Round 1 Defensive Tiers – 2018

As the draft gets ready to begin, here are the tiers I’m placing defensive players into for the first round. I went pretty deep because I think there’s a decent chance that they trade back into the bottom of first – especially if they patiently wait for a good player to drop at 14 (like I believe they should).

I’ll be happy with anyone from the first two tiers at 14. If they could move back into the 1st and get someone from tier 3, I’d be ecstatic. Tier 4 would be ok if the price is right, but I think (hope) they can get someone from tier 4 or 5 in round 2.

Let the wild rumpus begin!


Tier 1
Bradley Chubb
Tremaine Edmunds
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Denzel Ward

Tier 2
Derwin James
Harold Landry
Roquan Smith

Tier 3
Josh Jackson
Vita Vea

Tier 4
Jaire Alexander
Marcus Davenport
Isaiah Oliver
Da’Ron Payne
Josh Sweat

Tier 5
Mike Hughes
Leighton Vander Esch


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