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2017 Big Board: Top 100 Players

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Misone drops his first big board cover the top 100 players to be drafted in the 2017 NFL draft, and highlights some key players early

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time once again...

Scouting season is upon us. With underclassmen still declaring daily for the 2017 NFL Draft, the scouts of the NFL are kicking it into overdrive as there’s only four months remaining to find the top talents available for their teams. There are sleepers everywhere, and as usual there are game changing, ready right now, players at the center of attention.

This years draft is strongest at the following positions;

  1. Running back
  2. Cornerback
  3. Wide Receiver

Defensive end would undoubtedly be fourth on this list, as it is once again a loaded year for the position. Lucky for the Los Angeles Rams, they could use a player from each position, so they should be able to find decent talent at those three positions in each round. However, the Rams will struggle to find help on the offensive line as it’s a really weak year for the offensive line as they make up two of the three weakest position groups this year;

  1. Offensive Tackle
  2. Tightend
  3. Guard

If a team is in need of offensive line help, this would be the year that one should expect to see a lot of reaching for help up front. The few good ones available will be snatched up pretty quickly.

***CAUTION: THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT AND IS NOT AN INDICATION OF WHERE THE PLAYER WILL BE PICKED. ALL RANKINGS ARE BASED SOLEY ON THE TAPE THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY STUDIED THUS FAR, AND MAY BE TWEAKED FOR SOME AS WE DRAW CLOSER TO THE DRAFT***

So without, further ado, the 2017 Draft Big Board...

Top 100

RANK PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL SIZE
RANK PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL SIZE
1 Jabrill Peppers ATH Michigan 6'1" 210
2 Jonathon Allen DL Alabama 6'3" 291
3 Dalvin Cook RB Florida St. 5'11" 213
4 Cory Davis WR Western Michigan 6'3" 220
5 Teez Tabor CB Florida 6' 200
6 Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama 6'1" 196
7 Solomon Thomas DL Stanford 6'3" 275
8 Sidney Jones CB Washington 6' 181
9 Cam Robinson OT Alabama 6'5" 320
10 Leonard Fournette RB LSU 6'1" 226
11 Mike Williams WR Clemson 6'3" 205
12 Reuben Foster LB Alabama 6'1" 236
13 Desmond King CB Iowa 6' 200
14 Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt 6'4" 230
15 Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 6'3" 264
16 DeShawn Watson QB Clemson 6'2" 215
17 Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina 6'3" 230
18 John Ross WR Washington 5'10" 190
19 DeShon Kizer QB Notre Dame 6'4" 236
20 Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M 6'4" 268
21 David Njoku TE Miami 6'4" 245
22 Malik McDowell DT Michigan St. 6'5" 280
23 Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin 6'5" 314
24 DeMarcus Walker DE Florida St. 6'3" 271
25 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC 6'2" 220
26 Roderick Johnson OT Florida St. 6'5" 306
27 Ethan Pocic C/G LSU 6'6" 309
28 Christian McCaffery RB Stanford 6' 205
29 Garret Bolles OT Utah 6'5" 300
30 Damontae Kazee CB San Diego 5'10" 190
31 Taco Charlton DE Michigan 6'5" 265
32 OJ Howard TE Alabama 6'6" 250
33 Curtis Samuel RB/WR Ohio St. 5'11" 200
34 Jamal Adams S LSU 6' 211
35 Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma 5'11" 180
36 Pat Elfein C/G Ohio St. 6'2" 300
37 Charles Harris DE Mizzou 6'3" 255
38 Brian Hill RB Wyoming 6'1" 220
39 Dan Feeny OG Indiana 6'4" 305
40 Tre'Davious White CB LSU 5'11" 192
41 Chris Wormley DL Michigan 6'5" 302
42 Carlos Watkins DT Clemson 6'3" 305
43 Marcus Williams FS Utah 6' 198
44 D'Ontae Foreman RB Texas 6'2" 249
45 Hunter Dimick DE Utah 6'3" 272
46 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise St. 5'10" 212
47 Courtland Sutton WR SMU 6'3" 205
48 Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson 6' 200
49 Gareon Conley CB Ohio St. 6' 195
50 Carl Lawson DE Auburn 6'3" 253
51 Elijah Qualls DT Washington 6'1" 326
52 Dorian Johnson OG Pittsburgh 6'5" 310
53 Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M 6'5" 270
54 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech 6'1" 196
55 Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech 6'5" 250
56 Dion Dawkins OT Temple 6'5" 322
57 Raekwon McMillian LB Ohio St. 6'2" 240
58 Vita Vea DT Washington 6'4" 332
59 Jarrad Davis LB Florida 6'2" 236
60 Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA 6'2" 256
61 Jaleel Johnson DT Iowa 6'3" 310
62 Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky 6'3" 300
63 Caleb Brantley DT Florida 6'2" 297
64 Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee 5'10" 215
65 Kevin King CB Washington 6'3" 200
66 Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma 6'1" 226
67 Jourdon Lewis CB Michigan 5'10" 186
68 Jake Butt TE Michigan 6'5" 250
69 Budda Baker FS Washington 5'11" 200
70 Adoree Jackson CB USC 5'11" 185
71 James Washington WR Oklahoma St. 6'1" 210
72 Josh Carraway DE TCU 6'3" 250
73 Cameron Sutton CB Tennessee 5'11" 186
74 Tyrone Crowder OG Clemson 6'2" 240
75 Kendall Beckwith LB LSU 6'2" 252
76 Scott Quessenbury OG UCLA 6'3" 295
77 Keionta Davis DE Chattanooga 6'3" 270
78 Brandon Facyson CB Virginia Tech 6'1" 191
79 Taylor Moton OT Western Michigan 6'5" 328
80 Kareem Hunt RB Toledo 5'11" 224
81 Wayne Gallman RB Clemson 6'1" 210
82 Lowell Loutulelei DT Utah 6'2" 310
83 Bryan Cox DE Florida 6'3" 269
84 Avery Gennesy OT Texas A&M 6'5" 323
85 Tim Williams OLB Alabama 6'3" 256
86 Rasual Douglas CB West Virginia 6'1" 208
87 Adam Bisnowaty OT Pittsburgh 6'5" 300
88 Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma 5'11" 236
89 Haasan Reddick LB Temple 6'1" 235
90 Amara Darboh WR Michigan 6'2" 211
91 Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 5'11" 205
92 Chad Wheeler OT USC 6'6" 311
93 Jarron Jones DT Notre Dame 6'5" 315
94 TJ Watt OLB Wisconsin 6'5" 243
95 Jehu Chesson WR Michigan 6'3" 208
96 Zach Banner OG USC 6'8" 260
97 Tarell Basham DE Ohio 6'4" 262
98 Deshawn Hand DE Alabama 6'4" 280
99 Travis Rudolph WR Florida St. 6'2" 196
100 Chad Kelly QB Ole Miss 6'2" 221

A few highlighted points to cover:

  1. Jabrill Peppers is my unquestioned number one overall player. Simply put, I believe he can start in the NFL at five different positions (nickel corner, LB, safety, Slot WR, RB) and be anywhere from productive player, to an All-Pro player. Add in his return skills, and that type of versatility cannot be matched by anyone since arguably Deion Sanders.
  2. Yes Dalvin Cook is rated higher than Leonard Fournette. I personally have loved this kid since his freshman season. The game that won me over was against Miami that year. He took over the game. And while Jameis Winston was the leader and best QB in the country, Cook won them that game and about four others by simply taking over. Fournette has some serious holes in his game, while Cook in my eyes is better than every running back to come out the last five years.
  3. Cory Davis is a name I am sure not very many people are familiar with. I’ve been hooked since the first time I watched him play last season. I have since followed him closely, and he is a true stud. Built in the mold of Julio Jones from a size and pure athleticism standpoint, Davis is a special talent with natural hands. I can’t wait to drop his scouting report.
  4. Derek Barnett is another guy that not many folks are talking about. Unlike Davis though, he played at a big name school in the SEC, yet he is still somewhat over looked. Myles Garrett has receive most of — if not all of — the hype surrounding the D-End position, but it’s actually Barnett that is the most disruptive. He plays with speed, and he’s eerily similar to a healthy Robert Quinn.
  5. Solomon Thomas is a guy that for fans on the west coast is a very familiar name. But if you’re closer out east — and you don’t stay up for the late games — then you are cheating yourself. He’s no Aaron Donald, but he might be the closest thing you will see to him.
  6. DeShawn Watson and Mitch Trubisky are my biggest points of confusion. I go back and forth with these two daily. Tomorrow they may very well be flipped. You’ll likely see them listed next to each other non-stop.
  7. Deshon Kizer is his own point of confusion. Make no mistake about it, he is the most talented QB in the draft, and by far has the highest ceiling. He at times finds himself as my number one QB. But so often I watch tape and he slips back down to third.
  8. Brian Hill is another name I can’t wait to drop a scouting report on. In the mean time — for both him and Cory Davis — I would suggest going to youtube or a scouting base and checking out the skills. Davis is like a slightly smaller Steven Jackson. The jump cut ability is unreal. Though, it’s his power and surprising speed to pull away that led to his surge to the top. Playing for Wyoming may lead to him being one of, if not the absolute, steals of the draft.
  9. Vita Vea is Haloti Ngata reincarnated. That is all...
  10. Ok for my west coast peeps, Adoree Jackson is the man! He’s a double threat as a corner, and a returner. However, I think he’s simply just ok as a corner, but really impressive as a returner. So while many sites and scouting reports will have him listed as a late first early second round guy, I see more of a middle of the third prospect. However, he does have the potential to be a really solid player both as a corner and return specialist in the pros.
  11. Please go check out Damontae Kazee. He reminds of of Janoris Jenkins but with even better ball skills. His name is not well known, but his caliber of play is some of the best his position has to offer in this years draft.