Quarterbacks will get the most headlines but the defensive line class for 2018 is nothing to turn your nose up at. I have seven players with current first round grades and at least a couple of those will go in the top ten. Defensive linemen remain a priority position in the NFL and 2018 will be a big year for teams looking to add talent along their line.
Arden Key, DE LSU Key is an explosive pass rusher with a thin frame. That could mean that he will need to add some weight or possibly move to a rush linebacker spot, but his skills will make him a top ten selection.
Sam Hubbard, DE Ohio State Hubbard is another top ten selection. Hubbard’s larger frame offers him more scheme versatility and he will probably be on of the highest rated players across the league next year.
Vita Vea, DT Washington Vea is my top interior lineman right now. He is a huge nose tackle that will clog up the middle of the defense.
Da'Ron Payne, DT Alabama Payne looks like the next in line at Alabama to be a highly regarded first round defensive lineman.
Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson Wilkins has good athleticism and I could see him moving up to the top of the interior lineman prospects with a strong year.
Da’Shawn Hand, DE Alabama Hand is a solid, if unspectacular, defensive end. He’ll keep blockers off of linebackers and clog a running lane at the same time.
Tyquan Lewis, DE Ohio State Lewis need to play more consistently in 2018.
Porter Gustin, DE USC Gustin could be a very high riser as a prospect. Gustin’s speed off the edge will make him a highly sought after commodity. I would expect Gustin to potentially rise to the top ten selections
Lowell Lotulelei, DT Utah Lotulelei is one of my sleepers at defensive line currently. He isn’t generating much buzz but he has a chance to by the draft.
Trenton Thompson, DT Georgia Thompson is a projection by me. I like his game and see flashes of greatness in him. He needs to do it more consistently while staying healthy.