The NFL season is quite short, too short for many, but that doesnâ€™t mean that there's not still a lot of excitement surrounding the various franchises in the off season. The most exciting part of the year for any football fan, the NFL draft, will soon take place and we've got some NFL draft free agency predictions for you.
The 2018 Draft
The 2018 NFL Draft is the 83rd time the NFL franchises will meet in order to select eligible players to add to their teams. It will take place in April from the 26th to the 28th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas are holding the event for the first time and it's also a first to hold it in an NFL stadium. Fourteen cities across the US bid for the right to host the prestigious event with Philadelphia being among the favourites before the Dallas Cowboys won the right.
Not every player is eligible to be drafted. Players must have finished high school at least three years ago and all underclassmen who wished to declare themselves available for drafting had to do so by January 15.
Each franchise will have seven picks and the order of choosing players to draft is predetermined. The lowest ranked franchise, which this year is the Cleveland Browns, will choose first and the current Super bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, will have the last pick. This order continues seven times.
It is of course pure speculation, but many football experts have offered up their NFL free agency predictions. These are based on which eligible players are most coveted, which positions a franchise is expected to want to fill and, of course, the running order of the draft picks. It is obviously expected that the Browns make an amazing choice first time around, having the entire pool to choose from. We will look here at a few of the high-profile draft choices we expect to see this year.
Yes, the Browns really need to strike while the iron is hot, and we expect to see them snap up Penn State running back, Saquon Barkley. He is coveted by many after posting an exceptional NFL Scouting Combine. He might not be the position the Cleveland franchise are most hoping to fill, but they'll want to guarantee themselves the best player in the draft.
The New York Giants are expected to land a QB to replace Eli Manning and Sam Darnold of USC is the obvious choice for them. Denver and the NY Jets are also expected to take quarterbacks, from Wyoming and UCLA respectively.
As we get towards those with the final picks of the first round it is expected that the New England Patriots will go for Oklahoma State quarterback, Mason Rudolph. This man will be expected to replace Tom Brady, no easy task, and it brings the expected total of QBs taken in the first round to a massive six.