Jeremy Hyde – 2017 NFL Draft – Top 32 Prospects (1.0)


Rank:Player:Position:College:Analysis:
1Myles GarrettEdgeTexas A&MCount me with the consensus on Garrett, a physical prototype with the quick-twitch athleticism and flexibility of a potential All-Pro defensive end.
2Reuben FosterLBAlabamaA similar prospect to former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, Foster possesses elite linebacker traits, and is a legitimate DROY candidate.
3Malik HookerSOhio StateMust refine his tackling technique, but his range and playmaking ability will give his new defensive coordinator valuable flexibility.
4Solomon ThomasD-LineStanfordAn explosive athlete who consistently beats blockers with violent hands. A game changer all along the defensive line.
5Jonathan AllenD-LineAlabamaLacks top-tier athleticism, but displays explosive power in both his upper and lower halves. Dominates blockers with hands at the point of attack.
6DeShone KizerQBNotre DamePrototypical size, athleticism, and arm strength. Maneuvers in the pocket, while keeping his eyes downfield better than any 2017 QB prospect.
7Taco CharltonEdgeMichiganA Carlos Dunlap clone who showed improvement vs. the run. Uses his explosiveness, length, and power extremely well as a pass rusher.
8Jalen TaborCBFloridaExcels in zone coverage, where his ability to click and close, coupled with his elite ball skills, will discourage opposing QBs from throwing in his direction.
9Tim WilliamsEdgeAlabamaOff-field questions may push him down teams' boards, but Williams is the most explosive pure pass rusher in this class.
10Corey DavisWRWestern MichiganI had the pleasure of watching Davis live seven times in 2016. His size, polished skill set, and versatility remind me of Kenny Britt coming out of Rutgers.
11Leonard FournetteRBLSUFournette's burst, speed, and power at 6'1" and 230 pounds set him apart from other power backs. He is a better receiver than what we saw from him at LSU as well.
12Marshon LattimoreCBOhio StateHas some technique flaws to clean up, but no 2017 corner rivals his foot quickness. Has the athletic skill set to be a shutdown corner in the NFL.
13Jaleel JohnsonD-LineIowaNot quite as explosive, but a similar player to Jonathan Allen with an added 20 pounds to help him anchor vs. the run.
14Mike WilliamsWRClemsonPrototypical size/speed WR who dominates smaller corners at the catch point on 50/50 balls.
15Marlon HumphreyCBAlabamaLong and physical, Humphrey can be downright stingy in coverage when he's not attacking downhill vs. screens and sweeps to his side of the field.
16Jabrill PeppersSMichiganNeeds to play in a defense that emphasizes his strengths, but Peppers is one of the more dynamic talents in this class. His ability to attack downhill is special.
17Malik McDowellD-LineMichigan StateMcDowell's frame and athleticism have not yet translated into elite production, but both set him apart from other interior defensive line prospects.
18Joe MixonRBOklahomaThis ranking is based purely on Mixon's on-field talent. He will have to convince at least one team that his off-field issues are 100% behind him if he hopes to be selected this high in April.
19Jamal AdamsSLSUA team leader, and a physical box safety who is more than competent in both man and zone coverage.
20Dalvin CookRBFlorida StateOff-field and injury concerns will give teams pause, but there is no more dynamic or explosive runner in this draft class.
21O.J. HowardTEAlabamaHoward combines excellent length and athleticism with perhaps the best blocking you will see from a TE in the 2017 class.
22Carl LawsonEdgeAuburnA twitched up pass rusher with the requisite bend, who doubles as an assignment-sound run defender. Needs to stay healthy.
23Takkarist McKinleyEdgeUCLAPad level is a concern and tape is inconsistent, but McKinley will likely shoot up draft boards after he tears up the NFL Scouting Combine next month.
24Cam RobinsonOTAlabamaA people mover who plays with excellent power. Robinson has character concerns to answer for, but is a natural mauler at offensive tackle.
25Derek BarnettEdgeTennesseeBarnett may not look the part, but he consistently applies pressure on opposing quarterbacks from his DE spot.
26Deshaun WatsonQBClemsonAnother consensus #1 prospect who we picked apart throughout his final season, Watson thrives with something to prove (see CFB National Championship game).
27DeDe WestbrookWROklahomaSeparates from coverage better than any 2017 WR. Wins 50/50 balls despite rail-thin frame, and can take the top off opposing defenses.
28Forest LampOTWestern KentuckyShort arms are a concern, but efficient footwork, excellent balance, and solid hand technique enabled him to fare well against even the top edge defenders in college football.
29Ardarius StewartWRAlabamaStewart's upside has been buried beneath an Alabama ground game, but he is who we thought JuJu Smith-Schuster was supposed to be.
30Ryan RamczykOTWisconsinProvided his medicals don't prove detrimental, Ramczyk could be the first OT selected this April. He is an excellent run blocker with a strong core/upper half.
31Sidney JonesCBWashingtonJones shows quick feet and fluid hips in coverage. He is both a willing and an effective run defender, despite his thin build.
32Dan FeeneyOGIndianaFeeney missed five games with a concussion in 2016. If there are no related concerns moving forward, he could easily emerge as the best offensive lineman from this class.

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