Product Preview: 2018 Sage Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football

2018 Sage Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football


With the 2018 NFL Draft season in full swing, it is time to start talking about the first product of the year, Sage Hit. The annual rookie based product is a must have for any card collector. It is a sneak peak into the rookie class we will be talking about for the next year, and hopefully beyond. You can find all of the rookies, autographs, and inserts from 2018 Sage Hit here at Continue to follow our blog for product previews/reviews, player investment advice and draft coverage for all sports.

The checklist for Sage Hit was just released, so I want to talk about some of the top players available in this years product. There are a number of intriguing prospects on both sides of the ball in the 2018 draft class. Quarterbacks are driving the conversation right now, because there are many teams in need of a franchise Quarterback. Other positions that are really strong in this class are Running Backs, Interior Offensive Linemen and Linebackers. Here are 10 players to look for in 2018 Sage Hit next week:

*****These are not rankings, but rather a list of players in this product that I think will have value to collectors******

1. Josh Rosen - QB - UCLA

As everyone knows, there is a lot of hype around this years Quarterback class. There are 5 guys that everyone is talking about, and Josh Rosen is the only one with an autograph available in this product. Making his autograph card the crown jewel of this set. He has the potential to be the first pick in the draft, and hopefully the savior of the Cleveland Browns organization. At UCLA, Rosen became the first freshman Bruin Quarterback to start opening weekend. He went on to have solid career at UCLA, but did have some durability issues. Scouts love his NFL size and more importantly his footwork and mechanics. They see a potential franchise quarterback in Rosen. Some team will take a chance on him early in the draft, if it’s not the Browns at 1. He will be a top 15 pick by the end of the 2018 NFL Draft.

NFL Comparison: Eli Manning

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

2. Josh Allen - QB - Wyoming

With Quarterbacks driving the hobby value of football cards every year, Allen’s rookie card will be very popular. Allen has prototypical size for a Quarterback, at 6’5”, and he definitely has the strongest arm in this class. He has an extremely high ceiling, but he needs to work on his accuracy and consistency in order to reach his full potential. Allen’s ability to take the top off defenses, along with his mobility, make him a very intriguing prospect. Hopefully he ends up in the right system, or gets a chance to learn behind a good veteran Quarterback. Expect to hear Allen’s name on Day 1 of the draft, and could possibly go #1 overall.

NFL Comparison: Ryan Tannehill

Cards in Set: In Focus

3. Derwin James - SS - Florida State

This is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft. Defensive players don’t always get the love that the offensive skill players get, but Derwin James may have the biggest impact of all the rookies in Sage Hit this year. James was a starter since day 1 of his freshman year in a dominant Seminole defense. He has great speed to cover the back end of a defense, but he also has the strength and tackling ability to play in the box. James will be an extremely versatile weapon on any defense at the next level. I think he can be used at Safety or even Linebacker in certain packages. Expect to see James selected in the top 10.

NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor

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

4. Roquan Smith- LB - Georgia

There are some very talented Linebackers in this draft, and Roquan Smith is my favorite of the bunch. I have Smith in my top 5 prospects right now. This guy is the true definition of a sideline to sideline Linebacker. He uses his speed to track down ball carriers and lock down receivers in the passing game. The only weakness he has is his size, which may force him to play an Outside Linebacker position. Either way, Smith is going to be a great player for whoever drafts him. I think he should be a top 5 pick, but his projection seems to be all over the 1st round. Expect him to go on Day 1 though.

NFL Comparison: Jonathan Vilma and Deion Jones

Cards in Set: In Focus

5. Ronald Jones II - RB - USC

This years Running Back class is loaded. It might even be better than last years crop. Of the Running Back prospects, Jones will be the only one with an autograph in 2018 Sage Hit. Ronald Jones is an explosive athlete, and I expect him to show that at the combine in March. He can do anything he wants as a runner, but is also a huge weapon in the passing game. He will end up being one of the top players in this class when it is all said and done, if he can adjust to an NFL offense. I expect to hear his name called on Day 1, but with the depth at the RB position in this draft, he could slide to Round 2.

NFL Comparison: Jamaal Charles and Melvin Gordon

Cards in Set: Peak Performance, Peak Performance Auto

6. Sony Michel - RB - Georgia

Michel is a top tier Running back in my eyes, but he may be a bit underrated since he was in a Running Back rotation at Georgia this past season. He was in a similar situation to Kenyan Drake a few years ago at Alabama. Michel has unbelievable quickness and shows good acceleration out of cuts. He is built well at 220 lbs, and finishes runs through defenders. I think Michel can be a 3 down back, and can even play a little bit in the slot to create mismatches with Linebackers and Safeties. He is everything you want in a Running Back in todays NFL. I think he has Day 1 talent, but like Ronald Jones, we will probably see him go Day 2 due to the depth of RB’s in the draft.

NFL Comparison: Kareem Hunt

Cards in Set: In Focus

7. Anthony Miller - WR - Memphis

Anthony Miller was a bit of an unknown at the start of the college football season. He really stood out this year with 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Junior. His ability to make contested catches and sideline catches reminds me a lot of Antonio Brown. Although that is a bold comparison, I definitely saw the flashes on film. He has some weaknesses, like drops and ball security, but I think he has upside to be a Pro Bowl WR. Miller will most likely go in Round 2 or 3, but I believe he has Round 1 talent.

NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown

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

8. Leighton Vander Esch - LB - Boise State

Vander Esch is one of the biggest Linebackers in the draft, at 6’4” and 240 lbs. He has good athletic ability for his size, which allows him to stay with Running Backs and Tight Ends in pass coverage. A Linebacker that can be on the field all 3 downs is at a premium in the league, and I think Vander Esch fits that role. He can play any Linebacker position you need him at. I expect him to be drafted somewhere in Round 2, but don’t be shocked if you hear his name late in Round 1

NFL Comparison: Brian Urlacher

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

9. Simmie Cobbs Jr. - WR - Indiana

Simmie Cobbs is a bit overlooked in this Wide Receiver class. He had some injury issues in 2016, and then had some off the field problems in 2017 that may have caused his stock to drop after a dominant freshman year. Cobbs has great size for a Wide Receiver, at 6’4” 220 lbs. He is a huge threat in the red zone with jump ball fade routes. I think Cobbs should be a Round 2 or 3 guy, but some say he may slip to Round 4 or 5. No matter where he is picked, Cobbs should be a solid offensive weapon in the NFL

NFL Comparison: Alshon Jeffery

Cards in Set: In Focus

10. Mark Andrews - TE - Oklahoma

I would say Andrews is top 5 at the Tight End position this year. He is a mismatch nightmare in the passing game due to his size and ability to make catches in traffic. He is also a great route runner for a Tight End. The one downside to Andrews game is his run blocking, and it is the only reason I don't have him as the #1 TE. He must work on that in order to be a complete Tight End. I expect to see Andrews drafted in Round 2 or 3. Some have him at the end of Round 1.

NFL Comparison: Travis Kelce

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

Just missed the list…

  • Dante Pettis - WR - Washington
  • Auden Tate - WR - Florida State
  • Cedrick Wilson Jr. - WR - Boise St.
  • Orlando Brown Jr. - OT - Oklahoma
  • Will Hernandez - OG - UTEP
  • Bo Scarbrough - RB - Alabama
  • Riley Ferguson - QB - Memphis
  • Jack Cichy - LB - Wisconsin
  • Marcell Ateman - WR - Oklahoma State

Product Info

Blaster Box Price: $ 21.95
Hobby Box Price: $ 109.95

Hobby Box Configuration: 6 cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 16 boxes per case
Blaster Box Configuration: 14 cards per pack, 5 packs per box, 20 boxes per case

Hobby Box Break

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

Blaster Box Break

  • 1 Peak Performance Autographs
  • 2 Additional Autographs
  • 2 Premium Portraits
  • 1 Peak Performance
  • 8 Base Parallels

-Andre Taylor, Cardsaway Sports

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