A definitive prediction of the first and second rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
In sports there are many exciting events every spring. Whether it’s the Masters, MLB Opening Day, or the Kentucky Derby. But no event is as unpredictable as the NFL Draft, and this year’s draft has even more layers of excitement and unpredictability than most.
It starts with the quarterback class. There are in my opinion five potential franchise quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but all of them have concerns that make you question how they will transition from college to the NFL.
Josh Allen doesn’t have the accuracy you want from a first-round pick and didn’t play in a power five conference. Sam Darnold struggled with turnovers. Josh Rosen has attitude and injury concerns. Baker Mayfield mostly played bad defenses in the Big 12 and has by far the most off-field concerns of the top quarterback prospects. Lamar Jackson has questions about his size and ability to transition to the NFL.
There is more to this year’s class than just the premier quarterbacks though. There are several blue chip non-quarterbacks expected to go in the top 10 in this year’s class that could transform an NFL team.
Just a few examples of these include:
Saquon Barkley may be the best running back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a brilliant football mind who could bring great versatility to any secondary. And Bradley Chubb is one of the best pass rushers to come out of college in recent history.
I have a feeling that this year’s class will be one of the best of this decade and will be remembered for years to come.
Let’s begin our 2018 NFL Draft two-round mock.