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.

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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.

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11. Roquan Smith– Linebacker Georgia

12. Denzel Ward– Cornerback Ohio State

13. Derrius Guice– Running Back LSU

14. Sam Darnold– Quarterback USC

15. James Washington– Wide Receiver Oklahoma State

16. Marcus Davenport– EDGE UTSA

17. Malik Jefferson– Linebacker Texas

18. Connor Williams– Offensive Tackle Texas

19. Orlando Brown Jr.– Offensive Tackle Oklahoma

20. Courtland Sutton– Wide Receiver SMU

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

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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

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