Way-Too-Early 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Similar to last year, I will post my Way-Too-Early Mock Draft one year prior to the start of the actual draft. I think its fun to look back and see how well I predicted the draft from 365 days ago. Looking at this draft, it seems to be a very solid QB class. Right now, it looks like a 3-man race between Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen to be the top quarterback selected. Like always, the team positions were thrown together quickly based off how I think each team will do. Enjoy!

Way-Too-Early 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Los Angeles Rams Sam Darnold QB USC
2. Cleveland Browns Josh Rosen QB UCLA
3. San Francisco 49ers Josh Allen QB Wyoming
4. New York Jets Arden Key DE LSU
5. Denver Broncos Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
6. Jacksonville Jaguars Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson
7. Buffalo Bills Derwin James SS Florida State
8. Minnesota Vikings Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
9. Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
10. Arizona Cardinals Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama
11. Washington Redskins Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
12. Cincinnati Bengals Malik Jefferson DE Texas
13. Miami Dolphins Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State
14. Detroit Lions Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
15 Baltimore Ravens Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
16. Los Angeles Chargers Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
17. Philadelphia Eagles Derrius Guice RB LSU
18. Carolina Panthers Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
19. New York Giants Cameron Smith LB USC
20. Indianapolis Colts Connor Williams OT Texas
21. New Orleans Saints Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina State
22. Buffalo Bills (from KC) Shaun Dion Hamilton LB Alabama
23. Cleveland Browns (from HOU) Tyquan Lewis DE Ohio State
24. Atlanta Falcons Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State
25. Tennessee Titans Harold Landry DE Boston College
26. Seattle Seahawks Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trey Adams OT Washington
28. Pittsburgh Steelers Iman Marshall CB USC
29. Dallas Cowboys Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
30. Oakland Raiders Courtland Sutton WR SMU
31. Green Bay Packers Quenton Nelson OL Notre Dame
32. New England Patriots Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State

Breakdown of the Top 5:

1.) LOS ANGELES RAMS – Sam Darnold, QB, USC

I think the Jared Goff experiment comes to a close after the 2017 season as the Rams finish with the worst record in the NFL. With the first pick, I think the select Sam Darnold, my top QB heading into this season. Darnold has the size and arm talent to be a very good QB in the NFL.

2.) CLEVELAND BROWNS – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Like Darnold, Rosen has a tremendous arm. I think the Browns finally get their franchise QB in this draft. Rosen could easily be in contention for the number one pick come April.

3.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

There’s little doubt in my mind that the first three picks of this draft will all be quarterbacks, regardless if it is by team finish or trades. Josh Allen could have been the top QB selected in the 2017 draft, but he decided to return to school. Similar to Rosen/Darnold, he very well could be the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

4.) NEW YORK JETS – Arden Key, DE, LSU

With the departure of Myles Garrett, Arden Key is arguably the most explosive pass rusher in college football. He has tremendous size and speed off the edge. Expect Key to be one of the first defensive players to come off the board.

5.) DENVER BRONCOS – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Denver very well could take a fall this upcoming season with poor QB play and an aging defense. If a QB prospect is not available, expect Denver to solidify their left tackle position and select Mike McGlinchey. He could be their starter for the next 8-10 years at the position.

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