Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 NFL DRAFT TOP 177

Draft day is here! So it's time to start typing it up. I am at 388 players that I have watched at least 3 games on . Some of the more likely first rounders I have already watched over 10 games, and some of the guys I thought were going to come out last year I am way past that as well. So while this is my first & final list , anyone on it has earned their place. This is a below average draft in high ceiling & high floor guys , and even worse in guys with that have both.   You don't generally know how good a draft really is until 3 years after it's over, but generally I have a better read on a class than this one . The biggest reason is injuries and/or disappointing 2017 seasons from players I saw as potentially elite coming into this year  .  After last years tape I was expecting/hoping for much better years from Sam Darnold , Josh Rosen , Josh Allen ,Jaire Alexander , Derwin James , Harold Landry , Connor Williams , Derrius Guice, Minkah Fitzpatrick , MIke Mcglinchey  and Lamar Jackson just to name a few . Add the other top prospects I was really confident were entering the draft but chose to stay in school . Just off the top of my head I had already watched significant tape on potential top 10 picks Ed Oliver - Trey Adams- Clelin FerrelI , and probable first picks Damien Harris-Christian Wilkins - Bryce Love , and Dalton Risner . I do think there is a lot of depth in the 2nd and 3rd rounds so maybe it will end up a good one, but that's a lot of significant disappointments  . Corner back and Nose tackles are the deepest positions on defense. On offense the deepest positions are QB, TE , interior O-Linemen , and running back . While there is no sure fire top 10 number one receiver prospects there is a lot of depth at that position too, and the grades on my top 7 are far closer than I have ever seen before , but all the possible first rounders have questions as well . I expect a lot of WR's and RB's to be steals on day 2. While I wouldn't be surprised if QB needy teams select as many as 6 signal callers in the first round I ONLY have a first round grade on 3 of them of them right now .  Keep in mind that some of these guys will get hurt or have injuries discovered during the medical checks that aren't released to the general public, get in trouble off the field , have previous trouble discovered , or bring some of the bad parts of their past with them, and will have impressed and/or disappointed during visits with teams.  Basically I'm saying i don't have as much private medical & character information as NFL teams should .The prospects in top 64 have former or current NFL player comparisons below their names , so you can get an idea of who it is your team might be getting. The higher they are ranked the more likely I think they reach that comparison. I'm finishig my profiles for my top 64 right now and will  post them later . profiles of their strengths and weaknesses .So while Josh Allen reminds me of Cam Newton, I have ranked him far enough away from the top to point out it's not a high probability that he reaches that comp, and if he does I think it will take longer for him to get there.  If you don't know the player they are compared to then just run a search at PRO FOOTBALL REFERENCE .  Feel free to leave a comment. Agreeing or disagreeing is welcome, but please do it intelligently and respectfully. If you can't, or resort to personal attacks, I just won't post it. It's a top 177, because 174 takes us through the 5th round.Plus 1 each for faith, family, and football. So here it is. Enjoy.

# Is for a player with with reported character or maturity concerns.


** Is for a player with reported medical concerns.



BLUE CHIP TALENTS 


These are the kind of players that I expect to be perennial Pro - Bowlers , and are safe as it gets to take in the top 5.  These guys all have shown consistent growth over their college careers, have at least 2 back to back years of good tape, have strong motors, and are without significant injury or character concerns. As always franchise quarterback trumps all, but I don't have one in this group.   


1.QUENTON NELSON - G - N. DAME - 6"5" , 325
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - STEVE HUTCHINSON - retired
2.SAQUON BARKLEY - RB - PENN ST. - 6 feet , 233
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LADANIAN TOMLINSON - retired

COULD HAVE BEEN BLUE CHIPPERS
These players all have blue chip talent, but have either injury, off the field or football character, motor concerns , or their play declined this year. They could also have limited tape at a big school , or played at a high level at a smaller school , play a devalued position , lack at least one important trait for their position, are very raw , or some combination of any of the questions already mentioned. Whatever keeps them from being a blue chipper still doesn't keep them from being a player I would trade up into the expensive top 10 for . 

3.BRADLEY CHUBB - DE - N. CAROLINA - 6"4" , 269
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRENT COLE - retired
4.ROQUAN SMITH - LB - GEORGIA - 6"1" , 236
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LAVONTE DAVID - BUCCANEERS
5.MINKAH FITZPATRICK - CB/S - ALABAMA - 6 feet , 204
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DOMINIQUE RODGERS - CROMARTIE - FA
6.SAM DARNOLD - QB- USC - 6"3" , 221
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAMEIS WINSTON - BUCCANEERS
7.** DERWIN JAMES - S - FLORIDA ST. - 6"2" , 215
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SEAN TAYLOR - retired
8.DENZEL WARD - CB - OHIO ST. - 5"11" , 183
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RONALD DARBY - EAGLES
9.**HAROLD LANDRY - OLB/DE - BOSTON COLLEGE-6"2" , 252
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - VIC BEASLEY - FALCONS
10.#** JOSH ROSEN - QB - UCLA - 6"4" , 226
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATT RYAN - FALCONS 
11.BAKER MAYFIELD - QB - OKLAHOMA - 6"1" , 215
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RUSSELL WILSON - SEAHAWKS



SOLID FIRST ROUNDERS


12.TREMAINE EDMUNDS - LB - VA. TECH - 6"4" , 253 
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON DANTE HIGHTOWER - PATRIOTS
13.VITA VEA - DT -WASHINGTON - 6"4" , 347
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - HALOTI NGATA - LIONS
14.JAMES DANIELS - C - IOWA - 6'3' , 306
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RODNEY HUDSON - RAIDERS
15.**MAURICE HURST - DT - MICHIGAN - 6"1" ,292
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GENO ATKINS - BENGALS
16.DJ MOORE - WR - MARYLAND - 6 feet , 210
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - PIERRE GARCON - 49ers
17.ISAIAH WYNN - G/T - GEORGIA - 6"3" , 313
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RON LEARY BRONCOS
18.RONALD JONES - RB - USC -5"11" , 205
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAMAAL CHARLES - FA
19.CALVIN RIDLEY - WR - ALABAMA - 6 feet , 189
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - EMMANUEL SANDERS - BRONCOS
20.JAIRE ALEXANDER - CB - LOUISVILLE - 5"10" , 196
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRETT GRIMES - BUCCANEERS
21.WILL HERNANDEZ - G - UTEP - 6"2", 327
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRANDON BROOKS - EAGLES
22.NICK CHUBB - RB - GEORGIA - 5"11" , 227
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MICHAEL TURNER - retired




BUBBLE FIRST ROUNDERS


23.#**  DERRIUS GUICE - RB - LSU - 5"10" , 224
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARSHAWN LYNCH - RAIDERS
24.MARCUS DAVENPORT - DE - UTSA - 6"6", 264
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ZIGGY ANSAH - LIONS
25.MIKE MCGLINCHEY - OT - N. DAME - 6"8" , 309
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JARED VELDHEER - CARDINALS
26.MIKE HUGHES - CB - UCF - 5"10" , 189
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOE HADEN - CB - STEELERS
27.**CONNOR WILLIAMS - OT - TEXAS - 6"5" , 296
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DUANE BROWN - SEAHAWKS
28.**FRANK RAGNOW - C/G - ARKANSAS - 6"5" , 312
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRAVIS FREDERICK - COWBOYS
29.DA'RON PAYNE - DT - ALABAMA - 6'2" , 311
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARCEL DAREUS - JAGUARS
30.LAMAR JACKSON - QB - LOUISVILLE - 6"2" , 216
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MICHAEL VICK - retired
31.RASHAAN EVANS - LB - ALABAMA - 6"2" , 232
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAMIE COLLINS - BROWNS
32.JOSH JACKSON - CB - IOWA - 6 foot , 196
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - a taller ASANTE SAMUELS - retired
33.**SONY MICHEL - RB - GEORGIA - 5"11", 214
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALVIN KAMARA - SAINTS
34.DALLAS GOEDERT - TE - S. DAKOTA ST. - 6"4" , 260
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRAVIS KELCE - CHIEFS
35.TAVEN BRYAN - DT/DE - FLORIDA - 6"5" , 291
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - FLETCHER COX - EAGLES
31.LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH - LB - BOISE ST, - 6"4", 256
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - KARLOS DANSBY - CARDINALS




 2nd Rounders


37.**ANTHONY MILLER - WR - MEMPHIS - 5"11' , 201
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - STEFON DIGGS - VIKINGS
38.ISAIAH OLIVER - CB - COLORADO - 6 feet , 201
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - PATRICK ROBINSON -SAINTS
 39.DANTE PETTIS - WR - WASHINGTON - 6 feet , 186
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TYLER LOCKETT - SEAHAWKS
40.**TYRELL CROSBY - T/G- OREGON - 6"5" , 309
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - VERNON CAREY - retired
41.CHRISTIAN KIRK - WR - TEXAS A&M - 5"10" , 201
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - RANDALL COBB - PACKERS
42.**BILLY PRICE - C/G - OHIO ST. - 6"4" , 305
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - RYAN JENSEN - BUCCANEERS 
43.KERRYON JOHNSON - RB - AUBURN - 5"11" , 213
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DeMARCO MURRAY - FA
44.CARL DAVIS - CB - AUBURN - 6"1" , 206
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SEAN SMITH - FA
45.AUSTIN CORBETT - G/T -NEVADA - 6"4" , 306
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOEL BITONIO - BROWNS
46.HARRISON PHILLIPS - DT - STANFORD - 6"3" , 307
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - KYLE WILLIAMS - BILLS
47.HAYDEN HURST - TE - S. CAROLINA - 6"4' , 250
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - HUNTER HENRY - CHARGERS
48.SAM HUBBARD - DE - OHIO ST. - 6"5" , 270
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRENT MURPHY - REDSKINS
49.RASHAD PENNY - RB - SAN DIEGO ST. - 5"11" , 220
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CARLOS HYDE - 49ers
50. COURTLAND SUTTON - WR - SMU - 6"4" , 218
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALSHON JEFFERY EAGLES
51.**JESSIE BATES - S - WAKE FOREST - 6"1" , 200
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ERIC WEDDLE - RAVENS
52.LORENZO CARTER - OLB/DE - GEORGIA - 6"5", 250
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON  - ANTHONY BARR - VIKINGS
53.RONNIE HARRISON - S - ALABAMA - 6"2" , 207
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAQUISKI TARTT - 49ers
54.JOSH ALLEN - QB - WYOMING - 6"5" , 237
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CAM NEWTON - PANTHERS
55.JAMES WASHINGTON - WR - OKLAHOMA ST. - 5"11" , 213 
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BERNARD BERRIAN - retired
56.OGBONNIA OKORONKWO - OLB/DE - OKLAHOMA -6"2" , 253
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRIAN ORAPKO - TITANS
57.NATHAN SHEPHARD -DT - FORT HAYES ST. - 6"4" , 315
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CAMERON HEYWARD - STEELERS
 58.**DUKE EJIFOR - DE - WAKE FOREST - 6"3" , 264
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - VINNY CURRY - BUCCANEERS
59.EQUNAMIOUS ST. BROWN - WR - N. DAME - 6"5" , 214
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ALLEN ROBINSON - BEARS 
60.MARTINAS RANKINS - OL - OLE MISS - 6"4" , 308
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DAVID DIEHL - retired
61.JOSEY JEWELL - LB - IOWA - 6"1" , 235
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON -  SEAN LEE - COWBOYS
62.ORLANDO BROWN - OT OKLAHOMA - 6"8" , 345
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - TRENT BROWN -49ers
63.UCHENNA NWOSU - OLB/DE  USC - 6"2" , 251
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRUCE IRVIN - RAIDERS
64. SHAQUEM GRIFFIN - LB/EGDE - C. FLORIDA - 6 feet , 229
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - I HAVE NO IDEA




3rd Rounders



65.BJ HILL - DT - N. CAROLINA ST. - 6"3" , 311
66.MASON RUDOLPH - QB - OKLA. ST. - 6"5" , 235
67.DEADRIN SENAT - DT - S. FLORIDA - 6 feet , 314
68.JUSTIN REID - S - STANFORD - 6 feet , 207
69.DANTE JACKSON - CB - LSU - 5"10" , 178
70. KOLTON MILLER - OT - UCLA - 6"9' , 309
71.IAN THOMAS - TE - INDIANA - 6"4" , 259
72.RASHAAN GAULDEN - S/CB - TENNESEE - 6"1" , 197
73.MICHAEL GALLUP - WR - COLORADO - 6"1" , 205
74.**CHRIS HERNDON - TE - MIAMI - 6"4" , 253
75.FRED WARNER - LB - BYU - 6"3" , 236
76.DJ CHARK - WR - LSU - 6"3" , 199
77.JAMARCO JONES - OT - OHIO ST. - 6"4" , 299
78.DA'SHAWN HAND - DT/DE - ALABAMA - 6"4" , 297
79.MIKE GESECKI - TE - PENN ST. - 6"5' , 247
80. BRADEN SMITH - G - AUBURN - 6"6" , 315
81.DARIUS LEONARD - LB - S. CAROLINA ST. - 6"2" , 234
82.GERON CHRISTIAN - OT - LOUISVILLE - 6"5" , 298
83.DERRICK NnANDI - DT - FLORIDA ST. - 6"1" , 317
84.BRIAN O'NEILL - OT - PITTSBURGH - 6"7, 297
85. TARVARIOUS MOORE - S - S. MISS - 6"1" , 199
86.**RASHEEM GREEN - DE/DT - USC - 6"4" , 275
87.DORANCE ARMSTRONG - DE/OLB - KANSAS - 6"4" , 257
88.HOLTON HILL - CB/S - TEXAS - 6"2" , 196
89.DUKE DAWSON - CB - FLORIDA - 5"11" , 197
90.MARK WALTON - RB - MIAMI - 5"10" , 202
91.DURHAM SMYTHE - TE - N.DAME - 6"5" , 253
92.NYHEIM HINES - RB - N.C. ST. - 5"8", 198
93.BREELAND SPEAKS - DT/DE - MISS. ST - 6"3" , 283
94.KYLE LAULETTA - QB - RICHMOND - 6"3" , 222
95.**JOSH SWEAT - DE/OLB - FLORIDA ST. - 6"5" , 251
96.RYAN IZZO - TE - FLORIDA ST . - 6"5" , 256
97.TRE'QUAN SMITH -WR - UCF - 6"2" , 203
98.JOHN KELLY - RB - TENNESSEE - 5"10" , 216
99.MJ STEWART - CB - N. CAROLINA - 5"11" , 200
100.DEON CAIN - WR - CLEMSON - 6"2" , 202
101.DAE'SEAN HAMILTON - WR - PENN ST. - 6"1" , 203
102.TERRELL EDMUNDS - S - VA. TECH - 6"2" , 220
103.ROYCE FREEMAN - RB - OREGON - 5"11" , 229
104.MARK ANDREWS - TE - OKLAHOMA - 6"5' , 256
105.TYQUAN LEWIS - DE - OHIO ST. - 6"3" , 269
106.OREN BURKS - LB - VANDERBILT - 6"3" , 233
107.WILL DISSLY - TE - WASHINGTON - 6"4" , 262
108JOSH ADAMS - RB - N. DAME - 6"2" , 225
109.#** ARDEN KEY - OLB/DE - LSU- 6"5" , 238
110.PJ HALL - DT - SAM HOUSTON ST. - 6 feet , 295
111.ALLEN LAZARD - WR - IOWA ST. - 6"5" , 227


4TH ROUND


112.MALIK JEFFERSON - LB - TEXAS - 6"2" , 236
113.DARREL WILLIAMS - RB - LSU - 6 feet, 225
114.JEFF HOLLAND - OLB/DE - AUBURN - 6"1" , 249
115.DAURICE FOUNTAIN - WR - N. IOWA - 6"1" , 210
116.ISAAC YIADOM - CB - BOSTON COLLEGE - 6"1" , 190
117.GENARD AVERY - LB - MEMPHIS - 6"1" , 248
118.**KEMOKO TURAY - OLB/DE - RUTGERS - 6"5" , 253
119.ANTHONY AVERETT - CB - ALABAMA - 5"11" , 183
120.TYLER CONKLIN - TE - C. MICHIGAN - 6"3" , 254
121.ALEX CAPPA - G/T - HUMBOLDT ST . - 6"6" , 305
122.WILL RICHARDSON - OT - NC ST. - 6"6"  , 306
123.MASON COLE - C/G - MICHIGAN - 6"4" , 307
124.QUENTON MEEKS - CB/S - STANFORD - 6"1" , 209
125.RJ McINTOSH - DT/DE - MIAMI - 6"5" , 286
126.COLE MADISON - G - WASHINGTON ST. - 6"5" , 308
127.FOLORUNSO FATUKASI - DT - UCONN - 6"4" , 318
128. MARCUS ALLEN - S - PENN ST. - 6"2" , 215
129.DESMOND HARRISON - OT - W. GEORGIA - 6"6" , 292
130.JORDAN WHITEHEAD - S - PITTSBURGH - 5"10 , 198

THE REST


131.SCOTT QUESENBERRY- C - UCLA- 6"4" , 310
132.DORIAN O'DANIEL - LB - CLEMSON - 6"2" , 226
133.KALEN BALLAGE - H-BACK - AZ . ST. - 6"1" ,228
134.MIKE WHITE - QB - W. KENTUCKY - 6"5" , 224
135.HERCULES MATA'AFA - D-LINE - WASHINGTON ST.- 6"2" , 252
136.KYZIR WHITE -LB/S - W.  VIRGINIA - 6"2" , 218
137.ITO SMITH - RB - S. MISS - 5"9" , 201  
138.LEON JACOBS - OLB/DE - WISCONSIN - 6"1" , 246
139.NICK NELSON - CB - WISCONSIN - 5"10" , 200
140.**JACK CICHY - LB - WISCONSIN - 6"2" , 238
141.JOSEPH NOTEBOOM - OT - TCU - 6"5" , 309
142.TRACY WALKER - S - LOUISIANA - 6"1" , 206
143.MARCEL ATEMAN - WR - OKLAHOMA ST. - 6"4" , 216
144.SIMMIE COBBS -WR - INDIANA - 6"3" , 220
145.TIM SETTLE - DT - VIRGINIA TECH - 6"3" , 329
146.GRANT HALEY - CB - PENN ST . - 5"9" , 190
147.SKAI MOORE - LB - S. CAROLINA - 6"2" , 226
148.KEKE COUTEE - WR - TEXAS TECH - 5"10" , 181
149.LEVI WALLACE - CB - ALABAMA - 6 feet  , 179
150.LUKE FALK - QB - WASHINGTON ST. - 6'4", 215
151.WYATT TELLER -G - VA. TECH - 6"4" , 314
152.CEDRICK WILSON JR. - WR - BOISE ST. - 6"2" , 188
153.ANDREW BROWN - DE/DT - VIRGINIA -6"4" , 296
154.QUIN BLANDING - S - VIRGINIA - 6"2" , 207
155.JALYN HOLMES - DE - OHIO ST. - 6"5"  283
156.PARRY NICKERSON - CB - TULANE - 5"10" , 182
157.DANE CRUIKSHANK - S -ARIZONA - 6"1" , 209
158.JOSH  KALU - CB/S - NEBRASKA - 6 feet ,203
159.ANDRE SMITH - N. CAROLINA - 6 feet , 237
160.DJ REED - CB - KANSAS ST. - 5"9" , 188
161.TARVARUS MCFADDEN - S/CB - FLORIDA ST . - 6"2" , 204
162.JC JACKSON - CB - MARYLAND - 5"10" , 201
163.CHRISTIAN SAM - LB - ARIZONA ST. - 6"1" , 244
164.TROY APKE - S - PENN ST. - 6"1" , 200
165.TROY FUMAGALLI - TE - WISCONSIN - 6"5", 247
166.GREG STROMAN - CB - VIRGINIA TECH - 5"11" , 182
167.CHAD THOMAS - DE/DT - MIAMI - 6"5" , 281
168.#JORDAN LASLEY - WR - UCLA - 6"1' , 203
169.KAMERON KELLY - CB/S - SAN DIEGO ST. - 6"2" , 204
170.DAVONTAE HARRIS - CB - ILLINIOS ST. , 5"11" , 205
171.POONA FORD - NT - TEXAS - 5"11" , 312
172.SIRAN NEAL - S/CB - JACKSONVILLE ST. - 6 feet , 206
173.JOE OSTMAN - DE - C. MICHIGAN - 6"2" , 253
174.TEGRAY SCALES - LB - INDIANA - 6 feet , 230
175.DARIUS PHILLIPS - CB - W. MICHIGAN - 5"10" , 193
176.SKYLER PHIILIPS - G - IDAHO ST. - 6"3" , 318
177.#JALEEL SCOTT - WR - NEW MEXICO ST. - 6"5" , 218

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