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NFL Mock Draft 2018: Lamar Jackson falls to Cardinals, Quenton Nelson drops to Bears

For as many pleasantness as Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, and Saquon Barkley have gotten this breeze season, dual other can’t-miss prospects competence finish adult hidden a uncover when we demeanour behind during this breeze in 5 or so years. 

Notre Dame ensure Quenton Nelson competence usually be a best awaiting available. Odds are, during slightest a few of a teams that are going to pass on him for a quarterback will be kicking themselves for ignoring a sure-fire awaiting after their quarterback never develops into a authorization savior they suspicion he’d become. They competence even be some-more indignant after another quarterback, taken many after in a initial round, develops into a starting-caliber quarterback. I’m articulate about Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, who has been overlooked this breeze season because of a top-heavy inlet of a quarterback category and given there are pundits out there who consider his ability set can’t interpret to a NFL, that doesn’t make many clarity to me deliberation we’re in an epoch of descent football that clearly prioritizes athleticism during a quarterback position. I’m not observant that Jackson is a improved awaiting than a 4 quarterbacks listed above, nonetheless we am observant it competence make some-more clarity for a quarterback-needy group situated outward a tip 10 (like a Bills and Cardinals) to wait for Jackson rather than trade divided a happening to pierce adult to take Mayfield or Rosen.

In this iteration of my ridicule draft, we motionless to take a demeanour during a best destinations for both of those players. Let’s start with Nelson.

The 6-foot-5, 329-pound ensure out of Notre Dame has been compared to Larry Allen (an 11-time Pro Bowler) and Steve Hutchinson (a seven-time Pro Bowler). An NFC group crew executive told NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein that Nelson is “one of a best run blockers I’ve ever evaluated, nonetheless he’s not a guilt in pass protection.” That same executive called Nelson an “alpha who can pierce (an) a– kicking mindset into your position room.” In other words, he competence be a ideal descent ensure prospect.

There’s not a group in a fasten that couldn’t use Nelson on a roster. Wherever he winds up, he’ll expected rise into a actor many consider he’ll become. But there’s one finish in sold that truly seems like a ideal fit for both group and player. That group is a Chicago Bears.

The Bears cut weight this offseason by releasing a handful of plain maestro contributors, including four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton. So, an opening on their descent line exists. The Bears also need to make descent line a priority after examination promising immature quarterback Mitchell Trubisky post a 48.7 passer rating underneath vigour in his rookie season, that ranked 34th out of 40 competent quarterbacks, per Pro Football Focus. They’ve already finished good to give Trubisky a crowd of pass-catching weapons in giveaway agency. Now, it’s time to indurate his protection. Finally, as a partial of their coaching overhaul, a Bears went out and hired Harry Hiestand as their descent line coach. Hiestand is entrance off a six-year run with Notre Dame, where he coached … we guessed it, Nelson.

The usually problem is, it seems doubtful that Nelson will tumble to a Bears, a group that has watched players like Aaron Donald and Melvin Ingram get comparison one collect before they were on a time in new drafts. But it’s not impossible. After a 5-11 season, a Bears lay during No. 8 in a breeze order. There’s a unequivocally good possibility that 4 of a initial 7 picks will be quarterbacks. There’s also a unequivocally good possibility that another collect will be used on using behind Saquon Barkley. When we put it that way, a thought starts to take shape. But all it takes is one group to hurt a Bears’ dreams. Below, you’ll find a trustworthy approach that sees Nelson descending to a Bears. If we wish to see how a unfolding that involves a Bears trade adult to land Nelson would play out, check out Will Brinson’s ridicule from Tuesday

As for Jackson, we don’t consider there’s a possibility in ruin he’ll be taken above Darnold, Allen, Rosen, and Mayfield, that manners out a Browns (who’ll take a QB during No. 1), Jets (who’ll take a QB during No. 3), and Broncos (who will take a QB during No. 5). That leaves dual expected destinations for Jackson: Buffalo and Arizona. Both teams sealed overpass quarterbacks this offseason (AJ McCarron and Sam Bradford), nonetheless both are lacking quarterbacks to lead them into a future. we motionless to ridicule Jackson to a Cardinals — not a Bills — given we consider a Bills, with all of their breeze picks, are going to trade adult to take one of a big-four quarterbacks. They reason a 12th and 22nd altogether picks, that means they could, in theory, send both of those to a group like a Colts, who already traded down once from No. 3 to No. 6. If they did that, they’d substantially collect Mayfield — not Jackson — during No. 6.

If you’re wondering because a Bills would trade from No. 12 to No. 6 when teams slotted in from No. 7 to No. 11 have some-more obligatory needs than quarterback, usually demeanour during what happened final year when the Bears traded adult from No. 3 to No. 2 to squeeze Mitchell Trubisky even nonetheless a 49ers substantially weren’t going to take a quarterback during No. 2. They finished that pierce fearing another group relocating forward of them to take Trubisky. The Bills could fear a same thing. After all, a quarterback-needy Cardinals are sneaking usually behind them in a breeze order. In this ridicule draft, a Bills pierce adult to take Mayfield while a Cardinals watch Jackson tumble to them during No. 15. In Arizona, Jackson can lay behind Sam Bradford before fasten an offense that includes David Johnson. Meanwhile, a Cardinals get their quarterback though carrying to compensate a high cost for him. Who knows, Jackson competence even finish adult being improved than one or dual of a quarterbacks during a tip of a class. 

OK, let’s get to a whole initial round.

1. Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold, QB, USC. Didn’t we hear? Darnold is allegedly half John Elway, half Jesus after his opening during a stormy (gasp!) Pro Day. The Browns are roughly positively going quarterback with their initial pick. So, they make Darnold their destiny authorization savior. we have some critical gripes with Darnold, nonetheless as distant as we can tell, a NFL village has motionless that it’s possibly Darnold or Josh Allen (someone we also have a ton of gripes with) atop a quarterback leaderboard.

2. New York Giants

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. It’s been unequivocally tough to figure out how new Giants GM Dave Gettleman is going to play this. When he took a job, we was assured he’d go with a quarterback during No. 2 as he prepared to pierce on from Eli Manning. But Gettleman hasn’t given a singular denote that he thinks a Giants need to reconstruct by drafting a new authorization quarterback. Furthermore, the new trade of defensive finish Jason Pierre-Paul signals that they’re prepared to take Chubb here to accelerate their discontinued pass rush. we consider there’s still a possibility a Giants will try to trade out of this spot, nonetheless in this version, nobody is peaceful to offer them enough. A group like a Bills would adore to pierce adult here, nonetheless they’re sitting too distant divided for a Giants to take their offer seriously. So, they breeze Chubb to reinstate JPP. They could do a lot worse than him.

3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The Jets traded adult to take a quarterback. So, that’s what they do. Allen competence need some time to develop, nonetheless he’s in a good mark to do that with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater already in New York.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston)

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. The Bills try to make a pierce adult to No. 4, nonetheless a Browns aren’t meddlesome in relocating out of a tip 10. They take Barkley, who competence be a improved awaiting than Ezekiel Elliott. Suddenly, a Browns’ destiny looks unequivocally bright. In a short-term, a thought of pairing Tyrod Taylor with Barkley is enticing.

5. Denver Broncos

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. GM John Elway already sealed Case Keenum as his overpass quarterback. Now, he gets his destiny authorization quarterback in Rosen, who will lay behind Keenum for a season.

6. Bills (via ridicule trade with Colts (from New York Jets))

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. The Colts aren’t finished trade down, anticipating another quarterback-needy trade partner in a Bills, who sealed AJ McCarron after trade divided Tyrod Taylor but still need a long-term answer during quarterback. Mayfield competence indeed be the top quarterback in a draft so a Bills are some-more than happy to take him. Meanwhile, with bundles of breeze picks (the Colts acquired both of a Bills’ first-round picks in further to No. 53), Colts GM Chris Ballard can build an tangible group around Andrew Luck.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama. The Buccaneers‘ invulnerability finished dead-last in DVOA a deteriorate ago. In Fitzpatrick, a Buccaneers get a versatile defensive behind who is seventh altogether on Chris Trapasso’s large board. Plus, they now have two Fitzpatrick’s on their team.

8. Chicago Bears

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The Bears contend appreciate we to a teams forward of them and take their man in Nelson. Ryan Pace’s successful offseason continues.

9. San Francisco 49ers

Derwin James, SS, Florida State. James is Trapasso’s second-ranked awaiting in a draft, so a 49ers are some-more than happy to take a best actor accessible during No. 9 overall.

10. Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia. This is my third ridicule breeze and each time I’ve had Smith alighting with a Raiders, who desperately need defensive help. They get accurately that in Smith, who seems to be a accord tip linebacker in a draft. For all of a speak about how Jon Gruden will repair a Raiders’ offense, a invulnerability needs to be his tip priority. 

11. Miami Dolphins

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. This one’s a bit apparent given a Dolphins motionless to cut one a game’s best defensive tackles in Ndamukong Suh. Hurst looked like a sure-fire first-rounder until the find of a heart emanate during a combine. However, Hurst has given been privileged to play. So his batch shouldn’t be affected.  

12. Indianapolis Colts (via ridicule trade with Bills (from Cincinnati))

Harold Landry, OLB, Boston CollegeFinally, after trade behind mixed times, a Colts are on a clock. They start by adding a pass-rusher in Landry who finished with 16.5 sacks in 2016. The Colts ranked second-to-last in sacks a year ago.

13. Washington Redskins

Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Earlier this week, our R.J. White wrote about a Redskins’ needs. On tip of that list? Nose tackle, that is where Vea comes into play. “Vea is a defensive tackle who’ll anchor opposite a double team, chuck an descent lineman to a side and make an impact tackle nearby a line of scrimmage,” Trapasso wrote in December. That works.  

14. Green Bay Packers

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. The Packers need cornerbacks even after signing Tramon Williams in giveaway group deliberation where they reside: a NFC North. The Lions have an underrated receiving corps, a Bears signed Allen Robinson, and the Vikings have an unstoppable twin of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The Packers already split ways with Damarious Randall. So, for a second true year, a Packers use their initial collect on a cornerback. This time, they’re removing a cornerback who Zierlein compared to Chris Harris Jr.

15. Arizona Cardinals

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. The Cardinals can’t pierce adult to squeeze a top-four quarterback, nonetheless they’re some-more than OK settling for Jackson, who looks like a ideal quarterback for today’s NFL. In Arizona, Jackson can lay behind Sam Bradford for a deteriorate (or less, deliberation Bradford’s damage history). An offense helmed by Jackson and David Johnson could be officious frightful in a years to come.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Courtland Sutton, WR, Southern Methodist. The Ravens missed out on Allen Robinson and while they did miscarry by signing Michael Crabtree, they still need assistance during receiver a year after Mike Wallace led a group in receiving yards. In a bit of surprise, they pass on Calvin Ridley for Sutton, who averaged 16.5 yards per locate in his college career.

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. The Chargers already have a special front 7 with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram backing adult on a outside. But a interior of a defensive line is a bit of diseased spot. Plus, Corey Liuget usually got strike with a four-game suspension. In Payne, a Chargers are removing a defensive tackle who, in a difference of Zierlein, is “built like a wall of granite.”

18. Seattle Seahawks

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa. Suddenly after a bustling offseason, a Seahawks have a extensive list of needs, from cornerback to a defensive line to a descent line. Here, in a issue of their preference to cut Richard Sherman, they confirm to go cornerback with Jackson still available. He had 8 interceptions final deteriorate alone.

19. Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. The signings of Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson won’t stop a Cowboys from adding another receiver as a Dez Bryant epoch appears to be impending a end. Even if Bryant is still on a register in 2018, a Cowboys need to give Dak Prescott some-more help. Receiver is still an area of need, generally with Terrance Williams recuperating from a damaged foot

20. Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The Lions ranked 20th in sacks final year. Though they’re bringing behind Ezekiel Ansah on a authorization tag, they’re still lacking a second able pass rusher. Last year, Ansah was obliged for 12 sacks. Only one other actor available some-more than 5 sacks (Anthony Zettel with 6.5). Enter: Davenport, who notched a career-high 8.5 sacks final season.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo)

Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Virginia Tech. If Edmunds, who is mostly regarded as a top-15 prospect, somehow falls this far, a Bengals will gladly dip him up, especially after losing Vontaze Burfict to nonetheless another suspension. Edmunds impressed during a combine.

22. Indianapolis Colts (via ridicule trade with Bills (from Kansas City))

Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia. After going with a pass rusher with a initial of their dual first-round picks pleasantness of a Bills, a Colts try to reconstruct an descent line that authorised an NFL-high 56 sacks final year. Wynn is Trapasso’s top-ranked tackle. The Colts are perplexing to win by rebuilding in a trenches.

23. Los Angeles Rams

Leighton Vander Esch, OLB, Boise St. The Rams‘ invulnerability is already officious frightful after adding Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh this offseason. But because stop there? The Rams do need some linebackers after trade divided Alec Ogletree, so they get one here.

24. Carolina Panthers

Will Hernandez, G, UTEPThey’ve got to reinstate Andrew Norwell, who got paid by Jacksonville in giveaway agency. Hernandez — Trapasso’s second-ranked ensure behind Nelson and, fittingly, his 24th-overall prospect — can fill a void. 

25. Tennessee Titans

Rashaan Evans, ILB, AlabamaAvery Williamson over in giveaway agency, so a Titans have a need during linebacker after they addressed other areas in giveaway agency. Evans competence be a final chosen inside linebacker awaiting on a board. He checks in as Trapasso’s third-ranked inside linebacker behind Smith and Edmunds.

26. Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan, DT, Florida. Defensive tackle is one of a Falcons‘ biggest needs after watching Dontari Poe land in Carolina this offseason. Bryan had 4 sacks and 6 tackles for a detriment in his final college season, and is Trapasso’s second-ranked defensive tackle and 17th-ranked awaiting overall.

27. New Orleans Saints

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. I’m adhering with this pick. Even after re-signing Drew Brees, a Saints need to start to ready for life after him. Rudolph competence have a splendid destiny if he is brought along by a right coach. Sean Payton seems like that coach.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville. Defense, defense, defense. Sure, a Steelers have other needs like inside linebacker and safety, nonetheless they’re not going to get a tip awaiting during possibly of those positions with a 28th pick. They can, however, get a starting-caliber cornerback in Alexander who can play alongside Joe Haden, Artie Burns and Cameron Sutton. They’ll residence those other areas after in a draft.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State. Marcedes Lewis is out, so a Jaguars make a pierce for a best parsimonious finish in this class. With Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Goedert, a Jaguars would exaggerate one of a many intriguing immature parsimonious finish tandems in football. 

30. Minnesota Vikings

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. Time to strengthen a quarterback they’re profitable all that income to. With Kirk Cousins signed, a Vikings make a descent line a priority, alighting a tackle who can start right divided on a right side.

31. New England Patriots

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. The Patriots also need descent line assistance after losing Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming in giveaway agency. Enter: Miller, who will container in during left tackle to take on a pivotal pursuit of gripping Tom Brady’s blindside good protected.

32. Philadelphia Eagles

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. The Eagles find their LeGarrette Blount deputy in Guice, who is a champion (he’s been compared to Marshawn Lynch). Guice joins a cabinet that also includes Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, that gives a Eagles one of a many energetic using behind groups in football.

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