Early Mock 2018 NFL Draft: Quarterbacks (Part 2)

February 15, 2018 by Landon Wheeler

This is Part 2 of our coverage on the early mock 2018 NFL Draft and which potential quarterbacks the teams are likely to go for:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derwin James, S, Florida State

The Bucs ranked dead last in passing defense last season and need help in replacing an aging T.J. Ward. James is a ball hawk of a safety and can be used in blitz packages if needed.

San Francisco 49ers

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

While the rebuild for the 49ers has been slow, the future looks bright with the signing of Jimmy Garoppolo. Barkley should give the new quarterback an every down option with the ability to catch from out of the backfield.

Saquon Barkley's name has been attached to several teams at this point but the 49ers would be crazy to pass up if the former Penn St. star is still available at 9.

Chicago Bears

Calvin Ridle, WR, Alabama

The Bears have suffered at wide receiver since they let Alshon Jeffery leave via free agency last season. Calvin Ridley will give second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a fast and smooth target that can catch the jump ball.

Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

New Head coach Jon Gruden will look to find help for Khalil Mack on the weakside. Roquan Smith is fast and has good instincts on coverage which is something Gruden looks for in a linebacker.

Miami Dolphins

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Miami went through three quarterbacks last season and saw their playoff aspirations go up in smoke when quarterback Ryan Tannehill got injured in the preseason. Bolstering the offensive line should be their top priority. Quenton Nelson gave great pass and run protection for the Fighting Irish last season and was a major part of Notre Dame's rushing game.

Washington Redskins

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

With the quarterback controversy in Washington finally over, the Redskins can concentrate on the defensive side in an increasingly difficult NFC East. Tremaine Edmunds is an elite talent that can get to the ball carrier quickly.

Cincinnati Bengals

Connor Williams, T, Texas

The Bengals had a terrible year rushing last season, ranking almost last in the league. Look for the mysteriously returning Marvin Lewis to nab Williams who anchored the Longhorns offensive line.

Green Bay Packers

Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

Like Miami, the Packers saw their playoff hopes die when Aaron Rogers broke his collarbone. Green Bay's offensive line also was at times a patchwork of free agents and veterans. The projected starting line only played together for one full game. Will Hernandez was a four year starter for UTEP and will put some much needed youth into the often battle-worn line.

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