2018 Mock Draft #1

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

By Chris Losey

1 Cleveland Browns select QB Sam Darnold USC

2 New York Giants select OG Quenton Nelson Notre Dame

3 New York Jets select QB Josh Rosen UCLA

4 Cleveland Browns select RB Saquon Barkley Penn State

5 Denver Broncos select QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma

6 Indianapolis Colts select DE Bradley Chubb N.C. State

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers select S Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama

8 Chicago Bears select CB Denzel Ward Ohio State

9 San Francisco 49ers select S Derwin James Florida State

10 Oakland Raiders select LB Trumaine Edmunds Virginia Tech

11 Miami Dolphins select DT Vita Vea Washington

12 Buffalo Bills select LB Roquan Smith Georgia

13 Washington select CB Josh Jackson Iowa

14 Green Bay Packers select DE Marcus Davenport UTSA

15 Arizona Cardinals select QB Josh Allen Wyoming

16 Baltimore Ravens select WR Calvin Ridley Alabama

17 Los Angeles Chargers select QB Lamar Jackson Louisville

18 Seattle Seahawks select OT Connor Williams Texas

19 Dallas Cowboys select WR Courtland Sutton SMU

20 Detroit Lions select RB Derrius Guice LSU

21 Cincinnati Bengals select Leighton Vander Esch Boise State

22 Buffalo Bills select QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State

23 Los Angeles Rams select Rashaan Evans Alabama

24 Carolina Panthers select OG Will Hernandez UTEP

25 Tennessee Titans select DE Harold Landry Boston College

26 Atlanta Falcons select OG Isaiah Wynn Georgia

27 New Orleans Saints select TE Hayden Hurst South Carolina

28 Pittsburgh Steelers select  LB Lorenzo Carter Georgia

29 Jacksonville Jaguars select WR Christian Kirk Texas A&M

30 Minnesota Vikings select OT Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame

31 New England Patriots select CB Mike Hughes UCF

32 Philadelphia Eagles select WR D.J. Moore Maryland

I have the Bills selecting the best interior linebacker in the draft, Roquan Smith. The Georgia product has top-end athleticism and football smarts, and would finally provide the anchor that the Bills defense has lacked since the days of London Fletcher. With pick 22, I have them reaching for Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. I am not enamored with Rudolph, as he struggles with arm strength and ball placement, and can get into trouble at times with poor mechanics. He is decent at reading the field and plays well within the confines of the offensive system, but can struggle if forced to ad-lib. Although he doesn’t have a very strong arm, he throws an excellent deep ball, as touch and accuracy are on point. Rudolph’s struggles are more or less with the intermediate passing game, and is considered a project.

While I am hoping they go all-in and trade up for a quarterback like Josh Rosen, I’m not sure GM Brandon Beane will be fearless enough to get his franchise QB at all costs, like we’ve seen with Philadelphia’s Howie Roseman and Los Angeles’ Les Snead, who both trading up to the top of the 2016 draft to select Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

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