2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Jr. final draft

Preview of the 2018 NFL Draft Theater, which is being built on the field of AT
Preview of the 2018 NFL Draft Theater, which is being built on the field of AT /

Mel Kiper delivers his final NFL mock draft of the 2018 year before the first round begins. How do you think it will pan out?

Entering his 35th year covering the NFL draft with ESPN, Mel Kiper has been the pioneer among pundits alike. He paved the way for draft media and the extensive coverage we see today. Kiper is among the elite in this occupation and his discussion points and opinions are widely regarded.

It’s come that time where Kiper has released his final mock draft and here’s a look at the first round picks for all 32 teams.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma
  2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State
  3. New York Jets: Sam Darnold QB, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb DE, NC State
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen QB, Wyoming
  6. Indianapolis Colts: Roquan Smith ILB, Georgia
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James S, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson OG, Notre Dame
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Denzel Ward CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey OT, Notre Dame
  11. Miami Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds LB, Virginia Tech
  12. Buffalo Bills: Josh Rosen QB, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers: Minkah Fitzpatrick S, Alabama
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne DL, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport DE, UTSA
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton WR, SMU
  20. Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan DT, Florida
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Frank Ragnow C, Arkansas
  22. Buffalo Bills: Jaire Alexander CB, Louisville
  23. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller OT, UCLA
  24. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore WR, Maryland
  25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry OLB, Boston College
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Will Hernandez OG, UTEP
  27. New Orleans Saints: Hayden Hurst TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings: James Daniels C, Iowa
  31. New England Patriots: Josh Jackson CB, Iowa
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Sony Michel RB, Georgia

The Baker Mayfield rumors are beginning to pick up steam. After Josh Allen’s resurfaced tweets, the former Heisman trophy winner could shock us all and become the No. 1 overall pick tonight. That would be a complete change of pace considering Sam Darnold has long been the lock this offseason.

Kiper did not feature any trades, meaning the Broncos get their quarterback with Allen and Josh Rosen falls to the Bills at 12. The early run on quarterbacks will inevitably happen, it’s just a matter of which teams in which order.

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This is set to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory and tonight’s first round will be a must-watch spectacle for all football fans.