The QB Carousel that is the 2018 NFL Draft 

This time of the year means everyone and their grandmother are
presenting their mock version of the NFL Draft, however they vary dramatically
in 2018.  

The infamous Mel Kiper, Todd McShay normally have similar opinions
in most cases, but their predictions this year tend to be very different. 

It’s interesting to see all the various scenarios for just
the top 10, based on the NFL experts and media. I don’t think anyone really
knows exactly who’s going where in this draft. 

There is one thing for certain this year, at least two, three
(maybe four) quarterbacks could very easily be drafted in the top 10. 

Mel Kiper unveiled his list of the top 4 quarterbacks that
could be drafted in the first round, showing each different traits. 

According to ESPN, Mel Kiper
lists QB with: 

1.    
Best arm
Josh Allen

Compares with Matthew Stafford, and the arm
strength of the former great pitcher Randy Johnson. 

2.    
Best legs – Lamar
Jackson

His accuracy is questionable, but the
speed and athleticism are undeniable; Jackson’s explosiveness will translate
into the NFL effectively. 

3.    
Best heart: Sam
Darnold

He has great overall character, shows a lot
of adversity and performs very well under-duress.   

4.    
Best mind: Josh
Rosen

I agree with experts that he is certainly a
NFL QB, and his ‘Tom Brady-like’ approach make him ready for the professional level. 

There is a lot that goes into this year’s draft, A LOT. 

From cornerbacks to linebackers, and all the way to guards,
experts range defensive players all over the place in the first round. A big
favorite on defense is Denzel Ward, Ohio
State CB, who is projected to be in the top 10. 

Ward is the essential proto-type of a NFL cornerback, standing
at 5’11″ and 191 lbs., his speed/ability will translate in the league. 

There are so many scenarios for defensive players,
especially top prospects LB Roquan Smith
and G Quenton Nelson, who are both
also believed to be taken in the first round. Nelson might go in the top 5,
according to NFL scouts. 

Smith is another question though, while he is a top 10
talent, he might drop slightly depending on how the QB situation plays out. 

Thinking about the first round, who is going where is
starting to make my head spin. So I’m going to make this quick, here’s the top
ten of my NFL Mock Draft:

 1.    
Sam Darnold

His overall character and ability to have
adversity at all times makes him the perfect candidate to lead the Browns. 

2.    
Saquon Barkley

While everyone thinks the Giants are drafting
Bradley Chubb, New York address their running back issue and takes the best
player in the draft.   

3.    
Josh Rosen

A few weeks ago Josh Rosen and the New York
Jets seemed a sure-thing, I’m going to remind everyone that it will remain the
same. 

4.    
Bradley Chubb

The Browns lock down Chubb with no. 4
overall, giving more balance to the defense. 

5.    
Josh Allen

The Bills go sell their soul with trading two
first round picks and a fifth rounder to Denver Broncos for the fifth overall. 

6.    
Quenton Nelson

Put the trade rumors with the Miami Dolphins
aside, the Colts add the best guard in the draft to help protect Andrew Luck. 

7.    
Derwin James

James is one of the most physical defensive
backs who can make an impact right away, but might be traded back based on the
QB scenario. 

8.    
Denzel Ward

Bears spent a lot of money on offense this
offseason, it’s time for them to lock down the best CB in the draft to balance
out their defense. 

9.    
Tremaine Edmunds

49ers need speed and ability on there
defense, Edmunds will address that. 

10.  Roquan
Smith

Raiders will take the other top linebacker in
the draft, if Ward doesn’t fall to no. 10. 

This is going to be one hell of a draft.

Photo by RalphTheCorndog [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

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