College and pro football are right around the corner. Let’s get ready by counting down the top 50 pro prospects for the 2018 class.
#50 Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Callaway may be at his best when stretching defenses with his deep speed and play-making ability. He has taken on more of a possession role for the Gators, mostly out of necessity, but it has definitely made him a more rounded and a more attractive prospect out wide. If Calloway gets good production at the QB position he will put up very nice numbers and have a good year. It is unfortunate but off the field issues will be considered.
#49 Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Cole has started every game that he’s played in Michigan. After having a very strong JR campaign at C, Cole, looks to return to the LT position he held his freshmen and sophomore seasons. While his versatility will only help his draft stock I believe that Cole will end up playing C or OG in the NFL.
#48 Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
Whitehead is a guy that can make big plays and an impact from the safety position. He played mostly at the SS position last year but has shown the ability and flexibility to fill in at FS this off-season for the Panthers. Whitehead also could serve as an emergency RB as he has had some success taking on that role when called upon as well.
#47 Equanimeous St. Brown WR, Notre Dame
Equanimeous broke out his sophomore season at Notre Dame and I think he might take another step forward this year. St Brown has the size/speed blend that have NFL teams salivating. His 9 TDs and his 16.6 yards per catch say it all about his big-play potential.
#46 Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Campbell is a little bit of a sleeper as he transitions into the famous Urban Meyer H-Back (Percy Harvin) role that Curtis Samuel played so well last year. Campbell mostly contributed out wide and as a return man. He is very dangerous with the ball in his hands.
#45 Quinn Blanding, S, Virginia
Blanding had the production to safely declare for the NFL draft last season but decided to return for his senior year in Charlottesville. Considering how deep and top heavy the safety class was last year his decision was easy to understand. Blanding has an overwhelming 358 tackles during his career.
#44 Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest
Duke might not be a household name as it is easy to fall under the radar playing at Wake Forest in the top-heavy ACC. Ejiofer has NFL size at 6’4 and 270 pounds. Ejiofer got into opponent’s backfield last year by tallying 17 tackles for loss and an equally impressive 10.5 sacks. Ejiofer is versatile and will line up in different spots this fall for the Demon Deacons.
#43 Dorance Armstrong, Edge, Kansas
This generation of Big 12 football was never going to be remembered for defense. With that said there are a couple of players on that side of the ball that have bright NFL futures within the conference. Not the least of which is Kansas DE Dorance Armstrong. Armstrong is not a complete prospect but is explosive off the snap and is a natural pass rusher. At 6’4 Dorance would benefit to add bulk to his 245 pound frame. The production was there last year as he tallied 10 sacks. Armstrong will have the opportunity to lock horns with some of the best OTs in the country again this year and make a name for himself.
#42 Royce Freeman, RB , Oregon
Oregon has been a program in the news for all of the wrong reasons this off-season. One thing the Ducks have going for them is that star RB Royce Freeman decided to return for his SR season. Freeman had an off year, by his standards, as he didn’t get the touches you might have expected. Freeman is a complete back that draws obvious comparisons to former Duck back Jonathan Stewart.
#41 Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Every year there seems to be a prospect or two that divides a draft room. Lamar Jackson has a unique and elite skill set that dominates college football. Depending on who you ask he may or may not have what it takes to play on Sundays. No QB has been more dynamic as a runner since Mike Vick. Vick, like Jackson, was an elite runner with concerns as a passer. Vick showed more polish at VT than Jackson has so far at Louisville. Jackson will need to take another step in the right direction, as he has improved each year at Louisville, to earn a first round status. He still has a long way to go.