RANKINGS

Final 2017 NFL Draft Rankings

With my top 100 and mock draft, I aim to predict what will happen on Draft Day.  With these rankings, I aim to predict future pro success – and there is a difference (see all the early round busts and late round/undrafted successes each year – why not try to predict a few, or highlight sleepers?).

Please note that any character/off the field or medical “red flags” are NOT taken into account.  These are rankings formed from extensive tape study and using Combine data only.  For a full explanation, please see the top of the Quarterback article.

Quarterback (Class Strength: Below Average)

  1. Mitch Trubisky – North Carolina.
  2. Joshua Dobbs – Tennessee.
  3. Brad Kaaya – Miami (Fl.).
  4. Deshaun Watson – Clemson.
  5. Patrick Mahomes II – Texas Tech.

Top small school prospects:  Brady Gustafson – Montana and Alex Torgersen – Penn.

Running Back (Class Strength: Excellent)

  1. Leonard Fournette – LSU.
  2. Christian McCaffrey – Stanford.
  3. Dalvin Cook – Florida State.
  4. Joe Mixon – Oklahoma.
  5. Brian Hill – Wyoming.

Top small school prospects: Khalid Abdullah – James Madison and Lenard Tillery – Southern.

Wide Receiver (Class Strength: Average)

  1. Mike Williams – Clemson.
  2. Corey Davis – Western Michigan.
  3. Cooper Kupp – Eastern Washington.
  4. Zay Jones – East Carolina.
  5. John Ross – Washington.

Top small school prospects: Kupp (above), Krishawn Hogan – Marian, Lance Lenoir – Western Illinois and Anthony Warrum – Illinois State.

Tight End (Class Strength: Good)

  1. Jake Butt – Michigan.
  2. Jeremy Sprinkle – Arkansas.
  3. Evan Engram – Mississippi.
  4. O.J. Howard – Alabama.
  5. Jordan Leggett – Clemson

Top small school prospects: Eric Saubert – Drake and Anthony Firkser – Harvard.

Please note Adam Shaheen (Ashland) is not ranked due to lack of available tape.

Offensive Tackle (Class Strength: Poor)

  1. Taylor Moton – Western Michigan.
  2. Cam Robinson – Alabama.
  3. Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin.
  4. Julie’n Davenport – Bucknell.
  5. Garett Bolles – Utah.

Top small school prospects: Davenport (see above) and Jylan Ware – Alabama State.

Interior Offensive Line (Class Strength: Poor)

  1. Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky (Guard or Center)
  2. Tyler Orlosky – West Virginia (Center)
  3. Ethan Pocic – LSU (Guard or Center)
  4. Nico Siragusa – San Diego State (Guard)
  5. Pat Elflein – Ohio State (Center)

Top small school prospects: Michael Coe – North Dakota (Guard or Center) and Zack Johnson – North Dakota State (Guard)

Edge Rusher (Class Strength: Excellent)

  1. Myles Garrett – Texas A&M.
  2. Derek Barnett – Tennessee.
  3. Tim Williams – Alabama.
  4. Jordan Willis – Kansas State.
  5. Taco Charlton – Michigan.

Top small school prospects: Tanoh Kpassagnon – Villanova, Derek Rivers – Youngstown State and Keionta Davis – Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Defensive Line (Class Strength: Below Average, but a lot of “boom or bust” type prospects)

  1. Soloman Thomas – Stanford.
  2. Malik McDowell – Michigan State.
  3. Jonathan Allen – Alabama.
  4. Chris Wormley – Michigan.
  5. Carlos Watkins – Clemson.

Top small school prospect: Grover Stewart – Albany State.

Linebacker (Class Strength: Excellent)

  1. Reuben Foster – Alabama.
  2. Jarrad Davis – Florida.
  3. Haason Reddick – Temple.
  4. Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt.
  5. Ryan Anderson – Alabama.

Top small school prospect: Dylan Cole – Missouri State.

Cornerback (Class Strength: Excellent)

  1. Marlon Humphrey – Alabama.
  2. Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State.
  3. Sidney Jones IV – Washington.
  4. Gareon Conley – Ohio State.
  5. Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado.

Top small school prospects: Brendan Langley – Lamar, Taylor Reynolds – James Madison and Xavier Coleman – Portland State.

Safety (Class Strength: Very Good)

  1. Jabrill Peppers – Michigan.
  2. Jamal Adams – LSU.
  3. Malik Hooker – Ohio State.
  4. Justin Evans – Texas A&M.
  5. Marcus Williams – Utah.

Top small school prospect: David Jones – Richmond.

Paul Emery

Twitter: @UKDraftFan

Last updated: 17 April 2017

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