Ben Babcock’s 2018 3-Round Mock Draft

Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Tyrod Taylor isn’t a franchise quarterback, but he is a solid quarterback to have while they keep trying to develop a franchise quarterback. Sam Darnold should be that next attempt. He’s considered to be the best quarterback in the draft and he’ll have less pressure on him with Carlos Hyde and Jarvis Landry making it easier on offense as other playmakers, and with Tyrod Taylor to play behind.

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

The Giants would be stupid not to take Barkley here. Their run game is by far the weakest part of their offense and Barkley is one of the top running back prospects of the past several years. Eli Manning has enough left in him. They should take Barkley here and go for a quarterback next year or later in this draft. A great running back makes it easier on any quarterback, so taking Barkley now takes pressure off of Eli Manning and will make it easier on whichever quarterback they go for in the near future.

3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

There’s no clear-cut top quarterback in this draft, to be honest. Many have Allen going no.1 to the Browns, but I’m saying that Darnold edges him out and the Jets take the next best guy. McCown was great for the Jets last year but he is nearing the end of his career so the Jets need to start grooming a new quarterback.

4. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State

The Browns got their quarterback at no.1, now they should add to the defense and take the top pass rusher in the draft. Pairing Chubb with last year’s top pick Myles Garret will be a nasty defensive end duo. No other pick makes sense here.

5. Dever Broncos – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

From what I’ve heard the Broncos are in love with Mayfield, and since they only signed Case Keenum to a 2-year deal it’s clear that they don’t see him being the quarterback of the future in Denver. So they use those two years to groom Mayfield and build a system around him.

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

Quenton Nelson is the best guard prospect the draft has seen in a while, and with quarterback Andrew Luck coming off of an injury they will need to protect Luck as much as possible.

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James, S, Florida State

James is one of the most athletic defensive backs in the draft and has a lot of upside. The Bucs secondary is awful right now, so adding Derwin James is a very good pick here.

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

The Bears could use some help at linebacker. They’ve got a young defense that is really starting to take shape, so adding a big explosive linebacker like Edmunds is a great way to keep building upon that.

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

With Reuben Foster having a lot of off the field issues and not much depth behind him, the 49ers could use a new linebacker. Roquan Smith could fill that hole quite nicely.

10. Oakland Raiders – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

If the Raiders didn’t already have three solid safeties, it’d be Minkah Fitzpatrick here. While Fitzpatrick can play still at the cornerback position it’d be a lot easier for the Raiders to just take someone who is a true cornerback, instead of trying to force Fitzpatrick into that role. It’s for that reason that I think the Raiders should take the top corner, Denzel Ward, at no.10. After signing Tahir Whitehead this offseason, they don’t need a linebacker as much, but if Roquan Smith were to fall to them they’d take him. Since he doesn’t here, they take Denzel Ward, who is a stronger cornerback than what they have on the roster currently. 

11. Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Ryan Tannehill isn’t getting any better. The Dolphins need to start back at square one and develop a new quarterback. They need to work on their cap management and spend the next couple years rebuilding. Rosen is a good start, and with Tannehill in front of him, he won’t have too much pressure on him right away.

12. Buffalo Bills – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

After trading Tyrod Taylor to the Browns it was very obvious that the Bills will need a new quarterback. Lamar Jackson is the best quarterback left and has a very similar skill set to that of Taylor so building the offense around him won’t be as hard.

13. Washington Redskins – Da’ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The Redskins need someone up front on the defense. Payne is a big body that is great at stopping the run. If they can develop is pass rush he’ll be a force to reckon with.

14. Green Bay Packers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

The Packers could use some help in the secondary after losing Morgan Burnett during free agency. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a steal here for them, being a very versatile defensive back that can play wherever they want him to.

15. Arizona Cardinals – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

This one is really tough because the Cardinals really need a receiver too, But I think Larry Fitzgerald has enough left in him that the Cardinals can hold off on a top receiver and address their offensive line first. Wynn is an athletic guard that can make a difference right away. Since Sam Bradford has a history of injuries so protecting him will be a priority, and their offensive line isn’t very deep at all, so getting Wynn here is very good for them.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens have a lot of needs right now, but they should start on the offensive line. They’ve got some problem up front and McGlinchey could help fix those.

17.Las Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The Chargers have a great duo of defensive ends in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Now all they need is someone in between them that can also cuz trouble up front, and Vea can do exactly that.

18. Seattle Seahawks – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

After losing Richard Sherman the Seahawks are left pretty weak at cornerback, so taking Alexander here would be smart.

19. Dallas Cowboys – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

They just released veteran Dez Bryant so they’ll look to replace him quickly. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if they took a linebacker because they have a bigger need there than at wide receiver.

20. Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

The Lions need to add more to their pass rush. Davenport could pair up nicely with Ezekiel Ansah and cause a bit more trouble for quarterbacks.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso

The Bengals don’t have a very strong run game right now, and their passing is inconsistent. Beefing up the offensive line with Hernandez could help improve both of those areas.

22. Buffalo Bills – Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State

Their linebacker core has taken a hit over the past year or so, losing Preston Brown and Zach Brown. Vander Esch is a strong and athletic linebacker that could start right away for the Bills.

23. New England Patriots – Rashaan Evans, OLB, Alabama

The Patriots could still really use a linebacker. Trading for the 23rd pick gives them a chance to take one of the top linebackers. Evans is that top tier linebacker.

24. Carolina Panthers – Justin Reid, S, Stanford

They could use some more depth at safety. Reid is one of the top defensive backs in the draft and could compete for a starting spot in Carolina.

25. Tennessee Titans – Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College

They’ve got plenty of strength in the secondary and two veteran linebackers. All they need is someone to pressure the quarterback. Harold Landry can help boost the weakest part of their defense.

26. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

They lost Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn in free agency, which leaves them weak up front on defense. Taking Taven Bryan is the first step in filling those holes.

27. New Orleans Saints – Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

The Saints haven’t really had much at tight end since losing Jimmy Graham a few years ago. Adding another big receiving threat like Goedert will just make their offense even scarier.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Since all the top linebackers are gone, the Steelers should address their secondary. Replacing Ryan Shazier is a priority, but that doesn’t mean they should be reaching for linebackers too early. Jackson will add valuable depth to the Steelers secondary and they can take a linebacker later. 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

They lost Allen Robinson and Allen Turns in the free agency, which was a big hit. Sutton is the best receiver available here and will make the loss of both Allen’s a little less painful.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Connor Williams, OG, Texas

The Vikings offensive line has some holes that they need to fill. They are going to want to protect their new quarterback Kirk Cousins and make it as easy as possible for running back, Dalvin Cook. Connor Williams can fill one of those holes.

31. New England Patriots – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

After losing Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming the Patriots have a huge hole at offensive tackle. There is no doubt that they will use one of their first-round picks on one, and since Rashaan Evans was available at no.23, they will take Kolton Miller here.

32. Philadelphia Eagles – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

The Eagles lost their two supporting tight ends in the free agency. So they add back some depth here with Hurst.

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

34. New York Giants – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

35. Cleveland Browns – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

36. Indianapolis Colts – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

37. Indianapolis Colts – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

39. Chicago Bears – Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

40. Denver Broncos – Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

41. Oakland Raiders – Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

42. Miami Dolphins – Ronald Jones, RB, USC

43. New England Patriots – Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

44. Washington Redskins – Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia

45. Green Bay Packers – Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

46. Cincinnati Bengals – James Daniels, C, Iowa

47. Arizona Cardinals – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

48. Los Angeles Chargers – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

49. Indianapolis Colts – Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

50. Dallas Cowboys – Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia

51. Detroit Lions – Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

52. Baltimore Ravens – Tegray Scales, ILB, Indiana

53. Buffalo Bills – James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

54. Kansas City Chiefs – Duke Dawson, CB, Florida

55. Carolina Panthers – Rasheem Green, DE, USC

56. Buffalo Bills – Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada

57. Tennessee Titans – Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State

58. Atlanta Falcons – Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

59. San Fransisco 49ers – Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

60. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jerome Baker, OLB, Ohio State 

61. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama

62.  Minnesota Vikings – Brian O’neill, OT, Pittsburgh

63. New England Patriots – Kyle Lauretta, QB, Richmond

64. Cleveland Browns – D.J Chark, WR, LSU

Round 3

65. Buffalo Bills – Will Richardson, OT, NC State

66. New York Giants – Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State

67. Indianapolis Colts – Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

68. Houston Texans – Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

69. New York Giants – Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia

70. San Fransisco 49ers – Tyrell Crosby, OG, Oregon

71. Denver Broncos – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma

72. New York Jets – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

73. Miami Dolphins – B.J Hill, DT, NC State

74. San Fransisco 49ers – Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

75. Oakland Raiders – Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU

76. Green Bay Packers – Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

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

78. Kansas City Chiefs – Tony Adams, OG, NC State

79. Arizona Cardinals – Kyzir White, S, West Virginia

80. Houston Texans – Nathan Shepard, DT, Fort Hays State

81. Dallas Cowboys – Kemoko Turay, Edge, Rutgers

82. Detroit Lions – Oren Burks, OLB, Vanderbilt

83. Baltimore Ravens – Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

84. Los Angeles Chargers – Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida

85. Carolina Panthers – Anthony Everett, CB, Alabama

86. Kansas City Chiefs – Dorian O’daniel, OLB, Clemson

87. Los Angeles Rams – Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa

88. Carolina Panthers – Gerona Christian, OT, Louisville

89. Tennessee Titans – DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State

90. Atlanta Falcons – Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame

91. New Orleans Saints – Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech

92. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

93. Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

94. Minnesota Vikings – Holton Hill, CB, Texas

95. New England Patriots – Tarvarus Mcfadden, CB, Florida State

96. Buffalo Bills – Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

97. Arizona Cardinals – Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

98. Houston Texans – Jamil Demby, OG, Maine

99. Denver Broncos – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

100. Cincinnati Bengals – Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky


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