Publish Date: 04/12/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Trades alert! In this latest mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft, there will be multiple trades in the top five. The quarterbacks selected No. 1 and No. 2 are the ones you expect, but not by the teams you expect. Let’s dive into the top five of the 2018 NFL Draft.
1) *Projected trade with the Browns* New England Patriots: Sam Darnold, quarterback, USC:
In the shock of all shocks, the Browns trade down and get four picks from the Patriots, giving them the fourth, 23rd, 31st, 33rd, 35th, 43rd, and 63rd picks in the draft, much needed for a team that’s got a lot of holes, and they want Josh Allen anyway. In return, the Patriots get the heir apparent to Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick gets his replacement for Jimmy Garoppolo.
2) *Projected trade with the Giants* Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, quarterback, UCLA:
The Giants don’t want to draft a quarterback. So, they’re open for business. They also don’t want to move too far down, because they’re eyeing Bradley Chubb. So, they trade just ahead of the Colts in order to do so. They get more picks in return because they want to build one more championship team for Eli Manning. The Broncos, in turn, get their franchise quarterback who will potentially lead them to another Super Bowl title under the watchful eye of John Elway.
3) New York Jets (via Indianapolis Colts): Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma:
Mayfield is the most accurate quarterback in the draft. Even though he’s not a running quarterback, he is mobile, and the combination of accuracy from the pocket and accuracy on the run makes him a good fit for the Jets West Coast offense.
4) Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, quarterback, Wyoming:
The Browns want Allen, and he’s a little risky for the No 1 overall pick. He’s going to be a work-in-progress guy, with a huge boom-or-bust swing. That said, the Browns look at him like their Big Ben. A strong-armed and mobile quarterback with the size to handle the weather in the AFC North. It’s a huge risk, but the Browns are willing to take it.
5) *Projected trade with the Broncos* New York Giants: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State:
The Giants are moving to a 3-4 defense in 2018, and that means they need an edge rusher from the OLB position. Chubb play defensive end at NC State, but he has the talent and skill to move back to the 3-4 OLB.