Product Preview: 2018 Sage Hit Premier Draft High Series

Product Preview: 2018 Sage Hit Premier Draft High Series


Sage Hit will drop their second product of the year, Sage Hit Premier Draft High Series. I recently did a product preview for the Low Series where I went through some of the top players in the set. I will do the same for this product, but this time I will only talk about the new faces you will see in it. Remember that you can find all of the rookies, autographs, and inserts from 2018 Sage Hit here at Continue to follow our blog for monthly product previews.

This version of Sage Hit has more of the top prospects in it, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Card collectors should be excited that Josh Allen will have a card and autograph in this product, after being left out of Sage Hit Low (I talked about him in the Sage Hit Low product preview). Some other top tier players that you saw in Sage Hit Low will now have autographs available: Sony Michel, Roquan Smith, Simmie Cobbs Jr and Dante Pettis. Here are some new players you will see in the set.

Tremaine Edmunds - LB - Virginia Tech

Edmunds in my favorite Linebacker in the draft this year, and it is a pretty good LB group coming out. His senior season at Virginia Tech was a huge success, as he received third-team All-American honors and was selected first-team All-Conference in the ACC. Edmunds racked up a team-high 109 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, 5.5 sacks and 3 fumbles forced. One of the things that have scouts drooling is the fact the Edmunds is only 19 years old right now, and he will be 20 once the season starts. That makes him one of the youngest players in the NFL draft. His potential is sky high right now. Edmunds proved he can play the run well, but most importantly he is great in pass coverage. A few weeks ago at the combine, he impressed with a 4.54 40-yard dash coming in at 6’5” 253 pounds. He is a freaky athlete, with long arms (34 1/2 inches) that can be disruptive, but he does make some mental mistakes from time-to-time. I think Edmunds should go in the top 5, but due to the expected early run on QB’s, expect to hear his names called somewhere in the top 10.

NFL Comparison: Brian Urlacher

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Premium Portrait, Premium Portrait Auto

Bradley Chubb - DE - NC State

Chubb is by far the most polished pass rusher in this draft. Him, Saquon Barkley and Quenton Nelson have the highest floor of the prospects this year. Chubb’s numbers the past two seasons were out of this world. As a senior he finished with 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Those stats were good enough to earn him first-team All-ACC, first-team All-American, Hendricks Award (top defensive end) and Brono Nagurski Award (top defensive player). At the combine he showed some good athleticism for his size, with a 4.65 40-yard dash, 36 inch vertical, and 121 inch broad jump. With Chubb’s skill set and college production, I would be shocked if he is not selected within the top 5 picks. He will be an immediate impact for any NFL team.

NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Premium Portrait, Premium Portrait Auto

Denzel Ward - CB - Ohio State

Ward is rated the top cornerback in this draft by many talent evaluators. He has become one of many Ohio State CB’s that receive such high praise over the past few years. He ended the 2017 season with 37 tackles, 2 interceptions and a ridiculous 15 pass breakups. Ward, like Bradley Chub, also received plenty of accolades for his great 2017 season. He earned first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors. At the combine, Ward had one of the best performances of anyone there. He had a 4.32 40-yard dash. 39 inch vertical and 136 inch broad jump. If he had a bigger frame, we would be talking about Ward as a lock for the top 10. I still think he is worth a top 10 pick, since I have him as the best corner available right now. The NFL is a passing league now, so teams need as many good corners as possible. Expect to hear his name anywhere in the top 20.

NFL Comparison: Chris Harris

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto

Harold Landry - LB/DE - Boston College

Landry is the 2nd best pass rusher in this draft class, behind Bradley Chubb. If Landry would have entered the draft after his Junior year, he would have been a top 10 pick for sure. He ended up with 22 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles in that season. He had pretty big drop off in production in his Senior season, so that is why he is not getting the hype Bradley Chubb is. Landry put up solid numbers at the combine with a 4.64 40-yard dash, 36 inch vertical, and 119 inch broad jump. I have Landry as a top 10 player this year, but he seems to be all over the place with talent evaluators. I still expect him to get somewhere in round 1.

NFL Comparison: Derek Barnett

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Premium Portrait, Premium Portrait Auto

Kerryon Johnson - RB - Auburn

This is a loaded Running Back class, so you do not here much about Kerryon Johnson from Auburn. He shared carries most of his career, but Johnson showed he can be very explosive out of the backfield. He became the lead back his senior year and he ended with 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns. That was good enough to earn him first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American. One of the most important things to scouts is that Johnson can play all 3 downs. He is a great receiver out of the backfield, which is necessary in todays NFL to be an effective RB. The only concerns scouts have are his thin frame and the fact that he is an upright runner. It is almost inevitable that Johnson will fall to the 2nd or 3rd round. He is a Day 1 talent, but the RB class is so deep that teams will be reluctant to use a 1st rounder on him.

NFL Comparison: Le’veon Bell

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Peak Performance, Peak Performance Auto, Premium Portrait, Premium Portrait Auto

Mike Gesicki - TE - Penn State

Gesicki is considered one of the best receiving Tight End coming out. He was apart of a very explosive offense at Penn State, and he proved to be one of their best weapons. With his skill set, Gesicki is more of a WR than TE. He ended last season with only 563 yards, but he had 9 touchdowns. Gesicki may have helped himself more than anyone at the combine, with a 4.54 40-yard dash, 41.5 inch vertical and 129 inch broad jump at 6’5”. He is a great route runner, and his ball skills are up there with some of the best in the draft. The reason I see him as more of a WR is because he really struggles with blocking. I think he will be used more like a Rob Gronkowski at the next level. He will be in the slot quite a bit, and will be used as a teams best red zone threat. I have Gesicki rated as a 2nd round talent, but you may see someone snag him at the end of the 1st round, if Tight End is a need for that team.

NFL Comparison: Jordan Cameron

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Peak Performance, Peak Performance Auto

Mason Rudolph - QB - Oklahoma State

Everyone always wants to talk about the Quarterback, so I thought I would talk about the best quarterback that was added to this Sage Hit High set. Mason Rudolph was a South Carolina Mr. Football finalist in high school, and then became 3 years starter at Oklahoma State. With a high-powered offense at OSU, he was able to put up some gaudy numbers. During the 2017 season, Rudolph threw for 4,904 yards. 37 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. He also ended with a career high 65% completion percentage. Rudolph has ideal size for a QB, at 6’5” and 235 pounds, and a pretty good arm, so some scouts have him as a top 5 QB in this years draft. As I’ve mentioned, there will be a run on QB’s early, but I do not expect Rudolph to be one of them. He will likely go in round 2 or 3.

NFL Comparison: Blaine Gabbert

Cards in Set: Base, Base Auto, Peak Performance, Peak Performance Auto, Premium Portrait, Premium Portrait Auto

Product Info

Release Date: April 19, 2018

Box Configuration: 6 cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 16 boxes per case

Box Break

  • 1 Premium Portraits Autograph
  • 11 Additional Autographs
  • 20 Inserts
  • 20 Base Parallels


-Andre Taylor, Cardsaway Sports

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