written by: Will Keys

We’re inching closer and closer to the first day of the NFL Draft. It’s so close that Mel Kiper has started evacuating his bladder in preparation for the weekend while Roger Goodell is diligently studying the wrong pronunciation of all the potential first rounders’ names.

All the talk is about the quarterbacks, and perhaps rightfully so. As many as four could go in the first five picks of the draft, which is unprecedented, but it also means that some of the best overall prospects in the draft could fall down the board.

So what kind of players could those teams in the 5-10 range be getting? Here are some pros and cons for the best non-quarterback prospects that will be going early in the first round on Thursday:

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Pro: Unprecedented speed for a running back his size

Con: Once he starts running it’s very hard to stop, much like Speed

Pro: Able to catch passes out of the backfield

Con: Has anyone ever asked him if he wants to catch passes out of the backfield?

Pro: Excellent character on and off the field

Con: Journalism major at Penn State, may struggle to pay the bills

Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Pro: Dominant in pass and run blocking

Con: 325 pounds, maybe keep an eye on those leftovers you left in the fridge

Pro: 35 reps on the bench press

Con: Kind of a show off in the weight room

Pro: Able to anchor any offensive line for a decade-plus

Con: Will get booed at the draft simply for being a guard

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Pro: Von Miller called him a “Miller/Mack hybrid”

Con: Von Miller has no scouting experience

Pro: Praised by Bill Belichick

Con: Never, ever trust Bill Belichick

Pro: Able to disrupt plays with his excellent motor

Con: According to Lance Zierlein, Chubb “has experience standing” — I would hope so

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Pro: Ball hawk of Alabama’s championship defense

Con: Did not attend Harvard like certain other Fitzpatricks

Pro: Able to play cornerback or safety

Con: Kind of a girl’s name, don’t you think?

Pro: Able to put up with Nick Saban yelling in his face for three years

Con: Couldn’t stop Hunter fucking Renfro in the National Championship

Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State

Pro: One of the fastest players in draft with 4.32 40-yard dash

Con: Skipped Cotton Bowl, obviously prefers synthetic fibers

Pro: From Macedonia, OH rather than the Balkan country of Macedonia

Con: Can get pushed around by bigger receivers

Pro: Has been compared to Chris Harris, Jr.

Con: Will never be the best Denzel W.

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