By Andrew Nason
We’re officially 4 weeks into the NFL season and we’re starting to get a better idea of what positions teams will be needing to address in the draft next off season. Based primarily of team needs and the idea of taking the best player available, here’s my second mock draft of the season, based on the current NFL standings.
Saquon Barkley has cemented himself as the best football player in this draft class, and the best running back prospect in years. He’s a freak athlete, a powerful and yet shifty runner, a great pass catcher, and he can even throw the ball (he has 1 touchdown pass this season). He has the potential to be the first running back taken number 1 since another former Penn State back, Ki-Jana Carter, back in 1995.
I have 5 quarterbacks going in the first round right now, despite all 5 having their fair share of struggles so far this season. Still, this is a talented class, headlines by top prospects Rosen and Darnold. Josh Allen and Jarrett Stidham have a ton of potential based on their physical traits, and Mason Rudolph has been one of the most productive signal callers in Big 12 history.
The offensive line class, unlike last year, is strong this year. Connor Williams, despite suffering a knee injury that will cost him his season, is still the top dog, assuming his recovery goes as planned.
Arden Key is one of the most intriguing prospects in this class. He is an elite talent as a pass rusher, but he briefly left the LSU football team during the summer, and is also coming off shoulder surgery. This may leave scouts questioning his passion for the game.