6. Indianapolis Colts (via New York Jets): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The Colts really hit a home run in this scenario. Not only did the franchise add multiple second-round picks in a trade with the New York Jets, they can now stay put at No. 6 and land one of the top players in the draft. Nelson is far and away the best offensive lineman available, and many draft analysts believe he is the best guard prospect in years. Andrew Luck isn’t getting any younger, so the Colts need to find a way to keep him upright and adding the draft’s top offensive lineman is certainly one way to do just that.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
In a perfect world, the Buccaneers would land Nelson, but since the Colts snagged him one pick earlier, the next best move for the team would be to improve their lackluster secondary by adding Derwin James. James is a dynamic playmaker in the defensive backfield with a real nose for the ball. He may have fallen off at Florida State after his breakout freshman campaign, but he is still an incredibly talented player and one of the best that the 2018 class has to offer.
8. Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Virginia Tech
Edmunds is an incredibly young player, so the sky is the limit when it comes to his possible success at the next level. In Chicago, Edmunds, who has drawn comparisons to former Bears legend Brian Urlacher, would be an anchor on the defensive side of the ball for years to come.
“The beauty of this kid is he’s 19 years old, he’s 6-foot-5, 250. At 19 years old. He doesn’t turn 20 until a couple days after the draft,” NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock said on a pre-combine teleconference. “I put the first tape in on this kid, and today he’s an off-the-ball linebacker. Meaning in a three-four, he’s an inside linebacker, and he’d be great there. He also has a scary skill set as an edge rusher, which he did a little bit at Virginia Tech, and I know for sure he’s working on that now.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia
While it may be tough for the 49ers to pass on Minkah Fitzpatrick to strengthen their secondary, having Roquan Smith on the board is a dream scenario for San Francisco. Fitzpatrick would definitely be a worthy selection, but with the current Reuben Foster situation, the 49ers need to have a backup plan. In Smith, they would get another playmaking defender who can blossom into a real disruptive force in the front seven.
10. Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Raiders are in a tough position. While Denzel Ward could be a good option with the No. 10 pick, the team desperately needs to add bodies at tackle who can protect Derek Carr. While this may be a bit of a reach for McGlinchey, who would become the second Notre Dame offensive lineman taken in the top 10 picks, it is one that makes sense due to the lack of depth at offensive tackle in this year’s draft. McGlinchey could play immediately at right tackle, before eventually taking over for 35-year-old Donald Penn, who is coming off of a serious foot injury, down the line.