Below are notable Stanford Cardinal prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Stanford will have their hands full trying to replace top-10 overall selections in Christian McCaffrey, an all-purpose beast for the Cardinal and Soloman Thomas, the team’s leading sack artist. The team brings a lot of defensive talent to the table this season, which should support their continued bid for double digit victories on an annual basis.
Quarterback Keller Chryst – 6050, 233 – Senior
Chryst took over starting duties about halfway through the season and brought some notable life to the Stanford passing attack. His 10:2 TD/INT ratio was boosted with 2 rushing touchdowns; 10 of those total 12 came in the team’s final 4 games. Look for Chryst to to piggy-back off of that positive momentum after returning from a knee injury he suffered in the 2016 Sun Bowl. His status for the season opener is still uncertain.
Running Back Bryce Love – 5100, 184 – Junior
Love may have been the back-up to Christian McCaffrey, but he was still second on the team in all purpose yards. Love, who averaged 7.1 yards per carry last season, is in the same mold as McCaffrey. Stanford has traditionally had more bruising backs, but Love is quick as lightning and picks his way through traffic with strong vision and creativity.
Defensive Tackle Harrison Phillips – 6040, 285 – Senior
Phillips wasn’t far behind Solomon Thomas for the team lead in sacks last year, tallying 7.0. His build lends itself well to embracing that penetration style and making big plays in opposing offense’s backfields. Another strong year with the Stanford Cardinal would solidify his standing as a productive option on the defensive interior.
Outside Linebacker Joey Alfieri – 6030, 240 – Senior
Alfieri finished the year strong with 3.5 tackles of loss in the team’s final two contests. He’s not a high sack output defender but was a consistent contributor in the front seven last season.
Outside Linebacker Peter Kalambayi – 6030, 242 – Redshirt Senior
Kalambayi started strong last season before fading with production. He is a high motor defender who plays with great rally skills and flashes penetration skills working into the line of scrimmage. He’ll need to continue to work on hand counters to make the most of his 2017 season.
Cornerback Alijah Holder – 6020, 186 – Senior
Holder checks the boxes needed for a modern boundary corner, he’s long at 6’2. Holder is coming off of a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his 2016 season but he was one of the most productive cover corners in the PAC-12 last season before landing on the shelf.