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2017 NFL Draft: Top 50 Big Board

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My Top 50 Players in the Draft this Year

Please note that this is not a mock draft.  This also does not take into account positional weighting or importance and please note that these aren’t “my guys”. These rankings are based on pure tape grades.  Without further ado, here are my rankings.

1Myles GarrettEDGETexas A&M
2Reuben FosterLBAlabama
3Jamal AdamsSSLSU
4Malik HookerFSOhio State
5Leonard FournetteRBLSU
6Jonathan AllenDLAlabama
7Solomon ThomasEDGEStanford
8Corey DavisWRWestern Michigan
9O.J. HowardTEAlabama
10Marshon LattimoreCBOhio State
11Mike WilliamsWRClemson
12Dalvin CookRBFlorida State
13Malik McDowellDLMichigan State
14Forrest LampOGWestern Kentucky
15David NjokuTEMiami
16Teez TaborCBFlorida
17Takkarist McKinleyEDGEUCLA
18Derek BarnettEDGETennessee
19Marlon HumphreyCBAlabama
20Garett BollesOTUtah
21Alvin KamaraRBTennessee
22Joe MixonRBOklahoma
23John RossWRWashington
24Deshaun WatsonQBClemson
25Dan FeeneyOGIndiana
26Jarrad DavisLBFlorida
27Tim WilliamsEDGEAlabama
28Montravius AdamsDLAuburn
29Tre'Davious WhiteCBLSU
30DeShone KizerQBNotre Dame
31Jourdan LewisCBMichigan
32Jabrill PeppersSSMichigan
33Ryan RamczykOTWisconsin
34Sidney JonesCBWashington
35Christian McCaffreyRBStanford
36Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech
37Charles WalkerDLOklahoma
38Ethan PocicCLSU
39KD CannonWRBaylor
40Jake ButtTEMichigan
41Ryan AndersonEDGEAlabama
42Pat ElfleinCOhio State
43Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida
44Mitch TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
45Gerald EverettTESouth Alabama
46Taco CharltonEDGEMichigan
47Quincy WilsonCBFlorida
48Zach CunninghamLBVanderbilt
49Patrick MahomesQBTexas Tech
50D'Onta ForemanRBTexas

Players 1-10

No real surprises here.  Maybe the biggest difference I see between my rankings and those of others is that I have Stanford edge rusher Solomon Thomas over Alabama edge rusher Jonathan Allen.  He’s only slightly higher though so not really a headline.

Players 11-20

I’m higher on Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell than most.  He has a high ceiling but effort was a question.  Another guy I’m really high on his Forrest Lamp, an offensive lineman from Western Kentucky.  Some people see an All-Pro Zach Martin-type talent in Lamp; he may never reach that level, but he’s going to be very good.  Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey is not great when the ball is in the air, but he’s an athletic specimen and is an absolute technician beforehand. The last person I’d like to talk about here is Utah offensive tackle Garrett Bolles. Bolles is an tenacious lineman who somehow maintains a balance between ferocity and control.

Players 21-30

Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara and Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon are the top two players in this tier.  Both are exceptional talents who can be three down stars in the NFL.  Kamara is ahead of Mixon because he’s slightly better in the passing game and Mixon has some off-the-field issues.

This tier also has my top two quarterbacks come off the board.  Having Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson as my top quarterback may be unpopular, but his poise in big spots and his potential keep him on top of my list.  Yes, he has been wildly inconsistent the past two years, but so has every other quarterback in this class.  My second quarterback is Deshone Kizer from Notre Dame; Kizer’s raw tools are great and with some development he can be an NFL starter.

Players 31-40

This tier has the three players I’d say I’m lower on than the majority of draft media in Michigan strong safety Jabrill Peppers, Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, and Washington cornerback Sidney Jones.  Peppers entered the season viewed as a top ten pick, but has fallen as scouts have put him under the microscope.  He’s a better athlete than he is a football player right now and his athleticism and versatility are going to keep him in the league for a long time (see Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson).

Ramczyk is a bit overrated for me; he was exceptional in his transition from DIII football to DI football, but he plays high and will get abused by NFL pass rushers until he corrects that.  I have been up and down on Jones throughout the process. He’s great if he wins at the line of scrimmage and can turn the wide receiver; if the wide receiver turns Jones, he looks like a completely different player.  The bigger, stronger wide receivers in the NFL are going to abuse him.

Players 41-50

Some of my favorite players in the draft actually fall in this final tier.  Alabama edge defender Ryan Anderson is a fantastic all-around player who shows the flexibility to bend the edge when rushing the passer and the strength to set the edge in the run game.  His traits might make him a better NFL player than he was a college player.

Gerald Everett, a small-school tight end from South Alabama, reminds me a lot of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.  He was the best player in his conference and his unwillingness to go down after contract sets him apart for me.  While he’s not as polished a blocker as the guys I have ranked above him at tight end, he has the potential to be the best tight end from this historic class three years from now.

The last guy who I really like in this tier is Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.  I know that Mahomes is coming from a system that produces statistically outstanding quarterbacks who don’t make in the NFL, but Mahomes is the exception. His arm talent is absolutely ridiculous.  I can easily see him going in round one.

We are still early in the process so my big board will definitely be changing over the next several weeks.  We’ll see new players on the board, old players off, and a shuffling of the entire board over the next few months.




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