2018 NFL Draft: Top 30 Best Players Available After First Round

2018 NFL Draft: Top 30 Best Players Available After First Round

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft: Top 30 Best Players Available After First Round

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10. CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

A superstar athlete, Oliver could’ve easily have gone late in the first round and no one would’ve blinked. He might not be all that physical, but the guy can fly to the ball and make big things happen.

Original Projection: Second Round

9. RB Ronald Jones, USC

Jones is the one the other college backs like to pay attention to. He’s a tough guy who can move in between the tackles with a slippery-smooth style. While he’s not a blazer, he can be a dangerous specialist as a part of a rotation.

Original Projection: Second Round

8. WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

Sort of stunning that he didn’t slip into the first round, he’s got the size, the deep ability, and the proven production to step in and be a starter right away. Unlike D.J. Moore – who went to Carolina – and even Calvin Ridley, Sutton looks the part of a main man.

Original Projection: First Round

7. RB Derrius Guice, LSU

Yeah, there are some concerns about character after the murky claim that he was asked inappropriate questions at the Combine, but he’s a top 15 overall talent who should’ve gone ahead of Rashaad Penny and Sony Michel. Granted, he’s coming off a down year, but when he was healthy, he was among the most productive backs in college football.

Original Projection: First Round

6. S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

Don’t you want a quarterback for your secondary? There aren’t any smarter veteran college safeties who can blast away against the run like he can. It’s all there to put together a huge NFL career as someone’s leader both in the locker room and on the stat sheet.

Original Projection: Second Round

5. QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

It would’ve been interesting to have seen what might have happened if Lamar Jackson went earlier. Of course, Jackson went at the end of the first round when Baltimore moved up to get him, but if five quarterbacks were already off the board, would someone have traded up to get Rudolph? He’s certainly not dynamic compared to Jackson, but he’ll be an NFL starting quarterback, too.

Original Projection: First Round

4. CB Josh Jackson, Iowa

There was no way Jackson was going ahead of Denzel Ward – who Cleveland overreached for at the four – and Mike Hughes was hardly a bad pick for Minnesota, but shhhhhhhh. The Iowa ball-hawker might just be the best corner in the draft.

Original Projection: Top 40 Overall

3. OG Will Hernandez, UTEP

He could’ve and should’ve gone in the first round. Of course, NFL teams don’t like blockers who go 6-2 and aren’t long, but he’s as good a run blocker as any in the draft. There’s absolutely no bust potential here when it comes to getting nasty. He might not be as good, but he’ll play just as long as Quenton Nelson.

Original Projection: Second Round

2. DE/OLB Harold Landry, Boston College

Wait … aren’t unstoppable pass rushers supposed to be valued in the first round?

Landry is a true tweener, but he’s got special skill at getting into the backfield, and once he’s 100% after working last season with an ankle injury, look out. He should’ve gone late in the first round, and now teams are going to do everything possible to move up to grab him.

Original Projection: First Round

1. DE/OLB Arden Key, LSU

Alright, so there are a whole slew of concerns about his off-field issues, but he’s a top ten overall talent with special pass rushing upside if and when he gets it all together. Now that he’s out of the first round, he’s a phenomenal value pick from here on in the draft.

He might still drop further, and there’s a chance he tumbles well into the third round, but at this point, it’s time. If it doesn’t work out, the cost is relatively minimal for a player of his talent. If it does work, get an all-timer of a pass rusher.

Original Projection: Third Round

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