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

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterNovember 20, 2017

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

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    Bad news, draft fans: The upcoming class doesn't look 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 happened—but this year's group doesn't stand out as level with the classes of the decade.

    Why not?

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

    At every position group except running back and safety, there is no top-tier player who stands out. We can thank Saquon Barkley (running back, Penn State) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (safety, 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 one is an improvement, but it is still a down year overall.

    How does this class break down? Below are my top 25 players overall and the top 10 players at each position. Please note: The risers and fallers are relative to how far players moved up and down on my overall board and not in their respective position.

Top 25 Overall Players

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    RankPlayerSchool
    1RB Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2QB Sam DarnoldUSC
    3S Minkah FitzpatrickAlabama
    4DE Bradley ChubbNC State
    5OG Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    6QB Josh RosenUCLA
    7OT Connor WilliamsTexas
    8LB Rashaan EvansAlabama
    9QB Josh AllenWyoming
    10S Derwin JamesFlorida State
    11RB Derrius GuiceLSU
    12DE Harold LandryBoston College 
    13S Ronnie HarrisonAlabama
    14QB Baker MayfieldOklahoma
    15WR Calvin RidleyAlabama
    16DE Clelin FerrellClemson
    17DT Christian WilkinsClemson
    18RB Ronald Jones IIUSC
    19CB Josh JacksonIowa
    20CB Denzel WardOhio State
    21CB Isaiah OliverColorado
    22OT Mike McGlincheyNotre Dame
    23RB Damien HarrisAlabama
    24DE Sam HubbardOhio State
    25DL Da'Ron PayneAlabama

Top 10 Quarterbacks

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    Biggest Riser: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

    Biggest Faller: Luke Falk, Washington State

    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 DarnoldUSC
    2Josh RosenUCLA
    3Josh AllenWyoming
    4Baker MayfieldOklahoma
    5Lamar JacksonLouisville
    6Mason RudolphOklahoma State
    7Luke FalkWashington State 
    8Nick FitzgeraldMississippi State
    9Will GrierWest Virginia
    10Jarrett Stidham Auburn

Top 10 Running Backs

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    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: Sony Michel, Georgia

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Saquon BarkleyPenn State
    2Derrius GuiceLSU
    3Ronald Jones II USC
    4Damien HarrisAlabama
    5Sony MichelGeorgia
    6Bryce LoveStanford
    7Josh AdamsNotre Dame 
    8Rashaad PennySDSU
    9Mark WaltonMiami
    10Nick ChubbGeorgia

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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    Biggest Riser: Michael Gallup, Colorado State

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

    Most NFL-Ready: Deon Cain, Clemson

    Best Boundary Receiver: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Slot Receiver: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

    Best Hands: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Route-Runner: Calvin Ridley, Alabama

    Best Potential: Courtland Sutton, SMU

    Biggest Question Mark: James Washington, Oklahoma State (scheme)

    Biggest Sleeper: Anthony Miller, Memphis

         

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Calvin RidleyAlabama
    2Courtland SuttonSMU
    3Deon CainClemson
    4Christian KirkTexas A&M
    5Simmie Cobbs Jr.Indiana
    6Dante PettisWashington
    7James Washington Oklahoma State 
    8Michael GallupColorado State
    9Anthony MillerMemphis
    10Auden TateFlorida State

Top 10 Tight Ends

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    Biggest Riser: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

    Biggest Faller: Cam Serigne, Wake Forest

    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: Ian Thomas, Indiana

         

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Dallas GoedertSouth Dakota State 
    2Mark AndrewsOklahoma
    3Ian ThomasIndiana
    4Mike GusickiPenn State
    5Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin
    6Adam Breneman UMass
    7Christopher Herndon Miami
    8DeAndre GoolsbyFlorida
    9Cam SerigneWake Forest
    10Drew SampleWashington

Top 10 Offensive Tackles

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    Biggest Riser: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

    Biggest Faller: Brian O'Neill, Pitt

    Most NFL-Ready: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Run-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Pass-Blocker: Connor Williams, Texas

    Best Potential: Connor Williams, Texas

    Biggest Question Mark: Alex Cappa, Humboldt State

    Biggest Sleeper: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Connor WilliamsTexas
    2Mike McGlincheyNotre Dame
    3Orlando BrownOklahoma
    4Chukwuma OkoraforWestern Michigan
    5Martinas RankinMississippi State 
    6Mitch HyattClemson
    7Brian O'NeillPitt
    8Tyrell CrosbyOregon
    9Jamarco JonesOhio State
    10Alex CappaHumboldt State

Top 10 Offensive Guards

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    Biggest Riser: Will Hernandez, UTEP

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Run-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Pass-Blocker: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Best Potential: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

    Biggest Question Mark: Tyrone Crowder, Clemson

    Biggest Sleeper: KC McDermott, Miami

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Quenton NelsonNotre Dame
    2Will HernandezUTEP
    3Braden SmithAuburn
    4Martez IveyFlorida
    5KC McDermottMiami
    6KJ MaloneLSU
    7Cody O'ConnellWashington State
    8Tyrone Crowder Clemson
    9Skyler PhillipsIdaho State
    10Wyatt TellerVirginia Tech

Top 10 Centers

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    Biggest Riser: Sean Welsh, Iowa

    Biggest Faller: Coleman Shelton, Washington

    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: Brian Allen, Michigan State

    Biggest Sleeper: Sean Welsh, Iowa

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Billy PriceOhio State
    2Frank RagnowArkansas
    3Mason ColeMichigan
    4Michael DeiterWisconsin
    5Sean WelshIowa 
    6Scott Quessenberry UCLA
    7Coleman SheltonWashington
    8Brian AllenMichigan State 
    9Toa LobendahnUSC
    10Bradley BozemanAlabama

Top 10 Edge-Rushers

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    Biggest Riser: Austin Bryant, Clemson

    Biggest Faller: Arden Key, LSU

    Most NFL-Ready: Bradley Chubb, NC State

    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 Jr., Kansas

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Bradley ChubbNC State
    2Harold LandryBoston College 
    3Clelin FerrellClemson
    4Sam HubbardOhio State
    5Austin BryantClemson
    6Dorance Armstrong Jr.Kansas
    7Arden KeyLSU
    8Josh SweatFlorida State
    9Hercules Mata'afaWashington State
    10Ogbonnia OkoronkwoOklahoma

Top 10 Defensive Linemen

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    Biggest Riser: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

    Biggest Faller: Vita Vea, Washington

    Most NFL-Ready: Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    Best Run-Stopper: Maurice Hurst, Michigan

    Best Pass-Rusher: Christian Wilkins, Clemson

    Best Potential: Da'Ron Payne, Alabama

    Biggest Question Mark: Da'Ron Payne, Alabama (lack of production)

    Biggest Sleeper: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Christian WilkinsClemson
    2Da'Ron PayneAlabama
    3Maurice HurstMichigan
    4Harrison PhillipsStanford
    5Dre'Mont Jones Ohio State 
    6Da'Shawn HandAlabama
    7Rasheem GreenUSC
    8Vita VeaWashington 
    9Derrick NnadiFlorida State
    10Lowell LotuleleiUtah

Top 10 Linebackers

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    Biggest Riser: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Jerome Baker, Ohio State

    Most NFL-Ready: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

    Best Run-Stopper: Cameron Smith, USC

    Best Pass Coverage: Malik Jefferson, Texas

    Best Pass-Rusher: Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

    Best Potential: Rashaan Evans, Alabama

    Biggest Question Mark: Roquan Smith, Georgia (size)

    Biggest Sleeper: Josey Jewell, Iowa

        

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Rashaan EvansAlabama
    2Malik JeffersonTexas
    3Roquan SmithGeorgia
    4Jerome Baker Ohio State
    5T.J. EdwardsWisconsin
    6Uchenna NwosuUSC
    7Lorenzo CarterGeorgia
    8Josey JewellIowa
    9Cameron Smith USC
    10Micah KiserVirginia

Top 10 Cornerbacks

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    Biggest Riser: Josh Jackson, Iowa

    Biggest Faller: Holton Hill, Texas (suspended)

    Most NFL-Ready: Josh Jackson, Iowa

    Best Slot Cornerback: Denzel Ward, Ohio State

    Best Man Coverage: Jaire Alexander, Louisville

    Best Zone Coverage: Anthony Averett, Alabama

    Best Potential: Josh Jackson, Iowa

    Biggest Question Mark: Holton Hill, Texas (suspended)

    Biggest Sleeper: Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

    RankPlayerSchool
    1Josh JacksonIowa
    2Denzel WardOhio State
    3Isaiah OliverColorado
    4Tarvarus McFadden FSU
    5Carlton DavisAuburn 
    6Anthony AverettAlabama
    7Jaire AlexanderLouisville
    8Duke DawsonFlorida
    9Tony BrownAlabama
    10M.J. StewartNorth Carolina

Top 10 Safeties

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    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: Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

    Best Potential: Derwin James, FSU

    Biggest Question Mark: Quin Blanding, Virginia 

    Biggest Sleeper: Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern

        

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