The challenge to this list is the overall implications to the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
Now, Chad Reuter’s list ignores the class and draft eligibility of players in his list, while cross referencing to mock drafts is focused exclusively on players emerging from NCAA college football to take on an NFL career.
So in some ways, this is an apples to oranges comparison, and that is factored in.
But even in that context of dissimilar populations, there are some rankings that simply do not line up. So far this spring, some early 2018 NFL Draft mocks have begun to spring up. In a recent FanSided mock, linebacker Azeem Victor projects as a first round selection. In similar fashion, ESPN’s Mel Kiper mocks offensive tackle Trey Adams in the first round. Thirdly, ESPN’s Todd McShay projects defensive tackle Vita Vea in round one. Washington Football players, when compared to peers and NFL needs, stand out.
Matter Of Opinion?
According to Reuter, two of three are wrong. That’s a hard sell.
Reuter has a natural bias to his rankings. Quarterbacks tended to excel in his ranking system. Three of his top five, and four of his top ten are quarterbacks. While quarterbacks tend to monopolize headlines and highlight reels, they are not as impacting as media professes.