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NFL Draft: Some quick rankings

NFL Draft: Some Quick Rankings
Speculation about who's going where in the NFL is about to stop. We'll find out who will be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. We'll find out if Saquon Barkley will go No.1. We'll find out if Baker Mayfield makes it into the Top 10. And we'll find out where Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Winner, will play his winters.

So we're giving you some of our rankings as a guide.


1. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma): The 2017 Heisman Winner was difficult to stop throughout his college career, throwing for over 26,000 yards in his career. Benefitting from a fast-paced, throwcentric offense, Mayfield shone - especially in some of the toughest environments in football. Yes, we know that he has had his offseason stupidities (getting arrested for being drunk) that will probably push Cleveland away from taking him No.1, but Mayfield is fantastic.

2. Josh Rosen (UCLA): Called 'The Rosen One' and immediately given Heisman-challenger status before the 2017 season, Rosen didn't flourish, apart from Week One's comeback against Texas A&M. Rosen's been criticised for really taking the game seriously, but SERIOUSLY SHUT UP. Rosen's got a great arm, he's highly intelligent, and given a better cast than he had at UCLA last year, he could be an excellent NFL rookie.

3. Sam Darnold (USC): Darnold is more of a project than some people believe. We think that he will start in Year 2 and maybe Year 3, because he'll need to have elevated practices to ensure that his fumbling (21 fumbles in 27 starts) goes away from him.


1. Saquon Barkley (Penn State): While Saquon's got all the physical attributes (he showed that during the Combine) to be a major hit for the NFL team that drafts him, his numbers won't fill anyone with joy (and some will call him a 'flop') unless he has a good offensive line. Barkley struggled more when defenses pressurized the Penn State offensive line (he ran for 200 yards less). Imagine him with a good offensive line.

2. Sony Michel (Georgia): There's some awesome about Michel's speed that has me excited. A runner with frightening speed, he's a better version of Alvin Kamara. He didn't quite get to 1,000 yards this year because he was sharing time with another NFL future running back, Nick Chubb. Averaged a tasty 7.9 yards per carry and was exceptional against Oklahoma and Alabama in the last two games of the season.

3. Bo Scarbrough (Alabama): If you want a speedster RB, then Derrius Guice and Nick Chubb are your men. But Scarborough - who hasn't exactly benefitted from Nick Saban's system of playing two or three running backs a season - will batter defenses from short yardage....and he's also quick to boot. He'll probably go in the later rounds, but he's one to watch. Listen, Guice and Chubb will probably tear it up yardage-wise in the NFL, but except Scarbrough to get a bunch of TDs.


1. Calvin Ridley (Alabama): A friend of mine who saw Calvin Ridley play in high school said: "He's an amazing runner. He's such a smooth runner, he's so quick, and he's a future superstar." The haters will raise questions about his diminishing numbers, but if you remember how much he was covered during the regular season, that won't matter. He's incredibly talented and should torch NFL secondaries for years to come.

2. Anthony Miller (Memphis): Back-to-back 1,500 yard seasons and a first-team All American spot indicates excellent all-round - even though he didn't play in a 'big-time' conference.

3. DJ Moore (Maryland): With terrible quarterbacks, Moore still managed 80 receptions. The guy deserved a statue in College Park. Already marked as a potential first-round pick and someone who would fit well in the Ravens and Cowboys systems, Moore could shine early on.


1. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Cornerback, Alabama): Fitzpatrick was used by Nick Saban to play safety or cornerback, and excelled at any spot. In fact, he was so good that wherever a QB threw, it was mostly away from him. Fitzpatrick will probably go in the Top 5. If I'm the Cleveland Browns, I go Barkley No.1 and Fitzpatrick No.4, but then again, I'm not a GM.

2. Vita Vea (DT, Washington): One of the most dominant defensive players in college football, the 6-4, 347lb Vea is a monster that registers size and strength. He registered 44 tackles, 3.5 sacks last year, and simply crushed anything coming towards him for the Huskies.

3. Roquan Smith (LB, Georgia): What made Smith so special was his ability to adjust, and still make the tackle - some of which he simply didn't have business making! Smith, who had 137 tackles including 85 solo tackles, won the award for the best linebacker in college football, he will be a Top 10 pick.

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