2018 NFL Mock Draft recap: Where we hit and missed

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With the 2018 NFL Draft completed last week, we take a look back with what we got right and what we got wrong with our final mock draft.

Fellow BuffaLowDown contributor Justin Baumann and I have been pumping out mock drafts for weeks. Our final mock draft saw us get some picks right, a lot wrong, and some weren’t far off.

Taking a look below, you can see our final picks and how the draft actually shook out:

2018 NFL Draft

  1. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield
  2. New York Giants – Saquan Barkley
  3. New York Jets – Sam Darnold
  4. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward
  5. Denver Broncos – Bradley Chubb
  6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson
  7. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen (Trade up with Tampa Bay)
  8. Chicago Bears – Roquan Smith
  9. San Francisco 49ers – Mike McGlinchey
  10. Arizona Cardinals – Josh Rosen (Trade up with Oakland)
  11. Miami Dolphins – Minkah Fitzpatrick
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vita Vea (Trade back with Buffalo)
  13. Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne
  14. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Davenport (Trade up with Green Bay)
  15. Oakland Raiders – Kolton Miller (Trade back with Arizona)
  16. Buffalo Bills – Tremaine Edmunds (Trade up with Baltimore)
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Derwin James
  18. Green Bay Packers – Jaire Alexander (Trade up with Seattle)
  19. Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch
  20. Detroit Lions – Frank Ragnow
  21. Cincinnati Bengals – Billy Price
  22. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans (Trade up with Baltimore)
  23. New England Patriots – Isaiah Wynn
  24. Carolina Panthers – DJ Moore
  25. Baltimore Ravens – Hayden Hurst (Trade back with Tennessee)
  26. Atlanta Falcons – Calvin Ridley
  27. Seattle Seahawks – Rashaad Penny (Trade back with Green Bay)
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Terrell Edmunds
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Taven Bryan
  30. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Hughes
  31. New England Patriots – Sony Michel
  32. Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson (Trade up with Philadelphia)

Mock Draft 7.0

  1. Cleveland Browns – Josh Allen
  2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley
  3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield
  4. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb
  5. Arizona Cardinals – Sam Darnold (Trade up with Denver)
  6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James
  8. Buffalo Bills – Josh Rosen (Trade up with Chicago)
  9. San Francisco 49ers – Tremaine Edmunds
  10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith
  11. Miami Dolphins – Denzel Ward
  12. Chicago Bears – Minkah Fitzpatrick (Trade back with Buffalo)
  13. Washington Redskins – Vita Vea
  14. Green Bay Packers – Josh Jackson
  15. Denver Broncos – Marcus Davenport (Trade back with Arizona)
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley
  17. Los Angeles Chargers – Lamar Jackson
  18. Seattle Seahawks – Mike Hughes
  19. Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch
  20. Detroit Lions – James Daniels
  21. Cincinnati Bengals – Rashaan Evans
  22. Buffalo Bills – DJ Moore
  23. New England – Mike McGlinchey
  24. Carolina Panthers – Will Hernandez
  25. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans
  26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne
  27. New Orleans Saints – Mike Gesicki
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Reid
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Connor Williams
  30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn
  31. New England Patriots – Mason Rudolph
  32. Philadelphia Eagles – Derrius Guice

As you can see, we missed quite a few. I had two picks right with the Giants selecting Saquon Barkley and Quenton Nelson going to Indy while Justin had the pick of Leighton Vander Esch to the Cowboys correct. While we weren’t spot on with most of our picks, we did have teams taking a specific position correct several times.

I had five teams taking the correct position (Giants, Colts, Packers, Bills, Lions, and Steelers) with Justin having nine (Browns, Jets, Dolphins, Titans, Redskins, Cardinals, Cowboys, Broncos, and Patriots).

Some of the biggest moves we predicted were both the Bills and Cardinals trading up to get their franchise quarterbacks. We successfully predicted all four of the teams taking quarterbacks in the top 10, but didn’t get any of their future teams correct. Of the top 10 picks, we had two not being drafted there (Ward and McGlinchey).

All-in-all, we swung and missed quite a bit. The draft is a crazy event that has tons of twists and turns, and that is why I love it so much. We predicted there would be two trades that took place while there were actually six that went down last Thursday. Once players slide then all bets are off on who will be willing to move all the way up to get their missing piece.

Next: Rounding up the 2018 NFL Draft grades

With another year to scout and check needs, we will be back next year and looking to get it right.