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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Projections, rankings for offensive prospects

Here is a list of the top players available in the 2018 NFL Draft by position on offense. Asterisk denotes underclassman.

QUARTERBACKS

Grade: A

This has been widely touted as the best group at the position since the legendary Class of 1983, which produced Hall of Famers John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. A record six QBs were selected in the first round that year. The same number could be chosen in Round One this year, although the order seems largely uncertain. Depending on the day, the Cleveland Browns will use the top pick on Josh Allen or Sam Darnold. Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield also seem like definite first-rounders, with all four potentially chosen within the first half-dozen or so spots. There seemingly are more questions about Lamar Jackson than the others, because his best asset is his ability to run. Mason Rudolph has the look of a classic pocket quarterback, but there are enough questions about his passing arm to potentially push him into Day 2, which is where a few other intriguing QB prospects are likely to go.

Day One

Sam Darnold*, USC. 6-3, 221.

Josh Rosen*, UCLA. 6-4, 226.

Josh Allen*, Wyoming. 6-4, 237.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma. 6-0, 216.

Lamar Jackson*, Louisville. 6-2, 216.

Day Two

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State. 6-4, 235.

Kyle Lauletta, Richmond. 6-2, 222.

Day Three

Mike White, Western Kentucky. 6-4, 221.

Luke Falk, Washington State. 6-3, 223.

Kurt Benkert, Virginia. 6-2, 218.

RUNNING BACKS

Grade: A

Penn State's Saquon Barkley could very well be the best player in the draft, although his agents reportedly don’t want the Cleveland Browns to draft him with the first or fourth picks. He offers an impressive combination of speed, athleticism, power, vision and instincts. His added skills as a receiver and returner round out a transformative talent. "I’m a versatile player," Barkley told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think I’ve shown on film that I can run the ball. I can run it between the tackles or outside. I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I can pass-block. And I can play special teams. I want to continue to grow my game and continue to be a complete player. ... I’m very confident in myself. Whether the ball’s on the one-yard line or the 99-yard line, I like to think I can find a way to get into the end zone." Barkley's hardly the only quality player at the position in this year's class. There are a few other potential first-rounders and excellent depth throughout this crop. Royce Freeman has produced 1,000 rushing yards in three of his four seasons at Oregon. He finished his college career with 6,435 all-purpose yards, 5,621 yards on the ground, and 64 touchdowns. North Carolina State's Jaylen Samuels has played every non-lineman position on offense during his collegiate career. Although he is a solid runner, his greatest selling point is his ability to catch passes.

Day One

Saquon Barkley*, Penn State. 6-0, 233

Day Two

Derrius Guice*, LSU. 5-10, 224

Ronald Jones II*, USC. 5-11, 205

Sony Michel, Georgia. 5-10, 215

Nick Chubb, Georgia. 5-10, 227

Kerryon Johnson*, Auburn. 5-11, 212

Rashaad Penny, San Diego State. 5-11, 220

Day Three

Josh Adams*, Notre Dame. 6-1, 213

Nyheim Hines*, North Carolina State. 5-8. 197

Royce Freeman, Oregon. 5-11, 229

WIDE RECEIVERS

Class Grade: C

There have been an average of 3.95 wideouts picked in the first round over the last 20 years. But only two might go in the first round this year, which would be a 10-year low. The depth, however, is decent. There will be good prospects taken in the second to fourth rounds. Teams' draft boards will vary widely depending on what traits they're seeking. Alabama's Calvin Ridley is the top man. It would make perfect sense for the Bills to go for a wideout in the second round, and they could get a good prospect at No. 53 or No. 56, presuming they keep one of those picks.

Day One

Calvin Ridley*, Alabama. 6-0, 189

D.J. Moore*, Maryland. 6-0, 200

Day Two

D.J. Chark, LSU. 6-2, 196

Christian Kirk*, Texas A&M. 5-10, 201

Cortland Sutton*, SMU. 6-3, 218

James Washington, Oklahoma State. 5-11, 210

Anthony Miller, Memphis. 5-11, 201

Deon Cain*, Clemson. 6-2, 202

Dante Pettis, Washington. 6-0, 186

Michael Gallup, Colorado State. 6-0, 205

Equanimeous St. Brown*, Notre Dame. 6-4, 214

Jordan Lasley*, UCLA. 6-1, 203

Tre'Quan Smith*, Central Florida. 6-1, 202

Day Three

Antonio Callaway*, Florida. 5-10, 200

DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State. 6-1, 202

Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa. 6-1, 206

Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State. 6-4, 216

Allen Lazard, Iowa State. 6-5, 227

Keke Coutee*, Texas Tech. 5-10, 181

JMon Moore, Missouri. 6-3, 207

TIGHT ENDS

Grade: C+

After last year’s strong crop of tight ends, with three chosen in the first round, the star power is expected to diminish greatly this year. Nevertheless, there should still be several tight ends who figure to be solid contributors from the second and third rounds on down. Writing for Pro Football Weekly’s 2018 Draft Guide, former NFL scout and director of college scouting Greg Gabriel says: “As a group, these kids have very nice size and can be projected as capable blockers. But this class doesn't have the speed last year's group did." Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews is the best of the bunch. He has excellent size (6-foot-5 and 256 pounds) and dependable hands to go along with a massive catch radius. He proved highly effective as a short, intermediate and deep threat. He excels at running routes and runs well after the catch. One of the better tight ends in the draft is from one of the smaller schools: Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State. He was the nation's most productive player at the position last year with 72 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. He'll be the first offensive player to be drafted by South Dakota State since San Diego made tight end Steve Heiden a third-round pick in 1999.

Day One

Mark Andrews*, Oklahoma. 6-5, 256

Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State. 6-4, 256

Day Two

Mike Gesicki, Penn State. 6-5, 242

Hayden Hurst*, South Carolina. 6-4, 250

Day Three

Ian Thomas, Indiana. 6-3, 256

Dalton Schultz*, Stanford. 6-5, 244

Durham Smythe, Notre Dame. 6-5, 253

Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin. 6-4, 248

Christopher Herndon, Miami (Fla.).  6-4, 240

Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan. 6-3, 252

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE

Class Grade: B

It's possible four interior offensive linemen could go in the first round. None went in the first round last year, a rarity. The best is Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson, who could be just the third guard picked in the top 10 in the last 10 years. The Bills need to think hard about bolstering guard in the third or fourth round, given Richie Incognito's retirement.

Day One

Quenton Nelson*, G, Notre Dame. 6-5, 325

Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso. 6-2, 327

James Daniels*, C-G, Iowa. 6-3, 306

Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia. 6-2, 308

Day Two

Billy Price, C, Ohio State. 6-3, 305

Braden Smith, G, Auburn. 6-6, 315

Austin Corbett, G, Nevada. 6-4, 305

Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas. 6-5, 312

Day Three

Colby Gossett, G, Appalachian St. 6-5, 304

Cole Madison, G, Washington St. 6-5, 314

Mason Cole, C, Michigan. 6-4, 303

Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech. 6-4, 311

Scott Queesenberry, C, UCLA. 6-4, 314

Will Clapp, C/G, LSU. 6-4, 314

Sean Welsh, G, Iowa. 6-2, 296

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Class Grade: B

There aren't any top-10 talents but the crop is decent, with 10 to 12 tackles who could go in the first two rounds. Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey and Oklahoma's Connor Williams both are safe picks and immediate starters. Louisville's Geron Christian has a big upside and will be a first-rounder for some teams. How far will the bad conditioning of Oklahoma's Orlando Brown cause him to drop? Tackle is not a top priority for the Bills given their other big needs.

Day One

Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame. 6-8, 309

Connor Williams*, Oklahoma. 6-5, 296

Kolton Miller*, UCLA. 6-8, 309

Day Two

Tyrell Crosby, Oregon. 6-5, 320

Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State. 6-4, 308

Brian O'Neill*, Pittsburgh. 6-6, 298

Geron Christian*, Louisville. 6-5, 298

Orlando Brown*, Oklahoma. 6-8, 345

Chumwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan. 6-6, 320

Jamarco Jones, Ohio State. 6-4, 299

Day Three

Brandon Parker, N.C. A&T. 6-7, 303

Desmond Harrison, West Georgia. 6-6, 292

Alex Cappa, Humboldt State. 6-5, 300

Joseph Noteboom, TCU. 6-5, 306

Will Richardson*, N.C. State. 6-5, 306

Timon Parris, Stony Brook. 6-6, 320

Greg Senat, Wagner. 6-6, 305

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