Top 25 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

With almost one-third of the college season completed, it’s time to rank the top 25 draft-eligible players for next April. The ACC, led by Clemson, populates the largest number of top-10 slots.

Top 25

 

Grade

Round

Full Name

School

Pos

Year

1

4.25

1st

Christian Wilkins

Clemson

DT

3Jr

Dominant defensive line prospect who just keeps getting better. Can play multiple defensive line spots in multiple schemes.

2

4.24

1st

Saquon Barkley

Penn State

RB

3Jr

Complete ball carrier with a three-down game. Dominates the opposition and is a true feature back for the next level.

3

4.20

1st

Bradley Chubb

North Carolina St.

DE

4Sr

Tremendous pass rusher with great upside and growth potential. Could ultimately end up as a two-gap DE or even move inside to tackle in time.

4

4.19

1st

Derwin James

Florida State

S

3Jr

Intimidating defensive back who dominates against the run while holding his own in coverage. Really hasn’t missed a beat off the injury which cost him most of 2016.

5

4.18

1st

Sam Hubbard

Ohio State

DE

4Jr

Game-changing pass rusher off to a disappointing start. Athletic, tough and smart.

6

4.17

1st

Clelin Ferrell

Clemson

DE

3So

Outstanding 4-3 defensive end prospect with great upside. Effective rushing the passer and shows potential against the run.

7

4.16

1st

Josh Rosen

UCLA

QB

3Jr

Smart, accurate quarterback with a great feel for the game. For the most part does a great job with his reads and decision making. The safest pick of the QB bunch.

8

4.13

1st

Da'Ron Payne

Alabama

DT

3Jr

Dominant space eater in the middle of the line with playmaking ability.

9

4.11

1st

Nick Chubb

Georgia

RB

4Sr

Bigtime ball carrier with a nose for the end zone. Nice combination of size, smarts and skill.

10

4.10

1st

Minkah Fitzpatrick

Alabama

CB

3Jr

Athletic defensive back prospect who is rough around the edges. Feisty and fast but must learn to make plays with his back to the ball.

11

4.07

1st

Sam Darnold

USC

QB

3So

Athletically gifted signal caller who is very rough around the edges. A playmaker at the QB position with the “it” factor, he throws too many interceptions and plays too much sandlot football.

12

4.06

1st

Ronnie Harrison

Alabama

S

3Jr

Terrific defensive back with a well rounded game.  May not be the fastest DB in the world but can start at the next level.

13

4.05

1st

Josh Allen

Wyoming

QB

4Jr

The most physically gifted of the top-rated quarterbacks presently enduring a poor season. Has the arm strength and athleticism which will allow offensive coordinators to run plays they are unable to run with most QBs.

14

4.04

1st

Harold Landry

Boston College

DE

4Sr

Terrific pass-rushing defensive end who’s a bit of a tweener; one-gap defensive end or 3-4 OLB at the next level.

15

4.03

1-2

Billy Price

Ohio State

C

5Sr

Dominant interior blocker who can play any of three offensive line positions.

16

4.03

1st

Vita Vea

Washington

DT

4Jr

An enigma -- often looks and plays like a top-five pick then plays like a fifth-round pick in other instances.

17

4.02

1st

Lamar Jackson

Louisville

QB

3Jr

Much-debated quarterback prospect. In my opinion, he's a great athlete with a big arm and a developing game.

18

4.01

1st

Dre'Mont Jones

Ohio State

DT

3So

Outstanding young prospect off to a disappointing start.

19

4.01

1st

Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame

T

4Jr

Productive college left tackle who comes with minimal upside and not much downside.

20

4.00

1st

Trey Adams

Washington

T

3Jr

Tall, athletic college tackle with great upside. Has a bit of Lane Johnson in his game.

21

3.99

1st

Quenton Nelson

Notre Dame

G

3So

Dominant run guard who stands in both the running game and in pass protection.

22

3.98

1st

Orlando Brown

Oklahoma

T

4Jr

Developing tackle who has nice upside but is also overrated in some scouting circles.

23

3.97

1st

Courtland Sutton

SMU

WR

4Jr

 

24

3.96

1-2

Ronald Jones II

USC

RB

3Jr

Explosive ball carrier who has made Sam Darnold’s life much easier. Shifty, has a burst and constantly picks up positive yardage.

25

3.95

1-2

Arden Key

LSU

DE

3Jr

Talented pass rusher with poor size and off-the-field issues.