2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Top Overall Players

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 25, 2018

2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Top Overall Players

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    For nearly a year now, we've been tracking and studying the top players for the 2018 NFL draft. Our work began on flights home from New York City days after the draft last year and now culminates on a flight back to New York City to cover another draft. What are the takeaways from this group? 

    1. This is a good quarterback draft. There could be six passers drafted in the first round and likely eight total in the first two rounds. 

    2. This is a good running back draft. Not quite on par with the 2017 class, but good. There will be starters in Round 3.

    3. This is a bad wide receiver, defensive tackle and offensive tackle draft. The most recent intel has three receivers, three defensive tackles and three offensive tackles drafted in the first round.

    4. The second round is loaded. There aren't 32 first-round caliber players this year, but there are close to 50 second-round caliber guys. That could lead to many trades on Thursday and Friday.

    With over 500 players evaluated, graded and ranked, here's our final look at the 2018 NFL draft's rankings.

Top 50 Overall Players

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    1. Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
    2. Bradley Chubb EDGE NC State
    3. Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
    4. Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
    5. Sam Darnold QB USC
    6. Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
    7. Josh Allen QB Wyoming
    8. Josh Rosen QB UCLA
    9. Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
    10. Roquan Smith LB Georgia
    11. Derwin James S Florida State
    12. Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
    13. Connor Williams OT Texas
    14. Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
    15. Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
    16. Vita Vea DL Washington
    17. Josh Jackson CB Iowa
    18. Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
    19. Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State
    20. Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
    21. Billy Price C Ohio State
    22. Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
    23. James Daniels C Iowa
    24. Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
    25. Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
    26. Mike Hughes CB Central Florida
    27. Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia
    28. Malik Jefferson LB Texas
    29. Derrius Guice RB LSU
    30. Taven Bryan DL Florida
    31. Sam Hubbard EDGE Ohio State
    32. Kolton Miller OT UCLA
    33. Sony Michel RB Georgia
    34. Da'Ron Payne DL Alabama
    35. Courtland Sutton WR SMU
    36. Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
    37. Mike Gesicki TE Penn State
    38. Maurice Hurst DL Michigan
    39. Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State
    40. Ronnie Harrison S Alabama
    41. Will Hernandez OG UTEP
    42. Austin Corbett OG Nevada
    43. Ronald Jones RB USC
    44. Harrison Phillips DL Stanford
    45. Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
    46. Jamarco Jones OT Ohio State
    47. Justin Reid S Stanford
    48. Carlton Davis CB Auburn
    49. Tyrell Crosby Jr. OT Oregon
    50. Anthony Averett CB Alabama.

Top Quarterbacks

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    1. Sam Darnold, USC
    2. Josh Allen, Wyoming
    3. Josh Rosen, UCLA
    4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
    5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville
    6. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
    7. Luke Falk, Washington State
    8. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
    9. Mike White, Western Kentucky
    10. Kurt Benkert, Virginia
    11. Riley Ferguson, Memphis
    12. Tanner Lee, Nebraska
    13. Chase Litton, Marshall
    14. Logan Woodside, Toledo
    15. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
    16. Quinton Flowers, South Florida
    17. Austin Allen, Arkansas
    18. Danny Etling, LSU
    19. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech
    20. Brandon Silvers, Troy
    21. Kyle Allen, Houston
    22. Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State
    23. Nick Stevens, Colorado State

Top Running Backs

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    1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
    2. Derrius Guice, LSU
    3. Sony Michel, Georgia
    4. Ronald Jones, USC
    5. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
    6. Nick Chubb, Georgia
    7. Mark Walton, Miami
    8. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
    9. John Kelly, Tennessee
    10. Nyheim Hines, NC State
    11. Akrum Wadley, Iowa
    12. Royce Freeman, Oregon
    13. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
    14. Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
    15. Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss
    16. Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State
    17. Darrel Williams, LSU
    18. Martez Carter, Grambling State
    19. Justin Jackson, Northwestern
    20. Josh Adams, Notre Dame
    21. Chase Edmonds, Fordham
    22. Phillip Lindsay, Colorado
    23. Ryan Nall, Oregon State
    24. Chris Warren, Texas
    25. Justin Crawford, West Virginia
    26. Lavon Coleman, Washington
    27. Ito Smith, Southern Miss
    28. Jeff Wilson, North Texas
    29. Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
    30. Kyle Hicks, TCU
    31. Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
    32. Demario Richard, Arizona State
    33. Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
    34. Keith Ford, Texas A&M
    35. D’Ernest Johnson, South Florida
    36. Jordan Chunn, Troy 

Top Fullbacks

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    1. Dimitri Flowers, Oklahoma
    2. Nick Bawden, San Diego State
    3. Donnie Ernsberger, Western Michigan
    4. Daythan Davis, Southern Miss
    5. Garrett Dickerson, Northwestern

Top Wide Receivers

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    1. Calvin Ridley, Alabama
    2. Courtland Sutton, SMU
    3. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
    4. D.J. Moore, Maryland
    5. D.J. Chark, LSU
    6. James Washington, Oklahoma State
    7. Deon Cain, Clemson
    8. Dante Pettis, Washington
    9. Michael Gallup, Colorado State
    10. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
    11. Anthony Miller, Memphis
    12. Russell Gage, LSU
    13. Simmie Cobbs, Indiana
    14. Antonio Callaway, Florida
    15. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State
    16. Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
    17. J'Mon Moore, Missouri
    18. Tre'Quan Smith, Central Florida
    19. Cedrick Wilson, Boise State
    20. Jordan Lasley, UCLA
    21. Auden Tate, Florida State
    22. Deontay Burnett, USC
    23. Allen Lazard, Iowa State
    24. Byron Pringle, Kansas State
    25. Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
    26. Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa
    27. Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh
    28. Trey Quinn, SMU
    29. Korey Robertson, Southern Miss
    30. Braxton Berrios, Miami 
    31. Jester Weah, Pittsburgh
    32. Javon Wims, Georgia
    33. Darren Carrington, Oregon
    34. Richie James, Middle Tennessee
    35. Ka'Raun White, West Virginia
    36. Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State
    37. Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State
    38. Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech
    39. Robert Foster, Alabama
    40. Davon Grayson, East Carolina
    41. Ray-Ray McCloud, Clemson
    42. Bryce Bobo, Colorado
    43. Devonte Boyd, UNLV
    44. Tavares Martin, Washington State
    45. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, South Florida
    46. Steve Ishmael, Syracuse
    47. Chris Lacy, Oklahoma State
    48. Steven Mitchell, USC
    49. Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech
    50. Jeff Badet, Oklahoma
    51. Regis Cibasu, Montreal
    52. Justin Watson, Pennsylvania
    53. Steven Dunbar, Houston
    54. Austin Proehl, North Carolina

Top Tight Ends

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    1. Mike Gesicki, Penn State
    2. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
    3. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
    4. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
    5. Ian Thomas, Indiana
    6. Dalton Schultz, Stanford
    7. Chris Herndon, Miami
    8. Ryan Izzo, Florida State
    9. Durham Smythe, Notre Dame
    10. Jaylen Samuels, NC State
    11. Will Dissly, Washington State
    12. Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan
    13. Jordan Akins, Central Florida
    14. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
    15. Cam Serigne, Wake Forest
    16. Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State
    17. Ethan Wolf, Tennessee
    18. Marcus Baugh, Ohio State
    19. David Wells, San Diego State
    20. Damon Gibson, Moorhead
    21. Andrew Vollert, Weber State
    22. Blake Mack, Arkansas State
    23. DeAndre Goolsby, Florida

Top Offensive Tackles

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    1. Connor Williams, Texas
    2. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
    3. Kolton Miller, UCLA
    4. Jamarco Jones, Ohio State
    5. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
    6. Geron Christian, Louisville
    7. Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh
    8. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State
    9. Joseph Noteboom, TCU
    10. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
    11. Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan
    12. Desmond Harrison, West Georgia
    13. Will Richardson, NC State
    14. Alex Cappa, Humboldt State
    15. Jamil Demby, Maine
    16. Cole Madison, Washington State
    17. Ike Boettger, Iowa
    18. Toby Weathersby, LSU
    19. Colby Gossett, Appalachian State
    20. Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T
    21. Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma State
    22. Brett Toth, Army
    23. Greg Senat, Wagner
    24. David Bright, Stanford
    25. Nick Gates, Nebraska
    26. Rick Leonard, Florida State
    27. Rod Taylor, Ole Miss
    28. Aaron Evans, Central Florida
    29. Austin Golson, Auburn
    30. Jamar McGloster, Syracuse

Top Offensive Guards

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    1. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
    2. Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
    3. Will Hernandez, UTEP
    4. Austin Corbett, Nevada
    5. Braden Smith, Auburn
    6. Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech
    7. Jaryd Jones-Smith, Pittsburgh
    8. Matt Pryor, TCU
    9. Skyler Phillips, Idaho State
    10. Timon Parris, Stony Brook
    11. Tony Adams, NC State
    12. Taylor Hearn, Clemson
    13. Cody O'Connell, Washington State
    14. K.J. Malone, LSU
    15. Sean Welsh, Iowa
    16. Sam Jones, Arizona State
    17. KC McDermott, Miami
    18. Connor Hilland, William & Mary
    19. Salesi Uhatafe, Utah
    20. Jacob Alsadek, Arizona
    21. Mark Korte, Alberta
    22. Kyle Bosch, West Virginia
    23. Cory Helms, South Carolina
    24. Maea Teuhema, SE Louisiana
    25. Tyrone Crowder, Clemson

Top Centers

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    1. Billy Price, Ohio State
    2. James Daniels, Iowa
    3. Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
    4. Mason Cole, Michigan
    5. Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
    6. William Clapp, LSU
    7. Brian Allen, Michigan State
    8. Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
    9. Dejon Allen, Hawaii
    10. Coleman Shelton, Washington
    11. Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State
    12. Jake Bennett, Colorado State
    13. Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State
    14. Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State

Top Defensive Linemen

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    1. Vita Vea, Washington
    2. Taven Bryan, Florida
    3. Da'Ron Payne, Alabama
    4. Maurice Hurst, Michigan
    5. Harrison Phillips, Stanford
    6. Tim Settle, Virginia Tech
    8. Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State
    7. Rasheem Green, USC
    9. Derrick Nnadi, Florida State
    10. B.J. Hill, NC State
    11. Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama
    12. P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State
    13. Foley Fatukasi, Connecticut
    14. RJ McIntosh, Miami
    15. Andrew Brown, Virginia
    16. Trenton Thompson, Georgia
    17. Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss
    18. Kendrick Norton, Miami
    19. Justin Jones, NC State
    20. Bilal Nichols, Delaware
    21. Kahlil McKenzie, Tennessee
    22. Kentavius Street, NC State
    23. Du'Vonta Lampkin, Oklahoma
    24. John Franklin-Myers, Stephen F. Austin
    25. Taylor Stallworth, South Carolina
    26. Poona Ford, Texas
    27. Deadrin Senat, South Florida
    28. John Atkins, Georgia
    29. JoJo Wicker, Arizona State
    30. Abdullah Anderson, Bucknell
    31. James Looney, California
    32. Lowell Lotulelei, Utah
    33. Joshua Frazier, Alabama
    34. Eddy Wilson, Purdue
    35. Greg Gilmore, LSU
    36. Christian LaCouture, LSU
    37. Matt Dickerson, UCLA
    38. Jamiyus Pittman, Central Florida
    39. Parker Cothren, Penn State
    42. Scott Pagano, Oregon
    43. Frank Herron, LSU
    44. Dalton Keene, Illinois State
    45. Michael Hill, Ohio State
    46. Henry Mondeaux, Oregon
    47. Nathan Bazata, Iowa
    48. Filipo Mokofisi, Utah
    49. Nifae Lealao, Vanderbilt
    50. Drew Bailey, Louisville

Top Edge-Rushers

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    1. Bradley Chubb, NC State
    2. Marcus Davenport, UTSA
    3. Harold Landry, Boston College
    4. Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
    5. Arden Key, LSU
    6. Kemoko Turay, Rutgers
    7. Chad Thomas, Miami
    8. Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
    9. Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas
    10. Josh Sweat, Florida State
    11. Uchenna Nwosu, USC
    12. Jeff Holland, Auburn
    13. Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State
    14. Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State
    15. Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest
    16. Leon Jacobs, Wisconsin
    17. Ade Aruna, Tulane
    18. Marcell Frazier, Missouri
    19. Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
    20. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
    21. Kylie Fitts, Utah
    22. Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State
    23. Joe Ostman, Central Michigan
    24. Ola Adeniyi, Toledo
    25. Trevon Young, Louisville
    26. Peter Kalambayi, Stanford
    27. Davin Bellamy, Georgia
    28. Garret Dooley, Wisconsin
    29. Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State
    30. Anthony Winbush, Ball State
    31. Justin Lawler, SMU
    32. Bunmi Rotimi, Old Dominion
    33. James Hearns, Louisville
    34. K.J. Smith, Baylor
    35. Chikwe Obasih, Wisconsin
    36. Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State
    37. Qualen Cunningham, Texas A&M
    38. Andrew Trumbetti, Notre Dame
    39. Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock
    40. Alec James, Wisconsin
    41. Curtis Corthran, Penn State
    42. Jesse Aniebonam, Maryland
    43. Demetrius Cooper, Michigan State

Top Linebackers

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    1. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
    2. Roquan Smith, Georgia
    3. Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
    4. Rashaan Evans, Alabama
    5. Malik Jefferson, Texas
    6. Jerome Baker, Ohio State
    7. Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
    8. Josey Jewell, Iowa
    9. Tegray Scales, Indiana
    10. Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida
    11. Micah Kiser, Virginia
    12. Fred Warner, Brigham Young
    13. Mike McCray, Michigan
    14. Genard Avery, Memphis
    15. Christian Sam, Arizona State
    16. Andre Smith, North Carolina
    17. Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
    18. Dorian O'Daniel, Clemson
    19. Keishawn Bierria, Washington
    20. Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama
    21. Oren Burks, Vanderbilt
    22. Skai Moore, South Carolina
    23. Chris Covington, Indiana
    24. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Western Kentucky
    25. Ja'Whaun Bentley, Purdue
    26. Kenny Young, UCLA
    27. Matthew Thomas, Florida State
    28. Zaire Franklin, Syracuse
    29. Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State
    30. Jason Cabinda, Penn State
    31. Azeem Victor, Washington
    32. Jacob Pugh, Florida State
    33. Tre Williams, Auburn
    34. Chris Worley, Ohio State
    35. Jermaine Carter, Maryland
    36. Parris Bennett, Syracuse
    37. Frank Ginda, San Jose State
    38. Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State
    39. Joel Lanning, Iowa State
    43. Myles Pierce, The Citadel
    44. D.J. Palmore, Navy
    40. Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame
    41. Andrew Motuapuaka, Virginia Tech
    42. Auggie Sanchez, South Florida

Top Cornerbacks

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    1. Denzel Ward, Ohio State
    2. Josh Jackson, Iowa
    3. Jaire Alexander, Louisville
    4. Isaiah Oliver, Colorado
    5. Mike Hughes, Central Florida
    6. Carlton Davis, Auburn
    7. Anthony Averett, Alabama
    8. Donte Jackson, LSU
    9. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina
    10. Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee
    11. Duke Dawson, Florida
    12. Isaac Yiadom, Boston College
    13. JC Jackson, Maryland
    14. Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas
    15. Tony Brown, Alabama
    16. Parry Nickerson, Tulane
    17. Kevin Toliver II, LSU
    18. Nick Nelson, Wisconsin
    19. D.J. Reed, Kansas State
    20. Holton Hill, Texas
    21. Quenton Meeks, Stanford
    22. Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
    23. Davontae Harris, Illinois State
    24. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State
    25. Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
    26. Michael Joseph, Dubuque
    27. Taron Johnson, Weber State
    28. Grant Haley, Penn State
    29. Avonte Maddox, Pittsburgh
    30. Levi Wallace, Alabama
    31. Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech
    32. Chandon Sullivan, Georgia State
    33. Heath Harding, Miami (Ohio)
    34. Danny Johnson, Southern
    35. D'Montre Wade, Murray State
    36. Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
    37. Rashard Fant, Indiana
    38. Mike Ford, Southeast Missouri State
    39. Christian Campbell, Penn State
    40. Deatrick Nichols, South Florida
    41. Andre Chachere, San Jose State
    42. JaMarcus King, South Carolina
    43. Linden Stephens, Cincinnati
    44. Emmanuel Moseley, Tennessee
    45. Kamrin Moore, Boston College
    46. Malik Reaves, Villanova
    47. Dee Delaney, Miami
    48. Arrion Springs, Oregon
    49. Henre' Toliver, Arkansas
    50. Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma
    51. Chris Jones, Nebraska 

Top Safeties

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    1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
    2. Derwin James, Florida State
    3. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
    4. Justin Reid, Stanford
    5. Jessie Bates, Wake Forest
    6. Kyzir White, West Virginia
    7. Armani Watts, Texas A&M
    8. Tarvarius Moore, Southern Miss
    9. Marcus Allen, Penn State
    10. Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern
    11. Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech
    12. DeShon Elliott, Texas
    13. Kameron Kelly, San Diego State
    14. Stephen Roberts, Auburn
    15. Quin Blanding, Virginia
    16. Siran Neal, Jacksonville St.
    18. Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
    17. Trayvon Henderson, Hawaii
    19. Cole Reyes, North Dakota
    20. Dominick Sanders, Georgia
    21. Damon Webb, Ohio State
    22. Tray Matthews, Auburn
    23. Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State
    24. Tracy Walker, Louisiana-Lafayette
    25. Dane Cruikshank, Arizona
    26. Chucky Williams, Louisville
    27. Marcell Harris, Florida
    28. Natrell Jamerson, Wisconsin
    29. Joshua Kalu, Nebraska
    30. Trey Marshall, Florida State
    31. Van Smith, Clemson
    32. Sean Chandler, Temple
    33. Max Redfield, Indiana (PA)
    34. Troy Apke, Penn State
    35. Chris Hawkins, USC
    36. Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State
    37. Secdrick Cooper, Louisiana Tech
    38. Jordan Martin, Syracuse
    39. Afolabi Laguda, Colorado
    40. Jamar Summers, Connecticut
    41. Nick Washington, Florida
    42. Steven Parker, Oklahoma
    43. Todd Kelly, Tennessee
    44. Tony Fields, Indiana

Top Specialists

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    KICKERS

    1. Daniel Carlson, Auburn
    2. Eddy Pineiro, Florida
    3. Michael Badgley, Miami

          

    PUNTERS

    1. Michael Dickson, Texas
    2. JK Scott, Alabama
    3. Johnny Townsend, Florida