With the 2017 NFL Draft now in the books, it’s time to take an early look at the potential class of 2018. I’ve found that a “hit rate” of around 50% has become the norm in these early versions of Flash Forward mock drafts. That is caused by both disappointing performances as well as players returning to school rather than declaring for the NFL Draft. Regardless, projecting and studying the potential 2018 draft class can be a rewarding exercise for both dynasty and devy players alike.
Before we get to the picks, let’s take a quick glance at the overall strength of each position.
After back-to-back classes viewed as subpar, next year’s rookie quarterback group could be a game changer. Three quarterbacks are widely expected to be among the draft’s top five overall picks, including Josh Rosen (UCLA), Josh Allen (Wyoming) and Sam Darnold (USC). With so many quarterback needy teams expected to land early picks, there is a good possibility the Jets, Browns, 49ers, Bills or Jaguars find their next franchise quarterback.
Other potential early picks include reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville, along with a pair of signal callers who returned to school rather than joining the class of 2017, Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Luke Falk (Washington State). I also like Auburn transfer Jarrett Stidham as a dark horse candidate.