Here is a list of the top players available in the 2018 NFL Draft by position on offense. Asterisk denotes underclassman.
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.
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.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State. 6-4, 235.
Kyle Lauletta, Richmond. 6-2, 222.
Mike White, Western Kentucky. 6-4, 221.
Luke Falk, Washington State. 6-3, 223.
Kurt Benkert, Virginia. 6-2, 218.
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.
Saquon Barkley*, Penn State. 6-0, 233
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
Josh Adams*, Notre Dame. 6-1, 213
Nyheim Hines*, North Carolina State. 5-8. 197
Royce Freeman, Oregon. 5-11, 229
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.
Calvin Ridley*, Alabama. 6-0, 189
D.J. Moore*, Maryland. 6-0, 200
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
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
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.
Mark Andrews*, Oklahoma. 6-5, 256
Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State. 6-4, 256
Mike Gesicki, Penn State. 6-5, 242
Hayden Hurst*, South Carolina. 6-4, 250
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.
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
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
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
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.
Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame. 6-8, 309
Connor Williams*, Oklahoma. 6-5, 296
Kolton Miller*, UCLA. 6-8, 309
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
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