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  1. DeShaun Watson QB Clemson

Go ahead laugh.

But we are talking about a quarterback that was 28-2 as a starter the past two seasons, led his team to two National Championship appearances (won one and lost one) along with completing 67% of his passes for three consecutive seasons. He passed for 35 touchdowns in 2015 with 13 interceptions along with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2016.

He has rushed for 21 total touchdowns over the past two seasons and led his team to victory in hostile road environments. Over the past two years, Watson has engineered wins over Oklahoma (neutral field), Louisville, Florida State (home and road), Virginia Tech (neutral field) and Alabama.

An argument heard around many draft rooms is: “What about the top talent around him?”

For those that aren’t aware, wide receiver Mike Williams missed almost all of the 2015 season with a neck injury and how many Clemson offensive players are on the top 50 NFL experts big boards?

Watson possesses the intangibles of a natural leader and a player that is not afraid of the national stage. He is a poised quarterback that bounces back from his mistakes and steps up when his team needs him the most.

Watson plays his best when the chips are on the line.

Isn’t that what NFL teams should be looking for to lead their franchise?

  1. Jabril Peppers S Michigan

Forget the suspected failed test for PED’s, Peppers is a raw talent that will thrive on the next level.

What he is able to do in forcing opposing offensive lines to account for him in run support is unlike any player in this draft. As a safety, he can take away the deep middle of the field while being utilized in run blitzes to stuff opposing offenses on the perimeter. His biggest asset as a defensive back is his ability to tackle in space. The NFL is a passing league and when you see Peppers play, you will quickly notice he is the best player on the field. He reminds me of a young Troy Polamalu for his ability to change the way opposing offenses account for him on the line of scrimmage. He can actually play some corner as well in the league because of his coverage ability.

Peppers is an elite punt returner and was utilized in red zone opportunities carry the football. He scored 3 touchdowns in 2016 rushing for over 161 yards on the ground.

He also moved to the outside linebacker position recording 71 total tackles while help leading his team to a 10-3 record.

  1. Leonard Fournette RB LSU

Fournette is the second coming of “Beast Mode” for the NFL. While Marshawn Lynch just signed with the Raiders, fans will get to see a younger version of him play this coming season. Forget the fact that some scouts are questioning his dedication to football. Forget it.

Fournette will punish opposing defenders when the bright lights turn on. He rushed for 22 touchdowns in 2015 rushing for 1,953 yards averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Last year, he played hurt and only rushed 843 yards with 8 touchdowns.

However, he did rush for 284 yards against Ole Miss in Death Valley which was a school record before Derrius Guice broke it at the end of the season against Texas A&M.

  1. Johnathon Allen DE Alabama

Allen is force on the edge that can be utilized as a defensive tackle or defensive end depending on the scheme. He recorded 22.5 total sacks over the past two seasons and help lead the Crimson Tide to the number one ranked rushing defense the past two seasons.

He has size and is very quick off of the football with his first step. He plays the game with an intensity and seems to get stronger as the game progresses. He consistently went up against the best offensive lines in the nation playing within the SEC and dominated the competition each and every week.

  1. Mike Williams WR Clemson

Williams is an athletic wide receiver that catches the football at its highest point and can stretch opposing defenses with his speed. He reminds me of an AJ Green type of player that can create mismatches in the red zone because of his height and ability to jump over defenders.

He was injured with a neck injury in 2015 and returned in 2016 to lead the Tigers with 98 receptions for 1,361 yards with 11 touchdowns.

  1. Dalvin Cook RB FSU

Cook is another play maker that can be utilized in the slot on nickel backs or linebackers in the short to intermediate passing game. He is an exceptional talent that thrives in space and with the right system can play in the league for a long time. He can used like a Reggie Bush type of player (New Orleans playing days) and be a homerun hitter when he gets to the outside on the perimeter of opposing defenses.

He did step up in big games on a national stage and performed at a high level.

However, he did have fumbling issues throughout his career along with not being a dominant inside runner against physical defensive fronts.

  1. Rueben Foster LB Alabama

Foster plays the game with a physical style to intimidate opposing ball carriers when they roam into his territory. He can run sideline to sideline and is a team leader that makes those players around him better.

He is a sure tackler that led the Crimson Tide defense with 115 total tackles in 2016 and stepped up in big games each week in the SEC.

  1. Jamal Adams S LSU

Adams, like Jabril Peppers, is a ball hawk and dominant safety that takes away a third of the field because of his coverage ability. Last season, he excelled in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s scheme and shut down some of the best players within the SEC in 2016.

While he only recorded 1 interception last year, Adams is another sure tackler in the open field which is very important in today’s NFL.

He has huge upside and is a day one starter for any team that selects him in the draft.

  1. Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky

He is a solid run blocking offensive lineman that plays with a blue collar mentality in wearing down opposing defensive lineman. He has great technique and footwork in playing in Western Kentucky’s wide open up-tempo attack. He showed great conditioning in getting stronger as games progressed and was a main reason why the Hilltoppers rushed for 186 yards per game in 2016.

  1. Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

Like Williams, Davis is a big bodied receiver that catches the football at its highest point. He is a smooth route runner that does not lose speed when coming out of his “breaks” on routes. He has the ability to take the top off of the defense and played extremely well against the better teams from Power 5 conferences. When looking at the NFL stars that made it in the league from the MAC (Antonio Brown, Eric Fisher, Kahlil Mack and Thomas Rawls) – Davis is the next superstar in the conference’s solid pedigree.

Davis led the Broncos with 97 receptions for 1,500 yards with 19 touchdowns.

  1. Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama

Humphrey is a lock down cornerback that played his best in some of the Crimson Tide’s biggest games in the SEC. While he only recorded 2 interceptions in 2016, Humphrey excelled in bump and run coverage along with stepping up in run support. He also recorded 36 tackles in 2016.

  1. Charles Davis DE Missouri

Harris recorded 61 total tackles in 2016 along with leading the Tigers with 9 sacks. He has great speed off of the edge and put a lot of pressure on opposing offensive lines with his physicality. Expect Harris to be another solid pick for a team looking for outside pass rusher that can play on every down.

  1. Tre’Davious White CB LSU

With the NFL being such a passing league, you cannot have enough defensive backs that can play man to man coverage along with being solid tacklers in run support. White is both and played very well last season for the Tigers. He consistently shut down some of the elite competition that the Tigers faced and added about 10 pounds of muscle from the previous season. He only recorded 2 interceptions last season, but was one of the best players on the LSU Tigers defense in 2016.

  1. Adoree’ Jackson CB USC

Jackson reminds me of Mackensie Alexander because of his size (5’10 190 pounds), but he is an elite play maker that can be utilized in the return game because of his athleticism.

Jackson led the Trojans with 5 interceptions and can run with any of the wide receivers in the NFL. He played very well against the better teams in the PAC-12 and was an offensive spark plug at times with his ability to score in the return game.

  1. Cam Robinson OT Alabama

Robinson is a physical specimen that dominated opposing defensive fronts in the SEC. Robinson has great foot work along with great hands that allow him to engage opposing rusher at the first point of contact.

He anchored an offensive line in Tuscaloosa that wore down defenses as the games progressed and will be one of the top offensive lineman in the NFL for years to come.

  1. DeMarcus Walker DE FSU

While the Seminoles defense was not a dominant unit in 2016, Walker clearly was the best player on the defensive side of the ball. He played the game with a constant motor and got better as the season progressed. He stepped up in some of the biggest games on the Seminoles schedule and led the team with 16.5 total sacks in 2016. Walker has great technique and quickness for a player of his size (280 pounds). He has the NFL body to play on every down and is a solid defender in run support.

  1. Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech

To me Hodges will be the best tight end in this draft and in years to come. He possess great size standing at 6’6 and weighing around 240 pounds. He can add another 10 to 15 pounds of muscle in the NFL and still not lose any speed. He caught 13 total receiving touchdowns in the last two seasons with two different quarterbacks. He can also be utilized in red zone opportunities being matched up on a nickel back or linebacker to create mismatches.

  1. Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

Yes, he has the test results from the NFL Combine including the Wonderlic test.

However, the stark reality is Garrett recorded a total of 8.5 sacks in 2016 and 4.5 of those were against the win over UTSA. He did not record a sack against Arkansas, Alabama Ole Miss and LSU in the 2016 season which were some of the “heavier” lines in the SEC.

Garrett was also part of a defense that gave up 212 rushing yards in 2015 and allowed LSU and Derius Guice to run for a school record 285 yards in the season ending 2016 home loss. Texas A&M allowed 191 rushing yards per game in 2016.

  1. Evan Engram TE Ole Miss

Another player like Bucky Hodges that played with Chad Kelly in Oxford. Engram is a player like a Jimmy Graham type of player that can create mismatches against defenders in red zone opportunities. While I do not feel he is a dominant run blocking tight end, his versatility will be sought after in this draft.

In 2016, he caught 65 passes for 965 yards with 8 touchdowns in 2016.

  1. Budda Baker S Washington

Baker’s play in 2016 was a main reason why the Huskies made the College Football Playoff in 2016. He only recorded 2 interceptions in 2016 but was constantly around the football. He was excellent in pass coverage, especially inside the red zone and was a big factor in why Washington led the FBS in turnover margin during the regular season with a +18 margin.

  1. Garrett Bolles OT Utah

Another physical run blocking lineman that plays with an intensity and physicality in wearing down opposing defensive fronts. Bolles helping anchor an offensive line that consistently pounded opposing defenses between the tackles was a main reason why the Utes averaged 214 rushing yards per game in 2016.

  1. Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M

In 2010, when Jason Pierre-Paul was selected 15th overall many did not know much about the passing rushing defensive end from USF. That was because his teammate at the time, George Selvie was getting all the recognition for the defense.

Well fast forward to this year’s draft and it seems like Mayles Garrett is stealing the spotlight. However, Hall is a former basketball player that has a very large wingspan standing at 6’5 and weighing around 270 pounds. He reminds me of a raw JPP and in my opinion, has bigger upside than Myles Garrett.

Hall has recorded 11.5 total sacks of the past two years and can add more muscle to become a dominant defensive end in the league for years to come.

  1. Solomon Thomas DE Stanford

Another defensive end that plays very well in run support. He is a physical player at the point of attack that does not wear down as games progress. He has great footwork and technique and always finds a way to be around the football.

Thomas also played his best in some of the Cardinals biggest games in 2016.

  1. Pat Elfain C Ohio State

A smart football player that anchored the Buckeyes offensive line last season. He has great hands and is an excellent run blocking center that is able to open gaping holes for ball carriers. He is an instinctual player that has gotten better each and every season he has played for Urban Meyer.

Best center in this draft.

  1. Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State

McMillan was a first round draft pick according to some after his 2015 season in which he recorded 119 total tackles. All McMillan did last year was lead the team with 102 total tackles. While S Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are grabbing the headlines as possible first round picks, McMillan has not even been mentioned with his teammates.

To me he was the best defensive player on the unit and reminds me of former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier in terms of body type. He is very good in run support and can run sideline to sideline.

  1. Ryan Anderson LB Alabama

Anderson is another Alabama player that is a dominant run stuffer and a sure tackler in space. He played with an intense motor and was very good at taking on offensive lineman in run support. He was tied with Tim Williams with 9 total sacks in 2016 which was second on the team in 2016. He also recorded 61 total tackles on the season and can be utilized as an edge rusher in blitz packages. He has great speed in tracking down opposing quarterbacks and will have a solid career in the NFL for many years.

  1. Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

McCaffrey is a unique talent that in the right scheme can put up solid numbers in the NFL. Will he be an elite running back that can carry the rock 30 times a game? – no. However, if he is used in space like a Danny Woodhead type of player that can catch the football 6 or 7 times a game, I think he can be very effective. He needs to be utilized in space in the screen game and in the flat on linebackers to allow him to be lined up in one on one match-ups.

Keep this in mind. In 2015, McCaffrey rushed for 66 yards against Northwestern (loss with no touchdowns), 94 yards against Notre Dame (no touchdowns), and 147 rushing yards against Oregon (no touchdowns).

Last year, he missed time with injuries and did not play well in the game on the road against Washington (loss 44-6).

  1. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Another solid cover corner that stepped up against solid competition in 2016. While he only recorded one interception in 2016 he did have 65 total tackles and was a main reason why the Buffaloes held opposing offenses to 31% on third down conversions.

  1. Zach Cunnigham LB Vanderbilt

A blue collar player that is an old school linebacker. He is a smart football player that has great instincts and progressed each and every year under head coach Derek Mason. Cunningham led the Commodores with 125 total tackles in the 2016 season.

  1. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Productive defensive end in Ann Arbor that progressed under Jim Harbaugh’s tutelage. Charlton did record 10 total sacks which the led the Wolverines in 2016. He has solid foot work and great size with an uncanny ability to find the football. He is very strong at the point of attack and can take on double teams with offensive lineman and running backs in chip blocks.

  1. Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin

The Badgers got back to blue collar football in 2016 with the running game taking front and center stage for last season. Wisconsin struggled rushing the football in 2015 averaging only 150 yards per game, but came alive last year as the offensive line found continuity. The Badgers rushed for 203 yards per game and Ramczyk was a main reason why for the rushing success. He displays a solid work ethic. He will play in the NFL for a long time and could be an immediate upgrade for teams looking for tackle help.

31. Quincy Wilson CB Florida

An under the radar corner that is not getting mentioned with some of the bigger names in the draft. While Florida’s defense fell off toward the end of the season, Wilson has superior cover skills. He can play man to man coverage and shows great ability in anticipating throws by quarterbacks.

He recorded 3 interceptions in 2016 but played very well against solid competition in the SEC.

  1. OJ Howard TE Alabama

A throwback to Jason Whitten. Howard is a physical specimen that can be used an extra offensive lineman because of his size (6’5 251 pounds). He is smooth route runner that has excellent hands and has stepped up in two National Championship games in back to back years (3 touchdown receptions).