The 2018 NFL Season is officially in the books. Now the teams that were laughed at, mocked, and written off have all the power. The NFL Draft allows the worst NFL teams to re-write their roster, infuse new young talent, and preform franchise altering moves. Let’s not forget the draft is where the dreams of these young NFL prospects come true and gives them the satisfaction for all of those years of hard work. This mock draft is coming before free agency, pick swaps, and trades. Therefore this mock draft will not include any trades within it, I will however highlight certain picks that would be a prime trade possibility. It’s mock season!
Pick 1: Arizona Cardinals- Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
With the first pick of the draft, the Cardinals should play no games. Nick Bosa is the best prospect in this draft and the Cardinals need all the impact players they can get. Bosa is an exceptional athlete and a well rounded edge rusher. He is great against the run and pass, and pairing Bosa with Chandler Jones gives the Cardinals a deadly pass rushing duo. There is plenty of speculation that the Cardinals will trade out of this spot, which considering the amount of needs on their team, should be considered.
Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
This pick is a prime trading spot for teams that want to select a premier defensive player, or perhaps pick the quarterback they want. If the 49ers decide to keep this pick, choosing Quinnen Williams becomes the best choice. Adding Williams to a defensive line of Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner will solidify the San Fran defensive line that has been building up for years.
Pick 3: New York Jets- Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
This is another great spot for teams to jump and trade. The Jets have plenty of holes to fill on their roster and taking a barrage of picks could be very appealing. Keeping the pick allows them to select Josh Allen. Allen is an insane athlete and at 6’5 and 260 pounds, he can win with speed and power. Considering one of the Jets main needs is a premier pass rusher, this pick makes the most sense.
Pick 4: Oakland Raiders- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Oakland Raiders have many choices at this pick. They could trade the pick, or draft a player in one of the many positions they need to be filled. There are plenty of players that could help the Raiders, but Ed Oliver just might be the most versatile. Oliver has the athleticism and power to play all over on defense. He can play the interior, on the outside, and there are some whispers that he can even be deployed as a linebacker. Considering the Raiders need a lot of playmakers on both sides of the ball, Oliver would be a great addition.
Pick 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
The Bucs are stuck in mediocracy. Their defense has been bad for years, and their offense is just good enough to give fans hope but ultimately let them down. Time to bring a new attitude to the Bucs and upgrading the defense is key. Rashan Gary is much like Marcus Davenport in last years draft. A freak athlete that has loads of potential. Todd Bowles can maximize Gary’s potential and give the Buccaneers a tone setter on defense.
Pick 6: New York Giants- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
This pick is all about Dave Gettleman. He isn’t the type to go away from traditional football thinking and that means drafting a prototypical QB. Haskins, who stands at 6’4, is no fluke though. He led the nation with 50 touchdowns last year and has great accuracy and arm strength. He has the chance to sit half the season before taking over for Eli, and leading the Giants into the future.
Pick 7: Jacksonville Jaguars- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
After waiting to see who the Giants pick, the Jaguars take the next available QB. Now we know there is a strong possibility that Nick Foles will be in a Jags uniform next season, but as of right now, the Jags need a new QB. Murray is an electric football player with a good arm. We know about his red flags, but the Jaguars need an offensive weapon like Murray to make it back to the playoffs.
Pick 8: Detroit Lions- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Lions can go many directions with this pick, but all of them are on the defensive side of the ball. An interior rusher or linebacker Devin White are also good picks in this spot. Greedy Williams is just too good of a player in a premier position. Williams is the top CB in this draft and has excellent size, strength, and ball skills. Pairing Williams and Darius Slay would give the Lions a great duo in the secondary and allow them to slow down the potent offenses in the NFC North.
Well those are the first 8 picks in the TakeDownFantasy NFL Mock Draft 1.0, let us know what you think! Stay tuned as the picks 9-16 will be discussed in the next article.