2018 NFL Draft: Post Day One Names to Remember

Impact players available on days two and three

  1. Josh Sweat DE Florida St.

Coming out of high school Josh Sweat was the premiere pass rusher despite missing most of his senior season due to injuries. Injuries followed him to college as he had knee surgery in 2016 but he’s been productive since. Injuries and motor concerns are really the only negatives with Sweat. He’s a willing and capable pass rusher, with his hand down or standing up. He’s a sure tackler with rare athleticism. I have him 73rd on my top 100 and I think that he can outplay that ranking if he stays healthy.

  1. Marcus Allen S Penn St.

I like hitters at the safety position and Marcus Allen may be one of the hardest hitters in this entire class. He’s not the best in coverage but at the line of scrimmage he’s a terror. I’ve heard some question his instincts and anticipation but I don’t see that on tape. Allen is really good at diagnosing screens and run plays and making the tackle. At worst he’ll play nickel or dime in sub packages and be the best special teams player on day one. Marcus Allen comes in at 64 on my top 100.

  1. Nyheim Hines RB NC State

Everyone is talking about who the Alvin Kamara of this draft is going to be, yet no one seems to mention the name Nyheim Hines. Out of high school Hines was the 155th rated high school player by ESPN. Why is that important? Saquon Barkley also was going into college in 2015, and ESPN rated Barkley at 291 in their top 300. Hines is a dual threat, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 12 TDs. Over his three years at NC State he only had 89 catches, 933 yards, and 1 TD receiving. Kamara had more TDs at Tennessee but he was also unable to show his full talents as a receiver. Hines is as explosive as any other running back in this class and if he goes to the right team he can shine right away. I ranked Hines 49 in my top 100.

  1. Auden Tate WR Florida St.

Auden Tate was on my radar but I had him pegged as a late 3rd day guy, maybe even a UDFA. That is until I saw him with my own eyes at the combine. The 4.68, 40-yard dash isn’t going to blow you away but as I saw him running the gauntlet and catching the football my mind immediately went to Brandon Coleman. Now Coleman isn’t great but he’s a big talented receiver who is a red zone threat and a force run blocking.  I think Auden Tate can be just that. He plays to his size and has tremendous body control. He makes contested catches and showed his toughness playing through a shoulder injury at Florida St. I have Auden Tate as the 50th best player in my top 100.

  1. Richie James WR Middle Tennessee St.

James was another guy that really got my attention at the combine, so I went back and watched more tape and I liked him even more. He possesses 4.48 speed and he was ultra-productive over his three years in college. In three season he posted 243 receptions, 3,249 yards, and 23 TDs, all of which are school records, and he only played 5 games last season due to a broken collarbone. He’s not the most polished route runner but I think he can improve on that at the next level. He’s great in terms of yards after the catch and has exceptional vision as a ball carrier. In the right system he could be special. I have him at 79 in my top 100.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Antonio Callaway WR Florida: Great skillset, top 50 talent without all the off the field noise. I have him off of my board completely because of his lack of self-discipline.

Mike White QB Western Kentucky: Not in my top 100, but his arm strength and ideal size will land him a job. Could grow under a vet into a potential starter.

Poona Ford DL Texas: He is 84th on my top 100. I like his size and motor. Not a starter day one but can fit into a defensive rotation. Very raw, powerful interior lineman. High ceiling.

 

 

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