2017 NFL Draft 2018 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker: USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold is one of the candidates to be potentially the first overall pick.

2018 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker

Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: January 16, 2018.

You can read our 2018 NFL Draft underclassmen list. You can also check out last year's 2017 Underclassmen tracker to compare and contrast the prospects in this years draft that are underclassmen to last years draft if you want.


  1. Sam Darnold, QB, USC

    Sam Darnold is in a tight race with PAC 12 Rival Josh Rosen to be the first quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. I like Rosen slightly more, but it's a case of 1A, 1B, 1C, and 1D for me with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, senior Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson being timed for the same grade. Most experts have Darnold or Rosen at 1 with the other at 2.

  2. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

    Josh Rosen had two seasons of over 3,500 passing yards. If he didn't have a season ending injury as a sophomore he'd be the first quarterback since Jared Goff with three consecutive seasons of 3,500 passing yards. Rosen also beat Goff as a true freshman. Rosen is signing with Athletes First the Agency that represented Carson Palmer.

  3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

    Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. He didn't dominate in his true junior season, but he was a Heisman Finalist once again and he dominated up until his Bowl game where he had 4 interceptions against Mississippi State.

  4. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

    Josh Allen struggled in 2017. He rebounded in his bowl game. Allen also has his degree and is playing in the 2018 Senior Bowl. CCA Sports the Agency Peyton Manning represented with Tom Condon is representing Josh Allen so that's another thing working in Allne's favor.

  5. Chase Litton, QB, Marshall

    Chase Litton has a high ceiling at 6-6 230 lbs. At the same time, he's a project and he probably should have returned to school.

  6. Tanner Lee, QB, Nebraska

    Tanner Lee should have went back to school. He may not even get drafted and he looks like someone that could go as early as the late sixth round and as late as being undrafted.

  7. Kyle Allen, QB, Houston

    Kyle Allen lost the starting job at Texas A&M and then Houston after he transferred there. Allen was a five star recruit in High School too so he wasn't going to get drafted unless he returned to school only to transfer to an FCS team and dominate there. Either way, Allen was in a lose lose scenario cause he'd go undrafted if he stayed at Houston as a backup and he'd go undrafted if he transferred to a third school. Declaring was Allen's only choice, but he probably doesn't get picked.

Running Backs

  1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

    Saquon Barkley is the top running back in the 2018 NFL Draft. He had issues with pass protection heading into 2017, but corrected that so solidify himself as the safest prospect in this class. Barkley joins Andrew Luck and Myles Garrett as the only prospects I gave a max grade to.

  2. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

    Derrius Guice stole carries from Leonard Fournette in 2016. He did well in 2017 when healthy. He's easily the best underclassmen in this draft after Saquon Barkley.

  3. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

    Kerryon Johnson has the will power that you want in a running back. He had 1,391 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2017. I really like his ability to fight for yards. He reminds me of three different running backs, Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore, and Eddie George. May need to improve fundamentals like blocking, pass catching, and showcase better vision. His intangibles are raw, but his work ethic and will to fight for yards is through the roof.

  4. Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame

    Josh Adams has the worst vision of any running back I've seen in a long time. I'm reminded of running backs with lackluster vision. I get a Maurice Clarrett or Lendale White vibe with Adams plus best case scenario you are getting an Eddie Lacy type of player who makes it through his rookie contract before flaming out.

  5. Ronald Jones, RB, USC

    Ronald Jones doesn't have the most consistent vision. He's got game breaking speed. Still needs to improve as a blocker. Looks like a number two running back despite great stats and consistent production at USC. The one positive I'll say is that he had some big moments early in the season where he bailed Sam Darnold out.

  6. John Kelly, RB, Tennessee

    John Kelly has the speed. His vision is just as good as Alvin Kamara. Kelly didn't reach 1,000 rushing yards at Tennessee as a one-year starter and neither did Alvin Kamara. Jordan Howard and Alvin Kamara had the least amount of carries heading into the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts and both had huge rookie seasons. I see something similar with John Kelly out of Tennessee.

  7. Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State

    Nyheim Hines is a good runner and pass catcher. Can play special teams too at 5-9 197 lbs. Not the blocker Matt Dayes is, but he's much faster on tape and better at catching out of the backfield. He had 1,112 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in 2017. Hines had 43 receptions for 525 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2016 in a backup running back role behind Dayes.

  8. Kamryn Pettway, RB, Auburn

    Kamryn Pettway dominated in 2016 with 1,224 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns in 2016. He dealt with injuries in 2017. He could have really cemented himself as high draft pick in 2019 if he went back to school. The most impressive thing about Pettway is he missed 9 games due to injuries. Pettway started two of Auburn's games against Clemson and Mercer with 3 of his 6 rushing touchdowns coming in that one start versus Mercer with his other three rushing touchdowns coming in a relief appearance. Pettway started 2 games and had a relief appearance in three other games in 2017.

  9. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

    Bo Scarbrough tore his ACL in both of his knees so he does come with durability concerns with one of those knees being injured in HS the other in the 2017 Championship Game versus Clemson. Bo Scarbrough has big play ability despite being a number two back at Alabama and will make a nice change of pace running back for an NFL team.

  10. Mark Walton, RB, Miami FL

    Mark Walton had over 1,000 rushing yards in 2016. He dealt with a season ending injury in 2017.

Wide Receivers

  1. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

    Christian Kirk is the most consistent slot receiver among the underclassmen in this class. I think his technique and intangibles are lightyears better than Calvin Ridley's. My top two wide receivers in the 2018 NFL Draft at this moment are seniors, but Christian Kirk is one of these underclassmen who will make a very convincing case to be that underclassmen at wide receiver who sneaks into the first round.

  2. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

    Calvin Ridley is a great route runner. He's not an elite route runner like Kirk. He breaks his routes like Michael Irvin does from a technique standpoint. He still drops passes at times and doesn't have that 6-2 height you covet in a wide receiver. Ridley is a very good number two receiver who will dominate as a number two in the right system. He's not a number one target and he's getting hyped up like he's the next Amari Cooper which is what I see more of in Kirk.

  3. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

    Auden Tate is a beast on tape. The reason he struggled as far as production goes is because DeAndre Francois got injured versus Alabama. He had to carry Florida State with a backup at quarterback.

  4. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana

    Simmie Cobbs Jr. picked apart Ohio State on tape. He's going to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl because he has his degree. I have a second round grade on Simmie Cobbs Jr. at the moment and he could move up with a big week in Mobile.

  5. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

    Courtland Sutton claps too frequently when he catches the football. His intangibles are good, but not great. Biggest issue on tape is technique. It doesn't help that his production is inferior to someone like Anthony Miller out of Memphis who balled out against the same opponents Sutton played. If you have Courtland Sutton ahead of Miller on your board you're clearly a size queen when it comes to wide receivers.

  6. Deontay Burnett, WR, USC

    Deontay Burnett balled out early to the point where I moved him ahead of Sutton. Burnett was so ineffective in the Cotton Bowl, that now I have him behind Sutton. I think his route running is more advanced than Sutton's at this point, but Sutton's size and upside will get him drafted ahead of Burnett.

  7. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

    Deon Cain didn't have the best production. He did well versus Carlton Davis on tape. He looks like a solid day 2 option in the third round though.

  8. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Oklahoma

    Equanimeous St. Brown regressed immensely without Kizer. He also dropped a lot of easy passes despite some flashes on tape this year.

  9. Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

    Trey Quinn has way better technique then Sutton. He did more for SMU than Sutton in 2017 and that is due to Sutton being double teamed. That being said, Quinn doesn't wow NFL teams with his size like Sutton does.

  10. Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida

    I see a career backup with Callway. He's all speed no intangibles. He also has off the field concerns.

  11. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

    D.J. Moore's technique on tape is so sloppy. This guy may have 4.28 speed like John Ross, but he is all speed no intangibles without the off the field concerns that Callway has. Moore let balls slip through his hands constantly and he relies on his streak routes. This was my issue with Diggs coming out, but he had an awesome NFL Combine and corrected his issues with route running and he dominated the gauntlet drill. Some people have compared Moore to Antonio Brown, but he will be lucky to be a tenth of what Diggs is.

  12. Ritchie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State

    Ritchie James dominated his first two years at Middle Tennessee State. He struggled in 2017 and you can argue he should have gone back.

  13. Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA

    The 6-1 210 lb Jordan Lasley dominated on tape in 2017. He even made big plays in UCLA's bowl game without Josh Rosen. I love his route running, jumping, and spectacular catching. Doesn't have the best speed or durability, but he's a player with the upside to develop into a future starter.

  14. Tre'Quan Smith, WR, Central Florida

    Tre'Quan Smith is one of my favorite blockers in this class. Imagine a poor mans Breshad Perriman who dominates as a blocker. Yes he had great stats with 59 receptions, 1,171 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns. The thing is the two NFL corners he faced kept him in check on tape with J.C. Jackson and Carlton Davis giving him issues in coverage. I love his first step quickness, but he's not a very good route runner. He has the athleticism to jump and get the ball though.

  15. Tavares Martin, WR, Washington State

    Tavares Martin should have went back to school. He could have made a statement without Luke Falk if he improved on his 2017 production in 2018.

  16. Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State

    Byron Pringle is capable of developing into a slot receiver. He's gonna need time on the bench first even though his character off the field is outstanding.

  17. Quandree Henderson, WR, Pittsburgh

    Quandree Henderson can play wide receiver, running back, or special teams. Henderson may be this years Curtis Samuel with a worse 40-time.

  18. Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech

    I watched Keke Coutee versus Houston. I wasn't impressed even though the 5-11 180 lb receiver had a career season with 96 receptions, 1,429 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. With Nick Shimonick graduating, I completely understand why Coutee struck while the iron is hot.

  19. Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Mississippi

    Korey Robertson has the speed and big play ability. This guy makes defenders miss on tape. He had 76 receptions, 1,106 reeiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns after Nick Mullins graduated which is kind of amazing. The 6-1 210 lb wide receiver struggled against Southern cornerback Danny Johnson, struggled against UTSA corner Devron Davis, and he struggled against Tarvarus McFadden. Those were the only NFL corners he faced. That being said, Robertson did have 100 yard games on SEC teams like Kentucky and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

Tight Ends

  1. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

    Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews won the John Mackey Award as the nations best tight end. He's my top tight end in this class and I have a first round grade on Andrews at the moment.

  2. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

    Hayden Hurst is all athleticism. All speed. This guy dropped a lot of wide open passes versus Missouri and he only maintained blocks for three seconds. Some believe Hurst could be the best tight end in this class. From an intangibles standpoint this guy is terrible and I wouldn't take him before the third day of the draft.

  3. Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford

    He's not a #1 tight end like Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz, or Austin Hooper. He's a blocking tight end and a backup at best. You could even argue he's a poor mans Levine Toilolo.

  4. Ryan Izzo, TE, Florida State

    Ryan Izzo is a pure blocking tight end just like Dalton Schultz. Izzo isn't even a quality pass catcher like Nick O'Leary was.

Offensive Tackles

  1. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

    The 6-8 311 lb Kolton Miller played right tackle next to Connor McDermott in 2016. Miller moved to left tackle to be Josh Rosen's blindside in 2017. It's an intense race between Miller, Connor Williams, and Orlando Brown for that number three offensive tackle spot. I currently gave Miller the landslide edge on tape because he has longer arms than Williams.

  2. Connor Williams, OT/G, Texas

    Connor Williams played both offensive tackle and guard on both sides of the offensive line at Coppell High School in Texas. Then he enrolled in Texas and won the left tackle job. He started every game this year, but tearing both his MCL and PCL caused him to miss most of the season. Williams recovered from his injury, but my big issue with him is he doesn't maintain blocks for more than 3-5 seconds on tape. If you got a quarterback with a quick release that can get rid of it in 2-5 seconds and want an offensive tackle with the versatility and foot speed to wow you this is your man.

  3. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

    Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown was mainly a left tackle most of his career. Oklahoma moved him over to right tackle when they gained huge leads in ball games this season to give Brown that versatility to play both sides on the offensive line. The other big questions with Brown involve him getting his weight under control and improving his knee bend and foot speed on tape. As far as maintaining blocks goes, Brown can give your quarterback up to 7-10 seconds in pass protection when he gets his hand on your defender. At the same time, Brown will have problems with speed rushers and he may need to lose some weight order for his skills to translate. He's a Pro Bowler right now, but with the right coaching and development you could be looking at someone who has the upside to be a perennial All Pro for the next decade.

  4. Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh offensive tackle Brian O'Neill dominated at right tackle in 2016 when Nate Peterman and James Conner were there. He got a full year of experience under his belt at left tackle in 2017 and looks like a very good day 2 prospect.

  5. Nick Gates, OT/G/C, Nebraska

    The 6-6 295 lb Nick Gates turned down a scholarship for Alabama because he wanted to start right away. He played all five positions on the offensive line for a Bishop Gorman High School Powerhouse team in Nevada before choosing to enroll at Nebraska. After being Nebraska's scout team captain during his redshirt year, he started at right tackle as a freshman redshirt. Then he moved to left tackle and started 26 consecutive games. Gates gave Tanner Lee 5-7 additional seconds in the pocket on a consistent basis and Lee still had trouble with his decision making. I really like Gates when watching him against Northwestern on tape. There was a play where he was bear hugging Northwestern's defender isolating him to the point where it looked like Danny Shelton was hugging Goodell at the draft. In all seriousness, Gates is a sleeper and someone to keep an eye on at the offensive tackle position.

  6. Will Richardson, RT, North Carolina State

    Will Richardson played right tackle at North Carolina State. He's a very good run blocker. Suspect in pass protection though.

  7. Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU

    Toby Weathersby only had 4 career starts prior to his junior season. He still needs one more full season as a starter. Weathersby going undrafted is a possibility.


  1. Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame

    Quenton Nelson is the most complete left guard in this class. I compared him to Mike Munchak for crying out loud, so for me to compare someone in this draft to Munchak should speak volumes.

  2. Sam Jones, G, Arizona State

    Sam Jones played all five positions on the offensive line in High School. He's got the most experience at left guard though. He's versatile, but very raw.

  3. Taylor Hearn, LG, Clemson

    Taylor Hearn is a good left guard prospect. Hearn is someone that could go on day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

  4. Maea Teuhema, G/OT, Southeastern Louisiana

    Maea Teuhema played left guard as a true freshman in 2015. He even showed more versatility in 2016 dominating at right guard. Teuhema was so good on tape for LSU that he eventually earned the starting right tackle job and took that from Toby Weathersby before getting dismissed from LSU. I figured Teuhema, who I was going to initially give a third round grade to would have no shot at declaring this year, but he transferred to Southeastern Louisiana where he started every game in the FCS at the left tackle position. Teuhema is a guard/offensive tackle that could be a good guard or right tackle in the NFL. The off the field concerns are the big concern though. This guy needs a strong combine to have any chance to move into day 2 of the NFL Draft.


  1. Will Clapp, C, LSU

    Most scouts have Billy Price as their number one center. He's a great run blocker. He doesn't provide the pass protection that Pat Elflein had. I value pass protection way more in offensive linemen on running plays. Clapp has the pass protection and run blocking. Plus the fact that he's the only underclassmen at center to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft makes him my top center because he started his freshman year at right guard, then moved to left guard when LSU had Pocic, and then took over for Pocic at center. He's without a doubt my favorite center. In fact, I think he's the only center in this draft with a shot at a Pro Bowl. I know I'm starting to sound like Josiah Ray whose favorite school is LSU. At the same time, I feel like Price is getting hyped up due to being teammates with Elflein along with Elflien's awesome rookie year with the Vikings. Teams just want to play it safe and they aren't really looking for upside. Price would be a nice guard, but I'm not comfortable with him as a center at all. Clapp is the top center in this draft since he can maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds on tape in pass protection, and my biggest issue with Billy Price is I see a guy who only maintains blocks for 1-3 seconds in pass protection. Debate over.

  2. James Daniel, C, Iowa

    Most scouts have Billy Price as their number one center. He's a great run blocker. He doesn't provide the pass protection that Pat Elflein had. I value pass protection way more in offensive linemen on running plays. I don't even think Price is the best big 10 center. I like Iowa center James Daniel better on tape.

Defensive Ends

  1. Dorance Armstrong Jr., LE/3-4 LOLB, Kansas

    I’m very low on Armstrong, I don’t understand why he declared. When one of the things your known for is not shaking Baker Mayfield's hand, you are not a good player. I think he needed another year at Kansas to improve his stock and show that he’s improved his motor and production.

  2. Rasheem Greene, DE/DT, USC

    Green can play DE and possibly DT at the NFL level, but at 6'4 and 275 pounds he’ll probably become a defensive end. He's USC’s sack leader with 10, he has good production and traits that teams in the NFL will definitely be interested in. I expect him to be a late day two early day three pick.

  3. Sam Hubbard, RE, Ohio State

    At 6’5” and 265 pounds, Sam Hubbard has the size that teams will love. I'm not a fan of him, to me he's average everywhere, not bad, but not great. He'll probably be a day three pick pending a great process or poor process. He will be a good role player or borderline starter in the NFL.

  4. Breeland Sparks, DE/DT, Ole Miss

    Sparks converted from DT to DE before the 2017 season. He can play both positions, which scouts will like. He has good size for a DE, but if he converts to DT I’d like him to gain more weight. He has had inconsistent production this season, some games he has 13 tackles, and some games he has 2 tackles.

  5. Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

    Josh Sweat isn't that great in my opinion, he gets bottled up frequently and doesn't have the production that I’d like. I think he should of stayed in school for another season go up his production and stock.

  6. Jalen Wilkerson, DE, Florida State

    This is a horrible decision, Wilkerson has only played in reserve for the Seminoles in his career. I don’t know who gave him the advice to declare, but why he listened to that person is beyond me. He won’t get drafted barring an elite draft process, he will probably be on a practice squad if he's lucky.

  7. JoJo Wicker, DE, Arizona State

    Again like Sweat, he’s not that good of a player. He has the same flaws of Sweat, although the production isn't as bad as Sweat. He should of stayed in school for another season.

Defensive Tackles

  1. Da'Ron Payne, DT/3-4 NT, Alabama

    With Christian Wilkins returning, Da'Ron Payne is now my top defensive tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft. I'm not sure how early Payne goes, but he should be the top defensive tackle. Payne is projected to run a 4.81 40-time.

  2. Vita Vea, DT/3-4 NT, Washington

    The 6-5 345 lb Vita Vea is projected to run a 4.85 40-time. He fatigues sometimes, but he's got three down ability at the line of scrimmage.

  3. Taven Bryan, DT/3-4 DE Florida

    Taven Bryan makes an easy decision here, he’s a first rounder no doubt about it. His production, natural talent, intangibles, and level of competition makes him an easy pick in the first round if a team is looking for a defensive tackle.

  4. Courtel Jenkins, DT, Houston

    This decision is again another bad one, he has never had more than 29 total tackles in a season. And he didn’t play this season, he won't get drafted like Wilkerson. I don't think he'll be a practice squad player either.

  5. Du’Vonta Lampkin, DT, Oklahoma

    From what I could find from Lampkin he shows good power, he is good against the run, and knows how to get to the ball carrier. He has some upside that will make him a draftable player at the nose tackle. But he should of stayed in school to improve his stock to a day two guy.

  6. Harrison Phillips, DT/3-4 DE, Stanford

    Harrison Phillips is a day 2 prospect. I think he's capable of challenging and surpassing Taven Bryan to be the final defensive tackle in the first round.

  7. R.J. McIntosh, DT/3-4 DE, Miami FL

    The 6-4 293 lb R.J. McIntosh had 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2017. He got pancaked and knocked flat on the ground by Quenton Nelson the Notre Dame left guard. He can be a great run stuffer, but he needs to add some muscle since he's a project at this point.

  8. Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami FL

    Kendrick Norton didn't showcase the same production McIntosh did. He's bigger though at 6-4 312 lbs.

  9. Tim Settle, DT/3-4 NT, Virginia Tech

    The 6-3 335 lb Tim Settle had 12.5 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks in 2017. Settle had explosive burst off the edge and two years of good tape before declaring as a sophomore redshirt. He looks like someone that could go between the second and fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

  10. Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia

    Trent Thompson dominated as a sophomore. He struggled as a junior in 2017. He probably would have been better off returning.

  11. Reginald McKenzie Jr., DT/3-4 NT, Tennessee

    Reginald McKenzie Jr. is Reggie McKenzie's son. His nickname is "Khalil" McKenzie and he's someone that could be worth keeping an eye on.

  12. Eddy Wilson, DT, Purdue

    Eddy Wilson only had 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1 sack in 2017. Why in the f did this guy turn pro early?


  1. Leighton Vander Esch, ROLB, Boise State

    Leighton Vander Esch can play any of the linebacker spots in a 4-3 defense. I feel like he's being slightly overhyped at this point, but others like him.

  2. Christian Sam, ROLB, Arizona State

    Christian Sam is someone who can rush off the edge. He's an effective 4-3 right outside linebacker.

  3. Shaquem Griffin, 3-4 ROLB, Central Florida

    Shaquem Griffin put on more muscle and went from 213 lbs to 229 lbs. He didn't dominate like he did in 2016, but he is a very vocal passionate player.

  4. Roquan Smith, MLB/3-4 MLB, Georgia

    Roquan Smith is the top middle linebacker in this class. Roquan Smith is the second highest middle linebacker behind Luke Kuechly that I ever graded.

  5. Tremaine Edmunds, MLB/3-4 MLB, Virginia Tech

    Tremaine Edmunds is another middle linebacker prospect that I have a first round grade on. Edmunds is bigger than Roquan, but he doesn't have the consistent technique. Roquan wins blocks despite his size and that's what separates him from Edmunds.

  6. Malik Jefferson, MLB, Texas

    Malik Jefferson has great versatility as a linebacker. He finally showcased the tools to be a tackling machine. Still needs to do a better job at wrapping up tackles and his instincts suck.

  7. Frank Ginda, MLB, San Jose State

    Frank Ginda was one of the most effective tacklers in 2018. Frank Ginda is my sleeper at middle linebacker with the underclassmen in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  8. Jeff Holland, LOLB, Auburn

    Jeff Holland is versatile enough to play outside linebacker on either side in the 4-3 or the 3-4. He took over for Carl Lawson in 2017.

  9. Andre Smith, LOLB, North Carolina

    Andre Smith showcased the skills of a tackling machine at 4-3 left outside linebackers. Started against California and Louisville showcasing skills of a tackling machine. Injuries plagued him after those two games. Could be a day 3 pick with an impressive NFL Combine.

  10. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LOLB, Western Kentucky

    Joel Iyieguniwe is versatile enough to play any of the three linebacker spots. I'm not sure he gets drafted, but he's someone to keep an eye on.


  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama

    Minkah Fitzpatrick is the top defensive back in this class. He is capable of playing cornerback or safety with his skills.

  2. Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

    Joshua Jackson had an awesome season for Iowa. Pretty much everyone has him graded as the top cornerback after Minkah Fitzpatrick and that's assuming you count Minkah as a cornerback instead of a safety like I do. People who have Minkah as a safety have Jackson as the top ranked cornerback in this class.

  3. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

    Donte Jackson has great man and zone coverage. Jackson kept Christian Kirk in check and has all of the tools to be a starting cornerback at the next level.

  4. Holton Hill, CB, Texas

    Holton Hill is a first round corner with his tape. He kept James Washington my top ranked receiver in check.

  5. Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

    Mike Hughes is a 2018 first round cornerback. This guy plays man, zone, and press at an elite level.

  6. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

    Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver is another player to keep an eye on. Oliver is potentially the sixth underclassmen at cornerback that could get picked in the first round.

  7. J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland

    J.C. Jackson has great speed. His coverage looks pretty suspect on tape. He may go in day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft with a strong 40-time though.

  8. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

    Denzel Ward was a nickel cornerback next to Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore in 2016. He took over as a field cornerback in 2017.

  9. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

    Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis had a superb game against Alabama covering Calvin Ridley. Davis will not move to a nickel role if a team asks him too. He's already stated that there are certain teams he won't play for according to my friend Joey

  10. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin

    Nick Nelson dominated in the boundary role next to Wisconsin's senior cornerback Derrick Tindal. Nelson will be a very good number two cornerback for a team that needs a number two cornerback in the boundary.

  11. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

    Louisville Cardinals cornerback Jaire Alexander was the top cornerback in the preseason. Jaire Alexander dealt with injuries in 2017 and that really killed his stock.

  12. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

    Tarvarus McFadden is one of the best cornerbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft. He did better in 2016, but he has too much talent to fall to day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

  13. J.J. Dallas, CB, Louisiana-Monroe

    J.J. Dallas is a very good man and press coverage cornerback at 6-1 200 lbs. He only played 6 games in 2017 and has some durability issues. I think he could be a third round pick with a strong 2018 NFL Combine.

  14. Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee

    Rashaan Gaulden is a fast big play field cornerback for Tennessee. He could be another underclassmen that moves up the boards.

  15. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

    Quenton Meeks is a good boundary cornerback at Stanford. I can see why Meeks declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

  16. D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State

    D.J. Reed is the a fast, but undersized underclassmen with the ability to play on special teams. Reed can also be an effective return specialist.

  17. Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU

    Kevin Toliver isn't as effective as Donte Jackson. That being said, more people talked about him at the beginning of the year.


  1. Derwin James, FS, Florida State

    Derwin James has the versatility to play free safety, strong safety, or cornerback. He's 6-3 212 lbs.

  2. DeShon Elliott, FS, Texas

    DeShon Elliott balled out at Texas. He looks like he's better in coverage than Ronnie Harrison.

  3. Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama

    Ronnie Harrison has been my number two safety behind Derwin James. He's still a top 3 safety, but DeShon Elliott is close to jumping him.

  4. Jessie Bates III, FS, Wake Forest

    Jessie Bates III showed some promising day 3 tape versus Florida State. He's probably a day 3 pick though.

  5. Terrell Edmunds, SS, Virginia Tech

    Terrell Edmunds is the brother of Tremaine Edmunds. He's someone to keep an eye on throughout the draft process.

  6. Justin Reid, FS, Stanford

    Justin Reid is one of the top free safeties in the 2018 NFL Draft. Reid is someone who could move up boards with a strong combine.

  7. Van Smith, FS, Clemson

    I think Van Smith can be a really good free safety for a team to add on day 3. He's not as good as previous Clemson safeties.

  8. Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh

    Jordan Whitehead is versatile enough to play anywhere at safety. He can also play nickel cornerback.


  1. Eddy Pinheiro, K, Florida

    Eddy Pinehiro is a top two kicker in this class. I can see why he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.


  1. Michael Dickson, P, Texas

    I'm not sure why Michael Dickson left Texas early. Either way he's the only underclassmen at punter in this class.

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