2018 NFL Draft class power rankings: Giants, Colts lead field

(via Giants and Colts)

Here are our team Power Rankings for the 2018 NFL Draft class. These rankings are based on the value of the prospects selected by each team, as of now. Our opinion of these rookies, who have not played a snap yet in the NFL, will likely change in the future. Although, it is interesting to grade/rank the classes teams were able to acquire based on our first impressions. This will be just that. Below are the teams that made our top-15 2018 NFL Draft class rankings:

Teams 6-10
Teams 11-15

NOTE: To see if your team made our top-15, click through the links above.

1. New York Giants

Draft picks: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (No. 2 overall), UTEP OG Will Hernandez (No. 34 overall), Georgia LB Lorenzo Carter (No. 66 overall), N.C. State DT B.J. Hill (No. 69 overall), Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta (No. 108 overall), Miami DT R.J. McIntosh (No. 139 overall).

Analysis: Barkley will be a star in this league, and the Giants added great value with every single selection. Getting Will Hernandez, Lorenzo Carter, and Kyle Lauletta where they did, along with Barkley, makes this an extraordinary draft class for the Giants.

2. Indianapolis Colts

Draft picks: Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson (No. 6 overall), South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard (No. 36 overall), Auburn OG Braden Smith (No. 37 overall), Rutgers DE Kemoko Turay (No. 52 overall), Ohio State DE Tyquan Lewis (No. 64 overall), N.C. State RB Nyheim Hines (No. 104 overall), Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain (No. 159 overall), Mississippi RB Jordan Wilkins (No. 169 overall), Clemson WR Deon Cain (No. 185 overall), Houston LB Matthew Adams (No. 221 overall), Syracuse LB Zaire Franklin (No. 235 overall).

Analysis: The Colts had a lot of selections, and they added solid prospects throughout. Quenton Nelson will be an Pro Bowl caliber player for the next decade, and the Colts added solid pieces throughout Day 2 & 3. Watch for WRs Daurice Fountain & Deon Cain to contribute early on in their careers.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Draft picks: Washington DT Vita Vea (No. 12 overall), USC RB Ronald Jones (No. 38 overall), North Carolina DB M.J. Stewart (No. 53 overall), Auburn CB Carlton Davis (No. 63 overall), Humboldt State OG Alex Cappa (No. 94 overall), Pittsburgh S Jordan Whitehead (No. 117 overall), Pennsylvania WR Justin Watson (No. 144 overall), Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy (No. 202 overall).

Analysis: Solid class from top to bottom for the Bucs. They truly stuck to their board and drafted for best player available. Vea and Jones will make a big impact right away. Jones is a darkhorse candidate for Rookie of the Year.

4. Baltimore Ravens

Draft picks: South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst (No. 25 overall), Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (No. 32 overall), Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown (No. 83 overall), Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews (No. 86 overall), Alabama CB Anthony Averett (No. 118 overall), UCLA LB Kenny Young (No. 122 overall), New Mexico State WR Jaleel Scott (No. 132 overall), UCLA WR Jordan Lasley (No. 162 overall), Texas S DeShon Elliott (No. 190 overall), Wagner OT Greg Senat (No. 212 overall), Alabama C Bradley Bozeman (No. 215 overall), Ferris State DE Zach Sieler (No. 238 overall).

Analysis: Ozzie Newsome went out from his last NFL Draft with a bang. Hurst & Jackson could be one of the best first round duos in recent memory. The Ravens also added great value in Rounds 3 & 4 with Orlando Brown, Mark Andrews, and Anthony Averett. Really an excellent class. Although, have to wonder if the Ravens would have taken Hurst in Round 1 if they knew Andrews would be available at No. 86.

5. Cleveland Browns

Draft picks: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (No. 1 overall), Ohio State CB Denzel Ward (No. 4 overall), Nevada OG Austin Corbett (No. 33 overall), Georgia RB Nick Chubb (No. 35 overall), Miami DE Chad Thomas (No. 67 overall), Florida WR Antonio Callaway (No. 105 overall), Memphis LB Genard Avery (No. 150 overall), Texas A&M WR Damion Ratley (No. 175 overall), Louisiana-Lafayette CB Simeon Thomas (No. 188 overall).

Analysis: The Browns went with some shocking selections along the way, but there is no doubt they walked out with a tremendous draft class. Although, this class will forever be remembered based on the success of Baker Mayfield.

NOTE: To see if your team made our top-15, click through the links below.

Teams 6-10
Teams 11-15

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