O/A Rank Top-15 CBs
7 Denzel Ward
21 Joshua Jackson
28 Mike Hughes
32 Isaiah Oliver
34 Jaire Alexander
47 Carlton Davis
51 Quenton Meeks
59 Donte Jackson
70 M.J. Stewart
73 Anthony Averett
76 Isaac Yiadom
84 Duke Dawson
101 Holton Hill
105 Tony Brown
107 Tarvarus McFadden
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2018 NFL Live Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 LA Chargers
Derwin James
    Florida St
    S
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



Between the 'succeeding Eric Weddle' narrative and the 'Gus Bradley loves him a great safety' narrative, FSU's Derwin James was a natural mock to the Chargers, hindered only by for those pesky 16 teams selecting ahead of LA. To the team's delight, James dropped right into the Chargers' lap and they did not hesitate. James is a speed/strength/frame marvel who delivered some eye-popping numbers at the combine, showing he has fully recovered from knee problems that nagged at him in college. James was among the nation's most versatile defenders in 2017 and his Mockdraftable chart is basically filled out to the edge since he excels at everything. - Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst

Grade: A


18 Green Bay
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -16
Height:
5'10
Weight:
196



After reaping the bonanza of a 2019 first-round pick for moving down 13 picks, the Pack wheeled back up to grab Louisville CB Jaire Alexander, who has lightning quickness but a somewhat troubling injury history. Alexander led all draft-eligible cornerbacks in QB rating when thrown against, but he missed about half the 2017 season with leg and hand injuries. The Packers have a long history of building winners through quality scouting and drafting, and these highlights show there's no doubt that Alexander has talent, though there are questions about his size and straight-line speed. Factoring in the draft-pick upgrade, it's hard to knock this pick unless the health thing.

Grade: B


19 Dallas
Leighton Vander Esch
    Boise State
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
256



Leighton Vander Esch had quite a game in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon, tallying 12 tackles, 3 for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. The 2017 Mountain West Conference MVP (141 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4 sacks, 4 pass breakups, and 4 forced fumbles) and Team Captain had a lot to live up to, as his family cruised from Idaho to Las Vegas in a big bus adorned with Leighton's picture, number, and team colors.

Vander Esch was dominant in 2 sports in HS, winning state titles in both football and basketball. His experience in basketball allows him to exhibit excellent agility for a man his size, with no delay in change of direction and ability to make sudden lateral bursts for sideline-to-sideline range as a tackler. This young man fits HC Jason Garrett's description of "the Right Kinda Guy"! - Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst

Grade: A


20 Detroit
Frank Ragnow
    Arkansas
    OC
    Reach/Value:     -40
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
312



Here we go Lions' fans!!! Frank Ragnow is the selection. The Center from Arkansas, who we have highlighted in the second round for many weeks, will allow Graham Glasgow to keep his Left Guard job and step in on Day 1 and compete for the starting Center job. Which, let's face it, he'll probably win. Detroit could have went many different directions here with this pick as I've slotted EDGE rusher Harold Landry here for several weeks, but this pick shores up an offensive line that allowed QB Matthew Stafford to get sacked 47 times (tied for 7th). As we've cited in past mocks, Ragnow never allowed a single sack in his college career and has versatility to play Guard. This pick may not excite some, but Ragnow's peformance, peripherals, versatility, and character embodies what Patricia and Quinn are all about. The "Patriot Way" is being adopted, ladies and gents, and I'm actually happy to embrace it. - Doug Hyde, Lions Analyst

Grade: B+


21 Cincinnati
Billy Price
    Ohio State
    OC
    Reach/Value:     -51
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
305



Two months ago during an offensive tackle bing-researching stint, I watched tape of four or five Ohio State games to educate myself on Jamarco Jones. I was trying to focus on Jones, but kept getting distracted by the angry SOB two spots over from him that kept punching holes in the opposing defense like a cannon ball. I finally gave up on watching Jones, and officially became a Billy Price fan. You can call him a Center, or you can call him a Guard...but what you need to know is that he'll be a Pro Bowl player SOMEWHERE in the next three years. He can play all three interior positions, so versatility (and nasty attiude) are his strengths. The Bengals gave up 40 sacks in 2017, and were dead last in YPG. Billy Price improves those stats immediately. This is a great pick.

Grade: B+


22 Tennessee
Rashaan Evans
    Alabama
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
231



Evans isn't the Edge Rusher that Tennessee was projected to pick. However, Evans was college football's best draftable pass-rushing LB on per-snap basis this past season, so he'll provide a great boost. And it's not like inside linebacker isn't a big need. Avery Williamson left via free agency and Wesley Woodyard is entering his age-32 season. It's a potentially major hole that has been filled as new coach Mike Vrabel continues to build on this defense. With Evans and the Malcolm Butler signing, 2018 is looking good for Tennessee.

Grade: A


23 New England
Isaiah Wynn
    Georgia
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -10
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
313



This pick seemed destined to be an offensive lineman after the Patriots lost Nate Solder to free agency, but the name may come as a surprise to some. While some expect Isaiah Wynn to kick inside to Guard after finishing his college career at Left Tackle, make no mistake he has the athleticism and intelligence to play all five offensive line positions in the NFL. New England places a premium on versatility in its O-Linemen, making this a perfect fit. Wynn allowed only 5 pressures in 2017 and was a huge, if unsung, part of Georgia's run to the national title game, and will plug right in to the Patriots' line and help bring them back to the Super Bowl.

Grade: A


24 Carolina
D.J. Moore
    Maryland
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
215



There were so many options at Pick 24 for the Panthers. Passing on a CB like Josh Jackson was incredibly tough thing to do, as well.. The bottom line that brought us to this selection is that Cam Newton deserves the help. The Panthers brought in Norv Turner to bring this offense to life, and Norv appears to love him some D.J. Moore. Pick #24 may be a tad high for Moore; however, the Panthers have worked him out privately, and he wouldn't have been there at Pick #55. Watch his highlights and you'll see that he makes more people miss than the guy running the tin-can-shooting game at the carnival. That is why the Panthers want him.

Moore improved in all three of his seasons at Maryland, and in 2017 he had 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. Add him to a WR group of Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith, and Cam Newton will finally have the toys that he deserves.

~@PanthersDrafter,Panthers Analyst

Grade: B-





25 Baltimore
Hayden Hurst
    South Carolina
    TE
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
253



Baltimore desperately wants to feature a TE in this offense, and Hayden Hurst gives the Ravens the potential Pro Bowler they've lacked since Todd Heap. Many considered the former Gamecock the best in the class at his position, but he is an older prospect due to his baseball career. That said, he is an immediate contributor who gives Joe Flacco a key weapon. For many, however, there is cause for disappointment as Lamar Jackson was on the board. Calvin Ridley, who we long had as a target at #16, was also available. The signing of Willie Snead and the ability to trade down to reasonable Hayden Hurst range, though, show Newsome had his eyes on the prospect from the start of the draft. By moving down twice, Baltimore essentially exchanged a 5th-rounder for a 3rd-rounder and a 6th-rounder for a 4th-rounder. That boosts the grade slightly.

Grade: A-


26 Atlanta
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +11
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



Well, that was a surprise. The Falcons have a need at DT, but Quinn feels like the class is deep in that position, and presumably they will address that hole on Day Two. Instead, Atlanta will use its first-round capital to seek to both improve their scoring offense next year, as well as setting up the receiving corps for years to come. In a clear case of Best Available, the Falcons pick Ridley who brings 4.43 speed and a great feel for the WR position. Before too long, he will push Mohamed Sanu into a more possession role as a WR3. He gives the Falcons both a deep threat and a true complement to Julio Jones. Ridley was among the best WR prospects in this draft, and has drawn comparisons to Marvin Harrison. Matt Ryan just saw his already formidable stable of weapons get bigger.

Grade: A-


27 Seattle
Rashaad Penny
    San Diego St
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -65
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
220



Seattle was able to trade back with Green Bay and land a much-needed RD3 pick and an extra RD6 selection. Schneider then used the 27th spot to take Rashaad Penny, even though Derrius Guice was still on the board. The Seahawks were awful on the ground in 2017. Russell Wilson was the team's leading rusher, while Seattle backs accounted for zero yards in the red zone and no TDs. This wasn't the worst pick, but better options may have been available like Harold Landry, Isaiah Oliver, or the aforementioned Guice.

Grade: C-


28 Pittsburgh
Terrell Edmunds
    Virginia Tech
    S
    Reach/Value:     -71
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
217



The Steelers throw a bit of a curve ball picking the Hokie Safety a good bit ahead of his consensus value. Edmunds, an aggressive and intelligent player is, like recent picks, a young player from a power-5 program with multiple starting years. In 2017 he contributed 59 tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 2 INTs. Edmunds is an elite athlete with the second highest pSPARQ score of any safety in this class.

Edmunds could fit multiple roles for the Steelers. He has the speed and football IQ to play centerfield and the physicality to play in the box, even in a Nickle-backer role. The addition of Edmunds with Free Agents Berhe and Burnett to third year player Sean Davis gives the Steelers have a lot of moving pieces at Safety. Edmunds has his work cut out to earn a starting spot but the depth will certainly help the Dime package that the team would like to run with more effectiveness.

Grade: B-


29 Jacksonville
Taven Bryan
    Florida
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
6'4
Weight:
290



We've been saying for weeks that it was probably going to be defense or pass catcher. Bryan is the 19th player on our board, so to grab him at 29 is terrific value. His traits are outstanding, with one of the best first steps in the entire draft. His game is still a bit raw, most notably he will need to more consistently shed blockers, but he has the physical tools to be a top level player on the D-line. The beauty of Bryan in Jacksonville is that he can be a part of a great rotation, backing up Malik Jackson, but likely never commanding a double team with all of the other studs rushing the passer.

Grade: B+


30 Minnesota
Mike Hughes
    UCF
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
189



After writing about Mike Hughes' fit in Minnesota for about 12 consecutive weeks throughout this draft season, I succumbed to the national media pressure as the draft neared, and swapped out Hughes for, effectively, the best offensive lineman on the board. This was based on the assumption that GM Rick Spielman would do everything he could to protect his $84 million investment, Kirk Cousins. With the Vikings being a win-now team, and the biggest need on the team being nickel cornerback, this pick makes so much sense. Hughes is a Day 1 nickel CB and he has the potential to be so much more down the road. With the plethora of options on the board, including Isaiah Oliver and Josh Jackson, it goes to show that this was the Vikings' guy and they probably stuck to their board. - Brett Stott, Vikings Analyst

Grade: B+


31 New England
Sony Michel
    Georgia
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -21
Height:
5'11
Weight:
214



The Patriots came into the draft with the 23rd and 31st overall picks, virtually the entire draft community expected them to move out of these slots but, to everyone's surprise, they stayed put and took their guys. Sony Michel brings a north-south style of tough running to the table that the Pats' running game has missed since LeGarrette Blount left town. That said, it's a bit of a curious pick after the Pats signed Jeremy Hill in Free Agency this year, as he has a similar skill set. At the same time, he adds a layer of misdirection to the offensive play calling due to his impressive pass-protection abilities. It's feasible that he could be on the field on 3rd down, and that wouldn't key the defense as to whether it's a pass or run. This is something that the coaching staff undoubtedly covets. Not a high need pick but, once again, the Patriots likely stuck to their board and took their man.

Grade: B


32 Baltimore
Lamar Jackson
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +14
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
205



Boom! With many projecting Lamar Jackson to Baltimore at #16, Ozzie jumps back into RD1 to take the former Heisman winner with #32. The dynamic signal-caller is the opposite of Joe Flacco, who is coming off an atrocious season in which he was a drain on the team. This selection may create an awkward situation with the former Super Bowl MVP, but Jackson will have time to develop --and perhaps be used in special packages-- with the veteran at the helm. Flacco's guaranteed money runs out after this year so Jackson may get only a redshirt year before becoming "the man" if all goes according to plan. Essentially, this is a move up from RD2 that cost the team a 2019 2nd rounder which should prove worth it if Jackson can develop into a quality starter. This is a rare talent, and the fact that the team got a weapon AND a franchise QB in RD1 is a big win in Ozzie's last Day 1.

Grade: A

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Buffalo and Cincinnati swap RD1 picks #12 and #21 (Cordy Glenn trade)
NY Jets and Indianapolis swap RD1 picks #3 and #6 (2018 Draft trade)
New England gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Brandin Cooks trade)

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Big Board Rankings
O/A Rank SEC Conference
Top-40 Players
Psn
6 Minkah Fitzpatrick
Alabama
S
10 Derrius Guice
LSU
RBF
13 Roquan Smith
Georgia
ILB
15 Calvin Ridley
Alabama
WRF
16 Rashaan Evans
Alabama
ILB
19 Taven Bryan
Florida
DL3T
24 Arden Key
LSU
EDGE
25 Christian Kirk
Texas A&M
WRF
31 Hayden Hurst
South Carolina
TE
33 Isaiah Wynn
Georgia
OG
35 Da'Ron Payne
Alabama
DL1T
37 Ronnie Harrison
Alabama
S
44 Braden Smith
Auburn
OG
45 Lorenzo Carter
Georgia
EDGE
47 Carlton Davis
Auburn
CB
49 Da'Shawn Hand
Alabama
DL5T
50 Nick Chubb
Georgia
RBF
52 Sony Michel
Georgia
RBF
59 Donte Jackson
LSU
CB
60 Frank Ragnow
Arkansas
OC
68 D.J. Chark
LSU
WRF
73 Anthony Averett
Alabama
CB
74 Kerryon Johnson
Auburn
RBF
84 Duke Dawson
Florida
CB
105 Tony Brown
Alabama
CB
119 Trenton Thompson
Georgia
DL3T
120 Jeff Holland
Auburn
EDGE
122 Rashaan Gaulden
Tennessee
CB
123 Joshua Frazier
Alabama
DL1T
131 Marcell Frazier
Missouri
EDGE
143 Bradley Bozeman
Alabama
OC
148 Kevin Toliver II
LSU
CB
151 Breeland Speaks
Ole Miss
DL3T
154 Bo Scarbrough
Alabama
RBF
170 John Kelly
Tennessee
RBF
174 Armani Watts
Texas A&M
S
177 Marquis Haynes
Ole Miss
EDGE
181 J'Mon Moore
Missouri
WRF
193 Christian LaCouture
LSU
DL5T
194 Kahlil McKenzie Jr
Tennessee
DL1T
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