2018 NFL Draft: Top Christmas Presents at each Position


Today is Christmas and a different type of Christmas will come for NFL teams in April in the form of the 2018 NFL Draft. This article looks at some of the top presents to be unwrapped on that day.

The 2018 NFL Draft has a lot of talent throughout the class. There are high profile quarterbacks, playmaking defenders and field-stretching receivers. This article looks at each position and identifies a prospect who would look good sitting under a Christmas Tree.

Quarterback- Sam Darnold, USC

Darnold features the arm strength and athletic profile needed to succeed at the next level. He is also a poised player who plays his best in pressure situations.

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Running Back- Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Barkley is a do-everything back who can grind between the tackles, attack the edge, catch passes and return kicks.

Wide Receiver- Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Ridley features good length and an aggressive playing style which makes him a strong contested catch target. He also shows enough speed to stretch the field.

Offensive Tackle- Connor Williams, Texas

Williams is a fluid athlete who has the foot speed needed to protect the quarterback. He needs to polish up his technique, but the sky is the limit.

Offensive Guard- Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Nelson is a road-grader who opens a lot of running room. He is a plug and play prospect who can enter the starting lineup from day one.

Center- Mason Cole, Michigan

Cole is a versatile offensive line prospect who has spend time across the unit. However, his best spot at the next level is at center.

Edge Rusher- Bradley Chubb, NC State

Chubb is a well rounded prospect who can rush the passer and stuff the run. His non-stop motor is something that will help ease the transition to the next level.

Penetrating Defensive Tackle- Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State

Jones is an explosive interior defender who gets a great job off the snap. He is someone who will routinely disrupt the timing of the offense.

Space-Eating Defensive Tackle- Derrick Nnadi, Florida State

Nnadi uses a combination of his bulk, raw strength and hand usage to occupy space. He is a load in the trenches and tough to move off the line of scrimmage.

Rangy Linebacker- Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Evans is an explosive athlete who can cover a ton of ground from his linebacker spot. However, he also has the skills to hold up in coverage and rush the passer.

Cornerback- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Fitzpatrick is also a fit at safety, but offers the most upside at cornerback. He is a heady player who has a knack for getting his hands on the ball.

Safety- Derwin James, Florida State

James can play in the box, in man coverage or deep zone. He’s an excellent athlete who also features good size for the position.