2018 NFL Mock Draft: Sean Dyer’s First-Round Mock 3.0

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 29. 46. RB. LSU. Derrius Guice. player

Previous picks: 1.0 – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (Jacksonville Jaguars); 2.0 – Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (Oakland Raiders) 

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The Indianapolis Colts added a pair of mid-round picks when they traded back twice in this mock draft and they already had three second-round picks thanks to their trade with the New York Jets. Why wait around until Day 2 when one of the top running back prospects is falling to the end of the first round? The Colts trade pick No. 36 and one or two of the mid-round picks they acquired in this mock draft to select Derrius Guice.

Indy has a major need at running back after moving on from Frank Gore and Guice is an extremely talented back. Guice is not quite on Saquon Barkley’s level, but the drop-off is not as drastic as some might think. Guice will take pressure off of Andrew Luck and help the Colts balance their offense. Leaving the first round with Tremaine Edmunds, Connor Williams, and Derrius Guice is a huge win for the Colts, who have a roster starving for young talent.

As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they don’t have many glaring needs. They could use an inside linebacker to replace the retired Paul Posluszny. They could improve at wide receiver after losing Allen Robinson in free agency. A playmaking tight end wouldn’t hurt in case Austin Seferian-Jenkins doesn’t work out. And the Jaguars could potentially add a quarterback in case Blake Bortles is not the future. Based on who is left on the board, however, Jacksonville can address all of these needs in the middle rounds.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 60. OT. UCLA. Kolton Miller. 30. player

Previous picks: 1.0 – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA; 2.0 – Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia 

The Minnesota Vikings invested heavily in their offensive line last offseason and it helped them get all the way to the NFC Championship Game. But there’s still work to be done. The big investments the Vikings made were signing tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Due to injuries, however, Remmers ended up playing guard at the end of the season and it turns out that might be his best position. If Minnesota keeps Remmers inside, they’ll need a new tackle. Enter Kolton Miller.

Miller has a ridiculous 6’9, 310 lb. frame and is athletic enough to play left tackle in the NFL. With Reiff holding down the blindside, however, Miller could play right tackle for the Vikings with Remmers inside at guard. After giving Kirk Cousins the NFL’s first fully guaranteed contract, the Vikings need to protect their investment. Literally.

Pick Analysis. OL. Isaiah Wynn. 31. 47. Scouting Report. Georgia. player

Previous picks: 1.0 – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville; 2.0 – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville (Chicago Bears) 

The New England Patriots need help along their offensive line after losing Nate Solder and Cameron Fleming in free agency. Bill Belichick likes versatile linemen, which put Billy Price, Isaiah Wynn, and Frank Ragnow in contention for this pick. Although all three of those linemen can play multiple positions, Wynn is the only one with experience at tackle, so he heads to New England.

Wynn was the starting left tackle for Georgia in 2017 and helped them get all the way to the National Championship. However, his lack of size has some scouts projecting him to kick inside to guard at the next level. The Patriots could use Wynn as both a tackle and a guard and he’ll likely be successful. After all, everything Belichick touches turns to gold.

Courtland Sutton. 32. player. Scouting Report. SMU. WR. 54. Pick Analysis

Previous picks: 1.0 – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU; 2.0 – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma 

What do you get a team that already has everything? I guess another offensive weapon.

The Philadelphia Eagles defense is stacked. Like, it’s scary good. They have incredible depth on the defensive line and in the secondary. They were also able to re-sign Nigel Bradham, keeping their linebacking unit intact. Offensively, perhaps they could look for an eventual replacement for Jason Peters. They could also look to replace Brent Celek and Trey Burton.

The pick here is Courtland Sutton. Although the Eagles signed Mike Wallace, he just replaces Torrey Smith as the “run straight and that’s it” receiver. Alshon Jeffery is locked up long-term and Nelson Agholor found his stride in the slot. Adding the 6’4, 218 lb. Sutton on the outside would give Carson Wentz and Nick Foles an embarrassment of riches.

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There you have it, my third crack at an entire first-round NFL mock draft! What did you think of your team’s selection? Any prospects I missed entirely? Let me know in the comments below!