April 27, 2017

2017 NFL Draft: Top 150 Prospects

#33 Jamal Adams, S, Louisiana State


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



The best 150 prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft have been listed below. This is based on my opinion. "Analysis" is written for only the Top 50 prospects, and will be written verbatim to the analysis I gave for them in my prospect rankings. Positional/Scheme Fit as well as each players rank among their respective positions will be written for only the top 50 prospects as well. This draft is loaded with talent. I have around 100 prospects with top three round grades, and a legitimate 32 prospects with first round grades.

Big Board rankings are based on film breakdown provided by Draft Breakdown with a minimum of 3 games watched per prospect in most cases. Measurables, athletic testing, future roles and projections are also taken into effect.
Injuries, off the field issues, etc. will mot be taken into consideration. These rankings are based on talent and projections on the field. Players are grouped into "tiers" to separate them. Players that I project as early round picks will be placed in the "All-Pro"/"Pro Bowl" tiers for example. The Big board tiers will be a little different than the prospect ranking tiers, so keep that in mind. Some prospects that may generally be viewed as top 150 players may be left off because I didn't watch enough of them to give them a grade.



Tier One: Rare Prospects



1. Myles Garrett*, EDGE, Texas A&M




Analysis: Myles Garrett is the real deal. He's got all of the physical gifts and athleticism to be an elite pass rusher at the next level. The consensus top player in the draft can win with pure speed, quickness, and even power. He's got an explosive first step and active hands. He can bend the corner, change directions, and redirect effortlessly. He could thrive in a 4-3 scheme as a 9 technique defensive end, but I also like his ability to rush from the interior, possibly on third downs. His best fit may be to stand up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Garrett can also set the edge and really improved as a run defender this season. He's got some work to do, but he's not behind the 8 ball. Effort against the run needs to improve. Can't be in pass rush mode all the time. Sometimes relies too much on his athletic gifts, but he's got a nice array of pass rush moves (his go-to looks to be the spin move and it is effective), just needs to expand on this.


Position Rank: EDGE 1 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker




Tier Two: Elite Prospects



2. Solomon Thomas**, EDGE, Stanford




Analysis: What a damn good football player Solomon Thomas is. He has an impressive blend of size, strength, and quickness that will make him a nightmare for opposing offensive lineman. He is a disruptive player who is strong against the run, but his athleticism and violent hands allow him to be an effective pass rusher. He can also win by using good leverage. His versatility should allow him to play in any scheme. He's a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense, but he looks comfortable enough in space to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Can also rush from the wide 9 technique. If he can add and hold 10+ pounds to his frame, I believe he can be a disruptive interior defensive lineman. Some scouts view him as a tweener. Not extremely long for a defensive end, but not quite big enough for a defensive tackle. I don't see it that way. He's going in the top 10.


Position Rank: EDGE 2 | Best Fit: 4-3 Defensive End (6-Tech)





3. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama




Analysis: Jonathan Allen is a stud. He blends quickness and strength, and combines that with some excellent hand usage to be a dominant player. He looked almost unblockable at times this past season. His block shedding helps him be a beast against the run. His versatility should allow him to play multiple positions. Defensive end in a 4-3 who shifts inside on passing downs could be his role. Should look to add some pounds to his frame to be a full time defensive tackle. Revelations about his shoulder surgeries plus poor testing at the combine could cause him to slide. He's a top 5 talent.


Position Rank: DL 1 | Best Fit: 3-4 Defensive End (5-Tech)





4. Christian McCaffrey*, RB, Stanford




Analysis: A special talent in a loaded running back group, McCaffrey is the best all-purpose back the 2017 class has to offer. His versatility is a big reason why he will be considered in round one. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, but he can also line up out wide or in the slot. He is also a dangerous kick/punt returner. Give him the ball in space, and watch him work. He also has elite traits as a runner as well. Impressive vision and burst. Cut-back ability. Can hit the home run. You name it. Some scouts will question his ability to be a workhorse back. In today's NFL, however, most teams utilize 2, sometimes even 3 backs, so this should not be an issue.


Position Rank: RB 1 | Best Fit: Zone-Blocking Scheme (Vertical Offense)





5. Leonard Fournette*, RB, Louisiana State




Analysis: Leonard Fournette is a freak. He's IMO the most talented runner in this class, as there is a reason why he was the consensus top running back prospect heading into the 2016 season. His blend of speed, power, and elusiveness is incredible given his size. While some other backs have the impressive speed and elusiveness, they can't bring the power that Fournette does. While his technique as a pass blocker could be improved, he is far from a liability here, and should be a decent enough option as a pass catcher even if it isn't his forte. He may not be considered the best third down back, but he is a workhorse back than can be dominate. An ankle injury limited his effectiveness and production. Question is: will it affect him long term?


Position Rank: RB 2 | Best Fit: Man-Blocking Scheme (Power Run)





6. Malik Hooker**, S, Ohio State




Analysis: Size. Length. Speed. Athleticism. Instincts. Ball Skills. Malik Hooker has it all. It's why scouts are salivating over him. Against the run, he's a work in progress. He displays good aggression and the ability to change directions suddenly to make plays, but he tends to take some poor angles and ducks his head when going in for the tackle. Yet, he has shown flashes of being an impactful run defender. He also has shown signs of being an effective blitzer. Prototype centerfielder who's drawing comparisons to Ed Reed and Reggie Nelson.


Position Rank: S 1 | Best Fit: Single-High Free Safety (Cover 1)





7. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama




Analysis: An elite linebacker prospect who can pretty much do it all. He has sideline to sideline range, is exceptional in coverage, will take on and shed blocks, takes smart angles, and is an impact run defender. He also has the potential to be an effective blitzer as well. He is one of the most athletic linebacker prospects I have seen in a while. He's like a missile on the field, and is a certified big hitter. He's fluid, can stop on a dime, and change directions really well. Needs to limit the head first tackles. Very dangerous. Causes him to miss some tackles. First rounder all the way, but a "diluted sample" at the combine could cause him to slide.


Position Rank: LB 1 | Best Fit: 4-3 Outside Linebacker (SAM)





8. Marshon Lattimore**, CB, Ohio State




Analysis: One of the superior athletes in this draft. Boasts good size for a corner, and tested very well at the combine. Fluid corner who can turn and run. Usually does a good job of forcing receivers to the sideline by taking away the inside. Not afraid to use his hands, but needs to improve his technique. Lack of experience will show at times. Shows pretty good change of direction skills. Solid in run support, though needs to look to improve the angles he takes. Ball skills are a plus. Tracks the ball well and can attack the ball in the air. Blankets receivers. Doesn't give many opportunities for YAC. Consensus top corner prospect.


Position Rank: CB 1 | Best Fit: Man-to-Man (Outside Corner)




Tier Three: All-Pro Prospects



9. Dalvin Cook*, RB, Florida State




Analysis: Probably the most complete running back in the draft, Dalvin Cook can do it all. He projects as a three down back who can be a threat as a receiver and is valuable in pass protection. He's got excellent speed, acceleration, explosiveness, and balance along with excellent patience and good vision. Love the way he finishes runs as well. The fumbles are an issue and need to be cut down. Has some off the field baggage that could push him out of the first round.


Position Rank: RB 3 | Best Fit: Outside Run (West Coast Offense)





10. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan




Analysis: Davis is like the most complete receiver in this draft. He is the coveted height-weight-speed prospect with above average athleticism. His route running is exceptional, but he can also create separation with his speed. Can win in contested situations. True red zone threat. Looks like a running back in space and it so good after the catch. Displays an impressive catch radius as well. A quiet post season (no workouts) could cause him to slide to the end of round one. NFL teams will be foolish to pass on him.


Position Rank: WR 1 | Best Fit: X Receiver





11. Jamal Adams*, S, Louisiana State




Analysis: Malik Hooker may be a better ball hawk, but Jamal Adams is the more complete safety as of now. He can cover man to man, play in the box, or play single high. He's always around the ball. Usually takes good angles and can tackle in space. Playmaker in his own right. Should be able to make an immediate impact for the team that drafts him. His instincts are impressive as well.


Position Rank: S 2 | Best Fit: Box Safety (Man-to-Man)





12. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama




Analysis: Howard has all of the tools to be an all-pro tight end. Prototypical size and length, excellent speed and athleticism for an NFL tight end. True inline TE who was able to show his versatility at 'Bama, lining up in the slot, outside, and even in the backfield as an "H-Back". Dynamic. Can go over the middle. Has reliable hands and can make things happen after the catch. Very effective inline blocker and can get to the second level easily. Also effective blocking out on the perimeter. Highly coveted prospect who looks like a top 10 lock.


Position Rank: TE 1 | Best Fit: Inline Tight End (West Coast Offense)





13. Sidney Jones*, CB, Washington




Analysis: Very unfortunate that Sidney Jones suffered an Achilles injury at his pro day. He had a chance to be the first corner drafted. Based on the tape, Jones projects as a potential shut down corner at the next level. He doesn't mind getting physical and coming up in run support. He won't be a liability in this regard. As a cover man, he has good technique, can anticipate routes, and has some of the best ball skills in the draft. Teams didn't throw his way much this season. His combine performance suggests that he is just an average athlete for the position, but he looks quicker and more athletic on tape. Great awareness. Experienced DB. Needs to add weight to his thin frame. Some evidence on tape that he can be muscled by opposite receivers, though not very often.


Position Rank: CB 2 | Best Fit: Man-to-Man (Outside Corner)





14. Cam Robinson*, OT, Alabama




Analysis: The most talented tackle in this class. Has the frame, length, and athleticism to be an elite level blindside protector. Dominant run blocker. Mauler. It's over once he gets his hands on you. Can get to the second level with ease, but needs to be more consistent in getting his hands on a linebacker when he gets there. Issues with balance and lunging at times. Held his own against talented SEC pass rushers, including Myles Garrett. May project better as a right tackle or even at guard. I believe I'm higher on him than most.


Position Rank: OT 1 | Best Fit: Left Tackle (Power-Blocking Scheme)




Tier Four: Pro Bowl Prospects
(Round 1)



15. Malik McDowell*, DL, Michigan State




Analysis: McDowell flashes the ability to be a dominant player. He definitely needs to learn how to use his hands when engaged and use better technique, but his strength and athleticism allow him to get upfield and be a disruptive pass rusher. He also flashes the potential to be a dominant player versus the run. Because of his height, his pad level is usually high, and this causes some balance issues. All of the athletic gifts and tools are there. Prototype 3-4 defensive end.


Position Rank: DL 2 | Best Fit: 3-4 Defensive End (5-Tech)





16. Derek Barnett*, EDGE, Tennessee




Analysis: Barnett should be effective as a wide 9 defensive end, but standing up and rushing the passer as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 could be his best fit. Compared to some of the other top pass rushers, Barnett lacks ideal length, explosiveness, and some of the versatility. He's too strong for most blindside tackles and too fast for most right tackles. He can bend the corner, and his hand usage, play strength, and motor are why he's such an effective pass rusher. He does a really good job staying at home on running plays, and fits the mold of a complete 4-3 defensive end. High motor, high effort player who was able to dominate and be a game changer against SEC teams.


Position Rank: EDGE 3 | Best Fit: 4-3 Defensive End (9-Tech)





17. Mitchell Trubisky*, QB, North Carolina




Analysis: Despite having just one season of experience as a starter, Trusbisky checks off most of the boxes for a first round quarterback. Good size and frame, strong arm, solid mechanics, and the ability to win from inside the pocket, while throwing well under pressure. Add in the fact that he's a threat as a runner and improving as a passer on the move, and you can see why teams have been won over. With that limited experience, he may be a year or two away from being ready to deliver for the franchise that drafts him, but he's working with a lot of impressive tools. I was won over by the Stanford tape. He threw a couple of picks, but bounced back with an impressive last drive where he made numerous "WOW" throws.


Position Rank: QB 1 | Best Fit: West Coast Offense





18. Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama




Analysis: Williams is one of the premier pass rushing talents in a stacked group. He is explosive, and can beat with pure speed, quickness, violent hands, and very good technique. He can bend the corner, but can also quickly redirect and change directions. He has a really good all-around game. Better against the run that people think, and could potentially drop into coverage here and there. Lots of upside. Needs to get stronger and add weight to his frame. Love how he can convert speed into power, but while he has decent length, still might not have the ideal frame to hold up consistently against the run. Would be a perfect fit for a 3-4 team who will let him loose. Off the field issues could cause him to fall, especially with at least a handful of guys who would be considered safer options.


Position Rank: EDGE 4 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker





19. Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston




Analysis: I have a feeling Bowser is going to go very early in the draft. He hasn't had as much opportunity to rush the passer as some of the other top EDGE players, but has flashed the potential to be one of the best in this class. He is a top tier athlete, who can win with his speed around the edge, and quickness rushing inside. Displays violent hands and a relentless motor, plus pursuit. Can convert speed into power. Was asked to drop into coverage a lot at Houston, where he looked comfortable, showing fluidity and change of direction skills. Will take on and shed blocks. Use his length to his advantage, and is an impact player against the run. Should look to get stronger and add more pass rush moves. His versatility is a plus.


Position Rank: LB 2 | Best Fit: 4-3 Outside Linebacker (WILL)





20. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple




Analysis: Reddick is actually an EDGE player who projects best as an off the ball linebacker due to lack of size. However, like Reuben Foster, Reddick shows the athleticism, sideline to sideline range, change of direction skills, and instincts to be a stud at the next level. He wouldn't rank as highly for me as an EDGE rusher, but it's still one of the strong parts of his game and teams should look to take advantage. He can also set the edge and is really good against the run. Not Khalil Mack, but could be viewed as such by NFL teams.


Position Rank: LB 3 | Best Fit: 4-3 Outside Linebacker (WILL)





21. Charles Harris*, EDGE, Missouri




Analysis: Harris is one of the more complete EDGE players in the draft. On tape, he is a first round player. Can bend and turn the corner and beat you, but also has quick hands and a nice blend of power and speed. Has a nice spin counter move and should be able to rush standing up. Good get off as well. Generally does a good job of setting the edge and is an above average run defender. High motor player who will chase down ball carriers and make effort plays. He may be much more valuable to 3-4 teams.


Position Rank: EDGE 5 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker





22. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson




Analysis: Williams is expected to go within the top 10-15 picks, and I don't even think he's a finished product. That's not a bad thing at all. His upside is really high. He checks off a lot of boxes. Prototypical size and athleticism, great body control, can consistently win at the catch point, dangerous after the catch, and overall a physical receiver. He does have some work to do with his route running and needs to eliminate some of the easy drops due to lack of concentration. Creating initial separation does appear to be an issue. That isn't where he wins. In a weak receiver class in terms of bonafide first round picks, Williams will benefit.


Position Rank: WR 2 | Best Fit: Z Receiver





23. David Njoku**, TE, Miami




Analysis: Freakish athlete at the tight end position. Fits the mold of what a lot of NFL teams are looking for. Dynamic tight end who can consistently create separation with his speed, and can box out defenders with his frame to make contested catches. Really looks comfortable working from the slot, more so than when playing inline, though he is still very effective here as well. Much better run blocker than I expected, though should work on sustaining blocks a little longer. Can seal and get to the second level with relative ease. Needs to eliminate the concentration drops. Not the most polished, but the tools and upside are there, and he's already a really good player.


Position Rank: WR 2 | Best Fit: Inline Tight End





24. Marlon Humphrey*, S, Alabama




Analysis: I think Humphrey stacks up well with some of the other top corners in this class. He's got pretty good size and length. He should be able to excel in zone coverage, but has the skill set to be a good man to man corner as well. Blankets receivers. When he gets to high during his backpedal, it can leave him vulnerable, and even though he's got above average closing and recovery speed, he can get beat deep. This may be more so about him needed to improve his technique, but too often he will bite on fakes. Ball skills in man coverage are questionable, but they look elite when he's in zone coverage. He's aggressive in getting off of blocks and making plays in the running game. So he is a bit raw, but he has the tools, the athleticism, and the talent to be a stud cornerback at the next level. But, a potential move to safety could be intriguing.


Position Rank: S 3 | Best Fit: Zone Coverage Corner (Cover 2)





25. John Ross*, WR, Washington




Analysis: Any team looking for a dynamic slot receiver who can also take the top of the defense will love John Ross. He is a solid route runner, but he creates separation with his blazing speed. Has great hands and tracks the ball well. While his lack of size could limit his ability to be a true number one receiver, he would be a great fit for plenty of NFL teams.


Position Rank: WR 3 | Best Fit: Slot Receiver





26. Forrest Lamp, IOL, Western Kentucky




Analysis: Like Zack Martin, Lamp may have the ability to play all 5 positions on the offensive line. That versatility will help his stock. He doesn't have ideal length to play outside, but he projects very well as a guard. He has the feet, quickness, and hands necessary to excel in pass protection. Does a good job sustaining blocks overall, and is a very strong run blocker as well. Very good athlete. Could play in a zone blocking scheme. Got better as the game went on against top ranked Alabama.


Position Rank: IOL 1 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Zone-Blocking Scheme)





27. Adoree' Jackson*, S, Southern California




Analysis: A dynamic, game changing type of player is what you'll get with Adoree' Jackson. Just figure out a way to put the ball in his hands and watch what he can do in space. He can be a bit overaggressive and has some issues with keeping his balance in coverage. He likes to gamble, and has some really good ball skills and is capable of playing bigger than he is. Overaggressive does lead to a few mistakes though. Kind of risk/reward. Lack of size could force him to move to safety, or he can be a really good slot corner. Willing run defender, and actually one of the better defensive backs when it comes to tackling. Won't be able to press. Likely to be strictly an off coverage corner. Could be a monster in zone coverage. He needs some work, but the talent and upside are there, and he's already shown a lot of progression.


Position Rank: S 4 | Best Fit: Slot Corner (Zone Coverage)





28. Ishmael Zamora**, WR, Baylor




Analysis: Zamora is a stud. The complete package for a boundary receiver. Great size, speed, and athleticism. Natural hands catcher. Plucks the ball out of the air. Can attack the ball at its highest point and wins in contested situations. Vertical/Redzone threat. Much better route runner than I expected. He can create consistent separation. Very good after the catch. Physical receiver. Off the field issues could keep him from being drafted in the early rounds.


Position Rank: WR 4 | Best Fit: Z Receiver





29. Taylor Moton, IOL, Western Michigan




Analysis: Very good football player. Has the ability to be a dominant run blocker. Explosive out of his stance and can drive defenders off the ball. Sustains blocks for a long period of time. Great short area quickness. Plays until the whistle. Inconsistent finding targets once he gets to the second level, but once he locks on to someone, they're done. Has the length, foot quickness, and ability to defend against counter moves that you look for in a left tackle. Played right tackle last season and has experience at guard. Could be drafted higher if viewed as a guard. May not be a fit in zone-blocking schemes. Smart player.


Position Rank: IOL 2 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Power-Blocking Scheme)





30. Kevin King, CB, Washington




Analysis: Went back and watched Kevin King again (first time around I was not a fan). I've come around. Although he doesn't have great length for a 6'3" corner, he still has above average length in general. Combine that size with his excellent speed and freakish athleticism, and you have a special talent. He is smooth in coverage. Can excel in zone, but has the skills to succeed in man. Excellent closing speed. Did not force many turnovers, yet flashed great hands and ball skills. Tracks the ball well in the air and can high point it. The running game is where he is lacking a bit. Flashes physicality and ability to tackle in space, but needs to work on his form and improve his play strength. Will be in play for round one.


Position Rank: CB 3 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)





31. Caleb Brantley*, DT, Florida




Analysis: Brantley is probably the most consistent disruptive interior defensive lineman I watched outside of the "elite" guys. He is a block shedding machine. He has a quick first step, great initial punch, and is a high motor player. He already has some nice counter moves to fall back on if he can't beat you with a bull rush as well. Has shown the necessary strength to anchor in the run game. Can shoot the gaps and split double teams with little effort. He does need to improve his awareness against the run, but the biggest knock on Brantley besides lack of elite production (Just 2.5 sacks this past season) is that he does not finish plays. Too many times he would get in the backfield only to fail to bring down the ball carrier. Needs to improve this if he wants to live up to his potential. He looks like a 3 technique defensive tackle in a 4-3, but there appears to be some scheme versatility with him.

*Just weeks before the draft, a report came out that he assaulted a woman, knocking her unconscious. I was much higher on him than most. He looked like a Day 2 lock. He's going to plummet.


Position Rank: DL 3 | Best Fit: 4-3 Defensive Tackle (3-Tech)





32. Carl Lawson*, EDGE, Auburn




Analysis: Lawson is an explosive pass rusher. He is really good at converting speed into power. He can turn the corner and win with pure speed, but has quick hands and a nice up and under move he can go to. Looks pretty comfortable in space, and does a pretty good job setting the edge as a run defender, though he can still improve in this area. Injuries slowed down his collegiate career, but should not stop him from coming off the board very early in April. Due to lack of measurables, look for Lawson to be coveted more by teams running a 3-4 defense.


Position Rank: EDGE 6 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker



Tier Five: Pro Bowl Prospects
(Round 2)


33. DeShone Kizer**, QB, Notre Dame


Analysis: I Love Kizer's patience and ability to win from inside the pocket. He has the best physical tools and upside of any quarterback in the draft. Great ball placement at times, and has the mobility to be a threat as a runner and make plays outside of the pocket. Accuracy can be hit or miss at times, but he is one of the better deep ball throwers in this class. Love how he can manipulate defenders with his eyes and pump fakes. Can make every NFL throw. "Regression" from 2015 to 2016 draws a lot of concerns. May need a year or two to sit before he's able to make an impact on the field.


Position Rank: QB 2 | Best Fit: Vertical Offense


34. Garett Bolles*, OT, Utah


Analysis: One of the most athletic tackles I have seen in a while. Has the agility and quickness to consistently handle speed rushers on the edge. Can struggle a bit against power rushers. Needs to get stronger. Many scouts project he will, so this may not be an issue going forward. While I believe he proved to be a very consistent and reliable pass blocker, he is even better as a run blocker. Does a good job sustaining blocks and opening up holes. Comfortable in space and can get to the second level with ease. Some issue with balance that appear to be fixable (can overextend at times). Plays with a mean streak. Should look to improve hand placement on blocks (too far outside which could lead to some holding penalties). Will be 25 at the beginning of the season. May not be a fit for every team. Should be targeted by teams who run a zone-blocking scheme.


Position Rank: OT 2 | Best Fit: Left Tackle (Zone-Blocking Scheme)


35. Joe Mixon**, RB, Oklahoma


Analysis: Mixon is a tall, lean running back who offers true three down ability. He can run various routes and has reliable hands, plus shows willingness and effectiveness in pass protection. His best traits, however, are his vision and his patience. He allows his blocking in from of him to develop, jump cuts, then runs downhill effectively. May not have "elite" speed, but is more than capable of taking any run the distance, plus his elusiveness in space is a plus. Would like him to run behind his pads a little more and run less upright. Doesn't run through quite as many tackles as you would think, but does have a knack for falling forward after contact. Talent wise, he should be in the first round mix, though teams may still feel uncomfortable about his off the field incident from 2014.


Position Rank: RB 4 | Best Fit: Vertical Offense


36. Obi Melifonwu, CB, Connecticut


Analysis: Big, physical, fast, athletic, and rangy with ball skills. Could move to corner, but has the skill set to play either safety position. Smooth in coverage. Flies all over the football field. Above average run defender. Will attack the ball carrier. Reacts well to screens and shuts them down. Fluid hips, can change directions well. Can jump routes and break on the ball very fast, but needs to do a better job of tracking the ball in the air and playing the ball rather than the receiver. Also needs to a better job of getting off blocks more consistently. Can be a little overaggressive at times. Not a finished product, but he has a ton of upside.


Position Rank: CB 4 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)


37. Quincy Wilson*, CB, Florida


Analysis: This guy has all of the tools to be a special corner. One of the bigger big name corners in this class, and has the tape to back it up. Love how physical he is. Better athlete than most people think. Not afraid to use his hands. Maybe too reliant on them at times? A bit grabby, which could lead to some frustrating penalties. Prototype corner who can play press and should be an excellent man corner that can also play zone. Ball skills are there. Quicker than fast. Two concerns: 1.) Will be able to recover when beaten by speed? 2.) Will he show any interest in defending the run? As physical as he is in coverage, this needs to translate to the running game, because it can look ugly at times. Regardless, he has the mental and physical make up to be a lock down corner. If teams have concerns about him at corner, a move to safety could be appealing, but he can't play in the box.


Position Rank: CB 5 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Man-to-Man)


38. Jabrill Peppers**, LB, Michigan


Analysis: You can make a case for Peppers being the best athlete in the draft. He is so good with the ball in his hands, especially in space. He'll be an immediate impact player during his rookie season as a return man. He's also a reliable player in space on the defensive end. He needs to learn a position in order to reach his true potential. Not a ton of experience in coverage, but the athleticism, fluidity, and play making are there. Needs to get stronger if he's going to play linebacker. Some teams think he can be a running back. Only thing stopping Peppers from being a first round pick is figuring out what position you're drafting him to play. At least, before the news of his "diluted sample" at the combine. Lock to fall out of the first round.


Position Rank: LB 4 | Best Fit: 4-3 Outside Linebacker (WILL)


39. Alvin Kamara*, RB, Tennessee


Analysis: Love this kid Kamara. He's a special runner. He has good vision, runs with a low center of gravity, runs behind his pads, and is explosive with homerun speed. Shorter back (measured in at 5'10" at the combine), but is built well, runs hard, and rarely seems to go down after first contact. Has great balance, and can beat you in space with his speed in elusiveness, especially as a pass catcher. The pass blocking looks like a work in progress; Would also like to see just a little more patience before exploding through holes. Any team than doesn't land Fournette or Cook would love Kamara as a fallback option.


Position Rank: RB 5 | Best Fit: Outside Run


40. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama


Analysis: Another ridiculous athlete for the tight end position. Smaller tight end who shows some of the strength necessary to play in line, but is a hybrid tight end/receiver. Weapon. True redzone threat. Makes tough, contested catches. Attacks the ball away from his body. Arguably the best tight end in space/after the catch in this draft class. Very elusive for a tight end, and breaks a good amount of tackles. Not a sharp route runner. Will need some work. Shows willingness as a blocker, but is not very effective at this stage. Is an effective cut blocker though. Has moved up into day 2 consideration.


Position Rank: TE 3 | Best Fit: Slot Receiver/Tight End


41. Teez Tabor*, CB, Florida


Analysis: A brutal combine for Tabor will in all likelihood push him out of the first round. It's a shame, because on tape, he's a first round corner. I like his teammate Quincy Wilson a lot, but Tarbor is also an outstanding cover corner with above average ball skills. Can match route patterns really well. He's not as aggressive as his Florida counterpart (playing as far off as 15 yards), but he did not get beat in the games that I watched and showed natural ability in coverage. The only real knocks on him are that he is an average athlete at best, and he's not going to offer much in run support. I actually think he fared a little better than Wilson in the games I watched, but he is far from perfect as a run defender. He's more of a finesse player. His poor combine and concerns about his personality are going to cause him to fall on Draft day, but he could wind up being a steal for some team.


Position Rank: CB 6 | Best Fit: Outside Corner (Zone Coverage)


42. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss


Analysis: Engram has an intriguing skill set. He doesn't have ideal measurables for an NFL tight end, and does not project as an in line tight end. He projects as more of a dynamic "move" tight end who can be very effective working from the slot and complimenting another established Tight End. He's not an effective run blocker and probably never will be, and he struggles with drops and making contested catches. Can be a lazy route runner at times as well. Can be a real weapon for an NFL team as a mismatch. Will be bigger than most safeties and much faster than most linebackers. Excellent speed and athleticism should allow him to be a deep threat.


Position Rank: TE 4 | Best Fit: Move Tight End


43. Dion Dawkins, IOL, Temple


Analysis: Athletic lineman who has the potential to play both guard and tackle at the next level. Excellent get off. Can deliver an effective initial punch. Drives and controls defenders in the running game. Great motor, and is not afraid to put defenders in the dirt. Has the athleticism to play in space, but may be best suited to kick inside and be a mauler in the running game. Does well mirroring pass rushers. Balanced o-lineman who can hold up in pass protection thanks to good technique and footwork. Hands can get too wide and had some issues with false starts. Occasionally lowers his head on contact. Can he handle stunts? Should be able to play in multiple schemes.


Position Rank: IOL 3 | Best Fit: Offensive Guard (Man-Blocking Scheme)


44. Pat Elflein, IOL, Ohio State


Analysis: One of the best interior lineman in the draft when it comes to pass protection. He displays good balance, technique, and excellent hand usage as a pass blocker. Potential road grader in the running game; has shown the ability to control defensive linemen in the running game, while finishing plays and putting his opponents in the dirt. The only big knock on Elflein is that he isn't the best athlete. Often was not quick enough to get to the edge when pulling as a center. Much better in a phone booth than playing in space. Lunges occasionally, causing him to whiff on a block. Rarely got over powered, and showed the ability to redirect interior rushers. Can slide over to guard and be an impact starter.


Position Rank: IOL 4 | Best Fit: Center (Man-Blocking Scheme)


45. Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State


Analysis: One of the more athletic EDGE players in the draft. Has ideal length and strength to play defensive end, but will be best suited to stand up in a 3-4 defense. Can effectively bull rush and win with speed and quickness. Wanna see him develop a few more counter moves, but he uses his hands very well and can completely control opposing tackles. Disciplined run defender. Even flashes the ability to drop into coverage.


Position Rank: EDGE 7 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker


46. Desmond King, S, Iowa


Analysis: Lack of size and concerns about his long speed could force the move to safety. In fact, I believe King projects well as a safety due to his outstanding play in zone coverage, his ball skills, and his impact in the running game. He a physical player who will fight in coverage, even if he doesn't project well as a man-to-man corner. His closing speed is really good as well.


Position Rank: S 5 | Best Fit: Slot Corner (Zone Coverage)



Tier Five: Future Starter Prospects
(Round 2)


47. Zach Cunningham*, LB, Vanderbilt


Analysis: Usually when describing a linebacker as a "thumper", it means he's a two down linebacker. Not Cunningham. He has three down ability as a linebacker. He's strong, fast, and athletic. Not as explosive as Foster or Reddick, but has the ability to excel as a coverage linebacker while taking on and shedding blocks to make plays in the running game. Needs to work on his tackling technique. He ends up going high and as a result leads to a lot of missed tackles. Best fit is probably going to be an inside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.


Position Rank: LB 5 | Best Fit: 4-3 Middle Linebacker (MIKE)


48. Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA


Analysis: When you have a player with great athleticism and a non-stop motor, the foundation is there to build an elite pass rusher. It's easy to see why Takk McKinley is ascending up draft boards. Would like to see him get stronger, but he is a capable bull rusher, but can also win with his quickness and pure athleticism. He isn't the most flexible player and needs to develop an array of pass rush moves, but he's beginning to add them. Can get washed out at times in the run game, but also flashes the ability set the edge. Needs to improve his hand usage as well. Looks like a natural 3-4 outside linebacker, but his exceptional length could allow him to get some looks at defensive end.


Position Rank: EDGE 8 | Best Fit: 3-4 Outside Linebacker


49. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida


Analysis: Davis is a well rounded linebacker prospect. He has the speed and agility to play sideline to sideline and be an excellent pursuit player. He will take on blocks and deliver the first punch to bigger lineman, then disengage and make the play. He was really good in coverage on tape. Love his patience, but at times can be a little too patient. Also needs to take better angles to the ball. Luckily, he has the overall athleticism to make up for these mistakes. Durability concerns? Played through an ankle injury, then re-aggravated it against Alabama.


Position Rank: LB 6 | Best Fit: 3-4 Inside Linebacker


50. Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan


Analysis: The more I watched, the more I liked Taco Charlton. He isn't a finished product, but he's got plenty of talent. Prototypical build for an NFL defensive end with above average length. Has quick hands, and is a very good athlete for the position as well. Unlike some players who rely too much on speed and athleticism, Charlton may not do this enough. Too often he will try to redirect to the inside and beat the opposing tackle, when he has the ability to bend and beat them with pure speed. Needs to develop a go to move and improve his awareness against the run, especially when defending the read option. All of the physical tools and talent or there. Light needs to come on and consistency needs to improve.


Position Rank: EDGE 9 | Best Fit: 4-3 Defensive End (6-Tech)



51. Chris Godwin*, WR, Penn State
52. Gareon Conley*, CB, Ohio State
53. Deshaun Watson*, QB, Clemson
54. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
55. TreDavious White, CB, Louisiana State
56. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
57. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
58. Dan Feeney, IOL, Indiana
59. D'Onta Foreman*, RB, Texas
60. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova
61. Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
62. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
63. Demarcus Walker*, DL, Florida State
64. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
65. Dorian Johnson, OT, Pittsburgh
66. Isaiah Ford*, WR, Virginia Tech
67. Ryan Ramczyk*, OT, Wisconsin
68. Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte
69. Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
70. Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn
71. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
72. Jerod Evans*, QB, Virginia Tech
73. Alex Anzalone*, LB, Florida
74. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee



Tier Six: Future Starter Prospects
(Round 3)


75. Curtis Samuel*, RB, Ohio State
76. T.J. Watt*, EDGE, Wisconsin
77. Budda Baker, S, Washington
78. Patrick Mahomes*, QB, Texas Tech
79. George Kittle, TE, Iowa
80. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
81. Marcus Maye, S, Florida
82. Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
83. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
84. Davis Webb, QB, California
85. James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh
86. Marlon Mack*, RB, South Florida
87. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
88. Samaje Perine*, RB, Oklahoma
89. Wayne Gallman*, RB, Clemson
90. JuJu Smith-Schuster*, WR, Southern California
91. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
92. Josh Malone*, WR, Tennessee
93. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
94. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
95. Danny Isadora, IOL, Miami
96. Damien Mama*, IOL, Southern California
97. Isaac Isiata, IOL, Utah
98. Delano Hill, S, Michigan
99. Marcus Sanders-Williams*, S, Utah


100. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M


Tier Seven: Developmental Starter Prospects
(Round 3)


101. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
102. Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
103. K.D. Cannon*, WR, Baylor
104. Tarrell Basham, EDGE, Ohio
105. Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
106. Roderick Johnson*, OT, Florida State
107. Kendall Beckwith, LB, Louisiana State
108. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
109. DeVonte' Fields, EDGE, Louisville
110. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
111. Daeshon Hall, EDGE, Texas A&M
112. Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas State
113. Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
114. Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
115. Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa


Tier Eight: Developmental Starter/Quality Backup Prospects
(Round 4)


116. Howard Wilson*, CB, Houston
117. Raekwon McMillan*, LB, Ohio State
118. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
119. Chad Hansen, WR, California
120. Corn Elder, CB, Miami
121. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
122. Ethan Pocic, IOL, Louisiana State
123. Carlos Watkins, DL, Clemson
124. Brad Kaaya*, QB, Miami
125. Tyler Orlosky, IOL, West Virginia
126. Ejuan Price, EDGE, Pittsburgh
127. Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
128. Noah Brown**, WR, Ohio State
129. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
130. Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
131. Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
132. Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
133. Jamaal Williams, RB, Brigham Young
134. Jeremy McNichols*, RB, Boise State
135. Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
136. Vince Biegel, EDGE, Wisconsin
137. Duke Riley, LB, Louisiana State


Tier Nine: Developmental Starter/Quality Backup Prospects
(Round 5)


138. Bucky Hodges*, TE, Virginia Tech
139. Adam Shaheen*, TE, Ashland
140. Josh Jones*, S, North Carolina State


Tier Ten: Quality Backup/Developmental Backup Prospects
(Round 5)


141. Brian Hill*, RB, Wyoming
142. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
143. Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
144. Trey Hendrickson, EDGE, Florida Atlantic
145. Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
146. Matthews Dayes, RB, North Carolina State
147. Chris Carson, RB, Oklahoma State
148. Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State
149. ArDarius Stewart*, WR, Alabama
150. Vince Taylor*, DL, Oklahoma State