The NFL draft is just days away, but for those that are in the process of taking stock of the talent that will be available, we’re still in the early days of this process.
The top prospects are set to be taken on April 15th, but that doesn’t mean the draft has yet begun.
While it’s still early in the cycle, there are plenty of intriguing picks that can be had.
Here’s what we know so far, and what you should be paying attention to. 1.
Notre Dame’s D.J. Swearinger is the top overall prospect and the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
The Irish center will be the first member of his family to make the jump to the NFL, and the first in his family since his dad, Jameel Swearings, made the jump from Oklahoma to the New York Giants in 2007.
UCLA’s Malik McDowell is the No-2 overall pick and the top offensive lineman in the 2018 draft.
McDowell, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, could be the top player on the board at No. 1 overall.
He was one of the top prospects at the Combine and is a prototypical center.
Clemson’s Chris Williams is the first of the three top-ranked offensive linemen to be drafted by the Bears in the last three drafts.
Williams was one the top performers at the combine and is an ideal fit at right tackle for the Bears.
He is an all-around offensive lineman and can play either guard or tackle.
Johnson is the third offensive lineman to be selected by the Broncos.
Johnson, a 6-3, 305-pound lineman from Florida, is a versatile option at guard.
He has a good work ethic and is not afraid to take on blocks.
He also has a big arm.
Florida State’s DeForest Buckner is the fourth offensive lineman selected by Denver.
Buckner, a former first-round pick of the Cowboys, is the most talented offensive lineman taken in the Draft.
He had a strong workout and has the physical tools to become a good starter in the NFL.
Jackson is the fifth offensive lineman drafted by Denver and is the best player available.
He’s a mobile guard who can move around the pocket.
North Carolina’s Kavon Frazier is the sixth offensive lineman, and his selection is a good one.
Frazier is a big body who can play center, guard or left tackle, and he is versatile.
He can play tackle or guard and is considered a future Pro Bowler.
Notre D. Johnson could be a solid starting offensive tackle at guard in the future.
He could be considered a starter at guard, but his production could improve as he gets better.
North Texas’ De’Veon Smith could be an elite left tackle prospect.
He might be able to play guard, right tackle or left guard.
Ohio State’s Nick Martin is the next guard selected in the 2019 draft, and it could be Martin who wins the job.
The Buckeyes are going in a different direction from last year’s draft, but Martin has the talent and is also the most likely to win the job in 2018.
Texas A&M’s Kevin Johnson is a former top-10 pick in 2017 and a former two-time All-American.
Johnson started all 11 games at guard at Texas A & M and also had six starts at tackle.
He needs to develop as a pass protector and pass-catching tackle, but he can play guard or center.
Oklahoma State’s Kevin Zeitler is the only guard taken by the Vikings.
Zeitler played all 13 games at left guard at Oklahoma State.
He struggled mightily at times at right guard last season and is more of a guard-tackle hybrid.
Notre State’s Alex Balducci is the 11th guard selected by Dallas.
Balduci was the third-highest graded guard in last year, and was a strong pass protector.
Notre’s Alex Mack has the second-highest grade of any guard in this year’s class.
Mack was the only player taken in this draft with a grade of 60 or better.
Washington’s Cameron Sutton is the highest graded guard from Washington State.
Sutton is a great athlete who excels in space.
He shows great footwork and is explosive.
Penn State’s Matt Ioannidis is the second of the two offensive linemen taken by Seattle.
Ioannis is an athletic lineman who has a great work ethic.
He’ll need to work on his blocking to be an effective pass blocker, but is a solid athlete who could become a nice pass-rusher in the pros.
Michigan’s Darrion Simmons is the seventh offensive lineman.
Simmons has the highest grade of the guard class, and is athletic and physical.
He showed some promise as a run blocker last season, but