Arthur Arkush's 5 favorite NFL draft classes

Two opposite AFC South approaches yield similarly impressive results

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It's not quite the three years that are needed to fairly assess a draft, but less than three hours from its completion, here are Arthur Arkush's five favorite 2018 classes (in alphabetical order):

Arizona Cardinals

1.10 UCLA QB Josh Rosen

2.15 Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

3.33 Michigan OL Mason Cole

4.34 Fordham RB Chase Edmonds

6.8 Penn State CB Christian Campbell

7.36 Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham

Of the clubs trading for quarterbacks, Arizona gave up the least (Nos. 15, 79 and 152) for the most pro-ready passer at No. 10 in Rosen, who has the smarts and skill set to mesh well with Mike McCoy. Kirk is an exciting RAC and return weapon who'll start Day 1 and learn the ropes from Larry Fitzgerald. Finally, don't be surprised when Campbell solves the CB2 hole sooner than later and Cole becomes Rosen's long-term anchor. This was a shrewd haul that doubled in surrounding a young franchise passer and addressing one of few defensive holes.

Dallas Cowboys

1.19 Boise St. LB Leighton Vander Esch

2.18 Texas OL Connor Williams

3.17 Colorado St. WR Michael Gallup

4.16 Kansas EDGE Dorance Armstrong

4.37 Stanford TE Dalton Schultz

5.34 Western Kentucky QB Mike White

6.19 Indiana EDGE Chris Covington

6.34 Boise St. WR Cedrick Wilson

7.18 Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough

LVE is a personal favorite, and there aren't better landing spots than with Rod Marinelli, who coached Brian Urlacher and Derrick Brooks, and in a volatile LB corps overreliant on Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. Williams and Gallup provide value at big areas of need, and Schultz might be the perfect replacement for Jason Witten thanks to his blocking ability and upward trajectory. Feature runners don't grow on trees in Round 7, but Scarbrough can at least pick up where Zeke leaves off in between the tackles if Dallas' star back were to run into more trouble or injury issues.

Denver Broncos

1.5 North Carolina St. EDGE Bradley Chubb

2.8 SMU WR Courtland Sutton

3.7 Oregon RB Royce Freeman

3.35 Boston College CB Isaac Yiadom

4.13 Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton

5.19 Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli

6.9 Arizona State C Sam Jones

6.43 Washington ILB Keishawn Bierria

7.8 Arkansas RB David Williams

No team consistently found greater value on the first two days than John Elway's, which might have secured the best overall prospect at No. 5; a "No Fly Zone" prototype CB at the back of Round 3; and a swift skill group transformation with Sutton, Freeman and Hamilton for Case Keenum. It's easy to envision Hamilton as Keenum's Thielen and Sutton as a younger Demaryius Thomas without the top-end speed. I also like insuring the Freeman pick — exciting runner but with a lot of mileage — in the Williams pick and going back to the B1G for Fumagalli with Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman still unknowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars

1.29 Florida DT Taven Bryan

2.29 LSU WR DJ Chark

3.29 Alabama S Ronnie Harrison

4.29 N.C. State OT Will Richardson

6.29 Nebraska QB Tanner Lee

7.12 Wisconsin EDGE Leon Jacobs

7.29 Mississippi St. P Logan Cooke

Just what the Jaguars needed on the heels of their arrival as legit contenders — more sinister (Harrison) and explosion (Bryan) on the AFC's top 'D.' Seriously, though, Barry Church is the old guy on a star-laden group, and Harrison should be a seamless replacement, perhaps soon. The Jags really did need a lid-lifter on the perimeter like Chark, whose fearsome speed will make safeties think twice about inching up to stop Fournette. Tom Coughlin let the board come to him until late in Day 3, and his plan played out in one of the best Day 1-2 hauls in the league.

Tennessee Titans

1.22 Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

2.9 Boston College EDGE Harold Landry

5.15 Arizona S Dane Cruikshank

6.25 Washington St. QB Luke Falk

Quality, not quantity for the Titans, whose four-man class includes two top-20 prospects overall, a poised and polished future starter behind center and a nice Day 3 sleeper in the secondary. Factor in the the masterful trades — did J-Rob and Vrabel catch former boss Bill Belichick napping!? — to secure the draft's second-best downhill destroyer and edge-flattening pass rusher — both crossing off big needs — and what's not to like here? Oh yeah: Mariota still hasn't played 16 games entering his fourth season, and Falk is a pro ready QB2 upgrade over the awful Matt Cassel of past two seasons.

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