Way-Too-Early 2018 NFL Mock Draft

1. New York Jets: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Jets need help everywhere. It’s one of the worst rosters from a talent standpoint in recent NFL memory. Darnold gives the franchise a true cornerstone to build around. Many view him as the closest thing to Andrew Luck in terms of intangibles and skill-set. For the Jets’ sake, Andrew Luck’s mythical stepbrother with 10-percent of his talent would be a step-up from what they’ve currently got at quarterback.

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2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Rosen fits beautifully in this situation. Brian Hoyer is merely a stop-gap at this point in his career. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has a good reputation for working with quarterbacks. Like Shanahan, Rosen is a somewhat prickly – though highly intelligent individual. He’s got all the traits one would want in a franchise quarterback. We may be looking back at this draft and seeing another Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota situation unfolding – where both the No. 1 and No. 2 picks serve as All-Pro talents for their respective teams.

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3. Cleveland Browns: Derwin James, S, Florida State

In any other year, James would be vying for the top spot. He makes ‘freakish’ athletes look ordinary out on the field. At 6’3” and roughly 215 pounds, James literally can play as a safety, cornerback, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, and even as a rush defensive end. He’s absolutely perfect for the pass-happy NFL. This sort of versatility will be gladly welcomed to a Browns’ defense in need of playmakers.

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4. Chicago Bears: Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame

The Chicago offensive line is an interesting group. If we’re strictly analyzing the interior members of the line (Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Josh Sitton), it’s excellent. It may be a top-five group in all of football. As for starting tackles Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie…it’s a different story. Combined, the duo allowed 73 total quarterback pressures a season ago. With QB Mitch Trubisky the unquestioned future of the franchise, why not select the draft’s best tackle prospect in McGlinchey? Hailing from right down the road at Notre Dame, McGlinchey has the versatility to play either tackle spot. He’s got exceptional lateral quickness, and a base strong enough to ward off powerful defensive ends.

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