Elite Draft Prospects

These are some of the players that should be drafted early in the first round. They are fantastic athletes and skilled football players. Sometimes NFL teams will care more about athleticism because they believe their coaching staff can make them better football players. A huge part of the draft process is the Scouting Combine that will start next week. These are some of the players I believe are the top talents in this year’s draft.

Myles Garrett: This is the consensus best player in the draft. The hype was built up around him coming out of high school, and he only exceeded expectations. His rare athleticism allows the defensive end to get to the QB quickly with an array of pass rush moves. His spin move and swim move are extremely fast and he has natural feet for a player his size. (6’5″ 270 lbs.) Many people will be shocked if Garrett is not the number 1 pick in this year’s draft. It’s easy to compare him to fellow Texas A&M Aggie Von Miller who has a defensive player of the year title, super bowl ring, and was the MVP of the super bowl. Don’t be surprised if Myles Garrett goes with the top pick to the Cleveland Browns.

Leonard Fournette: At LSU he has been the top running back since he arrived on campus. That is saying something for a college that puts out so much talent into the NFL. He is one of the most explosive runners in the history of college football. Some of his plays are simply legendary. He has great speed, quickness, and tackle breaking ability. People are comparing him to Adrian Peterson who has been the best running back in the NFL over the past decade. He has a very physical running style that could possibly lead to injuries. Behind a good offensive line, I could see him having a similar impact that Zeke Elliot had last year when he led the league in rushing as a rookie.

Jonathan Allen: Allen is the least flashy of these 3 players, but make no mistake Allen can make an impact from anywhere on the defensive line. Players with his kind of versatility are greatly valued by coaches. He actually played his high school football a town over from me at Stone Bridge High School before committing to Alabama. He could have easily left school for the NFL last year after winning a national championship but decided to go back and learn another year from one of the best college coaches ever. Any team would love to have a versatile defensive lineman like Allen.

All 3 of these players should be drafted early in the first round. They could make an impact right away in the NFL.

Sleepers in NFL Draft

Every year there is are many players who exceed their draft status. Just look at 5-time super bowl champion Tom Brady. Brady was not drafted until the 6th round, and every single NFL team passed on him multiple times. He now is considered one of the top quarterbacks of all time. His 5th championship this year is more than any NFL team has in its history, other than the Steelers. Same to say a lot of teams got it wrong when scouting Brady. Here are some sleepers in the upcoming draft:

QB: Brad Kaaya- The Miami quarterback was a three-year starter in college, so he has lots of film for teams to study. Brad need to add weight, but his arm strength is intriguing. He does not always handle the defense’s pressure well, so teams will blitz him often if that doesn’t improve.

RB: Jeremy McNichols- He can follow a long line of successful Boise State running backs. The past two thriving in the NFL are Jay Ajayi and Doug Martin. Jeremy has the tools to be a similar every down back like his predecessors. His biggest issue is fumbling, but he has good running vision.

WR: Zay Jones- I have already written about the ECU wide receiver so I will keep it brief. His competition was not as the best playing at ECU, but he still dominated everyone he lined up against. In today’s passing NFL he could really put up some numbers even as a rookie.

TE: Gerald Everett- He plays tight end for South Alabama. Another small school guy in this year’s draft destined for greatness. Everett is a bit undersized for his position, but an NFL team will bulk him up. He can run really well and be a weapon in the middle of the field for a QB.

Senior Bowl Standouts on Defense

There were some players on the defensive side of the ball that wreaked havoc during Senior Bowl practices and the game. The defense is limited and not allowed to blitz since it is an exhibition game. Therefore defensive players have to win their individual assignments to disrupt the offense. This draft class is known by scouts to be better defensively than on offense. These are some of the defensive players that dominated the Reese’s Senior Bowl:

Dalvin Tomlinson: A defensive linemen from the college football powerhouse Alabama. Bama recruits the best defensive prospects in the country every year. These players are usually 5 or 4-star prospects and at the top of their class. Tomlinson did not always start at Alabama because the team had so many great players at his position. However, during Senior Bowl Week, he was dominating the offense line and getting into the backfield. He caught the eye of NFL teams and really helped his draft stock.

Haason Reddick: Nobody had a better week than Haason Reddick a linebacker from Temple. He comes from a smaller school but showed that he can play with anybody. Reddick caused multiple turnovers during the game and was all over the field. He is slightly undersized yet showed to be a good tackler. He can really rush the passer and get to the quarterback which NFL teams like. Don’t be surprised if Haason Reddick is drafted in the first or second round.

Obi Melifonwu: The safety from UConn has great measurables at 6’4″ and 220 pounds. That height will be useful with taller receivers and tight ends at the next level. He showed his physicality in the run game and his range in coverage as well. Obi proved to be one of the better safeties in this year’s draft. His measurables will only help his draft stock to go along with a solid Senior Bowl performance.

Overall the 2017 draft class is loaded on defense. This class is so good that some people think scoring could go down for the NFL in the coming years. The defense is usually ahead of the offense at first because the offense has more plays to install. I am looking forward to seeing these future defensive standouts on Sundays in the NFL.

Senior Bowl Standouts Offense

Over the past week several players have stood out in practice and the Senior Bowl game. Some of these players have earned themselves more money by increasing their draft stock. These players are going to start shooting up draft board if they can also have strong performances at the scouting combine. Until then scouts will go back and study film on these players to figure out who fits what their team needs. Some of the players that performed exceptionally well are these standouts.

Zay Jones- Jones is a wide receiver from East Carolina University. I think he is the best player to come out of ECU since the deadly fast Chris Johnson. Jones has great leaping ability and hands that will make him a weapon to score at any point on the field. He could have had 3 touchdowns in the game, but two of the scores were called back on penalty. He really showed his skills this past week, and moved into the top 5 of wide receivers in this draft class.

Forrest Lamp- Offensive linemen played at a small school Western Kentucky. Lamp showed off his toughness by playing through an injury. He comes from a small school, but proved that he could play with any big conference players. He played tackle in college, but I think he projects better as a guard at the next level. He doesn’t quite have the length or height to play tackle. He has good technique and feet that could help him are great for a pulling guard.

Davis Webb- The quarterback played at Cal last year after transferring from Texas Tech. He has great size, arm strength, and anticipates throws. Scouts have started paying more attention to Webb because he certainly looks the part. The QB he replaced was the top overall pick in the draft last year. Webb has more physical skills than him. There aren’t any quarterbacks that are solidified at the top yet; Davis Webb could really improve his draft stock if he continues to show out.

Cooper Kupp- The wide receiver from Eastern Washington also had a great week. He showed off great route running ability, and seemed to be open most of the time. His quickness and cutting ability help him create distance on cornerbacks. Kupp is probably best suited as a slot receiver. He has reliable hands that will help him earn playing time early.

Senior Bowl Standouts Offense

Over the past week several players have stood out in practice and the Senior Bowl game. Some of these players have earned themselves more money by increasing their draft stock. These players are going to start shooting up draft board if they can also have strong performances at the scouting combine. Until then scouts will go back and study film on these players to figure out who fits what their team needs. Some of the players that performed exceptionally well are these standouts.

 

Zay Jones- Jones is a wide receiver from East Carolina University. I think he is the best player to come out of ECU since the deadly fast Chris Johnson. Jones has great leaping ability and hands that will make him a weapon to score at any point on the field. He could have had 3 touchdowns in the game, but two of the scores were called back on penalty. He really showed his skills this past week, and moved into the top 5 of wide receivers in this draft class.

 

Forrest Lamp- Offensive linemen played at a small school Western Kentucky. Lamp showed off his toughness by playing through an injury. He comes from a small school, but proved that he could play with any big conference players. He played tackle in college, but I think he projects better as a guard at the next level. He doesn’t quite have the length or height to play tackle. He has good technique and feet that could help him are great for a pulling guard.

 

Davis Webb- The quarterback played at Cal last year after transferring from Texas Tech. He has great size, arm strength, and anticipates throws. Scouts have started paying more attention to Webb because he certainly looks the part. The QB he replaced was the top overall pick in the draft last year. Webb has more physical skills than him. There aren’t any quarterbacks that are solidified at the top yet; Davis Webb could really improve his draft stock if he continues to show out.

 

Cooper Kupp- The wide receiver from Eastern Washington also had a great week. He showed off great route running ability, and seemed to be open most of the time. His quickness and cutting ability help him create distance on cornerbacks. Kupp is probably best suited as a slot receiver. He has reliable hands that will help him earn playing time early.