2018 NFL draft big board – Orlando Brown first!!! And more.

I’ve watched YouTube videos of over 170 guys and here’s my big board. As a disclaimer, I place high value on offensive linemen and safeties. Reason being, they win rings. The Patriots have always had an elite offensive line and secondary. The Eagles have the best offensive line in the league. The Jags and Vikings have dominant secondaries. The Falcons made the Super Bowl last year cos they had a wicked secondary and line, but the line declined last season (and their offensive coordinator struggled), so they didn’t go far in the playoffs. Offensive linemen play every down, give the quarterback time to make throws and for receivers to get open, and create holes for running backs. Safeties can double as corners or linebackers, and give pass rushers time to get to the quarterback with tight pass coverage, and make run stopping plays. That’s why you’ll see multiple safeties and linemen in my first round, and many highly touted QBs and RBs in the later rounds – cos they’re easier to find than dominant linemen and secondary players. I’ll explain the more out there picks, and leave other ones to assumed knowledge (or for you to look them up). I’ve also listed the teams that each guy would go to as the draft order currently stands, so that you can see which team would get who. Scroll down to see some vids of me analysing players etc. So, here ya big board:

1. Orlando Brown T Browns – allowed 0 sacks for the best offensive line in the country, helping Mayfiled win the Heisman. Actually had a good combine because his 3 cone was good for a guy weighing 340 or so pounds, and his pro day results were pretty solid, so consider his bench press and 40 yard dash performance a blip. Wingspan makes him impossible to speed rush or spin move against. Fierce in run game. If you want a guy to hold down the left side of your line for a decade or so, he’s your guy.
2. Derwin James SS Giants – can play lone high, in the box, or cover. Can run-stop better than anyone in the league at the safety spot.
3. Mike McLingchey T Jets
4. Minkah Fitzpatrick FS Browns
5. Will Hernandez G Broncos – faster, quicker and stronger than Quenton Nelson.
6. Marcus Allen FS Colts – hits harder than everyone except James, flies to the ball, can shut down a rushing offense by himself, can cover outside guys as a corner if he’s in press man coverage too,
7. James Daniels C Bucs
8. DeShon Elliot SS Bears – just like Marcus Allen, except not quite as quick. Ridiculous wingspan makes him a good cover guy. Could play some LB too cos of his firey nature and ability to shed blocks.
9. Kolton Miller T Niners
10. Kyzir White FS Raiders – I love fast and hard hitting safeties, as you might have guessed. Lightning fast (brother of Kevin White after all) and can cover in space too.
11. DaeSean Hamilton WR Dolphins – a guaranteed catch if it’s thrown in his area. Not a mutant-like athlete but good get off from the line, great route runner and understands where space is in zones. All-time Penn State reception yards leader, and helps in run blocking. Almost on par with Antonio Brown with under-the-radar effectiveness.
12. Quenton Nelson G Bengals
13. Tarvarus McFadden CB Redskins – not that fast but 38″ vertical and wingspan make up for it. Play him in off man coverage and he’ll explode to ball and make plays. Josh Norman ran a so-so 40 and look where he is.
14. Connor Williams T Packers
15. Leighton van der Esch ILB Cardinals
16. Martinas Rankin T Ravens
17. Nathan Shepard DT Chargers – best get off in a 300 pound dude I’ve ever seen. Strong as well so he can be an elite pass rushing DT from day one, and will man handle guys to make run stops too.
18. Uchenna Nwosu OLB Seahawks – Von Miller-lite. Can pass rush, fill holes against the run, and cover guys in space.
19. Mark Andrews TE Cowboys
20. Byron Murphy CB  (returning to college) – I saw this guys highlights for Washington State and was blown away. Explosive and hard hitting, with a good wingspan and technique. The dude was a freshman though. So he aint entering the draft.
21. Will Clapp C – does his job. That’s all you need to have a starter quality center. Has strength to double as a guard.
22. Malik Jefferson ILB
23. Trenton Thompson DT – ridiculous wingspan and get-off with great hand usage. Best as 3 tech in 3-4 defense.
24. Joe Ostman DE – the biggest sleeper in the draft. Top 5 in sacks and tackle for loss in college last season, and his tape shows why – incredible hand usage from his champion wrestling days, insane athleticism and bend on a speed rush, and all the moves in the book as counters. Put him at weak side DE in a 4-3 and watch him get 8 or 9 sacks in his rookie year. Could cover in space as a former LB and TE if he’s in a 3-4 system, you want him strong side, so he has more opportunities at run stopping. Plays to the whistle so he can probably get 2 or 3 forced fumbles a season when assisting on tackles. Wasn’t invited to the combine, but showed freak athleticism at his pro day – 4.75 40 yard dash at 255 pounds, three cone of 7.06 is in 82nd percentile in this draft for edge players, 31 reps on the bench, and 36 inch vert (84th percentile). So just cos he’s a shortish guy from a small school, doesn’t mean he can’t dominate offensive linemen in the NFL too.
25. Braden Smith G-T-C – can play all over the line but best as a center at this stage.
26. Mike Hughes CB 
27. Joshua Jackson CB 
28. Mason Rudolph QB – yup, my top QB. The best fundamentals with the body to match. Led all college QBs in yards, and people criticise him for being in an “Air Raid” system, as though going for big plays is a bad idea. Beats dink and dunk any day. He can read a defense well too, which people criticise about Air Raid QBs.
29. Jessie Bates SS 
30. Dorance Armstrong OLB  – freak athlete. Played for a bad Kansas defense so was double teamed every play, but watch his tape and you’ll see he can get 6 or 7 sacks in his rookie year from the strong side of the 3-4 front.
31. Derrius Guice RB  – better than Saquon. Awesome between the tackles, can read holes well, and can receive. Borderline three down back (I don’t like having an RB a three down guy cos they take so many hits from gigantic linemen).
32. Isaiah Wynn G/C 
33. Luke Falk QB – good fundamentals, accuracy and decision making. Big enough to withstand hits in the pocket.
34. Scott Quessenberry C – another solid center. Nimble enough to move around and can get by strentth-wise in run game.
35. LJ Scott RB (declined draft) – returning for senior season, but has some similarities to LeVeon Bell (I know it’s easy to compare a Michigan State alumni, but still). 220 plus pounds with shiftiness, not elite speed but a true bell cow guy who can catch a bit too.
36. Arden Key EDGE 
37. Da’Ron Payne DT 
38. Rashaad Penny RB 
39. Jaire Alexander CB 
40. Rashaan Evans ILB 
41. Simmie Cobbs WR – great split end guy with good height and strength. Not blazing quick but physical enough to get room to make catches.
42. Hayden Hurst TE 
43. Calvin Ridley WR 
44. Ronnie Harrison FS – free safety, as not great at reading run plays so you don’t want him in the box. But is an elite athlete who can be lone safety and destroy guys running downhill.
45. Baker Mayfield QB – ok fundamentals, great accuracy, good escape artist, height a problem.
46. Saquon Barkley RB  – 230 pounds and 40 inch vert, but plays like Reggie Bush. Rarely gets yards after contact and can’t read holes well. Still a #1 back kinda guy cos of his explosiveness in space, but best as an outside power run, screen and receiver guy (although his route running leaves a lot to be desired).
47. Courtland Sutton WR
48. Bradley Bozeman C – solid center.
49. Isaiah Oliver CB 
50. Roquan Smith ILB – tabbed as top 10 pick but not great in run defense in a  phone booth due to lack of size. Great as Will LB due to coverage skills and run stopping on edge.
51. Chukwuma Orakofor T 
52. Josh Rosen QB 
53. Fred Warner ILB 
54. Justin Reid FS 
55. John O’Korn QB – yup, better than Darnold. Better mechanics, better decision making, calmer in the pocket, with similar size.
56. Dallas Goedert TE 
57. Skai Moore ILB 
58. Josey Jewell ILB 
59. Nyheim Hines RB – short but fast as hell, and can dish out hits. Can receive too.
60. Vita Vea NT – can plug a hole as DT but without good hand usage is he worth a first round pick? Nah.
61. Denzel Ward CB – can be a good slot guy but will be thrown around by bigger receivers.
62. Auden Tate WR 
63. Lorenzo Carter OLB 
64. Kamari Cotton-Moya SS 
65. Harrison Phillips DT 
66. Dalton Schultz TE – ok at run blocking but you’d like him to stop making cut blocks. Good route running, solid hands, ok burst. Keep him out there to boost ya run game and maybe a 4th option on offense.
67. Chase Litton QB  – great arm, size and pretty good footwork.
68. Sam Hubbard OLB 
69. Michael Gallup WR 
70. MJ Stewart FS 
71. Josh Allen QB – not consistent with accuracy or decision making, but hard to bring down and can throw on run, so he can be an ok starter, just not a top 12 pick.
72. Billy Price C 
73. Nick Nelson CB 
74. Jerome Baker OLB 
75. Riley Ferguson QB – bit lean but can still take hits, good arm and decision making.
76. DJ Moore WR 
77. Kerryon Johnson RB 
78. Dante Pettis WR 
79. Kevin Toliver CB 
80. Nick Chubb RB 
81. Deon Cain WR 
82. Wyatt Teller T 
83. Josh Sweat OLB 
84. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB 
85. Rashaan Gaulden CB 
86. Anthony Miller WR 
87. Jeff Holland ILB 
88. Durham Smythe TE 
89. Sam Darnold QB – wack mechanics, very hot and cold with accuracy. For every awesome dime there’ll be a complete miss, which led to his 26 TD to 13 pick ratio. Combined with 63% completion rate and only 8.6 Y/A, that’s late third round value.
90. Shaquem Griffin OLB 
91. Tyler Conklin TE – awesome catcher of the ball, flex tight end. Complete unknown as a blocker but great guy to throw out there to get a first down or red zone catch.
92. Brian O’Neill T 
93. ‎Holton Hill CB 
94. Geron Christian T
95. Duke Ejifor DE 
96. Maurice Hurst DT 
97. RJ Macintosh DT 
98. DJ Reed CB
99. Marquise Brown WR (returning)
100. JC Jackson CB 
101. Mike Gesicki TE – elite athlete but can’t block, run routes that well or be a sure thing with catching. Good as a jump ball threat, field stretcher or after-the catch threat, but that’s not first round value.
102. Ryan Davis WR  (returning to school)
103. Jonathon Taylor RB (returning?)
104. Harold Landry DE 
105. Carlton Davis CB 
106. Taven Bryan DT 
107. Jordan Whitehead FS
108. Greg Senat T
109. Lamar Jackson QB – good at throwing between the numbers but lacks touch on outside throws. Will have trouble taking big hits in NFL and you don’t want a run-first dude when you’re paying your receivers and linemen so much.
110. Marcus Davenport OLB
111. Christian Kirk WR
112. Troy Apke SS
113. Kyle Lauletta QB
114. Ian Thomas TE
115. ‎Jonah Trinniman WR – not much tape on this guy but from what I saw he’s a freak athlete who can stretch the field and shows some route running prowess. 4.30 40 yard dash and 12 foot broad jump is ridiculous and would’ve led the combine. That broad jump is 4 inches away from world record. I’d take a chance on the dude.
116. Devin Singletary RB
117. Brandon Parker T
118. Bradley Chubb DE – yup, a dude mocked in the top 7 is a late fourth round pick to me. He’s great off the snap but is not very refined after it. Shows poor bend as a speed rusher and bad hand usage. Straight bull rushed guys in college but won’t work as well against NFL linemen.
119. Foley Futukasi DT
120. ‎Matt Linehan QB
121. Tim Settle DT
122. Armani Watts FS
123. Darius Leonard ILB
124. Frank Ragnow G
125. Allen Lazard WR
126. ‎Anthony Averett CB
127. Rasheem Green DE
128. Hercules Maatafa ILB – a very unique prospect seeing as he was a 250 pound defensive tackle. I like him as a Will linebacker, where he can make plays off the ball as a good run stopper and has the athleticism to track some running backs in the backfield.
129. Mason Cole C
130. Derrick Nnadi DT
131. Desmond Harrison T
132. Bryce Love RB
133. Mike White QB
134. Micah Kiser ILB
135. Troy Fumugalli TE
136. John Kelly RB
137. Tremaine Edmunds ILB – a freak athlete with great measurables, but gives up big plays regularly as he doesn’t understand man coverage principles and lacks technique to shed blockers. Will fall for play action regularly. I get he’s young, but if you haven’t shown an ability to read the game well by the time you’re entering the NFL, I don’t think you ever will.
138. Donte Jackson CB
139. Joseph Noteboom T
140. Akrum Wadley RB
141. James Washington WR
142. Sony Michel RB – mocked in the first but I have him so late because he fumbles, which shows a lack of understanding of ball protection. Not very explosive – didn’t do vert or broad jump at combine, so he might have been avoiding a bad showing.
143. Dremont Jones DT
144. ‎kurt Benkert QB
145. Justin Jackson RB
146. Austin Corbett G
147. Christian Sam ILB
148. Will McBride QB
149. Terrell Edmunds S
150. Devron Davis CB
151. Quinton Flowers QB
152. Chris Herndon TE
153. Sutton Smith OLB
154. ‎Boston Scott RB
155. Ronald Jones RB
156. Chase Edmunds RB
157. Antonio Calloway WR
158. Equanimous St Brown WR – fast and tall, but isn’t big enough to play split end, isn’t shifty enough to play flanker, and doesn’t have the hands to play in the slot.
159. ‎Dimitri Flowers FB
160. ‎PJ Hall DT
161. DJ Chark WR
162. Byron Pringle WR
163. ‎Deangelo Brewer RB
164. ‎Logan Woodside QB
165. Tyrell Crosby T
166. Jordan Thomas CB
167. Quadree Henderson WR
168. Clelin Ferrell DE
169. Michael Dickson P
170. ‎Cedrick Wilson WR
171. ‎Marquis Haynes DE
172. ‎Tyler Rodgers QB
173. George Aston FB
174. ‎Royce Freeman RB

Thanks for reading – there’s a bunch of other guys I will scout but I haven’t got around to them yet. I have a YouTube channel that goes into more detail about my opinions on Orlando Brown and Saquon Barkley, and vids with my first two rounds explained (with some guys missing, because I added them later). I hope I’m right cos some dude on YouTube called me retarded after my Saquon vid.

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