NFL Draft Big Board: Redshirt sophomores could be pivotal to 2017 …

The deadline for underclassmen to announce for a NFL breeze is Jan 16 and pro scouts, like everybody else, are watchful anxiously to see usually who will be available.

This year’s category is generally enthralling in vast partial given several of a many intriguing prospects are usually redshirt sophomores, including intensity early first-round picks like
Ohio State Buckeyes
‘s giveaway reserve
Malik Hooker
,
Alabama Crimson Tide
cornerback
Marlon Humphrey
,
Michigan Wolverines
‘s do-everything defensive behind
Jabrill Peppers
and
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
quarterback
DeShone Kizer
.

The following is not a ridicule draft. There is no courtesy paid to group needs and a list competence change as underclassmen elect to bypass a NFL and instead lapse for another year during a college level. For now, however, here is my updated personal ranking of a Top 50 NFL prospects in a country.

Players are listed by name, position, school, year, height, weight and 40-yard lurch time

1.
Myles Garrett
, DE, Texas AM, Jr, 6-5, 262, 4.74

Garrett stays atop my breeze house notwithstanding a less-than-impressive final game, induction usually one tackle (and a blocked additional point) conflicting
Kansas State Wildcats
in a Texas Bowl detriment for a Aggies. An ankle damage attacked Garrett of his heading explosiveness and coherence and he was incompetent to compare a prolongation of his beginner (53 tackles, including 14 tackles for detriment and 11.5 sacks) and sophomore (59-19.5-12.5) campaigns, induction 33 stops, including 15.5 tackles for detriment and 8.5 sacks on a year. Garrett stays a tip NFL-eligible awaiting in a nation — he has a prototypical mix of explosiveness, coherence and length off a dilemma and a demeanour of a destiny Pro Bowl regular. Garrett has not nonetheless done his NFL intentions famous nonetheless many design him to announce for a draft.

2.
Jonathan Allen
, DL, Alabama, Sr, 6-3, 292, 4.85

Whereas Garrett has been slowed by damage this season, Allen has reliable his season-long roost as my top-rated comparison awaiting regardless of position. He available 6 tackles, including dual tackles for loss, a pouch and a fail liberation pouch in Alabama’s Peach Bowl win over
Washington Huskies
. Capable of formulating massacre while backing adult inside or out, Allen reminds me a small of
Seattle Seahawks
‘ Pro Bowler
Michael Bennett
, winning with an bomb upfield detonate and powerful, concurrent hands.

3.
Leonard Fournette
, RB, LSU, Jr, 6-1, 230, 4.45

Part of a reason given scouts were unfazed with Fournette’s preference to skip a Fiesta Bowl is that he struggled with an ankle damage this year, finishing a unchanging deteriorate second on his possess group in rushing yards (843 yards, 8 touchdowns) to sophomore prodigy
Derrius Guice
(1,249-14). While Fournette’s struggles this deteriorate are not ideal, when healthy he has shown a many sparkling mix of size, speed and energy among using backs given
Adrian Peterson
.

4.
Reuben Foster
, ILB, Alabama, Sr, 6-1, 240, 4.72

Inside linebackers frequency aver top-five care nonetheless Foster is an well-developed talent. Foster competence be a many intimidating hitter in all of college football and he possesses a fluidity and speed to cover. He is a some-more bomb contestant than Alabama’s new stars during linebacker, display absurd shutting speed and an complete negligence for his possess reserve or that of his opponents. Foster was jarred adult early conflicting Washington nonetheless returned to a field, heading a Tide with 9 tackles in a 24-7 win.

5.
Jamal Adams
, S, LSU, Jr, 6-0, 211, 4.48

It is easy to mistake Adams for former
LSU Tigers
star
Tyrann Mathieu
, given their identical instincts and rarely assertive personification style. Like Mathieu, Adams possesses a lively and speed to hoop coverage duties on container receivers, possesses soothing hands for a interception and is a devoted run defender. Adams’ kamikaze character of play can lead to occasional mistakes nonetheless he is always around a ball.

Jamal Adams is Honey Badger 2.0: bigger, faster, stronger.
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6.
Teez Tabor
, CB,
Florida Gators
, Jr, 6-0, 199, 4.52

Tabor’s initial name was Jalen, until this summer when he chose a new name that competence yield a some-more accurate outline of his game. Tabor teases with an sparkling multiple of size, fluidity and speed, station out in coverage and as a gunner on special teams a past dual years. Tabor and a Gators dominated
Iowa Hawkeyes
in a Outback Bowl, tying destiny NFL quarterback
C.J. Beathard
to a sad 7-of-23 flitting for 55 yards.

7.
Dalvin Cook
, RB,
Florida State Seminoles
, Jr, 5-11, 206, 4.46

While Fournette’s mix of size, speed and energy are positively intriguing, one could disagree that Cook offers a larger recipe for success in a NFL. He offers superb instincts as a runner, display vision, calm and detonate conflict on a ground. Just as importantly in today’s pass-happy era, Cook possesses soothing hands out of a backfield, as good as a toughness and selflessness to block, when necessary. Cook finished his career in style, using for 145 yards and a touchdown and adding another 62 yards as a receiver to assistance Florida State kick Michigan in a Orange Bowl.

8.
Mike Williams
, WR,
Clemson Tigers
, rJr, 6-3, 220, 4.50

Though final year’s neck damage and an occasional dump of an “easy” pass sojourn concerns, Williams is in a same category athletically as former teammates
Sammy Watkins
,
DeAndre Hopkins
and
Martavis Bryant
. His matchup conflicting Alabama’s earthy cornerbacks is among a many energetically expected showdowns of a year.

9.
Derek Barnett
, DE,
Tennessee Volunteers
, Jr, 6-3, 257, 4.76

A some-more discriminating defender than even a top-rated Garrett, Barnett has silenced critics (including me) who questioned before to a deteriorate either he hexed a length and detonate to aver a first-round selection. While maybe lacking in pristine explosiveness, Barnett varies his attack, incorporating quickness, energy and discriminating technique to wreak massacre conflicting a run and pass, alike. Those tighten to a module soap-box about his work ethic and Barnett’s prolongation speaks for itself. Barnett upheld a late Hall of Famer Reggie White as Tennessee’s all-time pouch aristocrat with his 33rd quarterback takedown in a Music City Bowl win over
Nebraska Cornhuskers
. Barnett’s 33 sacks lead a nation over a past 3 seasons.

10.
Zach Cunningham
, LB,
Vanderbilt Commodores
, rJr, 6-3, 230, 4.74

Listed 18th altogether on my initial Big Board behind in August, Cunningham usually reinforced my opinion via a unchanging deteriorate that he warrants top-20 consideration. Instinctive, assertive and athletic, Cunningham offers an sparkling and versatile ability set certain to amour any artistic defensive coordinator in a NFL. Cunningham led a SEC with 119 tackles over a unchanging deteriorate — 16 some-more than he posted a year ago, when he warranted First Team All-SEC honors notwithstanding not starting until a fourth game.

11. Jabrill Peppers, SS/OLB, Michigan, rSoph, 6-0, 208, 4.48

Unfortunately, Peppers done headlines for all of a wrong reasons in a Orange Bowl, with a hamstring damage sidelining him for a game. Despite his deficiency in this vicious matchup, defensive coordinators looking for versatile playmakers will be rarely intrigued by Peppers, a latest in a new line of defensive “erasers” able of backing adult during safety, linebacker or cornerback identical in character to new first-round picks
Deone Bucannon
,
Damarious Randall
and Shaq Thompson. Peppers’ lively and instincts customarily uncover adult with large plays nearby a line of struggle nonetheless he was beaten in coverage by
Curtis Samuel
in a showdown with Ohio State.

Will Jabrill Peppers enter a breeze or lapse to Michigan?
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12.
Corey Davis
, WR,
Western Michigan Broncos
, Sr, 6-3, 213, 4.48

With his sculpted frame, well-spoken routes and soothing hands, it is tough not to spin smitten with Davis, who is arguably a many discriminating receiver in this class. Had his prolongation come conflicting SEC or Big Ten foe rather than a MAC, Davis could be deliberate a shoo-in for a top-10 selection. Don’t censure Davis for a Broncos’ detriment to Wisconsin in a Cotton Bowl. He was unstoppable during times, including leaping by a defender for a contested touchdown.

13. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama, rSoph, 6-1, 198, 4.53

Teams prioritizing distance and physicality will find a lot to like with Humphrey, a son of former Alabama star and NFL first-round collect Bobby Humphrey (Denver, 1989). A former lane star, Humphrey is built good for a immature actor during a plain 6-1, 198 pounds and is an assertive tackler, including in run support.

Marlon Humphrey’s father was a first-round NFL Draft collect of a Broncos.
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14.
Mitch Trubisky
, QB, Jr,
North Carolina Tar Heels
, 6-3, 220, 4.74

Though he unsuccessful to beam UNC to a win over
Stanford Cardinal
in a Sun Bowl, Trubisky showed off a NFL-caliber multiple of size, arm strength and athleticism expected to acquire him a tip collect whenever he should elect to make himself authorised to a NFL. Trubisky’s traits are definite nonetheless he is mostly a projection during this point, with a usually 13 starts of his college career entrance this season.

15. Malik Hooker, FS, rSoph, Ohio State, 6-2, 205, 4.47

Nicknamed “Malik a Freak” given his multiple of distance and athleticism stands out, even among a means Buckeyes, Hooker exploded onto a stage in 2016, finishing tied for second in a nation with 7 interceptions, while wowing with his instincts and sideline-to-sideline speed. Hooker usually has one deteriorate as a starter and is disposed to over-aggression as an open-field tackler nonetheless scouts are silly about his upside.

16.
Cam Robinson
, OT, Alabama, Jr, 6-5, 327, 5.28

As his grievous distance implies, Robinson can be a road-grader in a using diversion and his speed and length can make him really effective in pass protection. He reminds me in many ways of new early first-round picks
Ereck Flowers
(
New York Giants
, No. 9 overall, 2015) and
D.J. Fluker
(
San Diego Chargers
, No. 11 overall, 2013), any of whom are rarely regarded by scouts, nonetheless mostly criticized by a media and fans. Robinson, respected as this year’s Outland Trophy winner, has starred during left tackle for a Tide given earning a pursuit as a loyal freshman, nonetheless his NFL destiny competence be on a right side or even inside during guard.

17.
Christian McCaffrey
, RB, Stanford, Jr, 6-0, 202, 4.48

Despite Stanford’s struggles, McCaffrey was each bit as energetic as in past seasons — sensitively again heading a Pac-12 in rushing (145.7) and all-purpose yards (211.5). With his easy agility, present acceleration and soothing hands, he’s identical to another former Pac-12 star,
Reggie Bush
. Like Bush, McCaffrey lacks a bulk to be a loyal bell-cow behind during a subsequent spin nonetheless his ability as a returner and as a intensity container receiver supplement to his value.

18.
John Ross
, WR, Washington, rJr, 5-11, 190, 4.35

Ross was singular to usually 5 catches for 28 yards by Alabama in a Peach Bowl nonetheless this was some-more a thoughtfulness of Washington’s inability to get him a round in space. Perhaps no actor has softened his NFL Draft batch some-more this year than Ross, who has overcome dual apart critical knee injuries progressing in his career to arrange among inhabitant leaders with 17 touchdown receptions, including one in a Pac-12 championship win over a
Colorado Buffaloes
delegate filled with NFL prospects. Ross is a
DeSean Jackson
counterpart with blinding straight-line speed, lively and coherence as both a receiver and returner.

John Ross couldn’t find any room conflicting Bama’s defense.
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19.
Malik McDowell
, DT,
Michigan State Spartans
, Jr, 6-5, 282, 4.92

Scouts are intrigued by McDowell’s mix of size, strength and athleticism, that has authorised him to play probably each position along a defensive line over a past 3 seasons for a Spartans. Unfortunately, for all of his talent, McDowell has also shown a discouraging focussed to get nicked up, blank snaps in several games this season. McDowell has already announced his goal to abandon his comparison deteriorate and enter a draft.

20.
Sidney Jones
IV, CB, Washington, Jr, 6-0, 181, 4.49

A large partial of a Huskies climb into a playoffs in 2016 was due to a unusual secondary, that will see 3 members (senior
Kevin King
, youth
Budda Baker
and Jones) drafted this spring. Jones is a many discriminating of a bunch. A silky-smooth contestant with glorious recognition and restraint with a round in a air, Jones has a shot to be a initial cornerback, nonetheless some worry about his rather slim frame. While Alabama showed a flesh conflicting a Huskies, it is value observant that a Crimson Tide did not try a singular pass in Jones’ instruction in a Peach Bowl.

21.
Ryan Ramczyk
, OT,
Wisconsin Badgers
, rJr, 6-5, 316, 5.29

The Badgers are good famous for producing peculiarity descent linemen nonetheless Ramczyk (pronounced Ram-check) comes with a singular behind story as a send from D-III UW-Stony Brook. Possessing supernatural lively and change for a actor of his size, Ramczyk has taken a scouting universe by charge and could beget a top-20 collect if he were to announce early for a draft.

22.
O.J. Howard
, TE, Alabama, Sr, 6-6, 242, 4.57

Howard lacks a prolongation one competence design of an early NFL breeze pick, throwing usually 41 passes for 489 yards and dual touchdowns with a National Championship Game nonetheless to play (110-1,620-6 for his career). He is a best parsimonious finish in a nation even if he plays an unsuitable purpose in a Alabama offense. His uncertain multiple of size, speed and strength make Howard a mismatch calamity in a flitting diversion and he’s done vital strides this deteriorate as a blocker.

23.
Carl Lawson
, OLB/DE,
Auburn Tigers
, rJr, 6-2, 253, 4.67

Though Lawson has not strictly reliable that he is forgoing his final deteriorate of eligibility to enter a NFL Draft, he was announced among a seniors in a year’s unchanging deteriorate culmination during Jordan-Hare Stadium, a clever denote of his intention. Finally healthy after blank 19 of 26 games over a 2014-15 seasons with a ripped ACL and hip injury, Lawson available a career-high 9 sacks for a Tigers over a unchanging deteriorate after flashing conflicting
Kansas City Chiefs
first-round collect
Dee Ford
as a freshman. Lawson wins with a fearsome multiple of initial burst, core strength and a relentless motor.

24.
Takkarist McKinley
, OLB/DE,
UCLA Bruins
, Sr, 6-2, 258, 4.58

The NFL loves freaky athletes and they don’t come many some-more bomb than McKinley, a former lane star who has usually grown into one of a nation’s many fearsome dilemma rushers. Like Lawson, McKinley possesses a upfield detonate and hook to conflict off a dilemma (as his 10 sacks in 11 games this deteriorate imply), nonetheless he is not “just” a pass rusher, display a recognition and shutting speed to dump into coverage or view mobile quarterbacks, as well. The 4-8 Bruins did not validate for postseason play nonetheless McKinley did, ranking as one of a many intriguing early commits to a Senior Bowl.

Takkarist McKinley is a weird on a field.
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25.
Vita Vea
, DT, Washington, rSoph, 6-4, 332, 5.19

The Huskies’ ability position talent on both sides of a round generates many of a buzz, nonetheless in terms of tender talent, Vea competence be a tip Dawg of them all. He possesses unusual athleticism for a male of his size, station out not usually as a run-stuffer and occasional pass rush hazard nonetheless even on special teams. Vea stays raw, nonetheless comparisons to a immature
Haloti Ngata
are not hyperbole, as he showed in a adorned opening (four tackles, including a sack) conflicting Alabama in a Peach Bowl.

26. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame, rSoph, 6-4, 230, 4.84

Kizer is a many means draft-eligible quarterback awaiting in a nation with a prototypical mix of build, arm strength and organic athleticism. He possesses a kind of definite talent that could lead to an early preference should he opt to conduct to a NFL, nonetheless he is distant from a sure-fire authorization quarterback, creation head-scratching decisions or simply false passes in probably each diversion this season. Kizer threw for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns conflicting 9 interceptions this deteriorate for a 4-8 Fighting Irish. Teams will not disremember that Brian Kelly has constructed usually one NFL quarterback (2010 sixth-round collect
Tony Pike
,
Carolina Panthers
) in 26 seasons as a conduct coach.

DeShone Kizer is distant from a finished product.
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27.
Desmond King
, CB, Iowa, Sr, 5-10, 200, 4.53

King scarcely done a burst to a NFL a year ago after he available 8 interceptions and was famous with a Thorpe Award as a nation’s tip defensive back. His statistics forsaken significantly in 2016 as opponents wisely avoided him for many of a year, nonetheless he did yield one of a few highlights for Iowa in an Outback Bowl detriment to Florida with his third interception of a season. Scouts admire King’s instincts, physicality and round skills nonetheless doubt his straight-line speed.

28.
Tim Williams
, OLB, Alabama, Sr, 6-3, 252, 4.76

Pass rushers arrange second usually to passers, themselves, in today’s NFL and Williams competence usually be a country’s many energetic hazard off a edge. He is usually half a pouch behind Allen (No. 2 on a Big Board) with 9 sacks this year for a Crimson Tide, terrorizing opponents off a dilemma with his snap anticipation, first-step speed and coherence to spin a corner.

29.
Bucky Hodges
, TE,
Virginia Tech Hokies
, rJr, 6-6, 245, 4.78

Hodges is some-more of a receiver hybrid in a
Jimmy Graham
mold than a normal parsimonious finish nonetheless it is easy to suppose what a matchup problem he would be during a subsequent spin given his sparkling mix of size, speed and physique control. Hodges posted remarkably unchanging numbers via his career, averaging 51 receptions for 423 yards and 7 touchdowns over his three-year career — numbers that should freshness with some-more unchanging quarterback play in a NFL.

30.
Dan Feeney
, OG,
Indiana Hoosiers
, rSr, 6-4, 310, 5.09

Statistics can be focussed in many ways to infer a indicate nonetheless what NFL group wouldn’t value an descent lineman who has given adult a grand sum of dual sacks in 45 career starts, as Feeney has? Feeney possesses odd initial speed and agility, generally given his square-ish support so gainful to personification guard.

31.
Tre’Davious White
CB, LSU, Sr, 5-11, 192, 4.50

White has stood out in coverage via his career, display a lively and speed NFL teams crave during cornerback and as a returner. He expected would have warranted top-50 care a year ago had he done a NFL burst nonetheless increased his batch by display some-more physicality and coherence as a tackler as a senior.

32.
Solomon Thomas
, DL, Stanford, Jr., 6-3, 272, 4.75

Ideally a three-technique defensive tackle in a normal 4-3 alignment, Thomas is a disruptive, despite small playmaker in a mold of a
Los Angeles Rams

Aaron Donald
and
Cincinnati Bengals

Geno Atkins
, winning with initial quickness, absolute hands and a engine that simply does not know idle. Thomas was probably unstoppable in Stanford’s Sun Bowl win over North Carolina.

The rest of a tip 50:

33.
Deshaun Watson
, QB, Clemson, Jr, 6-2, 215, 4.64
34.
Dorian Johnson
, OG,
Pittsburgh Panthers
, Sr, 6-5, 300, 5.20
35.
DeMarcus Walker
, DT, Florida State, Sr, 6-2, 273, 4.86
36.
JuJu Smith-Schuster
, WR, Southern Cal, Jr, 6-2, 220, 4.52
37.
Gareon Conley
, CB, Ohio State, rJr, 6-0, 195, 4.50
38.
Garett Bolles
, OT,
Utah Utes
, Jr, 6-5, 296, 4.97
39.
Taco Charlton
, DE, Michigan, Sr, 6-5, 272, 4.87
40.
Dede Westbrook
, WR,
Oklahoma Sooners
, Sr, 5-11, 175, 4.39
41.
Marcus Williams
, FS, Utah, Jr, 6-0, 195, 4.56
42.
Quincy Wilson
, CB/S, Florida, Jr, 6-1, 213, 4.54
43.
Charles Harris
, DE,
Missouri Tigers
, rJr, 6-3, 255, 4.74
44.
Chris Wormley
, DT, Michigan, 6-5, 302, rSr, 4.92
45.
Ethan Pocic
, C/OG, LSU, Sr, 6-6, 309, 5.18
46.
Cordrea Tankersley
, CB, Clemson, Sr, 6-0, 200, 4.48
47.
Forrest Lamp
, OT/OG,
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
, rSr, 6-3, 302, 5.12
48.
Chidobe Awuzie
, CB, Colorado, Sr, 5-11, 205, 4.56
49.
Dion Dawkins
, OT,
Temple Owls
, Sr, 6-5, 320, 5.27
50.
Cameron Sutton
, CB, Tennessee, Sr, 5-11, 186, 4.50

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