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Norris: Final 2018 Mock Draft

by Josh Norris
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Rotoworld Football crew will have the NFL draft covered intensively Thursday through Sunday with blurbs on each player selected, a live pick-by-pick draft tracker, a day-two mock before Friday’s second round kicks off, fantasy analysis on how drafted rookies impact veterans, post-draft grades, Dynasty Rookie Rankings, and much more. 


I will be hosting podcasts following day one and two. Also, a Facebook Live will be available at 2:00 ET on Thursday to answer all of your questions. Plus, I will be streaming during the draft.


This is what I think will happen. I hate that it doesn't include a receiver...


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1. Cleveland Browns - QB Sam Darnold, USC - The only opinion that matters in the draft room is John Dorsey’s.

 

2. New York Giants - RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State - I’m so close to making this Chubb, but from their view (GM and owner) Barkley might be extending Eli’s career.

 

3. New York Jets (via IND) - QB Josh Rosen, UCLA - The consensus seems to be Baker, but a typically tight-lipped organization might be looking in a different direction.

 

4. Cleveland Browns - EDGE Bradley Chubb, NC State - Tempted by offers to move down, but Dorsey sides with Chubb to pair with Myles Garrett.

 

5. Denver Broncos - G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame - The easiest evaluation in this class. The Kubiak connection could mean Keenum is given a legitimate shot.

 

6. Indianapolis Colts - LB Roquan Smith, Georgia - Ballard might move down, but Roquan is an easy evaluation and a piece to build around. The Colts already have so many picks.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - S Derwin James, FSU - Safety, slot corner, outside corner, linebacker. James does it all.

 

8. Chicago Bears - LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech - Let an athletic linebacker run behind Akiem Hicks.

 

9. (TRADE) Arizona Cardinals (via SF) - QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma - Steve Keim called a quarterback search the “holy grail” for an NFL organization.

 

10. (TRADE) Green Bay Packers (via OAK) - CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State - Corner is the top Packers need. By far. So the new wave trades up for the top name. Here GB makes a deal with a former employee in Reggie McKenzie (and Jon Gruden).

 

11. Miami Dolphins - DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama - A tight end eraser for a team that faces Gronk twice a year.

 

12. Buffalo Bills - QB Josh Allen, Wyoming - The Bills will exit with a quarterback, either at 12 or by trading up. There is too much pressure inside and outside the organization not to.

 

13. Washington Redskins - DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama - Payne over Vea is a surprise. They might trade down a few spots in this scenario.

 

14. (TRADE) Oakland Raiders (via GB) - DL Vita Vea, Washington - I’m very tempted to go tackle, but Vea received recent buzz.

 

15. (TRADE) San Francisco 49ers (via ARI) - EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College - The 49ers dropped down after missing out on the two linebackers. But Landry offers pass rushing skills that are unmatched on the roster.

 

16. Baltimore Ravens - QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Ozzie rides off into the sunset after picking the Ravens future quarterback.

 

17. Los Angeles Chargers - DL Taven Bryan, Florida - Upfield disruptors from the interior are always drafted highly.

 

18. Seattle Seahawks - EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - I expect the Seahawks to trade out of this pick unless a talent like Davenport is on the board.

 

19. Dallas Cowboys - LB Leighton Vander-Esch, Boise State - This pick is LVE, Vea or receiver.

 

20. (TRADE) New England Patriots (via DET) - T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame - The Patriots move up a couple of spots to secure the top tackle. They trade with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, two former longtime Patriots.

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals (via BUF) - C/G Frank Ragnow, Arkansas - Likely the second interior offensive linemen off the board.

 

22. Buffalo Bills - C /G Billy Price, Ohio State - The Bills reportedly want to keep their second-round one selection. To me that means an interior offensive lineman or linebacker.

 

23. (TRADE) Detroit Lions (via NE) - S Justin Reid, Stanford - Versatile defensive back who is smart and one of the top athletes at his position.

 

24. Carolina Panthers - CB Josh Jackson, Iowa - I would side with Ragnow or Price here. Outside chance of Calvin Ridley, but follow the money and you see the Panthers tried to invest in a corner this offseason but settled for a short deal with Ross Cockrell.

 

25. (TRADE) Cleveland Browns (via TEN) - T Kolton Miller, UCLA - A trade up from 33 (the Browns moved up to 29 last year for 33 and a 4th). Miller is the long-term solution at left tackle. He won’t get beyond the Eagles.

 

26. Atlanta Falcons - CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville - With Taven Bryan off the board it is a corner in round one, then interior disruptors rounds two and three.

 

27. New Orleans Saints - CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado - The Saints displayed a lot of interest in receiver prospects, but I’ll side with the long and smart corner.

 

28. Pittsburgh Steelers - LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama - This was between Evans, Guice and Bates. The Steelers lack of speed at linebacker after Ryan Shazier’s injury crippled the defense.

 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars - G Will Hernandez, UTEP - The Jaguars could lose one guard and the right tackle after 2018. Enter Hernandez, who is a mauling blocker. Hayden Hurst is also possible.

 

30. Minnesota Vikings - G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia - Hernandez would be a fit as well. Wynn is a plug and play guard.

 

31. New England Patriots - C James Daniels, Iowa - Late buzz for Daniels, who could thrive in the run blocking system thanks to his athleticism.

 

32. Philadelphia Eagles - CB Mike Hughes, UCF - Slot corner and returner is the top need. Tackle in a trade out is possible as well.


Bonus:

Titans - EDGE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

Texans - T Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Rams - LB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State

Josh Norris

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for NBC Sports Edge and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .