2018 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Run on QBs forces Bills to trade up

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. Linebacker. Alabama. Rashaan Evans. 16. player. 26

While I believe receiver is a major need for the Ravens, they have always been known for their defense. Adding a playmaking linebacker like Evans and pairing him with fellow Alabama alum C.J. Mosley can create a young, dominant middle linebacking pair to go with other strong pieces on the defense.

I also believe this could be a where a team trades up to for a player like Vita Vea or especially Lamar Jackson. Baltimore could be enticed to pick up more pieces for an aging offense and still get the linebacker or receiver they covet later in the first round. (Stephen)

Previous Pick: DJ Moore

17. player. 13. . Defensive Tackle. Washington. Vita Vea

The Chargers have built something special along their defensive front seven. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are sack specialists, while Denzel Perryman has demonstrated the ability to fly
to the ball. Vea will be a luxury pick at No. 17 and I believe it is needed. He will be the plug in the middle that the Chargers are missing.

Philip Rivers will make plays with whoever is on the offensive side of the ball. Focusing on the defense will allow the organization to build a dominant force that will be around when Rivers retires. (Justin)

Previous Pick: Trade back to No. 27 (Da’Ron Payne)

16. <em>(TRADE)</em> <p><strong>Bills receive: </strong>No. 18 and 146 overall picks.</p> <p><strong>Seahawks receive:</strong> No. 22, 96, and 121 overall picks.</p>. Linebacker. Boise State. Leighton Vander Esch. 18. player

When I spoke earlier about giving the Bills flexibility by keeping this year’s first, this is what I was talking about.

The Bills traded up and used some of their ammo to get the leader of their offense in Baker Mayfield earlier, and now they use more of that ammo and get the leader of their defense.

Leighton Vander Esch is a big, strong, fast middle linebacker that plays a lot like Luke Kuechly, a player Sean McDermott knows very well. Adding a player like that to his defense can really bring it together, especially after the additions on the defensive line and the talent the team has in the secondary.

Vander Esch can step in day one and in the heart of the defense. His ability to get from sideline-to-sideline quickly, as well as diagnose and make plays quickly, makes him an ideal fit for the Bills.

However, I could see the team trading this pick with No. 12 to move up, or moving back from here to acquire more assets in a deep class. Having this pick though creates major flexibility for the team and can be a significant advantage. (Stephen)

Previous Pick: Seattle selects Marcus Davenport