The NFL Mock Draft Consensus has been updated and the top overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns is QB Sam Darnold. The Browns are set quite well in the 2018 NFL Draft, holding the top pick and the fourth overall pick.
The NFL Mock Draft Database lists 163 NFL mock drafts. Our consensus NFL mock draft munch included all NFL mock drafts updated between February 24th and March 2nd, a total of 42 NFL mock drafts. We will update the mock draft consensus regularly from now through the NFL Draft, which will be held on Thursday April 27, 2018. Here is how the consensus for the top six picks in the NFL Draft and the draft pick for the Washington Redskins.
1st Pick: The Cleveland Browns
Consensus Selection: USC QB Sam Darold (71%)
The NFL mock drafts have a consensus that the Cleveland Browns will select USC QB Sam Darnold as the top overall pick in the NFL Draft. That has not changed since our last mock draft munch, except it has increased from 55% projection to 71% projection. The Browns desperately need a quarterback. They drafted DeShone Kizer last season, but he has not impressed and the Browns appear ready to move on from Kiser. 30 of the 43 mocks project Darnold. The second ranked pick here was Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with 6 of the 42 mocks projecting him as the top pick.
2nd Pick: The New York Giants
Consensus Selection: UCLA QB Josh Rosen (45%)
The NFL mock drafts are projecting the NY Giants to go quarterback, despite the sign of confidence that new head coach Pat Shurmur has stated in QB Eli Manning. For the Giants, it would be a smart move to have Rosen learn under Manning without the pressure of having to start in 2018. The NFL mock drafts have remained consistent here with 45% of the mocks projecting Rosen to New York. That is unchanged from our last NFL mock draft munch. Tied for second here with five projections each is DL Bradley Chubb and QB Josh Allen.
3rd Pick: The Indianapolis Colts
Consensus Selection: North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb (74%)
The Colts have the 30th ranked overall defense in 2017. They rank 31st in total sacks. This pick makes sense. The NFL mock drafts are becoming more confident that the Colts will select Chubb, as his projection percentage increased since our last NFL mock draft munch from 55% to an overwhelming 74% today.
4th Pick: The Cleveland Browns
Consensus Selection: Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (40%)
The Browns have two picks in the top 4 and will likely go quarterback and defense. The popular pick here is Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is the top choice of 40% of the mock drafts, which is down from 57%. Another popular choice here is RB Saquon Barkley with 14 mock drafts projecting him to the Browns.
5th Pick: The Denver Broncos
Consensus Selection: Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson (31%)
This is a new leader for the Broncos. Last NFL mock munch, QB Baker Mayfield led here. Now, 31% of the 42 updated mock drafts think that the Broncos will select G Quenton Nelson. Much of that could be determined by what the Broncos do in free agency. Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins named the Broncos as one of his four choices to land in free agency, along with Arizona, Minnesota, and the New York Jets. Other popular choices here are QB Josh Rosen (8 mocks), QB Josh Allen (6 mocks), and Mayfield (5 mocks).
6th Pick: The New York Jets
Consensus Selection: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (27%)
This pick will be determined by the how the top five shakes out. QB Baker Mayfield remains the to projected pick here, but only with 27% of the mocks. QB Josh Allen and QB Josh Rosen are popular picks here as well.
There are top six NFL draft selections projections by the 42 most updated NFL mock drafts.
For the Washington Redskins, here is the breakdown of positions that NFL mock drafts are projecting to Washington.
Defensive Line: 13 mock drafts
Linebacker: 6 mock drafts
Corner Back: 6 mock drafts
Safety: 5 mock drafts
The favorite overall selection for the Washington Redskins is Alabama DL Da’Ron Payne. He is far from a consensus pick with 7 of the 42 mocks projecting him to the Redskins. A growing popular pick here is CB Denzel Ward. With the trade of CB Kendall Fuller to Kansas City for QB Alex Smith, Washington should be expected to draft a corner somewhere in the Draft. Again, some of this will be dictated by what Washington does in free agency. Other picks here are DT Vito Vea (5 mocks), S Derwin James (5 mocks), LB Tremaine Edmunds (5 mocks), and Ward.
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