DISCLAIMER: This list is intended to reflect my views on the top prospects in the NFL Draft and how I rank them. This is not intended to be a list of how these prospects will go in the draft itself.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss, 6-5, 310 lbs. – I believe that Laremy Tunsil is the best player in this class. The offensive tackle from Ole Miss is a franchise left tackle and a player that will protect your quarterback for the next dozen years. He is will be making Pro Bowls on a yearly basis and will be one of the highest paid offensive tackles when he signs a second contract.
2. Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State, 6-1, 209 lbs. – You want an alpha dog on your defense? Jalen Ramsey is your guy. He can play any position in the secondary and will live up to the Charles Woodson comparisons.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State, 5-11, 225 lbs. – Zeke has zero weaknesses and will be the rookie to have the most immediate impact for his team. I am confident that he will have a Todd Gurley-like impact for his team right away.
4. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA, 6-1, 245 lbs. – If not for the knee injury, Jack might be higher on this list. The injury is concerning, but the tape shows that he is a dominant linebacker.
5. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State, 6-5, 269 lbs. – One of the most productive pass rushers in this class, Bosa’s stock has been dropping a bit due to some off-the-field concerns but he is still a Top-5 player in this class for me.
6. Shaw Lawson, DE, Clemson, 6-3, 269 lbs. – Lawson dominated college football last season and is a very powerful pass rusher. Watch out for his deadly spin move as well.
7. DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon, 6-7, 291 lbs. – The only elite player on a terrible Oregon defense, Buckner can play either tackle or end and his versatility is what makes him a premier prospect.
8. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame, 6-6, 312 lbs. – His commitment to football might turn some people off, but Stanley still has all the tools to be a franchise left tackle in the league.
9. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss, 6-2, 221 lbs. – People are making too much about his 40-yard time. So what if he ran a tad slow. Turn on the tape and you’ll see a player that catches everything and plays with a “my ball” mentality.
10. Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida, 5-10, 204 lbs. – The lack of size may be concerning to some teams, but Hargreaves plays bigger than his size and and has a knack for finding the ball in the air.
11. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville, 6-1, 299 lbs. – The best defensive tackle prospect in this class, Rankins has a unique blend of strength and burst that makes him a good pass rusher.
12. Jared Goff, QB, California, 6-4, 215 lbs. – Goff is the best quarterback prospect in this class and will likely go first overall to the Rams. He comes from an air-raid system, but shows traits that can easily translate to the pro level.
13. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State, 6-0, 232 lbs. – Darron Lee is the epitome of the next generation of linebackers: fast, instinctive and able to cover sideline to sideline.
14. Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson, 5-10, 190 lbs. – Say what you will about the lack of ball production, but teams simply didn’t throw at Mac. He did a great job of locking up opposing team’s No. 1 receivers.
15. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, 5-10, 194 lbs. – Coleman plays with a faster tempo than the players around him. Get him the ball quickly on screens or slants and let him create plays. He will be tremendously productive as a slot receiver.
16. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State, 6-7, 310 lbs. – Decker is a player who might be better of starting at right tackle to begin his career, but can move to left tackle after a year or two of development.
17. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky, 6-2, 251 lbs. – The best pure pass rusher in this class, Spence’s size limits him to 3-4 teams only. However, on the field he is a menace to opposing linemen.
18. William Jackson III, DB, Houston, 6-0, 189 lbs. – One of the most productive cornerbacks in college football last year, Jackson is a player that understands how to find the ball in the air.
19. Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama, 6-3, 307 lbs. – Reed was a member of Alabama’s famous front four and was perhaps the best overall player. He needs to develop as a pass rusher but a better run stopper there is none.
20. Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama, 6-4, 311 lbs. – The anchor of Alabama’s championship winning offensive line, Kelly is the best center to come out of the draft in recent years. He will play for the next dozen or more years in the league.
21. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, 6-3, 294 lbs. – Off-the-field problems have really hurt Nkemdiche’s stock, but on the field he is a freak of nature. He might have the highest ceiling out of any player in this class.
22. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, 6-7, 244 lbs. – Lynch is more pro-ready than people think. He won’t be the first or second pick, but Lynch has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback and make an immediate impact.
23. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State, 6-6, 308 lbs. – Conklin has been perhaps the most polarizing player in this draft. People either love him or hate him. Personally, I think he’s better suited off at right tackle but has the ability to play left tackle if it’s needed. He’s not a bad player, just not an elite player.
24. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, 5-10, 194 lbs. – One of my favorite players in this class. Shepard isn’t the biggest or fastest receiver, but will catch everything. Stick him in the slot or have him play outside receiver. He will help your franchise.
25. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama, 6-1, 247 lbs. – The classic downhill, run stopping linebacker, Ragland showed some good coverage abilities at Alabama last season as well.
26. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, 6-2, 202 lbs. – Perhaps the best wide receiver at high pointing the football, Doctson should be able to step in as a No. 1 target right away.
27. Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida, 6-3, 285 lbs. – Bullard is a monster on the defensive line. Play him at end or tackle and let him rush the passer.
28. Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State, 6-3, 301 lbs. – Whitehair is expected to move to either guard or center in the league, and I believe it’s a great move. Whitehair is a player that can start right away at either position.
29. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State, 6-2, 217 lbs. – Thomas is a very balanced receiver who might not be elite at one particular trait, but is could be a quality No. 2 option.
30. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama, 6-2, 247 lbs. – The most controversial player in this year’s draft, Henry is not a traditional running back. He doesn’t create plays, but give him an inch of a running lane and he will power through for a very large gain. Henry will win some team a lot of games by grinding out the clock in the fourth quarter.
31. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor, 6-1, 311 lbs. – Billings is one of the most powerful players in this class. He is a stout run stopper, but needs to improve as a pass rusher.
32. Karl Joseph, DB, West Virginia, 5-9, 205 lbs. – The knee injury looms large, but Karl Joseph showed on the field that he will go for the kill on every play.
33. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama, 6-4, 307 lbs. – He might not be the most flashy player, but Robinson will have a long career in the NFL as a dominant two-down run stopper.
34. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson, 6-5, 277 lbs. – Dodd came on late last season, but I wonder if all the first-round hype he is receiving steps solely from his performance versus a bad right tackle in the national championship game..
35. Keanu Neal, DB, Florida, 6-0, 211 lbs. – Neal might struggle a bit in coverage but is one of the best defensive backs in this class in run support.
36. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, 6-0, 186 lbs. – Will Fuller might be a one-trick pony, but he does that one trick really well. No one is better at creating a vertical threat than him.
37. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana, 6-6, 301 lbs. – The first of the developmental offensive linemen, Spriggs probably isn’t capable of stepping in right away at left tackle but has all the tools to develop into one.
38. Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 323 lbs. – He comes from a lower-tier program in Conference USA, but Butler held his own against the best at the Senior Bowl.
39. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 197 lbs. – He’s not the fastest receiver, but Boyd is a possession player who will give some team immediate help as a No. 2 option.
40. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, 6-5, 237 lbs. – Wentz is the hottest player in the draft at the moment and is expected to be drafted second overall, but I have serious concerns about his mechanics, decision making and level of competition that he faced. It’s a serious jump for a player to go from facing the South Dakota Jackrabbits to going up against the Seahawks and Packers.
41. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA, 6-3, 314 lbs. – Out of all the defensive tackles in this class, Clark might be one of the better pass rushers.
42. Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State, 5-10, 199 lbs. – Bell has good enough coverage abilities to match up with receivers, but is not physical enough to be a serious supporter in the run game.
43. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech, 5-10, 215 lbs. – One of the most productive players in this class regardless of position, Dixon is a great pass catcher and will have a great impact on his team from day one.
44. Su’a Cravens, LB, USC, 6-0, 226 lbs – It looks as if Cravens will stick at linebacker in the league, but he has the versatility to move back to safety as well.
45. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia, 6-5, 244 lbs. – Floyd is quickly moving up mock drafts and might be a top-five pick come draft night. However, he’s not an amazing pass rusher and I have concerns about his coverage abilities as well.
46. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, 6-1, 201 lbs. – Braxton Miller is one of the most explosive playmakers in this class and has game changing speed. Just as Virginia Tech.
47. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas, 6-5, 240 lbs. – This isn’t a great tight end class, but Henry is the best of the bunch. He needs to work on his blocking, but Henry can contribute right away as a pass catcher.
48. Jeremy Cash, DB, Duke, 6-0, 212 lbs. – He’s given a lot of flack for his coverage abilities, but Cash’s best role in the NFL might be as an “in-the-box” safety close to the line of scrimmage.
49. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 273 lbs. – He might be a great pass rusher, but Ogbah also takes some plays off. I also have concerns about his abilities against the run as well.
50. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, 6-4, 217 lbs. – His personality rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but Cook might be the most pro-ready quarterback in this class. He could start right away but his overall ceiling as a quarterback prospect is low.