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Jeremy Hyde – 2017 NFL Draft – Top 50 Board (final)

Written by Jeremy Hyde on April 18, 2017


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.
2Solomon ThomasEdge/D-lineStanfordAn explosive athlete who consistently beats blockers with violent hands. A game changer all along the defensive line.
3Reuben FosterLBAlabamaFoster's tape is littered with repeated displays of top-tier linebacker traits. His injured shoulder may cause him to fall into the second day of the draft.
4Malik HookerSOhio StateMust refine his tackling technique, but his range and ball skills will provide big plays and valuable versatility in the defensive secondary.
5DeShone KizerQBNotre DamePrototypical size, athleticism, and arm strength. Maneuvers in the pocket, while keeping his eyes downfield better than any 2017 QB prospect.
6Marshon 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.
7Corey 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.
8Malik 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.
9Jonathan AllenD-lineAlabamaLacks top-tier athleticism, but displays explosive power in both his upper and lower halves, and dominates blockers with hands at the point of attack.
10Taco CharltonEdgeMichiganHas room to grow as an every-down defender after just one year as a starter. Uses his explosiveness, length, and power extremely well as a pass rusher.
11Leonard FournetteRBLSUFournette's burst, speed, and power at 6'1" and 230+ pounds set him apart from other power backs. Think Jamal Lewis.
12Marlon HumphreyCBAlabamaLong and physical, Humphrey can be downright stingy in coverage when he's not blowing up screens and sweeps to his side of the field.
13Tim WilliamsEdgeAlabamaOff-field concerns may push Williams down in the draft, but his on-field production and pass rushing traits are those of a 1st-rounder.
14Mike WilliamsWRClemsonPrototypical size/speed WR who dominates smaller corners at the catch point. Has similar body type and skill set to former Chiefs 1st round pick Dwayne Bowe.
15O.J. HowardTEAlabamaFreak athlete. Senior Bowl week gave Howard the opportunity to showcase pass-catching skills that were largely hidden during his four years at Alabama.
16Jamal AdamsSLSUI'm not buying the Top-5 hype, but Adams is a team leader, and a physical box safety who is more than competent in coverage.
17Joe MixonRBOklahomaExcellent receiver. Not as powerful a runner as his size would indicate, but has terrific vision, burst to attack the hole, and lateral explosion to make defenders miss.
18Carl LawsonEdgeAuburnOne of the more refined pass rushers in the class. Shows the requisite bend, plays with heavy hands, and is an assignment-sound run defender. Needs to stay healthy.
19Derek RiversEdgeYoungstown StateExcellent athlete who possesses translatable speed and flexibility as a pass rusher, and defends the run with good hand technique and leverage.
20T.J. WattEdgeWisconsinWins with combination of length, lateral quickness, and closing speed as a pass rusher. Watt should continue to get stronger as he grows into his frame.
21Gareon ConleyCBOhio StateNot the most physical corner, but quick, efficient footwork enables Conley to excel in man coverage.
22Jarrad DavisLBFloridaExcellent athlete who checks the physicality box, both when taking on blockers and as a tackler. Pretty solid in coverage as well.
23Cam RobinsonOTAlabamaA people mover who plays with excellent power. Robinson has character concerns to answer for, but is a natural mauler at offensive tackle.
24Takkarist McKinleyEdgeUCLALack of flexibility may cap his potential, but McKinley is an explosive, high-effort edge defender with excellent closing speed.
25Dalvin CookRBFlorida StateOff-field and injury concerns will give teams pause, but there is no more dynamic or explosive runner in this draft class.
26Haason ReddickLBTempleReddick certainly won the draft season. His athletic talent, proficiency in coverage, and ability to rush the passer make him an intriguing talent.
27Kevin KingCBWashingtonLong and athletic, King has the physical tools to cover NFL "X receivers". His 6.56 3-cone time was the best time recorded at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2017.
28Marcus WilliamsSUtahA fluid athlete with the range and playmaking ability to excel as a single-high safety at the next level.
29Deshaun WatsonQBClemsonAnother consensus #1 prospect picked apart throughout his final season, Watson thrives with something to prove (see CFB National Championship game).
30David NjokuTEMiamiRaw prospect whose freakish 11.2 YAC average in 2016 is indicative of the type of athletic talent he has to develop.
31Forrest LampOGWestern KentuckyEfficient footwork, excellent balance, and sound hand technique enabled him to fare well against some of the top edge defenders in college football.
32DeDe WestbrookWROklahomaWestbrook separates from coverage more readily than any 2017 WR, competes for the football, and has the speed to take the top off opposing defenses.
33Ardarius StewartWRAlabamaOne of the more explosive WR prospects in this class, Stewart is an excellent athlete who plays much bigger than his listed size, both before and after the catch.
34Ryan RamczykOTWisconsinIf medical re-checks satisfied concerns surrounding his hip, Ramczyk could come off the board early. He is an excellent run blocker with a strong core/upper half.
35Tre'Davious WhiteCBLSUWhite has quick feet and the necessary length, athleticism, and ball skills to impact the catch point. Showed marked improvement from junior to senior year.
36Jabrill 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 exceptional.
37Jaleel JohnsonD-lineIowaNot as explosive, but defeats blockers at the point of attack similarly to Jonathan Allen, and with an added 20 pounds to help him anchor vs. the run.
38Cordrea TankerslyCBClemsonComplete corner prospect with ideal length and speed. Capable blitzer and run defender.
39Jalen TaborCBFloridaExcels in zone coverage, where his ability to click and close, coupled with his excellent ball skills, will discourage opposing QBs from throwing in his direction.
40Raekwon McMillanLBOhio StatePhysical, assignment-sound linebacker. Not a top-tier coverage option, but has the look of a long-term starter.
41Derek BarnettEdgeTennesseeBarnett may not look the part, but he consistently applies pressure off the edge, as evidenced by three years of 10 or more sacks at Tennessee.
42Chidobe AwuzieCBColoradoPhysical corner who is a sure tackler and a disruptive blitzer. Capable of playing both outside and slot corner, as well as safety.
43Curtis SamuelWROhio StateMore than just a space player, Samuel's separation quickness and the speed to outrun even the fastest defenders make him a legitimate playmaker.
44Taylor MotonOTWestern MichiganAn underrated tackle prospect, who is adept at moving defenders off the ball and absorbing the power rush.
45Taywan TaylorWRWestern KentuckySeparates with excellent agility and quickness. Capable of getting behind the defense. Adjusts well to the ball in the air.
46Tarell BashamEdgeOhioWins with an explosive first step, edge speed, and a relentless motor. Very quick to diagnose plays.
47Garrett BollesOTUtahGood bend, wide base, and excellent movement skills. Shows a nasty streak, always blocking through the whistle. Needs to add strength to match his play style.
48Sidney JonesCBWashingtonJones shows quick feet and fluid hips in coverage. He is both a willing and an effective run defender, despite his thin build.
49Jordan WillisEdgeKansas StateWillis looks and tests like a Top-10 pick. His inability to turn the corner and leverage his way back to the QB may prevent him from ever producing like one.
50Dan FeeneyOGIndianaMissed five games with a concussion in 2016. Barring any related concerns moving forward, he could easily emerge as this class's best offensive lineman.

 

Jeremy Hyde

Writing about NFL Draft prospects at Draft Breakdown after a two-year hiatus. Began following the draft in 1989. Began evaluating and ranking players in 2004. Missed horribly on Barkevious Mingo and Russell Wilson, among countless others. Was right about a prospect once. Happily married to her now.

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