2018 NFL re-draft: Making new picks for first two rounds, Nos. 1-64

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We asked our NFL Nation reporters to make new picks and re-draft the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL draft, Nos. 1-64.

What if the Giants had passed on Saquon Barkley and taken a quarterback? What if the Dolphins had started their rebuild early and grabbed Lamar Jackson at Pick 11? What if the Ravens hadn't been able to pick their quarterback of the future at the end of Round 1? The dominoes are endless.

We're starting this re-draft with a clean slate -- the order below is from when the draft began on April 26, 2018. That means no trades allowed. That's why you see teams picking in their original spots throughout.

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1. Cleveland Browns

Original pick: Baker Mayfield, QB
New pick: Baker Mayfield, QB

There's zero reason to change this pick. Mayfield energized the team and city in a fantastic rookie season. -- Pat McManamon

2. New York Giants

Original pick: Saquon Barkley, RB
New pick: Sam Darnold, QB

This has nothing to do with Barkley. He was everything the Giants expected and more. But the 5-11 campaign only punctuated this organization's need for a quarterback with Eli Manning in decline. -- Jordan Raanan

3. New York Jets (from IND)

Original pick: Sam Darnold, QB
New pick: Josh Allen, QB

After trading up from No. 6, the Jets were committed to taking a quarterback, even if it meant passing on Barkley. They ranked Josh Rosen over Josh Allen, but we're reversing the order after seeing the way Allen outplayed Rosen as a rookie. -- Rich Cimini

4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)

Original pick: Denzel Ward, CB
New pick: Saquon Barkley, RB

Two factors here: The Browns had Barkley ranked among their top one or two players, and Nick Chubb's rookie season means he would never be available in the second round. Barkley is a special talent and too good to pass up here. He and Mayfield put the best two players in the draft on the same offense. -- Pat McManamon

5. Denver Broncos

Original pick: Bradley Chubb, OLB
New pick: Bradley Chubb, OLB

The same scenario stayed in place for the Broncos. With Mayfield and Darnold -- the quarterbacks they liked best -- off the board, they would have looked to trade down, as they did on draft day. But Denver would have scuttled those plans when Chubb was still available. The Broncos' enthusiasm was well-founded, as Chubb was one of the league's best rookies, finishing with 12 sacks. -- Jeff Legwold

6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)

Original pick: Quenton Nelson, G
New pick: Quenton Nelson, G

The board allowed the Colts to again take Nelson, who didn't miss a snap and made the All-Pro team as a rookie. He was a major factor in the unit's giving up an NFL-low 18 sacks. -- Mike Wells

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original pick: Josh Allen, QB (BUF traded up)
New pick: Derwin James, S

The Bucs need an upgrade at safety, and James is a playmaker and a ball hawk. James' physical style would be the perfect complement to Justin Evans' range. James had three interceptions and eight pass breakups, and he has a shot at being named Defensive Rookie of the Year. -- Jenna Laine

8. Chicago Bears