Rankings are based on the reporting of Albert Breer, Peter King, Jenny Vrentas, Robert Klemko, Conor Orr and Jonathan Jones. Player bios written by Gary Gramling, (Heights and weights from the NFL combine.)
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Height: 6' 0" | Weight: 233 pounds
Evaluators told our Albert Breer that Barkley is a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott was two years ago, and one team told Peter King that Barkley was the fifth prospect in the past 20 years to have received a perfect grade from them. Barkley is a true workhorse back who would be a first-round prospect solely on his ability as a runner. Add in his passing-game skills—think Le’Veon Bell, a big back who has the ability to create separation when lined up as a receiver—and he’s custom-built for the modern NFL.
2. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Height: 6' 33⁄8" | Weight: 221 pounds
He had some growing pains in his first full year as a starter—he saw a lot of new looks from opposing defenses and took some time to adjust, turning the ball over far too frequently. That, combined with mechanical corrections needed for a loopy delivery, could result in a redshirt year in 2018. But few doubt Darnold’s ability to learn at the next level, and his physical skills (strong-armed and accurate), mental makeup and ability to make plays late in the down give him franchise QB potential.
3. Bradley Chubb, EDGE, N.C. State
Height: 6' 43⁄8" | Weight: 269 pounds
He can’t match Myles Garrett from an athleticism standpoint, but Chubb combines impressive get-off, an advanced approach to the pass rush and a relentless motor. A strip-sack savant, he’s also athletic enough to make the move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and hold up in space.
4. Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 325 pounds
The complete package at guard—one evaluator told Albert Breer that Nelson is a better prospect than Zack Martin was coming out of Notre Dame. Nelson is a violent mauler with brute strength and a nasty disposition, but blends it with nimble athleticism that allows him to thrive in space and as a pass protector.
5. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Height: 6' 47⁄8" | Weight: 237 pounds
Think of him as a younger, extreme version of Cam Newton, the good and the bad—a pure power thrower who can attempt passes others can’t (and often from absurd platforms), but accuracy that’s streaky on good days and unacceptable on bad days. (Allen also has value on designed runs, though probably not to the same extent Newton does.) Accuracy problems are difficult to fix but not impossible to refine; his next position coach can start with often atrocious footwork, and comfort with a more talented group of pass-catchers should lead to more confidence. He’s every bit the boom-or-bust prospect everyone thinks he is, and the rare arm talent gives him the highest ceiling in this draft class.
6. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Height: 6' 01⁄8" | Weight: 204 pounds
As more NFL offenses turn to versatile, movable chess piece types to gain the upper hand, Fitzpatrick provides the antidote. He’s a rangy and instinctive in centerfield, but is at his best coming down to match up with athletic tight ends and slot receivers. He excels as a blitzer, attacks as a run defender, and has the character and football IQ immediately become a leader in the locker room.
7. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Height: 6' 05⁄8" | Weight: 215 pounds
There’s a reason few 6-foot quarterbacks make it in the NFL, and the fact that Mayfield is coming from an Air Raid offense (supported by superior talent) is a second strike. Still, he was adept at finding throwing lanes at the collegiate level. He’s an anticipatory passer, which will make up for what’s ordinary arm strength for an NFL starter. And the Johnny Manziel comparisons should probably go away considering Mayfield’s off-the-charts football character, as well as high football IQ. An offensive coordinator might have to get a bit creative (and you wonder how Mayfield will handle a more aggressive media throng at the NFL level if the likes of Lee Corso can get under his skin), but with a strong interior line in a timing-based offense, there’s no reason Mayfield can’t have success in the NFL. (By the way, we have Robert Klemko tailing Mayfield throughout draft season.)
8. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 226 pounds
A pure passer with advanced feel in the pocket and impeccable ball placement, Rosen is probably the most pro-ready of the QBs in this year’s class. He won’t make plays late in the down like Sam Darnold does though, and durability is a question mark. He also has the kind of beat-of-a-different-drum personality (hit the Independent Thought Alarm) that will surely cause some evaluators to bristle.
9. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Height: 5' 107⁄8" | Weight: 183 pounds
Ward’s competitiveness and leaping ability allow him to play bigger than his size, and his loose hips and quick feet allow him to mirror quicker receivers underneath. He’ll likely always have issues against big No. 1 receivers, but can play the slot or outside and has Pro Bowl potential.
10. Roquan Smith, Stack LB, Georgia
Height: 6' 07⁄8" | Weight: 236 pounds
He’s undersized, but Smith is also fast and instinctive (which allows him to play even faster). He’ll need to be covered up by a big defensive line, but brings star potential as a 4-3 WILL or 3-4 ILB.
11. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Height: 6' 01⁄2" | Weight: 189 pounds
His numbers were suppressed while playing with a young, run-first quarterback in Jalen Hurts, and Ridley lacks the ideal size of a No. 1 receiver, but everything else is there. His acceleration and long speed make him a dangerous downfield threat, and he has the fluid athleticism, short-area quickness and overall feel for route running to consistently create space working underneath. He’s the best in a relatively weak WR class.
12. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Height: 6' 4" | Weight: 347 pounds
The measurables didn’t always add up to dominance (though they sometimes did), and he’ll need to be rotated out more often than you might like, but Vea has a Dontari Poe-like blend of size and movement skill that rarely come into the league.
13. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Height: 6' 03⁄8" | Weight: 196 pounds
A breakout player in 2017, Jackson is long and showed elite ball skills last year. His long speed falls under “good-not-great,” but his playmaking skills more than make up for it.
14. Tremaine Edmunds, Stack LB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6' 41⁄2" | Weight: 253 pounds
Edmunds is still something of a work in progress, but with a rare combination of size and athleticism he can be molded into just about anything a coaching staff wants him to be. He has the range to go sideline-to-sideline as a traditional middle linebacker, and the length and fluid athleticism to match up with tight ends in coverage. And despite it not always being in his job description, he’s an explosive edge rusher with star potential if asked to play the edge on a regular basis.
15. Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Height: 6' 53⁄4" | Weight: 264 pounds
Built like a power forward, Davenport dominated hapless Conference-USA opponents with a blend of size and explosiveness rarely seen outside the Power-5 conferences. After getting by purely on athletic gifts during his college career, Davenport has some work to do before he’ll be able to dominate similarly against NFL-caliber athletes. But his ceiling is enormous, and he’s even more intriguing in a draft that’s light on edge players (and in a year when there are few to be had on the free-agent market).
16. Derwin James, S, Florida State
Height: 6' 13⁄4" | Weight: 215 pounds
He was a relative disappointment after bursting onto the scene as a true freshman in 2015, but that might have had something to do with some tentativeness in his first year back from a torn meniscus that cost him most of the 2016 season. The Seminoles asked James to play near the line of scrimmage more often last season, and he’s not a guy you’d line up in centerfield with regularity. But his versatility—he’s essentially another linebacker in the box, or can lock down tight ends and running backs in man coverage—make him the kind of defensive chess piece to counter what most NFL offenses are currently doing with hybrid pieces.
17. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Height: 6' 21⁄2" | Weight: 311 pounds
His performance in last year’s College Football Playoffs (showing talent on both sides of the ball against Clemson, then dominating against Georgia in the title game) solidified Payne’s spot in Round 1. His brute strength and athleticism will make him a dominant run defender, though he’s still a work-in-progress as a pass rusher.
18. Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
Height: 6' 23⁄8" | Weight: 252 pounds
He’s a bit undersized, but Landry is a fast, flexible edge burner. He returned to school and had an underwhelming, injury-filled senior year though, and needs to add to his repertoire of moves. But the speed and bendability can’t be taught.
19. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Height: 6' 51⁄8" | Weight: 296 pounds
He was on a trajectory to be a top-10 and maybe even top-5 overall prospect until an up-and-down junior year. He struggled through a knee injury, which might have had something to do with it. If he returns to form, he has the requisite length and athleticism for a left tackle, with some nastiness as a run-blocker as well.
20. Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
Height: 6' 5" | Weight: 291 pounds
Long and athletic, Bryan is a raw but flashes rare movement skills for his size. He explodes off the line and plays with a relentless motor, a fluid mover who can bend around a blocker and make plays in the backfield. He’s a bit lanky for the interior—he might ultimately be molded into a five-technique.
21. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Height: 6' 77⁄8" | Weight: 309 pounds
With a nice blend of length and athleticism, as well as experience on both sides of the line, McGlinchey should become a quality starter. He doesn’t overwhelm opponents and his ceiling doesn’t match Conor Williams’, but he’s technically polished with a chance to start immediately, probably on the right side.
22. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Height: 6' 01⁄4" | Weight: 201 pounds
One of the best corners in this class from a pure size/speed standpoint, Oliver has the potential to become a lockdown cover man. It will be a matter of cleaning up his footwork under an NFL position coach.
23. Leighton Vander Esch, Stack LB, Boise State
Height: 6' 41⁄4" | Weight: 256 pounds
A lanky inside linebacker with the raw athleticism and speed to be a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine, Vander Esch needs to fill out his frame a bit more, but he could step in as an immediate starter as a 4-3 WILL or 3-4 ILB.
24. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Height: 6' 33⁄8" | Weight: 218 pounds
Sutton dominated at the collegiate level thanks to a blend of size and athleticism. A contested-catch specialist in the Brandon Marshall mold, he has the raw tools to become a No. 1 receiver but has a long way to go as far as learning some of the nuances of the position.
25. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Height: 5' 101⁄2" | Weight: 224 pounds
A violent, thrashing back who thrives running through contact, Guice has the talent to make an immediate impact as an early-down bellcow back. The questions are what kind of contributions he’ll make as a receiver, and whether or not he can stay healthy considering his style after battling a nagging ankle injury last season.
26. Rashaan Evans, Stack LB, Alabama
Height: 6' 17⁄8" | Weight: 232 pounds
Evans should join C.J. Mosley, Dont’a Hightower, Reuben Foster and Rolando McClain as plug-and-play first-rounder linebackers out of Nick Saban’s program. Evans is fast and physical, though his value on passing downs is likely to come on the blitz more than in coverage.
27. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 5' 103⁄8" | Weight: 201 pounds
A quick-twitch receiver with the ability to create separation underneath, Kirk is dangerous with the ball in his hands, a hard runner who can create yards after the catch. He too often fights the ball though, and will fail to come up with a lot of catchable balls. He’s strictly a slot receiver, with a chance to become something of a poor man’s Julian Edelman once he adds some polish to his game.
28. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Height: 6' 85⁄8" | Weight: 309 pounds
He has the desired length for the blindside, and Miller flashed impressive athleticism (which shined through at the combine). With a bit of cleanup with his technique, could become a quality left tackle. If not, he could probably hold his own as a serviceable right tackle.
29. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Height: 6' 11⁄4" | Weight: 292 pounds
He's a question mark at the moment—Hurst was sent home from the combine after an EKG revealed irregularities with his heart. He had been cleared to play at Michigan though, and the hope is that a more thorough examination confirms he can continue his career. An undersized but disruptive three-technique, Hurst wins with initial quickness and a low center of gravity that allows him to shoot through gaps. He’ll be a bit of an all-or-nothing player, but should create his fair share of havoc.
30. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Height: 6' 21⁄4" | Weight: 216 pounds
He’s a work in progress, but there’s no denying the significant improvement Jackson made as a passer over his three seasons at Louisville. He’ll sail relatively routine throws due to his poor footwork (he’s all arm) and he’s streaky throwing on the move—and while those are correctable flaws there’s no guarantee his development will continue on such a promising trajectory. But if his progress as a passer stalls, Jackson is electric with the ball in his hands and a creative designer could build complexity in the run game (though durability might then be a concern considering his relatively slender frame). Or, yes, if things bottom out a position change is a possibility considering his exceptional ability as a runner. Like Josh Allen, Jackson is a gifted athlete (Allen is an exceptional arm talent with plus mobility, Jackson has exceptional mobility with plus arm talent) who carries a fair amount of risk but an enormously high ceiling if developed properly.
31. Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
Height: 6' 47⁄8" | Weight: 238 pounds
One of the best pure talents in this draft, Key has an outstanding blend of length and flexibility on the edge but he regressed over his collegiate career. There are questions surrounding him after he left the LSU program for personal reasons last spring and went through a significant weight gain (which he lost over the course of the 2017 season). He did arrive at the combine at his old playing weight.
32. James Daniels, C, Iowa
Height: 6' 33⁄8" | Weight: 306 pounds
One of the most athletic pivots in college football, Daniels is on the small side but offers outstanding range, in the Jason Kelce/Maurikce Pouncey mold. He anchors well for his size, and it a team believes he can hold up against NFL nose tackles Daniels will come off the board in Round 1.
33. Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Height: 6' 23⁄4" | Weight: 313 pounds
An undersized collegiate tackle who will make the transition to guard, Wynn offers excellent athleticism on the interior. He’ll be able to handle himself as a pass protector, and might thrive as a run-blocker in a scheme heavy on outside-zone.
34. Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Height: 6' 01⁄2" | Weight: 207 pounds
He doesn’t bring the kind of linebacker-like physicality of older brother Eric, but Justin has the athleticism and instincts to be one of the league’s better safeties in coverage. He’s at his best in centerfield, but is also capable of matching up with athletic tight ends and has the strength and physicality to play the run.
35. Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
Height: 5' 101⁄8" | Weight: 189 pounds
He left North Carolina after his freshman season after earning a suspension for violating team rules, and Hughes spent a year in junior college before emerging as a star at UCF. He’s quick, fast and competitive, playing with a physical edge despite being on the small side. He can be overaggressive and needs to become more consistent, but the potential to become a No. 1 corner is there. He also offers value as a punt returner.
36. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Height: 6' 0" | Weight: 210 pounds
The Big Ten’s receiver of the year in 2017 despite Maryland’s constant revolving door at quarterback, Moore has the quickness and burst out of his cuts to separate underneath, as well as the long speed to take the top off a defense. He’s on the small side but competitive downfield and plays bigger than his size. He could fit as a starter on the outside or in the slot, and could carve out a Golden Tate-type career in the right situation.
37. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Height: 5' 101⁄4" | Weight: 196 pounds
He battled a knee injury for most of last season, but when healthy Alexander is a quick, aggressive, ball-hawking corner who is at his best playing off coverage and breaking on the ball. While undersized, he held his own against bigger receivers downfield as well.
38. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Height: 6' 2" | Weight: 207 pounds
A big, physical safety, Harrison can play in the box but also has the athleticism and speed to roam in centerfield. He has some limitations if asked to play man coverage, but could carve out a role similar to that of former Alabama safety Landon Collins.
39. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Height: 6' 41⁄2" | Weight: 250 pounds
He’s a bit overaged after a stint as a minor league pitcher (he’ll be 25 in August), but Hurst is the kind of movable chess piece teams are looking for at tight end. He can hold his own in-line if needed, though he’s at his best flexing out as a receiving threat. He has the speed to stretch the seam, but does his best work underneath, where he shows the ability to create separation as a route runner and break tackles after the catch.
40. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
Height: 6' 1" | Weight: 206 pounds
A physical press corner, Davis smothers receivers at the line of scrimmage and is extremely difficult to throw on downfield due to his length. He needs to clean up his foot work and not be so physical downfield, but he has the potential to be a quality starting corner who can matchup against size.
41. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Height: 5' 11" | Weight: 205 pounds
Jones is a creative runner with the vision to pick his way for yards between the tackles, but his calling-card is as a home-run hitter. He’s elusive then explosive once he plants his foot. His workload might be limited considering his relatively thin frame, but he has the potential to be a difference maker even in a committee situation.
42. Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Height: 6' 23⁄8" | Weight: 327 pounds
A massive road-grader, Hernandez is a powerful run blocker who dominates at the point of attack. He has the nimble athleticism to lead the way as a pulling blocker. He’s on the short side and could have some issues in pass protection, but should plug in immediately for a team that wants to build around a power run game.
43. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Height: 5' 105⁄8" | Weight: 214 pounds
Part of the 1-2 punch with Nick Chubb in Georgia’s backfield, it was Michel who emerged as one of the star’s in the college football playoff (222 yards and four TDs on 15 touches against Oklahoma, 98 yards on 14 carries against Alabama). He’s a slasher who fits best in a one-cut scheme, outstanding accelerating through the line of scrimmage with true home-run speed. He wasn’t featured heavily as a pass-catcher, but can be dangerous in space and is one of this draft class’s best in blitz pick-up.
44. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
Height: 5' 101⁄2" | Weight: 178 pounds
Possibly the fastest player in the 2018 draft (he ran leadoff for LSU’s conference champion 4x100 relay team and ran a combine-best 4.32 forty), Jackson is not only speedy but a loose-hipped, fluid athlete who can mirror quickness underneath. The issue is size, as Jackson might be relegated to the slot, and will surely be targeted in the run game early in his career.
45. Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
Height: 6' 33⁄4" | Weight: 305 pounds
Price suffered a torn pectoral at the combine—while he should be healthy by the fall, he’s going to miss valuable offseason work. When healthy, he’s a technician with the toughness and movement skills to fit in just about any scheme. He saw time at center and guard for the Buckeyes, starting all 55 of OSU’s games over the past four seasons.
46. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Height: 6' 41⁄2" | Weight: 247 pounds
He lit up the combine (first among tight ends in every event except for bench press, in which he was second), though that athleticism doesn’t always show up on tape. Gesicki has the speed to get up the seam, but he never showed the ability to consistently create separation at the college level. He is outstanding in contested-catch situations though. He’s a non-factor as a blocker.
47. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6' 77⁄8" | Weight: 345 pounds
While the concept of combine risers and fallers is largely a myth, every once in awhile a prospect performs so poorly it can’t help but torpedo his standing on draft boards. That was the case with Brown. The son of the late Orlando Brown, the long-time Browns and Ravens tackle, the younger Brown brings a similar blend of size—both length and width—and nastiness. There’s no shortage of film showing him rag-doll opponents in Big 12 play. But can he hold up against NFL athletes on an island? His size makes up for a lack of movement skills to an extent, but a move to guard could be in Brown’s future. He’ll appeal exclusively to run-heavy teams looking to set a physical tone.
48. Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
Height: 6' 53⁄8" | Weight: 270 pounds
An edge player but not an edge burner, Hubbard is a face-up pass rusher who will win with power, motor and technique more than athleticism. He’s at his best twisting inside on stunts.
49. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Height: 6' 6" | Weight: 320 pounds
Born in Nigeria and raised in South Africa and Botswana before moving to the U.S. in 2010, Okorafor is still new to the sport and a will need a developmental year or two. But someone his size isn’t supposed to be able to move like he does. Between his size and nimble feet, he has the raw tools to be a quality starter at right tackle.
50. Rasheem Green, DE/DT, USC
Height: 6' 41⁄4" | Weight: 275 pounds
Green does his best work as an interior pass rusher. He’s explosive off the snap, able to shoot gaps or get into the backfield with second effort thanks to length and fluid athleticism. He isn’t nearly as sturdy against the run and might have to start his career as a passing-down specialist, but could be molded as a three-technique or five-technique in an odd front.
51. Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
Height: 6' 67⁄8" | Weight: 297 pounds
A high school wide receiver turned tight end recruit turned offensive tackle, O’Neill hasn’t sacrificed much in terms of movement skills as he bulked up to 300 lbs. He’s still a work in progress, but brings has the raw skills with prototypical left tackle length and athleticism.
52. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Height: 5' 111⁄2" | Weight: 213 pounds
A big back who moves with exceptional body control, Johnson carried a huge workload for Auburn last season. He can grind out yards between the tackles, and runs with that Le’Veon Bell-like patience. He rolled up 104 yards on 30 carries with an injured shoulder in the Iron Bowl upset of Alabama, and offers an early-down workhorse with a chance to develop in as a receiver.
53. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma St.
Height: 5' 11" | Weight: 213 pounds
He ran a limited route tree in Oklahoma State’s Air Raid offense, but Washington’s downfield ability will translate. He’s quick off the line of scrimmage and consistently beats the jam, with the quickness to accelerate past cornerbacks and the long speed to threaten downfield. He’s competitive in jump ball situations, allowing him to play bigger than his listed size.
54. Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia
Height: 6' 47⁄8" | Weight: 250 pounds
He has the measurables and the five-star recruit pedigree, though Carter was never dominant at the collegiate level. He can set the edge and has experience dropping into coverage as a 3-4 OLB, but he’s a work in progress as a pass rusher, even after four seasons in one of the nation’s premier programs.
55. Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
Height: 6 '11⁄8" | Weight: 200 pounds
A rangy safety who moves like a corner, Bates checks all the boxes in coverage. He can cover ground in centerfield, and can come down and match up in the slot. He’s active as a run defender but doesn’t bring the kind of physicality and sure tackling you’d want out of the position.