The first day of the 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books. In my humble opinion, the Denver Broncos couldn’t have had a better first-round pick. Bradley Chubb was a fantastic selection and the second-ranked player on my Top 100 and has a chance to be a special player in the National Football League. Good luck to opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks having to worry about Chubb, Von Miller and friends terrorizing them on every down.
After an early morning review, I had thirty-one prospects with first-round grades in this year’s draft and twenty-four of them were selected last night. I feel good about my board and how well it did, but thought it would be apt to reforge the remaining players into a value list so Broncos Country can see where the positional value is at. The Broncos have #40, #70 and #99 today, but also have multiple picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. That will give them flexibility if they want to move up on Day 2 to get some of the best players available.
Without further adieu, here are the highest remaining players on my board, as well as a positional analysis to show which spots are deep or a little bit bare talent-wise.
Highest Remaining Players
13. Will Hernandez, OG - UTEP
I thought Hernandez was going to go in the first round, but he didn’t. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos make a move up to get him tonight and reunite him with his college coach Sean Kugler.
15. Ronald Jones, RB - USC
Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny were the only two backs picked last night, the latter being the biggest surprise. If the Broncos want to upgrade their running game, Jones would be a fantastic selection, but I’m not sure he lasts until #40.
20. Dallas Goedert, TE - South Dakota State
Goedert slid out of the draft’s first day, but I still believe he’s the best tight end in this class and quite better than Hayden Hurst. I’d love to see the Broncos target him, because he’d be a great prospect to pair with Jake Butt and give the Broncos a dynamic duo at the tight end position.
21. James Daniels, C - Iowa
Frank Ragnow and Billy Price went ahead of Daniels in the draft, who allegedly slipped out of round one due to medical concerns. I’d still be happy with getting him on Day 2 because he can play center or either guard positions and bolster the Broncos’ offensive line.
22. Derrius Guice, RB - LSU
I thought Guice would have went in the first round, especially over Penny, but he’s still on the board for the Broncos to go up and get if they want to add a battering ram at the position and upgrade their running back stable.
23. Harold Landry, EDGE - Boston College
Since the Broncos selected Chubb, I doubt Landry is even considered, but he’s a productive pass rusher who can make an impact as a rookie. Injury concerns likely dropped him to the second day, but he has first-round talent.
27. Josh Jackson, CB - Iowa
Jackson is a phenomenal talent, but only one year of starting experience likely caused him to slide. That being said, I expect him to be picked early tonight and wouldn’t be mad at all if the Broncos added him to their secondary.
Best of the Rest (By Position)
90. Luke Falk, QB - Washington State
96. Mason Rudolph, QB - Oklahoma State
37. Kerryon Johnson, RB - Auburn
60. Nick Chubb, RB - Georgia
74. Royce Freeman, RB - Oregon
80. Nyheim Hines, RB - North Carolina State
Kerryon Johnson accumulated the fifth-most yards after contact in the draft class at RB pic.twitter.com/r7dLzM5LbY— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 23, 2018
34. Courtland Sutton, WR - SMU
49. DJ Chark, WR - LSU
53. James Washington, WR - Oklahoma State
56. Michael Gallup, WR - Colorado State
58. Dante Pettis, WR - Washington
62. Christian Kirk, WR - Texas A&M
64. Anthony Miller, WR - Memphis
75. DaeSean Hamilton, WR - Penn State
78. Tre’Quan Smith, WR - UCF
50. Michael Gesicki, TE - Penn State
69. Mark Andrews, TE - Oklahoma
36. Austin Corbett, OG - Nevada
46. Connor Williams, OT - Texas
54. Jamarco Jones, OT - Ohio State
61. Tyrell Crosby, OT - Oregon
68. Martinas Rankin, OL - Mississippi State
70. Braden Smith, OL - Auburn
77. Orlando Brown, OT - Oklahoma
81. Geron Christian, OT - Louisville
A lot to like about Jamarco Jones. One of the only OTs I’ve seen vertical set as often as he does, which he is very efficient and smooth with. Needs to work on building his house & transitioning to anchor, but shows good strike variation/timing to win reps early. pic.twitter.com/icn86M4Eeo— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) April 19, 2018
38. Maurice Hurst, DT - Michigan
39. Josh Sweat, DE - Florida State
40. Tim Settle, DT - Virginia Tech
42. Rasheem Green, DE - USC
52. Harrison Phillips, DT - Stanford
55. Derrick Nnadi, DT - Florida State
65. Sam Hubbard, DE - Ohio State
67. Da’Shawn Hand, DE - Alabama
84. Nathan Shepherd, DT - Fort Hays State
86. B.J. Hill, DT - North Carolina State
88. Breeland Speaks, DT - Mississippi
Linebackers and Edge Defenders
43. Lorenzo Carter, OLB - Georgia
45. Uchenna Nwosu, OLB - USC
71. Fred Warner, LB - BYU
72. Malik Jefferson, LB - Texas
73. Oren Burks, LB/S - Vanderbilt
76. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE - Kansas
85. Josey Jewell, LB - Iowa
87. Kemoko Turay, EDGE - Rutgers
92. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB - Oklahoma
93. Darius Leonard, LB - South Carolina State
94. Jeff Holland, EDGE - Auburn
98. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE - Wake Forest
Josey Jewell led all draft-eligible B1G LBs with his 61 total stops this past season pic.twitter.com/9Iu6cWWcWt— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 22, 2018
Corners and Safeties
31. Carlton Davis, CB - Auburn
33. Isaiah Oliver, CB - Colorado
41. Ronnie Harrison, S - Alabama
48. Jessie Bates III, S - Wake Forest
57. Justin Reid, S - Stanford
59. M.J. Stewart, CB - North Carolina
66. Duke Dawson, CB - Florida
82. Rashaan Gaulden, CB - Tennessee
89. JC Jackson, CB - Maryland
91. Quenton Meeks, CB - Stanford
95. Tavarus McFadden, CB - Florida State
97. Isaac Yaidom, CB - Boston College
100. Dane Cruikshank, DB - Arizona
So Broncos Country, out of all these players — who would you like to see Denver snag later tonight? Sound off in the comments section and give us your thoughts on your dream Day 2 draft scenario.