Superbowl 52 is set! The Eagles will take on the Patriots on February 4th, 2018 in Minnesota.

While the 2017 NFL season is winding down the 2018 NFL Draft season is just starting to heat up. The Senior Bowl is this Saturday and all week long the Breaking Football staff will have you covered with what is going on at practice and more.

With 30 of the 32 first round picks locked in, Brandon Robinson (@Brob2493) and myself did a back-and-forth 2018 NFL mock draft.


1.) Browns – Sam Darnold, USC

The Browns still haven’t solidified their franchise quarterback spot up to this point. They drafted DeShone Kizer in the second round last year, and even though he has the potential to fill that role, he just didn’t show enough to pass on a franchise type guy with this pick. Sam Darnold has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback and is the type leader that Cleveland needs. – Brandon

2.) Giants – Josh Rosen, UCLA

Josh Rosen is the best player in this draft and is a match made in heaven in New York. The Giants have to move on from Eli Manning at some point, and there’s no better time than when a franchise quarterback is sitting there waiting for you to take him. – Brandon

3.) Colts – Bradley Chubb, N.C. State

While this could be a possible trade spot for teams looking to grab a quarterback before the Broncos and Jets are on the clock, the Colts are in desperate need of an elite pass rusher. You can never have enough pass rushers, especially when you have to face Marcus Mariota and Deshaun Watson four times a year. – Mike

4.) Browns f/Texans – Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

This was a tough pick with lots of talent at every single need the Browns have. Staying with best player available, Fitzpatrick is the pick. He has all the versatility to be the man in the back end. You don’t have to decide whether he’ll play safety or nickleback because he would thrive at both spots. He’s a plug and play player day one. – Brandon

5.) Broncos – Josh Allen, Wyoming

The Broncos coaching staff will be coaching Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl this week and will have an up-close look at him. Despite some poor play at Wyoming, Allen has the prototypical quarterback appearance. John Elway knows that if the Broncos had better quarterback play this season they would have been in the playoff picture. Ideally the Broncos should look to add a veteran in free agency to start for a year before handing the starting job over to Allen in 2019. – Mike

6.) Jets – Denzel Ward, Ohio State

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Another tough selection, the Jets have a ton of needs and a massive hole at QB because Josh McCown won’t be around for much longer, if at all. It came down Roquan Smith or Denzel Ward but they might jump at the chance to lock up their secondary. Ward is a future Pro Bowl player with the technique and feet to be not just a lock down cornerback, but a play maker at that position. – Brandon

7.) Buccaneers – Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Saquon Barkley might be the best player in the draft. Thanks to all the quarterbacks selected, he slides to pick seven. The Buccaneers have to give Jameis Winston a consistent running attack if they want to take pressure off of him. Barkley has three down ability and will give the Buccaneers a clear upgrade over Doug Martin and Peyton Barber. – Mike

8.) Bears – Marcus Davenport, UTSA

A name you’ll come to know after the Senior Bowl, Marcus Davenport is a force off the edge with size, length, and athleticism. Davenport has a wealth of untapped potential, as he hasn’t fully developed as a pass rusher. Chicago desperately needs a consistent pass rusher so this fit makes sense. – Brandon

9.) Raiders – Roquan Smith, Georgia

The linebacker spot has been a problem for years for the Raiders. They signed NaVorro Bowman in week seven, but he is a free agent this spring. Even if Bowman is brought back, the Raiders could save $8.25 million dollars if they release Bruce Irvin. No matter what happens at linebacker in free agency, Roquan Smith should step in from day one and be a difference maker for the Raiders defense. – Mike

10.) 49ers – Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

It’s tough not selecting Tremaine Edmunds and putting him next to Foster, but Quenton Nelson has the highest floor of the entire draft and could fit Shanahan’s offensive system perfectly. They have a hole at guard, and with Nelson could know Jimmy Garoppolo has a man to protect him for the next 10 years. – Brandon

11.) Dolphins- Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

If you haven’t read the excellent scouting report on Tremaine Edmunds, make sure you do. The Dolphins drafted former Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan in the second round last season, but he missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. The free agent signing of Lawrence Timmons hasn’t worked out like they had hoped. Edmunds’ ability to play both inside and outside give the Dolphins even more flexibility. Also, he’s only 19 years old. – Mike

12.) Bengals – Connor Williams, Texas

The Bengals need to address their offensive line this offseason and this free agent class isn’t anything to hang their hat on. With Connor Williams they would have a staple at left tackle for 10 plus years. – Brandon

13.) Redskins – Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Assuming Kirk Cousins is a Redskin for the 2018 season, the team can put off drafting a quarterback until the middle rounds. If Cousins leaves as a free agent, then this pick would have likely been Baker Mayfield. With Cousins back, the team needs to upgrade his weapons around him. Calvin Ridley would provide the Redskins with a difference maker to pair with Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder. – Mike

14.) Packers – Harold Landry, Boston College

Even though he has plenty of life left, the Packers have a decision to make on Clay Matthews while they’re able to get out of his contract without any dead money. Even if they decide to keep him, he turns 31 in May. Harold Landry has tons of upside with explosive speed and bend off of the edge that would bring fear to the franchise quarterbacks of the NFC North. – Brandon

15.) Cardinals – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

With Carson Palmer retiring a few weeks ago, combined with Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert scheduled to be free agents in March, the Cardinals have no quarterbacks currently under contract for the 2018 season. Ideally the Cardinals would have drafted Palmer’s replacement a year or two ago, but better late than never. Baker Mayfield may not be ready to start week one, but given his big play ability he could end up starting at some point this season, depending on who else the Cardinals sign in free agency. – Mike

16.) Ravens – Derrius Guice, LSU

This is a match made in Heaven. The Ravens have no identity to their offense and Derrius Guice would give them that and more. He’s a top 10 player in this class, and maybe the top running back in this class. He has a very similar style to Marshawn Lynch and has all the ability to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. – Brandon

17.) Chargers – Orlando Brown, Jr., Oklahoma

After spending two of their first three draft picks in 2017 on improving the interior of their offensive line, the Chargers go back to the well and grab their future franchise left tackle. Current starting left tackle Russell Okung has an easy out in his contract after the 2018 season. In the meanwhile, Orlando Brown, Jr. would be an instant upgrade over right tackle Joseph Barksdale. – Mike

18.) Seahawks – Derwin James, Florida State

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The Legion of Boom looks like it is coming to an end, so it looks like the Seahawks need a jump start. Derwin James is that kind of jump start, with the play making ability to be a face of a defense. James has found himself later than you would’ve thought after being injured in 2016 and not producing as thought in 2017. – Brandon

19.) Cowboys – Taven Bryan, Florida

The Cowboys very easily could lose DeMarcus Lawrence in free agency. Even if he returns, the Cowboys need to add youth along their defensive line, especially in the interior. Since declaring for the draft, Taven Bryan has risen up draft boards and is clearly in the top-20 mix. – Mike

20.) Lions – Maurice Hurst, Michigan

The Lions need to address both sides of the trenches. They could go Billy Price with this pick, but Maurice Hurst is a very underrated player in this draft who by draft night could sneak into the top half of the first round. He has all the ability to wreck game plans with snap anticipation, and leverage unlike any other player in this draft class. – Brandon

21.) Bills – Vita Vea, Washington

After the Bills traded away Marcell Dareus, they turned into one of the worst run defenses in the league. Sean McDermott is a defensive-minded coach and knows he is needs to improve the run defense in the offseason. The Bills could be a team who uses both their first round picks to trade up and draft a quarterback. If they don’t, the pick should be Vita Vea to address the interior defensive line. – Mike

22.) Bills f/Chiefs – Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

Playing in a division with the Patriots you can never have enough good cornerbacks. The Bills have three pending free agents at cornerback, including starter E.J. Gaines. After spending a first round pick on Tre’Davious White last year, don’t be shocked to see the Bills spend another early pick on a cornerback. Isaiah Oliver would be a perfect fit. – Mike

23.) Rams – Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Some would consider Jaire Alexander the best cornerback in the draft if not for his injury history. Starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson is coming off his second straight season playing under the franchise tag and is expected to leave in free agency. Along with Johnson, the other starting cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman is also a free agent. The Rams will need to draft at least one cornerback unless they can resign both players. If they don’t, they should pull the trigger on taking Alexander without hesitation.– Mike

24.) Panthers – Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Cam Newton needs play makers added to the wide receivers position. Devin Funchess is a good possession receiver, but Christian Kirk would add everything Newton would want. He runs great routes and has the ability after the catch to make big-time plays for Carolina. – Brandon

25.) Titans – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma

Starting outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are both on the wrong side of 30, and both will be free agents after the 2018 season. Former second round pick Kevin Dodd has one sack in 18 career games. The Titans need to add some youth to their linebacker group. Youth who can stay healthy and actually sack the opposing quarterback. Youth like Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. – Mike

26.) Falcons – D.J. Moore, Maryland

Atlanta has a very well-rounded team so they have flexibility with this selection. With Taylor Gabriel likely leaving in free agency, D.J. Moore gives them the type of savvy slot ability that can’t be overlooked in defensive meetings. He could push this offense over the top, from good to great. – Brandon

27.) Saints – Lamar Jackson, Louisville

This Saints team has plenty of up-and-coming young talent, thanks hin large part to a great draft class last year. However, they don’t have a long term answer at quarterback. Drew Brees recently said he would like to stay in New Orleans, but at age 39 how much does he have left in the tank? Drafting Lamar Jackson would give the Saints a chance to sit him for a year or two to learn behind Brees. Combining Jackson with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas will give the Saints a great foundation on offense for the next several years. – Mike

28.) Steelers – Rashaan Evans, Alabama

It would be a blessing if Ryan Shazier was able to come back and play for the Steelers, but at this point that isn’t something they can rely on. With that being said, there is now a massive hole at that spot. Rashaan Evans has the ability to fill that roll with the kind of athleticism and decisiveness every defensive coordinator dreams of having in the center of their defense. – Brandon

29.) Jaguars – Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Last season the Jaguars grabbed Cam Robinson at the top of the second round and he has shown to be solid so far. However, right tackle Jermey Parnell has struggled. He will be 32 years old at the start of next season and can be released without any dead money. Mike McGlinchey would give the Jaguars two good, young tackles to open up running lanes for Leonard Fournette. – Mike

30.) Vikings – Joshua Jackson, Iowa

The Vikings are in a similar position as the Falcons, having the kind of overall depth to pick a number of ways. The likelihood of Joshua Jackson falling to this spot is very unlikely, but crazier things have happened. He brings the type of play-making ability across from Xavier Rhodes that could make this defense historic. – Brandon

31.) Eagles – Arden Key, LSU

The Eagles are projected to be very close to the cap this spring. In order to make moves, like signing their rookie draft class, they will need to cut veteran players. One player who could be cut is defensive end Vinny Curry. If the Eagles designate him as a post June 1 cut, they can save $9 million dollars against the cap. Replacing Curry with Arden Key will allow the Eagles to keep their depth along the defensive line, while providing a potential starter in 2019 when Brandon Graham will be a 30 year old free agent. – Mike

32.) Patriots – Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

The Patriots defense suffered for a majority of the season because of the front seven. Da’Ron Payne could be the type of plug-and-play defender across any defensive front that they could have next year after Matt Patricia leaves for Detroit. However, the reported rift between Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick could shake things up in New England. – Brandon

About The Author Mike Fanelli

Mike is a former journalism major who spent all four years in high school working for the school newspaper. At 25 years old, he is happy to write for Breaking Football as it gives him a platform to get his fantasy football takes and sports opinions out there.