April 28, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: 50 Best Prospects Available

#4 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State


QB / RB / WR / TE / OT / IOL / EDGE / DL / LB / CB / S



There is still a lot of talent available heading into the second day in the draft. Several first round talents are still on the board.
Here is a look at the 50 best prospects that are still on the board as the second round approaches.

My Top 150 Prospects Big Board can be viewed here, and my 2017 NFL Draft Round 1 Grades can be viewed here.



Tier Two: Elite Prospects




1. Dalvin Cook*, RB, Florida State




Analysis: Definitely unfortunate that off the field issues pushed a top 10 talent like Cook out of the first round. It was either that, or his poor athletic testing at the combine that did him in. Some team at the top of the second round is going to get arguably the most complete back in the draft.


Big Board Rank: 9th Overall | Position Rank: RB 3 | Best Fit: Outside Run (West Coast Offense)






2. Sidney Jones*, CB, Washington




Analysis: Jones was never going to be a first round pick after he suffered an Achilles injury at his pro day. The third round seems to be the sweet spot for him, but one team could pull the trigger late in round 2.


Big Board Rank: 13th Overall | Position Rank: CB 2 | Best Fit: Man-to-Man (Outside Corner)





3. Cam Robinson*, OT, Alabama




Analysis: The most talented tackle in this class. A projected top 10 pick before the season started, some teams is going to get a future all-pro later today.


Big Board Rank: 14th Overall | Position Rank: OT 1 | Best Fit: Left Tackle (Power-Blocking Scheme)




Tier Four: Pro Bowl Prospects
(Round 1)



4. Malik McDowell*, DL, Michigan State




Analysis: Some concerns about his consistency and love for football have caused him to fall to the second day of the draft. He could only appeal to 3-4 teams, but he has all the tools and upside to be a dominant football player.


Big Board Rank: 15th Overall | Position Rank: DL 2 | Best Fit: 3-4 Defensive End (5-Tech)





5. Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama




Analysis: Williams is another prospect who was unlikely to be a first round pick despite having legit first round talent. Off the field concerns may have scared teams away in the first round, but he should not be on the board for that long tonight.


Big Board Rank: 18th Overall | Position Rank: EDGE 4 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker





6. Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston




Analysis: Generated some first round buzz in the weeks leading up to the draft, but no one pulled the trigger. EDGE prospect who could make the transition to off ball linebacker. Bowser in round 2 > Reddick in round 1.


Big Board Rank: 19th Overall | Position Rank: LB 2 | Best Fit: 4-3 Outside Linebacker (WILL)





7. Forrest Lamp, IOL, Western Kentucky




Analysis: Very surprising that Lamp fell out of the first round. Someone is going to get a damn good football player who can play tackle or kick inside to guard and be an instant starter.


Big Board Rank: 26th Overall | Position Rank: IOL 1 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Zone-Blocking Scheme)






8. Ishmael Zamora**, WR, Baylor




Analysis: Never had a shot of being a first round pick despite having that kind of talent. Won't even be picked tonight. He's got some baggage, but he is too skilled to go undrafted. I'm much higher on him than most.


Big Board Rank: 28th Overall | Position Rank: WR 4 | Best Fit: Z Receiver





9. Taylor Moton, IOL, Western Michigan




Analysis: Underrated offensive lineman who projects well as an offensive guard, though he has the talent to stick at tackle. Could be dominant on the right side.


Big Board Rank: 29th Overall | Position Rank: IOL 2 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Power-Blocking Scheme)





10. Kevin King, CB, Washington




Analysis: A corner with his size, speed, and athleticism won't last long. Seattle early in round two makes a lot of sense.


Big Board Rank: 30th Overall | Position Rank: CB 3 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)





11. Caleb Brantley*, DT, Florida




Analysis: Off most team's draft boards. Would have been drafted tonight, but he is an idiot (was charged with battery against a woman in Gainesville, Florida just weeks before the draft). I don't expect him to be drafted at all.


Big Board Rank: 31st Overall | Position Rank: DL 3 | Best Fit: 4-3 Defensive Tackle (3-Tech)





12. Carl Lawson*, EDGE, Auburn




Analysis: Was a long shot to be drafted in round one despite having borderline first round ability. Injury history makes him a risky pick, but he should come off the board in the second round.


Big Board Rank: 32nd Overall | Position Rank: EDGE 6 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker



Tier Five: Pro Bowl Prospects
(Round 2)


13. DeShone Kizer**, QB, Notre Dame


Analysis: Should have been drafted over Mahomes and Watson, but shouldn't have to wait to hear his name called early in the second round.


Big Board Rank: 33rd Overall | Position Rank: QB 2 | Best Fit: Vertical Offense



14. Joe Mixon**, RB, Oklahoma


Analysis: Mixon will be coming off the board very early in round two as well. It isn't a matter of if, but when?


Big Board Rank: 35th Overall | Position Rank: RB 4 | Best Fit: Vertical Offense


15. Obi Melifonwu, CB, Connecticut


Analysis: I mentioned Kevin King as a potential Seattle target, but Obi could be the more coveted of the two. He fits what Seattle wants in a corner.


Big Board Rank: 36th Overall | Position Rank: CB 4 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)


16. Quincy Wilson*, CB, Florida


Analysis: May not be very popular among NFL teams, but teams needing a corner will regret passing on him in the second round.


Big Board Rank: 37th Overall | Position Rank: CB 5 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)


17. Alvin Kamara*, RB, Tennessee


Analysis: Better suited to be a part of a duo that a workhorse back, but the talented Kamara carries less risk that Cook and Mixon. Would not be surprised to see him selected ahead of the aforementioned.


Big Board Rank: 39th Overall | Position Rank: RB 5 | Best Fit: Outside Run


18. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama


Analysis: I would rather have Everett in round 2 than Evan Engram in round 1.


Big Board Rank: 40th Overall | Position Rank: TE 3 | Best Fit: Slot Receiver/Tight End


19. Teez Tabor*, CB, Florida


Analysis: Borderline first round talent, but I expect him to fall to Day 3 of the draft. He tested very poorly at the combine, ad performed even worse at his pro day.


Big Board Rank: 41st Overall | Position Rank: CB 6 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Zone Coverage)



20. Dion Dawkins, IOL, Temple


Analysis: Athletic lineman who has the potential to play both guard and tackle at the next level. Probably goes higher than IOL, Moton, my 29th ranked prospect.


Big Board Rank: 43rd Overall | Position Rank: IOL 3 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Man-Blocking Scheme)


21. Pat Elflein, IOL, Ohio State


Analysis: Not too many teams are going to line up to draft a center in the second round. If Elflein slides, he will be a steal.


Big Board Rank: 44th Overall | Position Rank: IOL 4 | Best Fit: Center (Man-Blocking Scheme)


22. Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State


Analysis: Would have taken him over McKinley, Charlton, and Watt. He is a better EDGE prospect than all three. I have a feeling he earliest he goes in round 3, however.


Big Board Rank: 45th Overall | Position Rank: EDGE 7 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker


23. Desmond King, S, Iowa


Analysis: Scrappy cover man who would be a better fit in zone. Teams looking for a play making safety need to look his way.


Big Board Rank: 46th Overall | Position Rank: S 5 | Best Fit: Slot Corner (Zone Coverage)



Tier Five: Future Starter Prospects
(Round 2)


24. Zach Cunningham*, LB, Vanderbilt


Analysis: Should not have to wait long to hear his name called. Better value in round 2 than Jarrad Davis in round one.


Big Board Rank: 47th Overall | Position Rank: LB 5 | Best Fit: 4-3 Middle Linebacker (MIKE)



25. Chris Godwin*, WR, Penn State

Big Board Rank: 51st Overall

26. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Big Board Rank: 54th Overall

27. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

Big Board Rank: 56th Overall

28. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

Big Board Rank: 57th Overall

29. Dan Feeney, IOL, Indiana

Big Board Rank: 58th Overall

30. D'Onta Foreman*, RB, Texas

Big Board Rank: 59th Overall

31. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova

Big Board Rank: 60th Overall

32. Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado

Big Board Rank: 61st Overall

33. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

Big Board Rank: 62th Overall

34. Demarcus Walker*, DL, Florida State

Big Board Rank: 63th Overall

35. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Big Board Rank: 64th Overall

36. Dorian Johnson, OT, Pittsburgh

Big Board Rank: 65th Overall

37. Isaiah Ford*, WR, Virginia Tech

Big Board Rank: 66th Overall

38. Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte

Big Board Rank: 68th Overall

39. Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan

Big Board Rank: 69th Overall

40. Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn

Big Board Rank: 70th Overall

41. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

Big Board Rank: 71st Overall

42. Jerod Evans*, QB, Virginia Tech

Big Board Rank: 72nd Overall

43. Alex Anzalone*, LB, Florida

Big Board Rank: 73rd Overall

44. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee


Big Board Rank: 74th Overall



Tier Six: Future Starter Prospects
(Round 3)


45. Curtis Samuel*, RB, Ohio State

Big Board Rank: 75th Overall

46. Budda Baker, S, Washington

Big Board Rank: 77th Overall

47. George Kittle, TE, Iowa

Big Board Rank: 79th Overall

48. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

Big Board Rank: 80th Overall

49. Marcus Maye, S, Florida

Big Board Rank: 81st Overall

50. Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

Big Board Rank: 82nd Overall