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Boys and girls, girls and boys and Chicago Bears fans of the world, we are 22 days away from the 2018 NFL draft and I am ready to get started. As of April 4th, 2018 teams have not finalized their draft boards at all and will not, probably until draft day. Since, the last mock draft, there have been rumors swirling around all over the NFL. Now I know not all of those rumors are true but, where is the fun in a boring mock draft? There is none. So, let the rumors come into full effect.

Pick 1: Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen QB (Wyoming). The Browns go after the strongest arm in the draft because that is what GM John Dorsey is all about. Dorsey is the same guy who drafted Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. Don’t be surprised to see Allen go #1 overall, even if he isn’t ready to start Week 1. Tyrod Taylor is still there in Cleveland, so he’ll get the gig in the upcoming year.

Pick 2: (PROJECTED TRADE) Buffalo Bills: Sam Darnold QB (USC). There have been reports over the past few days saying that the Bills are desperately trying to get into the top 5. It wouldn’t make much sense to get into the fourth spot, if your division rivals are a spot ahead of you. The Bills don’t know who the Jets are targeting so to be safe, they give up two first rounders and another 2nd, to go and get their guy.

Pick 3: New York Jets: Josh Rosen QB (UCLA). The New York Jets go after the most pro ready QB in the draft. The Jets’ coaching staff got a good year out of the journey man, Josh McCown, and now with Teddy Two Gloves in New York, expect an open quarterback competition in training camp if this happens.

Pick 4: Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley RB (Penn St.). The man who has scouts going crazy, falls to the fourth spot, even though some have him pegged as the #1 or #2 player in the draft. This would be a dream scenario for the Browns as they look to push for the playoffs one year after their horrific 0-16 season.

Pick 5: Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb EDGE (NC St.). The top edge rusher in this class heads to the mile high city to form a dominant duo with Von Miller. In my previous mock, I put CB Denzel Ward here but, the Broncos were at their peak with DeMarcus Ware on the opposite side, so they look to form a formidable duo with the two world class edge players.

Pick 6: Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson GUARD (Notre Dame). The Colts have plenty of needs on their team, so they opt with the best player available formula, and take the all worldly guard in Nelson. He would start day one with the Colts. They look to build a formidable offensive line to protect Luck and that shoulder. That should be their main priority, don’t be surprised to see if a team trades up in the next few picks to get Mayfield.

Pick 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitpatrick DB (Alabama). The former Alabama defensive back who started for Nick Saban as a first year freshman, steps in Week 1 to take control of the back end of  Tampa Bay’s defense. He has the ability to cover tight ends, or line up in the box to take on running backs in the ground game. He has the size and speed to be a wrecking force.

Pick 8: Chicago Bears: Denzel Ward CB (Ohio St.). The best corner back in this draft class comes in and has an immediate impact on defense. I know, we paid Prince starting corner back money, but Ward would work his way into the first team as the season progresses. The Bears shouldn’t settle with solid but should go out and get a top 5 player in this draft.

Pick 9: San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds LB (Virginia Tech.). The young buck comes into the bay to make plays. Edmunds is very raw as a prospect but, does have immense potential as a 4-3 outside linebacker. Some scouts have him as an edge rusher but I think he is best suited to play off the line and reminds me of Anthony Barr when he came out of UCLA.

Pick 10: Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith LB (Georgia). The former Bulldog starts at inside linebacker for the Raiders as they look for their defensive captain to be the “quarterback” of the defense. Smith is a little undersized but absolutely flies to the ball. He runs sideline to sideline and has force to his hits. Jay Gruden covets these type of players.

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