Constructing a 2018 NFL mock draft in June is a difficult and trying task. The good news for draft analysts is that this year’s class is so quarterback-heavy, the first 10 picks are pretty easy to predict.
In the case of Rotoworld’s latest mock draft, four passers come off the board in the first 10 picks.
USC’s Sam Darnold is the first player taken by the San Francisco 49ers, who own the No. 1 pick based on Super Bowl odds. UCLA’s Josh Rosen is selected by the Jets with the No. 3 pick, while Wyoming’s Josh Allen is the Saints’ choice at No. 6 followed by Louisville’s Lamar Jackson at No. 7 to the Bills.
The highest-drafted non-quarterback is Florida State safety Derwin James, who in this mock draft is selected No. 2 by the Cleveland Browns:
“With DEs Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah forcing hurried decisions by opposing quarterbacks, a ball-hawking safety with All-Pro ability like James will have plenty of interception opportunities. James’ skills mesh perfectly with Peppers’. The latter is extremely versatile but had only one interception in three years at Michigan. With Peppers playing closer to the box, James would be free to roam.”
For Rotoworld’s complete mock draft, click here.