Top 40 Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft
It’s DRAFT WEEK! The absolute best time of the NFL year! This year’s draft is loaded at running back, defensive back, and tight end. The athleticism displayed by some of the athletes at these positions is insane. If you’re looking for a top-tier offensive lineman or quarterback, wait until next year.
This year’s late risers include Stanford running back Christian McCaffery. Not a true late riser but his ability out of the backfield and as a return option have teams moving him up their boards, into the top 15 picks. He wasn’t there about a month ago. Other late risers include Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, Miami tight end David Njoku, Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu, and any cornerback who tested insanely at the combine.
Prospects that are falling as draft day approaches include Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers and Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster, but Foster won't fall that far. Both players tested positive for diluted samples at the combine…seriously, can you be that dumb? Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley may end up off everyone's draft board after allegations that he knocked a woman unconscious. Seriously, can guys just stop hitting women? Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor may have been the only top cornerback who did not test well at the combine. Finally, injury concerns plague Washington wide receiver John Ross, teammate cornerback Sidney Jones, and Michigan tight-end Jake Butt.
Here is a look at my Top 40 draft prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M - Hands down the best player in the draft at one of the Top 3 positions in the NFL. Should be an easy selection for the Browns.
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2. Jamal Adams, S, LSU - Insane talent! Should become the next great safety in the NFL. All Pro type player.
3. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford - Could be the best d-lineman out of this group three years from now.
4. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St. - A dynamic talent but only a one-year starter as a redshirt sophomore. Instincts are off the charts.
5. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama - Could be a monster at defensive tackle.
6. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St. - See Hooker.
7. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU - He’s not Zeke, he’s not Gurley, and he’s definitely NOT Adrian Peterson but he could be a great workhorse for some team.
Deuces are Wild
8. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama - Underutilized talent who could explode in the NFL!
9. Rueben Foster, LB, Alabama - Failed drug test at the combine (diluted sample) could see Foster slide out of the Top 15.
The Rest of the Top 20
10. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St. - Cook may slide come draft day but count me as one of the believers of this RB’s three down capabilities.
11. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan - Refined route runner with just enough speed to become a WR1 in the NFL.
12. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee - His workout numbers won't wow you but his sack total will.
13. Christian McCaffery, RB, Stanford - Dynamic talent who is exceptional as a receiver and return specialist but is he strong enough to endure the hits between the tackles?
14. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson - This BIG wideout has great ball skills and will be an instant threat in the red zone.
15. David Njoku, TE, Miami - An athletic specimen who could blossom into a Greg Olsen type tight end.
16. Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple - Late riser who can get to the quarterback--should be taken in the top 20 picks.
17. Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky - Top offensive lineman in the draft who projects inside to guard.
18. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio St. - An experienced/productive corner who also checks off the box as a size/speed prospect.
19. John Ross, WR, Washington - Ran a record breaking 4.22, 40 yard dash at the combine...nuff said.
20. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma - On talent alone, he's ranked too low. If his off-field issues are truly behind him, and he lands on the right team, he could be great!
Rounding out the Top 40
21. Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
22. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
23. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
24. Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
25. Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
26. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
27. Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
28. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
29. Budda Baker, S, Washington
30. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
31. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
32. Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
33. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
34. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
35. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
36. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio St.
37. Kevin King, CB, Washington
38. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
Just flat out love these two Guys!
39. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
40. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
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