McShay’s 2018 NFL draft position rankings: Top prospects at every defensive position 9:15 AM ET
The college football season is inching closer, which means the 2018 NFL draft will be here before you know it. The crew from Scouts Inc. and I spent the summer scouring tape and ranking the top draft prospects at each position.
Each day over the next two weeks, we’ll roll out a new position. We’ll hit defense this week and offense next week. And remember: These are preliminary rankings — there’s no telling who will emerge this season.
Click the links below to read our rankings of the positions we’ve evaluated so far:
DT | DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S
Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk.
A redshirt sophomore, James tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in the second game of 2016 and received a medical redshirt. He also underwent surgery for a fractured foot in the 2016 offseason, so durability is a concern. When he’s on the field? He’s one of the most versatile players we’ve ever evaluated. He’s a physical presence in the middle of the field, but can run with tight ends and breaks well on the ball. If James is healthy, he can be a top-10 pick.
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McShay’s 2018 NFL draft position rankings: Top prospects at every defensive position