With the 2018 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, the Baltimore Beatdown staff reveals our prospect crushes on defense:
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa - By far the best ball hawk in this draft, Jackson had one of the best final seasons of any CB ever with 27 PDs and 8 INTs. He might have a bit of Marcus Peters in him, as in he does get beat from time to time, but makes up for it with HUGE plays later on. Ideal frame you want at CB. One of the most loved players on the Iowa roster by his teammates and coaches. All around playmaker with HUGE potential. - Brian Malan
Derwin James, S, FSU - The ultimate defensive chess piece. Some players are labeled versatile because they are jacks of all trades, masters of none. James is a master at everything, from zone coverage and run support to man coverage and blitzing off the edge. Out of every player in the 2018 class, Derwin has the best chance to become an All-Pro. - Vasilis Lericos
Dorance Armstrong Jr., DE, Kansas - A three year starter buried at a Big 12 bottom feeder in Lawrence, Armstrong is a much stronger prospect than his collegiate record. Earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2016, Armstrong enters the draft coming off a productive junior year where he recorded 63 total tackles (33 solo) and forced three fumbles. Encouraged by his early contributions and athletic build, Armstrong could turn into an eventual starter for a bargain pick in this year’s draft. - Sage Morander
Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado - He has the prototypical size, speed and length needed to be a dominant cornerback in the NFL. Oliver finished his senior season with 12 pass breakups, two interceptions and 26 total tackles. He is projected to be a borderline first-round selection, but he could very well be the most productive cornerback in this class. - Logan Levy
Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn - Davis is an underrated corner in this year’s draft, with most analysts ranking him at fourth or fifth on their board. Carlton has the makings of a physical shutdown corner, with his incredibly long arms, and physical style of play. He will punch you in the mouth and jam you at the line. Davis isn’t afraid to go in and lower his shoulder while defending the run either. He is a solid, aggressive tackler in the run game. Davis reminds me a lot of Marlon Humphrey, who was also overshadowed by other corners pre-draft. - Dustin Cox
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech - Run for cover. Tremaine Edmunds is big, scary and fast. He’s also another versatile player. Did I mention that I like versatility before? He can put his hand in the dirt, drop back into coverage, play inside and outside. What’s not to like about his ability? - Kyle J. Andrews
Who is your favorite defensive prospect in this draft class?