1. Quenton Nelson | Notre Dame | OG
Quenton Nelson is the rare combination of elite power, athletic ability, and the nastiness you must have in order to play the OG position at an elite level. It's rare to have a guard heading the top of anyone's big board, but there are few players on this planet that possess the skills that Nelson owns. To me, Quenton Nelson is by far the best player and safest pick in this draft class. He has a Zack Martin like ceiling and doesn't look to be far off from reaching it.
2. Saquon Barkley | Penn State | RB
When you have a RB with the athletic ability, explosiveness, and balance that Saqoun Barkley holds, you have to really consider putting him as the best player in this draft class. Saqoun Barkley is a highlight reel with legs that can hit the home-run on every carry, kill defenses in the passing game, and get the "dirty" yards on a consistent basis using his strength. If Barkley can improve his vision and decisiveness he could be one of if not the best running back in the NFL.
3. Minkah Fitzpatrick | Alabama | DB
Minkah Fitzpatrick doesn't get the spotlight that guys like Saquon Barkley and Quenton Nelson get, but he's just as talented. Fitzpatrick is most peoples top CB, but I really like him at safety. His versatility and the smoothness he plays with makes him a prime candidate to lock down the backend of anyone's defense. Fitzpatrick has the range to play FS and has the nose for the ball and wrap-up-tackling ability to be a great SS, and very good cover skills to play CB. He can do all three at an extremely high level. His leadership and attitude are only going to make teams fall deeper in love with the former Alabama defensive back.
4. Bradley Chubb | N.C. State | EDGE
While Bradley Chubb isn't quite the athletic freak that Myles Garrett was last year, he is one of the more technically refined pass rushers coming out in some time. Chubb has a great understanding of how to use his hands and arms to beat opposing offensive tackles. Chubb also brings an "alpha-male" mentality to the locker room that teammates will love and want to rally around. It helps that over the last three seasons, Chubb has a combined - 25 sacks, 54.5 tackles for loss, and 198 total tackles.
5. Roquan Smith | Georgia | LB
Roquan Smith has rare speed and instincts that allow him to see things develop and react to extremely fast. Smith is the best linebacker in this class in regards to playing sideline to sideline and in coverage. Smith has racked up 252 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in his three years at Georgia. While he is a little undersized, Smith makes up for his lack of ideal size with elite speed and instincts.
6. Calvin Ridley | Alabama | WR
There's been a lot of talk around Calvin Ridley recently, about how he shouldn't be drafted in the first round due to his lack of elite athleticism. I trust the tape with Ridley and use his consistent ability to get open in all three levels, his short area quickness that allows him to run elite routes, and his speed that allows him to beat opposing CB's down the field. While Ridley isn't an elite athlete and he isn't a 215lb beast, I can see him having a Stefon Diggs/T.Y. Hilton type of impact on an offense in year one. Ridley is the most developed route runner in this draft class and can run any route on the tree. I expect Ridley to be a walk-in weapon for whatever NFL team drafts him.
7. Jaire Alexander | Louisville | CB
This one may surprise some people. Jaire Alexander is my #1 ranked cornerback in this draft class. While he was banged up for most of the 2017 season, his 2016 and 2015 tape was phenomenal. Jaire Alexander's tape speaks for itself, then he went to the combine and really showed out. The only questions I have regarding Jaire Alexander is his durability, if he can stay healthy in the NFL I think he has pro-bowl potential as a defenses CB1.
8. Denzel Ward | Ohio State | CB
A lot of people think that since I have Jaire Alexander as my CB1, that I don't like Ohio State's, CB Denzel Ward. That couldn't be any more wrong. Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander's tags are touching on my board, and we should probably be looking it as more of a 1A 1B type of deal. Denzel Ward is undersized at 5-foot-11, 183lbs, but he plays much bigger than his listed height and weight. Ward is also an extremely fluid athlete, and that shows up on tape. Like Jaire Alexander, I see pro-bowls, a long career, and tons of success in Denzel Ward's future.
9. Josh Rosen | UCLA | QB
Josh Rosen is the most pro-ready QB in this years draft class. Rosen has the arm talent, accuracy, and awareness to be a very good franchise QB at the next level. While he does have questions regarding his durability, and some questions regarding his personality, Josh Rosen's arm talent, and accuracy will allow him to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.
10. Derrius Guice | LSU | RB
I'll go on record and say that if Derrius Guice had played a fully healthy 2017 season, Derrius Guice would probably be my RB1. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and Guice had a "down" year as the LSU's starting running back. Even with the "down" year, Guice was still able to put up 1,251 yards on 237 carries, and 11 touchdowns. As you can see, I was using quotation's for a reason when pointing out his "down" year. Even while playing banged up all season, Guice was able to play at an extremely high level and put up nice stats for a team that didn't have much of a passing game. Guice's vision, violent style of running, and ability as a receiver makes him one of the best running backs in this draft class.
11. Derwin James | Florida State | S
Derwin James is one of the most interesting players in this draft class. His athletic ability is off the charts, he has the versatility to play any position in the secondary, and he brings a leadership mentality to a defense that teammates will love. James had a bounce-back season in 2017 after missing almost all of 2016 with a torn meniscus. James is a day one starter as a SS and he will make a ton of plays covering in the slot, making plays in run support, and can also play as a centerfield if need be. His versatility and athletic ability make him one of the most intriguing players in this draft class.
12. Baker Mayfield | Oklahoma | QB
Similar to Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield is one of the top two most pro-ready quarterbacks in this draft class. While he doesn't fit the ideal size profile, Mayfield has an electric arm and is extremely accurate. Along with being able to make all the throws on tape, Mayfield showed at the Senior Bowl to play with a lot of anticipation when throwing downfield and across the middle. There are few concerns about Mayfield's ability on the field, if he can stay clean off the field he will have a successful career as an NFL starting quarterback.
13. Isaiah Wynn | Georgia | OL
Isaiah Wynn was one of the most dominant left tackles in college football last season. After making the transition to guard this offseason, there were questions regarding if Wynn could keep his dominant play at a new position. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he may be even more dominant at guard than he was at tackle. Wynn is built like a guard, has the athletic ability to be dominant on the interior of the offensive line, and the flexibility to play tackle if need be. The hype surrounding Quenton Nelson has kept Isaiah Wynn's name in the shadows, but don't be surprised if Wynn has just as much success in the NFL than Nelson does when it's all said and done.
14. Maurice Hurst | Michigan | DT
First off, it's important to note that Maurice Hurst is medically cleared to play football. Second, it's important to note how good of a penetrating defensive tackle Hurst is. As an athlete Maurice Hurst isn't overwhelming, but he wins using his snap quickness, explosiveness, and an elite technician when planning his rush. While he is sub-300 pounds, Hurst plays with a great amount of quickness and strength in his lower half to be a dominant pass rusher and solid run defender. Hurst's blend of speed, power, and that refined technique lands him as my top interior defensive lineman.
15. Da'Ron Payne | Alabama | DT
Da'Ron Payne is also a guy I'm extremely high on. There are questions regarding his consistent dominant play, but the dominant play we saw in the National Championship game shows signs of greatness I can't pass on. For his size, Da'Ron Payne is an extremely fluid athlete who moves very well for a big man. Payne can be a dominant force against the run as a run stuffing one technique, or slide over and be a consistent pass rusher from the three-technique. Payne's size, versatility, and play strength will land him in the first round.
16. Rashaan Evans | Alabama | LB
A true tackling machine, Alabama's Rashaan Evans is an excellent sideline to sideline player that plays with great speed and will knock your block off every play. Evans is one of the toughest players in the country and puts his body on the line almost to a fault. Evans primarily rushed on third downs at Alabama, so we haven't seen him play a ton in coverage, but there's no doubt in my mind that he will be just fine doing so. Rashaan Evans knows how to fill a gap and he will take your head off while doing so. If he learns to trust his eye's just a little more, we're talking about a player with lots of pro-bowls in his future.
17. Vita Vea | Washington | DT
"Dancing Bear" is often used to describe Washington's Vita Vea, and it's extremely accurate. Vea moves so well for a guy that's 340lbs, and plays with a ton of power in his upper and lower half. Vea is raw as when it comes to his pass rush plan and counter moves, but there are few humans on this planet that possess Vita Vea's size, speed, and strength. Vea can play anywhere along the defensive line, but I see him being a great fit as a one-technique in 4-3 schemes, though he can play as a three-technique, or as a nose in 3-4 schemes.
18. Harold Landry | Boston College | EDGE
After a disappointing senior season, Harold Landry is ready to prove he's ready to return back to his dominant 2016 form. Landry is by far the best true pass rusher in this draft class. He possess the traits that you can't teach. His speed, bend, and arm length to run by, rip and win the edge consistently. Landry will need to improve on his run game and learn to be more disciplined when rushing up field, but don't be surprised when Harold Landry has a Carl Lawson like rookie season.
19. Mike Hughes | UCF | CB
Mike Hughes is the perfect combination of a great cover corner that is just as good as a run defender. UCF's Mike Hughes physicality and "lock down" ability as a boundary corner flies off the tape. Hughes is the smaller of the three top cornerbacks, but you would never know with how he flies around the field looking to hit ball carriers. Hughes has some off the field concerns from a few years back, which is why he's sitting at 19 overall and not in the top 15. Mike Hughes is without a doubt a top 15 talent in this draft class based on the tape.
20. James Daniels | Iowa | OL
The talk of Quenton Nelson, Isaiah Wynn, and Will Hernandez has left James Daniels as a severely underrated interior offensive lineman. It's a shame, because the gap between Isaiah Wynn and James Daniels isn't very big, and I actually have him graded higher than Will Hernandez. James Daniels is a technician with his hands and plays with a great amount of power when taking on defenders. Daniels also is very smooth when getting to the second level due to his athletic ability and fluid feet. When James Daniels gets his hands on you, you might as well hang it up. He's one of the most talented offensive line prospects in this draft class. Don't forget his name when we talk about the "best" lineman in this draft class.
21. Quenton Meeks | Stanford | CB
Quenton Meeks is one of the most versatile cornerbacks in this draft class. A corner that can excel in both press and zone, Meeks is one of the best cover corners in this class and prides himself on locking up opposing #1 wide receivers. Meeks plays well with his back to the football, and has some of the better ball skills in this draft class. There were some questions regarding Quenton's athletic ability, but a really nice day at his pro-day shut all the doubters up.
22. Isaiah Oliver | Colorado | CB
Colorado has produced four really nice defensive backs over the last two draft's. Isaiah Oliver is this year's stud coming out of the new DBU. Olive has the size, length, and athleticism to be a dominant boundary corner in the NFL. Oliver has really nice balls skills, and always seems to be in position to make a play on the ball. Oliver also has fluid feet and hips that allow him to flip open and carry receivers down the field or drive on breaking routes with ease. There isn't much Isaiah Oliver can't do.
23. Tremaine Edmunds | Virginia Tech | LB
Tremaine Edmunds made huge strides at Virginia Tech last year and showed why NFL scouts love the 19 year old kid. Edmunds is a freak of nature physically, but moves like an undersized linebacker. Edmunds is good in coverage, a consistent tackler, and can do somethings as a rusher as well. While still being raw instinctively, Edmunds physical attributes and athletic ability will get him drafted much higher than where I have him graded, but I saw too many inconsistency in tape to view him as a top player in this draft class.
24. Connor Williams | Texas | OL
Texas' Connor Williams is another extremely athletic tackle with inconsistent tape. In 2016, Williams looked like a sure fire top five pick, but after a disappointing start to the 2017 season, and an injury that pretty much kept him out all season, Williams left a lot of scouts wondering "what player will we get". Williams has done nothing but helped himself this offseason proving he looks to be closer to his 2016 form than 2017. Williams is also versatile enough to play guard, which is where he may find his home due to his lack of ideal length.
25. Will Hernandez | UTEP | OG
Will Hernandez is a nasty interior offensive lineman that plays with a tremendous amount of strength and moves very well for his size. Hernandez is an exceptional athlete for a man weighing almost 340 lbs and matches that with a ridiculous amount of power in his punch. Hernandez can struggle when dealing with quicker defensive tackles winning with explosive inside moves, but for the most part Hernandez is clean all the way around, making him one of the best interior offensive lineman in this draft class.
26. Lamar Jackson | Louisville | QB
Louisville's Lamar Jackson is an exceptional quarterback. He can make any throw on the football field, and do so on a consistent basis. Jackson has a cannon for an arm, and made great strides as a pocket passer in 2017. Jackson threw with tons of anticipation while not receiving much help from his offensive weapons. What Lamar Jackson can do with his legs is even more remarkable. If drafted to play in the right scheme, Lamar Jackson could easily take an offense to the next level with what he brings to the table as a passer and runner. Jackson is easily the most electric player in this draft class.
27. Taven Bryan | Florida | DT
Taven Bryan is one of the more explosive interior defensive lineman in this draft class. His get off, the ability to push the pocket using power, and his refined hand technique reminds me a little bit of a young Ndamukong Suh. Bryan is aggressive in the way he rushes upfield which hurts him in the run game at times, but to me, he is the without a doubt the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in this draft class. If a good defensive coordinator gets their hands on Bryan, look out.
28. D.J. Moore | Maryland | WR
D.J. Moore will be a nightmare for teams to defend at the next level. While he's not the route runner of Calvin Ridley's caliber, he can create separation with his straight-line speed, and explosiveness off the ball. Moore is also a technician after the catch and that's where he may be the most dangerous. While he doesn't have the best hands, he may be the best receiver in this draft class bringing in the contested catches and is extremely physical at the catch point. The comparison to Golden Tate is a perfect one for Maryland's D.J. Moore. If he can improve on his route running ability, he may end up being one of the most successful receivers in this draft class.
29. Joshua Jackson | Iowa | CB
While Iowa CB, Joshua Jackson is a bit limited scheme wise, he is a damn good zone corner and can be an elite playmaker as an outside cornerback in zone schemes. Jackson is at his back when he plays in off coverage, can react to what a receiver does off the line of scrimmage than put himself in position to make a play on the ball. His eight interceptions last season led college football, and his 18 passes defended were also really impressive. He has some questions regarding his willingness to tackle and ability to play in press coverage, but if drafted in a zone defense, Jackson will be an excellent draft pick.
30. Mike McGlinchey | Notre Dame | OT
Mike McGlinchey has bounced all around draft boards all offseason. He's one of the more interesting offensive lineman's in this years draft class. McGlinchey may be the best OL in this class when it comes to power and experience, but has shown to struggle against speed rushers and will get caught off balance due to lunging when running the arch when he does start to lose the edge. McGlinchey brings a leadership mentality, experience at LT, and good tape to the table, but needs to be more consistent when dealing with speed off the edge.
31. Anthony Miller | Memphis | WR
A technician when it comes to running routes, and setting opposing cornerbacks up. Memphis' Anthony Miller is a pain in the ass to defend because of his quickness, catch radius, and the damage he can do after the catch. If it wasn't for the foot injury that has some scouts worried about his long-term health, Anthony Miller would likely have a first-round grade from me due to his route running ability, catch radius, and glue-like hands. Anthony Miller truly has some Odell Beckham Jr. to his game.
32. Michael Gallup | Colorado State | WR
While Michael Gallup isn't elite at anything, he does everything really good. He showed to have a developed route tree, tracks the ball well in the air, and has good soft hands. Gallup isn't overly athletic, but he doesn't use his athletic ability to win. The Colorado State WR uses his physical frame and upper body strength to box out cornerbacks and bullies smaller corners throughout his route. Gallup is going to fit in extremely well for a team looking for a really solid "Z" receiver.
33. Carlton Davis | Auburn | CB
Auburn CB, Carlton Davis has the ideal size and length to man up against bigger physical receivers, but also the speed and athleticism to stay in tight coverage against smaller, quicker receivers as well. Davis' arm-length is mind-boggling, and it flies off the tape with the way he makes plays on the ball. Davis is also extremely aggressive in press coverage, and will knock your block off if you don't keep your eyes on a swivel. Davis can go through spurts where he is a little to physical and will need to stay more disciplined in the NFL when carrying receivers downfield, or he will get penalized a ton.
34. Mark Andrews | Oklahoma | TE
Mark Andrew's to me is a poor man's Travis Kelce. Andrews is a savvy route runner that gets open in all three levels of the field and is extremely hard to bring down after the catch. Andrew's plays much more athletic than his combine numbers would suggest. He makes spectacular catches on a consistent basis and has a insane catch radius for a TE. We haven't seen him do a ton of blocking playing in Oklahoma's air-raid spread offense, so that is something that is a bit concerning, if he can develop in that aspect of the game, Andrew's will be a household name before you know it.
35. Sony Michel | Georgia | RB
Underrated is the best word to describe Sony Michel. Michel has the speed, vision, burst, and strength to be an elite three-down running back in the NFL. While his combine was a bit underwhelming, Michel plays much more athletic on tape than his testing numbers say. Michel can bounce the ball outside and consistently hit home runs, but he can also get the dirty yards when needing the tough 1-2 yards. Michel may have the best vision and elusiveness of any back in this class.
36. Ronald Jones II | USC | RB
Ronald Jones is one of the few cases of an offseason hurting a players grade on my board. I take into little account combine numbers, but the fact that he didn't participate in the combine, and struggled catching the ball in his pro-day was a bit disappointing. With all that being said, Ronald Jones II is still an extremely explosive runner that can be a pain in the ass to defend. Jones II can run east to west or north to south, and is a tough back to bring down with his elusiveness and speed in the open field. If he can develop as a receiver, he will be a nice three-down back in the NFL for a long time.
37. Sam Darnold | USC | QB
Sam Darnold is a complete wild card for me. He has some of the best arm talent out of any QB in this draft class, but his lack of experience and consistency scares the hell out of me. At times in 2017, Darnold looked like the consensus #1 overall pick, then at times he looked like a guy I wouldn't touch until day three. With Darnold's arm talent, athletic ability, and the anticipation he showed signs of having he could very well be an elite franchise QB, but from what I've seen on tape, I would be hesitant to touch him in the top five. Of course, with how the league value's quarterback's he'll without a doubt go top five, and don't be surprised when he goes #1 to Cleveland.
38. Dallas Goedert | South Dakota State | TE
Dallas Goedert has had a disappointing offseason. From getting injured in the Senior Bowl, to not participating in the combine, the once TE1 has struggled to gain any ground this offseason after a great year at South Dakota State. Goedert is extremely athletic, has an insane catch radius, and is one of the better blockers in this draft class from the TE position. Hopefully Goedert will be able to do something at his pro-day on March 30th, that will at least make me feel a little bit better about his offseason.
39. Arden Key | LSU | EDGE
Arden Key is an example of ideal length, great explosiveness, and the ability to wreak havoc as a pass rusher IF he can put it all together. That is a big if. Key is extremely explosive, has a really nice first step, and has active hands when hand fighting opposing offensive lineman. There are tons of questions regarding Arden Key off the field and if he really loves football, but if he's serious, and ready to make the next step, Arden Key has a ton of special traits to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL.
40. Nathan Shepherd | Fort Hays State | DT
Fort Hays State DT Nathan Shepherd checks all the boxes except for one, dominating tough competition. Playing at a small school like Fort Hays State allows some analysts to unfairly knock Shepherd for his dominance against weaker competition, but I won't look past it. When evaluation small school guys, you look to see how often they do dominate lesser competition, and for Shepherd it's on almost every snap. Nathan dealt with double and triple teams on almost every snap and still was able to produce at a very high level. He has the athletic ability, play strength, and violent hands to be one of the best interior defensive lineman in this draft class.
41. Rashaan Gaulden | Tennessee | S
Rashaan Gaulden is an example of how the combine can be deceiving. If we didn't watch his tape, you'd tell me Rashaan Gaulden shouldn't get drafted due to his lack of athletic ability, but when you turn on the tape, Gaulden plays like a very athletic defensive back. Gaulden can play any position in the secondary from outside corner to strong safety, but I personally think his best fit is playing the safety position. Gaulden plays his best ball when he's covering in the slot, and making plays around the line of scrimmage in run support. There isn't a defensive back in this draft class I trust more when asked to step up and make a tackle in the open field, things like that go a long way in my evaluations.
42. Austin Corbett | Nevada | OG
Mean, nasty, strong are three words I'd use to describe Nevada's Austin Corbett. A former tackle who will likely move inside in the NFL, plays with a nasty mentality that NFL teams are going to love. Consistently putting defensive lineman on their ass then driving them even deeper into the mud, Corbett plays with tons of power, but is light on his feet and almost glides to the second level. Corbett is another guy that when he gets his hands on you, you might as well give up. Out of every offensive lineman in this draft class, Corbett may have the most strong and violent hands, and plays with the same nastiness as Quenton Nelson. He's a day one starter at guard with some tackle flexibility.
43. Kemoko Turay | Rutgers | EDGE
Kemoko Turay may have the highest ceiling out of any player in this draft class. Turay has only been playing football since his senior year of high school and absolutely dominated. Once he arrived at Rutgers, he played as a nickel rusher only in his freshman year raking up 7 sacks in his freshman campaign. Turay plays with great burst, great bend, and really knows how to use his hands and arms to chop, rip, and control blockers at the point of attack. If a good defensive line coach gets their hands on Kemoko Turay we could be witnessing the development of one of the next great pass rushers in the NFL.
44. Ronnie Harrison | Alabama | S
For a down in the box, strong safety Ronnie Harrison is one of the two players at his position. Harrison does an excellent job when coming down hill and moving sideline to sideline. Harrison doesn't have the cover ability to play a ton of slot, and doesn't have the range and athletic ability to play as a true center fielder, but he can be extremely productive as a in the box safety playing the run and also showed to be an effective blitzer at Alabama.
45. Nick Chubb | Georgia | RB
Both of the Georgia running backs are going to be great pro's at the next level. Chubb is a bigger back that runs with more power than speed, but don't get twisted, Chubb has some burst to his game that is special for a 230lb running back. Chubb has shown the ability to run with violence, while also being able to shake defenders out of their shoes. Chubb's long term health is somewhat of a concern due to the devastating knee injury in 2015, but all signs point to Nick Chubb returning to his elite form after a great 2017 season.
46. Josh Allen | Wyoming | QB
The most polarizing prospect in this years draft class is Wyoming QB, Josh Allen. Allen has an absolute cannon for an arm and can make any throw you need him to with ease. He throws the ball well when in and out of the pocket and can extend plays with his legs. Allen must improve on his accuracy and decision making if he wants to have success in the NFL. He has already begun working on his stride to help clean up some of mechanics that causes the ball to sail on him at times. If Allen can meet his ceiling, he has the potential to be really special.
47. Jaylyn Samuels | N.C. State | RB
The definition of a swiss army knife, N.C. State's Jaylyn Samuels is a do it all type of player. Whether you need him to line up at fullback, wide receiver, running back, or tight end, Jaylyn Samuels is always the man for the job. Samuels is a hybrid between all four of those positions, but will find a role with a creative team at the next level. He's got very soft hands, and is very savvy when running routes as a receiver, he also has very good vision and a nice burst to his game when working as a ball carrier. Jaylyn Samuels left the senior bowl as one of my top ratted players, I expect him to have an Alvin Kamara like impact if he lands with the right team.
48. Billy Price | Ohio State | OL
Before the pec injury at the combine, Billy Price was on the verge of being a first round player for me. Price plays with tons of strength in his upper and lower half, and has some position flexibility at guard and center. Price's toughness and nasty mentality flies off the tape as he always plays to the echo of the whistle. Price may be a candidate to open the season on PUP, but I can still see him being drafted in the top 50, due to what he showed on tape before the injury in Indianapolis.
49. Josh Sweat | Florida State | EDGE
When 100% Josh Sweat is a freak of nature athlete that is still learning how to properly rush the passer. Sweat has had multiple serious knee injuries that requires him to wear a knee brace. When he gets ina groove though, Josh Sweat can be a dominant pass rusher. With his speed, length, and explosiveness Josh Sweat can play as a OLB in 3-4 schemes or as a hand in the dirt weakside-defensive end in 4-3 schemes. Either way, if he stays healthy, Josh Sweat is a name we'll all be familiar with in the future.
50. Courtland Sutton | SMU | WR
Courtland Sutton has one of the highest ceilings out of any receiver in this draft class. At times Sutton is absolutely unguardable and can be a one man wrecking crew, but we haven't seen him do it week in and week out. Sutton isn't a great route runner and struggles to create seperation against quicker corners, but he's one of the best receivers in this draft class at the catch point, and has some of the strongest hands in this receiver class. Sutton's combined proved that he does have the change of direction and short area quickness to be successful at running better routes, but it may just take some time for him develop a decent route tree.