What do the best prospects in this year’s draft look like?
That question is at the heart of our coverage of the NFL draft, and we’re taking a look at which players have the best chance of being taken in the first round.
We’ll begin with a look back at the top prospects of this year, and then we’ll look at the players who are most likely to be taken in rounds 1 through 11.
With that out of the way, here’s a look ahead at what players you can expect to see in the 2018 NFL draft:1.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Kentucky: It’s been a little bit of a slow year for Nkembesi, but he was able to prove he’s still one of the best edge defenders in the draft.
The 6-foot-5, 261-pounder recorded 11.5 sacks this season, good for fourth in the country behind Alabama’s Jalen Ramsey and Georgia’s Myles Garrett.
Nkempesi was one of just six players in the nation to record at least 11 sacks for the Wildcats in 2017.2.
WR Josh Doctson of TCU: Doctson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft who played his first full season at TCU, has a chance to be a huge piece for the TCU offense this season.
He’s a dynamic receiver with the size and speed to be one of TCU’s breakout stars, and he’s been an all-around talent in his senior season.
Doctson has already shown flashes of what he can do, including a 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds at the combine and a 41-inch vertical leap at the NFL combine.
Doctons size makes him a natural fit for slot receiver, and his versatility should make him an ideal fit for a power running game.3.
DE Malik McDowell of Clemson: McDowell, a 6-4, 306-pound junior from Charlotte, N.C., was the best player on Clemson’s defense last season, recording 27.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble.
McDowell had a breakout year in 2017, with 17.5 career sacks and seven forced fumbles, as well as 14 quarterback hurries.
He led the Tigers with 21 quarterback hurriers, while also making 13 tackles for a loss.
McDowles overall production was also one of a handful of best performers in the ACC last season.4.
WR Jaylen Johnson of Florida State: Johnson, the first overall pick of the 2018 draft, will be entering his fourth season at Florida State.
He will be the team’s top receiver and is a potential No. 2 receiver for the Seminoles.
Johnson has the speed to make the short, intermediate or deep passes, and the ability to win at the catch point.
He can also play on the perimeter, where he can play through double teams and get separation.5.
QB Jordan Palmer of Arizona State: Palmer, the 11th overall pick by the Panthers, has had some ups and downs at the college level, but has been an impressive performer in his first season in Sun Devils red and blue.
He started at quarterback for the first time in his career in 2017 and threw for 2,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, which helped his stock skyrocket during his sophomore season.
Palmer completed 65.6 percent of his passes in 2017 with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.6.
RB Jalen Williams of Alabama: Williams, the 20th overall selection by the Seahawks, is coming off his best season to date.
Williams rushed for 1,824 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016, as he earned second-team All-SEC honors and was named first-team all-conference.
Williams also had 2,400 rushing yards in 2015.7.
TE Marques Colston of Miami: Colston, the 23rd overall pick, had a great year for Miami in 2017 after starting just one season at the position.
Colston had 12 touchdowns in just 14 games, and finished with 975 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.
He was also a key part of Miami’s comeback from an 11-3 season and its first bowl appearance in 21 years.8.
DE Darrin Walls of Florida: Walls, the sixth overall pick this year by the Jaguars, is one of several players who could be coming off of strong seasons for Jacksonville.
Walls had a career year in 2016 with 8.5 combined sacks, 11 tackles for the season and 13 quarterback hurrieres.
He also had five interceptions.9.
WR DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson.
The former Ohio State star is the only wide receiver taken in this years draft to have a career season in the SEC, as Hopkins led the league in receiving yards for the fourth straight season in 2017 (1,715).10.
DE Jake Matthews of Tennessee: Matthews, the 13th overall Pick