2018 NFL Draft: Top 50 Remaining Prospects
We’re now 48 hours into the NFL Draft and just a little less than halfway to the end. With rounds 4-7 kicking off a little later today, I will be bringing you my top remaining players still on the board in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In parenthesis is where I have each player ranked on my big board.
1. Maurice Hurst – Michigan – DT (14)
Medicals seem to be driving Maurice Hurst down, but he is still a disruptive DL.
2. Quenton Meeks – Stanford – CB (21)
Quenton Meeks is a scheme versatile, smart corner with great ball skills and a above average instincts.
3. Jaylen Samuels – N.C. State – RB (47)
A Swiss Army knife style of player that can be a quality rotational running back and do some things as a receiver as well
4. Josh Sweat – Florida State – EDGE (49)
One of the the best pass rushers in this draft class has fallen to day three likely due to medical concerns
5. Andrew Brown – University of Virginia – DT (56)
A former five star recruit who can play a variety of roles along the defensive line.
6. Jack Cichy – Wisconsin – LB (57)
Even with a lengthy medical background, Jack Cichy is still a quality option at LB for a team looking to take a high risk high reward kind of value on day three.
7. Cedrick Wilson – Boise State – WR (60)
One of the best deep ball receivers in this class. Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson will be a quality addition on day three.
8. D.J. Reed – Kansas State – CB (61)
Undersized, but plays much bigger and faster than his measurables and combine numbers suggest. Above average cover and ball skills for a sub 5-foot-9 corner.
9. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – Oklahoma – EDGE (63)
Okoronkwo lacks ideal height for the position, but has extremely long arms and great explosiveness off the edge.
10. Holton Hill – Texas – CB (64)
If not for the long list of off the field concerns, Holton Hill would have almost certainly went on day two. Teams are shying away because of his off the field, but Hill is one hell of a defensive back with great size and length.
11. Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama – DT (73)
Da’Shawn Hand isn’t a sexy player by any means. Everything he does is a bit reckless, buts he’s very disruptive in both the passing and running game. Versatile defensive lineman who can line up at both tackle and end.
12. Tyrell Crosby – Oregon – OL (75)
I’m shocked that Oregon OL Tyrell Crosby is still hanging around. With his guard/tackle versatility I was almost certain Crosby would find a home on day two.
13. Hercules Mata’afa – Washington State – EDGE (79)
Hercules Mara’afa is maybe the biggest projection in this class, but he has the tools to be a situational pass rusher on the inside or a developmental edge rusher.
14. Duke Ejiofor – Wake Forest – EDGE (80)
Ejiofor plays with great technique, power, and speed when rushing the passer. He’s also a quality run defender as well. He may not be elite in any aspect of the game, but he will play a long time in the league as a base defensive end.
15. DaeSean Hamilton – Penn State – WR (82)
Excellent route runners do not last very long. DaeSean Hamilton is just that. I expect Hamilton to get his name called rather early here on day three.
16. Jamarco Jones – Ohio State – OL (83)
Jamarco Jones will likely find a home as an interior offensive lineman in the NFL, but he still has starting potential, as well as a tackle background.
17. Dalton Schultz – Stanford – TE (84)
Dalton Schultz is one of if not the best blocking tight end in the NFL Draft. He’s also extremely underrated as a receiver.
18. Poona Ford – Texas – DT (85)
A combine snub who has been overlooked by a lot of people due to his height. Poona Ford May be sub 6-foot-0, but he play so with great leverage and a motor that doesn’t turn off
19. Ian Thomas – Indiana – TE (88)
Ian Thomas is extremely raw as a route runner, he has really soft hands and can be a reliable blocker as well as a receiving threat.
19. Marcell Ateman – Oklahoma State – WR (89)
Marcell Ateman is your prototypical “X” style of receiver. Ateman has great size, physicality, and production not be a quality receiver at the next level.
20. Marcus Allen – Penn State – S (91)
Marcus Allen is limited to playing down in the box, but he’s a very good player when coming downhill against the run.
21. Genard Avery – Memphis – EDGE (93)
Some teams will view Genard Avery as a LB and some will look at him as an edge. Either way, I think he can be a productive NFL player due to his play strength and explosiveness.
22. Mike White – Western Kentucky – QB (96)
Mike White is the definition of a pocket passer and I think he has the traits to develop into a quality starter if landing with the right team.
23. Equanimeous St. Brown – Notre Dame – WR (98)
WR1 potential due to his size and athletic ability. Expect him to go early in the fourth round.
24.Josey Jewell – Iowa – LB (100)
Limited athletically, but Josey Jewell plays with great play strength and instincts. Holds value as a quality LB.
25. Byron Pringle – Kansas State – WR (101)
Byron Pringle is an underrated route runner with good straight-line speed. Ascending player with great upside.
26. Jalyn Holmes – Ohio State – DL (105)
Versatile defensive lineman with good strength who can be a quality run defender on the edge, and a quality interior pass rusher.
27. John Kelly – Tennessee – RB (106)
Without a few small off the field issues and some durability concerns, John Kelly would likely be a day two pick. Quality runner and an excellent receiver.
28. Allen Lazard – Iowa State – WR (107)
Allen Lazard has excellent size and tested much better than expected. Mismatch receiver with tons of upside in the red zone and as a big slot.
29. Shaquem Griffin – UCF – LB (109)
Great athlete, who plays with great instincts, and good play strength. Offers some pass rush versatility and cover ability as well as being a quality off the ball linebacker.
30. Quin Blanding – University of Virginia – S (111)
A tackling machine that plays his best football when coming downhill from the strong safety position. Shows off some range, but struggles in man coverage.
31. Foley Fatukasi – UConn – DT (113)
Space-eating one technique who is great at the point of attack and has the ability to eat up double teams easy.
32. Kyle Lauletta – Richmond – QB (114)
Lacks the ideal arm talent but is very accurate on the short and immediate throws. Comes from a pro-style offense and throws with some anticipation down the field.
33. Kyzir White – West Virginia – S (115)
Big safety that has some tools to be a decent rotational strong safety as well as a nickel linebacker.
34. Deon Cain – Clemson – WR (116)
Big bodied receiver with big-play potential as a deep threat. Could use some development in his route tree.
35. Bo Scarbrough – Alabama – RB (119)
Big, physical back who is underrated as receiver and as a pass blocker. Three down back potential.
36. Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech – OG (120)
My top rated OL on day three. Was very productive in college. Scouts question his passion and effort. But will be a steal if he’s committed
37. Dorance Armstrong – Kansas – EDGE (121)
Quality edge rusher who saw a drop off in production in 2017, but did develop his run defense.
38. Tegray Scales – Indiana – LB (122)
Instinctive linebacker with good sideline to sideline speed. Better run defender than cover guy.
39. Darrel Williams – LSU – RB (123)
Big back with potential as a reciever and pass blocker. Three down back potential who unfortunately didn’t get the spotlight he deserved.
40. Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh – S (124)
My top rated safety that still has some free safety versatility. Big hitter who can also play with range and speed.
41. Marquis Haynes – Ole Miss – EDGE (126)
Undersized weakside rusher that has a knack for getting after the QB. Had a great senior bowl week.
42. Mark Walton – Miami – RB (129)
Quality runner that has some durability concerns that pushed him down the board. Homerun hitter with value as a receiver.
43. Skyler Phillips – Idaho State – OG (128)
Developmental iOL with some upside. Great tape and great senior bowl week really helped his draft stock.
44. Kylie Fitts – Utah – EDGE (129)
When on the field Kylie Fitts is a really nice edge rusher. Tested much better than expected.
45. Daurice Fountain – Northern Iowa – WR (130)
“X” style of reciever with tons of upside. Great athlete by the numbers and on tape. Great value on day three as a developmental WR.
46. Auden Tate – Florida State – WR (131)
Big bodied, physical reciever who lacks ideal athleticism to win at the next level. Good at the catch point and in the red zone.
47. Skai Moore – South Carolina – LB (132)
Undersized linebacker who can make plays sideline to sideline as well as quality cover backer. Special teams ace.
48. Tre’ Williams – Auburn – LB (133)
Undersized linebacker who could thrive as a off the ball linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Another guy who will eat special teams.
49. Anthony Averett – Alabama – CB (135)
Quality cover corner who is pro ready coming from Nick Saban’s defense. Physical against the run and in press coverage.
50. Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama – LB (137)
Instinctive, fast, strong, but often injured. Shaun Dion Hamilton could be a day three steal if he can stay healthy.