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Welcome to the first mock draft of 2018 featuring first round picks for all 32 selections – we can’t say all 32 teams because the Texans and Chiefs currently don’t have first round picks. Though we don’t have the complete draft order set, we’re pretty close to it with just four teams left alive in the NFL playoffs.

This is a pre-Shrine Week mock draft, and in it, we take a look at the starting needs for each team, weigh what they might do in free agency with some of their players and strategies, as well as take into account some of the chatter we’ve heard from around the league on which way teams might be leaning in terms of prospect of interest.

The full mock draft list will be at the bottom of each page, but if you’d like to click on an explanation of why each player was slotted to each team, you can click the analysis tab and bounce around.

As always, make sure you tell us which guys are too high, which are too low and where you see certain players going as of right now.

No.TeamPickPos.Reason
1Cleveland BrownsJosh AllenQBAnalysis
2New York GiantsSam DarnoldQBAnalysis
3Indianapolis ColtsBradley ChubbDEAnalysis
4Cleveland BrownsSaquon Barkley RBAnalysis
5Denver BroncosBaker MayfieldQBAnalysis
6New York Jets Josh RosenQBAnalysis
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersQuenton NelsonOGAnalysis
8Chicago BearsAuden TateWRAnalysis
9San Francisco 49ersCalvin RidleyWRAnalysis
10Oakland RaidersRoquan SmithLBAnalysis
11Miami DolphinsRashaan Evans LBAnalysis
12Cincinnati Bengals Orlando BrownOTAnalysis
13Washington RedskinsMinkah FitzpatrickCB/SAnalysis
14Green Bay PackersJosh JacksonCBAnalysis
15Arizona CardinalsMason Rudolph QBAnalysis
16Baltimore RavensCourtland Sutton WRAnalysis
17LA ChargersTaven Bryan DTAnalysis
18Seattle SeahawksConnor Williams OTAnalysis
19Dallas CowboysDenzel WardCBAnalysis
20Detroit LionsDerwin JamesSAnalysis
21Buffalo BillsDa'Ron Payne DTAnalysis
22Buffalo Bills (via KC)James Washington WRAnalysis
23LA RamsJaire AlexanderCBAnalysis
24Carolina Panthers Marcell Ateman WRAnalysis
25Tennessee TitansHarold Landry OLB/DEAnalysis
26Atlanta FalconsDallas Goedert TEAnalysis
27New Orleans SaintsRonnie HarrisonSAnalysis
28Pittsburgh SteelersArmani WattsSAnalysis
29*Jacksonville JaguarsLamar JacksonQBAnalysis
30*Philadelphia EaglesTremaine Edmunds LBAnalysis
31*New England Patriots Holton HillCBAnalysis
32*Minnesota VikingsChukwuma OkoraforOTAnalysis
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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. I’m sorry, with the current situation in Indianapolis, I don’t think the Colts pick Chubb. Their OL is a wreck and needs all the help it can get if they want to preserve Andrew Luck at all. But you never know, they could make a move like that and pick Chubb.

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    • I’m with you. I explain on the Colts page that if there comes a top offensive tackle somewhere in this draft process, they might favor that. But right now Chubb at the top of his group is better than any other offensive tackle at the top of his.

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      • While true Trevor, they either take a Tackle or trade down and grab one or take Barkley. Highly doubtful they take Chubb, Key or Fitzpatrick.

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    • Agreed 1000%. As if Luck sitting out this ENTIRE YEAR was not enough indication that they might want to look into bumping OLine up the priority list.

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  2. Just thinking, the Glazers retaining Licht, and Koetter, a vote of confidence, or a stay of execution? Whoever we get at seven will be better then what we have there now. Never know who might want to jump ahead to snag a top receiver, allowing us to trade down. The Bucs need to get at least one side of the lines addressed this draft. A ten year starter at left guard would be nice. Go a step further, get the Ohio St center in the second round, move Marpet back to guard, and solidify your interior line for years to come. Let Sweezy, Pamphile, and either Smith, or Howley go. Infest heavily on the D line in F.A.’s. Open for trade? McCoy, Brate, Humphries, Mike Evans for a first rounder?

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    • Suferdudes I 100% agree we need to make a trade and get a1st or 2nd rd. Godwin needs to start! Evans is GREAT but could bring a first from the Bears they need a WR to help Mitchell T.

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    • Are you two serious with this Evans trade nonsense? I mean ok, you can at least make some kind of argument for trading McCoy. But we can easily keep Brate with tender, Humphries isn’t THAT desirable imo and it’s not like we have to cut Evans as a cap casualty. Like seriously, what?

      Has Evan’s performance displeased you that much? Or are you seriously thinking that some 1st/2nd round guy like Billy Price, or Key or something like that is going to be a better player for us than Evans? If you really want trade bait, go throw DeSean around or something.

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      • No I really like Evans alot!
        HE HAS THE MOST TRADE VALUE!!! Bucs have Godwin to step in NFL teams sometimes have to do this for 1 reason or another. I think most every one is missing my point.

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      • Justabuc the fact is I like Evans ALOT! IMO Godwin can step in his spot. In a perfect world yes we keep him but our D line is awful. I think teams would want Evans and if he could possibly bring the Bucs 2 maybe 3 players

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  3. No Mo Hurst in the 1st round?

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    • He and Key will likely be in the next one, and most of the ones after this, I just did this one a little different since Allen was at the top and it didn’t come to have those guys.

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  4. I am all for trading down because we need more draft picks to select more players.
    Buffalo Scott to draft picks at 21 and 22 maybe we could trade down with them?
    The Patriots have San Francisco’s 2nd round pick, maybe we could trade down with them? I know this offensive guard could be solid for years to come, but it doesn’t help us on defense and we are in last place in that category.

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    • Got not Scott

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  5. Where’s Vita Vea?

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    • He’s sure to be in some mocks I do as well. He’s quite good.

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  6. I thought you guys were crazy going guard in the 1st, at first. After doing some study on this guy I am almost with ya now. If Dirk and Smith are really both coming back theres really no reason to go anyone other than Dline, Oline and RB. This defense is a complete mess without 2 edge rushers, and we have seen Mike smith will not get creative and find a rush another way. He should know by now if you dont get the qb, any qb, off his spot its gona be a long long day, especially with that soft 10 yard cushion defense. If your mock shakes out somewhat like this thatd be good news for the bucs getting a great rb in round 2. I’m a fan of lichts draft picks(mostly) but the one thing I just cant stand is his constant trading away picks to move up. For once Id love for him to trade down and pile em up, not necessarily in the 1st but at some point. Love the draft, great stuff guys

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    • Nelson and Marpet as your guards with even just a solid center as your interior offensive line makes that unit immensely better. Bucs offense gets a lot more in control with that look.

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  7. I find it funny and lazy, with people mocking Chubb, Key or Fitzpatrick to the Colts. They have been ignoring the O Line for years like the Giants did for years. I don’t see away that the Colts don’t go O Line or RB. They need to protect Luck better and they need help taking pressure off of him. I see them going with an O lineman or Barkley.

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    • It’s not lazy to know that the Colts had the 31st ranked pass rush in the NFL (second only to the Buccaneers) and that this offensive line class is not pronounced at the top (currently). Chubb is seen as higher on his impact list than the best offensive lineman, whoever each team thinks that is, is on theirs.

      The Colts could totally go O-Line, but don’t act like they can’t go pass rusher.

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    • Ignoring the Oline for years? They drafted Oline in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th rounds in 2016, and in the 4th round last year

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  8. Auden Tate the first WR?!?!?! Listen, I’m a Nole fan and I love Auden Tate but there is NO way he goes over Sutton and Ridley.
    Also, Josh Allen #1? Are you really hearing this, Trevor?

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    • There are reports that Allen is a possibility for the Browns either at No. 1 or No. 4, yes.

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  9. Not sure why we have a trade ME crowd, Godwin was solid, but you trade ME and Godwin gets injured then what? I like Nelson if Chubb off the board and like finding a center in free agency and move Marpet back to guard.

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  10. Auden Tate won’t even be a 1st round pick, I would bet $100 that Tate won’t be a top 10 pick

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    • I was thinking the same thing. As a Noles fan, I can’t believe he’s in the top ten here. I figured maybe middle of the second round at best. But hey, crazier things have happened.

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  11. OG’s have very little bust rate. If he’s the best prospect since Zack Martin (taken 16th overall) I am 100% on board with it.

    What have the 2018 playoffs proved? A solid pass rush and running the football is still the best formula to win. He helps stop the rush against us, and paves the way for our run game. Dual purpose.

    I am in!

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    • SappAttack, for every Zack Martin, there’s a Jonathan Cooper and Danny Watkins. I just question whether the risk id worth the reward that high -especially with all the holes on defense. This draft is very deep at Guard. You can get a plug and play starter later.

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  12. ps on all this trade Mike Evans stuff. Move on from Brate, move Mike Evans to TE.

    WR Godwin
    WR DJAX
    TE Evans
    TE Howard

    Evans could go down as the best TE of all time. He is a beast run blocker and biggest/best red zone target in the game. Good luck covering him with a LB

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  13. I’m of the crowd that every player, every option be on the table for the Bucs moving forward. We shouldn’t be talking Mike Evans trade, because Arron Donald should’ve been our pick that year instead. Licht being a first time G.M should’ve addressed both sides of the line before drafting a wide out. Think about it. Our pass rush was horrible when Licht got here, we had no franchise Q.B., could’ve drafted Carr then come to think of it, but Licht saw Evans as our best bet? Why trade him now? He’s going to want to get paid as one of the best receivers in the league, and he’s far from that. We have other receiving options, but little in the way of defensive linemen.

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  14. Using the Cowboys and Steelers offensive lines as a proxy – they’ve heavily invested in the LT, C and RG positions and built around those 3 positions. When Marpet was drafted, the idea was that he would make a top flight Center at some point. I’m not sure it wise to abandon that after one year which essentially was like a rookie year transitioning positions.

    Nelson is top flight from what I’ve seen on film. If he’s Zack Martin 2.0 – awesome. But he could be Danny Watkins or Johnathan Cooper at the next level. Investing the 7th pick in a guard when teams seem to be able to find offensive linemen later in the draft just seems like a reach. We have too many holes on the defensive line where we need 3 new starters and the secondary where we need 2-3 new starters (including an impact guy). Depending on what happens in free agency, trading back in the first and gathering additional draft capital might be the best move. I played with the possibility on first-pick.com and here are the results:

    Round 1 Pick 12 (CINN): Derwin James, SS/FS, Florida State (A+)
    Round 2 Pick 1 (CLE): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (A+)
    Round 3 Pick 13 (CINN): Donte Jackson, CB, LSU (A)
    Round 3 Pick 17 (DAL): Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 1 (CLE): K.J. Malone, OG, LSU (A)
    Round 4 Pick 2 (NYG): Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame (A)
    Round 4 Pick 16 (DAL): Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State (A)
    Round 5 Pick 1 (CLE): Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL) (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 2 (NYG): Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 1 (CLE): Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami (FL) (A+)
    Round 6 Pick 2 (NYG): Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon (A+)

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