Because of the serious off-the-field concerns with Arden Key, there isn't a defensive end worthy of this pick. In speaking with team sources, Marcus Davenport would be a reach this high, but that could change in the leadup to the 2018 NFL Draft. Quenton Nelson would make sense, but he's off the board. The best values could come in the secondary. Safety has been a weakness for years for Tampa Bay, and that could easily change with this pick. James could form a talented tandem with Justin Evans. I think the Bucs like James more than Minkah Fitzpatrick. <br> <br>
James totaled 72 tackles with 11 passes batted and two interceptions in 2017. While he didn't put together flawless performances against Alabama and N.C. State during the season, they were impressive overall. James was healthy and able to display his great instincts and rare combination of great size, speed, physicality and versatility. He played dime linebacker, nickel corner, free safety and strong safety, basically doing everything a coach could ask of him. The one steady problem James displayed in 2017 was he could have some limitations in man coverage and being a free safety deep downfield, but he still is a tremendous strong safety with versatility. <br> <br>
James totaled 11 tackles and an interception through two games in 2016 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He had been playing well for Florida State. Entering that season, there was a lot of hype that James was an elite player and perhaps the best defensive player in college football. As a freshman in 2015, he had a strong debut with 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles, but zero interceptions. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has a great athletic skill set with tremendous speed, instincts, and strength to hit. He shows the ability to do everything an NFL safety is needed to do. James is fast and long with coverage skills in the deep middle of the field. He also is strong enough to be the eighth man in the box and tackle.
The Eagles grab a big third corner to go with Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones. <br> <br>
McFadden has 27 tackles and seven passes broken up across Florida State's 2017. Overall, he played well, but was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Miami in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. <br> <br>
McFadden was up and down in 2016, too, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great, but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight, although part of that was because he had a lot of opportunities as teams targeted him. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up. <br> <br>
McFadden is a huge press-man corner. He is a prospect with similar strengths and weaknesses to David Amerson. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with upside to improve.
The Seahawks have Cliff Avril entering the final season of his contract, and Michael Bennett is on the wrong side of 30. Here's a young edge rusher for Seattle. <br> <br>
Against Alabama to open 2017, Sweat recorded five tackles with a sack. The junior has a lot of talent and was starting to flash as a sophomore in 2016. He totaled seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles and one forced fumble last year. <br> <br>
Sources say the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has a first-round skill set, but teams have major concerns about baggage aroung a knee injury. Florida State has tried a variety of methods to treat the lingering knee injury, which happened during Sweat's senior year of high school, but the injury hasn't healed and he has instability in a few areas. He labors through the knee issue and hopes to play as long as possible. Thus, sources say that Sweat is planning on entering the 2018 NFL Draft to play to maximize his career. He could be a one-contract player as a pro.
Laquon Treadwell has done next to nothing for Minnesota. Here's a big receiver to pair with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. <br> <br>
Tate notched 40 receptions for 548 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017, but he was more impressive than the stats illustrate. The huge Tate (6-5, 225) is a mismatch weapon who gives defensive backs a lot of problems. He is very dangerous to win jump balls downfield and is a real red-zone weapon. Tate's numbers were held back in 2017 by playing with the backup quarterback, but Tate has huge potential and upside for the NFL. Some sources think that Tate should have returned to Florida State for 2018 and improved before going to the next level, but he decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.