2018 NFL Mock Draft Alpha

By John Laub
John Laub


        2018 Mock Draft: Delta

                The Gridiron Scholar





While many Americans are enjoying the spring and opening to the baseball season, it is NFL Draft month for many football diehards like myself. I have studied the prospects for the past seven months and completed my board for all the positions.

When viewing the first-round selections, it is based on my rankings as if I was the general manager of each franchise. I have also projected three trades to occur on Thursday evening.  

Trade I: Broncos-Bills
Broncos send the fifth pick to Buffalo for two first-round selections (#12 & 22) as well as draft pick #96 (3-32).

Trade II: 49ers-Cardinals
Cardinals trade their first-round pick (#15) and third-rounder (#79) as well as their 2019 first-round selection to acquire the 49ers first-round pick (#9) draft selection.

Trade III: Eagles-Colts
Eagles trade out of the first round (#32) for both Colts selections in the second round (#36 and #37) as well as a fourth-round pick (#104).

Feel free to send me a message on Twitter with any comments @GridironSchol91.

#7 Derrius Guice, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Draft pick. Team (Record): Player, College

1.    Cleveland Browns (0-16): QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
2.    New York Giants (3-13): RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
3.    New York Jets (5-11): QB Sam Darnold, USC
4.    Cleveland Browns (0-16): DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State
5.    TRADE Buffalo Bills (9-7): QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
6.    Indianapolis Colts (4-12): OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
7.    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11): RB Derrius Guice, LSU
8.    Chicago Bears (5-11): LB Roquan Smith, Georgia 
9.    TRADE Arizona Cardinals (8-8): QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
10.    Oakland Raiders (6-10): LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia

#19 Courtland Sutton, Dallas Cowboys

11.    Miami Dolphins (6-10): QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
12.    TRADE Denver Broncos (5-11): CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
13.    Washington Redskins (7-9): DT Vita Vea, Washington 
14.    Green Bay Packers (7-9): S Derwin James, Florida State 
15.    TRADE San Francisco 49ers (8-8): DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA 
16.    Baltimore Ravens (9-7): WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
17.    Los Angeles Chargers (9-7): DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
18.    Seattle Seahawks (9-7): S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
19.    Dallas Cowboys (9-7): WR Courtland Sutton, SMU
20.    Detroit Lions (9-7): ILB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

#26 Taven Bryan, Florida


21.    Cincinnati Bengals (7-9): OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
22.    TRADE Denver Broncos (5-11): OT Kolton Miller, UCLA
23.    New England Patriots (13-3): LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
24.    Carolina Panthers (11-5): WR D.J. Moore, Maryland
25.    Tennessee Titans (9-7): LB Harold Landry, Boston College
26.    Atlanta Falcons (10-6): DT Taven Bryan, Florida
27.    New Orleans Saints (11-5): TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
28.    Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3): LB Josey Jewell, Iowa
29.    Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6): OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
30.    Minnesota Vikings (13-3): CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
31.    New England Patriots (13-3): CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville
32.    TRADE Indianapolis Colts (4-12): RB Sony Michel, Georgia


First round Mock Draft Score

26 players chosen and 6 matches: 38 total points


Best Available on Day 2 of the Draft:


QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
OT Connor Williams, Texas
OG Will Hernandez, Texas-El Paso
C James Daniels
DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford
Edge Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
CB Mike Hughes, UCF
S Marcus Allen, Penn State
S Justin Reid, Stanford