After hours of film study, now is the time to release my big board ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. These rankings factor in tape, projection, prospects’ character and injuries. Each prospect is listed with their height, weight and 40-yard dash time.
1. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (6050, 325lbs, N/A)
Nelson is a very powerful guy with great technique and also has the desired athleticism. He bullies and controls defenders in the run game and shows good footwork and body control in pass protection. He’s NFL ready and the best player in this year’s draft.
2. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama (6001, 204lbs, 4.46)
Fitzpatrick is a fluid athlete who is intelligent and plays with instincts. He played multiple positions in Alabama’s secondary and did a good job at each position. As a pro he can play nickel or safety with the tools to possibly be a full-time outside cornerback.
3. Bradley Chubb, EDGE, N.C. State (6043, 269lbs, 4.65)
He won’t come at you with frightening speed but he wins in many ways. He plays with power, technique and quick strides to disrupt in both the pass and run game. Chubb should be an immediate starter in the NFL.
4. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (6000, 233lbs, 4.40)
Barkley is an explosive talent and is so dangerous with the ball in his hands, amazing on how quick he can stop-start and hit into high gear so quickly. He is a threat running the ball or as a receiver to be a dynamic weapon in the NFL. Work is needed on his patience and decision making.
5. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (6007, 236lbs, 4.51)
He may be a bit undersized for some teams but Smith has incredible instincts and is always around the ball with his key and diagnosis skills. He is an athletic linebacker that plays with great range and play speed.
6. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (6005, 215lbs, 4.84)
Baker Mayfield shows the traits that translate well to the NFL. He is accurate both inside the pocket and whilst on the move. He has underrated arm talent, being able to make throws on all levels and zip the ball through tight windows. He’s confident and has the ‘it’ factor that just can’t be taught.
7. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (5107, 183lbs, 4.32)
Explosive athlete with blazing speed but he is more than that. He shows instincts and intelligence, great footwork and loose hips to easily move and stick to the receiver. Lack of height can be a mismatch against some of the taller receivers but overall is a reliable cornerback with great coverage skills.
8. Derwin James, S, Florida State (6016, 215lbs, 4,47)
Explosive and fluid athlete with an incredibly high ceiling with his natural raw talent. Technique needs improvement and also better angles to the ball is needed. James can play multiple positions in the secondary and could see early starting reps at the nickel spot.
9. Sam Darnold, QB, USC (6033, 221lbs, 4.85)
Darnold has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. He is accurate, shows good anticipation and has the arm strength needed. He also shows an ability’s to improvise and make plays when the play breaks down. Darnold will need to work on his turnovers and mechanics.
10. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (6040, 226lbs, 4.92)
Rosen is the most ready of the top quarterbacks with experience in a pro-style offense and shows good accuracy and anticipation. Rosen for me needs work placing the ball when throwing towards the boundary and will sometimes look for the difficult throws when easier targets are on the field.
11. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (6012, 292lbs, 4.95)
Hurst has incredible movement with his explosiveness off the snap and his ability to bend like an edge rusher. He’s a perfect fit for a 1-gap attacking scheme and reminds me a little bit of Warren Sapp. His heart condition will be a factor on where he could be drafted, potentially falling quite a lot.
12. Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (6023, 252lbs, 4.64)
Landry is the type of pass rusher than comes with burst, bend and body control. He’s a great arc runner and is always a threat. Landry will need to work on his play strength to improve in run support.
13. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (6044, 253, 4.54)
Built like a pass rusher with speed of a safety. He’s an incredibly gifted athlete with a very high ceiling and is still very young. He plays with incredible range and sideline-to-sideline speed but still needs work on take on skills and his eye discipline.
14. Vita Vea, DT, Washington (6040, 347lbs, 5.10)
Incredible size with the stength to dispose players but moves really well. Not just a space eater but also flashes some pass rush potential. Needs work on his discipline, losing sight of the ball carrier in the backfield.
15. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland (6000, 210lbs, 4.42)
A tough and physical player with the ability to get open with good route running. Moore played with eight different quarterbacks at Maryland and was still able to be productive. He moves like a running back with vision after the catch.
16. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (6004, 189lbs, 4.43)
Ridley plays with great play speed but is also an outstanding route runner and always finds ways to get open. Some will be concerned by his frame but he is a playmaker during and after the catch, projecting as a very good “Z” receiver.
17. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville (5102, 196lbs, 4.38)
He may be a little undersized but he plays with toughness, athleticism and smarts. Often you see Alexander play with quick feet and good body control to stay with the receiver. Durability is a concern after some injuries he suffered.
18. Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia (6023, 313lbs, N/A)
Shorter than ideal for a NFL tackle but I’m sure he could play there no problem but best projects as a guard at the next level. Wynn shows great feet and agility to play in zone but also as a puller in gap schemes. His feet show well in pass protection and has strong hands, drive and a good anchor in the run game.
19. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (5104, 224lbs, 4.49)
Guice is a physical runner reminiscent of Marshawn Lynch. He shows great feet, burst and good cutting ability and is very scheme versatile. His running style can lead to some durability concerns.
20. James Daniels, OG/C, Iowa (6033, 306lbs, N/A)
Daniels has the versatility to play both guard and center showing good balance and mechanics. He’s only 20 years old but will need to add a bit more mass to his frame and develop a little more upper body strength.
21. Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (5101, 189lbs, 4.53)
Mike Hughes may be a little undersized but he plays physical with his jab stunning receivers at the line of scrimmage and disrupting route timing. He shows ability to flip hips quickly and stay with the receiver. His best fit at the next level would be as a press-man corner, with issues lining off, needing better eye discipline.
22. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (6022, 216lbs, N/A)
Great arm strength from a flick of the wrist and is a superb athlete. Jackson is a threat as a passer and a runner. He still needs consistency in his downfield throws with better placement and accuracy but improvements have been made every year with his accuracy and poise.
23. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (6023, 327lbs, 5.14)
A big man with power but is agile and moves well for his size. It’s difficult for anyone to try and overpower him and his grip strength makes it difficult to get away from him once he has his hands on you.
24. Ronald Jones, RB, USC (5110, 205, 4.48)
Jones displays great burst through the hole, great feet and cutting ability. He surprisingly runs with more power than you’d think and has the speed to take the ball home. Compares to Jamaal Charles.
25. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (6042, 256lbs, 4.65)
A big player but an athlete as well. He plays with instincts and toughness and shows good coverage skills. Will need to be better taking on blocks and develop better technique but he is an ascending talent with plenty of potential.
26. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (5111, 201lbs, 4.50)
Miller displays quickness and acceleration off the line of scrimmage and gets open with good route running. He makes some great catches that “wow” you on tape but needs to work on the wasted motion in his routes.
27. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA (6056, 264, 4.58)
Davenport is well built for the position with the ideal size and length. He’s a loose athlete with good upfield movement and uses his length. He has improved in the run game but needs development in his hands, moves and a plan as a pass rusher.
28. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia (5105, 214lbs, 4.58)
Michel shows burst out of his cuts and elusiveness in tight spaces and shiftiness in open field. He plays with good vision and patience but can get a little overeager at times. Michel should come in as a NFL starter.
29. Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (6050, 291lbs, 4.98)
The upside of Bryan is incredible. He displays outstanding quickness and athleticism to penetrate and get into the backfield and has the power and violent hands to take on blockers. He’s inconsistent against the run and needs better discipline to elevate his game.
30. Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (6024, 311lbs, 4.90)
Payne has the physical gifts that many defensive teams would love. He plays with power and athleticism but lacks consistency, especially as a pass rusher. His final games, especially in the championships, he played extremely well and the hope is that’s the lights switching on.
31. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame (6077, 309lbs, N/A)
McGlinchey has the ideal frame for the position, plays with good technique and displays good upper body power. His footwork will need more work to help mirror as he can struggle against pass rushers with speed.
32. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (6017, 232lbs, N/A)
Evans is an athletic linebacker who is also a physical downhil thumper. He needs to break down and finish some tackles and play with better technique and improve mental processing.
33. Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State (6036, 305lbs, N/A)
Price moves well, plays with power and plays with very good technique. Can get overaggressive and lunge forward affecting his hand placement. Price could drop a little due to a partial pectoral tear but he should be ready by training camp.
34. Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State (6053, 270lbs, 4.89)
Sam Hubbard is a well rounded player that doesn’t really “wow” you on tape. He’s solid against the run, plays with good technique and plays with a high motor. Projects to be a reliable starter in the NFL.
35. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa, (6003, 196lbs, 4.48)
Jackson is an outstanding playmaker with some of the best ball skills in this year’s draft. He reads the quarterback well and closes quickly to the ball. His footwork needs improvement in coverage and is an unreliable tackler in the open field. Jackson projects best in a zone scheme.
36. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (6045, 256lbs, N/A)
A big bodied player but moves really well. He displays good route running and good hands. Some wasted motion in his routes and needs better sustain as a blocker but could develop into a high-end starter.
37. Connor Williams, OT, Texas (6051, 296lbs, 5.05)
Connor Williams looked like a first round pick in 2016 but took a step back in 2017 after a knee injury and didn’t move as well. Williams plays with good technique and athleticism. Some teams may look to play inside at guard due to lack of length.
38. Frank Ragnow, OG/C, Arkansas (6051, 312lbs, 5.01)
Ragnow moves quickly and gets to defenders quickly after the snap. Has the power to drive and redirect players in the run game and has the leadership needed to play center. He’s a tall player and at center that can cause balance issues with too much of a forward lean which you do see on his tape.
39. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (5114, 213lbs, 4.52)
Johnson plays with excellent patience and feel for the position, allowing blocks to develop. He’s also a very tough runner and reminds me a bit of Demarco Murray.
40. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State (6006, 205lbs, 4.45)
Gallup is a reliable receiver who has the strong hands to pluck the ball from the air and can run routes on all levels. He releases off the line with a false step which needs correcting and his routes can be a little free.
41. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (6002, 201lbs, 4.50)
Oliver has the tools of a press-man corner and has impressive length to blanket receivers and contest the ball. Speedy receivers can give him trouble and needs to squat lower to help transition.
42. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina (6044, 250lbs, 4.67)
Excellent hands and has all the physical tools needed for the position. Hurst is an older prospect and does need further refinement especially in route running and as a blocker.
43. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (6047, 237lbs, 4.75)
Allen has good size for the position and has incredible arm strength. His accuracy needs work and mental processing is slow, holding onto the ball too long. There’s risk but his ceiling is high displaying special arm talent.
44. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (6020, 207lbs, 4.58)
Harrison plays with physicality and violence. He displays athleticism and closing burst but needs work in coverage, projecting as a strong safety in the NFL.
45. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (5103, 201lbs, 4.45)
A good athlete with route running to get open. Runs like a running back with the ball in his hands. Lined up a slot receiver and questions would be asked if he can play outside. He should be able to make an impact in the slot and as a return man.
46. Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (6032, 307lbs, 5.21)
Phillips plays with power displaying his wrestling background. He plays with intelligence and instincts, notching 103 tackles in his junior season.
47. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (6033, 218lbs, 4.54)
Excellent size and muscular frame and has good athleticism for his size. He doesn’t separate much and needs work on his route running. It’ll be a big jump from what he was asked to do at SMU to the NFL but could be a Dez Bryant type of player.
48. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (6010, 206lbs, 4.44)
Davies has the combination of height, weight and speed that is desired for position. He jams and disrupts well but needs technique work on his back pedal and footwork in coverage.
49. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (5107, 227lbs, 4.52)
Chubb has good overall thickness for the position running with power and excellent balance. He’s not the most explosive but would provide a team a workhorse in the backfield.
50. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (6010, 234lbs, 4.69)
He’s not the most athletic linebacker but he is very instinctive showing great key and diagnoses skills with reliable tackling skills. His game is similar to Sean Lee.
51. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
52. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
53. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
54. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
55. Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
56. Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest
57. Rashaan Gaulden, S, Tennessee
58. Fred Warner, LB, BYU
59. Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
60. Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
61. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma
62. Deadrin Senat, DT, USF
63. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
64. Justin Reid, S, Stanford
65. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
66. Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
67. Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
68. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
69. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
70. Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
71. Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
72. DJ Chark, WR, LSU
73. BJ Hill, DT, NC State
74. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
75. Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
76. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest
77. Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
78. Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
79. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
80. Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
81. Rasheem Green, DL, USC
82. Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF
83. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
84. MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina
85. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
86. Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
87. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
88. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
89. Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
90. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
91. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
92. Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
93. Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC
94. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
95. Tracy Walker, S Louisiana
96. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas
97. Hercules Mata’afa, EDGE, Washington State
98. Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut
99. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
100. Marcus Allen, S, Penn State