The 2018 NFL Draft is this week.
We can’t wait and we’re sure you can’t either. That also means that mock drafts are flying from everywhere all over the internet.
What you see less of are big boards. These are rankings for players regardless of position. Players are rated in the sense of just how good they are — not where they might get drafted.
On Monday, Pro Football Focus came out with their top 250 players list. The No. 1 spot went to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield had a spectacular season this past year for the Sooners in PFF’s eyes.
At No. 2 was USC QB Sam Darnold. Darnold seems to appear at the top of NFL mock drafts more often than not. What may come as a surprise to many, however, is who was at No. 3.
Was it another QB? Penn State’s Saquon Barkley? NC State’s Bradley Chubb? That insanely talented guard from Notre Dame?
No, no, no and, well, no. It was actually Michigan DT Maurice Hurst. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Wolverines’ machine in the middle:
“The prototypical 3-technique defensive tackle, Hurst offers a pass-rushing toolbox that no other interior player in this class can come close to matching. His four-year career of grades is unlike anything we’ve ever seen at the defensive tackle position, proving his durability and sustainability at the position.”
Again, this may come as a surprise to some because when looking at mock drafts, Hurst doesn’t usually go in the top three as far as picks go. When it comes to pure talent, however, PFF loves him.
And Michigan fans will surely miss him this fall.
Hurst recorded 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as a senior after a junior campaign of 11.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.