Redrafting the First Round of the 2018 NFL Draft

I will be redrafting the 1st round of the 2018 draft. The picks will be based on if NFL teams could see how the players that are available are playing now. This draft includes Lamar Jackson, Saquon Barkley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Nick Chubb, Mark Andrews, Fred Warner, Darius Leonard, and Bradley Chubb. (1) Cleveland Browns Original pick- Baker Mayfield QB/Oklahoma New pick- Lamar Jackson QB/Louisville

Lamar was thought to be a running back more than a quarterback, how he proved people wrong. Lamar has proved to be the best quarterback in that draft and maybe even the best player in it. Baker has not lived up close to #1 overall expectations. Jackson threw for 3127 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. He had an overall passer rating of 113.3. Jackson also knocks out QB and RB in one pick. Lamar will always be above the QBs in the 2018 draft and has already solidified his spot as the #1 overall pick. (2) New York Giants Original pick- Saquon Barkley RB/Penn State New pick- Saquon Barkley RB/Penn State

Saquon Barkley is the best Giants draft pick since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Barkley makes up the entire New York offense and when he isn't playing, their offensive struggles. In 2020, Barkley has been out since week 2 with a torn ACL, the Giants have managed to score 47 points in 4 games, and a total of 1112 yards, they have not had more than 295 yards in one game. Barkley is the key to their offensive success and the Giants would pick him over and over again despite any other player being available. (3) New York Jets Original pick- Sam Darnold QB/USC New pick- Josh Allen QB/Wyoming

Adam Gase is the problem in New York. Josh Allen would probably do better than Darnold is in the system, but its a broken one. Allen is a front runner in the MVP race so far. Allen resembles pro quarterbacks more than Darnold, he is also more mobile and is built with a stronger arm. He had a good sophomore season throwing over 3000 yards, 20 touchdowns, and only 9 interceptions. Allen is the no doubt pick here and would do New York some good. (4) Cleveland Browns Original pick- Denzel Ward CB/Ohio State New pick- Minkah Fitzpatrick FS/Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick has been a game-changer. If he was drafted by Cleveland, he would instantly change their defense. I think any team would rather have Minkah over Denzel. Fitzpatrick plays all over the secondary and as a box linebacker, Denzel Ward, I don't believe can play inside the front seven, Minkah is more moveable. If needed, Minkah could play cornerback, which makes Cleveland drafting him make more sense. (5) Denver Broncos Original pick- Bradley Chubb DE/NC State New pick- Bradley Chubb DE/NC State

On the opposite end of Von Miller is Bradley Chubb, the duo has terrorized QBs for two seasons. The Broncos saw an opportunity to draft Von Miller's future replacement and they went for it. Chubb has 92 tackles in 24 career games along with 15.5 sacks. The duo is dangerous right now, but Chubb will still be good when Von retires. Denver needed another pass rusher and no one was better at 5th overall than Bradley Chubb, the best defensive player for Denver on the board.

(6) Indianapolis Colts Original pick- Quenton Nelson G/Notre Dame New pick- Quenton Nelson G/Notre Dame

Quenton Nelson has quickly become a top 5 guard in the NFL. He has never missed a career game and has been a run blocking and a pass protecting bully. He has only allowed one sack his entire career and that came during his rookie year. It is obvious he has helped the Colts offense to where they are now. Indianapolis drafted a franchise player here. This is the for-sure pick correct pick for Indianapolis in the sixth spot. (7) Buffalo Bills Original pick- Josh Allen QB/Wyoming New pick- Denzel Ward CB/Ohio State

With the Bills taking a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft, they could've taken a QB in the first round. Denzel Ward would be drafted here because the team lost Stephen Gilmore to New England in free agency that offseason. Ward has been pretty good for Cleveland and has held his own. He already has 6 interceptions in his young career, he also has 28 passes defended and 109 tackles. He is a great zone corner and a pretty good man-to-man defender. Buffalo could hang on to Tyrod Taylor for another couple years to keep the need at QB down. The Bills get good value and a playmaker here as he was originally picked at the 3rd spot.

(8) Chicago Bears Originally pick- Roquan Smith ILB/Georgia New pick- Leighton Vander Esch OLB/Boise State

Vander Esch has been nothing short of amazing. Roquan Smith, however, hasn't lived up to his expectations. Although Leighton has been inured in back-to-back years, he plays more consistent and is the focal point of the defense. Roquan is often overshadowed by Khalil Mack and others. If Vander Esch was healthier, his stats would be better than Smith's. Leighton delivers more boom and energy to the defense and can make big plays. Chicago gets a player with a very high motor and will to win here at the 8th overall pick.

(9) San Francisco 49ers Original pick- Mike McGlinchey OT/Notre Dame New pick- Mike McGlinchey OT/Notre Dame

Mike McGlinchey is one of the best 49ers linemen. Every year he gets better, he allows fewer sacks. Mike has been consistent and a solid piece to the 49ers run game. He mauls anyone who is in his path. McGlinchey doesn't commit many penalties and is also an asset in the passing game, blocking wise. The 49ers lacked offensive line depth in 2017 and took McGlinchey in the following draft, it has paid off so far. I like this pick and think Mike McGlinchey will be a strong player for many years to come.

(10) Arizona Cardinals

Original pick- Josh Rosen QB/UCLA

New pick- Derwin James FS/Florida St.

The Cardinals lost Tyrann Mathieu after the 2017 season, along with older players. Mathieu could play corner and safety, he also can blitz. The Cardinals would be lacking a player who can be moved around, that's where Derwin James comes in. Derwin James has been nothing short of outstanding when out on the field. So far through 21 career games, he has totaled 3 interceptions, 14 passes defended, 3.5 sacks, and 139 tackles. This is a great replacement and addition to the overall defense, he would fit in perfectly with Arizona.

(11) Miami Dolphins

Original pick- Minkah Fitzpatrick S/Alabama

New pick- Billy Price C/Ohio State

At the time, Miami had an old and weak offensive line. Billy Price might be a little high of a pick at #11, but his stats so far in the NFL are nice. In his 3-year career, he has missed 6 games and has only 11 total penalties that he has committed. Price has only allowed 5 total sacks, which is pretty impressive. The Dolphins need an offensive line the most, Billy Price, and the two linemen they added in the 2020 draft are a great start to rebuild the trenches.

(12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original pick- Vita Vea DT/Washington

New pick- Jaire Alexander CB/Louisville

Tampa Bay is very weak in the secondary, with most of their 2017 secondary gone by 2020, Jaire Alexander would have been a great addition. He is great in both man-to-man and zone. He is rarely burned and last year only allowed 3 touchdowns and around 180 yards. Alexander would add depth and skill to Tampa Bay's secondary and improve their defense overall. Jaire could even play safety if the Buccaneers needed him to, he is a valuable piece that is overlooked on his current team by other people, would have been a great pick at #12.

(13) Washington Redskins

Original pick- Da'Ron Payne DT/Alabama

New pick- Mark Andrews TE/Oklahoma

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At tight end, the Redskins were weak. Jordan Reed continued to suffer concussions and Vernon Davis was getting close to retirement. Washington needed offense and Mark Andrews would be a good start. Mark Andrews plays like a wide receiver because he runs a lot of deep routes. So far in his short career, he has racked up 1570 yards and 17 touchdowns on 110 receptions in 35 games. Andrews also provides a big red-zone target to throw to. He was originally picked in the 3rd round, I have him getting selected here, good pick for Washington.

(14) New Orleans Saints

Original pick- Marcus Davenport DE/Texas-San Antonio

New pick- Darius Leonard LB/South Carolina St.

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Darius Leonard is one of the best linebackers in the draft, but why not pick Tremaine Edmunds or Fred Warner? Leonard is an all-around linebacker, which means he plays outside, middle, and inside linebacker. He is a strong leader and plays with a high motor. Darius has already earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors in his first two seasons, he is currently in his third. New Orleans needed help at the linebacker position and still does. Darius can rush and cover, he can do it all. He would help the Saints cover tight ends and receivers in the slot, oh, I forget to mention that he can lineup and cover the slot. He already has 7 career INTs and a touchdown, along with 6 forced fumbles, 12 sacks, and 311 tackles. Leonard would have been a nice fit for New Orleans for years to come.

(15) Oakland Raiders

Original pick- Kolton Miller OT/UCLA

New pick- Orlando Brown Jr. OT/Oklahoma

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In this scenario, Oakland takes former Ravens Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown's son. Brown has just been better than Kolton Miller. Brown Jr. has allowed 5 sacks in three years and has just 8 penalties. Miller has allowed 23 sacks during the same time span and has committed 14 penalties. Brown Jr. would just be an overall upgrade at the position and give their offense better running lanes and more time for the quarterback to throw. Orlando has also stayed healthy and has had more starts than other tackles in the draft like Isaiah Wynn Kolton Miller. If Oakland drafted him here, it would have been a great pick in the long run.

(16) Buffalo Bills

Original pick- Tremaine Edmunds ILB/Virginia Tech

New pick- Tremaine Edmunds ILB/Virginia Tech

Like Leonard, Edmunds is a leader and plays with a high motor. Buffalo drafted him for his speed, athleticism, depth, and skill. Tremaine has less impressive stats but still first round worthy. Edmunds has totaled 3 INTs, 3.5 sacks, and 257 tackles in 34 games. The Buffalo defense has played better since ehe has arrived, can't argue with results. This is a great spot to pick him, I'd say he was supposed to be picked in the 16th-23rd spot range.

(17) San Diego Chargers

Original pick- Derwin James FS/Florida St.

New pick- Jessie Bates III FS/Wake Forrest

Jessie Bates has been very solid and consistent for Cincinnati, which is what the Chargers need. He has yet to miss a game in 37 career games. Bates doesn't blitz in Cincinnati, which the Chargers might have him do. He has 6 interceptions and a touchdown, 250 tackles, 23 passes defended, and a forced fumble. He hits hard and is around the ball, even when it's a run play. He is a good piece to have in the secondary and rarely let's up big plays, a great pick for San Diego here at 17.

(18) Green Bay Packers

Original pick- Jaire Alexander CB/Louisville

New pick- Courtland Sutton WR/SMU

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Green Bay seems to be short on receivers these days, only two receivers on their 2017 roster remain with the team today. If they would have known that I believe they would have drafted Courtland Sutton, he is extremely difficult to defend. Sutton is a big receiver who has the ability to box out defenders with his frame. He can make spectacular catches and take 2-3 defenders with him wherever he goes. He has 1882 career yards and 10 career touchdowns, along with 117 receptions. Sutton would provide a physical and tall second option for Aaron Rodgers to throw too, and it would open the run.

(19) Dallas Cowboys

Original pick- Leighton Vander Esch OLB/Boise St.

New pick- Calvin Ridley WR/Alabama

Calvin Ridley is a spectacular talent in the NFL, but has inconsistent games of getting targeted. Ridley has had back-to-back 800 yard seasons and has had 17 scores in 2 seasons. If you watch him play, you know he has speed and can jump pretty high. He fits in with Dallas because he runs his routes pretty smoothly and can run any route combination. He would be great with the Dallas offense that has an array of playmakers in each position.

(20) Detroit Lions

Original pick- Frank Ragnow C/Arkansas

New pick- Frank Ragnow C/Arkansas

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Ragnow has been a very solid center in his three seasons. He has allowed 6 sacks and has only committed 10 penalties. The Lions had him at left guard for his rookie year then moved him into the center spot. Ragnow has kept Stafford's sack numbers down and has provided good run blocking. Another logical pick here would be a running back, but you can't have a run game without an offensive line. Frank Ragnow is a good pick at 20.

(21) Cincinnati Bengals

Original pick- Billy Price C/Ohio State

New pick- Roquan Smith ILB/Georgia

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One of the best players on the board at this point, Roquan Smith had had a slow start to his career. In 2020, he has played faster and more explosive, he has 40 tackles and 6 TFLs in 5 games. The Bengals linebacker core is quite weak at the moment, Roquan would give it an extra run stopping push. In a division with a mobile running back, a good RB duo, and a team that runs a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, Roquan Smith would be a great pick here for Cincinnati at 21.

(22) Tennessee Titans

Original pick- Rashaan Evans ILB/Alabama

New pick- Rashaan Evans ILB/Alabama

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Rashaan Evans hasn't caught many eyes as a pro as much as he did in college. Evans hasn't been all bad though, he had a pretty good season last year with 111 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. A thing that he helps Tennessee with is only missing one career game, he is always healthy and provides depth. Not a pick that Tennessee should make if a better QB or LB was on the board, but not a terrible pick, I am content with him being selected at 22.

(23) New England Patriots

Original pick- Isaiah Wynn OT/Georgia

New pick- Michael Gallup WR/Colorado St.

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Tom Brady left New England partly because he had little offensive playmakers, if Michael Gallup was drafted, would he have left? Gallup has been a solid receiver and peaked in 2019 by having a 1000+ yard season. He has provided the Cowboy offense with a consistent receiver #3 option and deep threat. With the Patriots, he would provide another option besides Edelmen, White, and Michel. Great value for New England at 23, and he will develop better because New England develops players extremely well.

(24) Carolina Panthers

Original pick- D.J. Moore WR/Maryland

New pick- D.J. Moore WR/Maryland

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D.J. Moore has slipped underneath everyone's radar. He isn't a name you hear from analysts often or statheads. Moore, is a #1 receiver in Carolina and has the stats to back it up. In his sophomore season, there was no slump, finishing the season with 87 catches for 1175 yards and 4 touchdowns, D.J. just missed out on the Pro Bowl. He has been consistently healthy and averages the same numbers almost every game. A great pick here for Carolina, as they have had trouble drafting receivers in recent past drafts.

(25) Baltimore Ravens

Original pick- Hayden Hurst TE/South Carolina

New pick- Dallas Goedert TE/South Dakota St.

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With Mark Andrews already picked, Baltimore takes Dallas Goedert, who is starting material. Goedert is in a tight end heavy offense, but he plays like a receiver, something Baltimore always looks for in tight ends. With only one game missed prior to 2020, Dallas has a career total of 1079 yards and 10 touchdowns. He would be the starting tight end in the Ravens offense instead of what he is now being the 2nd tight end in Philly. Baltimore would use him like they currently use Mark Andrews, maybe a little more red-zone activity. Great pick here at 25, solves their tight end issue they had after 2017.

(26) Atlanta Falcons

Original pick- Calvin Ridley WR/Alabama

New pick- DJ Chark WR/LSU

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DJ Chark has turned into a number one receiver in his 3-year career. Since the three top receivers are off the board, DJ Chark gets selected to Atlanta. He kind of fits Calvin Ridley with the body type and attributes. Chark is coming off a 1000 yard season, in addition to that he scored 8 touchdowns on 73 catches. He would be very active on the Atlanta roster and he resembles the height and weight of Julio Jones. This is a bit of a downgrade from Ridley, but Chark plays well enough to be selected at 26.

(27) Seattle Seahawks

Original pick- Rashaad Penny RB/San Diego St.

New pick- Nick Chubb RB/Georgia

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Nick Chubb is the best running back in the 2018 draft class and has changed the Cleveland offense. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2019 and rushed for 1494 yards and 8 touchdowns, all under 300 rush attempts. In the Seattle offense, he would resemble Marshawn Lynch because of his ability to break tackles and high stamina. He would be used along with Chris Carson and be a huge part in the receiving game as well. Chubb is a hard runner and can find gaps in the offensive line to run through that others can't. He would be an amazing pick here at 27 for Seattle, Nick would make defenses have to commit to the run more than they do now, which would open the pass game.

(28) Pittsburgh Steelers

Original pick- Terrell Edmunds SS/Virginia Tech

New pick- Justin Reid FS/Stanford

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Justin Reid has been a playmaker for the Houston Texans, he is also a successful secondary draft pick, something the Steelers have trouble drafting. Although he is a free safety, Reid is playing strong safety in 2020. He has racked up 5 interceptions, a touchdown, 16 passes defended, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 199 total tackles in his 36 game career. He would fit the Steelers defense well, especially if they still traded for Minkah Fitzpatrick in the long run. Justin has only missed one game, so a healthy safety is a big plus for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh would probably have him blitz a few times, which he is more than capable of doing. Some Steeler fans wanted Reid here instead of him dropping into the third round. A good value and production pick here at 28, he will be playing for a long time.

(29) Jacksonville Jaguars

Original pick- Taven Bryan DT/Florida

New pick- Fred Warner MLB,OLB/BYU

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Fred Warner played extremely well in 2019, unexpectedly well. Warner's play was a focal part in the 49ers defense early on when the defense wasn't in stride yet. Fred finished his sophomore season with an interception, a touchdown, 9 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 3 sacks, 7 TFLs, 5 QB hits, and 118 total tackles. Jacksonville lost Paul Posluszny going into the 2018 NFL Draft and needed a replacement. Warner was drafted as a OLB, but is played as a MLB, the exact position Posluszny played. He would be a critical defender and run stopper that Jacksonville needed. Jacksonville runs a 3-4/4-3 hybrid on defense, which would include Warner in every scheme. If selected here, Fred Warner would be a steal all the way at 29.

(30) Minnesota Vikings

Original pick- Mike Hughes CB/Central Florida

New pick- Marcus Davenport DE/Texas-San Antonio

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Minnesota lost Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph after the 2019 season, Marcus Davenport would lessen the impact of those losses. Their defensive line is on the older side, but with Davenport it would give them an area to start a defensive line rebuild off of. Marcus had a better season in 2019, he totaled 3 forced fumbles, 6 sacks, 53 tackles, 5 TFLs, and 16 QB hits. Although he is injured quite a bit, when out there he is a force. He would keep the pressure up from the Minnesota defensive front and help stop the run game. This is a depth and value pick here at 30, he was originally picked at 14th overall.

(31) New England Patriots

Original pick- Sony Michel RB/Georgia

New pick- Isaiah Wynn OT/Georgia

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Isaiah Wynn has been a pretty good lineman for New England. In two years of seeing action on the field, he has only allowed 2 sacks and has committed 4 penalties. He helps in the run game and the pass game, he gives Cam Newton good time in the pocket. Wynn is a strong point on that O-line and will play at a high level for years to come. Good pick for New England here at 31 when they originally picked him at 23rd overall.

(32) Philadelphia Eagles

Original pick- Lamar Jackson QB/Louisville

New pick- Donte Jackson CB/LSU

If Lamar wasn't going to be here, Baltimore would not have traded back into the first round, so I have this pick originating back to the Eagles. Philadelphia has problems everywhere, with no receivers or offensive lineman worth picking at 32, I have them picking a cornerback. Donte Jackson has had a great career so far, he has totaled 9 interceptions, 21 passes defended, one forced fumble, one sack, 123 tackles, 5 TFLs, and one QB hit. Donte seems to be all over the field and can play both right and left cornerback. A ballhawk would be appreciated on the Philly secondary, Jackson would be someone to stay away from. A good final pick here for Philly and a good pick to finish out the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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