2018 NFL Draft Top 150 prospect Big Board

I decided to sit down and write out my Top 150 prospects big board for the 2018 NFL Draft. Each player has a little blurb about them plus a pro comp that reflects both where they are now and what they can develop into at the next level. I tried to match the comparisons as close as possible, but not each one is an exact perfect match. Some fit better than others, but I think each one gives a solid glimpse at their future career and what they are like as a prospect.

It’s important to note this: This is MY big board, not what I’m hearing around the NFL. This is one I’ve built after hundreds of hours of film study. It’s an ambitious project, and certainly the toughest thing I’ve ever written, but I’m proud of this piece, and I hope you enjoy the read

Top 150 prospects:

  1. Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Nelson might be the best prospect I’ve ever scouted. His natural combination of size, power, and fluidity combined with his near flawless technique make him a stellar prospect. Out of everybody in this draft, he is the one player I feel completely comfortable in drafting. Pro comparison: Marshal Yanda

  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick is a do-it-all defensive back who can be a starter day one as a nickel corner or a deep safety. He has incredible athleticism and ball skills, taking numerous interceptions back for touchdowns. Take that athleticism, versatility, and playmaking ability and thrive in the NFL. Pro comparison: Ed Reed

  1. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

My first hot take of this big board. I love Derrius Guice and think he’s right up there with Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley for the best RBs I’ve scouted. He has a great blend of power, speed, and elusiveness that allows him to punish defenses. He thrives on contact and delivers consistent production. He is also a fantastic receiver, though he was not used in that role often at LSU. Fun fact: He won Army All-American Game MVP as a WR, even though he was a 5-star RB coming in. Pro comparison: Frank Gore

  1. Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State

Bradley Chubb is a physical monster at the point of attack. He does a great job of setting the edge in run defense and disrupting plays all over. While he isn’t as elite a pass-rusher as last year’s Myles Garrett and Derek Barnett, he demonstrated great technique and ability to attack the QB. I fully expect him to be a consistent 10+ sack a season pass rusher. Pro comparison: Cameron Jordan

  1. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Jaire Alexander is another one of my favorite players in this draft. He consistently demonstrated an ability to successfully play every coverage you could want him to. He was sticky in coverage and made plays all over, recording 7 career interceptions and 15 career PBU’s, despite only playing in 6 games in 2017. He is also a fiery competitor and an absolute dog at the corner position. Pro comparison: A better Jason Verrett

  1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Saquon Barkley is one of the best natural athletes I’ve ever seen in my time, and it is very evident on tape. He consistently rips through defenses with his fluidity and power. He offers incredible receiving value too, as he can line up at receiver and play as good as he plays running back. The reason I don’t have him higher is that he does that stupid dancing around in the backfield too often and doesn’t like contact and tries to bounce around instead of going forward decisively. Pro comparison: Reggie Bush

  1. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

Denzel Ward is one of the best man to man and press-man coverage corners in the last several drafts. He’s a feisty defender and fights to shut down every receiver he’s lined up against, which he will have no problem doing in the NFL. He is also a great athlete, posting a 4.32 40 time at the NFL Combine. I don’t think he is as good in zone as others in this draft and last year’s fellow former Buckeye Marshon Lattimore, but he is good enough that I would feel comfortable starting him at corner day 1. Pro comparison: Desmond Trufant

  1. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Roquan Smith is a heat-seeking missile at linebacker, flying around the field and making play after play consistently. He’s a definite difference maker at LB and can be someone who steps onto the field and make guys rally around his play. Pair him with a defense that already has a solid line in front of him and let him clean out the backfield. Definite Day 1 starter. Pro comparison: Telvin Smith

  1. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Rosen is the best QB to enter the draft since Andrew Luck. End of story. His mechanics are factory-made, he’s cool under pressure, and is far ahead of every other quarterback in the mental area. He effortlessly makes reads and dices up defenses. His accuracy and overall placement are something to marvel at. He isn’t the athlete guys like Mariota and Lamar Jackson are, but overall, Rosen’s natural gift as a quarterback is enticing. Pro comparison: Drew Brees

  1. Derwin James, S, Florida State

The definition of a versatile athlete, Derwin lined up virtually everywhere at Florida State. He best projects as a box safety, but don’t let the stereotype fool you. Derwin is an elite player who flies around the field disrupting plays. He is a toolsy athlete who is at his best flying down the fie field and smacking people around. Superstar potential here. Pro comparison: Kam Chancellor

  1. Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

Explosive, violent disruptor is how I’d describe Taven Bryan. He flashed all over the field and downright dominated offensive lineman all throughout the season. He is a fantastic athlete judging by his great results in several Combine drills. Bryan needs some refinement on his overall technique, but he could easily and quickly be a physical force on any defensive line and post incredible production. Pro comparison: Grady Jarrett

  1. Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

Coming off an injury, Landry lost a lot of hype he had going into the season and didn’t post great production in 2017. Don’t let it fool you, however, as Landry’s tape is still one of the finest out there. His bend on the edge and his hands fought off almost every offensive linemen he faced this year. I have zero doubt Landry can become a stud pass-rusher in the NFL. Pro comparison: Preston Smith

  1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Look, another hot take. What more can I say about Baker Mayfield? He’s a magician, able to make something out of nothing consistently. He is incredibly accurate and possesses a truly underrated arm. People will criticize the offense he ran, but that didn’t stop him from showing off the mental aspects of his game, quickly going through reads and manipulating safeties. With his natural talent combined with his work ethic and moxie, I expect Baker Mayfield to quickly ascend to a top-tier QB. Pro comparison: Jeff Garcia

  1. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Tremaine Edmunds is going to be a highly coveted prospect in this draft. He’ll be 19 years old when drafted and is already a Top 15 player in this draft class. He is an incredible athlete, flying around to the ball and making plays. I still think he’s a little slow with his instincts and the mental side of his game, but he’s 19, and it got better down the stretch. He is a player I expect a defensive coordinator to move around to maximize his playmaking ability. Pro comparison: Deion Jones

  1. Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Sam Darnold will more than likely be the number one pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and being ranked 15 is no slight on him at all. Darnold displayed some great arm talent and accuracy, delivering excellent placement on all three levels of the field. He’s got a clutch gene in him that will excite a fan base (Cleveland). If he can fix his footwork and overall release, Darnold will be a future star franchise quarterback. Pro comparison: Tony Romo

  1. Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

Wynn played tackle at Georgia, but I expect the team that drafts him to play him at guard, even though I’m sure he probably could play tackle in the NFL. He possesses incredible power in the run game and stonewalled pass-rushers all game long (see: games against Alabama and Oklahoma). He’s got everything you could want in a top guard, and I fully expect him to be a Pro Bowl and All-Pro caliber player quickly. Pro comparison: Kelechi Osemele

  1. Connor Williams, OT, Texas

Connor Williams’ injury and up and down 2017 may cause him to slide, but when he was fully healthy in 2016, he was a Top-10 talent. He displayed all the traits you want in a franchise left tackle when healthy, fluid in the passing game and destructive as a run blocker. Wherever he lands, a team will be quite happy to nab him if he comes back 100% which I think he will. Pro comparison: Taylor Decker

  1. Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State

Sweat is one of the biggest offseason risers, showing up and showing off at the Combine. Fully healthy, he absolutely dominated the event and proved his elite athleticism. He’s a top-end pass-rusher, who needs just a little bit more refinement in his technique to truly ascend into the elite ranks. Pro comparison: Jadeveon Clowney

  1. Vita Vea, DT, Washington

A stout run defender who possesses incredible athleticism for his size and insane upside to be a great pass rusher, Vita Vea is one of the most intriguing defensive players in this draft. Right now, he’s already better than former Washington first-round defensive tackle Danny Shelton, and I expect him to develop and grow into one of the best big men in the league. Pro comparison: Haloti Ngata

  1. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Evans is one of the more complete linebackers in recent memory. He displayed a knack for pass-rushing as good as some elite edge rushers and could drop into coverage or stop the run as easily. He’s shot out of a cannon on plays and is a definite stud of a player. He can quickly become another All-Pro Alabama linebacker. Pro comparison: CJ Mosley

  1. Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Mike Hughes is a great man to man coverage corner and has a knack for sticking to receivers and mirroring them in coverage. He’s also a fantastic playmaker, displaying a ballhawk skill and ability as a return man. While I do think he struggles a bit in zone, I doubt a team will have a problem with that all things considered. Pro comparison: William Jackson

  1. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

One of the most confusing turnarounds of the season, Calvin Ridley went from viewed as one of the top WRs in the last few drafts to falling out of the first round by media analysts and draft busybodies everywhere. Don’t fall under their spell. Ridley is an amazing talent, who is the best route-runner in this draft class and beat every corner he ever lined up against. I’ve often preached on route-running being the most important thing a wide receiver can possess. His production is best explained by this: Alabama had Jalen Hurts at quarterback. You’ll have to live with his occasional drop, but his big-play ability and skill as a route-runner are tantalizing. Pro comparison: Stefon Diggs

  1. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vander Esch is one of the most physically intimidating players I’ve seen on tape. Coming in at 256 pounds and built like a brick house, it surprised me when I saw the great numbers he posted at the Combine, which caused me to go back and rewatch his tape. Vander Esch has great instincts and physicality and can shed blocks quite easily. I expect him to be a tone-setter on whatever defense he ends up at. Pro comparison: Paul Posluszny (in his prime)

  1. James Daniels, C, Iowa

James Daniels is personally my favorite center I’ve scouted in a long time. He possesses great mobility and an ability to get to the second level easily and has great technique as a run blocker. Needs a little more refinement in pass pro and anchoring, but all things considered, James Daniels should be a day one starter at center for the team that drafts him. Pro comparison: Rodney Hudson

  1. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The best technician at the offensive tackle spot in this draft, McGlinchey is a guy you can plug and play day one as a left or right tackle. He isn’t the most athletically gifted guy, but he’ll give you a very solid player on your offensive line. Pro comparison: Mitchell Schwartz

  1. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

I can’t leave Frank the Tank off the top-30. Ragnow has incredible power in the run game and downright beats down opposing defensive lineman. He’s got a body count larger than Jason. He hasn’t allowed a sack in his career and only allowed 15 pressures the last two seasons, despite playing in the SEC. He’s a monster who is only going to get better. Pro comparison: Travis Frederick

  1. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

Smooth operator is how I’d describe Sony Michel. He’s got incredible burst, elusiveness, and quickness when running. He’s a quick big play waiting to happen, and with a solid offensive line opening holes for him, he can become another great NFL back. Pro comparison: Devonta Freeman

  1. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP.

Power. Pure, unadulterated power. Hernandez is a physical specimen who dominated everybody he lined up against. The guy buries his opponents, and despite his size, possesses good athleticism. Line him up in a power scheme and let him build a body count. Pro comparison: Richie Incognito

  1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Exciting, breathtaking, incredible. Those are some fantastic adjectives to describe Lamar Jackson’s playstyle. Some have concerns about his ability to translate to the NFL, but I think any coach that drafts him will know exactly what to do with him to bring out that playmaking ability. With Lamar’s rocket arm and natural athleticism, it’s hard not to see him taking the league by storm if he lands in the right spot.

  1. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

Anthony Miller is an absolute playmaker at WR. He’s a fluid athlete in space who makes some incredible catches. He’s got swagger at the position and is an absolute dog. He catches almost every ball thrown his way, and his toughness is one of his best traits. Whatever team drafts him will end up with an absolute stud WR. Pro comparison: Golden Tate

  1. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

An almost unblockable defensive lineman, Hurst was always wrecking havoc along the offense with his high motor and technique. He’s a fantastic pass-rusher at the position despite his size, but his size will give teams concern, as they wonder if he can hold up to double-teams in the NFL. Pro comparison: Melvin Ingram

  1. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

Meeks is a guy I feel I probably should have higher than 32, but a grade is a grade. He’s a fantastic press man and zone corner and is an ultimate playmaker. Don’t be surprised if he immediately steps onto the field and starts as an outside corner. Pro comparison: AJ Bouye

  1. Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia

A freakazoid athlete, Carter jumps off the tape when you watch it. He flies all around the field, sideline to sideline, making plays. Carter needs some more refinement if he will be played as a true edge rusher. My vote is creative with him. He’s great in coverage and in space, so line him up at linebacker and let him make plays. Pro comparison: More athletic Shaq Thompson

  1. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

Jones is a great technician and shut down almost every pass rusher he faced. He often was quickly out of his stance and beat the defender to his mark. He’s got great arm length (35 ½), and he finishes strong. He knows how to use his hands well to stop defenders. Only concern is just how poor he tested at the Combine, actually posting a lower RAS than Orlando Brown. Pro comparison: Demar Dotson

  1. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

Ronald Jones has all the talent in the world as a runner. He’s got great vision and patience to pair with his flashy speed and quickness. On par with Dalvin Cook as a home-run hitter. Can also catch the ball well. Jones is a threat in space with his insane acceleration, and will simply outrun most defenders when he has a crease. Only concern is his frame. Pro comparison: Dalvin Cook

  1. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

Moore has an incredibly huge catch radius and strong hands to pair with it. He’s a smooth athlete in space and is a threat on the outside. He isn’t the best route-runner, but he’s certainly good enough to be a starter for a team. He can play outside and in the slot if asked, and should be fed the ball often. Pro comparison: Steve Smith Sr.

  1. Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada

Corbett is a nasty offensive lineman who is incredibly feisty and finishes well. I think he can line up all over the line, but his best place is at guard in my opinion. He’s a reliable and solid option at guard, which should net him an early Day 2 selection. Pro comparison: Joel Bitonio

  1. Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State

Hubbard is the very definition of safe and solid at the EDGE position. Sure, he probably won’t be a top end pass rusher, but he’ll consistently put up 8+ sacks a season and create a ton of pressure. Hubbard has great technique and hand usage and sheds blocks well. Pro comparison: Jordan Willis

  1. Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Payne is a stud run stopper and a great pass rusher, and a complete athletic freak for his size. However, he’s very flashy, which stops him from being higher on this list. Were he to be more consistent in his playmaking, I’d be banging the table for him like I was Jonathan Allen last draft. His inconsistency is my only concern. Pro comparison: Corey Liuget

  1. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

Carlton Davis does almost everything well enough to be a first-round corner. However, he truly does lack ball skills. He does a poor job locating the ball and making a play on it. This is why I cannot put him any higher than this and why I think at best he’ll be a high-end CB2-mid-level CB1. It’s hard to try and teach a dude ball skills. Everything else though is near flawless, and he’s a stud press man corner. Pro comparison: Marlon Humphrey

  1. Fred Warner, LB, BYU

Why Warner isn’t getting anymore hype is beyond me. He’s outstanding in coverage and great as a tackler. He’s got great instincts and reaction time and moves well in space. The only reason I have him lower is because I’m not exactly sold on his athleticism and where he’ll play in the NFL. Pro comparison: Thomas Davis

  1. Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

Bates is one of the best cover safeties in this draft. He can play all over the place effectively and he’s got great coverage traits. He’s a solid, but not great tackler. I say let him just be around the ball to make a play.  He’s one of the true centerfield safeties in this draft. Pro comparison: Kevin Byard

  1. Billy Price, C, Ohio State

Price is another nasty run-blocker at the interior of the offensive line in this draft. He does a great job quickly getting out of his stance and beating up defensive lineman. I have some concerns about his technique and hands in pass pro, as well as a recent pectoral injury, but I think Price can step in and be a high-end starter at either guard or center. Pro comparison: Joe Berger

  1. Justin Reid, S, Stanford

Like Bates, Reid is an outstanding coverage safety who does an excellent job reading the QB and making a play on the ball. He does a fantastic job of setting up the quarterback and anticipating and reacting to the ball. He’s an iffy tackler, which is why I have him “low”. Pro comparison: Glover Quin

  1. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

Pettis is one of the best route-runners in this draft, and is a great playmaker, as evidenced by his punt-returning records. He’s much better than last year’s first rounder John Ross, and he’s a strong catcher. I didn’t think he was super explosive and athletic on tape, which is why I have him as WR4. Pro comparison: Pierre Garcon

  1. Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State

Nathan Shepherd is a physically dominant defensive tackle prospect. He absolutely dominated the competition at the Senior Bowl and at Fort Hays State. He’s got great hands and athleticism, which made him unstoppable in college. There will be a learning curve for him going from a smaller school to the NFL, but he’s got the potential to become one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Pro comparison: Geno Atkins

  1. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

Harrison is a pure in-the-box safety who is at his best screaming downhill and making a play. He’s not great in coverage, which will limit his value to teams, but he can be an incredible run defender and tone-setter on a defense. Pro comparison: Reshad Jones

  1. Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

I’m gonna get some flak for having Jackson so low, but let me explain. I see a ballhawk playmaker, not arguing that. For me, he excels in zone coverage, but he struggles so much in man coverage that it is hard for me to overlook. Watching him go through DB drills at the Combine was just painful at times. So yes, while he excels in zone coverage, I’m hesitant about his skills in man. Whatever team that drafts him has to use a lot of zone schemes in their defenses. Pro comparison: Joe Haden

  1. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida

Talent-wise, Callaway is one of the top receivers in this class. Factor in all the off-the-field stuff, and no matter how much you can try and argue it, he’ll drop in this draft. I would be absolutely stunned if he finds a way to go in the 1st two rounds. That being said, Callaway is an explosive playmaker and can simply blow by any corner he faces. Combine that with his size and Callaway can be a dynamic playmaker if he can get his head on straight.

  1. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

Chubb does not offer as wide a skillset as his teammate Sony Michel does, but he’s an absolute bruiser who can power through tackles and gets more physical with the more touches he gets. The past injury may make teams cautious, but he’s proven to be healthy and ready to go. Expect him to be a featured workhorse back for all you fantasy guys. Pro comparison: Alfred Morris

  1. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma

“Obo” doesn’t possess the ideal size of an edge rusher, but what he brings is production. He produced a ton of pressures, hits, and sacks at OU when he was consistently getting double teamed. He’s a good athlete based on the Combine, but he also has a devastating toolbox of counters, spins, and bend. Pro comparison: Yannick Ngakoue

  1. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

Going off of athleticism, Jefferson is right up there with Lorenzo Carter. However, I do worry about Jefferson’s mental capacity. Too often he’s late to the play or misreads his block too much to be relied on. If I drafted him, my instructions would be something akin to “Hulk-smash” and point him to whoever needed to be punished. I’m excited to see his growth if he lands with the right coach, but right now, I have my concerns. Pro comparison: Darron Lee

  1. Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee

Gaulden is a spectacular corner in man coverage and plays with tenacity and fire. He’s at his best when put in the slot and he’ll thrive there in the NFL. He isn’t a great athlete, but he’ll rarely get burned by speed because of his skill in coverage. Pro comparison: Nickell Robey-Coleman

  1. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Sutton offers a big frame and long arms as a receiver. He’s great at the catch point, but very raw as a route-runner. That, combined with his ok athleticism causes me to worry about his ability to separate in the NFL. Pro comparison: Alshon Jeffery

  1. Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona

Cruikshank is a valuable player due to his versatility in the secondary. He offers value as a nickel/safety role. He’s a Combine riser, and while his tape didn’t necessarily blow me off my feet, he proved that he belonged in the upper echelon rounds of the draft. Pro comparison: Tyrann Mathieu

  1. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest

Ejiofor isn’t the most athletic edge rusher, but he makes up for it with his crafty toolbox of moves. He’s a strong edge setter when playing against the run. He’s not an elite pass rusher, but a very solid and dependable guy I would want starting for me. Pro comparison: Derek Barnett

  1. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon

Crosby has a mean streak bigger than his hands and racked up a body count in several games I watched. He’s outstanding in pass protection and uses his hands to stifle edge rushers in their tracks. I wonder about his athletic ability and ability to handle speed rushers, but he’s a guy who can start in the NFL. Pro comparison: Terron Armstead

  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

Goedert is the best tight end in this draft class but pales in comparison to last year’s top guys. Nonetheless, Goedert proved it all on tape. He’s got great hands and can stretch the field and be a mismatch weapon. Pro comparison: Zach Ertz

  1. Genard Avery, LB, Memphis

Genard Avery is another late riser in the draft process, showing up and out at the Combine. He’s got a versatile skill set, as he can line up as an edge rusher or play “off-ball” at linebacker. Teams should covet his versatility and athleticism. Pro comparison: Preston Brown

  1. DeShon Elliott, S, Texas

I think Elliott CAN cover (smh), and I think he’s a strong playmaker. He can line up as a traditional strong safety and do it all effectively. I worry about his overall athleticism and speed to keep up with some players, but it isn’t enough to knock me off of him. Pro comparison: Tony Jefferson

  1. Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers

The rumors about Turay being raw aren’t wrong but are very overblown. Turay’s got a great toolbox and has all the athleticism in the world to be a stud pass rusher at the next level. While he didn’t produce a ton at Rutgers, he’s got upside for days that’ll get him drafted early. Pro comparison: Danielle Hunter

  1. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

Johnson is a very patient and gifted one-cut back. He knows how to set up his blocks well and hit the hole at the right time. He doesn’t possess the home run ability of other backs, but he creates yards very well. Pro comparison: Alex Collins

  1. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

Probably one of the bigger hot takes of this big board, I’m not as high on Gesicki as others. Yes, he’s an athletic freak who possesses a ton of upside, but I didn’t see the required nuance as a route-runner and blocking ability that Goedert displayed. Gesicki is a mismatch weapon for sure but is not the complete package in my opinion. Pro comparison: Jared Cook

  1. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Make all the jokes you want about his Combine performance, but Orlando Brown was one of the best offensive tackles in the country at Oklahoma. He bottled up pass rushers and downright dominated guys run blocking. He’s got his limits athletically, and had some issues with personal foul calls early on, but make no mistake: Brown can be a great tackle in the NFL.  Pro comparison: Trent Brown

  1. Arden Key, EDGE, LSU

Based off of 2017 alone, I could move Key further down this list. However, his history has shown he can be a top-end pass rusher. He was a key playmaker for LSU in 2016, disrupting numerous plays and putting up production, but fell off in 2017 after an ankle injury and questions about his passion. If he’s 100% into the game though, he can develop quickly into a top-tier edge rusher in the NFL. Pro comparison: Whitney Mercilus

  1. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

Jackson is another fantastic man to man corner in this draft and possesses speed that causes everyone to compare him to Adoree Jackson from last year. However, he’s got his struggles in zone and press coverage. He’s got upside because of the speed and gifted ability in man to man, but his struggles elsewhere pushed him down for me. Pro comparison: Robert Alford

  1. Shaun Dion-Hamilton, LB, Alabama

SDH would probably be much higher if he were fully healthy, but the injuries give teams and me some pause. That being said, when he’s healthy, he’s a playmaker and a physical force at linebacker despite his size (6’0). He’ll slip and fall in this draft, but he could end up being a steal for the team that takes a chance on him. Pro comparison: Jordan Hicks

  1. Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC

Nwosu has one of the best and most explosive first steps I’ve ever seen in an edge rusher. He quickly explodes off the line and can disrupt a play quickly. However, he’s undersized, and far too often I saw him get bullied by offensive lineman that get a hold of him. The explosiveness is tantalizing, but he needs to build up his toolbox if he wants to make it in the big leagues. Pro comparison: Junior Galette

  1. Martinas Rankin, OG, Mississippi State

Rankin is another solid, steady prospect at guard. He’s not going to be an elite guard, but he’s rock solid in pass and run blocking, and will be a long-term starter for whatever team drafts him because of it. He also has the versatility to play both tackle and guard, which will make him coveted by teams. Pro comparison: Senio Kelemete

  1. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

Mark Andrews isn’t a fantastic athlete, but he displayed enough speed and fluidity in his tape that would make me feel comfortable about taking him to be my TE1 or TE2. He wins with great hands, route-running, and size, even if he isn’t a gifted athlete. Pro comparison: Jason Witten

  1. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State

Hamilton is one of the best route-runners in this draft class. He’s clean through his routes and quick out of his breaks. He’s got soft hands and was the most reliable target for Trace McSorley last season at Penn State. He won’t blow teams away with his speed, but he’s more of a route-runner separator than a speed guy. I expect him to quickly become a high-end WR2 for a team and a reliable target for his QB. Pro comparison: Sterling Shepard

  1. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

Talk about a quick faller. After completely bombing the Combine, Auden Tate fell from many’s Top 5 receivers to mid or even late-round target. However, he’s still got great hands and demonstrated an ability to separate with route-running. He was a great 50/50 catcher, but the lack of athleticism will scare off teams. Pro comparison: Kevin White

  1. Holton Hill, CB, Texas

6’2 corners who are gifted in coverage and tackling should have defensive coaches and GM’s salivating. However, Hill has his problems off the field with substance abuse. If he can prove he can stay clean, he’s got the upside to turn into one of the league’s top corners. Pro comparison: James Bradberry

  1. Mark Walton, RB, Miami

Walton’s got some great cutting ability and can create big plays, but he needs a good offensive line in front of him to succeed. He doesn’t create yards as much as I’d like. He’s got value, but just how much value when he’s coming off an injury? Pro comparison: Elijah McGuire

  1. Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia

Harrison is a freak athlete at tackle unlike several guys in front of him. He possesses a quick get off out of his stance and can match up with any pass rusher with his super long arms and lower body fluidity. In the run game, much like Orlando Brown, Harrison is nasty and punishes guys who try to beat him. However, Harrison has a ton of off-the-field issues. If a team feels comfortable with him, they’ll nab a player who has All-Pro potential written all over him. Pro comparison: Jason Peters

  1. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Washington brings a lot to the table as a big playmaker, but he’s not as gifted a route-runner I would like. He catches well and can beat people with his speed, but I want to see some cleaner routes from him before I take him high. Pro comparison: Robert Woods

  1. Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

Braden Smith wowed me at the Combine and forced me to retake a look at him. However, it didn’t change what I saw at first glance. Braden Smith shows he has the athleticism to develop into a high-end guard at the NFL, but he wasn’t great as a run blocker. Pro comparison: Zach Fulton

  1. Deadrin Senat, DT, USF

Senat is a physical monster at the point of attack. He has the power and get off to take down offensive lineman and make a play in the backfield. Unfortunately, he isn’t a complete package, as I think his pass rush ability needs some more work. Overall, he’ll turn out to be a fine #2 run stuffer who will make an occasional play on the quarterback at the next level. Pro comparison: DJ Reader

  1. DJ Chark, WR, LSU

Chark has picked up some hype here recently, as he blew up the Combine and showed excellent speed on tape. He’ll be picked higher than my board will list him solely because a team will fall in love with his measurables. I didn’t see a gifted route-runner on tape, and he isn’t complete at the position. He’s someone to keep an eye on as time goes on. Pro comparison: Brandin Cooks

  1. Darius Leonard, LB, SC State

Leonard’s size will make people write him off, but he’s a gifted linebacker. He’s got great instincts and is a reliable asset in coverage. While he certainly needs to develop his tackling and block shedding ability, Leonard brings a reliable outside linebacker to the table. Pro comparison: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

  1. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF

Griffin’s a great story, but where the heck am I going to put him? He’s explosive off the edge, but if a tackle gets their hands on him, he’s toast. I can play him as an off-ball linebacker that occasionally rushes the passer, but I didn’t think he was outstanding in coverage. I don’t doubt his grittiness, but I’m confused on what I would do with him at the next level, and that drives his value down. Pro comparison: Jatavis Brown

  1. Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College

Yiadom isn’t a fantastic athlete, as evidenced by his Combine performance, but he is very solid in all types of coverage and plays physical football. He’s got good ball skills to pair with his sticky coverage. He’ll struggle with speedy receivers and recovery time, but should be the ideal CB2 for a team. Pro comparison: Malcolm Butler

  1. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTEP

I don’t hate Davenport, and he’s got explosive traits and athleticism, but I’m not spending a pick higher than a midday-2 on him. He’s salmonella level raw as an edge rusher. While he can certainly be coached up, every year there are guys like him who teams think they can fix and offensive tackles chew them up and spit them back out. I think he’s a pure edge player that a team can rely on as a splash play pass rusher early on, but he has to land with the right coach to develop into something great. Pro comparison: Dante Fowler Jr

  1. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Kirk is a fantastic playmaker in space and offers excellent value as a return man. However, I do worry about his route-running and size limitations. He’ll be forced into the slot in the NFL and mainly used as a splash player until he learns to run the whole route tree. I have some worries about his Combine performance, but I think he’ll offer great value as I dynamic WR2 option in his career. Pro comparison: Travis Benjamin

  1. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Here he is. I honestly could have pushed Allen further down this list, but I decided I would salvage just a trace of credibility. Nobody is taking Allen for what he is right now. He’s inaccurate and struggles mentally. You can make an excuse based on his supporting cast, but that’s not the full story. A team will take him because he’s tall, has a cannon arm, and every once in a while makes a fantastic play, so a team will bank on his “upside” and hope he can turn it around with the right coaching. Those guys come almost every year, and Allen is not a QB I’m spending a high pick on. Pro comparison: Jeff George

  1. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

Michael Gallup is one of the more complete receivers in this class, showing clean routes and a great ability to catch the football. However, I didn’t see a guy who would truly blow by guys with his speed. That being said, I think he’ll be a valuable WR2 in the NFL. Pro comparison: Mohamed Sanu

  1. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Freeman is a workhorse back who brings a ton to the table. While he isn’t a flashy athlete like other guys in this class and doesn’t have the receiving ability of Barkley and Guice, Freeman possesses excellent vision and fight through contact. I think he’s a guy who can comfortably take 20+ carries a game and churn out yards. There’s a lot to like about Freeman. Pro comparison: Bilal Powell

  1. Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

I’m going to get some flak for this one, but let me explain. Lauletta does everything well. He’s got a quick release, he’s quick through his progressions, and he takes care of the football well. Lauletta has great accuracy and placement too. My problem is his arm talent. I didn’t see a guy who had, at the very least, a solid arm for the NFL. That concerns me, as it could lead to trouble with the fast ballhawks that the NFL possesses. He can operate a West Coast scheme that doesn’t push the ball down the field a ton, as that will play to his strengths. Pro comparison: Rich Gannon

  1. Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF

Smith is an excellent possession receiver who is a top-notch 50/50 catcher and offers good athleticism to pair with it. He’s a good, not great route-runner, but has strong hands and offers good YAC ability. Pro comparison: Dez Bryant

  1. Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State

Sam is a physical tool at linebacker who has a nose for the ball. He stacks and sheds well and makes plays in run support. I worry about his overall athletic ability and coverage skills, but he is a solid pickup for a team looking to upgrade their run defense. Pro comparison: Martrell Speight

  1. MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina

MJ Stewart offers incredible value as a nickel corner in the NFL. He’s a smart player in coverage who isn’t afraid to tackle. He’s limited with his size and athleticism, and because of this he might struggle against the best of the best, but as a nickel corner, he can blanket about every slot receiver he’ll line up against. Pro comparison: Quandre Diggs

  1. Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana

Scales is tiny and may get pushed around as a blitzer, but offers tremendous value as an off-ball linebacker and is outstanding in coverage. A team will push him down because of his frame but make no mistake; Scales can start as an NFL linebacker. Pro comparison: Kyle Van Noy

  1. Jordan Whitehead, S, Pitt

I love Whitehead’s versatility as a defensive back, and he can line up all over the secondary. He’s got great ball skills and was a playmaker for Pitt throughout his career. I’m not sold on his athletic ability and technique, but he can develop into a stud defender in the NFL. Pro comparison: John Johnson

  1. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

St. Brown can be another H/W/S freak in the NFL. He’s 6’5 and ran a 4.48 forty time. He runs clean routes and his footwork is top notch. His catching ability is worrisome, but I’d definitely be willing to bank on the upside on St. Brown. Pro comparison: Demaryius Thomas

  1. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole Miss

Wilkins is limited to a zone-blocking scheme, but he can certainly thrive in it. He’s got the vision and cutting ability of a dependable back, and displayed breakaway speed on tape. Pro comparison: Tevin Coleman

  1. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana

Thomas is a great athlete at the tight end position who will line up as a Y receiver in the NFL. He offers a ton of YAC ability and catches the ball well, but he needs to clean things up as a route-runner and in his blocking. He’ll start off as a TE2 with elite TE1 upside. Pro comparison: Trey Burton

  1. Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook

Parris displays great technique in pass protection and beat up his competition. He showed quickness in his get off and blew up guys in the running game. His athleticism and technique are top notch, but there will be a learning curve coming up from Stony Brook to the NFL. I think he needs to clean up his hands and anchor a little better, but he can come in and immediately start at RT with the right coaching. Pro comparison: Daryl Williams

  1. John Kelly, RB, Tennessee

Kelly is a tough, physical, violent runner. He squares up with the big boys and has tremendous contact balance, a true bowling ball. He lacks home run speed and isn’t a great pass protector, but he’ll have value in a committee as a workhorse/short yardage back. Pro comparison: Peyton Barber

  1. Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech

Teller offers great value at the guard spot. He isn’t going to wow anybody with devastating finishes, but he’ll pop guys in run blocking. His pass pro took a step back in 2017, which is why I have him further down here, but he can start as a high end backup and develop into a starter. Pro comparison: Justin Pugh

  1. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

Penny is a workhorse back who can handle 20-30 carries a game, but nothing in his game really stands out to me. He’s not super athletic, not a great receiver, and runs high and a little stiff. He’s got dependability as a ball carrier, but I don’t think he’ll develop into a high end starter at the NFL level. Pro comparison: Alfred Blue

  1. Duke Dawson, CB, Florida

Dawson offers some value as a nickel corner with his speed, but he needs to clean up his technique in man and reactions in zone. He’s a physical corner who will fight guys at the LOS, and he’ll come in and compete Day 1. I don’t think he’ll be able to play as an outside corner like his teammate last year Quincy Wilson, but he can develop into a great slot defender in the NFL. Pro comparison: Orlando Scandrick

  1. Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State

Siran Neal flashed all over his tape as a rangy athlete who can line up almost everywhere on defense. He’ll fit best as a free safety/nickel hybrid in the NFL, as he’s outstanding in coverage. Pro comparison: Budda Baker

  1. DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State

Another physical slot corner in this draft, Reed is one of the better ballhawks in this class. He’s sticky in man coverage and has the speed to keep up with receivers, but he struggled reading things through in zone coverage and got taken advantage of. If a coach can knock that out of him, Reed will prove to be an excellent nickel corner for the team that drafts him. Pro comparison: Briean Boddy-Calhoun

  1. Avonte Maddox, CB, Pitt

Maddox is a great man to man corner who will push guys around in press coverage. I love feisty corners, and Maddox shows that to a T. He isn’t a perfect corner, and can get boxed out by bigger receivers, but Maddox will provide great value as a boundary or nickel corner. Pro comparison: Brandon Carr

  1. BJ Hill, DT, NC State

BJ Hill is a monster on the interior. He eats up blocks for breakfast and can beat most double teams thrown at him. He’s a great run-stuffing DT, but he won’t be great as a pass-rusher. In my opinion, BJ Hill projects to be a nose tackle in the NFL. Pro comparison: Earl Mitchell

  1. Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

Nickerson has solid playmaking ability and tested well, but his small frame and lack of physicality worry me. He’s solid in off-man and zone coverage, but I would never want him to play press. He’s at best a slot corner at the next level. Pro comparison: Nate Hairston

  1. Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU

Toliver is at his best a press-man corner who offers good athleticism and playmaking ability. He’s got a ton of off the field issues, but he can be a special player who can be a top-notch outside corner with further refinement. Pro comparison: Janoris Jenkins

  1. Trayvon Henderson, S, Hawaii

Henderson is another guy who showed up and wowed guys at the Senior Bowl. He can cover just about anybody and has the speed and playmaking ability to turn him into a stud deep field safety. His only weakness is tackling and a lack of physicality. Pro comparison: Glover Quin

  1. Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

Nnadi offers tremendous value as a 1-T run stuffer, but he’s not an effective pass rusher. He’ll be a nose tackle in the NFL who will eat up blocks, but that’s about it. Pro comparison: Damion Square

  1. Skyler Phillips, OG, Idaho State

Phillips is a mauler in the run game who tosses guys around easily. However, he struggles to anchor and using his hands in pass pro. He’s got plenty of upside but needs refinement before he can be a starter in the NFL. Pro comparison: Quinton Spain

  1. Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State

Wilson is another good route-runner in this class who is fluid and quick out of his routes and off the line. He’s got enough athleticism and catching ability to become a solid WR2 or WR3. Pro comparison: Kenny Stills

  1. Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State

Hines is a twitchy athlete who makes plays all over the field, and offensive coaches will try and line him up all over to maximize his talent. He’s a solid runner on the outside and is a great receiving threat, so look for him to provide great value for fantasy players as a FLEX option. Pro comparison: James White

  1. Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina

Skai Moore is the best coverage linebacker you’ll get outside of the “Big 3” first round linebackers. He possesses great instincts and makes plays all over the field. If he weren’t riddled with injuries, he would be in 1st-2nd round consideration. Pro comparison: Jamie Collins Sr

  1. Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan

Phillips has some insane ball skills and offers versatility, as he can line up outside or inside. He has his struggles with speed, but he’s technically sound in coverage, and a team will fall in love with his production. Pro comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

  1. Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State

Gossett is a tough, violent blocker who easily gets to the second level. He’s got great athleticism and technique and was stonewalling rushers all season long. He finishes well and buries guys. He’ll be at his best in a zone-blocking scheme. Pro comparison: Andy Levitre

  1. Alex Cappa, OG, Humboldt State

Mean, nasty, violent, destructive. Each are words to describe Alex Cappa and his blocking. He will destroy guys in run blocking, and his body count at Humboldt State looks like Stalingrad. He’s got great technique, but he should play guard in the NFL because of his poor agility. That being said, I might even be too low on Cappa. I enjoyed his tape, and I think if he can overcome the learning curve into the NFL, he can be someone special. Pro comparison: Kevin Zeitler

  1. Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama

Averett is a physical, toolsy corner, but much like Carlton Davis, struggles when the ball is in the air. He’s got the athleticism to hang with guys as an outside corner, but he won’t be a true CB1 unless he can figure out how to play the ball better. Pro comparison: Johnathan Joseph

  1. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa

Jewell has great instincts and is quick to the ball to make a play. He’s a limited athlete, but he’s quicker than fast and has a nose for the football  Jewell can produce as a solid 80+ tackler a season, but his coverage ability makes me question if he can be a true star NFL linebacker. Pro comparison: James Laurinaitis

  1.  Brian Allen, C, Michigan State

Allen is one of the strongest blockers in this class. He anchors incredibly well, and a rusher will rarely get by him. He isn’t a great athlete, but he shows great technique and grit at the center position, which makes him a value pick in the later rounds of the draft. Pro comparison: Ryan Jensen

  1. Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan

Color me surprised when I saw people were low on Conklin. He’s catches the ball extremely well and is a savvy route runner who is clean out of his breaks. Conklin isn’t the greatest athlete, but I think he can be a great TE2 who is used underneath as a “safety valve” target. Pro comparison: Cameron Brate

  1. Chandon Sullivan, CB, Georgia State

Sullivan is a smaller-school prospect who plays big. He’s got talent in coverage and is a very cerebral player, quick to diagnose routes and concepts to make a play on the ball. He’s not a superb athlete, but he’s sticky in coverage and offers nice value as a mid-round target. Pro comparison: Cordrea Tankersley

  1. Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss

Moore has picked up some steam here as a centerfield safety. He’s a gifted athlete in space, and offers some value in coverage, but I saw him get blown apart by Florida State too often for me to feel comfortable taking him any higher than mid Day 2. Pro comparison: Jordan Poyer

  1. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin

Nelson is yet another physical slot corner in this draft. He’s solid in coverage, but he gets too carried away and grabby in press coverage which will need to be fixed. Sadly, he’ll get pushed down draft boards because of a recent offseason injury he sustained, but when he’s healthy he can be a mid-tier slot defender. Pro comparison: Leonard Johnson

  1. Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama

Wallace has tremendous cover skills that he demonstrated time and time again at Alabama. He has a small frame, but he makes up for it with good coverage and solid ball skills. One of my favorite corners in this draft. Pro comparison: Brian Poole

  1. PJ Hall, DT, Sam Houston State

PJ Hall dominated his level of competition and put up a ton of production at Sam Houston. He’s an insane athlete for his size, but he needs to clean up his technique to make it in the NFL. Needs to increase his toolbox of moves if he wants to maintain his level of pass rush. If he lands with the right coach, Hall can develop into a stud interior defender. Pro comparison: Sheldon Rankins

  1. Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa

Fountain has an insane catch radius and displays fantastic hands. However, at second glance, Fountain is very raw as a route-runner. He displays great hands and playmaking ability however, and there is a lot to like in Fountain. Pro comparison: Michael Crabtree

  1. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

Hurst has some first-round hype, but I don’t buy it. He’s very…blah at the position. He catches well and shows good blocking at the line, but he’s not a super athlete or route-runner, and he’s going to be 26 years old. I’d take him to be a TE2, but I don’t see anything much more than that. Pro comparison: Seth Devalve

  1. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC

Burnett is a fantastic route-runner, and boasts great YAC ability. However, he isn’t super speedy (4.75 at the Combine) and his frame can get him bullied by more physical corners. He catches well with his hands. He’s got a shot to make it as a slot receiver in the NFL, but his frame makes me concerned. Pro comparison: Trent Taylor

  1. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

McFadden fell off a cliff in 2017, going from potential #1 corner over the summer to a Day 3 target. This is because of his struggles with speed receivers, as too often he got blown by. However, McFadden offers good physicality, technique, and size to match up with the big possession receivers in the NFL, giving him some value to an NFL team. Pro comparison: Quinton Dunbar

  1. Foley Fatukasi, DT, UConn

Fatukasi brings a lot to the table as a run-stuffer and an inside pass rusher. He sheds well and absorbs blocks easily, which makes him valuable. I think he needs to refine his hands and upper body strength to really make it big in the NFL, but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear his name come up early in the draft. Pro comparison: Johnathan Hankins

  1. Brian O’Neill, OT, Pitt

O’Neill is a great athlete at the tackle spot, and displays solid technique in pass pro. However, he needs to develop his play strength if he wants to be a starter in the NFL. Doesn’t generate enough movement at the point of attack. Pro comparison: Spencer Drango

  1. Kentavious Street, DT, NC State

Street is explosive off the line of scrimmage and brings a ton of athleticism to the position, however, he was incredibly raw in his technique. With a recent ACL injury and a reliance on athleticism over technique, I wonder if Street gets drafted. Pro comparison: Bennie Logan

  1. Damon Webb, S, Ohio State

Webb has everything one could want in his head. He displays fantastic instincts and is quick to read and diagnose plays and routes to make a play, and he has a knack for playing the ball. He has his limits athletically, but he offers a starting caliber player if he lands with the right coach. Pro comparison: Corey Graham

  1. Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State

Richie James is an electrifying playmaker. When he gets out in space, he’ll shred a defense and score easily. However, he’s a raw talent. He ran routes ok, but not great, and his frame gives people worry about his catch radius. James also has an injury history, which will lower his value immensely. He’ll play exclusively in the slot as teams gauge his explosiveness after his injury. Pro comparison: Tavon Austin

  1. Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham

Edmonds offers value as a change of pace back in a system with an already established RB1. He possesses quick feet and decisive vision and can gash through holes. He also catches well out of the backfield. Edmonds doesn’t create yards through contact as much as I’d like, which is why I don’t think he’ll be anything more than a special third-down back. Pro comparison: Malcolm Brown

  1. Will Richardson, OT, NC State

Richardson could honestly be a Day 1 starter at right tackle in the NFL and could quickly develop into a high-level starter at left tackle. He’s got excellent play strength and good technique. Much like Desmond Harrison, Richardson has a slew of off the field issues that will cause him to slide. Pro comparison: Ronnie Stanley

  1. Roc Thomas, RB, Jacksonville State

Thomas showed incredible burst and acceleration at Jacksonville State. He caught the ball well and simply exploded out of the gate once he found a crease. My problems are primarily with his vision and his patience. He commits fully, but he needs to learn to let his OL work for him and not dash straight through the line. He offers tremendous value as a receiving option too. Pro comparison: Theo Riddick

  1. Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State

Taron Johnson is a smart corner who wins at the top of his route and always seems to be making a play on the ball (42 career PBUs!). He’s physical and looks natural in coverage. He’ll be relegated to the slot because of his frame, but he’s a playmaker who will make an early impact for the team that drafts him. Pro comparison: K’Waun Williams

  1. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M

Watts flashes all over the field in coverage, and he puts up games where he looks like a Top 5 center. That’s great and all, but he doesn’t do it every game. He’s inconsistent, and that makes me scratch my head. He’s got the potential to be something great in the NFL, but he has to be more consistent. Pro comparison: Rodney McLeod

  1. Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State

Pringle reminds me a ton of his former teammate Tyler Lockett. Both are excellent route-runners and produced a ton as deep threats. Pringle isn’t quite as explosive as Lockett, but his routes are crisp and smooth, which makes him an ideal WR2 target for NFL teams. Pro comparison: Tyler Lockett

  1. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

Okorafor is a smooth athlete at the tackle spot, but he doesn’t quite have the refined technique to be a starter right away. He flashed dominance at times, but other times looked lost and his feet got muddy. He’s a project right now, but that could pay off big time after a year of development. Pro comparison: Donovan Smith

  1. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

Ateman and Washington combined to form one of the best receiving duos in the country last season. Ateman was the big, tall red-zone weapon for Mason Rudolph. Ateman showed off his incredible size, length, and catching ability last season for the Pokes. He needs to work on cleaning up his routes some more, but he can come in and be an immediate red-zone contributor. Pro comparison: Devante Parker

  1. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas

Armstrong showed some strong traits last season and a quick first step, but his hands were too inconsistent and he never truly was able to set the edge. Right now, he’d be an ideal rotational pass rusher while he continues to develop. Pro comparison: Brian Orakpo

  1. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Miller’s getting first round hype, but he’s more athlete than player right now. His technique is stupid bad at times with that false first step his coaches somehow haven’t beaten out of him yet. He’s got the athletic upside to develop, but he needs some work. Pro comparison: Ereck Flowers

  1. Justin Jones, DT, NC State

I like Jones’s upside. He showed good hands and lower body strength to take on and shed blocks at NC State, and tackled well. He needs refinement on his upper body strength and his repertoire as a pass-rusher to develop into something great, but he definitely has great upside. Pro comparison: Brandon Williams

  1. Kyzir White, S, West Virginia

White was at his best in the box flying downhill to make a play on the ball carrier. He wasn’t anything outstanding in coverage, but he is a great blitzer and tackles well, which might suggest a move to LB in the NFL. Pro comparison: Mark Barron

  1. Danny Johnson, CB, Southern

Johnson’s the best playmaker at corner in this draft, period. He’s got great range, versatility, and ball skills that’ll make a team drool in anticipation. He can play all over the secondary and has value as a punt returner. He’s only 5’9, so he’ll be placed in the slot in the NFL. He’ll need coaching to tighten up his feet and adjust to the NFL, but he’s got an incredibly high ceiling. Pro comparison: Patrick Robinson

  1. Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss

Smith offers great value as a receiving threat out of the backfield and is a solid runner, but fits more in a zone scheme. He isn’t a guy who will get a ton of carries, but he’ll make the most out of the touches he gets, on the ground or through the air. Pro comparison: Mike Davis

  1. Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T

Brandon Parker was built out of a factory with his size and arm length. However, he’s a tad too slow getting off the line and can get beat with speed rushers easily. He provides some punch as a power run blocker, but he needs to get better in pass protection if he wants to start in the NFL. Pro comparison: Marshall Newhouse

  1. Joe Noteboom, OT, TCU

Noteboom looks like a good pass protector, but never was able to find his groove. He got tossed around in some games, then would be the one tossing guys in others. He’ll need to land with the right coach who can make the consistency click for Noteboom if he wants to take that next step in the NFL. The flashes of great play are definitely encouraging and worthy of a mid-round pick. Pro comparison: Eric Fisher

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