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It’s NOT too early: The consensus 2018 NFL mock draft

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After months of mock drafts and speculation, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, as expected, was selected by the Cleveland Browns at No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL draft. According to mytopsportsbooks.com, the over/under for sacks by Garrett in his rookie season is 9.5.

Following Garrett’s selection, very little went as expected, which makes the draft – and the countless mock drafts that precede it – so much fun.

With the 2017 draft complete, it’s time to take a look at next year’s draft class. CBS Sports, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, Walter Football and Fox Sports already have provided “way too early” previews for next year’s draft.

Consensus No. 1

USC quarterback Sam Darnold is the early favorite to win the Heisman and also is pegged to be the top pick in most 2018 mock drafts. Darnold tops the list on four of the early mock drafts, excluding Bleacher Report, which has Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins projected as the top pick.

The No. 2 pick, though, is far less decided. CBS Sports and Bleacher Report have Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 2, to the San Francisco 49ers, in next year’s draft. Sporting News predicts Penn State running back Saquon Barkley will be taken at No. 2 by the Cleveland Browns.

Walter Football projects UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen to be taken second by the New York Jets and Fox Sports has FSU safety Derwin James going to the Browns at No. 2.

SEC expected to continue draft dominance

The SEC is expected to be well-represented in the NFL draft once again. After having 53 players selected — and extending its streak of being the conference with the most picks to 11 — the SEC had several players listed among the five early mock drafts for 2018.

While the total players projected vary, each website has at least six SEC players selected in the first round. Fox Sports has 14 SEC players going in the first round.

LSU edge rusher Arden Key is the highest SEC pick on three of the five websites. Bleacher Report has Alabama defensive end Da’Shawn Hand as the SEC’s first pick, at No. 7 by Buffalo. Walter Football has Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk as the SEC’s top pick, going third to San Francisco.

Here’s a look at all the projected SEC first-round picks for each website:

CBS Sports (6)

No. 4: Arden Key, DE, LSU (Los Angeles Rams)

No. 5: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (Chicago)

No. 9: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (Detroit)

No. 12: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama (Indianapolis)

No. 23: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (Minnesota)

No. 28: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (Atlanta)

Bleacher Report (6)

No. 7: Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (Buffalo)

No. 9: Arden Key, DE, LSU (Detroit)

No. 11: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama (Philadelphia)

No. 12: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (Washington)

No. 28: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (Seattle)

No. 31: Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M (Dallas)

Sporting News (11)

No. 7: Arden Key, DE, LSU (Buffalo)

No. 9: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (Detroit)

No. 12: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama (Miami)

No. 16: Christian Miller, OLB, Alabama (Tennessee)

No. 17: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (New Orleans)

No. 20: Tony Brown, DB, Alabama (Minnesota)

No. 23: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (N.Y. Giants)

No. 25: Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss (Cleveland)

No. 29: Skai Moore, OLB, South Carolina (Seattle)

No. 31: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (Dallas)

No. 32: Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (New England)

Fox Sports (14)

No. 3: Arden Key, DE, LSU (Los Angeles Rams)

No. 9: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (Cincinnati)

No. 10: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn (Arizona)

No. 14: Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (Jacksonville)

No. 15: Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU (New Orleans)

No. 16: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (N.Y. Giants)

No. 19: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (Buffalo)

No. 22: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (Carolina)

No. 25: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (Atlanta)

No. 26: Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M (Green Bay)

No. 27: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (Oakland)

No. 28: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (Tennessee)

No. 29: Martez Ivey, OL, Florida (Tampa Bay)

No. 32: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (New England)

Walter Football (9)

No. 3: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (San Francisco)

No. 4: Arden Key, DE, LSU (Chicago)

No. 8: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (Buffalo)

No. 13: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama (Carolina)

No. 21: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (Los Angeles Chargers)

No. 24: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (Detroit)

No. 26: Byron Cowart, DE, Auburn (Tennessee)

No. 30: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (Oakland)

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