We’re still three months out from the 2016 NFL Draft, but it’s never too early to get a head start. Last season in college football, we were witnesses to a host of talented sophomore and junior players that could be early picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. Some of these players spurned the 2016 draft to return for their senior season while others will likely enter the draft in their first year of eligibility.

Note: The draft order is taken from the latest 2017 Super Bowl odds via Las Vegas SuperBook.

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California

Myles Garrett will likely be a Top-3 pick in the 2017 Draft and might even grade out as a better pass rusher than Jadeveon Clowney.

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Myles Garrett is a freak of nature and the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2017. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2. San Francisco 49ers – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Deshaun Watson will be the No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 draft and he would fit perfectly into Chip Kelly’s scheme in San Francisco.

CFP National Championship - Alabama v Clemson
Don’t be surprised to hear Russell Wilson comparisons when Deshaun Watson enters the draft. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

3. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Running backs will be a hot commodity in the 2017 draft and Leonard Fournette is the best of the bunch. He’s worthy of a Top-5 pick.

LSU v Mississippi
Leonard Fournette would be a Top-5 pick if he came out as a sophomore. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cameron Robinson, OT, Alabama

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Bucs took Donovan Smith in the 2015 draft, but they can’t afford to pass up Cam Robinson here to protect Jameis Winston’s blindside for the next decade.

Alabama Spring Game
Cam Robinson is the top offensive tackle available in the 2017 NFL Draft. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

5. San Diego Chargers – Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Juju Smith-Schuster is a phenomenal wide receiver and will draw Dez Bryant-comparisons before the 2017 draft.

Pac-12 Championship
NFL teams will fall in love with Juju Smith-Schuster’s physicality as a receiver. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

6. Philadelphia Eagles – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Derek Barnett didn’t live up to his phenomenal freshman campaign in 2015, but is still one of the best pass rushers in college football.

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Derek Barnett has been dominating the SEC ever since he stepped on the field as a true freshman. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

7. Oakland Raiders – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

2016 Mock Draft Pick – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

McDowell will be perhaps the best interior defensive lineman in college football in 2016 and would be phenomenal when paired with Khalil Mack.

Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan State
Malik McDowell has unique size and strength for an interior defensive lineman. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

8. Miami Dolphins – Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Vernon Hargreaves got all of the hype, but Jalen Tabor quietly dominated the SEC as the Gators’ other star cornerback.

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Jalen Tabor is the next great Florida Gators defensive back. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

9. Los Angeles Rams – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Mike Williams sat out most of 2015 due to a neck injury, but proved as a sophomore that he’s a future NFL starter. If healthy, he should be drafted high in 2017.

Georgia Tech v Clemson
If healthy, Mike Williams has all the tools to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Michigan has used Jabrill Peppers on both offense and defense, but he can thrive in the NFL as a strong safety.

Michigan State v Michigan
Jabrill Peppers has played offense, defense and special teams for the Wolverines and has a high ceiling as an NFL safety. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

11. Washington Redskins – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

Tre’Davious White decided to return to LSU for his senior season and could easily be a Top-10 pick if he improves his game.

12. New Orleans Saints – Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor

Brad Kaaya has been an underrated quarterback in college football and scouts have praised his ability to handle the terrible situation at Miami. He would be in a great situation sitting behind a veteran starter and learning for a year or two.

Arkansas State v Miami
Brad Kaaya might be the most NFL-ready quarterback in the 2017 class. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

13. Detroit Lions – Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

Calvin Johnson is retiring and if the Lions don’t address wide receiver early in 2016, they could take on early here. Dupre has been underutilized at LSU because they don’t have a quarterback, but has shown flashes of his five-star ability.

14. Chicago Bears – Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Another defensive lineman from the Missouri factory, Charles Harris would be perfect as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

15. Atlanta Falcons – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Another LSU defensive back, Adams has the size (6-1, 211 lbs.) and coverage ability to be a high-quality safety at the next level.

16. New York Jets – Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

“Big Rod” Johnson took over as a true freshman for Florida State and has all the tools to be a future NFL starter.

17. New York Giants – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Jonathan Allen spurned the draft to return for his senior season and should be a first-round pick in 2017.

18. Houston Texans – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

2016 Mock Draft Pick: A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

It’s likely that Arian Foster has seen his last days as a Texan so they grab the explosive Dalvin Cook to be his replacement.

Florida State v Florida
Dalvin Cook is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

19. Buffalo Bills – Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Montravius Adams returned to Auburn for his senior season and should continue to showcase the dominant ability that made him a five-star prospect out of high school.

20. Baltimore Ravens – Desmond King, CB, Iowa

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

The 2015 Thorpe Award Winner is returning for his senior season and should be one of the first defensive backs off the board in 2017.

21. Minnesota Vikings – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

With Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks already established, they can grab the instinctive Jarrad Davis to be their weakside linebacker.

22. Kansas City Chiefs – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Darron Lee got all of the hype last season, but Raekwon McMillan should receive more attention in 2016 after becoming a star inside linebacker for the Buckeyes.

23. Indianapolis Colts – Adoree Jackson, CB, USC

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

A track star and Olympic hopeful, Adoree Jackson has a high ceiling as an NFL cornerback if he decides to pursue a career in the NFL over track.

24. Denver Broncos – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

O.J. Howard has a chance to go a lot higher in the 2017 draft if he produces like the way he did in the national championship game.

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O.J. Howard has a very high ceiling at tight end and is surprisingly effective as a run blocker as well. (Photo by Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

25. Dallas Cowboys – Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

Samaje Perine has been one of the best running backs in college football over the past two years and has game-changing strength and speed.

26. Cincinnati Bengals – Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Da’Shawn Hand has been a backup for Alabama so far, but should have a breakout season in 2016 as he shows the country why he was a Top-5 recruit in the nation.

27. Arizona Cardinals – Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

Tim Williams burst onto the scene in 2015 as a situational pass rusher for Alabama and should dominate in 2016 as a full-time starter.

28. Green Bay Packers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

2016 Mock Draft Pick: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

Ronnie Stanley moves on to the NFL, which means talented senior Mike McGlinchey will take over at left tackle.

29. Seattle Seahawks – Marquez White, CB, Florida State

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

Jalen Ramsey was the superstar for Florida State, but Marquez White was quietly one of the best cover corners in the country.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Quin Blanding, S, Virginia

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State

A former five-star prospect, Quin Blanding has a high ceiling as an NFL safety.

31. New England Patriots – Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

2016 Mock Draft Pick: N/A due to DeflateGate

Nick Chubb suffered a serious leg injury in 2015, but should return healthy by the time the 2017 draft rolls around. He was a star as a true freshman and should draw Todd Gurley-comparisons.

32. Carolina Panthers – Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

2016 Mock Draft Pick: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

Carl Lawson returned to Auburn for his senior year, mainly because of injuries, but should continue to dominate the SEC when healthy.

Birmingham Bowl - Auburn v Memphis
If he can stay healthy, Carl Lawson has a chance to go a lot higher in the draft as a pass rusher. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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