As college football begins, so does the start of NFL area scouts traveling the country to evaluate the 2018 NFL Draft class.
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Optimum Scouting has evaluated over 4,000 players for the 2018 NFL Draft class based on last year’s film, plus college and NFL personnel discussions. The 2018 class has plenty of quarterback talent to get excited about, but the offensive line class might be the best we’ve seen in some time.
Plus, Bradley Chubb, Juwan Johnson and Brian O’Neil are names to get familiar with before they emerge as star prospects this season.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins: Landry has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and has quietly become one of the NFL’s top playmakers. Former LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr., will get $1.84 million this year in the fourth year of his rookie deal. Landry, who was a second-round pick in the 2014 draft that saw Beckham go 12th overall, is due $893,852 this season and does not have a fifth-year option. Assuming he is cleared of domestic violence allegations, Landry should be a prized — and well-paid — free agent next year.
Game Womens Merril Hoge Jersey Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers: The only veteran not on a rookie deal on this list, Bennett signed a very cap-friendly deal in March. The Packers gave him a signing bonus of $6.3 million on his three-year deal worth a total of $21 million. But the bonus is spread out over all three seasons, meaning only $2.1 million per year counts against the salary cap. Add that to his 2017 base salary of $900,000 and a roster bonus of $850,000, Bennett is only costing the Packers $3.85 million this year.