As the 2018 NFL Draft comes down the home stretch, it is time to start focusing in on some of the things we know.
Each NFL team is allotted 30 prospect visits, workouts that have somehow become called “Top 30 Visits”. This is an odd name, since they aren’t the top 30 prospects, but they are just 30 private visits with prospects.
From Walter Football, here are the names we know:
- Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis
- Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
- Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State
- Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
- Josey Jewell, OLB/ILB, Iowa
- Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
- Kyle Lauletta^, QB, Richmond
- Darius Leonard, OLB/ILB, South Carolina State
- Baker Mayfield^, QB, Oklahoma
- Tarvarius Moore, FS, Southern Mississippi
- Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
- Foye Oluokun, OLB, Yale
- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- Christian Sam, ILB, Arizona State
- Nathan Shepherd^, DT, Fort Hays State
- Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple
- Tavierre Thomas, CB, Ferris State
17 of 30 visits are done, and there are some really interesting names, here is what stands out to me:
- Three private workouts with quarterbacks.
- The LB’s fill each spot in a 43, strong side (Avery), inside (Vander Esch, Jewell, Sam) and run and chase weak side (Leonard, Oluokun)
- Defensive tackles are both one tech and three tech players.
- CB’s don’t match the Wilks mold in terms of size, but are both extremely athletic.
- Many of these players project to be fringe starters and look more like special teams contributors.
We’ll take a closer look at some over the next week.