The draft is just around the corner and the excitement is high.
Here’s our look at the draft prospects and the first-round picks that could make a difference in your life.
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Michigan State Spartans – 5.
Darian Thompson, LB, Wisconsin Michigan State has had some struggles this season.
They’re currently ranked 29th in total defense, 31st in points allowed and 27th in passing yards.
But they’ve made the conference finals and earned a spot in the Sweet 16.
They’ve got some firepower in the front seven.
The Spartans have plenty of talent on defense, but they’ll need some help on offense to have a shot at making it into the postseason.
Darian Thompson is the biggest need on the roster.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound linebacker from the Badgers is a top-five prospect in this year’s draft.
He is rated as the No. 4 safety prospect by ESPN, No. 12 cornerback prospect by Scout and No. 23 safety prospect in the 2018 class by ESPN.
Thompson could be a big part of MSU’s defensive backfield this season and he could be the best player available.
He’s also the best pure linebacker prospect in a class that includes a few players who could end up playing for MSU.
Thompson is a natural pass rusher who can make plays on the ball and is also a good run defender.
He could be drafted in the first round, but he’s also one of the best linebackers available in the 2019 draft.
That could be because of his speed, quickness and the ability to play in space.
Thompson has been an incredible athlete in college and he’s already been able to play the linebacker position at a high level.
Thompson has the physical tools to be an elite linebacker.
He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and he led the conference in tackles with a career-high 32 last season.
His speed is also elite, making him a mismatch threat.
Thompson had a solid season for Wisconsin, as he totaled six sacks, eight passes defensed and three interceptions.
Thompson’s speed is an ideal fit for the MSU defense.
He could be an outstanding pass rusher and could develop into a good coverage linebacker.
Thompson could also help the Spartans get pressure on quarterbacks.
He played the position well at Wisconsin, playing both safety spots and on the outside in a 4-3 scheme.
Thompson will get some playing time against top competition.
He’ll be an excellent fit for MSUs linebackers and safeties.
He should be an asset for the Spartans offense and should give the team a much needed boost in the secondary.
UCLA Bruins – 6.
Corey Peters, OT, Oklahoma State The Bruins are coming off a tough loss to Alabama and a loss to Ohio State.
They are a much improved team this year and they could make some noise in the Pac-12 South.
They have some young talent, including linebacker David Bakhtiari, a potential first-rounder.
The Bruins have plenty to work with on offense.
Bakhtiarius had a breakout year in 2017 and is a big-play threat in the NFL.
He had 19 total tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
He has great instincts and has been playing at an elite level for years.
He can make an impact on offense, too.
The Big 12 is a tough conference for offensive linemen and Bakhtias speed is a plus.
He averaged 4.3 yards per carry in his career.
The Bruins could use a run blocker in the backfield.
They’ll need to replace the production of Marcus Henry.
The junior missed most of last season with a knee injury.
Henry had a career year for the Bruins last season, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and nine touchdowns.
He won the job to start the season, but Henry left for the NFL draft after the season.
The draft could decide that.
He also has the potential to be a first- or second-round pick.4.
Clemson Tigers – 7.
Jarrad Davis, CB, Alabama It’s not easy to find a corner in the second round of the NFL Draft.
The Tigers will be in the middle of that challenge this year with Jarrard Davis.
Davis has the size and speed to be good in coverage and he was a solid player in the SEC.
He recorded 15 pass breakups and three interception returns for touchdowns.
Davis has been a big reason why Alabama won the national championship last season and could be ready to show his skills in the Big 12.
He will have a good opportunity to showcase his skills as a player in person this fall.
Davis is the type of player who can play in the slot or the safety spot.
He plays physical and is smart with the ball in his hands.
He might be the ideal cover corner in this class.
He has great size and he can play both the cornerback and safety spots. He makes