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2018 NFL mock draft: Predicting every first round pick if all the players were Lamar Jackson

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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars go for a quarterback as early as the first round?

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The 2018 NFL Draft is still more than two months and we haven’t even seen how free agency is going to shake out, but there are a ton of different ways in which this year’s first round could go.

Because drafts are not without trades, surprise picks, and a ton of other variables, I wanted to introduce one that is somewhat likely to happen just to see how all the teams could react.

Without further ado, here is the entire first round predicted if every player were Lamar Jackson.

1. Cleveland Browns: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Browns are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback and they got who I believe to be the best one in the draft. Jackson’s career 57.0 completion percentage makes him a bit of a wild card but his penchant for escaping the pocket and breaking loose for long gains with his legs makes him an invaluable target.

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

There are a lot of different ways this could go, but I think the Giants surprise everyone and go with Jackson. Eli Manning is on his way out and there’s no one else on that roster who is starter-worthy.

3. Indianapolis Colts: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Huge surprise! Andrew Luck’s health isn’t what we thought it would be and the Colts are bringing Jackson to the AFC South.

4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

That’s right — the Browns take their second of two first round picks to get their guy in Jackson. You can’t pass up an opportunity to upgrade the quarterback position, especially after watching what DeShone Kizer did in 2017.

5. Denver Broncos: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Are the Broncos in a rebuild? I think so — and that’s why the pick of Jackson makes sense.

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

If the Jets fail to get a quarterback in free agency, I think going after the best quarterback in the draft is a real possibility. Jackson has big play ability and his 6.3 yards per carry will endear himself to Jets fans almost immediately.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

I think Jameis Winston’s time in Tampa Bay is nearly over, so grabbing a quarterback makes sense.

8. Chicago Bears: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Is Mitch Trubisky the answer? That’s the question Chicago’s front office needs to answer. I think the Bears start their rebuild now and go after the Louisville quarterback.

9. San Francisco 49ers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

This is the shock of the draft. After offering a huge contract to Jimmy Garoppolo, John Lynch and the 49ers make sure they are fortified at the most important position in sports and double up at quarterback.

10. Oakland Raiders: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Derek Carr’s decline is real and Jon Gruden wants his guy under center. Look for the Raiders to go after Jackson who is an exciting player that can match the excitement of a new home in Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020.

11. Miami Dolphins: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

13. Washington: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

14. Green Bay Packers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

16. Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

18. Seattle Seahawks: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

19. Dallas Cowboys: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

20. Detroit Lions: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

21. Buffalo Bills: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

23. Los Angeles Rams: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

24. Carolina Panthers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

25. Tennessee Titans: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

26. Atlanta Falcons: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

27. New Orleans Saints: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The biggest question mark with the Jaguars is Blake Bortles and they have a small window with an elite defense. I think they capitalize on a league-leading run game and a generational defensive unit with the best quarterback still available.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

31. New England Patriots: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville