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Final PFWR 2018 Mock Draft

Anthony D. Macari

1. Cleveland Browns
2017 Record: 0-16

Top needs: QB, CB, OT

Sam Darnold    QB  6033, 221    USC

Browns considered taking Allen here but go with the most complete and safest of all QB prospects this year. Darnold checks every box and should end the QB carousel in Cleveland for the next decade.

2. New York Giants
2017 record: 3-13
Top needs: QB, Edge, OL, RB

Saquon Barkley  RB   6000, 233       Penn State

The Giants give Eli one more chance at a run and will give him a dynamic play-making back. The resist a trade down or grabbing a QB to groom behind Eli to take what they believe will be a player they can envision putting on a gold jacket one day.

3. New York Jets (via Colts)
2017 record: 5-11
Top needs: QB, Edge,O-Line

Baker Mayfield QB 6005 215  Oklahoma

The Jets pulled off a bold move to trade up from 6 to position themselves for a QB. Broadway Baker will give the Jets the biggest personality at the position since #12 was sporting a Fu Manchu and sable mink coat on the sidelines. Mayfield has an hyper infectious competitive edge that willl either soar or crash and burn under the bright City lights in NYC. One of the most accurate QBs to come out in years, Baker will find success as long as there is a quality line in front of him to open up passing lanes to compensate for his lack of stature.

4. Cleveland Browns  (Via Texans)
2017 Record: 0-16
Top needs: CB, OT
Bradley Chubb Edge   6043, 269      North Carolina St

With their franchise QB in the fold, Browns come back and take the best player on the board. Chubb can bookend Garret to give teams a nightmare to defend.
5. Buffalo Bills (projected Trade via Broncos)
2017 record: 9-7
Top needs: QB, ILB, O-Line

Josh Allen    CB    6047, 237    Wyoming

The Bills make the much anticipated move up to go get their QB. Allen is the most physically gifted QB prospects I have ever evaluated with a howitzer for an arm, size, athleticism and high IQ. He is also one of the most maligned QB's I have ever seen. Most Bills fans will abhor this pick because of his low completion percentage and inconstant tape. While Allen has much to improve and being picked this high is more a product of his potential than his production, which normally is a losing formula, he has the kind of leadership and competitiveness that indicates he will work relentlessly to fulfill his near limitless potential.

While fans will need to be patient because he will need to redshirt a year and will have some growing pains when he finally does hit the field, he very well could reach pro-bowl/ MVP level production given proper training that will improve his footwork, vision and timing.

The reason to believe he can improve comes from seeing him make plays no other QB in this class or many in any class are capable of making. He has the ability to execute within the framework of the pocket using his 6'5 frame and rocket quick release to thread the needle down field and the ability to shrug off pressure, bounce outside and throw a dart downfield while off balance or on the run. He was particularly effective inside the redzone.

While I understand the fans angst when they see a QB with a sub 60% completion rate with clips showing Allen sailing passes over the head of a receiver on a short pass but the fact he was in a system that was not at all QB friendly, surrounded by questionable talent but still managed to lift the program to its first back to back bowl seasons since the 80's speaks to his leadership ability. Wyoming's scoring doubled in his first season as starter and he found the endzone at a prolific rate both on the ground and in the air. His personal numbers did slip in 2017 when several seniors moved on to the NFL including their starting RB Brian Hill and #1 WR  Tanner Gentry. While Allen now is the prototypical size with one of the strongest arms ever to enter the draft, he was offered no scholarships coming out of college because he was a late bloomer coming from a small town school. The fact Allen has had to fight his way for recognition every step has given him that burning competitive edge needed to succeed at the next level. Allen breaks a lot of the conventional rules for drafting a QB, but he is th ekind of rare talent and rare person that I believe is worth the risk.

Trade details: Broncos receive Picks 12, 22 & 96 (2,096 pts) / Bills receive Pick #5 (1700)

6. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets)

2017 record: 4-12
Top needs: Edge, LB, OL, WR

Quenton Nelson   OG   6050, 325 Notre Dame

One of the most dominant Guard prospects to come out in years. There is no bigger need in Indi than keeping Luck upright.

7. Miami Dolphins (Projected Trade)
2017 record: 6-10
Top needs: QB, DL, LB, TE

Josh Rosen    QB   6040, 226         UCLA

Rosen is an extremely polished passer with exceptional pre and post snap recognition skill. The on the field problems begin when he is surprised with pressure in his face or coverage because his lack of ability to escape and improvise which causes him to take multiple big hits a game. That combined with a thin frame makes him injury prone, having suffered multiple concussions and missing time with a shoulder injury. He will need dominant pass protectors in front of him to keep him clean to execute within a game-plan. Off the field, Rosen has had trouble shaking a reputation for being difficult to coach and a prospect who sole focus may not be on the NFL. Rosen is also very close to his ceiling and my money is on him to be the biggest disappointment in this class.

Trade details: Buccaneers receive Picks 11, 42 & 73 (1,955) /Dolphins receive pick 7 (1500)

8. Chicago Bears

2017 record: 5-11 
Top needs: CB, OL, Edge, DL, LB

Roquan Smith 6007, 236         Georgia

Butkus, Singletary, Urlacher, Smith. The Bears get their next great LB. Smith is a heat seeking missile ready to make a play from sideline to sideline sifting through blockers to stuff the run or blanketing backs and TE's in coverage.

9. San Francisco 49ers
2017 record: 6-10
Top needs: OL, CB, Edge, LB

Tremaine Edmunds   LB       6044, 253          Virginia Tech

Edmunds is a freakish athlete that is only scratching the surface of his potential. Long, quick and productive with the frame to get even bigger.

10. Oakland Raiders
2017 record: 6-10
Top needs: DB, LB, OT, DT

Denzel Ward                  CB            5107, 183         Ohio State

Ward is a versatile play making corner that fits any scheme at any position in the secondary. His old school frenetic style should appeal to new/old coach Gruden as a corner stone of his defense.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via projected trade w/ Miami)
2017 record: 5-11
Top needs: RB,CB, DL, S

Vita Vea                      DT           6040, 347         Washington

Tampa adds a huge anchor for the middle of its D and pick up some extra picks in the process.

Trade details: Buccaneers receive Picks 11, 42 & 73 (1,955) /Dolphins receive pick 7 (1500)

12. Denver Broncos
2017 record: 5-11
Top needs: CB, Edge, OL, WR

Harold Landry              DE          6020, 250          Boston College

Broncos add an edge rusher to pair with Von Miller. They passed on grabbing one of the big 4 QBs, to improve their defense and reload around Keenum.

 Trade details: Broncos receive Picks 12, 22 & 96 (2,096 pts) / Bills receive Pick #5 (1700)

13. Washington Redskins

Derwin James S 6020 213 Florida State

14. Green Bay Packers

Mike McGlinchey OT 6070 310 Notre Dame

15 Arizona Cardinals

To be cont

PFWR Final Top 100 Rankings
by Anthony D. Macari

RNK    POS    PLAYERS    SCHOOL    HT    WT    40.00
1    QB    *Sam Darnold    USC    6033    221    4.85
2    DE    Bradley Chubb    North Carolina St    6043    269    4.65
3    QB    Baker Mayfield    Oklahoma    6005    215    4.84
4    QB    *Josh Allen    Wyoming    6047    237    4.81
5    RB    *Saquon Barkley    Penn St    6000    233    4.40
6    LB    Roquan Smith    Georgia    6007    236    4.58
7    IOL    Quenton Nelson    Notre Dame    6050    325    5.20
8    CB    *Denzel Ward    Ohio St    5107    183    4.32
9    LB    Tremaine Edmunds    Virginia Tech    6044    253    4.54
10   DE    Harold Landry    Boston College    6-2    250    4.70
11    DT    *Vita Vea    Washington    6040    347    5.10
12    QB    *Josh Rosen    UCLA    6040    226    4.92
13    LB    Leighton Vander Esch    Boise    6040    256    4.65
14    DE    Marcus Davenport    UTSA    6060    264    4.58
15    OT    Mike McGlinchey    Notre Dame    6-7    310    5.20
16   IOL    Will Hernandez    UTEP    6-3    340    5.50
17    IOL    James Daniels    Iowa    6030    306    5.1e
18    S      *Derwin James    Florida St    6-2    213
19    LB    Rashaan Evans    Alabama    6-2    234    4.70S       4.50
20    QB    *Lamar Jackson    Louisville    6022    216    4.4e
21    DT    *DaRon Payne    Alabama    6-2    308    5.30
22    CB    *Jaire Alexander    Louisville    5-11    188    4.40
23    WR    *Calvin Ridley    Alabama    6004    189    4.43
24    OT    *Connor Williams    Texas    6-5    290    5.00
25    S    *Minkah Fitzpatrick    Alabama    6001    204    4.46
26    WR    DJ Moore    Maryland    6000    210    4.42
27    DT    Harrison Phillips    Stanford    6032    307    5.21
28    DT    Maurice Hurst    Michigan    6-2    282    4.90
29    RB    *Derrius Guice    LSU    5-11    222    4.50
30    CB    Josh Jackson    Iowa    6-1    185    4.50
31    DE    Sam Hubbard    Ohio St    6053    270    4.9e
32    WR    *Courtland Sutton    SMU    6033    218    4.54
33    CB    Mike Hughes    UCF    5100    189    4.53
34    IOL    Frank Ragnow    Arkansas    6051    312    5.1e
35    WR    *Christian Kirk    Texas A&M    5103    201   
36    DT    Taven Bryan    Florida    6040    291    4.98
37    CB    Carlton Davis    Auburn    6-1    203    4.50
38    CB    Isaiah Oliver    Colorado    6-0    190    4.50
39    RB    Sony Michel    Georgia    5110    214    4.54
40    TE    Dallas Goedert    South Dakota St    6-4    250    4.70
41    DE    *Arden Key    LSU    6-5    232    4.70
42    LB    *Malik Jefferson    Texas    6-2    238    4.50
43    S    *Ronnie Harrison    Alabama    6-2    214    4.50
44    OT    Martinas Rankin    Mississippi St    6-5    315    5.10
45    OT    *Mitch Hyatt    Clemson    6-5    295    5.00
46    WR    James Washington    Oklahoma St    5110    213    4.54
47    RB    Bryce Love    Stanford    5-9    180    4.30
48    DE    Tyquan Lewis    Ohio St    6-3    260    4.70
49    WR    Auden Tate    Florida St    6047    228    4.68
50    DT    Kentavius Street    North Carolina St    6-2    290    4.90
51    WR    *Deon Cain    Clemson    6017    202    4.43
52    LB    Uchenna Nwosu    USC    6-2    240    4.70
53    RB    Damien Harris    Alabama    5-10    216    4.50
54    DT    Lowell Lotulelei    Utah    6-1    320    5.20
55    QB    Mason Rudolph    Oklahoma St    6045    235    4.90
56    RB    Nick Chubb    Georgia    5-10    220    4.50
57    IOL    Isaiah Wynn    Georgia    6-2    302    5.10
58    DT    *Christian Wilkins    Clemson    6-3    310    5.00
59    OT    Chukwuma Okorafor    Western Michigan    6-5    333    5.30
60    S    Armani Watts    Texas A&M    5-11    200    4.40
61    LB    Jerome Baker    Ohio St    6-1    225    4.60
62    TE    Mike Gesicki    Penn St    6-5    252    4.80
63    DT    Derrick Nnadi    Florida St    6-1    303    5.00
64    OT    *Martez Ivey    Florida    6-5    305    5.00
65    OT    *Orlando Brown    Oklahoma    6-7    340    5.40
66    RB    *Bo Scarbrough    Alabama    6-1    232    4.50
67    DE    DaShawn Hand    Alabama    6-3    282    4.80
68    TE    Hayden Hurst    South Carolina    6044    250    4.67
69    S    Marcus Allen    Penn St    6-1    205    4.50
70    CB    Duke Dawson    Florida    5-10    208    4.50
71    OT    Mason Cole    Michigan    6-5    305    5.00
72    S    Quin Blanding    Virginia    6-1    205    4.50
73    CB    Donte Jackson    LSU    5100    178    4.32
74    LB    Hercules Mataafa    Washington St    6-2    245    4.70
75    WR    Dante Pettis    Washington    6004    186    4.4e
76    CB    Brandon Facyson    Virginia Tech    6-1    191    4.50
77    CB    Anthony Averett    Alabama    6-0    185    4.40
78    DE    Duke Ejiofor    Wake Forest    6-3    275    4.80
79    LB    Josey Jewell    Iowa    6-1    235    4.70
80    OT    Braden Smith    Auburn    6-5    300    5.00
81    S    *Jordan Whitehead    Pittsburgh    5-10    185    4.50
82    WR    Simmie Cobbs    Indiana    6031    220    4.64
83    LB    *Dorance Armstrong    Kansas    6-4    245    4.70
84    QB    Kyle Lauletta            Richmond    6040    222    4.81
85    WR    DJ Chark    LSU    6027    199    4.34
86    DE    Jalyn Holmes    Ohio St    6-5    265    4.70
87    LB    Marquis Haynes    Misssissippi    6-2    222    4.60
88    DT    Trenton Thompson    Georgia    6-3    298    5.00
89    CB    Tony Brown    Alabama    6-0    198    4.30
90    IOL    Billy Price    Ohio St    6-3    315    5.10
91    LB    Azeem Victor    Washington    6-2    230    4.70
92    IOL    *Will Clapp    LSU    6-4    303    5.00
93    S    Justin Reid    Stanford    6004    207    4.4
94    WR    Keke Coutee    Texas Tech    5096    181    4.43
95    LB    Dorien O'Daniel    Clemson    6005    223    4.61
96    TE    *Mark Andrews    Oklahoma    6-4    250    4.70
97    RB    Rashadd Penny    San Diego State    5110    220    4.46
98    S    Jessie Bates III    Wake Forest    6011    200    4.5
99    DE    *Austin Bryant    Clemson    6-4    265    4.90
100    RB    *Ronald Jones    USC    6-0    195    4.40

2018 QB Rankings, Reviews & Projections

QB Rank
 Overall Rank
Sam Darnold
Baker Mayfield
Josh Allen
Josh Rosen
Lamar Jackson
 Mike White
 Western Kentucky
 Mason Rudolph
 Oklahoma State
1. Sam Darnold USC
Height: 6033 Weight: 221
40: 4.85 Hand: 9 3/8 Arm: 31
Wonderlic: 28 - Velocity: Did not throw at combine

a year with 4 QBs in the mix as the top QB prospect and a potential for 6 to go in the first round, Darnold is at the top not because he is best in any one area, but because he is the most complete. He has NFL size, arm strength, football IQ, leadership intangibles with a clean off-field record, durable and had a high level of production. Again, there may be a prospect in this draft better in each of those individual categories, but none other than Darnold are in the top grouping in every one, thus making him the safest pick at the position in the draft.

Darnold is very young (20) and has only little more than a season and half of experience. He has had trouble protecting the ball both passing and in the pocket due to lapses in decision making and the fact he has a long and looping pitcher's arm motion that exposes the ball. The long motion is where he gets much of his velocity so it would not be something to try to change entirely but he did show it could be tightened up at his pro-day, where he showed a much improved, tighter release. It remains to be seen if he reverts back in live situations so this just may be something he will have to work around.

Despite the mechanical problem, Darnold is able to throw to all levels with velocity, timing and accuracy. He has prototypical size and football IQ. He has exceptional pocket presence and can shift, step up or tuck the ball away for plus yardage when pressured in a manner reminiscent of Andrew Luck. He is a tough leader who teammates respond to and play hard for. Bottom line, Darnold is a solid future franchise QB that may not be able to lift a team up on his shoulders right away, but with a strong supporting cast can be the face of an organization for a decade plus.

Projection: Round 1 - Pick 1 to Browns

Anthony D. Macari
2. Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
Height: 6005 Weight: 215
40: 4.84 Hand: 9 1/4 Arm: 30 1/4
Wonderlic: 25 - Velocity: 59 (left)/ 60 (right)

Baker Mayfield is 6 feet 215 pounds of competitive fire. Off-putting to opponents but a take no prisoners leader on and off the field. He went from Walk-on to the Heisman with one of the most accomplished resume's in recent college history. He is the darling of the scouts that rely on analytics.

Mayfield had a run in with the law for being young, drunk and stupid, but the off-field Manziel type issues begin and end with that one isolated incidence. On the field, he also had some controversial moments, notably planting the Oklahoma flag at mid-field at Ohio State after a hard fought upset victory and a lewd gesture after he was disrespected at the coin toss and being targeted with multiple head hunting cheap shots vs Kansas. On the field the biggest question mark comes not from a lack of production, but from his limited height. He may have challenges to find visible lanes to throw in a traditional NFL offense, unlike the spread offense that opened up lanes at Oklahoma. He will be best on a team with a solid pass protecting interior line that can keep him clean in his face. While he throws with good rpm's and velocity he does not have the natural arm strength as some of the others in this class and he puts maximum effort in every throw to generate his velocity. This works sufficiently in the short and intermediary levels and deep in a clean pocket, but in a crowded pocket may struggle some.

While Mayfield may lack the prototypical height of an NFL QB, he has the kind of elite competitive fire that all the greats share. He has a live arm and has experience working through progressions and expertly dissecting a defense. He makes on target and in rhythm throws both in the pocket and on the run to the short and intermediary levels, both inside and outside. Mayfield's redzone production, where the speed and tight windows best translate to Sunday, Mayfield's production was head and shoulders above the other QB prospects in this class with an 80% adjusted completion percentage and 114.7 passer rating according to @PFF_College. While he is, from an analytics perspective, a near perfect prospect, there is plenty there on tape for the traditional scout to like as well. He makes plays both within the offense but even more impressively he often burned defenses when forced to improvise, throw off platform, when he was flushed from the pocket or when a play initially broke down. He has remarkable awareness and the vision of a point guard with the ability to make split second decisions and translate that into an accurate throw or productive scramble.

Baker Mayfield is the kind of player opponents hate but fans and teammates will want in their fox hole and leading the charge. He has the swagger, athletic instinct and competitive edge found in all the greats. Fact is, if he was 2 inches taller he would be the highest graded QB to come out since Luck, but given the lack of height, a coach may need to adjust an offense slightly to help open up sight lanes and make sure there is talent across the line for him. My projection is now pick 3 to the Jets but my hope is that he ends up in Buffalo as the new leader of the #Billsmafia. With Flutie's athletic instinct and Kelly's competitive fire and toughness, he may just be the QB Bills fans have wanted for years. I think McDermott will embrace Mayfield's passion and use it to further change the culture in Buffalo, like Mayfield did at Oklahoma. It will take a move up to 2 to guaranty getting Mayfield and at 2 the Bills may prefer Darnold if there or Allen.
Round 1 - Pick 3 to NY Jets

3. Josh Allen Wyoming

Height: 6047 Weight: 237
40: 4.75 Hand: 10 1/8 Arm: 33 1/4
Wonderlic: 37 Velocity: 62 (left)/ 62 (right)

Anyone who even casually follows the draft knows Allen has a howitzer for an arm. They likely also have heard about the low completion percentage and accuracy issues. No doubt both are true, but the crowd that has written him off simply because his completion percentage is below 60% likely are undervaluing Allen as a prospect.

Where Mayfield is the darling of the analytics crowd, Allen has the kind of measurables traditional scouts drool over. In fact, if you try to develop the prototypical QB in a lab, you probably couldn't do much better than Allen. He was clocked at 62 mph to both the left and right throwing at the combine, scored the highest on the Wonderlic among the QBs with a score of 37 and at nearly 6' 5" 237 lbs has plus athleticism and the frame to be a force to take down in the pocket. Despite the inconsistency throwing the ball, he has flashed big play-making ability and has the kind of intangibles and leadership qualities the team that selects him could rely on to carry a franchise. 

Allen statistics are poor in multiple areas, especially his completion percentage. His numbers dropped significantly this year from last, which is not what you want to see out of a developing QB. There are times he shows extremely poor mechanics even when not pressured. He flees the pocket too soon at times and there are a handful of balls a game he throws that sail far over the intended targets head, usually due to failing to properly set his feet and drive the ball. This likely is because his arm strength is so strong, he often can get away with an arm throw without driving from his lower body.

If you saw those few passes and the completion percentage, you might write him off as a prospect. If you did, you would be completely missing on a kid with Elway type potential. Of course there is certainly a long way to go from where Allen is to have anything close to an Elway type career, but as a junior, Elway was not that far ahead of where I see Allen right now as a junior. Some QB's are late bloomers and I believe Allen has the kind of work ethic that I believe he will continue to develop his raw natural ability and come close to maxing out his potential. Yes, that means a certain leap of faith, but its not like Allen hasn't already displayed some of his vast potential. In fact, even the analytics crowd have to admit his redzone numbers are impressive. That's significant because inside the redzone, windows are tighter and the pace quickens, most like what a QB will see at the NFL level. According to @pff_college Allen had the highest percentage of positively graded redzone attempts, the second highest redzone passer rating and the third highest adjusted redzone completion percentage among the top 6 QB draft prospects this year. Allen also was able to lead a team with questionable talent to two straight Bowl game appearances including an explosive performance in a Bowl win over Central Michigan in December. It's also somewhat telling when a QB goes out of the lineup, to see how the team performs without him, and when Allen went down at the end of the regular season, Wyoming lost both games. 

While Allen had statistically a season far below where you want a top QB prospect to be, he also made enough spectacular plays and shows the kind of leadership to believe he will develop into a transformative QB for a franchise. He simply can do things on a football field a rare few QB prospects can do, both throwing the ball and escaping a rush. It will not happen overnight, so he needs to go to a team willing to be patient and is capable of continuing to develop him but I do feel in 3 years, he likely will be the best QB in this class. Unfortunately for him, I am projecting him to the Jets with pick 3 where he will be joining a franchise that hasn't a clue how to develop a QB in a city that will have very little patience for a developing young QB. 

Projection: Round 1 - Pick 2 to Bills via Trade

4. Josh Rosen UCLA

Height: 6040 Weight: 226
40: 4.92 Hand: 9 7/8 Arm: 31 3/4
Wonderlic: 29 Velocity: 57 (left)/ 59 (right)

One of the things about this draft class is every prospect has a set of skills and characteristics that some teams, fans and scouts will love and most of them also have a set of things that others will hate. It really is an eye of the beholder draft and Rosen is no exception. Some see the beautiful polished mechanics, the pin point accuracy on most throws, the plus arm strength and a unique outspoken intelligence and they rate him at the top of the class. Others see a QB who needs a clean pocket, warm weather, a strong supporting cast, coaches who don't mind be challenged, a top level training staff to keep him on the field and an outspoken personality that might alienate some in the locker room or in the stands.

On the field, Rosen does many tings exceptionally, but he was at the bottom of this class in redzone efficiency and accuracy. While in a clean pocket, his mechanics are flawless and has exceptional footwork to shift in the pocket, but he seems to be almost over trained and mechanical lacking the natural athletic instinct to make plays when things break down. He tends to force throws when pressured relying on his arm talent and often takes big hits that have knocked him out of games with a shoulder injury and multiple concussions. His thin frame and playing style may not withstand the pounding he may take at the next level. He's a player who often puts up good stats in losing efforts. Is that because he is a good player on a bad team or is it because he cares more about his personal performance and numbers than the team's success. His own former coach said he would take Darnold over Rosen if he was making the decision in Cleveland because Darnold has
 "that blue-collar, gritty attitude." that his teammates will love and will always say the right things. Did that mean Mora doesn't believe Rosen is a blue collar gritty player who teammates will love and won't always say the right thing?

In the right situation, on a team with an exceptional offensive line, Rosen can be a franchise QB. In shorts playing touch football, he is the best QB in this class, and the way the NFL is moving with rule changes the game may soon more resemble touch than tackle anyway.  However, i would not be surprised to see Rosen being the biggest disappointment in this class and move on to bigger and better things out of the league sooner rather than later.

Projection: Pick 11 - Miami Dolphins

2018 PFWR Big Board - Top 100

 Sam Darnold
 Bradley Chubb
 North Carolina State
 Baker Mayfield
 Josh Allen
 Saquon Barkley
 Penn State
 Roquan Smith
 Quenton Nelson
 Notre Dame
 Minkah Fitzpatrick
 Denzel Ward
 Ohio State
 Tremaine Edmunds
 Virginia Tech

Top 5’s For October: DT

Mike Watkins





1.C.Wilkins, Clemson

2.D.Payne, Alabama

3.T.Thompson, Georgia

4.V.Vea, Washington

5.D.Jones, Ohio State




-I would consider it an above average class. There are a couple blue chips at the top and then some depth behind that with players that will fit varying defenses.

-A lot of people have moved Payen to the top of the board but I still think Wilkins should be considered the top overall DT prospect. Wilkins is a load to handle and is contantly penetrating into the backfield breaking up plays that don’t show up on his stat sheet

-V.Vea will likely be the top 3-4 NT off the board. He can control the point of attack and has the ideal size for it. The popularity of the position, Run Stuffing DT, should to start to increase with the resurgence of the RB position

-A player I like in the later rounds is Jerry Tillary. Tillery is a player who is where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there. He is sound in every facet of the game. Some have him as a day 3 player I have him as a second rounder. He’ll likely rise through the process

Top 5’s For October: DE

Mike Watkins




1.B.Chubb, NC State

2.A.Key, LSU

3.S.Hubbard, Ohio State

4.H.Landry, Boston College

5.D.Armstrong, Kansas




-I don’t know what it is with NC State DL but they have had a string of very talented ones that all have the same characteristic of a very hot or cold motor. Chubb is no different and it’s the reason why I think some hesitate to put him at number 1. When Chubb motor is running hot he is unblockable one on one and nearly unblockable with a double team.


-Key from LSU missed the beginning of the season so some of his early performances leave a little to be desired. He however keeps getting better and better and is almost back to his 2016 form. He reminds a lot of S.Rice. He has an array of pass rushing moves that he’ll use over the course of the game making him very difficult to handle


-A lot of people have dropped Hubbard but I still think he has a great skill set for Sundays and will be scheme fluid on the next level. You would like to see a little more production but he plays within the system and doesn’t go rouge as can be the case with DE’s hunting sacks


-A player I like in the later rounds is Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech. It may be short lived though because I could see Ferguson rising a lot in the predraft process. When you watch him he is a lot to handle and he is always around the ball. Its that relentlessness and his production that I think we’ll catch teams eye. His game also translates really well to Sundays

Top 5’s For October: IOL

 Mike Watkins




1.Q.Nelson, Notre Dame

2.B.Price, Ohio State

3.W.Hernandez, UTEP

4.S.Quessenberry, UCLA

5.B.Smith, Auburn




-Much the OT group the IOL group is deep and has multiple blue chip prospects. Nelson right now is the consensus number 1 but there are multiple prospects below him that could push him if they continue to have strong season. Nelson will draw a lot of comparisons to another former Notre Dame player, Zach Martin, and they are warranted. Nelson has been putting on a OG blocking clinic from week to week.


-There is a little more debate about whom the top Center is in the draft. I still like B.Price from Ohio State even though some have downgraded him from the beginning of the year. He reminds me a lot of Max Unger


-Later round player I like is Tim Parris from Stoney Brook. He’ll need some work and the level of play will obviously be an issue. The Senior Bowl will be very big in determining where Paris lands

Top 5’s For October: OT

Mike Watkins




1.M.McGlinchey, Notre Dame

2.T.Adams, Washington

3.M.Rankin, Mississippi St.

4.C.Williams, Texas

5.J.Jones, Ohio State




-This projects to be one of the deeper classes in this year’s draft. You could have anywhere from 5-7 OT’s go in the first round in 2018. It has been a bit of a down couple of drafts at the position so teams will be eager to jump on this bumper crop of talent


-The debate will not be too hot in season but once these kids declare expect there to be a ton of debate as to who is the top OT on the board. Honestly there could be multiple right answers as I have 4 of them projected to be franchise type LT’s.


-I have McGlinchey as the top player right now just slightly beating out Adams. I’ve seen every snap of McGlinchey College and he is a rock of consistency and likely would have been the top OT and top 10 pick last year had he declared. He’ll be a top 15 pick and I expect him to go top 10


-Bentley Spain from North Carolina is a player I like in the later rounds. He has caught my eye in a number of games and his physical measurable project well to Sunday. He needs to be coached up but I think there is a lot there to work with

Top 5’s For October: TE

Mike Watkins




1.M.Andrews, Oklahoma

2.H.Hurst, South Carolina

3.T.Fumagalli, Wisconsin

4.M.Gesicki, Penn State

5.C.Wilson, UCLA




-Average overall group in my opinion. I currently do not have a first round grade on any of the prospective TE’s in this class. There are some well rounded prospects but no one I would say will turn into a TE that a Sunday offense can lean on.


-Andrews is the player I have at the top as of right now. He is not going to blow anyone away athletically but he has a high football IQ and is the classic Zone Buster TE. I also have Andrews above Hurst due to the fact that Hurst will be a 25 year old rookie which is a bit odd and IMO devalues him


-A later round player I like is Ian Thomas from Indiana. He may have the best overall hands for a TE in the draft. He tracks the ball very well while its in the air and can make a play on it. The run blocking leaves a good amount to be desired but I believe that can be coached up

Top 5’s For October: WR

Mike Watkins




1. C.Kirk, Texas A&M

2. C.Ridley, Alabama

3. J.Washington, Oklahoma St

4. S.Cobbs Jr., Indiana

5. E.St.Brown, Notre Dame



-It’s shaping up to be one of the deeper positions in the upcoming draft but it lacks a J.Jones/AJ Green stud type WR at the top. Despite not being top heavy if the players declare who are expected to declare there will be quality WR being selected well into day 2


-I had Ridley and Washington 1 and 2 for awhile but the more I watch of Kirk the more I like him. Some teams will downgrade him due to his height but they will be making a mistake. He is basically Steve Smith V 2.0.


-St. Brown from Notre Dame is an interesting player. His state will not jump off the sheet and if teams scout him via that they will be making a mistake. Notre Dame QB’s are really nothing to write home about and they have one of the better ground games in college. Due to this St.Brown stats will really not due him justice.


-Late Rounder I like for the Bills is Anthony Miller from Memphis. Miller’s combine numbers won’t blow anyone’s doors off but he’s a crafty WR who knows how to get open. Teams looking for a slot WR to move the chains will gravitate towards him

Top 5’s For October: RB

Mike Watkins




1.S.Barkley, PSU

2.D.Guice, LSU

3.N.Chubb, Georgia

4.B.Love, Stanford

5.B.Scarborough, Alabama



-So its Barkley and then everyone else. He is clearly the top RB in the class and could easily be a top 5 pick in 2018. You would be hard pressed to find any hole in his game. He by all accounts will make it 3 years in a row that a RB goes in the top 5 as the position is having a resurgence on Sundays

-Coming after Barkley there is a mix match of skill sets in which teams will be looking to see who best fits their system. I have Scarborough a little bit higher than most but the potential there is tremendous. I expect Guice and Chubb to be battling to be second off the board after Barkley. I have early 2nd rounder’s on both

-Late round player that I like is Myles Gaskins from Washington. Gaskins has a lot of what I look for in RB’s. The first and foremost being balance. He plays and runs with a wide base and it aides in his lateral quickness. His physical size will keep his stock down but he’ll see the field early on Sundays due to his pass blocking ability

Top 5’s For October: QB

Mike Watkins




1. J.Allen, Wyoming

2. S.Darnold, USC

3. J.Rosen, UCLA

4. C.Thorson, Northwestern

5. W.Grier, West Virginia



-Every pass is way overanalyzed for each of these QB’s and its definitely making for some entertaining hot takes on Twitter. The reality is one play will not define any of these players. I love the debate that is going on however. It’s interesting to see what everyone looks for in a QB and how people latch on to their guy

-I have all of these guys graded pretty close especially the top 3. If they all declare you could legitimately see all 5 of them go in the first round.

-If you are looking for a Andrew Luck/Peyton Manning Type QB in this class you won’t find them. I actually think that’s where a lot of teams make mistakes and are afraid to pull the trigger. Generational QB’s like that are the clear cut number 1 pick only come around about every decade or so. If you are waiting for them and then compound it with being in the position to draft said QB you’ll be waiting a very long time. While there is no clear cut number 1 there will be a lot of good starters who emerge from this class

-Late Round Prospect I like is Jake Browning from Washington. He is going to get knocked down for his size and arm strength as well as inevitably draw comparisons to Matt Barkley. I think he’s a gamer though and if I was selecting a QB from the 3rd round on he’d be the one I bet on

2018 PFWR Big Board

2018 PFWR Rankings  
by Anthony Macari

1    QB    *Sam Darnold    USC
2    DE    Bradley Chubb    North Carolina St
3    QB    Baker Mayfield    Oklahoma
4    QB    *Josh Allen    Wyoming
5    RB    *Saquon Barkley    Penn St
6    LB    Roquan Smith    Georgia
7    IOL    Quenton Nelson    Notre Dame
8    CB    *Denzel Ward    Ohio St
9    LB    Tremaine Edmunds    Virginia Tech
10    DE    Harold Landry    Boston College
11    DT    *Vita Vea    Washington
12    QB    *Josh Rosen    UCLA
13    LB    Leighton Vander Esch    Boise
14    DE    Marcus Davenport    UTSA
15    OT    Mike McGlinchey    Notre Dame
16    IOL    Will Hernandez    UTEP
17    IOL    James Daniels    Iowa
18    S    *Derwin James    Florida St
19    LB    Rashaan Evans    Alabama
20    QB    *Lamar Jackson    Louisville
21    DT    *DaRon Payne    Alabama
22    CB    *Jaire Alexander    Louisville
23    WR    *Calvin Ridley    Alabama
24    OT    *Connor Williams    Texas
25    S    *Minkah Fitzpatrick    Alabama
26    DT    Harrison Phillips    Stanford
27    WR    DJ Moore    Maryland
28    DT    Maurice Hurst    Michigan
29    RB    *Derrius Guice    LSU
30    CB    Josh Jackson    Iowa
31    DE    Sam Hubbard    Ohio St
32    WR    *Courtland Sutton    SMU
33    CB    Mike Hughes    UCF
34    IOL    Frank Ragnow    Arkansas
35    WR    *Christian Kirk    Texas A&M
36    DT    Taven Bryan    Florida
37    CB    Carlton Davis    Auburn
38    CB    Isaiah Oliver    Colorado
39    RB    Sony Michel    Georgia
40    TE    Dallas Goedert    South Dakota St
41    DE    *Arden Key    LSU
42    LB    *Malik Jefferson    Texas
43    S    *Ronnie Harrison    Alabama
44    OT    Martinas Rankin    Mississippi St
45    OT    *Mitch Hyatt    Clemson
46    WR    James Washington    Oklahoma St
47    RB    Bryce Love    Stanford
48    DE    Tyquan Lewis    Ohio St
49    WR    Auden Tate    Florida St
50    DT    Kentavius Street    North Carolina St
51    WR    *Deon Cain    Clemson
52    LB    Uchenna Nwosu    USC
53    RB    Damien Harris    Alabama
54    DT    Lowell Lotulelei    Utah
55    QB    Mason Rudolph    Oklahoma St
56    RB    Nick Chubb    Georgia
57    IOL    Isaiah Wynn    Georgia
58    DT    *Christian Wilkins    Clemson
59    OT    Chukwuma Okorafor    Western Michigan
60    S    Armani Watts    Texas A&M
61    LB    Jerome Baker    Ohio St
62    TE    Mike Gesicki    Penn St
63    DT    Derrick Nnadi    Florida St
64    OT    *Martez Ivey    Florida
65    OT    *Orlando Brown    Oklahoma
66    RB    *Bo Scarbrough    Alabama
67    DE    DaShawn Hand    Alabama
68    TE    Hayden Hurst    South Carolina
69    S    Marcus Allen    Penn St
70    CB    Duke Dawson    Florida
71    OT    Mason Cole    Michigan
72    S    Quin Blanding    Virginia
73    CB    Donte Jackson    LSU
74    LB    Hercules Mataafa    Washington St
75    WR    Dante Pettis    Washington
76    CB    Brandon Facyson    Virginia Tech
77    CB    Anthony Averett    Alabama
78    DE    Duke Ejiofor    Wake Forest
79    LB    Josey Jewell    Iowa
80    OT    Braden Smith    Auburn
81    S    *Jordan Whitehead    Pittsburgh
82    WR    Simmie Cobbs    Indiana
83    LB    *Dorance Armstrong    Kansas
84    QB    Kyle Lauletta            Richmond
85    WR    DJ Chark    LSU
86    DE    Jalyn Holmes    Ohio St
87    LB    Marquis Haynes    Misssissippi
88    DT    Trenton Thompson    Georgia
89    CB    Tony Brown    Alabama
90    IOL    Billy Price    Ohio St
91    LB    Azeem Victor    Washington
92    IOL    *Will Clapp    LSU
93    S    Justin Reid    Stanford
94    WR    Keke Coutee    Texas Tech
95    LB    Dorien O'Daniel    Clemson
96    TE    *Mark Andrews    Oklahoma
97    RB    Rashadd Penny    San Diego State
98    S    Jessie Bates III    Wake Forest
99    DE    *Austin Bryant    Clemson
100    RB    *Ronald Jones    USC