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    Hot 150: Gil Brandt's top-ranked prospects for 2017 NFL Draft
    By Gil Brandt
    NFL Media senior analyst
    Published: April 17, 2017 at 01:42 p.m. Updated: April 17, 2017 at 01:56 p.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments

    This is the 57th year I have produced rankings of NFL draft prospects. In the early years when I was with the Cowboys, we had only a fraction of the information we have today, with very few confirmed measurements and times for prospects.

    But that has all changed. I can now look at my database and pull the confirmed short-shuttle or three-cone time of the 947th-ranked prospect instantaneously ... and in a matter of seconds have on my computer screen in front of me all the third-down-and-short run plays he was involved in at his Div. III school.

    It makes an evaluator's job easier and harder at the same time. There's so much more to consider with the overload of information, but ultimately it's more accurate info, which should (in theory) make draft boards around the league more informed and precise.

    With that said, here are my "Hot 150" prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.


    1
    Myles Garrett - DE, Texas A&M
    Three-year player with the Aggies. Has long arms (35 1/4 inches) and is very strong (33 bench lifts at the combine). Had 31.0 career sacks at A&M, with only 12 coming against SEC competition. Can be a game-changer, but needs to learn pass-rush moves. Just turned 21 last December.

    2
    Leonard Fournette - RB, LSU
    Three-year player at LSU. First player in Louisiana history to win national high school player of the year honors twice. Started six games in 2014, rushing for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a 5.5-yard average. He also had a 26.0-yard average as a kick returner. Led nation in 2015 with 1,953 rushing yards (6.5-yard average) and 22 touchdowns, finishing sixth in Heisman voting. Suffered left ankle injury in 2016 fall camp and did not play well, finishing with 843 yards and eight TDs in seven games. In two career games vs. Alabama, rushed for just 66 yards. Very explosive runner. Had best 20-yard time of any running back at the combine. Looks like a linebacker when you meet him in person.

    3
    Solomon Thomas - DE, Stanford
    Spent three years at Stanford, but only played two after being redshirted in 2014. Strong (30 bench lifts at combine) and explosive (35-inch vertical). Has great short-area quickness. Very tough. Outstanding character, intelligence and leadership skills; could one day hold political office if he so chooses. Best position could be left defensive end, but will be a very good tackle because of speed and quickness.

    4
    Marshon Lattimore - CB, Ohio State
    Was at Ohio State for three years but missed 2014 season with a hamstring injury that required surgery. After limited play in 2015, started 12 games. Was targeted 35 times last season, with 14 burns (40 percent), allowing only one touchdown. Had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Ten of his burns came against receivers between 6-feet and 6-3. Had 74 plays on special teams. Has great ball skills with outstanding speed. Very fluid. Small hands (8 7/8 inches).

    5
    Jamal Adams - S, LSU
    Three-year player at LSU. Played nickel cornerback as a freshman in 2014. Started 24 total games at strong safety in 2015 and 2016 when he was targeted 36 times with 12 burns (33 percent). Last season, he allowed only one touchdown, had an interception, and made 73 tackles. Had 124 plays on special teams. Never had a holding or interference called against him. Good NFL bloodlines: father, George, played running back at Kentucky and was 19th overall pick of Giants in 1985. Tremendous pro day; ran 4.45-second 40-yard dash.

    6
    Malik Hooker - S, Ohio State
    Three-year player with the Buckeyes. Outstanding athlete. High school team in Pennsylvania won two state championships -- the only two years he played as a prep. Redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State and used primarily as a backup in 2015. Had big year in 2016. Targeted 36 times, with 16 burns (44 percent), only one TD allowed, seven interceptions, including three returned for scores. No interference or holding calls against him. Had 74 tackles last season, and played 96 snaps on special teams. Great recovery speed. Tough and competitive. Limited playing experience but has tremendous upside as a player.

    7
    Jonathan Allen - DT, Alabama
    Four-year player in Tuscaloosa, and even got experience as a true freshman. Very strong. Had 28.5 sacks during his time at Alabama, second-best total in school history. Very quick. Played defensive end in Alabama's 3-4 front. Makes plays in big games. Blocked PAT in one-point victory over Arkansas. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Very good use of hands. Great instincts. Outstanding character. Reminds me of the Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy.

    8
    Mitchell Trubisky - QB, North Carolina
    Redshirted in 2013, and played very little the next two seasons. When he did play in 2015, he played well, completing 40 of 47 passes for 555 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Had a breakout year last season, completing 68 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, 30 TDs and six INTs. Has very good accuracy. Moves around well. Quick release. Has traits that usually translate to NFL success. Led back-to-back come-from-behind victories vs. Pitt and Florida State. Poorest game came in loss vs. Virginia Tech when he completed just 13 of 33 passes with two INTs. Was sacked 20 times in 13 games in 2016. Had good success in the red zone.

    9
    Deshaun Watson - QB, Clemson
    Three-time Georgia high school player of the year. Started five games as a true freshman in 2014. Completed 60 percent of his passes and won 90 percent of his starts in his three years at Clemson. Reminds me of Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick of the ***** in 2005; he doesn't have the strongest arm, but he has great character, is accurate, and is a proven winner. Grew up in house built by Warrick Dunn's foundation for single mothers.

    10
    John Ross - WR, Washington
    Played wide receiver, kick returner, and some at cornerback as a true freshman in 2013. Made four starts at wide receiver in 2014, before suffering a torn ACL in spring of 2015 that forced him to redshirt the entire season. Came back in 2016 for a breakout year in which he was targeted 131 times, with 81 catches and 17 touchdowns and only three drops. Fifty-one of those receptions were for first downs. Will willingly go over the middle to catch the ball. Very tough. Tracks ball well. Has great speed and explosiveness. Very athletic. Hands are on the small side (8 3/4 inches).

    11
    Gareon Conley - CB, Ohio State
    Three-year player at Ohio State who started 26 games over the last two seasons. Of the 44 times he was targeted in 2016, he was burned only 16 times (36 percent), gave up only one touchdown, and had four interceptions. He also had only one third-down defensive holding call against him. Outstanding athlete; had a 37-inch vertical jump at the combine. Has long arms (33 inches). Needs to get stronger. Day 1 starter in the NFL.

    12
    Christian McCaffrey - RB, Stanford
    Good NFL bloodlines: father, Ed, played 13 years in the NFL and has three Super Bowl rings; brother, Max, is on the Packers roster. Three-year player at Stanford who was used in many capacities. Tough matchup for opponents. Can run, catch and return kicks. Has outstanding work habits and is an exceptional athlete (37.5-inch vertical and 6.57-second three-cone at combine). Great character. Outstanding, but small, hands (9 inches). Needs to increase upper-body strength.

    13
    O.J. Howard - TE, Alabama
    Four-year player at Alabama who returned for senior season to improve his blocking. Had 45 catches in 2016 on 55 targets, with only two drops with a freshman QB; 24 receptions were for first downs. Played 150 special-teams snaps. Very athletic (4.16-second short shuttle, 6.85-second three-cone, and an exceptional 1.52-second 10-yard dash). Has big-play ability; averaged 26.5 yards on four catches in last season's national title game against Clemson.

    14
    Reuben Foster - LB, Alabama
    Four-year linebacker who played regularly as a true freshman in 2013. Won Butkus Award in 2016 when he finished with 115 tackles. Very tough, competitive player. Very athletic. Was targeted 40 times in 2016 and opponents caught the ball 23 times. No one plays harder, but style of play has led to injuries; he's currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Can he stay healthy at 230 pounds? Has overcome a lot in his life to get where he is today.

    15
    Cam Robinson - OT, Alabama
    Father is Steve Foley, who played in the NFL for seven years. Started 43 consecutive games in his three seasons at Alabama. Team captain. Has 35.5-inch arms. Very good initial quickness (1.77-second 10-yard dash at combine). Very good competitor. Allowed only one sack in 2016 -- against Tennessee's Derek Barnett, who also had three pressures in the game. Big, strong hands (10.5 inches). Called for only one holding penalty but had 10 false starts. Should play long time in the NFL at a high level.

    16
    Derek Barnett - DE, Tennessee
    Three-year player at Tennessee who had more sacks (33, including 13 in 2016) than Reggie White did with the Vols. Participated in everything at the combine despite being ill. Had 29 of his 33 sacks vs. SEC teams. Played 76 snaps on special teams. Plays with energy and outstanding effort. Highly motivated. Has body frame to put on additional weight. Great character.

    17
    Charles Harris - DE, Missouri
    Played four years at Mizzou, but his junior season was stronger than his senior year, mostly due to a change in defense. Very good athlete. Has bend and burst off end of the line. Had nine sacks and 54 pressures in 2016. Very good initial quickness. High-effort player. Can develop into a very good pass rusher in the NFL.

    18
    Parick Mahomes - QB, Texas Tech
    Three-year player at Texas Tech. Very strong arm; threw the ball 60 mph at the combine. Set NCAA record vs. Oklahoma in 2016 when he passed for 734 yards, completing 52 of 88 attempts, with five touchdowns and adding 87 yards rushing. Had 41 passing TDs in his final season at TTU. Good athlete; son of Major League pitcher Pat Mahomes. Would have been a high MLB draft pick coming out of high school were it not for his commitment to football at Tech. Will need time to develop in the NFL, maybe two years. With a good work ethic and a team's patience, he could play in the NFL for a long time.

    19
    Ryan Ramczyk - OT, Wisconsin
    Only played one year at Wisconsin after transferring from Div. III UW-Stevens Point and being redshirted in 2015. Took unusual route to NFL but great story of perseverance. Played great in 2016, allowing only one sack, with no holding penalties and just two false starts. Played in more than 900 snaps in 14 games. Very good competitor. Needs to work on upper-body strength. Very good feet. Recovering from hip surgery.

    20
    Jarrad Davis - LB, Florida
    Two-year starter at Florida. Can play middle or outside 'backer. Very competitive. Had 14 tackles vs. Vanderbilt. Missed four of last five games in 2016 with an ankle injury, which forced him to sit out the Senior Bowl and combine. However, he showed off his athleticism at the Gators' pro day. Plays well in space. Very explosive tackler. Very good on special teams. Tough, smart player.

    21
    Jabrill Peppers - S, Michigan
    Three-year player who came into his own in 2016. Won four state titles at two different high schools in New Jersey. Played multiple positions on both offense and defense at Michigan, but his best is probably safety. Can return kickoffs and punts. Dropped some passes that should have been intercepted at UM's pro day. Was burned nine times on 14 targets in 2016 -- not good. Peppers is a pure football player. You need to figure out how to use him; and if you can't, don't draft him. Otherwise, you'll be doing him and yourself a huge disservice.

    22
    Garett Bolles - OT, Utah
    Played only one year at major-college level after transferring from a junior college. Started 13 games at left tackle in 2016 and gave up just two sacks. Had seven holding and seven false start penalties. Will be 25 years old next month. Has elevated stock because of the lack of quality linemen in this draft, but he has a good chance to find success in the NFL. Good pick with some risk.

    23
    Mike Williams - WR, Clemson
    Four-year player at Clemson. Reminds some of Keyshawn Johnson, the first player taken in the 1996 draft. Had 98 catches in 2016. Has good size and body control needed for success at position. Not the fastest receiver or best blocker. Former basketball player. Had five drops on 145 targets in 2016, and 63 of his catches went for first downs. Will win most 50-50 balls thrown his way. Exceptional receiver on back-shoulder throws.

    24
    Takkarist McKinley - DE, UCLA
    Transferred to UCLA from junior college. Long arms (34 3/4 inches) and quick get-off to rush passer. Had 10 sacks and 54 pressures in 2016. Most sacks/pressures came against lowly regarded offensive linemen. At combine, did not perform well in short shuttle or three-cone -- drills that show short-area quickness. Has some pass-rush ability.

    25
    Dalvin Cook - RB, Florida State
    Three-year player at FSU, where he became the school's all-time leading rusher in yards (4,464) and touchdowns (46). Exceptional vision as a runner, a trait Bill Parcells believes is the most important for a running back. Has strength and is tough. Plays fast. Good but not great hands, and some questions linger about his pass-protection skills. Has had some off-field problems in past, but seems like a good kid when you meet him. Has had three shoulder surgeries since high school.

    26
    Adoree' Jackson - CB, USC
    Three-year player who started 10 games in 2014 as a true freshman, including some at wide receiver. Very athletic. Outstanding kick-return skills; returned eight for touchdowns at USC. Has outstanding burst. High burn percentage in 2016 (52 percent), burn yards (499) and touchdowns allowed (7). Needs to play one position and forget about track. Teams are betting on speed and athletic ability with him. He's either a slot corner or wide receiver, and a kick returner.

    27
    Quincy Wilson - CB, Florida
    Three-year player for Gators. Has the size needed to match up with the new breed of NFL receivers. Strong, can re-route receivers. Smart, quick and competitive. Ran incredible 4.02-second short shuttle at the combine. Was targeted by opposing quarterbacks 47 times and had a very respectable burn rate of 34 percent (16 catches), plus nine passes defensed. Had three career INT returns for touchdowns. Father, Chad Wilson, was a corner at the University of Miami.

    28
    Kevin King - CB, Washington
    Played safety first two years with the Huskies, moved to corner last two seasons. Was targeted by opposing quarterbacks 51 times in 2016, with 23 burns (45 percent) and did not surrender a touchdown. Had a very good combine. Has exceptional short-area quickness (3.89-second short shuttle, 6.56-second three-cone). Can play both safety and cornerback. Played 92 snaps on special teams.

    29
    David Njoku - TE, Miami
    Played just two seasons at Miami, with only nine starts. Grew up in Nigeria, where parents still live. One of nine children. Only 20 years old. Uber-athletic; was national high jump cmapion in high school, and had a 37.5-inch vertical and 11-foot-1 broad jump at the combine. On 74 targets in 2016, he had four drops and eight TDs. Has unlimited potential. A risk because he's still somewhat raw, but one worth taking because of upside.

    30
    Tre'Davious White - CB, LSU
    Started 11 games in 2013 as a true freshman. Has started 47 games in four years at LSU. Good ball skills. Can return punts (three for touchdowns at LSU). Very athletic; was an outstanding high school basketball player. Hard worker in offseason. Not flashy but dependable. Had 20 burns on 51 targets (respectable 39 percent), with two TDs allowed and 17 passes defensed, in 2016. Played 155 special teams snaps.

    31
    Corey Davis - WR, Western Michigan
    Four-year player with the Broncos who played as a true freshman in 2013 (67 catches). WMU was only Division I offer he had coming out of high school. Only player in FBS history with more than 300 catches, 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Very good hands, but had seven drops on 142 targets in 2016. Biggest question: Will he be able to separate against NFL defensive backs? A lot like Cowboys WR Terrance Williams. Didn't face a lot of top competition, and struggled some vs. Ohio State in 2015.

    32
    Chidobe Awuzie - CB, Colorado
    Started seven games as a true freshman in 2013. Did not play well vs. Oklahoma State in bowl game (turf toe injury). Had an exceptional 1.50-second 10-yard dash at the combine. Very good tackler. Smart and tough. Can play corner, nickel and safety. Great character. Comes from a strong family. In 2016 he was targeted 63 times, with 31 burns (49 percent) and two touchdowns allowed.

    33
    DeShone Kizer - QB, Notre Dame
    Three-year player for the Irish, with 23 starts after being redshirted in 2014. Didn't start Week 1 last fall vs. Texas, but entered in reserve and nearly brought Notre Dame back to win. Has tremendous upside, maybe more than any quarterback in this draft. Very good arm strength. Has quick release, but his accuracy needs improvement. Did not play as well in 2016 as he did in 2015, but that was due to a lack of talent around him after losing key weapons. Has talent and athletic ability. Needs time with top quarterback coach like Kyle Shanahan at San Francisco.

    34
    Evan Engram - TE, Ole Miss
    Started six games as a true freshman in 2013. Will be a matchup nightmare for opponents. Has wide reiver speed. Tracks the ball well. Not sure how big he will get (240 pounds?). Natural leader; two-time captain. Four drops on 40 targets in 2016. Played big vs. Alabama and Florida State, with 18 combined catches for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Had exceptional pro day workout.

    35
    Curtis Samuel - RB, Ohio State
    Three-year player for the Buckeyes. Played mostly running back. Will be a Percy Harvin-type of player in the NFL. Very fast. Will catch going across the middle. Despite lack of experience, more advanced than you might think at receiver. Started at H-back in 2016. Look at Michigan tape and you see a future NFL star in the making.

    36
    JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR, USC
    Very young; won't turn 21 until November. Started 12 games as a true freshman. Did not have a good quarterback at the start of the 2016 season (only one catch vs. Alabama in opener). Needs work as a route runner. Very strong and has big hands. Wins most 50-50 balls.

    37
    Haason Reddick - DE, Temple
    Came to Temple as a defensive back walk-on, and redshirted his first season. Played linebacker in 2013 before settling in at defensive end in 2014. Had breakout season in 2016 with 10.5 sacks and 29 pressures. Good quickness and burst. Very tough and competitive. Biggest question: Is he better with his hand in the ground or as a 3-4 'backer? Wore No. 7 at Temple; defensive players are given single-digit numbers for toughness. Had off-campus fight in 2015 and was able to avoid a trial by agreeing to be placed in a diversionary program. Played 121 special teams snaps.

    38
    Marcus Williams - S, Utah
    Started six games in 2014 as a true freshman. Very athletic; had 43.5-inch vertical, 10-foot-9 broad jump, and 6.85-second three-cone drill at the combine. Very instinctive as a free safety. Very good hands. He was targeted 19 times by opposing quarterbacks in 2016, with five INTs and five burns for a very low burn rate of 26 percent. Participated on 98 special teams snaps. Will start as first-year player in NFL, might even play corner for certain teams.

    39
    Josh Jones - S, N.C. State
    Entered N.C. State as a running back out of high school. Redshirted in 2013. Played strong safety in 2014 and 2015, moved to free safety last season. Physical player, very aggressive. Had impressive 37.5-inch vertical jump at the combine. Was burned on 24 of 44 targets in 2016 (55 percent), three touchdowns allowed and three interceptions. Had 78 special teams plays. Impact tackler; had double-digit tackles in six games this past fall, 109 for season.

    40
    Jordan Willis - DE, Kansas St.
    Four-year player who was highly respected by coach Bill Snyder at K-State. Will compete hard from snap to whistle, and beyond. Against West Virginia last season he had two sacks and nine pressures in a game he had to come off the field twice with injuries, only to return both times. Had 11.5 sacks for the season and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Has great first-move quickness to go along with a 39-inch vertical. Team captain. Player whose stock rose through testing and as teams got to know him.

    41
    Forrest Lamp - G, Western Kentucky
    Five-year player at WKU who started 51 games, 48 at left tackle. Very strong; had 34 lifts at the combine. Good quickness off the ball. Had good short shuttle and three-cone times. History of wrist injuries is concerning. Very smart with good character. Try-hard player who is better suited at guard and could even end up at center.

    42
    Taco Charlton - DE, Michigan
    Four-year player who had only started four games going into 2016 season. Had best game of college career against Ohio State (2.5 sacks, 3 pressures, 9 tackles), a performance that opened many eyes among NFL scouts. Finished with 10 sacks in 2016. Ran better at his pro day (4.85-second 40) after running 4.92 at the combine. Has long arms (34 1/4 inches). Looks the part, but does not always play the part. Very inconsistent. Underachiever label. Has size you want for position. Might be best suited to play left end.

    43
    Marlon Humphrey - CB, Alabama
    Spent three years at Alabama, but played only two, with 29 starts. Has size, speed and intelligence needed for position. Has trouble finding the ball, which might not be correctable. Was targeted 58 times by opposing quarterbacks, with 28 burns (48 percent), and 492 yards and four touchdowns allowed in 2016. Had two interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown vs. USC. Father, Bobby Humphrey, was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1989 and played five years in the league.

    44
    Marcus Maye - S, Florida
    Five-year player with the Gators. Injured and didn't work out at the combine. Had a great pro day workout; ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds, had a 4.16-second short shuttle, and a 7.07-second three-cone drill. Played free safety at Florida. Was targeted 16 times by opposing quarterbacks in 2016, with just four burns (25 percent) and one TD allowed. Very good special teams player (113 snaps in 2016). Has quick feet and very good anticipation. Can play slot corner. Very smart. Has shot to be a first-year starter in the NFL.

    45
    Malik McDowell - DT, Michigan State
    Three-year player for the Spartans who had 22 starts in two years. Missed three games with an ankle injury at end of 2016 season. Very athletic. Plays tall; difficult to change this. Only 20 years old. Very immature and did not interview well at the combine. Can run down opposing players. Had just 1.5 sacks and 17 pressures in nine games in 2016. Classic boom-or-bust player.

    46
    Zach Cunningham - LB, Vanderbilt
    Entered Vandy at 200 pounds and redshirted first year. Started five games in 2014, and has been the SEC's leading tackler the past two seasons. Looks lean at 234, but has the body frame to add another 20 pounds. Not real strong; only had 15 strength lifts at the combine. Had 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Very smart. Hands are a question. Had no interceptions in his three years of playing. High-character person. Patriots coach Bill Belichick came to his pro day.

    47
    Tim Williams - LB, Alabama
    Four-year player at Alabama who was never a full-time starter. Pass-rush specialist. Very explosive. Will need to become stronger. A lot like Bruce Irvin, the 15th overall pick by Seattle in 2012. Has history of character problems. Will compete on the field. Not sure he can play in space.

    48
    Chris Wormley - DE, Michigan
    Five-year player at Michigan who redshirted in 2012 and finished with 30 starts. Team captain. Named Michigan's best defensive lineman in each of past two seasons. Had 18 career sacks. Terrific pro day; sister, mother, and grandmother all traveled from Toledo to attend. Will be good, steady player for team that drafts him.

    49
    Ryan Anderson - OLB, Alabama
    Five-year player who didn't start until last season. Best as a 3-4 linebacker. Very competitive player. Had 8.5 sacks in 2016, with one interception and four forced fumbles. Was targeted by opposing quarterbacks 10 times last season, giving up just 33 receiving yards on four receptions. Strong tackler. Had 117 snaps on special teams. Some off-field problems in 2015.

    50
    Dan Feeney - OL, Indiana
    Started 12 games as a true freshman in 2012, but was redshirted in 2013 with foot injury. Finished with 46 career starts at Indiana. Played center in Senior Bowl. One NFC East team thinks he is a better defensive line prospect. Allowed just two sacks in four years. Very tough. Does a good job vs. blitz. Smart player and good leader; was a captain for two years. Played both tackle and guard at IU. All-Big Ten First Team in 2015 and 2016.


    51. Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
    52. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
    53. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
    54. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
    55. Budda Baker, S, Washington
    56. Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh
    57. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
    58. Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
    59. Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
    60. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

    61. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
    62. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
    63. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
    64. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
    65. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
    66. Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
    67. Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
    68. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
    69. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    70. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama

    71. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
    72. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
    73. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
    74. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
    75. Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
    76. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
    77. Duke Riley, OLB, LSU
    78. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
    79. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
    80. Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming

    81. Davis Webb, QB, Cal
    82. Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
    83. Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
    84. Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    85. Zach Banner, OT, USC
    86. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
    87. D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
    88. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
    89. Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
    90. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

    91. Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
    92. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
    93. Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida
    94. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
    95. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
    96. Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
    97. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
    98. Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
    99. David Sharpe, OT, Florida
    100. Caleb Brantley, OT, Florida

    101. George Kittle, TE, Iowa
    102. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Texas A&M
    103. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
    104. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
    105. Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor
    106. Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
    107. Chad Hansen, WR, Cal
    108. Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan
    109. Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
    110. Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State

    111. DeMarcus Walker, DL, FSU
    112. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
    113. John Johnson, S, Boston College
    114. Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
    115. KD Cannon, WR, Baylor
    116. Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois
    117. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
    118. Danny Isidora, OG, Miami
    119. Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
    120. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

    121. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
    122. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
    123. Carlos Henderson, WR-KR, Louisiana Tech
    124. Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
    125. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
    126. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
    127. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
    128. Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown St.
    129. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.
    130. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

    131. Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
    132. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
    133. Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
    134. Jessamen Dunker, OG, Tennessee St.
    135. Fadol Brown, DE, Ole Miss
    136. Collin Buchanan, OT, Miami (Ohio)
    137. Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M
    138. Larry Ogunjobi, OT, UNC-Charlotte
    139. Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
    140. Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia

    141. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise St.
    142. Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
    143. Tarik Cohen, RB-KR, North Carolina A&T
    144. Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
    145. Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State
    146. Brandon Barnes, TE, Alabama St.
    147. Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan
    148. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
    149. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
    150. Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas

  • #2
    I am not a Leonard Fournette fan in the 1st round. Injured and when he was out of the game, LSU didn't lose a step with Guice and arguably he outperformed a 100% healthy Leonard. With his injury history and his lack of any juke to make defenders miss - we would scare me as a franchise back.
    I also think Peppers out of Michigan will be over drafted. He's too small to play LBer. He's not quick enough to play outside as a CB. So you are drafting a guy to play slot CB and SS? From a guy who isn't great in coverage? Terrific game changing college player, not sure how he translates to the NFL. I would draft a FS in the 1st round, not a SS. NFL life expectancy of a SS is so random.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dreadlock View Post
      I also think Peppers out of Michigan will be over drafted.
      Perhaps not anymore, as it was just reported that he failed the Combine drug test (diluted sample).

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      • #4
        A veteran player said they shouldn't allow diluted tests at the combine to be a violation because so many players load up on water to get their weight up.

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          It's never too early to start looking ahead at next year's NFL Draft
          by Chris Trapasso CBSSports.com

          While the 2017 NFL Draft is still fresh on our minds, it's never too early to start looking forward at next year's crop of standout prospects. Here are the guys you need to know to get you ready for the 2017 NCAA season and ultimately, the 2018 NFL Draft.

          1. Arden Key | DE | LSU | Junior
          At 6-foot-6 and just over 230 pounds, Key has plenty of room to grow into his gigantic frame. Even at sub-240 pounds in 2016, the Tigers sophomore had 55 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks after a freshman All-American season in 2015. If he adds some weight to his and builds on his first two seasons at LSU, Key is a prime candidate to go No. 1 overall.

          2. Sam Darnold | QB | USC | RS Sophomore
          Darnold shined in 13 starts as a redshirt freshman last season. He completed more than 67 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. And he ended the season on a high note. Darnold went bonkers in a crazy comeback victory in the Rose Bowl against Penn State. He threw for 453 yards with five touchdown passes and one pick. If he tightens up his delivery, and shows more consistency drifting in the pocket, he should be a top-three lock.

          3. Harold Landry | DE | Boston College | Senior
          Landry has everything NFL evaluators want in an edge-rushing specialist. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he possesses quality outside linebacker size. The production is undoubtedly there too. Even as a sophomore in 2015, Landry had 16 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. In 2016, he led the ACC with 16.5 quarterback takedowns to go with 22 tackles for loss. With another big season, Landry will compete with Key to earn the No. 1 edge-rusher spot in the 2018 class.

          4. Mason Rudolph | QB | Oklahoma State | Senior
          Like Landry, Rudolph will check many boxes for NFL scouts and GMs. Firstly, he'll enter the 2018 draft with loads of experience. He's already started 29 games and thrown 958 passes. As far as efficiency, Rudolph's figures are stunning. He has 55 touchdowns to just 17 interceptions in his college career, including a 28/4 TD/INT ratio in 2016. Also, he's 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds and plays in the wide-open Big 12. A pure pocket passer with a strong arm, there's not much to dislike about Rudolph's game.

          5. Derwin James | S | Florida State | Junior
          A former five-star recruit with freakish athleticism, linebacker-esque hitting ability, and cornerback-like ball skills. That's a description of either former Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey or current Seminoles star Derwin James. At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, James is enormous for the position. He's super-fluid on the field with quick play-recognition gifts, as evidenced by his 91 tackles as a true freshman in 2015. He missed most of 2016...
          -06-27-2017, 06:51 AM
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          Gil Brandt's Hot 100: Laremy Tunsil is top prospect in 2016 NFL Draft
          by Nick
          Hot 100: Laremy Tunsil is top prospect in 2016 NFL Draft
          By Gil Brandt
          NFL Media senior analyst
          Published: April 18, 2016 at 01:08 p.m. Updated: April 19, 2016 at 01:48 p.m. 848 Likes | 45 Comments

          This is the 56th year that I have done rankings of NFL draft prospects. In the early years, from 1960-66, we put together a pre-fall rankings because from 1960 until the first common draft in 1967, the draft took place on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day (for example, the 1966 draft took place on Nov. 27, 1965).

          In those days, we had about one percent of the information on prospects that we have today. Back then, there were not a lot of confirmed heights, weights and speed times that we have access to today.

          Prior to 1960, interest in the draft was almost nonexistent. At the 1964 draft, which was held on Dec. 2, 1963, we had less than 10 media personnel attend. This year, according to Greg Aiello of NFL PR, the league will issue around 1,700 credentials to media from around the world.

          Here are my Hot 100 prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft.

          1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
          Tunsil (6-foot-6, 310 pounds, no 40 time) missed seven games during the 2015 season. In the six games that Tunsil did start, he didn't allow a sack, was called for one holding penalty and three false starts. Tunsil will play in the NFL for many years at a high level.

          2. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
          Ramsey (6-1 1/4, 209, 4.41 40) was a three-year starter for the Seminoles, and started 14 games as a true freshman (three at cornerback and 11 at safety). He was the first true freshman since Deion Sanders in 1985 to start at cornerback for FSU.

          3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
          Elliott (5-11 3/4, 4.47 40) rushed for 1,800-plus yards the previous two seasons. In the national championship win over Oregon, Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He's a very good blocker with plus-type hands. Elliott is durable, very competitive and smart. He will be a very strong candidate to be the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2016.

          4. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
          Bosa (6-5 5/8, 274, 4.75 40) worked out better at Ohio State's pro day than he did at the NFL Scouting Combine. He father -- John Bosa -- and uncle -- Eric Kumerow -- were both first-round draft picks of the Miami Dolphins. Bosa had 26 sacks over three seasons at Ohio State.

          5. Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
          Jack (6-1, 243, no 40 time) has not yet run the 40-yard dash for scouts, but had a good pro-day workout on March 15 (40-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump). Jack played just 140 snaps before going down with an injury early in the 2015 season. Jack is an outstanding athlete who could also play safety or all three linebacker positions. Jack will be a Week 1 starter in the NFL.

          6. DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
          Buckner (6-7 1/4, 286, 5.05 40) was the...
          -04-19-2016, 05:06 PM
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          Mel Kiper's way-too-early Big Board: Top 25 2018 prospects
          by Nick
          Mel Kiper's way-too-early Big Board: Top 25 2018 prospects
          May 11, 2017
          Mel Kiper Jr.
          Football analyst

          Say so long to the Class of 2017. It's time for my annual way-too-early look at next year's (potential) NFL draft class.

          So how'd I do last year? Well, three from my top five went in the top six in the 2017 draft -- Myles Garrett (1), Leonard Fournette (4) and Jamal Adams (6) -- and another went 12th (Deshaun Watson). Tim Williams, on the other hand, dropped all the way to No. 78 after an inconsistent season. A few others dropped big time or returned to school for another season, but overall it was pretty solid.

          A few notes on my first 2018 Big Board:

          I'm not going to be too scouting-heavy here. My own reports on these guys are still half-formed, and so much will change between now and the 2018 draft.

          Keep in mind that several prospects here have only started one season, and so I'm projecting based on size, athletic ability, statistics and what I hear from people around the league.

          Speaking of sizes, what's listed here is what schools give out. These could vary greatly when players show up for the 2018 combine. True height and weight really matters for almost every position.

          Check out Todd McShay's first 2018 mock draft, and come back next week for my way-too-early rankings across every position group.

          Note: One asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2017 season.


          1. **Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California

          Darnold has everything NFL teams want in a starter. He has a big frame (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), makes quick decisions and is an accurate and natural passer. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes last season and ranked second in the nation in Total QBR (86.8). He does have an unorthodox, long delivery, however, that will have to be retooled. And the third-year sophomore has only started 10 games.



          2. *Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

          There is some projection here because Fitzpatrick (6-1, 195) has played both corner and safety and appears likely to stick at safety in 2017. But the versatility is a plus, and he could be really good at either spot. He has eight interceptions in two seasons, and four of those were returned for touchdowns. I also like that Fitzpatrick will get after it on special teams. He had 11 special-teams tackles in 2016.


          3. *Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

          The buzz has been growing around the 6-5, 216-pound Allen, who can really throw. His numbers weren't great last season -- 28 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions while completing 56 percent of his passes -- but NFL teams will take into account the talent around him. And Wyoming is losing a few offensive players to the NFL, including center Chase Roullier, running back Brian Hill, wide receiver Tanner Gentry and tight end...
          -05-12-2017, 05:42 AM
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          Mel Kiper's way-too-early Big Board: Top 25 2018 prospects
          by Nick
          Mel Kiper's way-too-early Big Board: Top 25 2018 prospects
          May 11, 2017
          Mel Kiper Jr.
          Football analyst

          Say so long to the Class of 2017. It's time for my annual way-too-early look at next year's (potential) NFL draft class.

          So how'd I do last year? Well, three from my top five went in the top six in the 2017 draft -- Myles Garrett (1), Leonard Fournette (4) and Jamal Adams (6) -- and another went 12th (Deshaun Watson). Tim Williams, on the other hand, dropped all the way to No. 78 after an inconsistent season. A few others dropped big time or returned to school for another season, but overall it was pretty solid.

          A few notes on my first 2018 Big Board:

          I'm not going to be too scouting-heavy here. My own reports on these guys are still half-formed, and so much will change between now and the 2018 draft.

          Keep in mind that several prospects here have only started one season, and so I'm projecting based on size, athletic ability, statistics and what I hear from people around the league.

          Speaking of sizes, what's listed here is what schools give out. These could vary greatly when players show up for the 2018 combine. True height and weight really matters for almost every position.

          Check out Todd McShay's first 2018 mock draft, and come back next week for my way-too-early rankings across every position group.

          Note: One asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2017 season.


          1. **Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California

          Darnold has everything NFL teams want in a starter. He has a big frame (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), makes quick decisions and is an accurate and natural passer. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes last season and ranked second in the nation in Total QBR (86.8). He does have an unorthodox, long delivery, however, that will have to be retooled. And the third-year sophomore has only started 10 games.


          2. *Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

          There is some projection here because Fitzpatrick (6-1, 195) has played both corner and safety and appears likely to stick at safety in 2017. But the versatility is a plus, and he could be really good at either spot. He has eight interceptions in two seasons, and four of those were returned for touchdowns. I also like that Fitzpatrick will get after it on special teams. He had 11 special-teams tackles in 2016.


          3. *Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

          The buzz has been growing around the 6-5, 216-pound Allen, who can really throw. His numbers weren't great last season -- 28 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions while completing 56 percent of his passes -- but NFL teams will take into account the talent around him. And Wyoming is losing a few offensive players to the NFL, including center Chase Roullier, running back Brian Hill, wide receiver Tanner Gentry and tight end Jacob Hollister....
          -07-15-2017, 07:11 AM
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          Gil Brandt's Hot 100 + 40: Leonard Williams top prospect in 2015 NFL Draft
          by Nick
          Hot 100 + 40: Leonard Williams top prospect in 2015 NFL Draft
          By Gil Brandt
          NFL Media senior analyst
          Published: April 23, 2015 at 02:15 p.m. Updated: April 23, 2015 at 07:21 p.m. 48 Likes | 10 Comments


          Every NFL draft is a little bit different. While this year's class probably doesn't have as many elite players at the top as we've seen in previous years, there will be a lot of very good players from the middle of the first round to the middle of the second, starting from about No. 12 on my Hot 100 rankings to about No. 50. That tier of players is probably a better group this year than it was last year. In particular, there's a very strong group of wide receivers and running backs this year.


          In addition, I believe the top three players in my rankings each have the ability to be perennial Pro Bowl players.


          Without further ado, here are my Hot 100 prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. The 40-yard-dash times listed below were hand-timed.


          1. Leonard Williams, DL, USC
          A three-year player, Williams (6-4 5/8, 302 pounds, 4.91 40) is a special athlete who totaled six sacks in the 2014 season along with 76 tackles and 22 quarterback pressures.


          2. Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
          Fowler (6-2 5/8, 261 pounds, 4.56 40), a three-year player from Florida, can play standing up or with his hand on the ground. He had 8.5 sacks and 60 tackles last season.


          3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
          Of Cooper's (6-0 7/8, 211 pounds, 4.31 40) 124 catches last season, 77 of them went for first downs, and he had 16 touchdowns. He had six drops, including four vs. LSU.


          4. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
          White (6-2 5/8, 215 pounds, 4.27 40) played two seasons at West Virginia and broke out with 109 catches and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Of his 163 targets, he had just five drops.


          5. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
          Winston (6-3 3/4, 231 pounds, 4.91 40) redshirted as a freshman and played only two years, but he's very smart and has a good football IQ. Last season he completed 305 of 467 passes, with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.


          6. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
          Gurley (6-0 5/8, 222 pounds, no 40 time) will have to be medically cleared from his knee injury. Before he was hurt last season, he rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries (7.4-yard average) with nine touchdowns. He will block and can catch out of the backfield.


          7. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
          A three-year player, Mariota (6-foot-3 3/4, 222 pounds, 4.43 40) does not call plays or take the ball under center, but he averaged 9 yards per play and had a 42-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.


          8. Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
          Scherff (6-4 5/8, 319 pounds, 5.00 40) is a four-year player who has great punch and was well coached at Iowa. He's very much like Zack Martin...
          -04-26-2015, 05:11 AM
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