Future Watch: 2018 NFL Draft – First Round Prospects – The 2018 NFL Draft is only a week away and draft speculation is at its peak. Mock drafts can give fans insight into who teams may pick, but we won’t officially know which NFL teams these college prospects will be suiting up for until Thursday, April 26th, 2018. Russ Cohen gives some insight into a few players who could go in the first round of next week’s draft.
Future Watch: 2018 NFL Draft – First Round Prospects: Quarterback
Sam Darnold is a 6-4, 220-pound quarterback who hails from Capistrano Beach, California. Playing his college football at the USC kept him close to home. He was originally recruited as a linebacker. After turning that down he was a quarterback who was redshirted for 2015. In 2016, he was the backup in the early part of the season. He ended up starting 10 games that season throwing for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns (he set the school record for freshman touchdowns), nine interceptions and two rushing touchdowns. He won the Archie Griffin Award as college football’s MVP in January 2017.
In 2017, he started 14 games throwing for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and five rushing touchdowns. He was the early season favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. He led USC to a victory over Stanford for the Pac-12 Championship and he won the game’s MVP award.
Honorable mention: Josh Allen (6-5, 240), starred at Wyoming University. He almost left school in 2016 after tossing 3,200 yards and 28 touchdowns but stayed one more year before declaring for the NFL Draft), Josh Rosen (6-4, 218), he starred at UCLA, played in two bowl games and won numerous awards during his college career).
Future Watch: 2018 NFL Draft – First Round Prospects: Running Back
Saquon Barkley is a 6-0, 233-pound running back who starred at Penn State University. In 2016, he was a Big Ten Champion and in 2017 he earned All-American honors gaining 1,271 yards on the ground with 18 touchdowns (one was for 92-yards) and three receiving touchdowns.
Honorable mention: Derrius Guice (5-11, 218), starred at LSU. He was first team All-Sec in 2016 and second team in 2017. Averaged 7.1 yards per carry in his college career. Sony Michel (5-11, 212), starred at Georgia. Played in four bowl games and scored 33-career touchdowns.
Future Watch: 2018 NFL Draft – First Round Prospects: Wide Receiver
Calvin Ridley is a 6-1,190-pound speedster starred for Alabama. In three seasons he had 224 receptions for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is a three-time CFP National Champion.
Honorable mention: D.J. Moore (6-0, 215), starred at University of Maryland, had the best broad jump at the combine. Courtland Sutton (6-4, 216), starred at SMU. He played three games for the basketball team in 2015 as well).
Future Watch: 2018 NFL Draft – First Round Prospects: Defensive End
Bradley Chubb is a 6-4, 276-pound edge rushing star. At NC State he recorded 10 sacks each of the last two seasons (25 games in total). He won the 2017 Bronco Nagurski Trophy and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Honorable mention: Sam Hubbard (6-5, 265), starred at Ohio State. Had seven sacks in 2017. Josh Sweat (6-5, 245), he can do a little bit of everything, sacks, fumble recoveries, and passes defended among them.
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