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2018 NFL Draft: One prediction for every first round pick

Final stab at predicting Thursday night’s events.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma Pro Day Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The day is finally upon us. While every NFL draft cycle somehow feels longer and longer, the waiting is finally over. There is a lot of mystery in this class, more in recent memory, and that brings a lot of intrigue with it. I am not usually one to predict the draft, but I am going to take a swing at it given all the information that is flying around. I will inevitably be wrong because I refuse to pick trades but why the hell not? It’s draft day! Let’s party.

  1. Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC: This pick makes a lot of sense. Darnold is young, incredibly talented and has some impressive game tape. Browns take a gamble on trying to develop him to be their franchise caller.

2. Giants- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The Giants could go in a lot of directions here but Rosen would be a great pick for their future. He is talented and could have the luxury of sitting a bit behind Eli instead of having pressure to perform immediately.

3. Jets- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Baker Mayfield seems like the perfect New York Jets Quarterback. He is a brash, exciting playmaker who will bring some attitude to their locker room and finally some swagger back to the offense.

4. Browns- Saquon Barkley, RB, PSU: The Browns could trade out of this pick but coming away from the draft with Saquon Barkley and one of the top quarterbacks would be a home run and would put their offense in a very good place for the next five years.

5. Broncos- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The NFL is no doubt enamored with Josh Allen’s upside so leave it to the team that needs a mulligan on a first round quarterback to draft a massive project in Allen. Good luck!

6. Colts- Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NCSU: The Colts desperately need to add physicality to their defense. Chubb is a perfect answer.

7. Buccaneers- Denzel Ward, CB, OSU: The Bucs add another playmaker to their young secondary. Ward is going to be a star.

8. Bears- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame: The Bears continue to build around their young quarterback by giving him an elite offensive line prospect to protect him.

9. 49ers- Roquan Smith, LB, UGA: With or without Reuben Foster’s roster status being up in the air, the 49ers will benefit from adding a cruise missile of a player like Roquan Smith to their defense.

10. Raiders- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: The Raiders defense sucks and needs all the help in the world. Edmunds as all the potential in the world to give Oakland a defensive weapon.

11. Dolphins- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: Cornerback or safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick fills a huge need for the Dolphins in their secondary.

12. Bills- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Bills are rumored suitors in the Josh Allen sweepstakes, but they could also hang back and take a better quarterback.

13. Washington- Derwin James, S, FSU: I would hate if this happens, so it inevitably will.

14. Packers- Harold Landry, EDGE, BC: The Packers draft a much needed pass rusher, continuing to rebuild their defense.

15. Cardinals- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: The Cardinals could add a young ballhawk to their secondary after cutting Tyrann Mathieu. Jackson is a playmaker.

16. Ravens- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: Joe Flacco has been throwing to a JV receiver group for the last few years. The Ravens need to draft him a real receiver he can overthrow.

17. Chargers- Vita Vea, DT, Washington: The Chargers have a formidable pass rushing duo in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Adding a disruptive man in the middle could make their defensive line scary. Yea wouldn’t be my pick, but the NFL seems to love his size.

18. Seahawks- Connor Williams, OT, Texas: The Seahawks have all but failed to build an offensive line around Russel Wilson during his career. Maybe smarten up in his seventh season?

19. Cowboys- Josh Sweat, EDGE, FSU: The Cowboys love their athletic defensive ends and Sweat is exactly that. Can they unlock the former number one recruit’s potential?

20. Lions- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Medical red flags have dropped Maurice Hurst down in the media, but Hurst has a similar condition to what Star Lotulelei had in 2013 and he still went in the first. Ultimately, Hurst is too good to let drop further.

21. Bengals- James Daniels, Center, Iowa: The Bengals have put Russell Bodine in front of Andy Dalton for the last four years. Instead of giving him an apology, they give him a very good center prospect.

22. Bills- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: After trading Cordy Glenn to the Bengals, the Bills will need new blood at offensive tackle to keep their signal caller upright. McGlinchey has the tools to grow into a very solid lineman.

23. Patriots- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA: After Brandon Graham ripped the Patriots Super Bowl chances away this year; the team needs to add some new protection to the line to get ready for next year.

24. Panthers- DJ Moore, WR, Maryland: The Panthers need to add someone who can stretch the field in their offense. DJ Moore is a tremendous athlete and, though raw, could develop into the explosive pass catching threat the Panthers haven’t had in years.

25. Titans- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: The Titans double down on first round cornerbacks after last draft to give them a talented, feisty secondary for the coming seasons.

26. Falcons- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: The Falcons add a complement to Julio Jones in the passing game. He will also misplay a fourth and goal in the playoffs against Philadelphia.

27. Saints- Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA: The Saints pick a long pass rusher to add to their improving defense. Davenport has won over a lot of people in the post-season draft circuit.

28. Steelers- Justin Reid, S, Stanford: After releasing Mike Mitchell; the Steelers should be interested in adding a young, athletic and physical safety to their secondary. Reid fits that profile.

29. Jaguars- Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP: The Jaguars are committed to win football games the old fashioned way. Hernandez is a smash mouth offensive lineman who will continue to boost their already prominent running game.

30. Vikings- Isaiah Wynn, Guard, Georgia: The Vikings are going to continue to bolster their offense this offseason. Wynn is a stud prospect with a lot of positional versatility.

31. Patriots- Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado: After watching their cornerbacks get posterized for four quarters in the Super Bowl; the Patriots may look for an upgrade.

32. Eagles- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: I would scream

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