Guards and running backs just don't often go off the board that early, but Barkley and Nelson are special talents at their respective positions. However, they have made some solid moves this offseason, and come into next Thursday's NFL Draft with two of the first four picks in the first round.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson could also command high picks, maybe even in the top five, but doing so would defy recent National Football League draft trends.
In that draft, Kiper gave the Titans a tight end, an interior lineman and a receiver in the first three rounds. But having covered these players for years, we have a good grasp on the quality of these players and where a good spot for each of them could go.
Barkley is widely viewed as the premier overall prospect in this year's draft class, and one of the most complete running backs to enter the draft in recent memory, and it's easy to see why. They point out, for instance, that the receivers opposite UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield actually dropped the ball at a higher rate than Allen's receivers past year. The more reasonable selection among those linked to them would be Sam Darnold.
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"In today's nfl he's a ideal fit ..." For the New York Giants, drafting Barkley would instantaneously improve the offense and provide the team with a young leader to carry a team into the 2018 season.
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said on a conference call with reporters this week that he ranks Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft. I'm caught up in quick decision-making and accuracy.
"The 6'0", 233-pounder left Happy Valley as the Nittany Lions' record holder in rushing touchdowns (43), total touchdowns (53) and all-purpose yards (5,538). The Coplay, PA native has drawn comparisons to Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott, both of whom were selected in the Top-10 in the previous three drafts. Cleveland, which also owns the fourth overall pick, is expected to select a quarterback at No. 1.
However, seeing Jackson at No. 15 may be too enticing to pass up.
There are a handful of teams that need to trade up to get a quarterback, as this is a highly regarded class.