NFL Free Agency has pretty much come and gone. Ndamukong Suh just signed a one-year, $14 million dollar deal, with the L.A. Rams. Suh was the last big fish free agent out there. Now that Suh is off the free agency board, it's time for me to come up with a new 2018 NFL Draft Top 10.
There just aren't any more big free agent deals to be had. Check out my Top 10!
Updated 2018 NFL Draft Top 10 After Free Agency
1. Cleveland Browns – QB Sam Darnold, USC
I much prefer Josh Rosen here. However, by all accounts Sam Darnold absolutely tore it up during his pro day at USC last week. He was so impressive that most NFL Draft analysts believe there's no way Darnold doesn't go number 1. This is particularly true because the New York Jets made a trade to go up all the way to number 3.
The only reason the Jets did that was to draft a QB. If Cleveland doesn't draft Darnold here, they won't draft him with Pick 4. I don't see the Browns taking that chance.
2. New York Giants – RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
The best player in the 2018 NFL Draft is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. I'm not just writing that. Everybody's writing that. The Giants obviously can't lean on Odell Beckham Jr. As great as Odell is, the video does imply that he was participating in illegal drug use.
By all accounts, Saquon is the anti-Odell. He works his butt off. His uncle, Iran Barkley, was one of the most disciplined boxers you're likely to ever see. Saquon learned a lot from his uncle. Barkley would be a great choice for the Giants.
3. New York Jets – QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen or Rosen? I love Josh Rosen. Let's get that straight. But, I can see why the Jets might want to roll the dice with Allen. He had a great NFL Combine. Not only that, but he also appears to be more willing to learn in a place like NYJ than Rosen. Rosen appears to have a chip on his shoulder. Jets' coach Todd Bowles doesn't want a headache player on his team.
4. Cleveland Browns – DE Bradley Chubb, NC State
If the Browns do go for Darnold with the first pick, they most definitely will draft Chubb with the fourth pick. Why not? Cleveland already has Myles Garrett on one side of the line. Adding Chubb pretty much ensures pressure on the QB during passing downs. Opponents will only double-team one of these guys with the RB, meaning the other, Garrett or Chubb, will be free to get to the quarterback.
5. Denver Broncos – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
I'm a Josh Rosen fan. I watched him play. He forces the ball some. That was with the UCLA Bruins. At the pro-level, Rosen should settle down. Things couldn't end up better for either the Broncos or Rosen if Denver does draft the former Bruin QB. Rosen should excel in Denver's offense while John Elway gets the most polished QB in the draft to win right now.
6. Indianapolis Colts – G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
The Colts appear set on sticking with QB Andrew Luck. Good for them. If they are sticking with Luck, it makes sense to protect the oft-injured quarterback as much as possible. Nelson will help prevent rushers from getting to luck straight through the middle of the line. That alone makes this pick worthwhile. Indy can't afford for Andrew Luck to miss an entire season again. Nelson, or trading out of this spot, makes the most sense.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Denzel Ward is the hot choice among NFL Draft Analysts. The Buccaneers could use a solid cornerback like Ward. But, they could also use a defensive back that can cover the slot, play against the run, catch and take punts to the house, and just be an every day positive player in their locker room. That's Minkah Fitzpatrick.
But, I wouldn't be surprised if Tampa decided to trade out of this spot. If I'm right about the first 6 picks, QB Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner, will still be on the board. Oh, don't worry, a team will be scrambling to grab pick 7 from the Bucs.
8. Chicago Bears – LB Trumaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
Edmunds could be a star linebacker in the NFL. The Chicago Bears need a lot. They filled one of their needs when they signed WR Allen Robinson. Now that Chicago mustn't draft a wide receiver, they should work on their defense. A great start would be to put Edmunds in the same linebacking corps with Danny Trevathan and Leonard Floyd.
9. San Francisco 49'ers – CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
The San Francisco 49'ers' defense needs some work. Sure, SF signed Richard Sherman to a ridiculous contract to play cornerback for them. Sherman is used to playing zone defense. It could be difficult for Sherman to cover a team's best wide receiver. He didn't have a ton of success before. Also, he suffered through some injuries last season.
I believe the 49'ers pull the trigger on the best pure corner in this year's draft. Derwin James, who played for Florida State, is also a possibility. The difference between Ward and James is that James is a safety while Ward is cornerback.
10. Oakland Raiders – OLB Roquan Smith, Georgia
John Gruden hasn't coached in the NFL since when…2003? That's an awfully long time for a coach to sit on the bench. So far, Chucky's moves haven't impressed me. I don't think signing Jordy Nelson really helps. I mean, Michael Crabtree was QB Derek Carr's favorite target.
I also can't stand the Doug Smith signing. The former Tampa running back has had a single good season in his entire career. What the heck is Chucky doing?
With that being written, I think Oakland should draft Roquan Smith. The Georgia linebacker has all the tools to be one of the very best in the NFL. Adding Smith to a defense with Kahlil Mack and Bruce Irvin should exasperate opposing offenses. All 3 players are great at rushing the QB. Smith's run defense skills are better than some might believe.
The NFL Draft comes up in late April. That's not too far away. It's so close that it makes sense to talk NFL Draft every week from now until it happens. Like I've written before, the NFL is a 24/7, 365 days a year proffessional sports league.