I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but here’s what you need to know to be successful in the draft.
I think we all have an opinion on who will be the top overall pick.
It’s going to be the same story for all 32 teams.
But, let’s go over some of the players that could be the difference between the best and worst players.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, LSU) “He’s a huge threat to teams.
The ball comes his way so fast and so hard.
I think he’s the best wide receiver in the entire draft.”
– ESPN draft analyst Matt Williamson “He’s one of those guys that is very consistent.
He’s always on the same page.
He can’t miss.”
– NFL Media draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. “I think the best receiver in this draft is Odell, he’s probably the best in this class and I think you could argue that he’s in the conversation with them all.”
– CBS draft analyst Steve Palazzolo on Odell.
“He is an absolute freak athlete.
He has so much speed.
I don,t know what you can say about him.
I’m sure he’s got some kind of physical freak in him.”
– USA Today draft analyst Mike Mayock on Odel.
“The guy is one of the best athletes in the class.”
– The MMQB draft analyst Todd McShay on Odele.
“There are some really good wide receivers out there that I like.
I’ve said it before, but the best ones are going to come out of this draft.”
DeForest Buckner (RB, Oregon) If you’re looking for a running back that has the potential to be one of, if not the best player in the next few years, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better prospect than DeForest.
Buckner is a big bodied, athletic runner with good burst.
He does a great job of getting around and catching the ball.
He’s the most athletic of the big five receivers.
If the Packers choose to move up to the fifth round, they’ll have to trade down a few spots to get him.
The only reason they’re going to get Buckner is because of his ability to run the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds and the 40 in 4:25.
Jordan Matthews (TE, Ohio State) Matthews has a big frame and a ton of catching range.
He should be able to handle the run, but he has the ability to be a mismatch in space.
As a pass catcher, he could really shine.
Matthewes’ speed and burst are great, but they need to improve a bit.
Christian Hackenberg (QB, Penn State) He’s been a big reason why the Jets won the Super Bowl.
He showed that he can run the spread offense, which is one reason the Jets are now 4-1 in the first round.
A big part of Hackenberg’s success has been his ability as a passer.
In the NFL, he’ll be asked to run a lot of the plays.
With his arm strength and accuracy, he should be a good quarterback.
Michael Bennett (DE, Washington) Bennett is a freak athlete with a good burst and arm strength.
He might not be the best pass rusher in the league, but his ability and size make him an intriguing prospect.
Malik Hooker (S, Michigan) Hooker has the biggest hands in this group and is a natural safety.
His size, speed, and instincts should be enough to allow him to be effective in the secondary.
Josh Doctson (WR-TE, TCU) The former Notre Dame star will have to battle to stay on the field.
But he has a knack for making plays in the slot and on the perimeter.
Leonard Fournette (RB-WR, Louisville) Fournette is a monster runner with a lot to prove.
He will have the best chance of making the team because of how well he has been used as a receiver.
Christian McCaffrey (QB-WR-WR) McCaffrey has the best arm strength of any QB in this year’s draft.
He doesn’t run very well, but has the speed to be an effective playmaker.
Jordan Norwood (CB, Notre Dame) Norwood is a great cover corner and is quick off the snap.
He could be a solid slot corner.
Mike Williams (WR/CB, Baylor) Williams has the most athleticism of any WR in this round.
He runs a little slow on routes, but will be a force in the middle of the field in the red zone.
John Ross (WR)