Redrafting the 2018 NFL Draft
Redrafting the 2018 NFL Draft
While it's only been two years since the 2018 NFL Draft, there's been plenty that teams wish they could change. Here is NBC Sports Washington's 2018 NFL Redraft.
1. Cleveland Browns: Lamar Jackson
Original Pick: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Notes: The easiest selection of this entire redraft was the first selection. How could it be anyone but Lamar Jackson?
In his first season as a full-time starter, Jackson led the Ravens to a 14-2 record, led the league in touchdown passes and broke Michael Vick's single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. The league's reigning MVP has an extremely bright future ahead of him and is the consensus No. 1 pick in this redraft.
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley
School: Penn State
Original Pick: Barkley (no change)
Notes: Taking a running back this high in the draft has been extremely rare as of late, especially with the idea that RBs are the most replaceable position on the field.
However, Barkley has been as good as advertised -- and then some -- for the New York Giants. If Big Blue had a chance to redo this pick, they wouldn't change a thing.
3. New York Jets: Quenton Nelson
School: Notre Dame
Original Pick: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Notes: In 2018, the Jets took Darnold with this pick, and the jury is still out on the passer. Nelson fell three picks to the Colts and has been an All-Pro both of his NFL seasons. The Jets offensive line has been among the worst in the league over the past few years.
In New York's case, remember, they had signed Teddy Bridgewater the month earlier (they would trade him to New Orleans during training camp). In 2020, would the Jets rather have Teddy and Nelson over Darnold? I think so.
4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward
School: Ohio State
Original Pick: Ward (no change)
Notes: A cornerback at No. 4 is also uncommon, but Ward has shown tremendous promise and potential in his two seasons with the Browns. Cleveland hit with this pick originally, and there's no reason to change it.
5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield
Original Pick: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
Notes: The Broncos were interested in taking a QB at this selection in 2018, but chose to go best player available in Chubb when Mayfield and Darnold were off the board. In this redraft, Denver has the choice between the two, and the Broncos select their passer of the future in Mayfield.
6. Indianapolis Colts: Darius Leonard
School: South Carolina State
Original Pick: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Notes: The Colts hit the jackpot with their first two picks in the 2018 draft in Nelson and Leonard. With Nelson already off the board in the redraft, Indianapolis nabs Leonard an entire round earlier than they originally selected the All-Pro linebacker.
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen
Original Pick: Allen (no change)
Notes: Josh Allen has gotten better each year for the Bills, as Buffalo enters the 2020 season as the AFC East favorites. The Bills don't change a thing when Allen is still on the board at No. 7 in this redraft.
8. Chicago Bears: Bradley Chubb
School: NC State
Original Pick: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Notes: Can you imagine a pass rush duo of Chubb and Khalil Mack? Smith has been solid for Chicago, but there's no way the Bears pass up the opportunity to add an excellent pass rusher in Chubb here.
9. San Francisco 49ers: DJ Moore
Original Pick: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Notes: The 49ers have been craving that true No. 1 wideout since Kyle Shanahan became head coach. Here, they get that in Moore, who's been one of the most underrated pass-catchers in the NFL since his arrival in 2018. Moore finished with nearly 1,200 receiving yards on 87 catches in 2019.
10. Arizona Cardinals: Sam Darnold
Original Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Notes: Rosen did not work out in the desert, as the Cardinals shipped him to Miami after one season and made Kyler Murray their QB of the future. Well, the Cardinals wouldn't have been faced with that scenario if they had Darnold, whom they snag here at 10 in the redraft.
11. Miami Dolphins: Derwin James
School: Florida State
Original Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Notes: James initially fell into the Chargers laps at pick No. 17 in 2018, but his slide doesn't make it past Miami in this redraft. The FSU product was a first-team All-Pro as a rookie, and while an injury derailed his sophomore season, he remains one of the best young DBs in the sport.
It's worth noting that Fitzpatrick has been an incredible player, too, but he only made the jump to that level after he left Miami for Pittsburgh.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Daron Payne
Original Pick: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Notes: Payne, who was taken by Washington 13th in 2018, goes one selection earlier in our 2018 redraft. The defensive tackle has been a solid contributor for Washington over the past two seasons and is primed to make a jump in Year 3.
13. Washington Redskins: Minkah Fitzpatrick
Original Pick: Daron Payne, DT, Alabama
Notes: With both Derwin James and Payne off the board, the Redskins select Fitzpatrick here. Many fans wanted the Redskins to take either Fitzpatrick or James in 2018, and they get their wish in our redraft.
The Alabama product would have been an instant starter and contributor for a defense that desperately needed safety help at the time. He and Landon Collins (should he still sign with Washington a year later) would make one devastating duo on the back end of the defense.
14. New Orleans Saints: Leighton Vander Esch
School: Boise State
Original Pick: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Notes: The Saints traded up 16 spots originally to land Davenport, who's been solid for New Orleans. But with Vander Esch still on the board, the Saints cannot pass up the linebacker here. As a rookie, Vander Esch was named to the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro squad. Injuries derailed his sophomore season, but he's still one of the brightest young linebackers in the game.
15. Las Vegas Raiders: Orlando Brown
Original Pick: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Notes: Coming out of Oklahoma, Brown was considered one of the best offensive tackles in the 2018 class. That was until the Scouting Combine. Brown had a forgetful performance at the annual event in Indianapolis, an effort that caused him to slide all the way to the third round. But since being drafted by Baltimore, Brown has turned into a Pro Bowl tackle and arguably the best one in this class. Brown doesn't have a slide in our redraft, as he goes 15 to the Raiders.
16. Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds
School: Virginia Tech
Original Pick: Edmunds (no change)
Notes: Even with Roquan Smith still on the board, the Bills stick with their original pick and take the athletic linebacker from Virginia Tech. Edmunds has been an anchor for Buffalo's defense since he arrived and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2019. The Bills struck gold with their selection here and don't change a thing in the redraft.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Roquan Smith
Original Pick: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State
Notes: With James well off the board, the Chargers nab one of the more athletic linebackers in the class in Smith, who is surprisingly still on the board. In his two seasons with the Bears, he's notched over 100 tackles despite not playing a full 16 game season.
18. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander
Original Pick: Alexander (no change)
Notes: Entering the 2018 draft, the Packers were desperate for cornerback help. In his two years in Green Bay, Alexander has evolved into a true No. 1 corner. The Louisville product didn't make the sophomore jump in 2019 many expected, but he was constantly covering the opponents No. 1 wideout. Alexander has a bright future in Green Bay and the Packers are fortunate to nab him once again in our redraft.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Andrews
Position: Tight end
Original Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Notes: At this point, the Cowboys were entering the post-Jason Witten era and in need of a tight end. Enter Mark Andrews, who has emerged as one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL in his two years in the league. Dak Prescott and Andrews would make on heck of a combination, especially in the red zone.
20. Detroit Lions: Frank Ragnow
Original Pick: Ragnow (no change)
Notes: Taking a center in the first round worked out well for the Lions in 2018, as Ragnow has transformed to arguably the team's best offensive lineman. Over the past two years, Ragnow has started all but one game for Detroit and been a solid presence along the line. The Lions could have gone a few other directions at this selection, but stick with what worked in Ragnow.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Vita Vea
Original Pick: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
Notes: The Bengals had plenty of other needs at this time, but they go the best player available and select defensive tackle Vita Vea. In his second-year, Vea started all 16 games for Tampa Bay and was a dominant force against the run. Pair him with Geno Atkins in Cincinnati and you have one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the NFL.
22. Tennessee Titans: Courtland Sutton
Original pick: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Notes: In this scenario, the Titans don't need to draft A.J. Brown in 2019, as they grab their No. 1 wideout a year earlier in Sutton. The wideout had a breakout season a year ago, catching 72 passes for over 1,100 yards and six touchdowns for the Broncos. Sutton has emerged as one of the best young pass-catchers in the NFL, and the Titans are lucky for him still to be on the board here at No. 22.
23. New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey
School: Notre Dame
Original Pick: Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia
Notes: After the departure of Nate Solder, the Patriots were desperate for a new left tackle. With McGlinchey still on the board here at No. 23, the choice is easy for the Patriots. McGlinchey has played both right guard and right tackle in the NFL, but played primarily left tackle in college.
24. Carolina Panthers: Calvin Ridley
Original Pick: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
Notes: With Moore off the board, the Panthers select Ridley with this pick, two slots before where he originally landed with the Falcons. In his two seasons, Ridley has topped 800 yards in both and is primed for a breakout third season with Atlanta. With Moore unavailable in this redraft, I'm sure the Panthers would not mind at all keeping Ridley out of Atlanta.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Nick Chubb
Original Pick: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Notes: Over the past two seasons, Nick Chubb has been one of the hardest players for the Ravens defense to stop. This past year, Chubb practically single-handily ran the Browns to a victory over Baltimore. So, in our redraft, the Ravens don't let Chubb reached the Browns in the second round, as they nab him at pick No. 25.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Davenport
Original Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Notes: Davenport has been decently productive in his two seasons with the Saints. With the top three wide receivers off the board at this point, the Falcons grab a much-needed edge rusher in the UTSA product. Davenport had his first full-time opportunity in 2019 and totaled six sacks and over 30 tackles in just 13 games.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Kolton Miller
Original Pick: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Notes: Throughout Russell Wilson's tenure in Seattle, the team has rarely had a solid offensive line across the board. During the 2018 offseason, the Seahawks acquired Duane Brown, and he's been a Pro Bowl left tackle since. Now, imagine if they added Miller at No. 27 instead of taking a luxury pick in Penny? Both bookends of the offensive line would be set for the near future, and no one would benefit more than Wilson.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: D.J. Chark
Original Pick: Terrell Edmunds, Safety, Virginia Tech
Notes: No one could have predicted Antonio Brown's fallout at the end of the 2018 season. But had they used their late first-round pick on Chark, an explosive wideout from LSU, the Steelers offense would have been lethal in 2018, and still had plenty of pass-catchers even after Brown's departure. Chark has established himself as a solid wide receiver in Jacksonville; imagine how good he would be if Ben Roethlisberger was his QB.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert
School: South Dakota State
Position: Tight end
Original Pick: Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
Notes: The Jags have longed a good tight end, ever since the lucrative signing of Julius Thomas didn't work out. Enter Goedert. Even as the Eagles No. 2 tight end, Goedert has found a way to be productive in Philadelphia. In 2019, Goedert turned in a stellar campaign with 58 catches for 607 yards and five TDs. In Jacksonville, Goedert would be a great option for young QB Gardner Minshew as he continues to grow as a paser.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Donte Jackson
Original pick: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
Notes: The Panthers let cornerback James Bradberry walk in free agency this past offseason, and part of the reason was the emergence of Jackson. In his first two years with Carolina, Jackson has totaled seven interceptions and 17 passes defended. With the Vikings in need of a cornerback at this position, Jackson is an easy choice for Minnesota.
31. New England Patriots: Sony Michel
Original Pick: Michel (no change)
Notes: Michel did not have the breakout second year many expected to have, but his contributions to New England as a rookie can't be undermined. Simply put, the Patriots don't win the Super Bowl in 2018 without Michel. As a rookie, Michel had six touchdowns in the playoffs as the Patriots claimed their sixth Super Bowl title. With him still on the board at pick 31, the Patriots don't go any other direction than the one they originally went.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Fred Warner
Original Pick: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Notes: The Ravens initially traded back to No. 32 to grab Jackson, and that move has paid off tremendously. But in this redraft, Jackson is loooooooong gone. So, after the Ravens let C.J. Mosely walk in free agency, they grab his replacement here in Warner. In two seasons with the 49ers, Warner has emerged as a tremendous linebacker and one of the leaders of the defense. Warner has averaged over 120 tackles per season and was a main reason why San Francisco had arguably the best defense in the NFL.