2018 NFL Draft preview: Ranking the top five players at each position

There are still 360+ days until the 2018 NFL Draft, but with the 2017 NFL Draft complete, scouting services and NFL front offices will start to look toward next year's college prospects. Below is an early position-by-position preview of the players who have attracted NFL interest.

*indicates draft-eligible underclassman

Quarterback

1. Sam Darnold, USC* (6-3, 225, 4.74)
2. Josh Rosen , UCLA* (6-3, 210, 4.97)
3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville* (6-2, 205, 4.47)
4. Josh Allen , Wyoming* (6-5, 230, 4.74)
5. Mason Rudolph , Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-4, 235, 4.77)

Just missed: Baker Mayfield ( Oklahoma Sooners ), Luke Falk ( Washington State Cougars ), Max Browne ( Pittsburgh Panthers ), Matt Linehan ( Idaho Vandals ), Wilton Speight ( Michigan Wolverines ), Jarrett Stidham ( Auburn Tigers )

Running Back

1. Saquon Barkley , Penn State* (5-11, 223, 4.49)
2. Derrius Guice, LSU* (5-11, 222, 4.53)
3. Ronald Jones, USC* (6-0, 195, 4.49)
4. Bo Scarbrough , Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1, 228, 4.59)
5. Nick Chubb , Georgia Bulldogs (5-10, 220, 4.54)

Just missed: Myles Gaskin ( Washington Huskies ), Rawleigh Williams III ( Arkansas Razorbacks ), Royce Freeman ( Oregon Ducks ), Ralph Webb ( Vanderbilt Commodores ), Kalen Ballage ( Arizona State Sun Devils ), Justin Jackson ( Northwestern Wildcats )

Wide Receiver

1. Christian Kirk, Texas Longhorns A&M* (5-11, 200, 4.39)
2. Courtland Sutton, SMU* (6-3, 215, 4.52)
3. Calvin Ridley , Alabama* (6-1, 188, 4.50)
4. James Washington , Oklahoma State (6-0, 205, 4.49)
5. Deon Cain , Clemson* (6-1, 210, 4.47)

Just missed: Antonio Callaway ( Florida Gators ), Dante Pettis (Washington), Simmie Cobbs (Indiana), Allen Lazard ( Iowa State Cyclones ), Deebo Samuel ( South Carolina Gamecocks ), Deontay Burnett (USC), D.J. Clark (LSU)  

Tight End

1. Mark Andrews , Oklahoma* (6-4, 250, 4.77)
2. Mike Gesicki, Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5, 252, 4.85)
3. Troy Fumagalli , Wisconsin Badgers (6-5, 248, 4.84)
4. Tyrone Wheatley , Michigan* (6-5, 276, 4.89)
5. DeAndre Goolsby , Florida (6-4, 245, 4.76)

Just missed: Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State), Durham Smythe ( Notre Dame Fighting Irish ), Marcus Baugh ( Ohio State Buckeyes ), Dalton Schultz ( Stanford Cardinal ), Ryan Izzo ( Florida State Seminoles ), C.J. Conrad ( Kentucky Wildcats )

Offensive Tackle

1. Connor Williams , Texas* (6-5, 290, 5.06)
2. Mitch Hyatt , Clemson* (6-5, 295, 5.05)
3. Mike McGlinchey , Notre Dame (6-7, 310, 5.22)
4. Orlando Brown , Oklahoma* (6-7, 340, 5.44)
5. Trey Adams , Washington* (6-7, 309, 5.28)

Just missed: Toby Weathersby (LSU), Brock Ruble (Florida State), Martinas Rankin ( Mississippi State Bulldogs ), Jamarco Jones (Ohio State), Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan), Zachary Crabtree (Oklahoma State)

Offensive Guard/Center

1. Billy Price , Ohio State (6-3, 315, 5.19)
2. Quenton Nelson , Notre Dame* (6-5, 325, 5.23)
3. Martez Ivey , Florida* (6-5, 305, 5.04)
4. Mason Cole , Michigan (6-5, 305, 5.06)
5. Braden Smith , Auburn (6-5, 300, 5.08)

Just missed: Cody O'Connell (Washington State), Tyrone Crowder ( Clemson Tigers ), Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame), Beau Benzschawel (Wisconsin), William Clapp (LSU), Maea Teuhema (LSU), Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama), Frank Ragnow (Arkansas), Michael Deiter (Wisconsin), Alec Eberle (Florida State), Scott Quessenberry , UCLA Bruins

Edge Rusher

1. Arden Key, LSU* (6-5, 232, 4.74)
2. Sam Hubbard , Ohio Bobcats State* (6-4, 265, 4.76)
3. Clelin Ferrell , Clemson* (6-5, 255, 4.78)
4. Bradley Chubb , NC State Wolfpack (6-3, 273, 4.86)
5. Harold Landry , Boston College Eagles (6-2, 250, 4.72)

Just missed: Duke Ejiofor ( Wake Forest Demon Deacons ), Josh Sweat (Florida State), Marquis Haynes (Ole Miss), Porter Gustin (USC), Dorance Armstrong (Kansas), Tyquan Lewis (Ohio State), Da'Shawn Hand (Alabama), Dante Booker (Ohio State), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Oklahoma)

Defensive Tackle

1. Christian Wilkins , Clemson* (6-3, 310, 5.04)
2. Vita Vea , Washington* (6-4, 332, 5.19)
3. Da'Ron Payne, Alabama (6-2, 319, 5.38)
4. Lowell Lotulelei, Utah Utes (6-2, 310, 5.08)
5. Maurice Hurst , Michigan (6-2, 282, 4.93)

Just missed: Michael Hill (Ohio State), Christian LaCouture (LSU), Derrick Nnadi (Florida State), Kahlil McKenzie ( Tennessee Volunteers ), Folorunso Fatukasi ( Connecticut Huskies ), Greg Gaines (Washington), David Moa ( Boise State Broncos )

Linebacker

1. Malik Jefferson , Texas* (6-2, 238, 4.57)
2. Cameron Smith , USC* (6-1, 245, 4.74)
3. Micah Kiser , Virginia Cavaliers (6-1, 240, 4.76)
4. Jerome Baker , Ohio State* (6-1, 215, 4.59)
5. Tremaine Edmunds , Virginia Tech* (6-4, 236, 4.82)

Just missed: Christian Miller (Alabama), Shaun Dion Hamilton (Alabama),  Azeem Victor (Washington), Jack Cichy (Wisconsin), Josey Jewell ( Iowa Hawkeyes ), Skai Moore (South Carolina), Matthew Thomas (Florida State)

Cornerback

1. Minkah Fitzpatrick , Alabama* (6-0, 203, 4.52)
2. Tarvarus McFadden , Florida State* (6-1, 201, 4.49)
3. Jaire Alexander, Louisville* (5-11, 188, 4.43)
4. Anthony Averett , Alabama (6-0, 183, 4.49)
5. Denzel Ward , Ohio State* (5-11, 184, 4.50)

Just missed: Iman Marshall (USC), Quenton Meeks (Stanford), Kevin Toliver (LSU), Tony Brown (Alabama), Brandon Facyson ( Virginia Tech Hokies ), Duke Dawson (Florida), Juan Thornhill (Virginia), Jordan Thomas (Oklahoma), Ed Paris (LSU)

Safety

1. Derwin James , Florida State* (6-2, 213, 4.52)
2. Ronnie Harrison , Alabama* (6-2, 216, 4.57)
3. Quin Blanding , Virginia (6-1, 205, 4.58)
4. Armani Watts, Texas A&M (5-11, 200, 4.49)
5. Chase Hansen , Utah* (6-2, 212, 4.67)

Just missed: Jordan Whitehead (Pittsburgh), Godwin Igwebuike (Northwestern), Marcus Allen (Penn State), Chris Hawkins (USC), Damon Webb (Ohio State), Nick Washington (Florida), Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame), Terrell Edmunds (Virginia Tech), Andrew Wingard ( Wyoming Cowboys )

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