How to draft the best NFL players in 2018 draft class.
With a pick now in the 2nd round, the draft’s over and the dust has settled on the 2016 NFL Draft.
While the 2017 NFL Draft will be a different one with more talented players being selected in rounds 2-7, here are my top picks for the 2017 class.
The first few rounds have been filled with players who I think are very good in their respective roles.
For the most part, the top two or three picks are locks to be starters for the Bills.
First round pick DT Leonard Floyd has been a huge success in Buffalo and was a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Patriots.
After being selected second overall, Floyd became a starting NFL player after a rough 2016 campaign in which he started only seven games.
The Bills need to find another tackle who can step in and take over for Ryan Wendell.
Floyd has done well for the Buffalo Bills and was drafted by the New York Giants in the 4th round.
It will be interesting to see if Buffalo picks up their offer sheet for Floyd in order to keep him.
The other first round pick, CB Jamar Taylor, has been very good for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and has played in all 13 games for the team this season.
The Cowboys have been searching for a replacement for Rod Smith and Taylor is a player that should be able to help out with the young secondary.
The second pick, DT/DT/DE Malik McDowell, is a first rounder who was a second rounder by the Jaguars in 2016.
McDowell is a tremendous pass rusher and should be a top-10 pick in 2018.
I am sure McDowell will be selected with the first overall pick, but the Cowboys should still be looking for a pass rusher.
I would also be interested in seeing if the Browns take a look at DeMarcus Lawrence.
He has been good for them this year and was considered a first team All-Pro in 2016 when he started all 16 games.
I expect Lawrence to be the best pass rusher in the draft, but he will be in a different league this year than in 2016 with the Browns.
The Browns need a pass rush this year.
The next pick, TE Jordan Reed, has done a great job for the Philadelphia Eagles this season and is a lock for the Eagles starting lineup next year.
Reed is a solid tight end with good speed and an ability to make plays on the ball.
Reed has shown good hands and the Eagles should keep him around.
The fourth pick, DE Dante Fowler Jr., has played well for Florida State this season after a difficult 2016 season in which the Seminoles were ranked No. 10 in scoring offense.
Fowler is a pass-catching tight end who can block, catch and run.
Fowler has shown an ability as a blocker, but his lack of size and strength could lead to him being drafted as a guard.
The fifth pick, OT Sam Hubbard, is another solid pass-blocking tackle who has played very well for LSU this season, helping them to a bowl game.
The last pick in my draft guide, DE/OLB Solomon Thomas, was a top five pick by the Seahawks in 2016 after being drafted by Seattle.
Thomas was drafted to play on the left side of the defense and is versatile enough to play both defensive ends and outside linebackers.
The Seahawks need a strong edge defender to help the Seahawks win games.
Thomas has shown well for Clemson and could be a solid NFL prospect.
The final pick, RB Mike Gillislee, has shown tremendous potential in his two seasons at Texas A&M.
Gillislees talent level is extremely high, and he should be drafted as early as the 5th round, but there is a possibility he could be taken in the 6th round in 2018, when a lot of players will be drafted after the first round.
I really like Gillisles ability as an outside runner, but if he is going to be a true No. 1 running back, he will have to improve in his blocking and pass blocking.
There is always the chance that Gillisls speed and athleticism will catch up to him, but it is hard to project Gillisley as a No. 2 running back at this point.
I think the Bills will be very fortunate to find a pass rushing pass rusher this year with the team selecting a true defensive lineman in the first two rounds.
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