Matt Maiocco and Scott Bair's 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
With the 2018 NFL Draft a few weeks away, Insiders Matt Maiocco and Scott Bair got together and took turns making first-round selections for all 32 teams.
1, Cleveland: QB Sam Darnold, USC
No matter how bad it gets, Darnold cannot do worse than last year’s 0-16 finish (Maiocco).
2, N.Y. Giants: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Eli’s got a few more good years left. Big Blue banks on that and goes with an explosive rusher that helps them win now. (Bair)
3, N.Y. Jets: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
They will take a QB, but which one? Mayfield and his grit push him over the top (Maiocco).
4, Cleveland: DE Bradley Chubb, N.C. State
The Browns shake a fist at the Giants for taking Barkley, but salivate instead over putting Chubb and Myles Garrett on opposite edges. (Bair)
5, Denver: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
The strong-armed GM calling the shots takes the strongest arm in the draft (Maiocco).
6, Indianapolis: G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
Andrew Luck is on the mend. Indy decides (at long last) to protect him. (Bair)
7, Tampa Bay: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
A do-everything defensive back is a perfect fit for a team that needs help at CB and S (Maiocco).
8, Chicago: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
Bears strengthen their secondary with the draft’s best cover corner (Bair) .
9, 49ERS: LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
He’s 19, and he’s freakishly athletic for his size. The only question is exactly where he should play (Maiocco) .
10, RAIDERS: DT Vita Vea, Washington
The Raiders rue the day they lost that tiebreaking coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine. Edmunds was set to be the pick until GM Maiocco snatched him at No. 9, so we move to Plan B and take the shockingly athletic defensive lineman. He should take heat off Khalil Mack, and help the defensive front as a whole. (Bair)
11, Miami: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Adam Gase has no issues taking a QB who is strong-willed enough to ask a lot of questions (Maiocco).
12, Buffalo: S Derwin James, Florida State
Bills need a quarterback, but won’t reach for one. They take an excellent defensive player who could be a long-term leader in the secondary. (Bair)
13, Washington: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
Sure, Smith is just one player. With his range and playmaking, you’d swear they’re playing with 12 men (Maiocco)
14, Green Bay: DE Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio
Packers need new blood off the edge, and Davenport could develop into a dominant presence off the edge. (Bair)
15, Arizona: T Connor Williams, Texas
With brittle Sam Bradford penciled in as the starting QB, they’ll need to protect him (Maiocco)
16, Baltimore: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Baltimore added Michael Crabtree in free agency, but that’s not enough. The draft’s best receiver remains on the board, and the Ravens jump at the chance to solidify their passing attack. (Bair)
17, L.A. Chargers: DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
His versatility to play both interior positions and rush the passer should fit well in Gus Bradley’s scheme (Maiocco).
18, Seattle: CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
Seattle lost a tall, physical corner by cutting Richard Sherman. They add a young version to re-stock a bare cornerback corps. (Bair)
19, Dallas: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland
He is the rare player who actually measured taller (6-foot) than the height listed on his college roster. (Maiocco)
20, Detroit: DE Harold Landry, Boston College
Lions desperately need a disruptive pass rusher, even with Ziggy Ansah generating heat. There’s lots of buzz around Landry. He could be a steal at No. 20. (Bair)
21, Cincinnati: T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
The big fella steps into either spot on the right side of the line (Maiocco).
22, Buffalo: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
The Bills remained patient, got a good defensive player at No. 12, and still got their quarterback in the first round. Lamar Jackson’s a playmaker. And an NFL-level quarterback. Pairing him with Shady McCoy should strike fear in the opposition. (Bair)
23, New England: T Kolton Miller, UCLA
Rule No. 1: Protect Tom Brady. . . or Giselle and Mr. Kraft will not be happy (Maiocco).
24, Carolina: CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville
The Panthers need cornerback help. Alexander could be a shut-down type. (Bair)
25, Tennessee: WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Wherever he is lined up, Marcus Mariota will find him and he’ll catch a ton of passes (Maiocco).
26, Atlanta: DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
Hurst has been cleared for physical activity after doctors diagnosed him with a heart condition at the NFL combine. The Falcons go after the best interior pass rusher in this draft. Perfectly fills a need. (Bair)
27, New Orleans: G/T Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
Wynn brings some beef to the middle of Saints’ O-line and could later transition to tackle (Maiocco).
28, Pittsburgh: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
Steelers need to replace Ryan Shazier after his career-threatening injury. The Boise State alum’s a tackling machine. (Bair)
29, Jacksonville: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
A young, dynamic defense gets a little younger and dynamic-er (Maiocco).
30, Minnesota: G Will Hernandez, Texas-El Paso
The Vikings need help up front. So. Bad. They paid Kirk Cousins a king’s ransom. Might as well keep him upright. (Bair)
31, New England: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
The succession plan for life without Brady is set. Rudolph is no Garoppolo, but who is? (Maiocco)
32, Philadelphia: TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
Putting Hurst and Zach Ertz on the field at the same time is an offensive coordinator’s dream. (Bair)