While more and more of the top stars are bowing out in order to prepare for the next steps in their careers, the college football bowl season is often a last chance for players to impress scouts and talent evaluators on the field before the NFL draft.
Bradley Chubb, Josh Rosen and Denzel Ward were among the notable players absent in their teams' final games of the season. While a concussion ruled Rosen out, Ward and Chubb voluntarily benched themselves to avoid a possible injury.
While Tom Brady, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell are busy pursuing the Lombardi Trophy, teams with favorable picks in the upcoming draft hope the next crop of NFL stars are on the horizon.
That figures to be the case with playmakers such as Penn State's Saquon Barkley, USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen headlining the 2018 draft.
With that in mind, here is a look at a mock draft, as well as a few ideal landing spots for some of the best available players.
2018 NFL Mock Draft
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft passed on Monday, and several highly-touted prospects pulled stunners when they announced they would return to school.
Chief among them: Clemson defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell, Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell and Stanford running back Bryce Love.
As a result, there were a few adjustments to be made as the NFL prepares for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
Note: Draft order is current through the...