2018 NFL Draft: Chris’s top 10 prospects
With the New York Giants’ bye week now within the rear-view mirror, they’re doubtless staring a top-10 draft choice proper within the face. And since they’ve proven little potential to play above their present 1-6 report, that choice very effectively could possibly be within the top 5.
It is perhaps too early for some to consider the draft, however for all intents and functions, it’s now Draft Season in New York. Considering that we don’t but know which gamers will even be within the draft come April, It’s nonetheless far too early for me to place collectively Big Board.
However, I can speculate concerning the top gamers more likely to be there when the Giants choose, and the top of the listing ought to shock exactly no one.
Barkley is the very best participant in faculty soccer, and one of many cleanest, most full prospects to come back out in latest reminiscence. He has all the things you might presumably need from a operating again and ought to be a 30-touch (run and reception) per recreation participant. Scouts and NFL executives are already saying that he tasks as a greater Ezekiel Elliott, however after I watch him, I can’t assist however see outdated clips of Bo Jackson operating at Auburn. As I stated earlier than, this listing can be fluid and up to date weekly, however it’s going to take rather a lot to knock Barkley off the top.
The argument could possibly be made that Rosen may, even ought to, return to high school — the truth is, that’s why I’m not even together with USC QB Sam Darnold on the listing. However, ought to he declare for the 2018 draft, Rosen might be the QB I’d need for the Giants. He has a stable body, listed at 6-foot-Four, and 215 kilos. A bit, gentle, however at simply 20 years outdated, he has a protracted method to go to develop into his “man body.”
Mechanically, he’s nearly there, and makes use of stable footwork and loads of leg drive to throw with each zip and accuracy. He additionally has the sort of mobility wanted to increase performs and stress defenses.
My considerations about him are his age and sturdiness. I usually favor QBs to enter the NFL with as a lot faculty expertise as they will presumably have. As I discussed, Rosen is just 20, and if he declares, it will likely be after simply two and a half seasons of recreation expertise. Russell Wilson got here into the league with actually twice that.
On the sturdiness entrance, his 2016 season was ended by a shoulder damage, and he exited this previous week’s recreation towards the Washington Huskies with a hand damage. It won’t be an enormous purple flag, however a participant’s potential to remain wholesome (particularly a quarterback’s) has to weigh on the analysis.
Fitzpatrick may flip in to this yr’s Jalen Ramsey, or shut sufficient. Fitzpatrick is a gifted athlete with the fluidity to play nook on the subsequent degree, however the dimension to play security — and the power (and soccer IQ) to do both effectively.
That versatility would give a artful defensive coordinator a terrific weapon to assault and confuse opposing offenses, and a playmaker to use errors. Through two and a half years, the junior has 20 passes defensed, 13.5 tackles for a loss, Four.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, Four touchdowns and a pair of pressured fumbles.
Mayfield doesn’t have “prototypical” measurables, however as Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have proven, you don’t should be a 6-Four pocket passer to achieve the NFL. Mayfield is a hyper-competitive participant, who throws with timing and accuracy, in a position to match the ball into tight home windows. It isn’t laborious to see why Scot McCloughan known as him a “shorter Brett Favre.”
He can be a case examine for the deserves of quarterbacks staying in class. Mayfield may have declared for the 2017 draft and, and may need been chosen extremely. But as an alternative he returned to high school and confirmed an elevated maturity in his choice making, understanding of the sport, and defenses.
I’ve been ready for Wilkins to be draft eligible since watching him wreck offensive recreation plans from the inside as a freshman whereas finding out Vic Beasley again in 2015. He isn’t fairly Aaron Donald, however Wilkins has all the things you need in a 1-gap penetrating defensive deal with. He has stable dimension and energy, with a shocking quantity of flexibility and agility for a stoutly constructed DT.
He is a handful for guards or facilities, in a position to over-power them one-on-one or cut up double groups. A former basketball participant, he has super ft and might play nearly anyplace on any defensive position.
James misplaced his sophomore yr to a knee damage (torn cartilage), and doesn’t but seem all the way in which again from the damage. However, he has the scale, athleticism, and flexibility that may certainly intrigue the NFL.
He was a fearsome playmaker as a freshman, and scouts will keep in mind that tape as he will get additional away from the damage. His versatility is perhaps a little bit of a curse relating to draft analysis, as his coaches transfer him across the protection in a fashion just like how Jabrill Peppers was utilized by Michigan in his closing season there.
However, there’s a ton of uncooked expertise there, and in a flexible package deal that could possibly be effectively suited to a league the place offenses are being constructed to select on defensive specialization.
Okay, sufficient with the gorgeous boy QBs and talent place gamers. How about an old-school, blue collar, soccer participant?
Nelson is a giant (6-5, 331-pound) dancing bear of a guard — as in, he strikes actually gracefully, however he can even maul a protection’s entrance off given half an opportunity. He has incredible ft to reflect in move safety, and makes coping with stunts, twists, and blitzes look nearly easy. He can be a strong people-mover who at all times finishes his blocks.
Nelson is the very best offensive lineman within the draft (and possibly nation), and is the one one I’d actually think about taking within the top-10. Buzz popping out of NFL scouts and executives is that Nelson has the potential to be an All-Pro his rookie season.
eight – Harold Landry (EDGE, Boston College)
How you charge Landry and Chubb most likely comes right down to what your crew wants and how much defensive system they run. I’m itemizing Landry barely greater as a result of I consider that the Giants desperately want a pace speeding possibility on their protection, and Landry is that.
I outline Landry as an “EDGE” prospect as a result of I feel he has the power to play each exterior linebacker or defensive finish. Landry tends to win together with his pace, bend, and hand utilization, however he has the body so as to add an influence element to his arsenal. He exploded onto the ACC scene with 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, 7 pressured fumbles, and Four passes defensed final yr. He isn’t producing at that unimaginable clip this yr, however he stays a harmful move rusher.
9 – Bradley Chubb (DE, North Carolina State)
While Landry could possibly be an OLB or a DE, Chubb is definitely a defensive finish, and constructed like a “Giants’” DE at 6-Four, 275 kilos. Chubb wasn’t getting a lot publicity in 2016, however he was one other terror within the ACC, with the power to easily take video games over (if Florida State ever sees him once more, it might be too quickly).
Chubb has energy, quickness, agility, bend, and a continuous motor. While he doesn’t have the freakish bodily talents of Myles Garrett or Jadeveon Clowney, he has the make-up to be a very good defensive finish within the NFL.
Barkley is perhaps the top prospect within the draft, however he undoubtedly isn’t the one actually good operating again.
Love doesn’t have Barkley’s absurd bodily potential and athletic expertise — to be honest, few do — however he’s having a completely absurd season. In simply eight video games he has already put up 1,387 speeding yards and 11 touchdowns … With simply 135 carries, which interprets to 10.three yards per carry. Love’s operating type reminds of Dalvin Cook, with persistence, glorious imaginative and prescient, and really feel for the sport. He units up his blocks effectively then makes use of his quickness to get via the outlet and into open house.