2018 Draft Defensive Rankings: Linemen and Backers

The 2018 Draft class has some intriguing defensive players. This article will be about the linemen and the backers in this class. There are so many talented players on defense. Here is my top 5.

1. Bradley Chubb DE NCSt.

Pro Comparison: Jadeveon Clowney

Chubb is a monster. He can absolutely ball out. He as a whole is the best defensive player in the draft. Chubb is fast and strong and could get past just about everyone in college. One of the coolest things about Chubb is his personality. He is humble and yet calm on the field. Similar to Clowney, when he gets to the pros he may not put up 20 sacks a year but his presence will be known.

2. Roquan Smith LB Georgia

Pro Comparison: Khalil Mack

Smith is a spectacular player. He is a little stronger then Edmunds. There is something different that stands out about Smith then Edmunds that made me put him here. His leadership. Smith captained the defense at Georgia. He played spectacular in the College Playoff. Smith has potential to be an all pro linebacker. I compared him to Mack, and although that’s a big comparison he is very reminiscent of him. I expect big things from Smith in the future.

3. Vita Vea DT Washington 

Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald 

Vita Vea may be my favorite defensive player in this class. He is big and strong and also fairly agile for his size. He is a run stopper who can also break through the offensive line for big plays. Although the stats don’t show it in the game against Penn State he went against the best running back in football, and did fairly well. Vita Vea is similar to Donald with the fact that he is going to be a monster in this league in years to come. I can’t wait to watch Vita Vea next season.

4. Marcus Davenport DE UTSA

Pro Comparison: Trey Flowers

Davenport is from a small school that isn’t in a power five conference. Davenport has size and skill. Being from a non power five school he did not get much national attention. When the eyes were on him in Mobile Alabama for the Senior Bowl, he did not disappoint. There isn’t a ton of tape on Davenport but he has a lot of potential to shine in the pros. He reminds me of Flowers because of their size and skill set.

5. Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia 

Pro Comparison: Brian Urlacher

Tremaine is a terrific linebacker. He is one of the most underrated players in this class. He has good speed and agility. For the position that is perfect. He is agile enough to drop back and snatch an interception. He is tough enough to make a big play in the back field as well. Edmunds doesn’t have the track record some of the other guys have but he has potential to shock some people next year. Although I didn’t get to see a lot of Urlacher, I see him and Edmunds as very similar players.

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