The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us so we're taking a look at some of the top prospects, who you can expect will draft them and give some tips.
University of Southern California prospect Sam Darnold shows as the odds-on favourite to be picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns, as the Browns continue their search for their long-term quarterback. Darnold excelled in his two seasons at USC, finishing 5th in passing yards last season. He’s seen as the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft by most experts with the perfect size, accuracy and coolness under pressure to make it at the professional level. However, he has been criticised for turning the ball over an alarming amount of times in his last college season.
Josh Allen out of University of Wyoming is technically incredible. His arm strength is incredible and is able to make throws that few others can. However, there are still many question marks around how he can perform in games. During his time at Wyoming he had a less than average supporting cast which made it difficult to determine Allen’s true ability.
Baker Mayfield had a stellar career at Oklahoma, winning the Heisman Trophy (College MVP) and earned his team a spot in the playoffs. He threw for nationwide highs of 43 touchdowns and a 70.5% completion percentage, all while throwing just six interceptions. Stats-wise, he is the best quarterback in the draft but history tells us that quarterbacks on pass-heavy offenses like that at Oklahoma have some difficulty adjusting to the NFL’s superior defenses. Still one of the top prospects.
Saquon Barkley from Penn State is arguably the best talent in this year’s draft out of any position. He has the potential to be a great NFL running back after performing at an elite level in college. He shows great vision, strength and physique to make it at the NFL level and also shows good pass-catching ability. Only possible setbacks are a slight lack of toughness in breaking tackles but his elusiveness is second-to-none. Almost certain to be picked by the New York Giants at pick number 2.
Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State appears to have the skillset to be a dominant defensive lineman in the NFL. His ability to attack the quarterback at collegiate level was outstanding, with 22 sacks over his last two seasons and showed significant improvement in his final season. With his combination of size (6’4”, 122kg) and athleticism, he is expected to be extremely successful at NFL level. Will very likely be taken by the Cleveland Browns at pick number 4.