2018 NFL Draft Big Board – James Takes Top Spot

The start of the 2017 college football season is quickly approaching, meaning it is time to dive deeper into the prospect pool for the 2018 NFL Draft. The talk of the draft will be the quarterback class due to the appearance of the New York Jets tanking for the top overall pick – but this draft is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.

There will be a lot of focus on defenders such as Derwin James, Christian Wilkins and Minkah Fitzpatrick – but the running back class should be the talk of this class. Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice, Bo Scarborough, Nick Chubb and others continue the trend of explosive running backs that will be the talk of the draft come next spring.

The offensive tackle class also makes a big rebound in the initial top-50 after a lackluster class in 2017.

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  1. Derwin James – S – Florida State
  2. Christian Wilkins – DL – Clemson
  3. Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State
  4. Sam Darnold – QB – USC
  5. Minkah Fitzpatrick – CB – Alabama
  6. Derrius Guice – RB – LSU
  7. Connor Williams – OT – Texas
  8. Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming
  9. Arden Key – EDGE – LSU
  10. Da’Shawn Hand – DL – Alabama
  11. Cuortland Sutton – WR – SMU
  12. Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame
  13. Malik Jefferson – LB – Texas
  14. Sam Hubbard – EDGE – Ohio State
  15. Harold Landry – EDGE Boston College
  16. Deon Cain – WR – Clemson
  17. Marcus Allen – S – Penn State
  18. Tarvarus McFadden – CB – Florida State
  19. Orlando Brown – OT – Oklahoma
  20. Jerome Baker – LB – Ohio State
  21. Bo Scarborough – RB – Alabama
  22. Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama
  23. Cameron Smith – LB – USC
  24. Mason Rudolph – QB – Oklahoma State
  25. Christian Kirk – WR – Texas A&M
  26. Vita Vea – DL – Washington
  27. Bradley Chubb – EDGE – N.C. State
  28. Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA
  29. Nick Chubb – RB – Georgia
  30. Mitch Hyatt – OT – Clemson
  31. Tyquan Lewis – EDGE – Ohio State
  32. Jaire Alexander – CB – Louisville
  33. Derrick Nnadi – DL – Florida State
  34. Luke Falk – QB – Washington State
  35. Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame
  36. Marquis Haynes – EDGE – Mississippi
  37. Armanti Watts – S – Texas A&M
  38. Martinas Rankin – OT – Mississippi State
  39. Jamar Summers – CB – Connecticut
  40. Quin Blanding – S – Virginia
  41. Royce Freeman – RB – Oregon
  42. Azeem Victor – LB – Washington
  43. Lowell Lotulelei – DL – Utah
  44. James Washington – WR – Oklahoma State
  45. Mason Cole – C – Michigan
  46. Dante Booker – EDGE – Ohio State
  47. Maurice Hurst – DL – Michigan
  48. Antonio Callaway – WR – Florida
  49. Godwin Igwebuike – S – Northwestern
  50. Sony Michel – RB – Georgia