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2018 Draft Grades - First Round (Picks 1-10)
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to gzl-football.com

The draft is still in full swing, but it’s not too early to start throwing in one’s two cents, even if they are vastly overvalued by this author. Without much further ado, here are my Draft Grades for the first round (picks 1-10). Please note: it’s been a few seasons since I made the playoffs, so what the hell do I know.

1.1 – CB Trae Waynes, Colts. The Colts moved up one spot to get their man, Trae Waynes. In a draft where there’s no clear cut obvious first overall pick, it’s usually a safe pick to go with the best CB on the board. Some have argued that Micah Price might have been the better pick here, but Waynes is the most complete Corner in the draft. At 6’1” he is one of the tallest pass defenders in the draft, and no one can best his 96 SPD. Waynes also comes in with relatively high football smarts and phenomenal acceleration. The biggest knocks on Waynes are his small frame (182 lbs) and average hands. GRADE: A-

1.2 - HB Jeremy Hill, Eagles. The first major surprise of the draft comes at the second slot overall. The Eagles came into the draft with many needs and many had Philly taking a WR to give second year QB Malik McNabb some high end targets. Hill is a good player and legitimately a Top 10 prospect (though arguably not even the best HB available), but it feels like a bit of a reach. Not that Hill won’t be a stud someday, but with the recent signing of LeGarrette Blount, it seems the Eagles might be best served going in another direction. GRADE: B

1.3 – DT Leonard Williams, Patriots. The consensus seemed to be the Patriots would go Tackle – just maybe on the other side of the ball. No matter – the Pats land one of the best prospects in the entire draft. Defensive Tackles aren’t usually sexy picks, but many feel as good of an interior lineman as he projects to be, Williams on the outside may be just as formidable. GRADE: A+

1.4 – OT Bonaventure Royer, Saints. Many expected Iowa’s Brandon Scherff to be the first Offensive Lineman off the board, but Royer is an undeniable talent and may end up even better than Scherff. Royer is the fastest Tackle in the draft and pairs that with a respectable 93 STR. Additionally, he’s one of the most pro ready Tackles with great awareness and polished blocking skills. GRADE: A

1.5 – HB Todd Gurley, Bucs. This Georgia alum seemed destined to end up a Raven, but Tampa Bay, swooped in and nabbed his prize. Many considered Gurley the best HB in the class, and it’s hard to argue with them. Gurley is slightly weaker than Hill, but has a good advantage in terms of pure speed. Perhaps the only knock on Gurley is his average agility, though this is a minor criticism. Expect the Bucs’ running game to be in top form in no time. GRADE: A

1.6 – CB Micah Price, Texans. If all of the CBs in the draft were the exact same height, Price likely wouldn’t be in the Top 10 of the DBs available this year. He has great awareness, but beyond that has pretty average attributes across the board. However, the fact of the matter is, not all CBs measure up exactly the same, and Price’s 6’3” has many GMs drooling. There’s little doubt that when considering the whole package, Price will be a beast for Houston, especially through some Training Camp development. GRADE: A-

1.7 – OLB Dante Fowler, Dolphins. Not sure what the Dolphins have in mind with Fowler. They look like they played a 4-3 defense last year, but have Defensive Ends that look more suited to a 3-4. Fowler would be an exceptional Linebacker, but I like him primarily as a 4-3 DE. There’s no denying his talent as he was often projected to be a Top 10 pick, but I actually like Randy Gregory as a DE more, and Shane Ray as an OLB more. That being said, I’ve not spent too much time looking at the Dolphin roster and either way, Fowler is exceptional across the board and will be an impact player. GRADE: B+

1.8 – OLB Shane Ray, Ravens. Like most everyone else, I was convinced the Ravens would go HB here. But then reality happened and the Ravens watched both top prospects go. Ray is just an incredible specimen. He’s the fastest OLB in the class, and one of the strongest. But his real eye-popping attributes are his agility and acceleration. Baltimore may be bummed it didn’t get a HB (or not – who knows), but having Ray is a nice consolation prize. GRADE: A+

1.9 – OG Zack Martin, Seahawks. Curses, Seattle! I cannot tell you how much I was salivating to get Martin before the draft started. My last mock had Martin falling to me at 1.11. Martin is the strongest lineman in the draft and one of the fastest. He’s solid across the board and will definitely be a difference maker on the Seattle line for years to come. Martin comes into the league having played Guard in college, but his attributes are so good, he could easily be moved to Tackle. The only knock on Martin are his average run blocking skills, but they will develop with playing time. GRADE: A

1.10 – OT Brandon Scherff, Lions. Wow, did Scherff fall far. Most mocks had him as the first O-Lineman off the board and he falls here landing as the third overall. Probably the reason for the fall is Scherff’s lack of elite speed, even though his is still slightly above average. Still, Scherff was arguably the best overall linemen available, with the highest awareness, best combination of agility and acceleration, and the most polished blocking skills in the class. The Lions made a dramatic trade to land the Iowa product and he’s going to be a keeper for them for sure. GRADE: A+
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