Ranking the top 100 NFL draft prospects Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan Did Browns GM Reveal Team's Plan For No. 1 Pick In 2018 NFL Draft? Seven-round NFL Mock Draft: 256 picks, 21 trades and draft class analysis for all 32 teams NFL draft countdown: Scouting the defensive backs

Ranking the top 100 NFL draft prospects

Who are the top 100 prospects in the NFL draft? Longtime draft guru Jeff Legwold nailed 84 of 100 in 2017. How will he do in 2018?

Legwold: My ranking of top 100 NFL draft prospects 5d Jeff Legwold Which programs have the most NFL draft picks in past 10 years? Some scouts worry that's a habit he could bring to the NFL. He runs with power and is elusive. He's also willing to stick his nose into things in run defense, but will need to be more reliable as a tackler. Courtland Sutton , WR, SMU, 6-3⅜, 218 (4.54) He was initially recruited as a safety and thrives on contact as a receiver.

Arden Key , DE, LSU, 6-4 7/8, 238 (4.85) Key left the team in the spring of 2017 for reasons he hasn't publicly explained. Deadrin Senat , DT, South Florida, 6-0, 314 (5.16) Senat elevated his standing with his pre-draft work, including practices for the East-West Game. Brown , WR, Notre Dame, 6-4 3/4, 214 (4.48) St. The NFL draft is six weeks away. NFL Mock Draft Vol. The NFL treats players like disposable commodities, Franklin cautioned—if your knee or shoulder gives out, you’ll be unceremoniously discarded.

Maybe they’re right. They have goals and dreams. It’s also worth noting the Browns own the No. Rudolph is clearly in the second-tier among QB prospects, but he has enough talent that he'll be taken in the first round. They use the first of their new Day 2 picks on Key, who has all the potential in the world to be a top-notch edge rusher despite a down 2017 and off-field red flags. Vander Esch is a supremely talented every-down linebacker who should eventually take over the Sean Lee role on defense.

Moore is a medical question mark who the rebuilding Colts can afford to be patient with. Okoronkwo, who has the chance to develop into a star under Wade Phillips. Neal is a dart throw at cornerback who might end up sticking at safety. Samuels is an intriguing chess piece for Doug Pederson to move around the formation. Ito Smith becomes the leader for the RB3 role in camp, and he could do some damage as a pass-catcher if Dion Lewis can't stay healthy.

He’s completely over the knee injury from two years before. Browns draft: top options for the No. Zac Brooks (No. Overview (via NFL.com): Volume-carry running back who plays with an active running style that rarely sees him slow his feet. He’ll need to work with the 49ers’ coaches to improve his pad level and handwork, but you’re not going to get ready made at pick No. 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.

Michel can close the deal in the open field and is more proficient in pass protection than other backs in this draft. Hayden Hurst , TE, South Carolina, 6-4½, 250 (4.67) Hurst walked on at South Carolina in 2015 after two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization. Sutton is a physical player who reels in anything close to him, even with defenders hanging all over him. He came out a year early and needs more strength, but has the athleticism to warrant a second-day look.

He closed out the 2017 season with 59 tackles over the last eight games and had three sacks in the Birmingham Bowl 81. Brown's father, John, was a two-time Mr. Barkley will ride through the streets propped on the backseat of a convertible as a marching band plays and nearly all 3,200 residents cheer. That is all part of the brand Barkley is building—unequaled player, unerring person. So he wanted Barkley to ensure that if that happens, he’d still be set for life.

He’s happy to take that risk, though. They want to do good things, big things. You've seen plenty of mock drafts at this point (and here are some more great ones ). Hurst finally stabilizes the tight end position, and he gives Rudolph a passing-game weapon to grow with along with Cain, who could quickly take over the No. Christian could make Bobby Massie expendable if he shows well in camp; otherwise, he's key depth at the position.

Conklin is recovering from a serious foot injury but good enough to take a shot on with a Day 3 pick. Love is an interesting depth option on the defensive line. Kiser adds more talent inside at linebacker after the team traded away Alec Ogletree. Hernandez provides insurance with Andrus Peat recovering from ankle surgery, and he should definitely have a starting spot locked up by 2019. McFadden adds more depth at corner, and he might benefit from some development on the practice squad.

LB Cichy) KC No. He’s strong and tough. Rumors of Baker Mayfield to Browns at No. Chris Carson (No. Penny has the short-area foot quickness to create yardage for himself, but he doesn't really have the burst or long speed to be a homerun hitter. Disappearance of two teen girls stumped police for years. Some of this draft's highest-graded players will be selected after those high-profile passers. 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 developed "the yips" as a pitcher and was also tried at first base. He has trouble getting separation to start, but Sutton is a fierce player who is hard to defend. Stewart , CB, North Carolina, 5-10 7/8, 200 (4.54) Stewart has shown cornerback-worthy coverage skills even if some defensive coordinators may use him as a situational safety. On the other side of the coin are games like his eight-tackle, one-sack performance against Alabama.

Universe and has trained his sons. Then he will give a speech, asking his fans to stay with him when he makes mistakes. It’s a precarious balancing act: A mediocre rookie season or one off-field slipup and it could all tumble down. For some guys that’s too big,” Franklin says. “But Saquon is doing these things at an age when most people aren’t. And Gil Brandt agrees. For the last few weeks he has told close friends about a vision he has.

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Most are of the one-round variety, but you've been able to dig up some that go deeper, and even a few that cover all seven rounds. Michael Crabtree. Griffin is an ace special-teams player who will also help depth at inside linebacker. The beneficiaries of three compensatory picks, the Cowboys can afford to move up for the right guys. Robertson is a lottery ticket to help receiving depth. He should quickly become the team's No.

The Saints get tired of waiting on Day 2, giving No. Watson is another practice-squad player who could develop into something more with the right coaching. Rams from DEN 5 163 Kameron Kelly , CB, San Diego State from DEN/ATL 6 205 Quin Blanding , SS, Virginia from CLE/NE 7 231 Traded to L.A. WAS No. Mayock said that a few years ago having a massive body that could plug holes and stop run was the big priority.

After two seasons of inconsistencies in the running game, it’s no secret that improving in that area is a top priority for the Seahawks. Seattle Seahawks 2018. Who is Joseph James DeAngelo? In that light -- and after watching a pile of game video to go with hours of interviews with coaches and scouts -- here is one man's top 100 for the 2018 NFL draft. Hughes is good in and out of coverage and has the ability to redirect receivers at the line of scrimmage.

He'll turn 25 in August, but his athleticism and hands make him the top tight end on the board. Kolton Miller , T, UCLA, 6-8⅝, 309 (4.95) Miller missed much of the 2016 season with a foot injury, but when he returned he was moved to left tackle. He set a school record with 41 pass breakups in his career. Deon Cain , WR, Clemson, 6-1 7/8, 202 (4.43) Cain has a better feel for the position than many of his peers in this draft who had bigger career numbers.

Equanimeous needs more polish on his routes and had just three 100-yard receiving games for the Irish, but the size-speed combination is a starting point most rookies don't have. He is human after all, he will say. Barkley is just 21 years old, still asking his mom how he takes his coffee and then drinking it like a milkshake. Adrian Peterson and Emmitt Smith couldn’t do it. The legendary talent evaluator has worked in the NFL for 63 years, most notably as the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys for three decades.

Martin looks up at the perfect NFL prospect, the running back who could become the Face of the League. But how many have you seen that go the full seven rounds and include trades throughout the entire draft? Dickson is the best punting prospect to head to the NFL in several years, and he's an ideal fourth-round pick for a team with a lot of Day 3 selections. Speaks gives the team more depth on the defensive line, and Moore is a steal in the fifth.

Packers, and he slides right in as an immediate starter at a position of need. Moncrief-type itch for a big target for Blake Bortles. The Rams trade back from No. Baltimore to move up eight spots for Thomas, an underrated tight end in this class behind the top three names. Jackson is a wild card who can compete for the No. Washington.  Jones comes in to form a nice tandem with Chris Thompson, as neither are good bets to handle a massive amount of touches but both should wow with lesser workloads.

He thinks the emphasis now is finding players who can rush the passer from inside and be disruptive up the middle to quarterbacks. This site is neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with Cleveland Browns or NFL Properties LLC. Our formula of the running game being an integral part of it is really the focus,” Carroll said last month at the annual league meeting s. “We’ve got to get that done.

Dieter Kurtenbach could have taken a few educated guesses at which players are going to be selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. It isn't a mock draft, just the top 100 players ranked regardless of position. He also returned punts and kickoffs this past season, with a punt return for a touchdown and two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Couple that with the power-quickness combination, and Guice is the No.

He moves well, but as one of the tallest players in the draft, he plays too upright at times and gets caught trailing speed rushers. Anthony Averett , CB, Alabama, 5-11 1/4, 183 (4.36) Averett battled injuries early in his career, but has top-shelf athleticism. He is a high-quality route runner with the speed to finish and physical edge to work the middle of the field. He also averaged 20.4 yards per punt return last season to finish his career with a 14.2-yard average with nine punt returns for touchdowns.

A waitress approaches. His life is rapidly changing, and he’s still adapting, soliciting advice on diaper-changing as he prepares with his college girlfriend for the birth of their first child. Jim Brown and LaDainian Tomlinson fell short. He grades prospects on a nine-point system, broken down into five characteristics: character; quickness and agility; strength and explosion; competitiveness; and mental alertness.

He doesn’t expect that Barkley will have that problem. 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. Aruna is a versatile piece for the defensive line. Jackson is good value at corner in the sixth, and Cobbs improves depth at receiver behind the team's FA additions. Daniels, who can immediately plug in at left guard and allow La'El Collins to stay at right tackle.

If he gets singled up regularly with teams stacking the box against Leonard Fournette, watch out. Cruikshank is another special-teams weapon who might be developed into a starter at safety. He should be a well-rounded player with the ability to grow as a blocker. Steelers will have to worry about the Saints swiping him. Cole and Harrison bring much-needed depth to the offensive line, with Cole having a great chance to start early and Harrison serving as important depth behind two recovering tackles.

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Kurtenbach: Want to understand what makes the Warriors great? The quarterbacks will certainly be selected well before where they have been slotted, because there are always two draft boards -- the quarterback board and the board for everybody else. Mayfield can bounce back from mistakes and controls the huddle. 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.

However, his athleticism is hard to miss and should get him in a lineup. He had a high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches and long jump of 25 feet, 2 inches in high school. James Washington , WR, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 213 (4.54) Washington looks more like a running back and his speed on the field is better than what he showed in pre-draft workouts. Chad Thomas , DE, Miami, 6-5, 281 (4.92) There is plenty to work with for a coaching staff that can get it out of him.

Barkley orders pancakes, three eggs, turkey sausage and home fries—green peppers, no onions—then asks his mom, Tonya, if he takes milk or half-and-half in his sweetened coffee. He has not played a game or gained a yard in the NFL. Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Marshall Faulk? Over his career he has graded 492 running backs. All day Barkley has been saying that Martin, the fifth leading rusher in NFL history, could likely embarrass him in the game—while also harboring the belief he could pull off the impossible.

After that, you can see the full 256-pick mock, with mock trades noted by an asterisk. Walker is a nice third safety early who could enter the starting lineup if Eric Weddle is too expensive to keep in 2019. Considering the Bengals are loaded with 11 picks, they should be looking to move up when the opportunity presents itself on Day 2 and Day 3. In the third round, the Cowboys grab their receiver at a great value, and Gallup has the potential to keep getting better in the pros.

Harrison is a nice value late in the second round, and he could end up taking over for Barry Church in 2019, as cutting the veteran would clear his entire $6.25 million off the cap. Parris brings more depth on the offensive line. The fourth round brings the first of two Senats for the Saints, with Deadrin improving the depth on the defensive line. It's worth giving up a fifth-round pick to jump a couple spots and land the much-needed inside linebacker.

OAK No. Trades are going to happen in the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen last season at Wyoming completed 56.3 percent, a lower rate than every first-rounder since 2008 other than Jake Locker (55.4 percent). So it’s hugely important. In years past, I would do full seven-round mock drafts — every team, every pick. And as always, if you disagree with the rankings, rest assured that many in the league whom I have long respected have already objected.

Vander Esch has the frame defensive coordinators covet and the instincts to be a walk-in starter for most NFL defenses. He is the rarest kind of athlete who plays with savvy and composure in big moments and sees the field well. Ronald Jones II , RB, USC, 5-11, 205 (4.48) He ran a 4.66 40 at the combine, but had pulled up with a hamstring injury. He finished with one career interception, but his skill set is worth a long look.

He should be a versatile player with the physical traits to consistently dominate. But he has vast potential, fights for the ball and controls his body well. He sticks a straw in the cup and sips. That’s the future. No, no and no. For two hours every night in the months leading up to the combine, Barkley took practice Wonderlic tests and studied tricks to speed up his pace. Martin, 44, has been playing chess for more than a decade; Barkley just picked it up a month ago after he found out that Martin played.

Finally, I've included a table with every mock trade in my draft, including which player teams moved up to select. The Ravens sacrifice their seventh to move up for Bozeman, another quality lineman who can compete inside to start. But it just didn't happen in my mock, so they stayed put and made all their picks here, something I doubt happens on draft weekend. Elliott improves the team's depth at safety.

The Jaguars then trade out of the third round, getting the first pick of Day 3 (No. Lindsay is a great value in the seventh and could end up a factor on an offense that doesn't have much depth at running back. The team wants to address their defensive end rotation, and here they do it with Holmes in Round 5. In the second, they make up for sacrificing one pick and trading back 13 spots before taking Nnadi, a sack machine in college who can compete for snaps on the defensive line.

OT Jones-Smith) SEA No. Some may include the Cleveland Browns, who have been one of the most active teams at making draft weekend moves over the last few years. Scroll below to see the stats for each quarterback chosen in the first round over the last 10 years. Somehow we’ve got to keep our running backs healthy. I’m not doing that this year — blame the self-help books. Note: best verified or electronically timed 40-yard dash time in parentheses.

Christian Kirk , WR, Texas A&M, 5-10⅜, 201 (4.47) Kirk shows the "suddenness" scouts want to allow separation in route running. Harold Landry , OLB, Boston College, 6-2⅜, 252 (4.64) He missed four games this past season with an ankle injury. He has run the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds for the Trojans' track team, so his speed is not in question. Hill , DT, North Carolina State, 6-3 1/4, 311 (4.99) Hill is an interior player who is light on his feet and will need more strength to battle NFL guards.

But his 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2017 left some looking for more. Royce Freeman , RB, Oregon, 5-11 ½, 229 (4.54) Freeman has some miles on the football odometer with 947 carries in four years. What he doesn’t want is for this story to elicit sympathy— awww, look at all the adversity Saquon Barkley fought through to get here . One million instagram followers. The greatest running backs of all time couldn’t crack that top marketing spot.

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And in Ozzie Newsome's last draft, the team follows one Alabama player with another in Hamilton, who can serve as depth inside at linebacker. Jones immediately gives help to an offensive line that needs it. After trading No. With eight picks on Day 3, the Packers have plenty of room to engineer some trade-ups under their new GM, and the first one (trading No. Andrews is another pass-catching weapon to play behind new No.

He could grow into a quality rotational piece. Watts could end up developing into the best option at free safety. Wilson brings depth at receiver and could grow into an eventual role in three wide sets if coached up. MIN No. What could those trades look like? Last year at Oklahoma State : 409-of-565 for 4,727 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In the last few years it just has not been the factor for us, and it’s been a problem even going back two years when Russell was hurt the whole year.

Quenton Nelson , G, Notre Dame, 6-foot-5, 325 pounds (DNR) Yes, he's a guard, and yes, personnel executives do not believe in taking a guard this high on the board. Sam Darnold , QB, USC, 6-3⅜, 221 (4.85) Darnold may possess the highest ceiling among the top passers in this draft. He should contribute in the slot quickly and averaged a double-take-worthy 22 yards per punt return in his career with seven return touchdowns (six punt return, one kickoff return).

He was a more decisive runner this past season, and his 19 touchdowns in 2017 showed he can close the deal. He had 26.5 tackles for loss in his career. The end result was uncommon agility for a player who is still plenty big and can shed blockers on the interior. Ian Thomas , TE, Indiana, 6-3 5/8, 259 (4.74) Thomas has overcome a lot along the way, as both of his parents died a year apart before he was 10 years old.

Dad had a drug problem and was in and out of jail. That’s another thing Saquon Barkley wants. Most weren’t even the face of their franchises. He printed out a book that had the names and photos of every general manager and head coach in the NFL, and each night Barkley flipped through the pages. As they sit and talk, Saquon keeps turning to his father, Alibay, expressing his disbelief that he is sitting and talking with Curtis Martin.

Looking for a hot new NFL podcast that's your home for NFL Draft coverage? Browns No. Warner could take over for Vontaze Burfict if the team decides to move on, and the team later adds more depth at the position in McCray. Cowboys boost their interior line depth with Madison, who could also develop into a starter if Zack Martin can't be re-signed. Jacksonville) gets them into the third round to land a defensive end who can take over for Muhammad Wilkerson in case he bolts for a big deal after one season in Green Bay.

He'll slot in next to Raekwon McMillian as the team's top linebackers, and the Dolphins could look to trade Kiko Alonso for help at other positions or a late pick. Iyiegbuniwe helps at a position that doesn't have quality depth, and he can be a factor on special teams right away. Young provides some depth at rush linebacker. Chark, WR, LSU 72 NYJ Equanimeous St. OT Cappa) NYJ No. These are not predictions.

So that needs to emerge as a significant part of our program, and everything else I think will fall into place. Which brings us back to Foster. But in technique, approach and ability to finish, he is simply the best football player in this draft. He'll turn 21 in June and has exhibited the mental toughness to recover from mistakes. Isaiah Wynn , G, Georgia, 6-2⅜, 313 (DNR) Wynn had shoulder surgery following the Senior Bowl, so his pre-draft work has been limited.

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. Rashaad Penny , RB, San Diego State, 5-11, 220 (4.46) Penny led the nation with 2,248 yards rushing in 2017. He had 12.5 tackles for loss in 2017. While injuries impacted him this past season, his two-touchdown game against Ohio State offered a glimpse of his ability.

Mom uprooted the clan to the rural Lehigh Valley, searching for a better life for Saquon and his four siblings. Barkley has left the Bronx and is now sitting at the head of a long wooden table in a boardroom at Roc Nation’s Manhattan offices to discuss his brand. Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson came closest—behind only O.J. Still, Barkley has heard all the reasons why he isn’t worthy of the top pick.

Over the past three drafts, the 13 first-round wideouts have produced one Pro Bowler, and nine players who have never caught 40 passes in a season. Look no further. I think would appeal to the Browns more than No. Kelly is a talented back who could be the long-term No. Quinn is a potential slot competition for Ryan Switzer as Cole Beasley's eventual successor, but cutting Beasley could also save the team $3.25 million.

Young gives the team an option for a third linebacker after Paul Posluszny's retirement. In the second round, the Dolphins snatch up a potential first-round talent in Bryan, who should take over for Ndamukong Suh as a starter from Day 1. Greg Senat will try and develop into a swing tackle. The team's first and only offensive pick ends up being James, a small slot option who could be dangerous with the ball in space.

HOU No. Instead, these are five trades which make sense for both teams in the situations. Last year at Baylor : 291-of-402 for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. We know what the formula is, we know what it takes, we just have to get ourselves back and feel that continuity. I don’t know if Foster is going to be on this Niners team come September, but if he is, and he’s eligible to play, Smith can play alongside him as a WILL linebacker (that might be his best position).

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Harrison Phillips , DT, Stanford, 6-3¼, 307 (5.21) An interior defender who was credited with a 100-tackle season is a rare find. His kind of range and athleticism is coveted at safety. He also had seven career kickoff returns for touchdowns. Derrick Nnadi , DT, Florida State, 6-1, 317 (5.38) A grinder who may not go this high, but he is a safe bet because of how he approaches his game. Josh Sweat , DE/OLB, Florida State, 6-4 3/4, 251 (4.53) Athletically, teams are intrigued by what he can do, but there is plenty of concern about his left knee.

Then Dad got sober and was brutally honest with his children about his struggles, ensuring they wouldn’t make the same mistakes. A dozen members of his marketing team surround him. Simpson, who actually achieved Face of the League status in the 1970s. That QBs have the ball in their hands on every play and therefore affect the game in more ways than running backs. When Saquon was two years old, he’d sit by his dad’s feet every Sunday as Alibay lounged on the couch, watching Martin play. “One day that will be me,” Saquon would say.

The Pick 6 Podcast with Will Brinson has you covered each day of the draft with new episodes around 30 minutes each. It's a similar price to what the Chiefs paid the Bills last year to move from No. Joe Mixon. McIntosh gives the team an athlete to help depth on the defensive line. Demby can develop into a starting guard in time for the Packers to get rid of another quality lineman too early rather than too late.

Rather than wait and hope Gesicki gets to them in the third round, Miami trades No. Darnold, who will be prepped to take over for Eli Manning in 2019. Phillips is a great value in the third round who could get a lot of snaps early. Jackson, CB, Maryland 182 ARI (f/DEN) Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn 183 DET (f/LAR)* Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan 184 SF Tony Brown, CB, Alabama 185 OAK JK Scott, P, Alabama 186 GB D.J.

Browns trade No. Career NFL stats : 15-25-0 record as a  starter, completing 766 of 1,210 passes for 8,983 yards, 42 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. So that’ll be a big focus again, and the challenge begins. There are going to be nitpicky concerns with everyone on that All-Dude team — Phillips might not be a first-round pick because of his size — but Smith is a no-brainer if he’s there at No.

Jaire Alexander , CB, Louisville, 5-10¼, 196 (4.38) Few players rise more quickly on draft boards than cornerbacks with size and elite speed. He understands hand placement and has the athleticism and ability to finish blocks. Phillips had 103 tackles this past season, with 17 for loss and 6.5 sacks. Some NFL evaluators believe he could be a center as a pro; he played there during spring drills in 2017.

He will have immediate impact in run defense and will push the pocket in pass-rush scenarios. He tore an ACL and dislocated a knee during his senior year of high school. He started playing football late and has room to improve. Breakfast is finished and Barkley walks outside, decked head-to-toe in Nike gear—track pants, hoodie, jacket and backward snapback, all black. It will not be easy for a running back to achieve everything Barkley envisions.

I do more than just run the football. Barkley tells Martin he believes he is not only capable of playing in the league, but also of dominating. Sports Illustrated may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Subscribe: via iTunes | via Stitcher | via TuneIn | via Google Play . 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.

Phillips adds depth at cornerback as well as some return-man experience. Moore brings the size that Miller doesn't, but he'll need work to develop into more than a red-zone weapon. Street tore his ACL but is a worthy IR stash. Gesicki, like Edmunds, is insane athletically, and he should be an immediate force in the passing game. Considered the most pro-ready QB prospect in the draft by many, Darnold could also take the field in the second half of his rookie year if the Giants are going nowhere.

QB Mayfield) CLE No. G Madison) TEN No. Bills trade No. Last year at Stanford :  288-of-404 for 3,517 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. As Carroll notes, running back health has been a big issue, which is part of why it’s hard to know going into the draft how big of a priority that position will be on draft weekend. Bears targeting Nelson or Tremaine Edmunds (an incredible, but not ready-made prospect), I think there’s a real chance (hence this pick) San Francisco gets lucky and lands Smith at No.

And unlike many at his position in the college game, he has shown he can play press coverage. Moore , WR, Maryland, 6-0, 210 (4.42) He was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2017 -- 1,033 yards, 12.9 yards per catch and eight touchdowns -- despite catching passes from four different quarterbacks. Phillips was 96-11 as a high school wrestler and won the 2013 junior national heavyweight championship. Tyrell Crosby , T, Oregon, 6-4⅝, 309 (5.23) Crosby looks more comfortable in the run game than in pass protection, so he could be looking at a move to right tackle or guard.

Kemoko Turay , LB, Rutgers, 6-4 5/8, 253 (4.65) Turay had two shoulder surgeries in 2016. He had another surgery, in 2016, to repair the meniscus in the same knee. He also has the coverage skills to get on the field early. He asks if the camera crew can get a shot of his shoes, the rare off-white Air Jordan 1’s, to help his standing within the company. Running backs typically fall third on the positional hierarchy, behind receivers.

That his career won’t last more than eight years. They begin the match. Offers may be subject to change without notice. Does this have any chance at being close to what actually happens on draft weekend? Mayfield has a sneaky-good chance to be the best QB out of this class. White offers nice value in the fifth to come in and push Shawn Williams. Denver Broncos Round Overall Player Notes 1 5 Bradley Chubb , DE, NC State 2 40 Austin Corbett , G/C, Nevada 3 71 D.J.

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Wallace is as hard a worker you'll find in the seventh round as a former walk-on-turned-contributor for the Alabama defense. Falk isn't likely to prove a worthy starter at quarterback, but he should be a better No. With the rebuild on, the Giants trade down from No. Otherwise, he makes for nice insurance. NE No. RB Wadley) CLE No. This would be the big move up for a quarterback by one of the teams often rumored to be interested in making such a leap.

On one hand, the Seahawks really like what they saw out of Chris Carson, who won the starting job as a rookie, and they love the versatility and big-play ability of C.J. Quentin Nelson – G – Notre Dame – If he’s there, the Niners run to the podium. He had 26 tackles for loss in 2017 despite lots of attention. Alexander missed seven games in 2017 with knee and hand injuries. Moore has some rough edges, but his desire to win every battle for the ball and run-after-catch ability are a good start.

He finishes blocks with purpose and plays with rare power. He flashed potential at the Senior Bowl and has shown the ability to shed blockers on the interior. He's raw but has shown explosiveness as a rusher and done well when he has dropped into coverage. 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.

When he poses for a photo outside his childhood apartment, he adjusts his jacket so the swoosh is visible. He has the requisite attributes—“refreshing, approachable, polished and consistent”—a player needs for the NFL to be comfortable with him across all mediums. Those who know Barkley best say no, and they have stories to prove it. Less of something great is better than more of something good. Barkley tells Martin to make the opening move, but the young back needs to be reminded by the old one that the white pieces move first.

Of course not -- at least when it comes to specific players. By trading next year's first, the Bills are free to use No. Pryor brings more O-line depth and could start down the road. I've mocked Barkley to them in the past, but ultimately the pull of pairing Chubb with Von Miller may be too much to go in another direction. Allen can be developed into a potential starter for when Corey Linsley gets too expensive in a few years.

Brock Osweiler. He's not Saquon Barkley, but he's a nice value outside the top 50. Brown in a fast corner who should excel on special teams and could be a key piece in the secondary eventually. DE Davenport) SEA No. BAL No. The Bills have extra picks in each of the first three rounds, including Cleveland’s pick at No. Last year at Louisville : 303 of 427 for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Minkah Fitzpatrick – CB/S – Alabama — Is he a cornerback? Saquon Barkley , RB, Penn State, 6-0, 233 (4.40) Barkley's work ethic, athleticism and speed are all at an elite level. He averaged 10.5 yards per punt return in 2016. Rashaan Evans , LB, Alabama, 6-2, 230 (DNR) Some evaluators were upset when Evans didn't run the 40-yard dash at the combine or his pro day. He is such a quality prospect that few are concerned.

Brian O'Neill , T, Pitt, 6-6 7/8, 297 (4.82) He started his college career at tight end, but was moved to the offensive line in 2015. Darius Leonard , LB, South Carolina State, 6-2, 234 (4.69) Leonard's weight had dropped to 226 pounds since the combine, where his 40 time was due to a thigh injury in his only attempt. Some see a better athlete than player at the moment, but the potential is clear.

Even before he has taken an NFL handoff, the 6-foot, 233-pound Barkley sees an opening in football’s marketing landscape and—rare for a rookie—he has concrete plans on how to accelerate through it. Which one of these is not like the others? They can recall the random compliments he paid to teammates’ parents about their child’s football abilities when he was 11 years old. That Penn State running backs don’t pan out.

Sports Illustrated Group. Let's go. Quenton Nelson. Atkins can compete for a roster spot on the D-line, while Springs is a dart throw at corner. Shaquil Barrett's a free agent after 2018, and Shane Ray's option shouldn't be picked up. Their first pick is an athletic tackle to address their biggest need. Averett is a fast corner who could step in quickly as a starter on the outside. Williams and Wims provide depth at skill positions on offense, while Welsh could back up all three spots on the interior of the offensive line.

Fumagalli and Flowers are solid players who could stick in camp. CLE No. C Bozeman) IND No. Why would the Browns move back? Career NFL stats : 17-11-0 record as a starter, completing 551 of 851 passes for 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and  22 interceptions. So even with Carson, Prosise, Davis and J.D. I’m not sold. He also was the pre-draft interview champion. Josh Rosen , QB, UCLA, 6-4, 226 (4.92) Rosen has solid mechanics and footwork.

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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. 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’s why he signed with the boutique, full-service agency Roc Nation, which has built a 15-man team around him.

The countless hours he spent signing posters after games in State College, so no kid would go home empty-handed. What does that have to do with me? He asks Barkley’s parents if there’s anything they have been concerned about. All Rights Reserved. Note: This mock originally ran on April 20. The Bills move up in the second round by trading No. Allen is likely the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in the draft, while Darnold is probably the safest of the top four options.

Shepherd is J.J. Armstrong gives the team a quality option at rush linebacker with Tamba Hali gone and Dee Ford recovering from a back injury. He should start immediately at center or guard, and while this pick could be perceived as a bit of a reach, he could quickly emerge as a leader on the offensive line. In the fourth round, the Giants pick up an interior lineman who can battle for a starting spot with a strong showing in camp.

DE Landry), 168 SEA No. CB D.Harris) BUF No. This hypothetical situation would leave them with three first-rounders, which leaves Dorsey with plenty of options. With the NFL Draft coming up, Seahawks.com is taking a position-by-position look at where things currently stand on the Seahawks’ roster, as well as the top prospects at each position. McKissic already on the team, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Seahawks will still look to add to that group, but it will be interesting to see how they address that.

Toss in three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, 102 career receptions and two kickoff return touchdowns and Barkley should immediately lift any offense. He is also willing to stand in the face of pocket pressure to make a large repertoire of throws. Game video shows Evans blowing up blockers, and his advanced coverage skills. Connor Williams , T, Texas, 6-5¼, 296 (5.05) In what is considered a thin draft class overall at the position, Williams projects as a left tackle although some might tinker with moving him to guard.

Austin Corbett , G, Nevada, 6-4 3/8, 306 (5.15) Corbett was a 48-game starter who spent his college career at tackle, but will likely play guard or center in the NFL. He had 114 tackles in 10 games last season. Much of that can be attributed to a change in job description in the team's defense. In 2017, he had 19 tackles for loss, six sacks, knocked down six passes and blocked four kicks. It’s why today in the Bronx, a half-dozen members of that team are shadowing him, making sure that he stays on message and on brand.

The cleats he has pulled out of his gym bag at the airport to give to young fans who simply wanted a picture. That you can find a good running back later in the draft. Alibay responds that there hasn’t been much, because his son is a good kid and they don’t worry about him doing anything stupid. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy ( Your California Privacy Rights ).

Giants to land D.J. Which sounds more likely for Cleveland? The Broncos grab an underrated interior line prospect in the second round in Corbett, who could end up starting immediately at left guard. Watt insurance and should develop into a starter down the line. The Chiefs then add help at inside linebacker with Sam, who gives the team needed depth behind Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland. Pettis could wind up being a steal late in the third round as a Week 1 punt returner who could be a worthy slot receiver by next season.

Browns along with No. PIT No. Six signal-callers are gone by No. New York Giants trade No. Seattle’s 2018 Draft Picks: Round 1 , Pick 18, No. Overview (via NFL.com) : Every-down running back with the ability to alter the course of an offense and become a face of the franchise-type player. If he falls (I view it as a fall) to No. Denzel Ward , CB, Ohio State, 5-10⅞, 183 (4.32) In the NFL, the need for legitimate cover corners nearly matches that for quarterbacks.

He even lined up in the slot at times for the Tide. He missed seven games this past season because of a knee injury and sat out the team's bowl game to prepare for the draft. He isn't as athletic as some of the other players at the position on the draft board, but plays with intensity, knows how to shed blockers, and understands what offenses are trying to do. He's smart and tough. Geron Christian , T, Louisville, 6-5 1/8, 298 (5.33) Christian played both tackle spots for the Cardinals and likely needs a little more strength.

Some have concerns about his arm strength but he has a far better feel for the position than most in this draft. Not that they have to worry much. He has been thinking about those Instagram accounts of women who have built huge followings just by posting butt exercise videos. And then there’s the medal story. You can find a good quarterback later in the draft too. Martin says he often sits at the pool area outside Jim Brown’s house, and the two Hall of Famers will play for seven hours straight.

Donte Jackson brings speed across from Patrick Peterson, and cornerback is a position the Cardinals have to address early in the draft. Moore, who will be an immediate weapon out of the slot and give Mayfield a target monster out of the gate. With their other first-rounder, the Browns trade down with the Bills, picking up No. Chark is a tall and fast weapon for Case Keenum, and a potential starter in 2019 depending on what the team does with its big-money recevers.

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LB Evans) ATL No. CBS Interactive. This is the scenario for the Saquon Barkley fans. Round 4 , Pick 20, No. Barkley has the rare ability to create additional yardage through elusiveness, speed, vision and feel for space in the open field. Being in a position to land him early in the first round instead of at No. Ward's quality footwork, top-shelf speed and confidence make him a rookie starter in waiting.

James Daniels , C, Iowa, 6-3⅜, 306 (DNR) Offensive line coaches consider Iowa linemen well trained and safer bets to make the transition to the NFL. But his work in 2016 showed vast potential. Mason Rudolph , QB, Oklahoma State, 6-4⅝, 235 (4.90) He has been overshadowed by the other quarterbacks in this draft, but finished his career with three seasons of at least 3,770 yards passing. After knee injuries limited his college options, he went from walk-on to never missing a game.

Braden Smith , G, Auburn, 6-6 ¼, 315 (5.22) Smith is a power-first player on the interior of the offensive line. Shaquem Griffin , LB, Central Florida, 6-0 3/8, 227 (4.38) Through the years, my No. It may be a quixotic goal, but it is not hard to see why the group feels that way. He used to hate when athletes shared their workouts on social media. Minutes earlier Panek had won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles—but an electronic timing malfunction voided the results.

Then Martin moves his king two squares toward one rook and that rook to the other side of his king. Not A Member? O'Neill adds another option at tackle, where the Cardinals have a pair of uninspiring starters. After the two trades, the Bills are left with just one more Day 2 pick, which they use on a talented linebacker to add to a mediocre unit. It's basically the same package the Bills received to move from No.

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. Chiefs land Callaway, a big talent with big off-field red flags, hoping to again catch lightning in a bottle at the position. Minnesota then trades up again, sacrificing No. The three inches he has on Mayfield are about the margin with which I have Rosen as the No.

BUF No. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. The Giants would do this only if their alleged interest in Barkley is a smokescreen and they really want a quarterback instead. Round 5 , Pick 4, No. While he has been tasked with carrying a heavy load at Penn State, their decision to limit his carries somewhat this season could help Barkley headed into his rookie season. The speedy, shifty slot receiver is getting a lot of pre-draft hype, but I still think he makes it to the third round — this is a strange wide receiver class.

Lastly, fair or not, he carries a perception that he's difficult to coach. Daniels is technically sound in his footwork and knows how to use his hands. Donte Jackson , CB, LSU, 5-10½, 178 (4.32) Jackson might be the fastest player in the draft and has return skills. He also has the football savvy to be more than a "system" passer who can't adjust to the NFL. He had 29.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks over the last two seasons combined.

He was a Kansas high school state champion in shot put and discus. I liked. Barkley is jocular, thoughtful, self-aware and rigorous about making eye contact. It felt so fake. They were forced to rerun the race, and this time Panek clipped a hurdle and finished eighth. What about the Rose Bowl against USC? Barkley looks perplexed; he has never seen an opponent castle. Not a Member? Fountain is an excellent athlete who could be special under the tutelage of Larry Fitzgerald.

At No. Freeman is a quality No. Houston trades No. Phillips is a great find in the sixth who should help interior depth immediately on the line. Harris, a defensive back with great size who could develop into a starter at cornerback or safety. The Jets paid a big price to get to No. Lewis could try to be a Michael Bennett-lite for the Seahawks, playing end on early downs before kicking inside. WR Moore) NYG No.

Lions trade No. Round 5 , Pick 9, No. Overview (via NFL.com): Michel is a well-built, no-nonsense runner who is able to combine vision, burst, and physicality. Miller is quick, tenacious, and a clean route runner. Minkah Fitzpatrick , S, Alabama, 6-0⅛, 204 (4.46) Fitzpatrick started 10 games as a true freshman for a defense loaded with NFL prospects. Da'Ron Payne , DT, Alabama, 6-2½, 311 (4.95) He is poised to be a dominant player in run defense and has the potential to be disruptive in the interior pass rush.

He has run the 100 meters in 10.22 seconds. Maurice Hurst , DT, Michigan, 6-1¼, 292 (5.00) Hurst was sent home from the scouting combine after doctors flagged a heart issue during his physical. He made 26 career starts for the Sooners. He had back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons to close his career with a combined 32 receiving touchdowns. He has the chance to be a starter if he cleans up his footwork issues and plays with more balance.

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Barkley watched this all unfold. Fiesta Bowl against Washington? Martin continues doling out advice as he rapidly takes Barkley’s pieces. “Life is a lot like chess,” he says. Already A Member? Smith gives the defense a potential two-down middle linebacker, plus having two Andre Smiths on the same team should be barrels of laughs. Ballage gives depth at running back, especially someone who can spell LeSean McCoy on third down when needed, and a potential return man.

Devontae Booker. Whitehead, who can apprentice under Tyrann Mathieu for a year. Apke proved incredibly fast at the combine for a safety (4.34 40-yard dash) and should factor in on special teams. With their last pick, the Vikings add even more depth on the offensive line. Brown, a tall receiving weapon to help the team's depth chart at receiver. Cantrell gives the team more depth at receiver after losing Paul Richardson.

His windup is an eyesore for sure, but he has the velocity to mitigate the additional release time. Let’s say the Browns land the QB of their choosing at No. Round 5 , Pick 19, No. While he can make open field cuts to find additional yardage, his running style is more angular in nature and he thrives when playing north-south. That said, at No. He has played corner and safety and has pass rush skills.

Josh Allen , QB, Wyoming, 6-4⅞, 233 (4.75) Allen will be selected long before this because he has the prototypical quarterback build and power arm. There will be a learning curve for Jackson as a defender, but he can run his way back into plays when he does make a mistake. He has since undergone exams at Michigan and Harvard, has been cleared and took part in the Wolverines' pro day. Orlando Brown , T, Oklahoma, 6-7 7/8, 345 (5.85) Brown's on-field performance at the combine was among the worst scouts had ever seen.

Duke Dawson , CB, Florida, 5-10 5/8, 197 (4.46) His work against Texas A&M's Christian Kirk (two catches, 44 yards) shows a combination of grit, smarts and athleticism. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes not, but past No. A broadcast journalism major, he’s at ease in front of a camera; it doesn’t take much straining of the imagination to envision him bantering with Jimmy Kimmel or hosting Saturday Night Live .

Panek was from another school; they had never met before. Or the Ohio State game my freshman year, against the No. He explains that he went into the NFL thinking about how he could take the opportunity and maximize it. By signing up, I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use . Igwebuike brings more depth to a secondary that needs it. I like them to snag Alexander, a late-riser during the draft process who should immediately slot into the starting lineup.

Haynes brings more pass rush help long-term and could allow the team to cut bait with the disappointing Ray immediately. Norton and Franklin-Myers improve the team's depth on the defensive line. Lasley is another character-red flag wild card to gamble on late. Patriots package that selection with No. Next up is Smythe, who will help blocking as an inline tight end and is a solid pass catcher. Dissly can contribute as a blocker and provide depth at tight end.

While Darnold has the mental toughness and talent to start tomorrow, early sideline seasoning could help him better process coverages in an attempt to eliminate future interceptions. Bradley Chubb at 4. Round 5 , Pick 31, No. Overview (via NFL.com): Evaluating Guice requires settling in for two full seasons of tape study as he was only healthy a fraction of the 2017 season. Kelly is a tough, no-nonsense runner who showed at Tennessee that he can be a reliable pass catcher as well.

He had a reception for a touchdown and an interception. But accuracy over the long haul is a significant concern. He is a big-framed player who should start quickly. Hurst has potential to disrupt offenses on the interior. But Baker Mayfield said Brown didn't surrender a sack in 2017, and that should be all that matters. Tony Brown , CB, Alabama, 5-11 7/8, 199 (4.35) Brown has plenty of speed, but has done his best work closer to the line of scrimmage.

Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence. But most important, he is willing . He has signed with Nike and Panini (which just released the Saquon Barkley rookie card), but what “secure financial partners . . . do we have next?” he asks. Franklin has been in football for 23 years and says he has never seen a player as talented or as altruistic as Barkley.

He’s seen a lot of teammates and colleagues on other teams who had the opportunity, but they made mistakes off the field and squandered it. Sports Illustrated treats this information with care and respect. Carlson might be the best kicker in the class, and Phil Dawson is 43. The Panthers are in the perfect spot to trade up for another key secondary target early in the second round, and here they trade No.

Herndon is another dart throw at tight end who might develop into a starter. The Texans are still left with several holes after this draft, but that's going to be the case no matter what. Joseph will have to prove he can compete in the NFL but is a nice gamble for a team that lacks depth at corner. Lions and nab Marcus Davenport, the second-best pass-rusher in this draft. Smith gives defensive coordinator Paul Guenther his Vontaze Burfict, minus the character issues.

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While Guice has some elusiveness and long speed, much of his success comes from his furious running style and ability to create yardage after contact. He might lack the big-time speed or burst, but he makes up for that fact with the ability to break tackles — a ton of tackles. His talent, combined with his leadership abilities, will make him a key voice in the locker room. Calvin Ridley , WR, Alabama, 6-0½, 189 (4.43) He played all over the formation for the Crimson Tide.

Billy Price , C, Ohio State, 6-3¾, 305 (DNR) Price had surgery after suffering an "incomplete tear" of his chest muscle while doing the bench press at the combine. Lorenzo Carter , OLB, Georgia, 6-4⅞, 250 (4.50) Carter is one of the classic potential-over-production players on this draft board. Brown is the love-him, hate-him player of this draft. He is a little tight in his movements so he has difficulty keeping his speed as he changes directions.

We use cookies to offer an improved online experience. Willing to sit for interviews—he says he actually enjoys them—and willing to participate in (and at times orchestrate) a three-hour photo shoot. Most athletes simply want to be updated when a deal is finalized, asking how much money they got. 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.

Martin tells Barkley he believes Saquon has the ability to break every record and become the best ever to play the game. The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox. Mahon can be developed into a potential starter down the road. Reid, who is a candidate to go in the first round. Seattle for No. Broncos trade back with Houston before taking inside linebacker depth in Burks at No.

Akins is an old prospect who can be a nice downfield weapon and potential stylistic backup to Travis Kelce if he can stick. He could rotate with Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn initially as he gets acclimated to the NFL, giving the Patriots a massively upgraded pass rush for 2018. Washington gives the offense some depth behind their top two receivers and also serves as Jordy Nelson insurance. Ward addition.

New Jersey On-Line LLC. Cardinals trade No. Round 7 , Pick 30, No. Guice's yards per touch was two yards higher over his first two seasons compared to last year. Kelly could be a goal-line option or a third-down back at the NFL level with the potential to be an every-down player in Kyle Shanahan’s system down the line. Tremaine Edmunds , OLB, Virginia Tech, 6-4½, 253 (4.54) He has had back-to-back 100-tackle seasons which included 32.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

And other than Nelson, he had some of the most entertaining pancake blocks of the season in the run game. He'll need four months to recover, but should be ready for training camp. His size and speed fits the mold of an impact edge rusher, but his play didn't always match the criteria at Georgia. Mike Gesicki , TE, Penn State, 6-5 1/2, 247 (4.54) Gesicki is a pass-catching athlete. Special-teams coaches, though, will like his potential.

Face of the NFL? A cousin and an aunt walk over from their nearby apartments, as do several men in the neighborhood who the family will later debate if they know. Barkley chose the long-term play, assured that Nike had plans for him to join its upper echelon of one-name stars. So Barkley visited the school and started his own game with Shola. His Roc Nation handlers, however, don’t want him to be taken No.

By signing up I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use . He'd be a perfect fit for a team with an established No. Penny improves their talent at running back and should be a great option to pair with Christian McCaffrey. Seahawks picked up in a trade down with the Patriots earlier) and No. Weah at No. The Colts land three excellent talents in the second round, starting with Hughes, who can be an instant factor at corner and in the return game.

With their other first-rounder, the Patriots grab a replacement for Nate Solder at left tackle in Miller. Settle is a massive force on the defensive line and would be a great value in the third round. At worst, he can kick inside and be a capable guard. MIA No. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock touched on a number of Lions topics in a conference call with media ahead of the NFL Draft. The premise here is the Cardinals still need a quarterback after the first round ends.

Like Leonard Fournette the year before, teams may be willing to lock in on his sophomore tape to create their evaluations and grades. Normally, a running back like Kelly wouldn’t normally be selected on Day 3, but this running back class is loaded. Edmunds will likely be able to play any linebacker position. His 1,000-yard season at Alabama came as a freshman. Taven Bryan , DT, Florida, 6-5, 291 (4.98) He is a phenomenal athlete who plays with high effort.

He was better this past season, especially as an outside rusher. His 57 receptions and nine touchdowns in 2017 were both single-season school records for a tight end. He's tough and can run with almost any receiver. Da'Shawn Hand , DE, Alabama, 6-3 5/8, 297 (4.83) His production and effort haven't always mirrored his physical gifts. He’s an off-the-charts prospect with a winning personality who’s eager to market himself.

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Smith should be a better starting option at right guard than free-agent signing Brandon Fusco, whose salary is fine for a backup role. Coutee is a nice fifth-round find who brings speed to the receiver position and could take over for Torrey Smith eventually. They then grab Landry, a nice consolation prize to passing on Bradley Chubb earlier, and pair him on the D-line with Hurst at No. Goedert is a steal at No.

Bates addresses the hole that remains in the secondary after the departure of Tre Boston. With No. Thomas has the tools to succeed, and he could develop into a key member of the pass-rush rotation. Chubb gives the team much-needed talent at running back.  Maddox is small but fast with plus intangibles. TE Gesicki) PIT No. One of the names that’s been associated with the Lions via mock drafts and in draft analysis leading up to next week’s actual NFL Draft is Texas-San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport.

Draft History Under Schneider and Carroll: Robert Turbin (No. Overview (via NFL.com): Has the size and mindset of a primary ball carrier, but lacks any one element of his game that jumps off the tape when evaluating. A favorite of mine in this draft, Yiadom is a tall, strong cornerback who could fall to Round 5 because of a deep class and a general lack of speed. He's built like a front-line pass-rusher and tackles like an inside linebacker.

Bryan showed potential in his one season as a starter with six tackles for loss and four sacks. Nick Chubb , RB, Georgia, 5-10⅞, 227 (4.52) After tearing multiple knee ligaments (not the ACL) in 2015, Chubb rushed for 1,130 yards in 2016 and 1,345 yards this past season. Chark , WR, LSU, 6-2 7/8, 199 (4.34) The former team captain isn't as well-rounded as some receivers on the board, but he has the size-speed combination most others don't.

Jerome Baker , LB, Ohio State, 6-1 1/8, 229 (4.53) Some scouts say if Baker had shown a little more feistiness, he would be graded higher. Hand missed time in 2017 with an MCL sprain. Saquon Barkley doesn’t just believe he should go No. Then he got mixed up in something he says he didn’t do and lost it all. When Barkley was growing up, he just wanted to be a football player. When Barkley noticed one boy standing off to the side, he coaxed him onto the field.

He gets rappers and movie stars and singers and athletes together in the theater room. Did Browns GM Reveal Team’s Plan For No. Hand is a nice Day 2 option at defensive tackle if the position isn't addressed in Round 1. Frazier could eventually develop into a starter at defensive end. A front of Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Hurst and Landry should be fun, and the pick of Taylor later adds more depth to the line.

Kirk should immediately help from the slot. Richardson can compete to start at right tackle, where the team needs an upgrade. Davenport, the Patriots trade back in the second round and pick up a fourth-rounder so they aren't shut out of Rounds 3-5. The Raiders trade up in the fifth to land Jones-Smith, who could wind up taking over as starter at right tackle with the right development. Thompson boosts the defensive line rotation, which should have excellent depth inside.

He’s an interesting prospect because he’s a big, long, fast and athletic pass rusher coming out of a small school. Raiders trade No. Christine Michael (No. Chubb isn't overly elusive, but he does a good job of running through arm tackles and initial contact with lower body strength and contact balance. He’s big — 6-foot-3 — but he’s coming off a year at Texas where he was suspended for violating team rules.

Jackson moved from cornerback to wide receiver and back early in his career with the Hawkeyes. His agility and ability to bend on the interior is that of a much smaller player. He will contribute immediately as an early-down runner, especially in an offense looking for a one-cut runner. Clark needs to expand his route repertoire, but can take the top off a defense. He also returned kickoffs his first two seasons.

He also had a DUI arrest last summer in which he was found asleep at the wheel of a parked car that was running with its headlights on. How did Saquon Barkley transform into the perfect prospect? Now he’s back, stuck in the neighborhood where he grew up. Franklin would tell Barkley that the NFL provides an amazing platform, then ask, How are you going to use that? What kind of teenager—let alone an All-America running back—does that?

Martin takes Barkley’s bishop. While there have been varying rumors about who the Browns will select with the No. If that's the case, doubling up at the position with Hill could make sense and give the team a nice rotation on the D-line. Hearn brings depth at a position of need after the loss of Andrew Norwell. At the end of the third round the Browns add Avery, a potential long-term replacement for Jamie Collins, who might not be worth his massive cap hit in 2019.

Green can take over the starting end role from Denico Autry in 2019 and be an interesting rotational pass-rusher in the meantime. Hines is a scatback who could be lethal in small doses. After the move, they pick up Carter to improve their talent at linebacker. The team grabs a couple cheap options for special teams in Scott and Pineiro, and a potential red-zone weapon in Lazard, in the sixth. Flowers can serve as insurance for Alan Cross, who underwent sports hernia surgery this offseason.

He’s drawn some comparisons to current Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah from both an athletic and size perspective, but also because both players were considered fairly raw coming into the league. Here is a Day Three scenario where the Browns seek a specific target and are willing to give up two picks for one. Spencer Ware (No. Overview (via NFL.com): Jones is a classic slasher with the wiggle and explosiveness to elude open-field tacklers and then burst to chunks of yardage.

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He needs to turn flashes into more consistent play. Dallas Goedert , TE, South Dakota State, 6-4⅝, 256 (DNR) Goedert has the wingspan of a tackle -- 80¾ inches -- and should provide immediate help in the passing game. He also led SEC in punt returns for a TD with two. Frank Ragnow , C, Arkansas, 6-5 1/8, 312 (4.99) Ragnow missed the last five games of the season because of ankle surgery, but did some position drills at his pro day.

Kyzir White , S, West Virginia, 6-1 7/8, 218 (4.69) His timed speed is a concern for some, but White tackled a lot of people who have been clocked faster at the combine. SI goes Under the Cover with his coaches, teammates and family to learn more about the draft’s most buzzed about player. Barkley listens attentively. How is that going to generate long-term wealth? Jeanne McNeill is the Pennsylvania state representative who sponsored the Saquon Barkley Day resolution.

Then a rook. If you choose to read into Dorsey’s note about hand size, Josh Allen topped the charts at February’s Scouting Combine. With the added pick in the first-round trade, the team lands a cornerback with size in Toliver, then comes back around to get depth defending the slot and a key special-teams player in Haley. Izzo won't be a receiving weapon who can take over for Greg Olsen down the line, but he's a nice inline tight end.

Jewell, who is undersized but makes for great depth at linebacker. Parker is a potential option to start at right tackle, and the Colts should make protecting the QB a focus. Scales and Thomas bring talent to a linebacker group that's proven to be a rare weakness for this defense. At the end of the second round, Lauletta should be the perfect QB to come in and mold into Tom Brady's backup. With their final pick, the Raiders grab Reggie McKenzie's son to compete for a roster spot.

NO No. Most analysts have Davenport as the second best edge rusher in the draft behind Bradley Chubb. Report: Bills have called Browns with interest in No. Keiro Small (No. Jones was a much more assertive runner in 2017 and improved upon areas of improvement from the 2016 season. Smythe isn’t going to wow you with his ability to be a slot receiver, but he’s a solid blocker who runs good routes and is trustworthy when you throw him the ball.

He forced six turnovers -- five interceptions and a forced fumble -- in a two-game span. Isaiah Oliver , CB, Colorado, 6-0¼, 201 (4.50) Oliver has shown the ability to play, and flourish, in press coverage. He does tip his routes at times, but was too good an athlete for the defenders to take advantage. Carlton Davis , CB, Auburn, 6-1, 206 pounds (4.53) Davis, who is a prospect for teams that play more man-to-man, is adept at getting receivers out of their routes with his reach and strength.

Chukwuma Okorafor , T, Western Michigan, 6-6, 320 (5.31) He made starts at left and right tackle in his career, including starting the past two seasons at left. His instincts are top-shelf and he finishes tackles with purpose, amassing 94 tackles in 2017. You can now watch anytime, anywhere on SI TV. There are reasons he’s being hailed by some as the perfect NFL prospect, lauded equally for his generational ability and his estimable character.

Why did she take the time to do so? Barkley never considered the option. He continues to talk. Allen recently has become the projected No. With their other two Day 3 picks, the Falcons pick up a young, developmental quarterback and a new fullback who excelled blocking for nation-leading rushers at San Diego State. Jackson , CB, Maryland 7 224 Simmie Cobbs Jr. , WR, Indiana The Bears benefit from what may be their best-case scenario at No.

White gives the team a quality No. Hill could easily outplay his Day 3 status but comes with character red flags. Evans will try to stick as a depth piece on the line. With the added fourth-rounder, the Patriots land more defensive line help in Ejiofor, making the defensive front seven a priority in this draft. Philadelphia Eagles Round Overall Player Notes 1 32 Isaiah Oliver , CB, Colorado 4 130 P.J.

TE Thomas) BAL No. It’s certainly an interesting perspective from Mayock on one of the names that’s been linked to the Lions in the pre-draft process. John Dorsey claims he hasn't even told his wife who Browns are taking at No. Prosise (No. Jones also has the ability to turn into a much more dangerous pass-catcher than we saw at USC. He’s a project, but a worthy one. Vita Vea , DT, Washington, 6-4, 347 (5.10) He has rare athleticism for a player this big but hasn't always played to his ability.

He also has good awareness and closing speed down the field. He finished with 92 receptions in 2016 and 72 this past season. In his career, he had almost as many forced fumbles (three) as interceptions (four). He has the ability to play guard or center. He's still learning and needs some cleanup on technique, but he is built for the job. Equanimeous St. It’s just after eight on a frigid March morning.

Barkley would take notes of their conversations. Why should I not go No. Sure, he likes the idea of being back in the city of his birth—even playing for the Jets, the team he grew up rooting for. Most guys come into the league with a lot of hunger, he says. USC signal-caller Sam Darnold topped most mock drafts over the past few months. Cutting Joe Flacco after the 2018 season would save the team $10.5 million against the cap, and that number shoots up to $18.5 million if he's a post-June release in 2019.

After trading back in the sixth, the Browns grab an interesting outside receiver with size in Scott. Matthew Stafford. The Colts trade down in the sixth round before taking another receiver in Burnett. With an excellent rush linebacker in range, they sacrifice No. The Patriots then swing another deal to move up in the sixth round for Wadley, an undersized back who should be a weapon as a receiver.

He could also emerge as a starter down the road.  Brown improves depth on the defensive line and could be vicious as a pass-rusher in nickel formations. GB No. Will he be a true pro and show up to go to work every day? Jim Brown: 'I would hope' Browns pick Saquon Barkley with No. Alex Collins (No. He should test well at the Combine, but there will still be teams concerned with how many carries he can handle and how that affects his draft value.