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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Early First Round Projections
Quarterbacks could rule round one
Every team needs that leader, that one player that can rally the troops and bring home close games. Quarterbacks are generally the guy and for those teams searching for help under center, plenty of talent is set to enter the league next year.
Upwards of six college stars could hear their name called in the opening round next April. Here's a closer look at the latest mocks and where each of these young men could begin their professional careers.
Sam Darnold took the reigns at USC early last year and after dropping his first game as a starter, he and the Trojans won nine straight to finish the season. Darnold has terrific size and arm strength, but scouts and general managers love his poise and decision making, especially in key moments.
Walter Football has the young man as the top-ranked prospect at this point in time and have the NY Jets as the team that will land the youngster.
Josh Allen is quickly becoming a household name, despite playing for Wyoming. The 21-year-old is already being compared to Joe Flacco and with his size and mobility, its now just a question of playing against stiffer competition on a weekly basis.
Jacksonville and Cleveland could both be looking for help depending on what happens in the upcoming football season, leading many experts to believe he will start his career with the Jaguars or Browns.
Lamar Jackson of Louisville took college football by storm early last season. His duel-threat abilities could make him a game-changer at the next level and a perfect type of player to rebuild around.
Cleveland could once again be in the mix, but with his rare combination of skills, Jackson is the type of player that could see a team make a big move and trade down to grab early in the first round.
With the rumors that Kirk Cousins will head to San Francisco after this season, reports of Washington using a first round pick next spring to find his replacement have hit social media.
The Redskins are already linked with Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, a young man with tremendous upside. His arm strength could be the best of the 2018 class and how he progresses through this season with the Tigers, could move the young man into a top-10 consideration.
Josh Rosen is another talented signal caller that will likely be a first round pick next year. The UCLA product was the top-ranked overall prospect earlier in the year, but off field issues, most notably his comments to the press, have several teams dropping him down their draft boards.
Arizona could look to find Carson Palmer's replacement and the recent injury to Ryan Tannehill could have the Dolphins showing interest. No matter what teams selects the Bruins offensive leader, they will get a young man with plenty of talent, but those off field issues could become a distraction a team must deal with early in his career.
The Best of the Rest
Quarterbacks aren't the only position that wins football games. Big name players are found everywhere on the football field and for teams that need help in other areas, here's a look at some top players at other spots on the field.
The LA Rams selected Jared Goff last year, but now need to help the youngster succeed. NFL experts believe help on the offensive line is the solution and Trey Adams of Washington is tops on the latest player rankings.
Saquon Barkley of Penn State is the best running back in next years class. With sub 4.4 speed, great hands and vision, the Nittany Lions backfield star has all the skills and tools needed to become a star.
San Francisco could draft the youngster early in the opening round, but for a year where the running back position is thin, teams picking late in the round could make a trade to move up and select the talented back.
Pass rush specialist are key on defense. These players can change the momentum of a game and teams are always looking for players with this special skill.
LSU's Arden Key is projected as the top defense player available and with his combination of size and speed, Chicago and Indianapolis are both teams with needs on the edge and prefect places for this highly skilled defensive end.
Plenty of Changes Ahead
With no games being played at this time, rankings will change. Players get hurt, teams needs change, and other step-up. These projections are just a guide for the 2017 season, but it does give fans insight into what players can provide and what their favorite squad might need to take that next step.