The NFL draft isn't without its surprises each year, though they've started to come early as we approach the 2018 NFL draft.
Christian Wilkins, the elite defensive tackle out of Clemson, won't go pro despite a surefire spot in the first round. He's the latest to raise some eyebrows in this regard, with fellow teammates Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell joining him in this area, with the latter also widely considered a first-round pick.
Prospects don't have long to decide if they'll stay or go...
The NFL season is winding down and all but four teams have now fully turned their attention to the 2018 NFL draft.
The offseason scouting process kicked off this week with the East-West Shrine Game practices in Florida. While the majority of the players in the Shrine Game are likely to be late-round picks, evaluating their performances will help teams get a feel for the depth in this year's class and could influence some offseason strategies.
As for the elite prospects, most of them will...
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