The NFL is undoubtedly the most popular sport in America. After that? You could argue that it’s the NFL Draft. Sure, it’s not technically a sport, but the draft receives as much attention — from both media and fans — as any sporting event in the calendar year. From early February through late April, one subject dominates talk radio and Internet message boards in NFL cities: Which player will my team select in the first round?
We’ve got the answer to that question and a lot more. Athlon Sports NFL Draft Guide dives deep into the 2018 draft class with in-depth scouting reports on 224 of the top prospects and position-by-position rankings of 526 draft-eligible players. We also take a detailed look at every NFL team with depth charts and personnel needs for the upcoming season.
For NFL front offices, the draft is as important as the action on the field, and each franchise’s brain trust is under pressure to produce — none more so than the Cleveland Browns, who are eager to emerge from the football wilderness and are positioned to jump-start their ongoing rebuilding project with a strong draft. In our feature story "This Time It's Going To Work (We Think)," we assess the task facing new Browns GM John Dorsey, a task that begins in earnest on April 26.
This year's magazine also includes an exclusive Q&A with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the most compelling and polarizing player in this year's draft. We also include a mock draft, a draft board, a peek ahead at the 2019 draft and much more.
Athlon Sports NFL Draft Guide offers the most complete preview of the 2018 draft.