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Mark Craig’s top 25 players in 2018 NFL draft, regardless of position

April 25, 2018 GMT

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Mark Craig lists his top 25 prospects in this years NFL draft, which begins Thursday, regardless of draft projection or position:

1. Bradley Chubb, edge rusher, North Carolina State: First defender selected fits a lot of teams top need.

2. Quenton Nelson, guard, Notre Dame: Perhaps the safest pick and a certain top-10 selection.

3. Saquon Barkley, running back, Penn State: Has the multidimensional game needed for modern back.

4. Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back, Alabama: Big corner who can play anywhere in the secondary.

5. Sam Darnold, quarterback, Southern California: Seems to be the best bet in the crowded quarterback pool.

6. Roquan Smith, linebacker, Georgia: Playmaker built in the classic modern backer mold.

7. Denzel Ward, cornerback, Ohio State: Theres fast, and then theres Ward, whos faster.

8. Derwin James, safety, Florida State: Versatility could make him a special defensive weapon.

9. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma: Had top-10 production, but is he too undersized for the NFL?

10. Tremaine Edmunds, linebacker, Virginia Tech: Skys the limit for this Urlacher-sized backer.

11. Josh Rosen, quarterback, UCLA: Has all he needs to grow into a fine starter.

12. Calvin Ridley, wide receiver, Alabama: A lucky team will land him in the lower half of Round 1.

13. Marcus Davenport, edge rusher, Texas-San Antonio: Pass rushers of his caliber always rise to the top.

14. Maurice Hurst, defensive tackle, Michigan: Could be a wrecking ball at the three-technique spot.

15. Josh Allen, quarterback, Wyoming: The highest bust potential, but he belongs on this list.

16. Harold Landry, edge rusher, Boston College: Undersized, but should become an elite pass rusher.

17. James Daniels, center, Iowa: Best center just scratching the surface at age 20.

18. Jaire Alexander, cornerback, Louisville: Not the biggest guy, but has skills and runs a 4.38 40.

19. Isaiah Wynn, guard, Georgia: Second-best guard should be a starter from Day 1.

20. Vita Vea, defensive tackle, Washington: Massive, powerful player who will improve with polish.

21. Mike McGlinchey, offensive tackle, Notre Dame: Could shortage of tackles cause McGlinchey to climb?

22. Taven Bryan, defensive tackle, Florida: Strong like a tackle, smooth like an end.

23. Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville: Special player with athleticism and a big arm.

24. Rashaan Evans, linebacker, Alabama: Another Saban-polished player with position flexibility.

25. Derrius Guice, running back, LSU: Reckless runner with pass-catching skills.