The QB blind stats quiz: Can you spot the NFL bust? With work and plenty of forceful guidance, he has the potential to be a defensive centerpiece. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry over his career. Jackson had 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns passing and 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns rushing in three seasons. He has run the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds for the Trojans' track team, so his speed is not in question.
He will have immediate impact in run defense and will push the pocket in pass-rush scenarios. Malik Jefferson , LB, Texas, 6-2 ¼, 236 (4.52) Jefferson missed some time in 2016 with a concussion, but rebounded with 110 tackles in 2017, including a 14-tackle day against Oklahoma. Hall , DT, Sam Houston State, 6-0 1/2, 308 (4.73) There is game video of Hall lined up in a two-point stance, on the edge and to rush the passer.
It felt so fake. Panek was from another school; they had never met before. Hands down. Just downstairs from where they’re sitting, Martin teaches a weekly life-study class. He’s an off-the-charts prospect with a winning personality who’s eager to market himself. Now he’s back, stuck in the neighborhood where he grew up. Franklin told him about players who never touched their NFL paychecks and lived solely off endorsement deals.
For the last few weeks he has told close friends about a vision he has. He doesn’t expect that Barkley will have that problem. If pass protection is the need, this is not the draft. Let’s get the wonkiness out of the way early. New York Giants trade No. That's what we've done here, going pick by pick to determine what teams could do with each of their picks over the three-day draft. Patrick Mahomes, and though this is a shorter jump in terms of total spots, it's more expensive to move up early in the draft.
Chubb also gives the team a premier pass-rusher on the off chance Miller becomes too expensive to keep down the road. Nickerson is a potential eventual replacement for impending free agent Kareem Jackson. Phillips is a great find in the sixth who should help interior depth immediately on the line. Patriots package that selection with No. Washington gives the offense some depth behind their top two receivers and also serves as Jordy Nelson insurance.
OLB Okoronkwo) DET No. The first play was a last-minute, game-winning touchdown to cap off a 34-point comeback against Texas A&M . While two, three and possibly all four of those quarterbacks could be selected in the first four picks of the draft, they are not the four best players on this draft board. Mike Hughes , CB, Central Florida, 5-10⅛, 189 (4.53) He was suspended for two games at North Carolina because of a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a fight in 2015.
He is the rarest kind of athlete who plays with savvy and composure in big moments and sees the field well. He was a more decisive runner this past season, and his 19 touchdowns in 2017 showed he can close the deal. He also had seven career kickoff returns for touchdowns. Kemoko Turay , LB, Rutgers, 6-4 5/8, 253 (4.65) Turay had two shoulder surgeries in 2016. Some see a better athlete than player at the moment, but the potential is clear.
It may be a quixotic goal, but it is not hard to see why the group feels that way. But he’s also seen how James Harrison deployed that as a strategy to create a fervid fan base. Franklin has been in football for 23 years and says he has never seen a player as talented or as altruistic as Barkley. His Roc Nation handlers, however, don’t want him to be taken No. He gets rappers and movie stars and singers and athletes together in the theater room.
Barkley listens attentively. Barkley would take notes of their conversations. He genuinely wants an answer. Two hours after the Roc Nation meeting, Saquon Barkley and Curtis Martin are sitting at a long wooden table playing chess at Core, a members-only social club. He takes Barkley’s queen. Three of five analysts project the top 20 picks to go by without an offensive tackle selected. Pro Football Focus’ combined mock draft between multiple analysts predicts the Patriots will trade their No.
After that, you can see the full 256-pick mock, with mock trades noted by an asterisk. Mayfield has a sneaky-good chance to be the best QB out of this class. Atkins can compete for a roster spot on the D-line, while Springs is a dart throw at corner. The Broncos grab an underrated interior line prospect in the second round in Corbett, who could end up starting immediately at left guard. Schultz can help out tackles as an in-line blocker and he's also solid as a pass-catcher, though not ever likely to be a top receiving weapon.
Lions and nab Marcus Davenport, the second-best pass-rusher in this draft. Settle is a massive force on the defensive line and would be a great value in the third round. Thompson boosts the defensive line rotation, which should have excellent depth inside. NO No. In the game’s biggest moment, Rosen puts the ball on the top shelf where only his guy can get it. Some of this draft's highest-graded players will be selected after those high-profile passers.
Leighton Vander Esch , LB, Boise State, 6-4½, 256 (4.65) He had 12 tackles, including three for loss, a sack and forced a fumble in his final college game to close out a 141-tackle season. Harold Landry , OLB, Boston College, 6-2⅜, 252 (4.64) He missed four games this past season with an ankle injury. Jessie Bates III , S, Wake Forest, 6-1⅛, 200 (4.50) He played two seasons for the Demon Deacons after his redshirt year and needs to add strength and improve his tackling.
He's raw but has shown explosiveness as a rusher and done well when he has dropped into coverage. Dorance Armstrong Jr. , OLB/DE, Kansas, 6-3 5/8, 257 (4.87) He went from 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2016 to 1.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss in 2017. Some have concerns about his arm strength but he has a far better feel for the position than most in this draft. Barkley is jocular, thoughtful, self-aware and rigorous about making eye contact.
One day Franklin offhandedly mentioned to a few of his players that his 11-year-old daughter, Shola, wasn’t being allowed to play football with the boys during recess. They don’t want him in Cleveland. Martin takes Barkley’s bishop. How did Saquon Barkley transform into the perfect prospect? There are reasons he’s being hailed by some as the perfect NFL prospect, lauded equally for his generational ability and his estimable character.