In 2018, the NFL will take on a host of challenges.
But this week, we’re looking ahead to the NFL draft and the 2018 college football season.
In the last four years, the 2018 NFL Draft saw a host, as many as 18 prospects selected in the first round.
So, we look at the players that could be on the NFL’s radar.
In our latest edition of CFB Insider, we rank the top prospects in the 2018 class.
Check out our top picks in the CFBInsider.com CFB Rankings for all of the top players in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In 2018, we are looking at a new era of college football with the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror.
This year’s draft is going to be very different than the last two years.
Draft order has become more of a matter of when the team will announce who is available and who is not.
And this year, the draft is more crowded than ever with the addition of a number of top prospects.
Here are the top three prospects in our 2018 CFBS rankings, according to our 2017 rankings:WR Michael Thomas: We’ve been talking about Thomas since last year, and he’s quickly become one of the best wide receivers in the draft.
Thomas, who is from Indianapolis, will play for Alabama next season.
He is the third player in the top 15 overall in our CFBS 2017 rankings.
The 5-10, 192-pound Thomas is a physical receiver who is extremely athletic.
He uses his size and quickness to break tackles and make big plays.
Thomas’ size allows him to be a mismatch against opposing defensive backs in the open field.
Thomas has the size to play inside and outside, and can use his length to get around the edge and into the seam.
Thomas is an extremely shifty route runner with the ability to make tough catches at the line of scrimmage.
Thomas is also a great blocker, with a very good motor.
Thomas will also be a force against the run, catching a touchdown pass against Clemson in 2017.
He was one of only three receivers in CFBS history to record 10 touchdowns.
Thomas averaged 15.7 yards per reception, which was a school record.
Thomas finished the season with 2,066 receiving yards.
He finished with a school-record 10 rushing touchdowns and had 18 receptions for 241 yards.
Thomas was named CFB Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.
Thomas made the first-teamer team as a sophomore.
Thomas also had his best year as a receiver, recording a career-best 754 yards receiving.
He averaged 5.4 yards per catch, which tied a school high.
Thomas caught a career high four touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl against USC.
Thomas had seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl against Alabama.
Thomas was named a first team All-SEC performer as a junior, finishing second on the team in receiving with 12 catches for 253 yards.
In his senior year, he finished second on his team in receptions with 21 receptions for 2,527 yards.
Thomas made the second-team CFBS All-Defensive team and also was a first or second team All Big 12 Conference All-Freshman team selection.
He also was named to the first team all-conference first team.
Thomas started all 12 games as a senior, earning first-Team All-Big 12 Conference honors.
He recorded six receptions for 113 yards, including a career best touchdown reception against Oklahoma.
Thomas finished the year with 893 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
Thomas had six games with a 100-yard receiving game.
Thomas recorded 10 receptions for 141 yards against Alabama in the Rose Bowl.
Thomas posted the first 100-yards game in CFB history against USC on Sept. 9, 2018.
Thomas added another 100-records-or-more game against Clemson on Oct. 17, 2018, while the Tigers lost to Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
Thomas led the Tigers in catches (73), receiving yards (834), receiving touchdowns (10) and total offense (1,073) as a freshman.
Thomas earned first- team all SEC honors as a first year starter.
He earned first team CFBS Freshman All-America honors as an honorable mention senior.
Thomas also finished third on the Tigers’ receiving yards list with 2.85 yards per grab.
Thomas earned first round offers from the NFL in the 2019 NFL Draft and was the top target in the class.
Thomas led the Big Ten in receptions in 2019 with 71 receptions for 1,054 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He was the Big 12 Offensive Player in 2019, with 2 for 30 (15.4 percent) for 33 yards and no touchdowns.
His career best was a 51-yard touchdown reception vs. Wisconsin on Sept 11, 2019.
Thomas averaged 14.9 yards per route run during the season.