Written by: Lewis T.
Now that the Super Bowl is now over now is the time to start focusing on prospects for the 2017 NFL draft. Many teams have many different needs, but I will be focusing on one player in particular for the first 10 picks.
1. Cleveland Browns:
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Jonathan Allen may not be the most popular pick for the number one overall pick in the draft, but he is definitely the most dominant. Allen would have been a first rounder last year, but decided to come back for his senior year. In his senior year at Alabama he racked up 69 total tackles, 16 TFL, and 10.5 sacks. He also did this:
2. San Francisco 49ers:
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
I don’t think Trubisky is the top quarterback in this draft, but I do believe he will be the player the 49ers select with the second overall pick. Even though Colin Kaepernick had a decent last year and I believe he is still a starting quarterback in this league, his time in San Francisco is winding down. Trubisky has a good arm and is a very mobile quarterback. In his one season as the starting quarterback he had 3748 yards passing 30 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. He also had 5 rushing touchdowns.
3. Chicago Bears:
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Myles Garrett is the most explosive defensive player in this draft. Many have him going number one and rightfully so. Garrett was a 5 star recruit out of high school and he lived up to his hype at College Station. In just 10 games played his junior year, Garrett still compiled 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
Garrett has had a few health issues, but when healthy is dominant.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Malik Hooker is a ball hawking safety. When the ball is in the air it feels as if he is the intended receiver. He also has great returning ability. When he intercepts the ball, he is more than likely going to take it the distance. In his junior year, out of the 7 interceptions he had, 3 were taken back for touchdown. He also had 74 tackles, and 5.5 tackles for loss. Hooker is a turnover machine, but he can step in and make tackles as well.
5. Tennessee Titans (from the LA Rams):
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
After a horrific neck injury had him sidelined his entire sophomore year, Mike Williams came to show why he was such a highly touted receiver coming out of high school. Williams came back in his first game with vengeance tallying 9 catches for 174 yards against Auburn. Williams is a match up nightmare with his 6’3 frame. He boxes out defenders and catches the ball at its high point very well. Pairing Williams up with quarterback Marcus Mariota and its dominant run game would be exciting to watch in the future.
6. New York Jets:
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
After Deshaun Watson’s performance against alabama I cant see why he isn’t the number 1 quarterback on most boards. He’s my number 1 rated quarterback, but I don’t personally see the 49ers selecting Watson with there second pick. In Watson’s last season with the Tigers which ended with a national championship, Watson threw for almost 4,600 yards and 41 touchdowns. Over his last 2 seasons he has thrown a combined 30 interceptions, but his accuracy is not a concern.
7. San Diego Chargers:
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Many boards may not have Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis going this high in the draft but, Davis is a receiver that Phillip Rivers would love to have. Rivers already has a talented receiver in Keenan Allen, and even though he is still young, he has had issues staying healthy. Antonio Gates is still performing well, but he isn’t getting any younger either. Davis is electric anytime he gets the ball in his hands and any play could become a touchdown with him on the field.
8. Carolina Panthers:
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
2-time first team All-American Dalvin Cook is the complete package at running back. He has excellent speed, but also has great balance. Cook makes plays happen when there doesn’t even seem like there is a play to be made. Cook also seems to get stronger as the game goes on. Cook is not only good in the run game, but he can also catch out of the backfield. The only downside to Cook is that he has had a few injuries throughout his three years at Florida State.
9. Cincinnati Bengals:
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Reuben Foster, the hard hitting linebacker out of Alabama is an NFL ready linebacker. Everyone he tackles, he doesn’t simply tackle, he tries to run through that person. Foster also has tremendous sideline to sideline speed. Foster was not only a stellar linebacker, but he was also a play maker on special teams.
10: Buffalo Bills:
Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
Jalen Tabor is another talented defensive back from the Florida Gators. The Gators have had quite a few big time defensive backs through the years and Tabor is no exception. Tabor is solid in both the run and passing game, but he excels when the ball is in the air. In Tabor’s 3 years at Florida, he caught 8 interceptions and returned 3 for touchdowns. He also accumulated over 100 career tackles and had 28 passes deflected.