In the upcoming draft which is still just shy of being a year away, we could see some of the most elite defensive talent we have seen in one draft. There are more than just a handful of 5-star players who lived up to the hype in this draft. We also see droves of players dripping with untapped talent. Some players like Oliver, Gary and Bosa could easily step in and be a top-25 player at their positions, before ever recording a stat. I cant remember the last time I saw a draft so dominant to one side. I don`t mean that as in just more players on one side or the other. I literally mean dominant. 5-years from now, we could be talking about the top-5 players in each position and see 1-2 players from this draft in each category.
Last season was Qb`s seeing a lot of elite talent, this year its one half of the field. With defenses becoming more evolved and players asking to learn 2-3 positions, having talent like this creates for some exciting possibilities. When you take a deeper look, thinking about how the NFL is now having multiple versatile players or elite players is paramount to winning. With so many good DT and ILB coming out this year and last, we could see a shift back to most of the elite talent being on the defensive side of the ball.
Lets take a look at just a few of the players in this years draft. I could see all of the following 15 players being picked in the top-40 picks.-
Ed Oliver, Houston- 6`2 290lbs
Rashan Gary, Michigan- 6`5 287lbs
Dexter Lawrance, Clemson- 6`5 340lbs
Nick Bosa, Ohio Sate- 6`4 270lbs
Zach Allen, BC- 6`5 272lbs
Josh Allen, Kentucky- 6`5 230lbs
Devin White, LSU- 6`1 255lbs
Anfernee Jennings, Alabama- 6`3 265lbs
TJ Edwards, Wisonsin- 6`1 246lbs
Greedy Williams, LSU- 6`2 175lbs
DeAndre Baker, UGA- 5`11 180lbs
Damon Arnette, Alabama- 6`0 195lbs
Marvell Tell, USC- 6`3 190lbs
Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State- 5`11 207lbs
Jaquan Johnson, Miami- 5`10 190lbs
The set of players listed above, as of right now could all go in the first round. They have the talent and the ability. That would be almost half of the first round on just top-3 position defensive players. This draft could reshape the defensive landscape of the NFL. While most years we dont see a ton of trades for draft picks, this season I think we could buck that trend. More teams are competing with 2-3 high-end WR`s. Some teams will have to go mainly defense just to keep up.
There will be breakdowns of the players in the coming weeks, for now they are players to keep an eye on. I am truly excited to see what this class brings, and could easily see the first 5 picks all being defensive.
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