The 2018 NFL Draft process really ramped up with the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine taking place last week. Teams got their first up close and personal examination of most of the top talent in the upcoming draft. It gave teams a chance to answer some questions about certain prospects or it could have created more for teams to have to figure out.
Over the last many weeks at WFNY, Joe Gilbert and Jake Burns have been releasing their early top five rankings for each position class in the 2018 NFL Draft. And now over the last two weeks, the duo has begun to release their overall big board of their top 50 prospects. Today, the two continue the release by showing off the players who stand 30 through 21 on their boards. Enjoy!
Joe: OT Orlando Brown, Jr., Oklahoma (Joe’s No. 2 OT)
Orlando Brown, Jr. is a gigantic human being, who shows immense power and strength on film. But, his horrific performance at the NFL Combine adds a lot of questions and will likely drop him in my next rankings.
Jake: S Justin Reid, Stanford
Young brother of Eric Reid, just a less physical version. Best in center field trusting his excellent instincts and pass breakup abilities. One of the best interviews at the combine as well. People rave about who he is as a person.
Joe: RB Sony Michel, Georgia (Outside Joe’s Top 5 RBs)
Sony Michel has the vision, speed and elusiveness to be a starting running back in the NFL.
Jake: TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
After an underwhelming performance as a total tight end, many predict we will see Gesicki in the Jimmy Graham role. Remove the blocking assignments and let him put on display the ridiculous athleticism we saw at the combine.
Joe: Edge Harold Landry, Boston College (Joe’s No. 5 Edge)
Harold Landry will be a pass rushing specialist from Day 1. He has the explosion, speed and bend on the edge that makes him really hard to stay in front of.
Jake: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Ridley drops on my board as his age (24) and poor performance at the combine have many teams hesitating about a top selection. Still a very good receiver who can be of great value late round one or round two.
Joe: Edge Marcus Davenport, UTSA (Joe’s No. 4 Edge)
Marcus Davenport is one powerful rusher. He can completely plow through blockers. But, he also adds impressive athleticism, allowing him to make havoc in the backfield.
Jake: CB Carlton Davis, Auburn
Physical press corner who kept the best in the SEC locked at the line of scrimmage. The size/speed combo will keep him on the field as his technique and footwork catch up.
Joe: RB John Kelly, Tennessee (Joe’s No. 5 RB)
John Kelly may be the most underrated running back in the class. He has the agility and make-you-miss ability to create things out of nothing and turn things into home run plays.
Jake: RB Sony Michel, Georgia
One of the two big names out of Georgia’s backfield, Michel birngs the power/speed combo that few can match. His slashing one-cut style will fit perfectly in the modern NFL. Under-utilized in the passing game, but has the ability and can pick up the blitz with the best of them.
Joe: Edge Arden Key, LSU (Joe’s No. 2 Edge)
Arden Key has great speed to get around the corner and rush the quarterback. But, what makes him even more dangerous as a rusher is his ability to cut corners with sharpness to limit the angle of the blocker to stay in front of him.
Jake: C James Daniels, Iowa
Considered by many as the most athletic interior blocker in this group. His name has taken off of late, and his ability to work a wide range and handle nose tackles will lead to a first round selection.
Joe: CB Joshua Jackson, Iowa (Joe’s No. 2 CB)
Joshua Jackson has the size and length teams look for in their cornerbacks. But, his best skill is his ball skills to win the battle for ball against receivers.
Jake: OT Connor Williams, Texas
Small for the position, with shorter arms, Williams is more guard body than tackle. His up and down year cost him in the process, but don’t overlook the prospect. Nasty side in the pass game and a proven enough athlete to feel good about a left tackle projection.
Joe: S Jessie Bates, Wake Forest (Joe’s No. 3 S)
Jessie Bates is a player I love more than most people. He is a quintessential free safety who can cover in man coverage and in zone coverage with the athleticism to move smoothly all over the field.
Jake: ILB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
As good as they come against the run. Plays with leverage and power to work in the box. His value on passing downs is to be determined, but he’s athletic enough to get it done.
Joe: RB Derrius Guice, LSU (Joe’s No. 4 RB)
Derrius Guice is a strong runner, who can continue to make yards after the initial contact. Along with his strength, Guice has the speed and elusiveness to make him a well-rounded runner.
Jake: CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
Supreme ball skills, and the numbers showed it. Nobody in the country is better playing the ball in the air and reading what is in front of him. Technique is a mess as he is raw, but those things can be refined. The ball skills and production can’t be taught.
Joe: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State (Joe’s No. 1 TE)
He is a complete tight end with the ability to catch and block. But, he is a mismatch in the passing game with the athleticism, size and hands to be tough to defend.
Jake: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
One of the more polarizing prospects in this class. Not a single evalutor will deny his talent, but he is also a clear work in progress. Jackson has improved each year within Louisville’s system and if he is given the chance to grow in the NFL, there is no reason to think that will stop. You can’t teach this kind of play-making ability. He is well worth a round one pick.