2018 NFL Draft: Grades and analysis for every pick in the first round
Pete Prisco grades every first-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft
Pete Prisco analyzed each pick from Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the round for the latest grades.
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1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
I just think there were better options and it's risky taking a 6-foot quarterback first overall.
2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
I like the player and his skills, but value of position is a major concern in a deep draft of backs.
3. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
4. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
I love the player and the way he covers, but why not Bradley Chubb?
5. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Love this pick. With Von Miller on the other side, it's tough going for opposing quarterbacks.
6. Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Might be the cleanest player in the draft, but this is high for a guard. I get it with the need to better protect Andrew Luck.
7. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
They get the best QB in the draft and they had to go make the move to get him. Love the trade, love the pick.
8. Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
They needed a playmaker at linebacker and this kid has Ray Lewis qualities. Like it.
9. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
He will be a backup next year, but then take over for Joe Staley. Solid future pick.
10. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
They make the smart move to go up and get the guy who might be the most NFL-ready passer.
11. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
They get a Malcolm Jenkins type of player. He can do so many things well, but where does he play?
12. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
This is a more athletic Haloti Ngata. The Bucs had to get bigger up front and he certainly helps that.
13. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
14. Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
He is a a boom-or-bust player, but this move could pay off in a big way.
15. Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
I think he's the best tackle in the draft, but they have so many defensive needs.
16. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
At 19, he has a chance to grow into a special player. Bills having a good draft.
17. Derwin James, S, Florida State
Gus Bradley gets a safety who can do so many things. He's a steal in this spot.
18. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
They get a smooth cover player who plays with a swagger. They wanted a corner and get a darn good one.
19. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St.
This is a steal. He will be a big-time star in their defense.
20. Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
He is the draft's best center and can also play guard. The Lions have to get better inside, and Ragnow will make that happen.
21. Billy Price, C, Ohio State
He's coming off a pectoral injury at the combine, but will be ready for camp. They needed a center so it makes sense.
22. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
They lost one of their top tacklers in Avery Williamson during free agency, so landing his replacement was smart. Evans is a three-down linebacker.
23. Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia
They needed an offensive tackle, so clearly they have an idea to keep him there. Their guards are good so moving him there might not make sense.
24. D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
25. Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
They take the draft's best tight end to fill a major need. They also added picks trading down. Nice job.
26. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
They land a player who some thought was the best receiver in the draft. They do need more speed.
27. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego St.
He's a nice runner, but they have so many other needs and there are better backs. Weird.
28. Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
He was a guy who was really rising late in the process. The Steelers get a nice playmaking safety.
29. Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Love this pick even with their quality players up front. They can't pay them all, so a cheap option makes sense. Oh, he can play.
30. Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Hughes has outstanding cover skills and we know how much Mike Zimmer likes his corners. It's a quality pick.
31. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
They get a nice player to take over for Dion Lewis. He is a perfect fit for their offense: an air back.
32. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
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