Ah yes, the much anticipated 2018 NFL Draft. It is going to be undoubtedly going to be amazing, and here’s some reasons why.
Everyone understands the sheer hype that is the NFL Draft. Your favorite team is going to land a new player that has the potential to become the face of the franchise, or set it back indefinitely. Here would be a great place to insert a JaMarcus Russell or Tim Couch joke, but I will refrain from taking the opportunity. It’s the mystique, the possibility of landing a gem that gets folks riled up.
This draft may be the most unpredictable in recent memory. Mock draft experts are throwing hot takes left and right to see if something sticks. Just today, rumors about the Browns taking Josh Allen instead of Sam Darnold with the first-overall pick surfaced. Typically, there is a consensus No. 1. Darnold was, and maybe still is, but rumors are swirling.
On draft day, only the feelings of the general managers making the picks matter. Nobody knows exactly what they are thinking, and until a name is announced, anything can happen.
For example, this year there are so many combinations of things that can happen that it makes my head spin. Frankly, anywhere from three to five quarterbacks could go in the top 10. For reference, last year only two went in the top 10. That included the Kansas City Chiefs trading up to the 10th pick to take Patrick Mahomes. In 2015 and 2016, only had two quarterbacks were selected in the top 10 as well.
Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield are being talked about as top 10 picks. That’s absurd. Because teams have a tendency to reach for quarterbacks, it means that better prospects such as Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley will drop. Teams at the end of that span are going to get a very talented player that could have easily gone earlier.
It is almost certain that at least one team will trade into the top third of the first round. The New York Jets already started off the trading, moving from sixth overall to third, swapping places with the Indianapolis Colts. The Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills are both candidates to trade up to find their future quarterbacks. The Bills hold the No. 12 pick, and the Cardinals have the No. 15. If you enjoy betting, I would put money on at least one of them making a move into the top 10.
With the looming uncertainty and possibility of multiple draft day trades, we are in for one hell of a ride. Buckle up, the 2018 NFL Draft is going to be awesome.