quick for a bigger receiver. He dominated in the American Conference and should test well at the combine. His stock could rise, but he'd be a great fit for the Ravens.

    17. Los Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea, DT, Washington (6-4/344)
    Putting Vea on the inside with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on the outside seems unfair. He's the most athletic 344-pounder I've ever seen.

    18. Seattle Seahawks – Derwin James, S, Florida State (6-3/215)
    James was once thought of as a top-10 talent but struggled last season coming off an injury. He's the type of physical, versatile player that will thrive in Seattle and possibly replace Kam Chancellor.

    19. Dallas Cowboys – Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (6-2/308)
    Payne showed how disruptive and dominant he can be in the National Championship Game. If the Cowboys can get that player to show up every week, he'll be giving the Eagles trouble for years.

    20. Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA (6-6/255)
    There may not be a player riding a bigger hype train than Davenport. He has great measurables, was extremely productive and should test well. The Lions are perpetually in need of pass rushers.

    21. Buffalo Bills – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (6-2/282)
    There are a few mocks out there that have Hurst ahead of Payne. I will say that Hurst was a more consistent player this season, but Payne is younger and has a bigger upside. Still, Hurst should help the Bills immediately.

    22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs) – Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (6-1/190)
    Like Jackson, Oliver fits the mold of the prototypical NFL corner. He also fits the mold of what head coach Sean McDermott has looked for in his corners.

    23. Los Angeles Rams – Denzel Ward, CB, OSU (5-10/191)
    I'm not as high on Ward as others. I thought he got bullied by bigger receivers. With that said, he has excellent footwork and speed to mirror receivers up and down the field.

    24. Carolina Panthers – Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (6-3/250)
    Landry would've probably gone around this range if he'd come out last year (16 1/2 sacks). He wasn't as productive this season (five sacks) but is certainly worth a shot here for the Panthers.

    25. Tennessee Titans - Billy Price, C, OSU (6-4/312)
    The Titans have bookend tackles but could use help in the middle. Price's issue might be that he's a little too aggressive at times. Better than the alternative. He's tough, athletic and plays with an edge.

    26. Atlanta Falcons – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP (6-2/348)
    Hernandez is the second-best guard in this draft. He had a nice week at Senior Bowl that will likely make him first-rounder.

    27. New Orleans Saints – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (6-3/234)
    Evans would've looked great in midnight green, but I don't see any way he gets to pick 32. Recruited as a pass rusher, Evans became an inside 'backer for Nick Saban. That versatility should serve him well as a 4-3 OLB.

    28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (6-1/203)
    I like Davis more than Ward, but going off the hype, I'll mock Davis here. Joe Haden doesn't seem like a candidate to return for the Steelers and they could use more help at corner.

    29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (6-3/200)
    The Jags are giving Blake Bortles another shot. Taking Jackson hedges their bets. No doubt Jackson has work to do with his mechanics and accuracy (though he's much improved), but putting him in the same backfield as Leonard Fournette with a dominant defense would be awfully intriguing.

    30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia (6-2/300)
    The Vikings' O-line was vastly improved in 2017, but could still use more help. Wynn provides versatility, having played left tackle for the Bulldogs but projecting as a guard at the next level.

    31. New England Patriots – Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (5-11/191)
    This is an interesting spot. If Rob Gronkowski decides to retire, look for South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert as a possibility. With Malcolm Butler on his way out, Hughes could make a solid tandem with Stephon Gilmore.

    32. Philadelphia Eagles – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (6-4/291)
    If Beau Allen leaves in free agency, the Eagles are left with Destiny Vaeao and 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls at DT. With Jim Schwartz's D-line rotation, they'll need more depth and competition at the position. Enter Bryan. Don't be fooled by the lack of production (four sacks in 2017), Bryan has impressive physical traits that will translate to the NFL. He's an attacking style player, the perfect fit for Schwartz's scheme. He's got a quick first step and consistently blows offensive lineman off the ball. Asking him to be a rotational piece, especially in pass rush situations, would be the ideal way to bring him along.