2018 NFL Mock Draft: Cardinals move up for Josh Allen; Minkah Fitzpatrick lands with Patriots
There are two trades for quarterbacks in this mock, and Bill Belichick drafts a dynamic defensive back
Everyone expects at least one team to trade up for one of the "big four" quarterbacks in 2018 NFL Draft. How about two aggressive moves into the top 10 to take a signal-caller?
Let's examine how those decisions would have a ripple effect on the rest of the first round.
1. Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. For once, it'd be cool if we didn't know what the team with the No. 1 pick would do with the selection on draft night, but it's trending toward Darnold to Cleveland being a lock by then.
2. New York Giants
3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)
4. Cleveland Browns
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. I've come around to the idea that Ward can go this high despite his smaller stature. Dorsey drafted Marcus Peters in the first round of 2015 with amazing return on investment, and the Browns have a gigantic hole at corner.
5. Arizona Cardinals (via mock trade)
6. Buffalo Bills (via mock trade)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. This may be higher than most have Sutton going, but I can't see the 49ers going defense in Round 1 for the sixth consecutive year with Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy G as the current organizational cornerstones.
10. Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Smith is a Jon Gruden type of player with many athletic similarities to Derrick Brooks.
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Indianapolis Colts (via mock trade)
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. Davenport's film and athletic profile are top-10 worthy, and the Colts love the idea of landing him after trading back. They get pick No. 56 overall (Round 2) and No. 121 (Round 4) from Buffalo in this swap.
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Denver Broncos (via mock trade)
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP. The second guard in the top 15 -- yes, it's becoming a premium position -- has the coaching connection too. Sean Kugler, who was Hernandez's head coach at UTEP, is coaching the Broncos' offensive line now. They net No. 47 (Round 2) and No. 97 (Round 3) by moving back.
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Tennessee Titans (via mock trade with Seahawks)
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College. This pick can be viewed as insurance for the Lions if they can't extend Ziggy Ansah, and Landry doesn't have to be the team's alpha pass-rusher in his rookie campaign.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo)
22. Buffalo Bills
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Bills add the best penetrating defensive tackle in the class to be the heir apparent to Kyle Williams. GM Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott see a lot of Kawann Short in Hurst.
23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
24. Carolina Panthers
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. Cam Newton is at his best when his big arm is accentuated with a variety of vertical shots each game. No receiver is a better deep-ball specalist than Washington. He'll fit wonderfully in Norv Turner's offense.
25. Seattle Seahawks (via mock trade with Titans)
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. Jackson is tall and somewhat long with ridiculous ball skills. He'll be an exquisite fit in Seattle.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Dan Quinn needs a block-eater on his defensive line next to Grady Jarrett, and Vea can be that type of player and provide some pass rush.
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia. Thanks to plus athleticism, underrated strength and outstanding fundamentals, Wynn simply blocks whoever is in front of him. He can play either tackle spot or open up massive running lanes at guard.
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
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