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The world we live in is not perfect, which means that NFL teams frequently make mistakes when it comes to drafting college prospects. It’s time to fix those mistakes.

In this piece, I will attempt to present how the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft might have played out if every team had actually taken a good player that fit a need for their team.

Here we go…

1. Cleveland Browns: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Original Pick: SAME

After years of massive failures when it came to selecting quarterbacks, it seems like the Browns hit big-time with Mayfield. The only thing that kept him from winning Offensive Rookie of the Year was a stellar season from running back Saquon Barkley, who the Giants took one year later. With Odell Beckham now in the fold, the Browns might have the centerpiece of their franchise in Mayfield.

2. New York Giants: QB Sam Darnold, USC

Original Pick: RB Saquon Barkley

There was a lot of skepticism surrounding the Giants’ selection of Barkley, and it all turned out to be warranted. Eli Manning looked pitiful for most of last season, and the franchise currently has no clear direction. You can’t run a franchise through a tailback, no matter how talented. In this re-draft, the Giants do what they should’ve done in the first place and nab their franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold.

3. New York Jets: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

Original Pick: QB Sam Darnold

With Darnold off the board, the Jets now have to settle for the next best thing: Josh Rosen. Rosen was sort of all over the place as a rookie, but a lot of that can be attributed to the inferior talent around him and a coaching staff that proved to be incompetent—they were all fired after just one season. A chance to learn behind Josh McCown could have served Rosen well, and with him going to the Jets here, no one would ever be forced to listen to the trade rumors that currently bog down social media.

4. Cleveland Browns: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Original Pick: SAME

Another Browns pick, another hit. Ward was stellar as a rookie and will be a key piece in the Browns’ defense for years to come.

5. Denver Broncos: DE Bradley Chubb, NC State

Original Pick: SAME

When the Broncos were on the clock last year, Josh Rosen was still on the board. Looking back, that would have probably been a better pick despite how good Chubb was as a rookie. However, in this re-draft, Rosen is already off the board. So, the Broncos stick with Chubb, who notched a highly-impressive 12 sacks in his first season.

6. Indianapolis Colts: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Original Pick: OG Quenton Nelson

Yes, Quenton Nelson was an All-Pro as a rookie. And, yes, he was a big reason why Andrew Luck was able to be so successful last year. However, guard talents come up pretty frequently; generational running backs do not. With Barkley on the board here, the Colts jump on him to give their rather boring offense a much needed, superstar boost.

7. Buffalo Bills: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

Original Pick: SAME

Josh Allen was far from spectacular as a rookie, but it’s hard to imagine the Bills doing anything other than taking the best quarterback available in this scenario. They gave up a ton last year to move up to pick #7, so they’re going to stick with the same pick in this re-draft.

8. Chicago Bears: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

Original Pick: SAME

As good as other linebackers in this class such as Leighton Vander Esch and Darius Leonard performed as rookies, the Bears still made the right choice in nabbing Roquan Smith. The Bears defense was superb last season and Smith was a big reason why. He is a key cog in an outstanding unit, and his production will only increase moving forward.

9. San Francisco 49ers: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Original Pick: OT Mike McGlinchey

The 49ers still have yet to give QB Jimmy Garoppolo a quality weapon on the perimeter, and they should have done that with the ninth pick last year. Calvin Ridley exploded onto the scene as a rookie with the Falcons, and his presence would be a massive boost to a 49ers offense that, even with Garoppolo healthy, was unexciting last year. The McGlinchey pick certainly made sense, but Ridley would have been the better choice.

10. Arizona Cardinals: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Original Pick: QB Josh Rosen

The trainwreck Arizona Cardinals were so bad in 2018 that their shiny new coaching staff was fired after just one season of work. Their rookie quarterback, Josh Rosen, was under so much fire that getting a good look at his abilities was nearly impossible. With Rosen off the board in this scenario, the Cardinals nab the draft’s best offensive lineman to make things easier for whoever they put under center in 2018 and beyond (Kyler Murray?).

Picks 11-20 —>

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