The 2017 NFL season has come to an end with the Super Bowl being played on Sunday, and we take a look at our latest edition of the 2018 NFL Mock Draft.
It was a whirlwind week for the NFL, as Super Bowl LII wrapped up on Sunday. Earlier in the week, there was a blockbuster trade, as Kirk Cousins saw his job in Washington get taken by Alex Smith. The Kansas City Chiefs traded Smith to the Redskins, and are expected to give him over $70 million in guaranteed money, which they never felt comfortable doing with Cousins. That means the Redskins could be in the mix to draft a quarterback in April, though they may want to go with a veteran.
As we look towards April, there are plenty of others teams who need to fill the void at quarterback. One such team has the first overall pick, as the Cleveland Browns did not win a single game this season. They have two picks in the first four selections, and should be a much better team in 2018. With that said, let’s take a look at our latest 2018 NFL Mock Draft.
The Cleveland Browns failed to win a game this season, and in the last two years, they have a combined record of 1-31. Still, the organization decided to retain head coach Hue Jackson, who probably has one more year to turn this thing around. John Dorsey has taken over as the general manager for the team, and he will certainly be an upgrade in the position, after helping build a solid roster in Kansas City in his last job.
If the Browns are to get better, they need to draft a quarterback, though they must make sure they make the right decision. The big debate leading up to April is which quarterback is going to go first overall, and every mock draft seems to be different. Some even have a running back going first, and while Saquon Barkley is certainly an incredible talent, expect the Browns to go with their signal-caller of choice at No. 1.
Sam Darnold from USC was expected to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, even before he took one snap this season. While guys like Josh Allen and Josh Rosen could very well go first, it is starting to look like Darnold may be the choice with the first overall pick. He has the size and arm to make all the throws at the next level, and could be just confident enough to be able to handle the bumps and bruises that come with being the starting quarterback for the Browns.