2018 NFL Draft: Dylan Westling’s Pre-Combine Big Board
With the NFL Combine just around the corner, it is the time where everyone and their mother starts to create “Mock Drafts”. In order to create those, you will need a list of players to look at, so here is my 2018 NFL Draft pre-combine Big Board.
1. Quinton Nelson – Offensive Guard Notre Dame
In the NFL, the priority for most teams is keeping their franchise Quarterback healthy. Nelson is indeed the guy that any team would want to hold the center of the line together. Out of all the lineman in this draft, Nelson grades out as the best run blocker as well as pass protector. He shows true grit on the football field and may be the best lineman to enter the draft since Joe Thomas.
2. Saquon Barkley – Running Back Penn State
The flashiest player in the Big 10 and possibly the flashiest in all of College football is Barkley. At Penn State, Barkley put up over 5,000 total yards as well as 51 touchdowns. If you blink, he is in the end zone. Many argue that he only put up those numbers due to the spread offense, but behind the right offensive line, he can do the same thing in the NFL.
3. Minkah Fitzpatrick – Defensive Back Alabama
Oh boy, another Nick Saban coached player is in the top ten. As a matter of fact, Saban said that Fitzpatrick is one of the best he has ever coached. Furthermore, the film would agree with that. Additionally, Fitzpatrick brings a versatile option to any defense as he can play the safety position or cornerback. At 6’1 205 pounds, he has the size and athleticism to compete with the best in the league.
4. Tremaine Edmunds – Linebacker Virginia Tech
Edmunds is only 19 years old and is 6’5 250 pounds. Yes, let that sink in. At Virginia Tech, Edmunds ran through opposing offenses tallying 213 total tackles and 33 tackles for loss. Edmunds has the highest ceiling in this draft, and he can either play the outside EDGE role or kick inside in a 3-4.
5. Bradley Chubb – Defensive End NC State
No, Chubb isn’t the same quality of player that Myles Garrett was coming out of Texas A&M, however Chubb has a motor unlike any other player. While playing in the ACC, it didn’t matter who or how many people were covering him, he would get by. Chubb has the traits of a future All-Pro at the defensive end position.
6. Josh Rosen – Quarterback UCLA
This might be one of the most deep quarterback classes in recent years. With that being said, Rosen is the one player that checks all the boxes on and off the field. His accuracy may not be on par with Darnold, but his arm strength and will to win surpass him. Hence, With the right coaching and time given to fully develop, we could be talking Rosen into the top ten quarterbacks here in the near future.
7. Josh Jackson – Cornerback Iowa
If a team is looking for a fast, ball-hawking corner, than Jackson is the guy. Many didn’t get to know Jackson until the 2017 season, but that was due to players like Desmond King taking the spotlight. At 6’1 200 pounds, Jackson fits the new era size of an outside cornerback. Also, he is the type of player that will cause offensive coordinators to spend a little extra time watching the film.
8. Derwin James – Safety Florida State
If James wouldn’t have been hurt during the early part of the 2017 season, he may have been at the top of this draft. In the last 6 games of the season, James shook off all the rust and went back to his true playmaking ability. In some situations, James could play the SAM role on a defense, but will be a primary Safety at the next level.
9. Vita Vea– Defensive Tackle Washington
If you thought Danny Shelton was good coming out of Washington, than you better take a look at Vita Vea. Standing at 6’5 345 pounds, Vea is your typical nose tackle. In the run game, no one in college football clogged holes and filled gaps like he did. Offensive lineman better start hitting the weights a little more, because Vea will wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
10. Baker Mayfield – Quarterback Oklahoma
Many want to argue that you need to be a certain height in the NFL to become successful, but Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have broken that argument. In fact, Mayfield had a completion percentage above 70% throughout college. Thus, with the right offensive weapons around him could do the same here. Off the field issues may cause problems for Mayfield during the interview process, but he has dealt with the media well while in Oklahoma and shouldn’t have a problem here.
11. Roquan Smith– Linebacker Georgia
12. Denzel Ward– Cornerback Ohio State
13. Derrius Guice– Running Back LSU
14. Sam Darnold– Quarterback USC
16. Marcus Davenport– EDGE UTSA
17. Malik Jefferson– Linebacker Texas
18. Connor Williams– Offensive Tackle Texas
19. Orlando Brown Jr.– Offensive Tackle Oklahoma
21. Mike Hughes– Cornerback UCF
22. Calvin Ridley– Wide Receiver Alabama
23. Billy Price– Center Ohio State
24. Da’Ron Payne– Defensive Tackle Alabama
25. Arden Key– EDGE LSU
26. Leighton Vander Esch– LB Boise State
27. Ronnie Harrison– Safety Alabama
28. Will Hernandez– Guard UTEP
29. Lamar Jackson– Quarterback Louisville
30. James Daniels– Center Iowa
31. Christian Kirk– Wide Receiver Texas A&M
32. Rashaan Evans– Linebacker Alabama
33. Maurice Hurst– Defensive Tackle Michigan
34. Sam Hubbard– Defensive End Ohio State
35. Ronald Jones II– Running Back USC
36. Josh Allen– Quarterback Wyoming
37. Mike McGlinchey– Offensive Tackle Notre Dame
38. Dallas Goedert– Tight End North Dakota State
39. Hayden Hurst– Tight End South Carolina
40. Taven Bryan– Defensive Tackle Florida
41. Jaire Alexander– Cornerback Louisville
42. Donte Jackson– Cornerback LSU
43. Harold Landry– EDGE Boston College
44. Kolton Miller– Offensive Tackle UCLA
45. Anthony Miller– Wide Receiver Memphis
46. Mark Andrews– Tight End Oklahoma
47. Isaiah Wynn– Guard Georgia
48. Derrick Nnadi– Defensive Tackle Florida State
49. Deshon Elliott– Safety Texas
50. Harrison Phillips– Defensive Tackle Stanford