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2018 Preseason All-Draft Eligible Team

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2018 Preseason All-Draft Eligible Team

In order to recognize the outstanding abilities and pro prospects of the best and brightest that college football has to offer, NDT Scouting’s staff has voted on a 2018 Preseason All-Draft Eligible team. Qualifying players are those who have fulfilled their requirements as student athletes and are capable of declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft. Seniors are automatically eligible.

The NDT Scouting staff (Crabbs, Marino, Dixon, Bischoff, Ledyard, Tuls and Solak) each submitted a ballot after having spent the summer establishing a working knowledge base for the players in the upcoming class.

 


NDT Scouting 2018 Preseason All-Draft Eligible 1st team

Offense

Quarterback: Sam Darnold, Redshirt Sophomore, Southern California

“Darnold’s only noteworthy flaws are a slightly loose throwing motion, and a tendency to trust his arm too much. Putting together another year of poised decision-making and accurate throws to all three levels will ensure he’s a Top-5 selection come April.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Running Back: Saquon Barkley, Junior, Pennsylvania State *Unanimous*

“Barkley is incredibly exciting and a dual threat. He has home-run threat ability every time he touches the ball.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Running Back: Derrius Guice, Junior, Louisiana State

“Guice has eye popping lower body explosion to force missed tackles within confined spaces and out run angles in the open field. His angry running style demands a full wrap up tackle.” – National Scout Roger Dixon Jr. 

Wide Receiver: Christian Kirk, Junior, Texas A&M

“With his quickness, route refinement, and after the catch explosiveness, Christian Kirk has a chance to be a dangerous playmaker right away at the next level.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls

Wide Receiver: Courtland Sutton, Redshirt Junior, Southern Methodist

“Sutton has a likable combination of body control, size, hands and physicality after the catch. He’s an absolute bear to take down in the open field and will again see a majority of targets this season at SMU.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Tight End: Mark Andrews, Junior, Oklahoma

“I’m not in love with any TE at this point, but give me Andrews’ radius, tracking ability, and fearlessness in contested situations across the middle as a flex option for an NFL offense.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Offensive Line: Connor Williams, Junior, Texas *Unanimous*

“Williams may be the cleanest prospect in this class, yet, he has not even played his third season of collegiate football. He is an elite pass protector who can be a force to be reckoned in open space with his mobility and mean streak.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls

Offensive Line: Mike McGlinchey, Redshirt Senior, Notre Dame

“McGlinchey moves very naturally for the position, and his smooth movements allow him to cover ground and keep his man in front of him.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Offensive Line: Orlando Brown Jr, Redshirt Junior, Oklahoma

“A massive man listed at 6 feet 8, 345 pounds, the left tackle is a dancing bear with a surprising amount of mobility. He’s as powerful as his frame suggests, making him an all-around force.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Offensive Line: Quenton Nelson, Junior, Notre Dame *Unanimous*

“Nelson is a powerhouse and a player that can move defenders off of the ball, an all-around very solid interior offensive lineman.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Offensive Center: Billy Price, Senior, Ohio State

“I thought that he could have declared for the draft last season with Pat Elflein. He has fantastic movement skills when pulling and moving up to the second level defenders.” – National Scout Roger Dixon Jr. 

Defense

Defensive Line: Arden Key, Junior, Louisiana State

“Key is a long, explosive, flexible pass rusher who offers top of the first-round traits.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Defensive Line: Harold Landry, Senior, Boston College

“Landry is more of a traditional 4-3 defensive end who can stay on the field for all three downs and contribute at a high level. As a pass rusher, he gives offensive tackles trouble with both speed and power. He is undoubtedly the most refined edge defender in this class.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls

Defensive Line: Maurice Hurst, Senior Michigan

“Hurst is that next interior defensive lineman that is a bit undersized but is incredibly quick, powerful and disruptive. Hurst lives in opposing backfields with his get off, leverage and power.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Defensive Line: Christian Wilkins, Junior, Clemson

“Versatile. Powerful. Bendy. Not things you expect to always be associated with a 300+ lb defensive lineman. But Wilkins checks all those boxes and moving closer to the football in 2017 as a full time Defensive Tackle should unleash even more productivity in the backfield.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Linebacker: Malik Jefferson, Junior, Texas *Unanimous*

“Jefferson has struggled with some inconsistencies and misses too many tackles, but he has more potential than most linebackers in this class if he can become a better mental processor and finisher. For now he edges Jerome Baker.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Linebacker: Jerome Baker, Junior, Ohio State

“Baker is a fast-to-flow, physical linebacker that has sideline-to-sideline range. He is physical and excels in coverage.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Linebacker: Jack Cichy, Redshirt Senior, Wisconsin

“Cichy is my top-rated draft-eligible off-ball linebacker, but a knee injury has already ended his senior season before it could start. It remains to be seen if he’ll enter the class despite his lack of senior tape, but Cichy is tough, instinctive and a good athlete with impressive range.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Cornerback: Jaire Alexander, Junior, Louisville *Unanimous*

“Top-notch coverage man with ball skills and plus athletic traits, the only thing Alexander is really missing is elite size.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Cornerback: Iman Marshall, Junior, Southern California

“Marshall checks all the boxes for NFL CB1 with height, length, aggressiveness, and fluidity in spades. He’ll have to prove he can carry speed down the field to shore up his draft stock.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Safety: Derwin James, Junior, Florida State *Unanimous*

“He will need to prove that he is back to form a year after his injury. However, his first year showed elite athleticism. Rumor says that he has leadership intangibles on the level of Deion Sanders when he was on campus.” – National Scout Roger Dixon Jr. 

Safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Junior, Alabama

“Minkah has his flaws in man coverage, but when he is playing everything in front of him, whether in zone or run support, he is a high-volume playmaker with excellent range, physicality, and reactionary quickness.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls 

 


NDT Scouting 2018 Preseason All-Draft Eligible 2nd team

Offense

Quarterback: Josh Allen, Redshirt Junior, Wyoming

“Allen is the most physically gifted passer in the nation. His pocket presence and ability to routinely make next level throws separate him from his contemporaries.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Running Back: Nick Chubb, Senior, Georgia

“Chubb showed signs of his 2015 form last year and he’ll be one of college football’s best runners of he’s fully recovered.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Running Back: Ronald Jones II, Junior, Southern California

“Jones is compact as a runner and will attack defenders one on one with his pads. He’s got a great second gear, too.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Wide Receiver: James Washington, Senior, Oklahoma State

“Washington brings competitiveness to the catch point, speed to the boundary, and explosiveness to his breaks. I’m buying what he’s selling.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Wide Receiver: Calvin Ridley, Junior, Alabama

“It is remarkably dangerous when a wide receiver has the combination of quickness in and out of cuts as well as the deep speed to fly past defenders. Ridley has the combination and 3 years of starting experience.” – National Scout Roger Dixon Jr. 

Tight End: Dallas Goedert, Senior, South Dakota State

“He might be my favorite watch of the summer. He’s a mismatch receiver in the middle of the field and he’s got some of the craziest catches I’ve seen in years. Excellent hands.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Offensive Line: Mitch Hyatt, Junior, Clemson

“Hyatt has the mirror ability that I’ve been swooned with in the past with some other Offensive Tackles. I think it’s important for him to showcase strength and anchor this season.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Offensive Line: Braden Smith, Senior, Auburn

“There’s a big drop off between (1st team Guard) Nelson and Smith, who must improve his footwork in pass sets, but has nice hand technique, aggression, and power in a phone booth.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Offensive Line: Sean Welsh, Redshirt Senior, Iowa

“Technical and tough, Welsh is built in a similar mold to many Iowa guards before him, and has adept footwork to translate to a multiple blocking scheme.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Offensive Line: Mason Cole, Senior, Michigan

“Powerful technician with great feet, but will unfortunately play tackle this season for Michigan.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Offensive Center: Frank Ragnow, Senior, Arkansas

Ragnow is a technically sound center that does a great job as a run blocker and he brings great size to the position.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Defense

Defensive Line: Clelin Ferrell, Redshirt Sophomore, Clemson

“Ferrell flashes the burst, bend, and hand fighting to regularly win the corner, and the power, technique, and motor to hold fast against the run. Can he stay consistent with more playing time?” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Defensive Line: Bradley Chubb, Senior, North Carolina State

“Chubb uses a combination of instincts and size and throws in enough quickness to be a potent pass rusher.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Defensive Line: Da’Ron Payne, Junior, Alabama

“Payne is a dominant run stopper with the ability to push the pocket and create interior pressure to help his teammates.” – National Scout Scott Bischoff

Defensive Line: Vita Vea, Redshirt Junior, Washington

“Vea gets the nod over Christian Wilkins of Clemson (for me) primarily due to his consistent playing time in the interior defensive line, but don’t turn your nose up at Vea’s power, hand technique, and pass rush upside.” – National Scout Benjamin Solak

Linebacker: Cameron Smith, Junior, Southern California

“The clubhouse leader for “linebacker with the best instincts and processing quickness” belongs to USC’s Cameron Smith. He is always in position to make a play on the ball, as if he knows the play as well as the offense knows it.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls

Linebacker: Rashaan Evans, Senior, Alabama

“I have Evans over Shaun Dion Hamilton. I think Evans has star potential if his game can be nuanced and more controlled, and Hamilton just doesn’t have the same ceiling despite the positive traits he offers.” – National Scout Jon Ledyard

Linebacker: Shaun Dion-Hamilton, Senior, Alabama

“Hamilton is a high urgency linebacker that is physical and offers great range. He can be trusted in coverage and does well to play through contact.” – Assistant Scouting Director Joe Marino

Cornerback: Tavarus McFadden, Junior, Florida State

“If you are banking on upside, length, and the value of a cornerback who can possibly match the Mike Evans and Dez Bryant receivers of the world in the red zone, McFadden is your guy. He is a jump ball eraser who also has the athleticism and COD skills to mirror in off man coverage. If he continues to develop his overall game and technique, don’t be surprised if he ends up becoming a player similar to Xavier Rhodes.” – National Scout Jonah Tuls

Cornerback: Duke Dawson, Senior, Florida

“He understands the entire defense after roaming multiple positions in the secondary. He has the physicality to jam at the line of scrimmage and tackle bigger RBs. This year he will show his advanced man coverage technique.” – National Scout Roger Dixon Jr. 

Safety: Armani Watts, Senior, Texas A&M

“Watts is capable of splash plays on the back end and as a rally defender in the run game. He needs to clean up his challenges at times but he’s a dynamic athlete that can make up a lot of ground quickly.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Safety: Ronnie Harrison, Junior, Alabama

“Built like a linebacker. Freakish size and ability to make impact plays is highlighted by two defensive scores in 2016.” – Director of Scouting Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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