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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Jets pick Lamar Jackson

The Jets will suck, but will they suck bad enough to land Sam Darnold?
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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will go high in the 2018 NFL Draft. Getty Images

Doing a 2018 NFL Mock Draft before the 2017 football season even starts is wildly tough not only because we don’t know the players who will be considered first round talent next spring but also because we don’t know the order in which the NFL teams will finish this year. There will be plenty of fan bases upset at this order – namely Bengals, Ravens, Saints, Colts, Lions and Giants fans – who likely all expect their teams to do be in the top half of the league this season. On the flip side, I like the Dolphins, Redskins, Titans, Panthers and Vikings to have surprisingly strong seasons this fall. So, you’re welcome.

The “Suck for Sam [Darnold]” campaign is in full effect, but which team will be the best at being the worst in the NFL this season?

Expect Kyle Shanahan to totally clean house with the 49ers over the course of the next 10 months in an effort to either sign Kirk Cousins in 2018 or to draft Darnold No. 1 overall. The Jets will be plenty good at sucking, but they play the Bills (twice), the Jaguars, the Browns and the Saints this season. I like New York to get at least three wins.

By my count, the 49ers only really have two winnable games on their schedule (home vs. Rams on Sept. 21 and home vs. Jaguars on Christmas Eve).

 

1. San Francisco 49ers: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

2. New York Jets: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

3. Los Angeles Rams: Arden Key, DE, LSU

4. Chicago Bears: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

6. Cleveland Browns: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

7. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

8. Baltimore Ravens: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

9. Buffalo Bills: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

10. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia

11. Indianapolis Colts: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

12. Cleveland Browns: Derwin James, S, Florida State

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

14. Detroit Lions: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

15. Buffalo Bills: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

16. New York Giants: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

17. Philadelphia Eagles: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

19. Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh

20. Miami Dolphins: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

21. Denver Broncos: Iman Marshall, CB, USC

22. Washington Redskins: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

23. Arizona Cardinals: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

25. Dallas Cowboys: Cameron Smith, LB, USC

26. Tennessee Titans: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida

27. Green Bay Packers: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

28. Carolina Panthers: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State

29. Minnesota Vikings: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

30. Oakland Raiders: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

31. Seattle Seahawks: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

32. New England Patriots: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

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