2018 NFL Mock Draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

I guess it’s never too early for a mock draft. With a little tweaking of last month’s draft order, here's a first-round mock for 2018.

1) New York Jets - Josh Allen/QB/Wyoming: I'm told the New York Jets believe they can win five games this season, which means a two- or three-win season could be on the way. Allen was dominant in the middle of 2016 and I expect him to improve this season. I've never hidden my affection for Allen as a next level prospect nor my belief that he's the best pick for the Jets. A September 2 matchup in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes could set the tone for Allen.

2) San Francisco 49ers - Sam Darnold/QB/USC: Darnold lost his top receivers, starting tight end and a few key offensive linemen, so it's really on his shoulders this year.

3) Buffalo Bills - Lamar Jackson/QB/Louisville: If Jackson improves as a passer he'll fly up boards.

4) Chicago Bears - Courtland Sutton/WR/SMU: Sutton would have contended to be a first-round pick this year. He's a big, dominant and game-controlling receiver who can help replace Alshon Jeffery.  Like Mike Williams of Clemson, he'll have to run a decent forty time in pre-draft workouts.

5) Cleveland Browns - Minkah Fitzpatrick/CB/Alabama: Cornerback was one of the few positions not addressed by the Browns last week.

6) Los Angeles Chargers - Josh Rosen/QB/UCLA: Hometown flavor makes this a perfect fit.

7) New Orleans Saints - Derrius Guice/RB/LSU: Guice is a perfect fit for the Saints offense.

8) Los Angeles Rams - Jaire Alexander/CB/Louisville: Alexander is a little small but is a terrific cover corner.

9) Jacksonville Jaguars - Arden Key/DE/LSU: Key is the pass rusher the Jaguars need. If he pulls it together, gets on the field this season and improves his game, he could end up a top-five pick.

10) Minnesota Vikings - Vita Vea/DT/Washington: Vea could end up in the top five -- he's that well thought of in the scouting community.

11) Cleveland Browns (from Houston) - Christian Kirk/WR/Texas A&M: Another offensive weapon for future starting quarterback DeShone Kizer.

12) Washington Redskins - Quenton Nelson/G/Notre Dame: The need for guard was not addressed and Nelson is a dominant one.

13) Arizona Cardinals - Calvin Ridley/WR/Alabama: I don't think third-round receiver Chad Williams is the answer.

14) Cincinnati Bengals - Bradley Chubb/DE/NC State: The Bengals took pass rushers in the third and fourth round in this year's draft, but Chubb brings elite talent.

15) Indianapolis Colts - Mike McGlinchey/OT/Notre Dame: McGlinchey comes off a somewhat disappointing season but has shown dominance in the past and has the versatility to be used at several offensive line positions.

16) Detroit Lions - Sam Hubbard/DE/Ohio State: Hubbard could eventually develop into a top-10 talent.

17) Carolina Panthers - Derwin James/S/FSU: Youth at the safety position will be a priority next April.

18) Philadelphia Eagles - Saquon Barkley/RB/Penn State: The Eagles missed out on Christian McCaffrey this year, and the need for a true feature ball carrier will be imperative.

19) Baltimore Ravens - Harold Landry/Edge Rusher/Boston College: Third-round pick Tim Williams has great upside but also big bust potential.

20) Denver Broncos - Christian Wilkins/DL/Clemson: Wilkins is a versatile lineman who can play several positions up front.

21) New York Giants - Martinas Rankin/OT/Mississippi State: The Giants didn't draft a left tackle as everyone thought. Rankin fills the void.

22) Tampa Bay Bucs - Royce Freeman/RB/Oregon: Freeman is a big, strong ball carrier who'll take the pressure off Jameis Winston.

23) Tennessee Titans - Ronnie Harrison/S/Alabama: Harrison is a large, intimidating strong safety who would be an improvement over Da'Norris Searcy.

24) Miami Dolphins - Mason Cole/OL/Michigan: The Dolphins answered many of their defensive needs in this draft, so I expect them to fortify the offense next year -- especially with a lineman like Cole who can play three different positions.

25) Seattle Seahawks - Tarvarus McFadden/CB/FSU: Depending on what happens with Richard Sherman, a tall, talented cornerback could be in the offing for the Seahawks in 2018.

26) Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Gesicki/TE/Penn State: A bit of a sleeper, Gesicki is large and athletic and has a terrific game.

27) Oakland Raiders - Nick Chubb/RB/Georgia: Chubb could go much earlier in the draft if he's healthy and plays up to expectations in 2017.

28) Green Bay Packers - Troy Fumagalli/TE/Wisconsin: Fumagalli could start as a No. 2 tight end and develop into a starter as Martellus Bennett's career winds down.

29) Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City) - Josey Jewell/LB/Iowa: This will come as a surprise to many but Jewell reminds me of a Kiko Alonso-type who can play multiple linebacker positions.

30) Atlanta Falcons - Billy Price/OC-OG/Ohio State: The versatile Price can play any of the three interior offensive line spots.

31) New England Patriots - Lowell Lotulelei/DT/Utah: A great complement to Malcom Brown in the middle of the defensive line.

32) Dallas Cowboys - Donnie Miles/S/North Carolina: Safety was one of the few spots on defense not addressed in the early part of the draft by the Cowboys. The Super Bowl champs address the position here with Miles, who will pair perfectly with Byron Jones.