With the college football regular season concluded, seemed like a good time for a new 2018 NFL mock draft.
Click on the link below for a fresh look at the first round, which includes new players and a new overall No. 1 selection.
With the Philadelphia Eagles running away with the NFC East title, the New York Giants cratering and the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins somewhere in between, I thought why not peek ahead to the specific concerns for these teams as we head into the offseason. Therefore on this page you'll find the top two needs for each NFC East team heading into 2018.
1. Defensive tackle -- The Cowboys have some quality pieces on the outside, namely, pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence. Assuming the free agent stays, Dallas can look for help in the middle of the line. There are a few options in the middle-to-late first round that offer pass-rush or run-stop help depending on what the Cowboys feel they need more.
2. Wide receiver -- When running back Ezekiel Elliott sat with a six-game suspension, quarterback Dak Prescott's numbers went way down. Correlation, right? Yes, but not completely what you might think. The Cowboys simply don't have many playmakers opposing defenses must fear. Adding one opposite Dez Bryant is key.
New York Giants
1. Quarterback -- Takeaway any sense of disrespect that came from benching Eli Manning and what's important to note is Eli Manning isn't that great anymore. He's definitely turning 37 in 2018. Either way, the Giants need a plan at quarterback. They drafted Davis Webb in the third round in 2017. They may have a top-3 pick in 2018 with UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold ready to step in.
2. Offensive tackle -- One reason why nobody should blame Manning for the Giants' brutal record this season is because he plays behind a brutal offensive line. Former first-round pick Ereck Flowers is a mess at tackle.
1. Offensive tackle -- Even if Jason Peters hadn't suffered a season-ending knee injury, the 35-year-old was coming close to the finish line. The Eagles cannot afford to go light with Carson Wentz's blindside protector.
2. Cornerback -- Locking up Alshon Jeffery with a contract extension removed wide receiver from this list. Ronald Darby has game, but the Eagles could boost this unit.
1. Quarterback -- Breaking news: Kirk Cousins might not return. Or maybe he signs a long-term deal. Perhaps the Redskins just tag him for a third consecutive year. We'll see what shakes out, but I'm in the camp that says Cousins isn't itching to stay. If true, the Redskins need to move on rather than bring him back with another one-year deal. If they go down that path, it's possible a quarterback is there for them in round one. Maybe.
2. Inside linebacker -- The top three on the depth chart are all free agents. Keeping Zach Brown should be a priority, but more help is needed even if the tackling machine stays. For those screaming "wide receiver" or "left guard" or pass rusher" or "defensive line depth," I hear you.