Even after teams pore over prospects for months, accepting some degree of risk is a necessity in the NFL draft.
Some players, however, have a more volatile projection than others. The boom or bust dichotomy聽can also depend on聽the team that picks a player, as well as his corresponding opportunity for development. (Recall that Alex Smith, the No. 1 pick in 2005, was seen as largely disappointing for most of his career with the 49ers. Yet he settled in as a three-time Pro Bowler in Kansas City before landing a massive contract following his trade Derek Forbort Womens Jersey to Washington.)
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Here are 10 picks from the 2018 draft that rank highly both on risk and reward:
Josh Allen, QB, Bills (No. 7 overall): Perhaps no incoming player聽has a greater gulf between potential and production. If the Wyoming product is able to harness his ability to make the highlight-reel throw into some sustainable plan of attack, Buffalo’s gamble to trade up for him聽will be well worth it.
Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in Beckman v. Chicago Bear Football Club聽that a聽Green Bay Packers fan may proceed with his First Amendment lawsuit against the Chicago Bears organization after the聽Bears refused to allow him to attend聽an on-field event while聽dressed in Packers clothing.
Led by LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading 1-0 in an Eastern Conference semifinals NBA Playoff series, meet the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 on Thursday, May 3, 2018 (5/3/18) at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Being in win-now mode means the Los Angeles Rams went out and sacrificed assets in a move for Brandin Cooks, which in turn means rookies arriving in the third round don’t face a ton of pressure.聽
Third-rounder Joseph Noteboom was the Rams’ first pick of the draft, and his task is simple鈥攑rovide depth behind Andrew Whitworth so he can eventually take over the job. Same story for center Brian Allen out of the fourth round behind聽John Sullivan.聽
The three defenders drafted in a row beginning with the fourth round, end聽John Franklin-Myers, linebacker聽Micah Kiser and edge聽Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, will also serve in depth roles while awaiting the chance to compete for a starting spot.聽