2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Big Board

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2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Big Board 

Post#1 » by RealGM Articles » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:42 am

Here are my top 125 players heading into the Combine. These are in pretty solid ordination but there is definite flexibility between closely grouped players based on team and scheme fit. I’ll keep the notes brief and relevant to explaining some odd rankings

For the complete big board, please reference the Google spreadsheet.

1. Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M

2. Jamal Adams, S, LSU

3. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

4. Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: I’m less worried about his losing record in 2016 than most. Kizer has the highest ceiling of any QB in this draft with his physical skills.

5. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

6. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

7. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

8. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: He’s handily the most complete of the most notable running backs

9. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

10.  Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: The offseason surgery and occasional brutal tackling angles make him risky but Hooker has a fair chance to be a perennial All Pro

11. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Heck yes Mahomes is this high for me. Heck yes this could look incredibly stupid in 2 years.

12. Tim Williams, Edge, Alabama

13. Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

14. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

15. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

16. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

17. Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan

18. Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford: I’m probably lower on Thomas than most because I foresee NFL coaches having trouble deciphering with a 6’2”, 270-pound edge rusher with short arms.

19. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

20. Budda Baker, S, Washington

21. David Njoku, TE, Miami FL

22. Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple: A versatile playmaker with surprising agility and sideline range for a guy who played DE in college

23. Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana

24. Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee

25. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: On the field he’s clearly the No. 1 runner, better than Todd Gurley. I have grave concerns about his ability to remain on the field with his repeated injuries.

26. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

27. Jabrill Peppers, S/RS, Michigan: My optimal Peppers situation: base strong safety, nickel LB who walks out with flexed TE. He gets bonus points for being the most dangerous return man in this class.

28. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

29. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

30. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

31. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

32. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

33. Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

34. Takk McKinley, Edge, UCLA

35. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

36. John Ross, WR, Washington

37. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: His balance, cutting and agility between the tackles reminds me of Emmitt Smith. Not saying, just sayin’…

38. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Another player where on the field he belongs significantly higher but repetitive injuries bring him down. Will miss the offseason with rotator cuff surgery, has had recurring stinger issues through college.

39. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

40. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Love the ceiling, but his floor is lower than most acknowledge and he’s the most reliant of the top RBs on getting good blocking

41. Taylor Moton, OT/OG, Western Michigan

42. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado: Long, smart corners who can run like him are in very high demand

43. Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown State

44. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma: The off-field incident is terrible but if it wasn’t on video nobody would care. What Frank Clark did was far worse and wasn’t his first dalliance with the law as this was for Mixon.

45. Marcus Williams, S, Utah

46. Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

47. Forrest Lamp, OG/OC, Western Kentucky

48. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

49. Tarell Basham, Edge, Ohio

50. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

51. Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

52. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

53. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

54. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: Undeniable physical gifts but real questions about how much he values the game

55. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

56. Carl Lawson, Edge, Auburn

57. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

58. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC

59. Curtis Samuel, WR/RB, Ohio State: Play him the way Detroit uses Theo Riddick and he’s a star

60. T.J. Watt, Edge, Wisconsin

61. Cam Sutton, CB/S, Tennessee

62. Deatrick Wise, Edge, Arkansas

63. Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

64. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

65. Pat Elflein, OG/C, Ohio State

66. Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri: All-or-nothing pass rusher with no inside game, but man he can burn around the edge even again really good future NFL tackles

67. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

68. Corn Elder, CB, Miami FL

69. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

70. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

71. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

72. Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky

73. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

74. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

75. Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

76. Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

77. Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan

78. Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo: Has no twitch to him but once he’s moving he’s fantastic as a receiver and a better blocker than advertised

79. Tyus Bowser, Edge, Houston

80. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

81. Ethan Pocic, OC/OG, LSU

82. Dion Dawkins, OT/OG, Temple

84. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: At times dominant and worthy of first round, but too often underwhelming and overhyped

85. Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State

86. Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

87. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

88. Demarcus Walker, DT, Florida State

89. Marcus Maye, S, Florida

90. Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin

91. Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

92. Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

93. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte: I wrote a scouting report on Ogunjobi over at Texans Wire, check it out here.

94. Bucky Hodges, TE/WR, Virginia Tech

95. Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

96. Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado: Might be the best safety in class with the ball in the air, it’s the action beforehand and the run game which hold him back 

97. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

98. Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt

99. Kevin King, CB, Washington

100. K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor

101. Ryan Switzer, WR/RS, North Carolina

102. Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame

103. Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama

104. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: Very good college LB, not sold on his athletic ability to find the same success in pros but can still be an effective starter at 3-4 ILB

105. Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

106. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

107. Davis Webb, QB, California

108. DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville: I wrote a scouting report on Brown, the biggest Combine snub, over at Browns Wire.

109. Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami FL

110. Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

111. Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane: One of the Senior Bowl standouts, my limited game exposure to Smart was also more impressive than I expected for what little hype he gets.

112. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

113. Dorian Johnson, OG Pittsburgh

114. Daeshon Hall, Edge, Texas A&M

115. Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

116. Eddie Jackson, S/CB, Alabama

117. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

118. Paul Magloire, OLB, Arizona

119. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

120. Jon Toth, C, Kentucky

121. Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State

122. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: Amazing agility and tenacity but he’s 25 and played CFB for one year, sorely lacks anchor strength

123. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas

124. Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan

125. Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida: Love his feel for the game and tackling, but another guy whose durability dogs his ranking

We will update the big board by position following the Combine, and stay tuned for this year’s Draft Prospecting editions.

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Re: 2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Big Board 

Post#2 » by Nemesis21 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:09 pm

Jeff, you are the only person on the planet, who is concerned and keeps bringing up and injury about Dalvin Cook, that was a non factor last season. Let it go! Cook is the most complete RB, not McCaffery. Just because McCaffery is also a threat on returns doesn't make him the better RB. I'm sure Cook would be a fine returner too.

Also you have OJ Howard and Corey Davis too high. I really like Davis and hope the Bucs draft him, but he should be in the 8-12 range, not 6.
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Re: 2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Big Board 

Post#3 » by bsjaffe6 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:32 pm

what bugs me most about Kizer is his low completion percentage, they rarely get better as pros.
also really are any of these quarterbacks franchise players?
i don't think OJ Howard is to high i can see Jacksonville, the Titians and the jets all taking him at their spots 4,5,6

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