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Three prospects to watch during 2018 NFL Draft

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine. Support our ministry and subscribe here.

The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Here are three Christ-followers to watch:

MINKAH FITZPATRICK | SAFETY | ALABAMA

Projected as a top-10 pick, maybe even top-five, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Fitzpatrick figures to be the first safety off the board. The first cornerback too — he can play both positions. Fitzpatrick primarily played safety for the national champs, but also spent plenty of time covering receivers outside and inside. A shutdown defensive back will fit on any team.

COURTLAND SUTTON | WIDE RECEIVER | SOUTHERN METHODIST

Courtland Sutton of Southern Methodist University (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Some experts see Sutton as the second-best receiver in the draft, or at least third, slotting him toward the end of the first round or early in the second. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he’s a tough matchup and big-play threat. Sutton averaged 72 catches, 1,166 yards and 11 touchdowns the past two seasons with Southern Methodist.

MASON RUDOLPH | QUARTERBACK | OKLAHOMA STATE

Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State University (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Rudolph won’t be the first quarterback taken, or second, or third, and probably not the fourth. But he might still go in the first round — that’s how deep this draft is with passers. Most experts peg the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rudolph as a second- or third-rounder, but it’s a QB hungry league. If the top four passers go quick, teams might move Rudolph up their board. He led the nation in yards (4,904) in 2017.

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