While it has been only a year, the 2018 rookie class has already lived up to the hype as one of the best draft classes in recent years. With seven Pro Bowl and five All-Pro selections in just one season, the future is bright for the 2018 class. Outside of those picks, there were also a lot of players who contributed […]
While it has been only a year, the 2018 rookie class has already lived up to the hype as one of the best draft classes in recent years.
With seven Pro Bowl and five All-Pro selections in just one season, the future is bright for the 2018 class. Outside of those picks, there were also a lot of players who contributed to their teams right away.
Let’s take a look at the first round of the NFL Draft and re-draft the selections the teams made that night.
A note here to mention:
- Trades that happened the night of the draft will not take place (Example: Buffalo traded up to #7 to draft Josh Allen. In the re-draft, #7 selection would remain with Tampa Bay.)
- Trades that happened a few days before will stay with that team (Example: the Jets traded up for the #3 selection a few days prior to draft night.)
1. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield
- Original Selection: Baker Mayfield
It took a while but the Cleveland Browns finally found their quarterback of the future. Mayfield came in for the injured Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 against the New York Jets and led them to their first win in nearly two seasons.
He threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, leading the Browns to a 7-8-1 record. The future is bright in Cleveland, so they got it right here in the re-draft.
2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley
- Original Selection: Saquon Barkley
There is an argument here that the New York Giants should of went with a quarterback at #2 but Barkley is too much of a star to pass up here.
Starting all 16 games and rushing for 1,307 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. They got it right.
3. New York Jets – Sam Darnold
- Original Selection: Sam Darnold
Another pick, another same selection. He didn’t have the same impact as Mayfield did right away but was still solid. The Jets desperately needed a quarterback in 2018 and Darnold is the best passing option up until this point.
2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Solid future for the former USC QB.
4. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward
- Original Selection: Denzel Ward
The re-draft isn’t fun so far as the Browns stick with their selection of Ward at pick number four. Ward already looks like a shutdown corner in his first year with Cleveland, earning a Pro Bowl selection.
Mayfield got a lot of attention, but Ward was also a good pick here. For the first time in what seems like forever, Cleveland went 2/2 in first round picks.
5. Denver Broncos – Josh Allen
- Original Selection: Bradley Chubb
Okay, here is where it gets interesting. Bradley Chubb looked really good in his first year but Denver needed a quarterback. Case Keenum was brought in the 2018 offseason but many figured he would not be the answer. Allen is a big QB that can extend the play with his running ability.
John Elway might not hit it right with his past QB selections but could have gotten it right with Allen.
6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson
- Original Selection: Quenton Nelson
Well, that did not last. The Colts needed help on their offensive line to protect Andrew Luck and they got it right with Nelson. The Pro Bowl/All-Pro selection played in every snap this season and already looks like the best guard in the league right now.
From the 30th to 5th ranked scoring offense in the matter of one season. Talk about an impact.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James
- Original Selection: Josh Allen (pick traded to Buffalo)
Buffalo traded up to select Allen but like stated earlier, draft night trades do not take place here, so Tampa Bay picks at seven.
Every mock draft pretty much had James in a Buccaneers uniform and shockingly did not take him even when he kept falling in the draft. This time around, there is no way James falls to 17 like he did. He earned a Pro Bowl nod and was selected to the All-Pro First Team after one season. He looks to be the future at the safety position.
8. Chicago Bears – Darius Leonard
- Original Selection: Roquan Smith
The second-round selection won Defensive Rookie of the Year as well as earning an All-Pro Second Team selection. Smith was pretty good too but Leonard was slightly better in his first season. Imagine him with Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, and Danny Trevathan? That is a scary linebacking core.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Bradley Chubb
- Original Selection: Mike McGlinchey
Chubb falls a little bit here due to team needs for the previous draft selections. Still, with 12 sacks his rookie season, he would no doubt be a good fit in the 49ers defensive line.
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith
- Original Selection: Josh Rosen (pick traded to Arizona)
The Raiders stick with the 10th pick and land a great linebacker in Smith. Smith has the chance to be future Pro Bowler and All-Pro selection and that is what the Raiders need on defense, especially after trading Khalil Mack.
11. Miami Dolphins – Lamar Jackson
- Original Selection: Minkah Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick has been great for Miami and looks to be a future star on that defense. However, Miami needs a new QB and should have cut ties with Ryan Tannehill this time last year.
Say they did go with Jackson here. The Dolphins do not have a lot of talent on offense but Jackson would have made the team fun to watch. His passing needs work, but his running ability makes up for it until his passing improves.
12. Buffalo Bills – Josh Rosen
- Original Selection: Vita Vea (pick traded to Tampa Bay)
The Bills might have gotten Allen but in this re-draft but they go with another Josh in Rosen. Rosen might not have had the hot start as the other rookie QB’s here but with a little time and development, he could be a star.
13. Washington Redskins – D.J. Moore
- Original Selection: Da’Ron Payne
Washington has been desperate need of a number one receiver for quite some time. Da’Ron Payne has been good for them but in the re-draft, they go with Moore here.
Moore no doubt would be a boost in Washington’s receiving core.
14. Green Bay Packers – Jaire Alexander
- Original Selection: Marcus Davenport (pick traded to New Orleans)
Green Bay traded down but stays here in the re-draft. Even without the trade, the Packers stay with Alexander. He has been a great boost in the secondary and looks to be one of the best corners in the league in year two.
15. Arizona Cardinals – Da’Ron Payne
- Original Selection: Kolton Miller (pick traded to Oakland)
Arizona doesn’t get a QB in the first round of the re-draft but there is nothing wrong with improving their defensive line in Payne. The 319-pound Alabama product was a stud in the middle and made his presence felt against the run while also contributing to the passing defense with five sacks.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley
- Original Selection: Tremaine Edwards (picked traded to Buffalo)
Baltimore trades down with the Bills at pick number 16 but here they grab one of the better receivers in this draft class. The Ravens have not had a star wide receiver in well……ever.
Ridley became a solid option for the Falcons right away and would no doubt be an upgrade at WR.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Minkah Fitzpatrick
- Original Selection: Derwin James
The Chargers probably would not want to have a re-draft here. With Derwin James long gone they go with the next best option at Safety.
Fitzpatrick has been great for the Dolphins thus far, but again the Chargers are probably more than happy with who they ended up with.
18. Seattle Seahawks – Mike McGlinchey
- Original Selection: Jaire Alexander (picked traded to Green Bay)
Seattle has been having offensive line troubles for a few seasons now. McGlinchey would be a huge upgrade and Russell Wilson would of be more than happy here.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch
- Original Selection: Leighton Vander Esch
Look at that. The Cowboys got it right. It was crazy to think that a year ago fans were booing him when he was announced by the commissioner.
Vander Esch, along with Jaylon Smith, looks to be a dynamic duo at linebacker for years to come.
20. Detriot Lions – Marcus Davenport
- Original Selection: Frank Ragnow
Davenport showed flashes in his rookie season and there is a reason the New Orleans traded up for him in the first place.
The Lions need help on the defensive line and Davenport would be the best option here.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Braden Smith
- Original Selection: Billy Price
Smith was a second-round pick for the Indianapolis Colts last year and was an immediate starter alongside Quenton Nelson. He is a great pass protector and Andy Dalton could have certainly used him.
22. Buffalo Bills – Phillip Lindsay
- Original Selection: Rashaan Evans (pick traded to Tennessee)
LeSean McCoy is not getting any younger and struggled a lot last season. Lindsay went from undrafted to Pro Bowl running back for the Denver Broncos.
1,037 rushing yards and nine touchdowns? Not bad for an undrafted free agent.
23. New England Patriots – Nick Chubb
- Original Selection: Isaiah Wynn
The Patriots have a running back committee but Chubb is too hard to pass up here. Could of went with teammate and current Patriot Sony Michel here also, but Chubb was slightly better once he became the full-time starter.
24. Carolina Panthers – Jessie Bates III
- Original Selection: D.J. Moore
With no Moore or Ridley on the board, Carolina goes to the opposite side of the ball here. Bates was a rare bright spot for the Bengals last season, starting every game and recorded 111 tackles with three interceptions.
Bates would definitely be an upgrade to the Panthers secondary here.
25. Tennessee Titans – Justin Reid
- Original Selection: Hayden Hurst (pick traded to Baltimore)
Another team with another need at safety. Reid was projected to be a first round pick in 2018 but surprisingly fell in the third round to the Houston Texans. He broke up 10 passes as a rookie and provided coverage for the Texans. He’s also capable of sidling up to the line of scrimmage and getting stops, recording 88 tackles.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Shawn Hand
- Original Selection: Calvin Ridley
Ridley is gone in the re-draft so Atlanta goes with Hand here. Selected to the 2018 All-Rookie team with three sacks, he would no doubt boost the defensive line here.
27. New Orleans Saints – Chris Herndon
- Original Selection: Rashaad Penny (pick traded to Seattle)
The Saints have a great offense with a ton of weapons. However, they can improve in the tight end situation. Herndon led all rookie tight ends in receptions and was second in yards. Not a bad target for Drew Brees.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Donte Jackson
- Original Selection: Terrell Edmunds
Jackson was a great second round selection for the Carolina Panthers. In the re-draft, Pittsburgh could use him due to their thinness at the cornerback position.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Robert Foster
- Original Selection: Taven Bryan
Talk about a guy coming out of nowhere. Foster went undrafted out of Alabama. He seemingly came out of nowhere, hauling in three catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 for the Buffalo Bills. He ended the season with 541 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Jacksonville could really use a weapon on the outside, so Foster would actually get drafted in this re-draft.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Will Hernandez
- Original Selection: Mike Hughes
Hernandez’s blocking shined the second he debuted on the field. He was one of the main reasons for Saquon Barkley’s big 2018 and looks to be a focal point of the Giants’ offensive line.
Minnesota could have definitely used him here, especially to protect their free-agent prize in Kirk Cousins.
31. New England Patriots – Courtland Sutton
- Original Selection: Sony Michel
The Patriots already drafted Nick Chubb in this re-draft, so it does not make sense to draft another running back in the first round (it’s the Pats so who knows at this point.)
The 6’4″ SMU product averaged nearly 17 yards per catch in last season and was part of the reason Denver traded away Demaryius Thomas. A nice weapon for Tom Brady.
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel
- Original Selection: Lamar Jackson (pick traded to Baltimore)
The Eagles finally get their RB of the future. Michel showed that he can be a full-time starter, rushing for 931 yards and six touchdowns. Philadelphia went through a carousel of running backs and Michel would help that out.