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Zach Metkler’s 2018 NFL Draft Positional Rankings 2.0

With the initial free agency frenzy behind us and the 2018 NFL Draft quickly approaching, Zach gives us his updated positional rankings for what should be another exciting draft.

The 2018 NFL Combine has come and gone and the craziness that is free agency has mostly quieted down. In the midst of Pro Day’s and official pre-draft visits, the NFL Draft process is beginning to really pick up steam as we quickly approach the 2018 NFL Draft. Since my last positional rankings, I have gone back and revisited hours of film to readjust my pre-combine big board and positional rankings. There have been plenty of shakeups in my positional rankings since my initial rankings were released last month before the combine and more changes will likely be made before the draft. But for now, let’s take a look at my updated positional rankings.

Quarterback

  1. Sam Darnold, USC
  2. Josh Rosen, UCLA
  3. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
  4. Josh Allen, Wyoming
  5. Lamar Jackson, Louisville
  6. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
  7. Luke Falk, Washington State
  8. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
  9. Mike White, Western Kentucky
  10. Riley Ferguson, Memphis

Running Back

  1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State
  2. Derrius Guice, LSU
  3. Sony Michel, Georgia
  4. Ronald Jones II, USC
  5. Nick Chubb, Georgia
  6. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
  7. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
  8. Royce Freeman, Oregon
  9. Mark Walton, Miami (FL)
  10. Akrum Wadley, Iowa
  11. Nyheim Hines, NC State
  12. Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
  13. Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
  14. Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi
  15. Jordan Wilkins, Ole Miss
  16. Josh Adams, Notre Dame
  17. Justin Jackson, Northwestern
  18. Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State
  19. John Kelly, Tennessee
  20. Phillip Lindsay, Colorado

Wide Receiver

  1. Courtland Sutton, SMU
  2. Calvin Ridley, Alabama
  3. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
  4. James Washington, Oklahoma State
  5. Anthony Miller, Memphis
  6. Dante Pettis, Washington
  7. Deon Cain, Clemson
  8. D.J. Chark, LSU
  9. Michael Gallup, Colorado State
  10. D.J. Moore, Maryland
  11. Auden Tate, Florida State
  12. Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State
  13. Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
  14. Deontay Burnett, USC
  15. Cedrick Wilson, Boise State
  16. Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State
  17. Allen Lazard, Iowa State
  18. DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
  19. Jordan Lasley, UCLA
  20. Simmie Cobbs Jr., Indiana

Tight End

  1. Mike Gesicki, Penn State
  2. Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
  3. Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
  4. Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
  5. Ian Thomas, Indiana
  6. Dalton Schultz, Stanford
  7. Durham Smythe, Notre Dame
  8. Chris Herndon, Miami
  9. Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan
  10. Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
  11. Ryan Izzo, Florida State
  12. Will Dissly, Florida
  13. Jordan Akins, Central Florida
  14. Ethan Wolf, Tennessee
  15. Jordan Thomas, Mississippi State

Offensive Tackle

  1. Connor Williams, Texas
  2. Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
  3. Kolton Miller, UCLA
  4. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
  5. Jamarco Jones, Ohio State
  6. Chukwuma Korafor, Western Michigan
  7. Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh
  8. Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
  9. Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State
  10. Desmond Harrison, West Georgia
  11. Will Richardson, NC State
  12. Joseph Noteboom, TCU
  13. Geron Christian, Louisville
  14. Alex Cappa, Humboldt State
  15. Matt Pryor, TCU
  16. Timon Parris, Stony Brook
  17. Ike Boettger, Iowa
  18. Zach Crabtree, Oklahoma State
  19. Jaryd Jones-Smith, Pittsburgh
  20. Brett Toth, Army

Offensive Guard

  1. Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
  2. Will Hernandez, UTEP
  3. Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
  4. Braden Smith, Auburn
  5. Austin Corbett, Nevada
  6. Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech
  7. Sean Welsh, Iowa
  8. Sam Jones, Arizona State
  9. Taylor Hearn, Clemson
  10. Skyler Phillips, Idaho State
  11. Jamil Demby, Maine
  12. Tony Adams, NC State
  13. Brendan Mahon, Penn State
  14. Tyrone Crowder, Clemson
  15. Colby Gossett, Appalachian State

Center

  1. Billy Price, Ohio State
  2. James Daniels, Iowa
  3. Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
  4. Will Clapp, LSU
  5. Mason Cole, Michigan
  6. Coleman Shelton, Washington
  7. Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
  8. Brian Allen, Michigan State
  9. Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
  10. Austin Golson, Auburn
  11. Dejon Allen, Hawaii
  12. Trey Martin, Rice
  13. Jake Bennett, Colorado State
  14. Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State
  15. Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State

Defensive Line

  1. Vita Vea, Washington
  2. Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
  3. Maurice Hurst, Michigan
  4. Taven Bryan, Florida
  5. Harrison Phillips, Stanford
  6. Tim Settle, Virginia Tech
  7. Derrick Nnadi, Florida State
  8. Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
  9. B.J. Hill, NC State
  10. R.J. McIntosh, Miami (FL)
  11. Rasheem Green, USC
  12. Nathan Shepard, Fort Hays State
  13. Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State
  14. P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State
  15. Folorunso Fatukasi, Connecticut
  16. Deadrin Senat, Florida State
  17. Kendrick Norton, Miami
  18. Trenton Thompson, Georgia
  19. Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss
  20. Justin Jones, NC State

Defensive End/EDGE

  1. Bradley Chubb, NC State
  2. Harold Landry, Boston College
  3. Marcus Davenport, UTSA
  4. Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
  5. Arden Key, LSU
  6. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
  7. Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas
  8. Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
  9. Josh Sweat, Florida State
  10. Kemoko Turay, Rutgers
  11. Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest
  12. Jeff Holland, Auburn
  13. Chad Thomas, Miami (FL)
  14. Kylie Fitts, Utah
  15. Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State
  16. Andrew Brown, Virginia
  17. Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State
  18. Joe Ostman, Central Michigan
  19. Jojo Wicker, Arizona State
  20. Justin Lawler, SMU

Linebacker

  1. Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
  2. Roquan Smith, Georgia
  3. Rashaan Evans, Alabama
  4. Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
  5. Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
  6. Malik Jefferson, Texas
  7. Josey Jewell, Iowa
  8. Jerome Baker, Ohio State
  9. Uchenna Nwosu, USC
  10. Fred Warner, BYU
  11. Tegray Scales, Indiana
  12. Mike McCray, Michigan
  13. Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida
  14. Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss
  15. Micah Kiser, Virginia
  16. Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson
  17. Christian Sam, Arizona State
  18. Skai Moore, South Carolina
  19. Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama
  20. Matthew Thomas, Florida State

Cornerback

  1. Denzel Ward, Ohio State
  2. Joshua Jackson, Iowa
  3. Jaire Alexander, Louisville
  4. Isaiah Oliver, Colorado
  5. Mike Hughes, Central Florida
  6. Donte Jackson, LSU
  7. Carlton Davis, Auburn
  8. Nick Nelson, Wisconsin
  9. Anthony Averett, Alabama
  10. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State
  11. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina
  12. Holton Hill, Texas
  13. Parry Nickerson, Tulane
  14. Kevin Toliver, LSU
  15. Duke Dawson, Florida
  16. D.J. Reed, Kansas State
  17. Quenton Meeks, Stanford
  18. Isaac Yiadom, Boston College
  19. J.C. Jackson, Maryland
  20. Tony Brown, Alabama

Safety

  1. Derwin James, Florida State
  2. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
  3. Justin Reid, Stanford
  4. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
  5. Jessie Bates III, Wake Forest
  6. Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech
  7. Kyzir White, West Virginia
  8. Marcus Allen, Penn State
  9. DeShon Elliott, Texas
  10. Armani Watts, Texas A&M
  11. Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern
  12. Quin Blanding, Virginia
  13. Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
  14. Siran Neal, Jacksonville State
  15. Stephen Roberts, Auburn
  16. Tray Matthews, Auburn
  17. Trey Walker, Louisiana-Lafayette
  18. Damon Webb, Ohio State
  19. Dominick Sanders, Georgia
  20. Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State

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