The 2018 NFL Draft is just a week away, and things are starting to get real for all 32 NFL teams and the players who hope to be drafted. At this point, NFL teams have interviewed all of the players they wanted to, and surely have some sort of an idea of a direction they want to head in. Obviously, teams will not show their hands until they are on the clock, but people may speculate over who teams will draft. The Atlanta Falcons hold the 26th pick in the first round, and here are three players they might take:
Mike Hughes is considered the top cornerback in this year’s draft by some experts. The UCF corner certainly knows how to win games after helping UCF to an undefeated season. In his one season with UCF, he recorded 44 tackles, and 11 pass breakups. He is a smaller corner, but has the speed and strength to matchup with any receiver in the NFL. His talent is still somewhat raw, but he could learn from Desmond Trufant as a rookie, and become a good second cornerback in a good defense. He is a bit of a project, but he could learn fast if he lands with the Falcons.
Continuing with another cornerback, Desmond Jackson is a corner from LSU, who has massive potential to be a great slot corner. He is one of the fastest players, if not the fastest player, in this year’s draft. He comes from that great LSU program that has churned out some great secondary players in today’s game. He could start right away for a team, and adding him would definitely upgrade the Falcon defense.
There has been some noise concerning Calvin Ridley sliding in the first round. He has not been getting the same hype other top receiving prospects have gotten in past years, but this could be a result of him playing on an Alabama team that simply does not throw the ball too much. He did not break 1,000 yards this past season, and he only scored five touchdowns. His numbers simply are not as flashy as other prospects, but this is because of the game Alabama plays. If Ridley slips to the Falcons here, which he easily could, they would be hard-pressed to pass up on him.