The race to the 2018 NFL Draft is in full force with NFL Scouting Combine taking place this weekend. We at WFNY are getting Browns fans ready by examining the top prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. WFNY’s Joe Gilbert and Jake Burns examined each position’s class and gave thoughts on what the class has to offer.
The duo is back together to give their top 50 overall players in the 2018 NFL Draft. Thursday, the two gave the players 50 through 41 on their big boards. Today, Gilbert and Burns reveal the players who stand 40 through 31 on their boards.
2018 NFL Draft Big Board 1.0 Series: 50-41
Joe: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama (Joe’s No. 3 LB)
Speed, speed, speed. Rashaan Evans has the speed to play sideline to sideline, closing on ball carriers in a flash. He also adds good pass rushing ability for a linebacker.
Jake: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
The physical tools are special, but the risks in accuracy and intangibles make me nervous. His strong showing at the combine gets him a bump here. I still don’t believe he has round one talent, though. Some franchise will take the risk.
Joe: Edge Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest (Outside Joe’s Top 5 Edge)
Duke Ejiofor is a refined pass rusher with the technique to pressure the pocket. He may not be a great athlete, but his use of his arms and pass rushing moves makes him tough to block.
Jake: OT Brian O’Neill, Pitt
A project type tackle who has solid athleticism thanks to his shift from wide receiver to tackle from three different levels. He has to continue to grow, but the length and athleticism provide plenty to work within a weak class of tackles.
Joe: WR Auden Tate, Florida State (Joe’s No. 5 WR)
Auden Tate can immediately become a red-zone target in the NFL with his size and ball skills. But, he also shows strong route running for a man his size.
Jake: RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
A workhorse for the better part of his four years at Georgia. Outside a knee injury, he’s about as squeaky clean a running back prospect as there is. He ran well at the combine and proved he is still the freaky athlete he was during his pre-injury days.
Joe: CB Carlton Davis, Auburn (Joe’s No. 3 CB)
Carlton Davis is in the mold of the modern day cornerback with great size and length. He moves well at that size, too.
Jake: OT Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan
Another raw but special athlete at the tackle position. Coming to the U.S. in 2010, he has maximized his time progressing in college at Western Michigan, while still only 21 years of age, showing the necessary skills to project well to the NFL. Being massive (6’6, 330 lbs.), with the ability to move like a tight end also helps.
Joe: OG Will Hernandez, UTEP (Joe’s No. 4 OG/C)
Will Hernandez is built like a rock but has good movement skills. He dominated a lower level of competition, but when playing against the better teams, he fared well.
Jake: DE Arden Key, LSU
Projected in the top ten just last year, Key has an outstanding blend of bend and speed necessary to dominate the position on Sundays. The problem for Key is the off-field issues (left the LSU program last spring) and the questions about his work ethic. He may well slide to round two.
Joe: C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (Joe’s No. 3 OG/C)
Frank Ragnow has good size and strength for a center. He is a lineman who will quickly work his way to the second level or to another blocker to help keep the pocket clean.
Jake: WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
The best deep ball tracker in this group of wide receivers, James Washington excelled running down vertical routes for quarterback Mason Rudolph. Although he runs a limited route tree, Washington is built like a running back with quick reflexes to consistently beat the jam and has elite quickness to top speed.
Joe: WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (Joe’s No. 4 WR)
Just get him the ball. Christian Kirk has great athleticism with the ability to be YAC star and dangerous returner.
Jake: C/G Billy Price, Ohio State
A throwback interior lineman who will simply put in the work and lead by example. Price has the necessary hip bend and quickness to play all three interior positions and will fit inside any scheme. His pectoral injury is being reported as a minor issue.
Joe: C Billy Price, Ohio State (Joe’s No. 2 OG/C)
Billy Price has experience at both center and guard. He is a strong lineman who is tough to get away from when he has a man in his grasps.
Jake: WR Anthony Miller, Memphis
I’m higher on Anthony Miller than most who evaluate the position. He is fast, quick, twitchy, and plays the physical brand that will translate well to the NFL. He was the leader of his Memphis team, and he is constantly putting forth the extra effort in all phases of the game. Miller didn’t participate in running drills at the combine as he is nursing a Jones Fracture in his right foot.
Joe: TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (Joe’s No. 2 TE)
Hayden Hurst is a complete tight end. He is a good blocker with above average athleticism to be a mismatch in the passing game.
Jake: CB Mike Hughes, UCF
Hughes is a fluid, agile corner prospect with the versatility to play inside or outside. He has good size and excels in press coverage. He has very quick feet allowing him to play from a wide variety of alignments.
Joe: IDL Vita Vea, Washington (Outside Joe’s Top 5 IDL)
Vita Vea is just immovable at the center of the line. He has the strength to throw blockers away to get to the runner near him and take them down.
Jake: DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
Another slightly undersized prospect that relies on quickness. The good thing for Hurst is that his quickness is elite, and he wins many battles beating his man off the ball before he is out of his stance. A gap shooter who will wreak havoc if his medical comes back clean from the heart condition picked up on at the combine.