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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / TGT Big Board Ranking the Top 18 Players in the 2018 NFL Draft (2/10/18)

TGT Big Board Ranking the Top 18 Players in the 2018 NFL Draft (2/10/18)

TGT 2018 NFL Draft Big Board!
Publish Date: 02/10/2018
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

 

You may see a lack of quarterbacks on this board and say, ‘Hey wait, everybody at ESPN and Bleacher Report ranks a bunch of quarterbacks in their top 20.’ You won’t get that here because here you will see the 20 best players. This year the quarterback class is deep, but it is not loaded with John Elways or even Andrew Lucks.

1) Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – Let’s put it this way, Barkley is a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliot was and that says a lot. Barkley can do it all and he does it with amazing speed and quickness. He returns kicks, he runs the ball and he is a beast catching passes. What may be more impressive is his ability to block.
Video: Saquon Barkley || 2017-2018 Penn State Highlights ᴴᴰ

Saquon Barkley || 2017-2018 Penn State Highlights ᴴᴰ

2) Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame – The best offensive guard to come out in I don’t know how long. He plays with unbelievable leverage and is violent with his hands. He is quick and traps as well as any guard you can find in the NFL now. He will be a Pro Bowler as a rookie.

Video: Quenton Nelson 2017 Highlights

Quenton Nelson 2017 Highlights

3) Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama – Fitzpatrick is an explosive play-maker with great hips and instincts. He will fit in nicely as a free safety in the NFL. He possesses great closing speed and is fully capable of playing center field in a defense, or matching up man to man.
Video: Best DB in College Football - Minkah Fitzpatrick || Ultimate Career Highlights

Best DB in College Football – Minkah Fitzpatrick || Ultimate Career Highlights

4) Bradley Chub, DE, N.C. State – Plays a little high at times but with his size he can even slide down and play defensive tackle at times. I think he is more NFL ready than Arden Key from LSU just because he can play in any situation, and can play multiple positions.
Video: Bradley Chubb ||

Bradley Chubb || “Astronaut SZN” || NC State Highlights

5) Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – Smith is an instinctive every down player who will have an immediate impact on any NFL team that selects him. He plays sideline to sideline  and will be a special player in the NFL.
Video: Roquan Smith Butkus Winner || Nations Best LB 2017 Highlights

Roquan Smith Butkus Winner || Nations Best LB 2017 Highlights

6) Arden Key, DE, LSU – Incredible first step quickness! My only concern with him is that he plays a little high at times and gives up his chest, but a little bit of coaching and he could do amazing things in the NFL.

Video: Arden Key || Potential #1 Pick || LSU 2016-17 Highlights

Arden Key || Potential #1 Pick || LSU 2016-17 Highlights

 

7) Vita Vea, DT, Washington – Vea is a big, strong, athletic guy who plays with great leverage. He sheds blockers well and is very good playing two-gap on defense. Vea has the ability at nose tackle to not just be strong against the run, but to also be able to collapse the pocket against the pass. At times he could play a little defensive end. He is a much better prospect than Danny Shelton was a few years ago.

Video: Vita Vea ||

Vita Vea || “Defensive Nightmare” ᴴᴰ || Washington Highlights

 

8) Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa – Jackson has a nose for the ball and great hips, as well. With his skill set and athleticism, Jackson should be the first cornerback taken off the board.

Video: Thorpe Award Finalist || Iowa CB Joshua Jackson 2017 Highlights ᴴᴰ

Thorpe Award Finalist || Iowa CB Joshua Jackson 2017 Highlights ᴴᴰ

 

9) Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Ridley is a superb route runner with the speed to pull away from defenders–he is outstanding at getting separation. At Bama this year the passing game was not very good, mainly because of the quarterback play, but Ridley should be a big game player in the NFL.

Video: Calvin Ridley ||

Calvin Ridley || “Alabama’s Great Wide Receiver” || Alabama Career Highlights || 2015 – 2018

 

10) Taven Bryan, DT, Florida – Bryan has a great initial burst and sheds blockers as well as anybody in the country. The thing that makes him special is his ability to play any position along the defensive line.

Video: Taven Bryan: Florida Gator -

Taven Bryan: Florida Gator – “The Next JJ Watt” Career Highlights [HD]

 

11) Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – People are sleeping on Jackson much the way they did Deshaun Watson last year and I don’t see why. Jackson can make all the throws and his ability to throw the ball from the pocket is underrated, big time. Jackson does need to gain some weight and he has been inconsistent at times, but it would not surprise me if he becomes a very good quarterback before he is done in the NFL.

 

12) Derwin James, SS, Florida State – James is the hardest hitting defensive player in this draft. He is a sure tackler and physical enough to play eight in the box. His only questions will come when he is asked to play center field, plus his ball skills need to improve. Don’t be surprised if he puts some weight on and becomes a WILL Linebacker in the NFL.
Video: II Hardest Hitting Safety In The Nation II Official Derwin James Highlights

II Hardest Hitting Safety In The Nation II Official Derwin James Highlights

13) Daron Payne, DT, Alabama – Payne is a run-plugger with a high ceiling for improvement. Sheds blockers well and has great instincts whenever the ball is on the ground. He always seems to be nearby.
Video: Da'Ron Payne ||

Da’Ron Payne || “Relentless Lineman” || Sophomore Highlights || 2016

14) Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU – Sutton could be the best receiver in this draft but he is not a big time number one guy like a Julio Jones or Antonio Brown. He is a receiver that will cause serious matchup problems for NFL defenses. He is not a great speed guy and has trouble getting separation, but he is great going up to get 50/50 balls and he is very physical.
Video: Courtland Sutton ||

Courtland Sutton || “Best Receiver in Nation” ᴴᴰ || SMU Highlights

15) Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – McGlinchey held his own against Bradley Chubb this year. McGlinchey’s pass set is solid but he has a tendency to get his feet too wide and he sometimes leans a little. But overall he is a very good player.
16) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State – Ward is a very good athlete who plays a receiver’s eyes and hands as well as anybody in the country. He has very good ball skills and very quick feet, which all should translate well for Ward.
Video: Denzel Ward (Browns) || 2017 Ohio State Highlight Mix

Denzel Ward (Browns) || 2017 Ohio State Highlight Mix

17) Billy Price, C, Ohio State – Good feet and good hands combined with great instincts make Price a sure-fire NFL starter. Actually, he is probably able to play Guard in the NFL also.
Video: Billy Price Film Session

Billy Price Film Session

18) Justin Reid, S, Stanford – Has the ability to play free or strong safety and is just a good solid all-around player.
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