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2018 NFL Draft Prospects as Recruits

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

Here's a look back at how the experts at 247Sports rated this year's top 50 NFL draft prospects when they were just fresh-faced college recruits. As you can see, many of this year's prospects more than lived up to their recruiting ranking — while others far exceeded theirs.

NFL Draft

 

PLAYER

POS.

TEAM

CLASS

STARS

NAT. RANK

1

Saquon Barkley

RB

Penn State

2015

4

119

2

Minkah Fitzpatrick

S

Alabama

2015

5

30

3

Quenton Nelson

OG

Notre Dame

2014

4

61

4

Bradley Chubb

DE

NC State

2014

3

734

5

Derwin James

S

Florida State

2015

5

5

6

Tremaine Edmunds

OLB

Virginia Tech

2015

3

441

7

Josh Rosen

QB

UCLA

2015

5

11

8

Roquan Smith

ILB

Georgia

2015

4

48

9

Sam Darnold

QB

USC

2015

4

148

10

Calvin Ridley

WR

Alabama

2015

5

12

11

Connor Williams

OT

Texas

2015

3

426

12

Marcus Davenport

DE

UTSA

2014

2

2,613

13

Denzel Ward

CB

Ohio State

2015

4

270

14

Vita Vea

DT

Washington

2013

3

587

15

Da’Ron Payne

DT

Alabama

2015

5

29

16

Mike Hughes

CB

UCF

2015

3

421

17

Rashaan Evans

ILB

Alabama

2014

5

14

18

Mike McGlinchey

OT

Notre Dame

2013

4

172

19

Orlando Brown

OT

Oklahoma

2014

3

453

20

Josh Allen

QB

Wyoming

2015

3

199 (JC)

21

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

2013

3

1,029

22

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

2014

3

1,807

23

Harold Landry

OLB

Boston College

2014

3

421

24

Isaiah Wynn

OG

Georgia

2014

4

110

25

Billy Price

C

Ohio State

2013

4

211

26

Taven Bryan

DT

Florida

2014

3

533

27

Ronnie Harrison

S

Alabama

2015

4

204

28

Isaiah Oliver

CB

Colorado

2015

3

1,034

29

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

2015

3

409

30

Maurice Hurst

DT

Michigan

2013

4

266

31

Leighton Vander Esch

ILB

Boise State

2014

UR

UR

32

James Daniels

C

Iowa

2014

4

338

33

Derrius Guice

RB

LSU

2015

4

45

34

Donte Jackson

CB

LSU

2015

4

50

35

Jaire Alexander

CB

Louisville

2015

3

941

36

Courtland Sutton

WR

SMU

2014

3

1,169

37

Kerryon Johnson

RB

Auburn

2015

4

43

38

Arden Key

DE

LSU

2015

4

87

39

Carlton Davis

CB

Auburn

2015

4

340

40

Armani Watts

S

Texas A&M

2014

4

201

41

Brian O’Neill

OT

Pittsburgh

2014

3

1,546

42

Sony Michel

RB

Georgia

2014

5

20

43

Ronald Jones II

RB

USC

2015

4

40

44

Rasheem Green

DE

USC

2015

5

21

45

Hayden Hurst

TE

South Carolina

2012*

UR

UR

46

Christian Kirk

WR

Texas A&M

2015

5

25

47

Martinas Rankin

OT

Mississippi State

2015

4

9 (JC)

48

D.J. Moore

WR

Maryland

2015

3

354

49

Simmie Cobbs Jr.

WR

Indiana

2013

3

974

50

Kolton Miller

OT

UCLA

2014

3

371

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