2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Championship Game Edition

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Most of the major college football conferences are heading  into Championship Game weekend where several members of my 2018 NFL Draft Big Board will play key roles.

This updated 2018 NFL Draft Big Board features several changes from my last edition. However, it’s far from a finished product. I have a lot more scouting to do which will impact where each prospect lands on my final Big Board.

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Barkley is an elite talent with the ability to be the focal point of an offensive attack. Although unlikely, he has the talent level needed to be the No. 1 overall pick.

2. Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Darnold stays ahead of the other quarterbacks in my ranking thanks to his poise. He also happens to feature all the physical tools needed to succeed at the next level.

3. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is a multi-dimensional playmaker who can play either cornerback or safety. His ability to create turnovers gives him a chance to be a major differenced maker.

4. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

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UCLA’s season has been a disaster, but Rosen played well despite his team’s struggles. He is squarely in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick based on his overall skill set.

5. Bradley Chubb, Edge, NC State

Chubb is a well-rounded player who can rush the passer and hold up against the run. The fact he has a wide-range of pass rush moves means he should have an easier transition into the NFL.

6. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Josh Allen is going to be the most polarizing prospect in this draft. He truly has elite physical skills and has shown in the past that he can play winning football. However, this year’s struggles have brought up realistic question marks.

7. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Ridley features the talent and skills to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. His college numbers have been stunted by Alabama’s run-first attack.

8. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Guice has had some injury issues this year, but when healthy he is a dynamic runner. He runs with such passion that he is rarely brought down on first contact.

9. Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State

Florida State’s season has been a complete mess, but Derrick Nnadi has quietly had another great year. He is a physical presence at the line of scrimmage who holds his ground. However, he also does a great job registering tackles and flashes some pass rush potential.

10. Derwin James, DB, Florida State

James started the season off slowly as he worked his way back from injury. However, his athletic ability and instincts make him a top-flight prospect.