2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Updated Rankings

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterOctober 16, 2017

2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Updated Rankings

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    Chris Knight/Associated Press

    Bad news, draft fans: The upcoming class doesn't look that great. 

    Maybe we've been spoiled with really strong draft classes in the 2010s—except for 2013, which was awful and we should all forget it happened—but this year's group doesn't stand out as on a level with the classes of this decade.

    Why not?

    The top three quarterbacks are still ranked inside my top 10 players, but so far none has elevated his game to a level of an Andrew Luck-type prospect. My early grades on the top three (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen) would fall behind the grades given to Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz in previous drafts. The depth at quarterback is intriguing throughout the top seven or eight guys, but after that leaves much to be desired.

    At every position group, except for running back and safety, there is not a top-tier player currently standing out. We can thank Saquon Barkley (RB, Penn State) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (S, Alabama) for saving the top end of the class.

    There is still plenty of time for elite players to emerge. The offensive line and edge-rusher groups could look much better in February if key players like Connor Williams (Texas) and Arden Key (LSU) return to form after injuries. Compared to the 2017 offensive line class, this is an improvement, but it is overall a down year still.

    How does this class break down? Below are my top 25 players overall and the top 10 players at each position.

Top 25 Overall Players

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    QB Josh Rosen.
    QB Josh Rosen.Associated Press
    RankPlayerSchool
    1RB Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2QB Sam Darnold USC
    3QB Josh Rosen UCLA
    4S Minkah FitzpatrickAlabama
    5QB Josh AllenWyoming
    6DE Harold LandryBoston College
    7S Derwin JamesFSU
    8OT Connor Williams Texas
    9DE Bradley Chubb NC State
    10 OG Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    11RB Derrius Guice LSU
    12 DT Christian WilkinsClemson
    13S Ronnie HarrisonAlabama
    14DE Arden KeyLSU
    15LB Malik JeffersonTexas
    16DE Dorance ArmstrongKansas
    17DE Clelin FerrellClemson
    18CB Tarvarus McFaddenFSU
    19CB Denzel WardOhio State
    20 DT Maurice HurstMichigan
    21 DT Dre'Mont JonesOhio State
    22RB Ronald Jones IIUSC
    23RB Damien HarrisAlabama
    24WR Calvin Ridley Alabama
    25OT Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame

Top 10 Quarterbacks

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    Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
    Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

    Biggest Faller: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

    Most NFL-Ready: Josh Rosen, UCLA

    Best Arm: Josh Allen, Wyoming

    Best Runner: Lamar Jackson, Louisville

    Best Potential: Josh Allen, Wyoming

    Biggest Question Mark: Josh Allen, Wyoming

    Biggest Sleeper: Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Sam Darnold USC
    2Josh Rosen UCLA
    3Josh AllenWyoming
    4Mason RudolphOklahoma State
    5Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
    6Luke Falk Washington State
    7Lamar JacksonLouisville
    8Jarrett Stidham Auburn
    9Nick FitzgeraldMiss. State 
    10Jake BrowningWashington

Top 10 Running Backs

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    Alabama's Bo Scarbrough.
    Alabama's Bo Scarbrough.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Damien Harris, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Mark Walton, Miami (injury)

    Most NFL-Ready: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

    Best Third-Down Back: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

    Best Speed: Ronald Jones II, USC

    Best Power: Derrius Guice, LSU

    Best Potential: Saquon Barkley, Penn State

    Biggest Question Mark: Nick Chubb, Georgia (injury history)

    Biggest Sleeper: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State

    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2 Derrius Guice LSU
    3Ronald Jones II USC
    4Damien HarrisAlabama
    5 Rashaad PennySan Diego State
    6Mark WaltonMiami (Fla.)
    7Sony MichelGeorgia
    8Nick Chubb Georgia
    9Bo Scarbrough Alabama
    10 Akrum Wadley Iowa

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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    Texas A&M's Christian Kirk.
    Texas A&M's Christian Kirk.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Anthony Miller, Memphis

    Biggest Faller: Antonio Callaway, Florida (off-field)

    Most NFL-Ready: Deon Cain, Clemson

    Best Boundary Receiver: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Slot Receiver: Deontay Burnett, USC

    Best Hands: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Route-Runner: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Potential: Courtland Sutton, SMU

    Biggest Question Mark: Antonio Callaway, Florida

    Biggest Sleeper: Anthony Miller, Memphis

      

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Calvin Ridley Alabama
    2Deon CainClemson
    3 Courtland Sutton SMU
    4Christian KirkTexas A&M
    5 Simmie Cobbs Jr.Indiana
    6Dante Pettis Washington
    7James Washington Oklahoma State 
    8Anthony MillerMemphis
    9Auden TateFSU
    10 Deontay BurnettUSC

Top 10 Tight Ends

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    Penn State's Mike Gesicki.
    Penn State's Mike Gesicki.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

    Biggest Faller: Tyler Petite, USC

    Most NFL-Ready: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

    Best Slot Tight End: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

    Best Hands: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

    Best Route-Runner: Mike Gesicki, Penn State

    Best Blocker: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

    Best Power: Adam Breneman, UMass

    Biggest Question Mark: Adam Breneman, UMass

    Biggest Sleeper: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

      

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Mark AndrewsOklahoma
    2Mike GesickiPenn State
    3Troy FumagalliWisconsin
    4Adam BrenemanUMass
    5Dallas GoedertSouth Dakota State
    6Drew SampleWashington
    7Ryan IzzoFSU
    8Brandon FrittsNorth Carolina
    9Dalton SchultzStanford
    10Tyler PetiteUSC

Top 10 Offensive Tackles

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    Texas' Connor Williams.
    Texas' Connor Williams.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

    Biggest Faller: Brian O'Neill, Pitt

    Most NFL-Ready: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Pass-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Potential: Connor Williams, Texas

    Biggest Question Mark: Jamarco Jones, Ohio State (scheme)

    Biggest Sleeper: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Connor WilliamsTexas
    2Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame
    3Orlando BrownOklahoma
    4Trey AdamsWashington
    5Mitch HyattClemson 
    6Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan 
    7Brian O'NeillPitt
    8Toby Weathersby LSU
    9 Tyrell CrosbyOregon
    10 Jamarco JonesOhio State

Top 10 Offensive Guards

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    Florida's Martez Ivey.
    Florida's Martez Ivey.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Will Hernandez, UTEP

    Biggest Faller: Tyrone Crowder, Clemson

    Most NFL-Ready: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Pass-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Potential: Will Hernandez, UTEP

    Biggest Question Mark: Braden Smith, Auburn

    Biggest Sleeper: Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama 

    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    2Will HernandezUTEP
    3Braden SmithAuburn
    4 Martez Ivey Florida
    5Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 
    6William Clapp LSU
    7Ross Pierschbacher Alabama
    8Brandon Fanaika Stanford
    9Cody O'ConnellWashington State 
    10Tyrone Crowder Clemson

Top 10 Centers

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    Ohio State's Billy Price.
    Ohio State's Billy Price.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Martinas Rankin, Miss. State

    Biggest Faller: Nick Linder, Miami (Fla.)

    Most NFL-Ready: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Best Run-Blocker: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Best Pass-Blocker: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Best Potential: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Biggest Question Mark: Martinas Rankin, Miss. State

    Biggest Sleeper: Sean Welsh, Iowa

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Billy PriceOhio State
    2Frank Ragnow Arkansas
    3Mason ColeMichigan
    4 Martinas RankinMiss. State
    5Coleman SheltonWashington 
    6Bradley Bozeman Alabama
    7Sean WelshIowa
    8Nick Linder Miami (Fla.)
    9Jake BennettColorado State 
    10Austin Golson Auburn

Top 10 Edge-Rushers

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    NC State's Bradley Chubb.
    NC State's Bradley Chubb.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Trevon Young, Louisville

    Biggest Faller: Arden Key, LSU

    Most NFL-Ready: Harold Landry, Boston College

    Best Run-Stopper: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

    Best Pass-Rusher: Arden Key, LSU

    Best Potential: Arden Key, LSU

    Biggest Question Mark: Arden Key, LSU

    Biggest Sleeper: Dorance Armstrong, Kansas

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Harold LandryBoston College
    2Bradley Chubb North Carolina State
    3Arden KeyLSU
    4 Dorance ArmstrongKansas
    5Clelin FerrellClemson
    6Sam HubbardOhio State
    7 Trevon YoungLouisville
    8Josh SweatFSU
    9 Ogbonnia OkoronkwoOklahoma
    10Porter Gustin USC

Top 10 Defensive Linemen

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    Clemson's Christian Wilkins.
    Clemson's Christian Wilkins.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

    Biggest Faller: Kahlil McKenzie, Tennessee

    Most NFL-Ready: Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    Best Run-Stopper: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

    Best Pass-Rusher: Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    Best Potential: Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    Biggest Question Mark: Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Christian WilkinsClemson
    2Maurice HurstMichigan
    3 Dre'Mont JonesOhio State
    4Vita Vea Washington
    5Derrick Nnadi FSU 
    6Harrison PhillipsStanford
    7 Da'Ron PayneAlabama
    8 Taven BryanFlorida
    9 Rasheem GreenUSC
    10 Da'Shawn HandAlabama

Top 10 Linebackers

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    USC's Uchenna Nwosu.
    USC's Uchenna Nwosu.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Uchenna Nwosu, USC

    Biggest Faller: Jerome Baker, Ohio State

    Most NFL-Ready: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

    Best Run-Stopper: Cameron Smith, USC

    Best Pass Coverage: Malik Jefferson, Texas

    Best Pass-Rusher: Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

    Best Potential: Malik Jefferson, Texas

    Biggest Question Mark: Jerome Baker, Ohio State

    Biggest Sleeper: Josey Jewell, Iowa

    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Malik JeffersonTexas
    2Jerome BakerOhio State
    3Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech
    4Lorenzo CarterGeorgia
    5Cameron SmithUSC
    6 Uchenna Nwosu USC
    7T.J. EdwardsWisconsin
    8Christian MillerAlabama
    9Josey JewellIowa
    10Kendall JosephClemson

Top 10 Cornerbacks

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    Louisville's Jaire Alexander.
    Louisville's Jaire Alexander.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

    Biggest Faller: Damon Arnette, Ohio State

    Most NFL-Ready: Tarvarus McFadden, FSU

    Best Slot Cornerback: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

    Best Man Coverage: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

    Best Zone Coverage: Anthony Averett, Alabama

    Best Potential: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

    Biggest Question Mark: Iman Marshall, USC

    Biggest Sleeper: Kevin Toliver, LSU

    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Tarvarus McFaddenFSU
    2 Denzel WardOhio State
    3 Jaire AlexanderLouisville
    4Isaiah OliverColorado
    5Anthony Averett Alabama 
    6M.J. StewartNorth Carolina
    7 Quenton Meeks Stanford
    8Kevin Toliver LSU
    9 Iman MarshallUSC
    10D.J. ReedKansas State

Top 10 Safeties

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    Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick.
    Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick.Associated Press

    Biggest Riser: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

    Most NFL-Ready: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

    Best Coverage: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

    Best Strong Safety: Derwin James, FSU

    Best Free Safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

    Best Hybrid Defender: Derwin James, FSU

    Best Run-Stopper: Derwin James, FSU

    Best Potential: Derwin James, FSU

    Biggest Question Mark: Armani Watts, Texas A&M

    Biggest Sleeper: Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern

    RankPlayerSchool
    1 Minkah FitzpatrickAlabama
    2Derwin JamesFSU
    3Ronnie HarrisonAlabama
    4Marcus AllenPenn State
    5 Kyzir WhiteWest Virginia 
    6Jordan Whitehead Pittsburgh
    7Quin Blanding Virginia
    8Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 
    9Armani WattsTexas A&M
    10Van SmithClemson