Top NFL Draft Prospects
They include two defensive linemen from the Southeastern Conference, a pair of Clemson Tigers, three quarterbacks and arguably the most talented running back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson.
Myles Garrett, Junior, Defensive End, Texas A & M
Garrett had 48.5 tackles for losses and 32.5 sacks in his three years at College Station. In 2016, he was playing through an ankle injury and collected 8.5 sacks. Garrett is a 6-5, 270 pounder who exhibits the explosiveness, length and flexibility to come off the edge and has the potential of a multiple time Pro Bowler.
Jonathan Allen, Senior, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
The 6-3 290 pound Allen anchored the nation’s best defense last two seasons. Allen recorded 30.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide. Allen is a little bit smaller than recent defensive lineman to come out of Alabama but he exceeded the production with his explosiveness off the ball, great hands at the point of attack and his high motor on plays that allows him to get to ball carriers.
Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennesssee
It’s an SEC 1-2-3 at the top of this draft class, with Barnett pushing Myles Garrett close for the nation’s top edge defender in each of the past two seasons. His 62 total pressures, including 12 sacks and 18 hits, from the defensive end position give him a pass rushing productivity rating of 14.9, good for the sixth-best mark at the position in college this year, while he has been a solid run defender in each of the past three seasons too.
Deshone Kizer, Junior, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Kizer is a prospect with all the tools and measurables that scouts drool over, but while he had decent production for Notre Dame in 2016 with 2,705 yards, 21 touchdowns and 8 interceptions the Irish went 4-8 and was briefly benched by coach Brian Kelly. Kizer is a duel threat quarterback that can impact a game immediately with his legs and arm if he is used properly. He has the potential to develop into a Cam Newton caliber player.
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
A press-man corner with shutdown potential, Tankersley's tools exceeded his big plays last season. His reliability has been his greatest trait, however, and his size and athleticism make him the top corner in the class.
Deshaun Watson, Junior, Quarterback, Clemson
Watson was the MVP of the College Football Championship game and finished in the top three in the Heisman Trophy Voting the last two seasons. He isn’t necessarily a run-first quarterback, but he has dynamic playmaking ability and torched the Alabama defense in the last two national championship games. He has all the intangibles that coaches and general managers dream of in a franchise quarterback, although he doesn’t have quite the upside of the other two quarterback prospects. Watson can help change the culture of a franchise with his work ethic, will to win as well as his on field talents.
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Davis has size, route-running ability and his competitiveness with the ball in the air is top-notch. His blocking ability may be what separates him from the rest of the receivers in the draft. For his career he has caught 251 balls, has 44 touchdowns and has forced 41 missed tackles after the catch.
Leonard Fournette, Junior, Running Back, LSU
Fournette is undoubtedly the most physically impressive prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fournette is a 6-1, 230 pound running back that has the size, speed, power, and vision that will fit into any offense. One potential concern is that Fournette did miss five games due to an ankle injury in 2016 and he has already had 657 touches (616 carries and 41 catches) in college. Bottom line is that he will be a major contributor and the best offensive weapon right away if he stays healthy.
Mitch Trubisky, Junior, Quarterback, North Carolina
The 6-3 Trubisky had only one full season as a starter in Chapel Hill, completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 3,468 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. Trubisky, a redshirt junior, is a bit of a raw prospect but he has all of the tools necessary that scouts look for at the quarterback position: Arm strength, athleticism and has shown the ability to make smart decisions at the most important position on the field.