NFL Mock Draft 2018: Sam Darnold & Josh Rosen Still Top QB’s


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Josh Rosen is battling Sam Darnold to be the top quarterback selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The NFL draft process is incredibly predictable, especially when it involves quarterbacks. We started the season with the “big three” quarterbacks: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen. When you start the season with so much anticipation, fans and analyst are bound to be disappointed with what we see.

Being a top-rated NFL quarterback prospect heading into the college football season is sometimes a curse. We have seen it at varying levels with all three quarterbacks. Darnold has led his team to a perfect record and engineered comeback victories. Yet, the USC quarterback has been criticized at times for putting up modest stats. Darnold has already thrown seven interceptions this season, which is just slightly less than his nine touchdowns.

Rosen was a hero after leading UCLA to a 34-point comeback victory over Texas A&M during the opening weekend of the season. Weeks later he was criticized for his decision-making as the Bruins were upset by Memphis.

Finally, Allen’s draft stock has plummeted the most just months after his draft hype had reached its peak. Over the first month of the season, Allen has thrown for just 658 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He was once thought to be a potential top draft pick, and now may not hear his name called until Day 2 or 3.

In the words of Dennis Green: “They are who we thought they were.” Except they are not, as quarterbacks rarely live up to the NFL draft hype machine that begins before the season. While every throw will continue to be dissected, fans can be assured there is still plenty of quarterback talent in this class. The players just may not be drafted in the order you were expecting.

The draft order for Heavy’s latest mock draft is based on the NFL standings after Week 3. Since many teams are tied with similar records, we did our best to project the teams’ records forward when ties did occur. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @JonDAdams with any draft related questions.

Here’s my latest mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft.

2018 NFL Mock Draft: First Round

1. San Francisco 49ersQB Sam Darnold, USC
2. L.A. ChargersS Derwin James, FSU
3. Cincinnati BengalsDE/LB Harold Landry, Boston College
4. Cleveland BrownsQB Josh Rosen, UCLA
5. New York GiantsRB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
6. Chicago BearsWR Courtland Sutton, SMU
7. New York JetsQB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St.
8. Indianapolis ColtsOT Trey Adams, Washington
9. New Orleans SaintsEDGE Arden Key, LSU
10. Arizona CardinalsLB Malik Jefferson, Texas
11. Seattle SeahawksOT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
12. Cleveland Browns (via Texans)RB Derrius Guice, LSU
13. Miami DolphinsDT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
14. Tampa Bay BucsDE Bradley Chubb, NC State
15. Jacksonville JaguarsOT Connor Williams, Texas
16. Buffalo BillsWR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
17. Washington RedskinsCB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State
18. Baltimore RavensDT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
19. Carolina PanthersDE Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
20. Detroit LionsCB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
21. L.A. RamsDE Dorance Armstrong, Kansas
22. Philadelphia EaglesWR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
23. Minnesota VikingsOT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
24. Tennessee TitansOT Brian O’Neill, Pitt
25. Dallas CowboysWR James Washington, Oklahoma St.
26. Denver BroncosS Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
27. Oakland RaidersLB Jerome Baker, Ohio State
28. Pittsburgh SteelersQB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
29. Green Bay PackersLB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
30. New England PatriotsDT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
31. Atlanta FalconsDT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
32. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)DE Austin Bryant, Clemson