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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Final 2-Round Projections w/ Trades & Analysis

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With the NFL Draft a few days away, excitement and anticipation are through the roof. Here is FRF’s final mock draft, sharing our best guess of how things may play out on draft day. We also threw in a few trades that could happen on Draft Day:

*denotes projected trade

Round 1

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

I’ve been riding the Sam Darnold to Cleveland narrative for far too long to jump off now. This pick should be Josh Allen or Sam Darnold, but I believe Darnold has the edge because he is the safer choice. Darnold (6-3, 220) has great size and all the intangibles to become the Franchise QB desperately needed by the Browns. Darnold is the best choice for the Browns situation. Times have been tough in Cleveland, and in order for them to turn it around, they need to find the right QB for them. Plus, Darnold can sit for a year behind Tyrod Taylor and polish his game. While he may not be viewed as the best Quarterback in the Draft by some, Sam Darnold is the guy Cleveland needs.

2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

I believe the Giants top three choices for their First Round selection are Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, and Bradley Chubb (in that order). The Giants reportedly believe Darnold is the only top-QB worthy of the second overall selection. Darnold has the traits the Giants are looking for in a Franchise QB, and if he is there at #2 I would be shocked if the Giants pass on him. If Darnold isn’t available (likely the case), Barkley should be the pick at #2. Barkley is the best player in this draft class, and would be very worthy to be selected here. Barkley (6-0, 235) is a can’t miss prospect, and would a home-run pick for the Giants. Barkley could the catalyst needed to revamp the Giants lack-luster rushing attack.

MORE NFL DRAFT: 2018 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants 7-Round Projections

3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

I will almost guarantee that whoever is selected here will be the “guy the Jets always wanted”…. in this case, it would be Baker Mayfield. I think there’s a chance the Jets don’t even land the guy they really want with the Browns and Giants possibly taking QBs ahead of them. Anyways, the Jets will still land a top-QB, and will have a great chance to find their desperately-needed franchise QB. I love Baker Mayfield as a player and competitor, and I think he really can help establish a winning culture for the Jets. If Mayfield (or the other QB they take) pans out, the large sum of picks it took to get him will be an afterthought.

MORE NFL DRAFT: The Incredible Rise of Baker Mayfield: From Walk-On to Top QB

4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State

This pick so much sense, and it should happen. Bradley Chubb has no question marks. He is the best EDGE defender in this class, and it is not even close. Chubb is as talented as they come, and he would fill a major hole on the Browns defense. This would be a home-run selection for the Browns, and would add an immediate impact starter. To make it even better, Chubb gets to rush the passer opposite Myles Garrett. Enough said.

5. *Arizona Cardinals:  Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

The trade: ARI recieves- Pick #5
DEN recieves- Pick #15, Pick #47, ARI 2019 Round 1

Josh Allen landing with the Cardinals would be an ideal fit for both sides. After Allen falls past the Browns, Giants, and Jets the Cardinals feel the need to trade up to secure Allen’s services. With Sam Bradford in place, the Cardinals can really develop Allen and help him fix some of his accuracy issues. Giving Allen a year or two as a backup would be monumental in his development. Allen’s potential is extraordinary, and he could turn out to be the best QB in this class if he is in the right situation. Arizona very well could be that “right situation”.

MORE NFL DRAFT: Where Will Josh Allen Land?

6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Quenton Nelson is a home-run prospect, and adding him would be game-changing for the Colts offense. Nelson will be an All-Pro caliber player, and is extremely worthy of being a top-6 selection. Nelson is a plug & play starter who can help protect Andrew Luck for the next decade. Nelson would be the best player available here, and with the Colts needing to fill many holes he makes sense as the selection here at #6.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Buccaneers need some help at a few positions, and adding Denzel Ward to fill a hole in their secondary would be a great move. Ohio State has produced some outstanding Defensive Backs, and Ward is the great one to come out. Ward is the best cornerback prospect in this draft, and excels covering inside and outside. Ward would provide the Bucs a star playmaker to rebuild their D’ around.

8. Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

At 6-4, 250, Edmunds has the physical tools to be a dominant sideline-to-sideline Linebacker in the NFL. He has great speed and athleticism, and will be an impact starter for the Bears right away. Adding Edmunds to play alongside promising youngster Leonard Floyd would give the Bears a Linebacking duo to be excited about for years to come.

9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Roquan Smith had an outstanding year for the Georgia Bulldogs. Smith won the 2017 Butkus Award, given to the Nations’ best Linebacker. Smith made plays against the run and pass all season long. With Rueben Foster’s career in jeopardy, the 49ers could really use a playmaking linebacker to solidify the second level of their defense. Smith can be that guy for the Niners, and would be an impact plug-and-play starter right away.

10. *Buffalo Bills: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The trade: BUF recieves- Pick #10
OAK recieves- Pick #12, Pick #53

Josh Rosen is regarded by many as the top pocket passer in this entire class, and the Bills show their faith in him by sending away a second round selection to move up to take snag Rosen. There have been multiple reports that Josh Rosen could be in for a fall on Draft Day, but it won’t last too long. At the end of the day, I feel Rosen will end up to be a Bill, whether that’s through a trade or with Buffalo selecting at #12.

MORE NFL DRAFT: 2018 NFL Draft Team Previews: Picks 1-10

11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

With Ndamukong Suh out of Miami, there is a large hole in Miami’s D-Line. Vita Vea (6-5, 340), could fill that void. Vea possesses the ability to rush the passer and stuff the run at an elite level. Vea has crazy-good mobility and quickness for a his size, and should be a dominant player in the NFL. Adding Vea would be a great move for Miami, and he would give the team a dominant interior Defensive Lineman to build around.

12. *Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

The trade: BUF recieves- Pick #10
OAK recieves- Pick #12, Pick #53

Minkah Fitzpatrick is a great talent, and his versatility is an asset. Although, this versatility may leave Fitzpatrick falling outside the top-10. Reports have surfaced that some teams are concerned with the uncertainty on where to play the talented Defensive Back. Regardless, the team that lands Fitzpatrick will have multiple ways to utilize him, and in this case the Raiders get the chance to decide where to play him.

13. Washington Redskins: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA

The Redskins could use an EDGE player to help improve their defense. Marcus Davenport has looked to be unblockable at times, and would be a force for Washington. The small school star will look to silence doubters, and show that his dominance at UTSA will translate against in the NFL.

14. Green Bay Packers: Derwin James, S, Florida St.

Morgan Burnett leaving via Free Agency is just another blow to a depleted Packers secondary. It hurts, but the Packers get a tremendous pick here to help slow the bleeding. Adding the hard-hitting, playmaking, Derwin James is exactly what the Packers D’ needs. James would instantly fill the hole left by Burnett, and would be an upgrade in the long-run. James had a bit of a down year in 2017 that may leave him outside the top-10, but he is surely a top-10 talent. If he is available for the Packers at #14, it would be hard for them to pass.

15. *Denver Broncos: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

The trade: ARI recieves- Pick #5
DEN recieves- Pick #15, Pick #47, ARI 2019 Round 1

Following the departure of Aqib Talib, the Broncos secondary could use another Corner. Adding Jaire Alexander would be a wise addition, and he would be an impact playmaker right away for Denver. Alexander has top-end speed (4.38s 40), and can cover inside and outside. He is a bit smaller (5-11, 192), but he makes up for it with extreme quickness and sound technique. Alexander fills a need for the Broncos, and is one of the best players on the board at this point.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

The Ravens could go in a bunch of directions with their selection. They could take a QB, or add a piece of Defense. But, I think Calvin Ridley makes the most sense. The Ravens need more playmakers on offense, and adding Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead isn’t enough. Ridley is the best WR in this class, and would give Joe Flacco a reliable target to help reignite Baltimore’s offense.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

Connor Williams is the best OT in this class, and can contribute right away for the Chargers. Williams would be able to start right away at RT, and later take over for the aging Russel Okung at LT. A seamless transition of Left Tackles doesn’t happen often, but in this case the Chargers could make it happen.

18. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Longtime Seahawks superstar CB Richard Sherman is gone, and the team knows they need to add a piece to try to replace him. Josh Jackson could be their answer. Similarly to Sherman, Jackson has great length, size, and ball skills to help him develop into a  lockdown cornerback in the NFL. Jackson emerged as a ball hawk after a breakout season in 2017, recording 8 interceptions. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Seahawks secondary, but adding Jackson would be a great move in rebuilding Seattle’s secondary.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

With Dez Bryant out of Dallas, the team will likely add a high draft pick to be his eventual replacement. Courtland Sutton is not the most polish route-runner, but he is great at making catches in traffic with his enormous catch radius. Sutton (6-4, 215) has tremendous size that creates a headache for opposing secondaries. Sutton could provide a big target for Dak Prescott in the red zone, and Sutton would complement Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley nicely.

20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Lions have only had two 1,000 yard rushers since 2004. With this Draft class containing one of the best RB classes in recent memory, the Lions would be wise to pounce on one. Derrius Guice is a complete three-down back that can become a star in this league. Guice could finally provide Detriot a cornerstone RB that has been lacking  since the days of Barry Sanders. And, for 2018, Guice and LeGarrette Blount would be quite the one-two punch at RB.

MORE NFL DRAFT: 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Giants move down from #2?

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Billy Price, C, Ohio State

Cincinnati acquired a solid starting LT, when he’s healthy, in Cordy Glenn. With needs along the entire OL, Cincinnati could go with an OT here, but a Center makes much more sense. The Bengals have a hole in the middle of their line, and Billy Price would be a great addition to fill that spot. Price’s toughness and gritty play would be a tremendous addition to the Bengals offense. Price had a school-record 55 consecutive starts during his time at Ohio State, and he would provide the Bengals a lineman to build around for years.

22. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

The Bills O-Line will be vastly different in 2018. They lost three starters (Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood) and will likely add lineman early, and often, in the Draft. Isaiah Wynn would be a great start in rebuilding Buffalo’s line. Wynn could be a plug-and-play starter for the Bills at Guard. Wynn plays with sound technique, and was impressive throughout his career at Georgia.

23. New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Out goes Nate Solder and Cameron Flemming, and in goes who? In this case, Mike McGlinchey. The Pats could use some OL help, and McGlinchey would be able to contribute right away in protecting Tom Brady. McGlinchey would be a solid add to New England’s O-line, and could be a piece to build around for the foreseeable future. McGlinchey is regarded by some as the best OT in this class, and is at his best as a mauler in the run game.

24. Carolina Panthers: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

Will Hernandez is perhaps my favorite prospect in this entire class. Hernandez is just a force at Guard, and will be a great add to any O-Line. Hernandez plays with a nasty mean streak that leads to him mauling defenders often. Hernandez is an absolute force in the run game, and gets a lot of pancakes when blocking. After losing Andrew Norwell to the Jags, Carolina would find a seamless transition in adding Will Hernandez as his replacement.

25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

Harold Landry is disruptive off the edge, and can rush the passer as a DE or OLB. In this case, Landry would likely play a similar role to OLB Brian Orakpo. The combination of Landry and Orakpo off the edge would be great, and them together really help the Titans ability to get after the QB.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Atlanta has a need at DT after losing Dontari Poe, and Da’Ron Payne can the guy to fill that hole. Payne (6-2, 310) is a disruptive interior defender that can be unblockable at times. Payne showed off his dominance during Alabama’s 2017 National Title run, and was honored as the Bama’s Defensive MVP in both the playoff game vs Clemson, and the National Championship against Georgia. Payne would be a stellar addition to a Falcons defense needing some reinforcements.

27. New Orleans Saints: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Lamar Jackson landing New Orleans would be a dream come true for both sides, here me out. Drew Brees is nearing the end, and the Saints need to address the QB of the future inevitably. Lamar Jackson would be allowed to develop for a few years behind Brees, and come in to take the league by storm when Brees is done. Jackson and Sean Payton together would be something special, and facing that Saints offense would be a nightmare for opposing teams. Picture this future for the Saints Offense: Lamar Jackson, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas. Enough said.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St.

Big Ben’s window is closing, and the Steelers should be looking to add his eventual successor through the Draft. Mason Rudolph has some question marks, but he has some raw talent that could translate well in the NFL. And, Rudolph lands in an ideal situation where he can sit for some time behind one of the league’s best QBs!

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

Hayden Hurst is the best Tight End in this draft class, and is a sound addition to the Jaguars offense needing some more playmakers. Hurst would provide Blake Bortles with a reliable target in the passing game. Jacksonville’s offense is built around pounding the rock, but adding Hurst would give them a major threat down the seam on play action. Hurst would be a great pick-up for the Jags

30. Minnesota Vikings: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

The stout defense in Minnesota gets richer. Pairing Ronnie Harrison to play alongside All-Pro Harrison Smith would be quite the combination. Harrison excels in the box, playing against the run, and would complement Smith well. The Vikings would add to a great defensive unit with the addition of Ronnie Harrison.

31. New England Patriots: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

After losing Malcom Butler to the Titans and losing the Super Bowl to the Eagles, it is evident the Pats could use some help in the secondary. Mike Hughes would be a great add for the Patriots, and could start right away. Hughes is a great cover corner and also offers value on special teams as a return specialist. Hughes to New England would be a solid move for both sides.

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Jason Peters has had a tremendous career in the NFL, but his age is starting to catch up with him. They should start to think about life after him. Kolton Miller wowed teams at the NFL Combine, and has done enough to enter the First Round conversation. Miller is a great athlete and has the size and ability to translate into a solid starter at the next level. Miller did a great job as Josh Rosen’s blindside protector, and in this case he finds a home for the defending Super Bowl Champs.

MORE NFL DRAFT:
2018 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 2-Round Projections w/ Trades
2018 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants 7-Round Projections
2018 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns 7-Round Projections & Roster Outlook
2018 NFL Draft Team Previews: Picks 1-10
2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 50 Prospects Post-Combine (w/ Gifs)
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Post-Combine (w/ GIFS)

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

34. New York Giants: Tyler Crosby, OT, Oregon

35. Cleveland Browns: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

36. Indianapolis Colts: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland

37. Indianapolis Colts: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia

39. Chicago Bears: James Daniels, C, Iowa

40. Denver Broncos: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

41. Oakland Raiders: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

42. Miami Dolphins: Leighton Vander-Esch, LB, Boise St.

43. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State

44. Washington Redskins: Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

45. Green Bay Packers: DJ Chark, WR, LSU

46. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

47. *Denver Broncos: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

The trade: ARI recieves- Pick #5
DEN recieves- Pick #15, Pick #47, ARI 2019 Round 1

48. Los Angeles Chargers: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

49. Indianapolis Colts: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina

50. Dallas Cowboys: Taven Byran, DT, Florida

51. Detroit Lions: Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada

52. Baltimore Ravens: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.

*53. Oakland Raiders: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

The trade: BUF recieves- Pick #10
OAK recieves- Pick #12, Pick #53

54. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontae Jackson, CB, LSU

55. Carolina Panthers: Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest

56. Buffalo Bills: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

57. Tennessee Titans: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

58. Atlanta Falcons: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida St.

59. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State

61. Jacksonville Jaguars: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC

62. Minnesota Vikings: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

63. New England Patriots: Kyle Lauletta, QB, University of Richmond

64. Cleveland Browns: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

Thought it would be fun to list the biggest “Winners” from this mock draft:

1. Cleveland Browns: QB Sam Darnold, EDGE Bradley Chubb, DT Maurice Hurst, RB Sony Michel, OT Chukwuma Okorafor

Okay, that is one serious haul for the Browns. If they walk out of the first two rounds with something of that caliber they will surely be in the 2018 playoff race

2. Indianapolis Colts: OG Quenton Nelson, CB Isaiah Oliver, WR DJ Moore, LB Darius Leonard

The Colts have a lot of selections early, and they would be wise to select the best players available at all times since they have a lot of needs. Adding a group of talent like this would be remarkable.

3. Denver Broncos: CB Jaire Alexander, RB Nick Chubb, TE Mike Gesicki, 2019 ARI Round 1

By trading down, Denver is still able to land a top CB prospect, land Mike Gesicki, and acquire 2019 First Round pick. And if that wasn’t good enough, they land Nick Chubb as well.

4. New England Patriots: OT Mike McGlinchey, CB Mike Hughes, EDGE Sam Hubbard, QB Kyle Lauletta

The Pats address multiple positions of need, and grab a potential successor to Tom Brady late in Round 2. I would consider that a major success.

5. Buffalo Bills: QB Josh Rosen, OG Isaiah Wynn, OT Orlando Brown

The Bills did it! They traded up and landed a top QB. And they still were able to keep picks #22 and #56, which they used wisely to revamp their O-Line.

MORE NFL DRAFT:
2018 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 2-Round Projections w/ Trades
2018 NFL Mock Draft: New York Giants 7-Round Projections
2018 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns 7-Round Projections & Roster Outlook
2018 NFL Draft Team Previews: Picks 1-10
2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 50 Prospects Post-Combine (w/ Gifs)
2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Post-Combine (w/ GIFS)

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