5 NFL Draft First Round Sleepers

March 21, 2018

There are a lot of prospects we can all agree are consensus first round picks. Guys like Josh Rosen, Bradley Chubb, Denzel Ward and Quenton Nelson will all unquestionably be early selections come Draft day. However, there are others who are flying under the radar who could very well make their way into the first round. Keep an eye on these five NFL Draft First Round Sleepers.

NFL Draft First Round Sleepers

5) Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Miller had an outstanding combine performance. Among all the offensive linemen at the combine he finished 4th in the vertical jump, 3rd in the three cone drill, 3rd in the short shuttle and 1st in the broad jump. All that combined with his massive 6’8 size and Miller has all the tools to be a franchise left tackle in the NFL. Don’t be shocked to see this kind of athlete go in the first round.

4) Frank Ragnow, C/OG, Arkansas

Ragnow is a strong, physical blocker who can be an instant upgrade on the offensive line. He is fairly polished with his technique and the results show that on tape. Hiss athleticism doesn’t wow you like some of the other linemen at the combine, but he’s got enough tools to be a very good player at the next level. Additionally, Ragnow is a very good pass blocker. There is a chance this immediate impact starter hears his name called on day one to help sure up someone’s interior offensive line.

3) Josh Sweat, DE, Florida St.

Sweat has shown to be one of the better athletes in recent memory at the defensive end position. He’s strong at the point of attack and can get off or around blocks when rushing the passer. I’m not sold on Sweat being a first round talent, but one thing to consider is how weak this class is at edge rusher. Although he might be a second round talent, he’s still the third best in this class at a critical position and could be drafted sooner than otherwise expected.

2) DJ Moore, WR, Maryland

Realistically Moore might be one of the best two receivers in this draft. His quickness and ability to make a defender miss as well as his ability to create separation are both very good. In addition to that consider his impressive combine where he came in bigger and faster than most expected and he’s a prime candidate to rise up draft boards. Also keep in mind that there isn’t a lot of top end talent in this draft class. That cocktail of ability, potential, and limited option could make Moore a real threat to go in the first round.

1) Justin Reid, S, Stanford

Reid is the best player that no one is talking about. He can play in the box or over the top in deep coverage. By all accounts, he’s shown to have the intelligence and athleticism to thrive at the NFL level. I expect him to be a better pro than his brother, Eric Reid, who has been a strong safety with the 49ers for the last several years and is currently a free agent. He might be overlooked now, but I’ll be surprised if Reid is not a first round pick come draft day.

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