The 2017 NFL Draft is just four days away, and many football fans across the country are anxiously awaiting to see who their favorite team will select this Thursday and over the weekend. NFL franchises hope to add the best player available while also filling a team need in the draft, but getting the two to coincide is easier said than done.
Plenty has happened since Fourth & Goal released its first Big Board back in February. Prospects’ draft stocks have risen or fallen based on evaluations at colleges’ pro days and the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but film study should still remain the best assessment of the incoming players. Below is Fourth & Goal’s latest top 100 Big Board, which evaluates players based on talent and their ability to succeed at the next level.
1. Texas A&M DE – Myles Garrett
Garrett remains atop the big board, and should be the first player taken in the 2017 draft. The Aggies 6-foot-4, 272-pound pass rusher will be a cornerstone player for an NFL franchise, as he has huge upside potential with elite explosiveness and incredible strength.
2. LSU S – Jamal Adams
Adams is arguably the safest prospect in this year’s draft class. The Tigers 6-foot, 214-pound safety will be an immediate tone-setter for an NFL defense and has proven himself a leader through three seasons at LSU.
3. LSU RB – Leonard Fournette
Fournette may be the best running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson, and that does include Cowboys rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott. The 6-foot, 228-pound running back is a powerhouse with unreasonable speed for his size. Fournette may not have the same impact Elliott had in his rookie season, but that will likely only be because he won’t run behind an offensive line of Dallas’ caliber.
4. Ohio State S – Malik Hooker
The Buckeyes 6-foot-1, 206-pound safety is surely the biggest riser from the 2016 college football season. In his sole starting season at Ohio State, Hooker amassed 74 tackles, seven interceptions, and scored three defensive touchdowns. The Buckeyes safety is a sure-fire top 10 selection with incredible instincts.
5. Stanford DE – Solomon Thomas
Thomas has everything NFL franchises look for in a 4-3 defensive end, and the case could be made that he is the second safest prospect in this draft behind Adams. The Cardinal 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end recorded 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in his redshirt sophomore season, and has such high value due to his abilities as a pass rusher and a run defender.
6. Alabama TE – O.J. Howard
Howard was never fully utilized in Tuscaloosa due to the Crimson Tide’s lack of an aerial attack, but that hasn’t stopped NFL franchises from salivating over the 6-foot-6, 251-pound tight end. The Alabama tight end has drawn comparisons with Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, and has shown the ability to make big plays on a national stage.
7. Ohio State CB – Marshon Lattimore
Much like Hooker, Lattimore is a one-year starter that showed huge upside potential in 2016. The 6-foot, 193-pound corner has some hamstring injury concerns, but should still be considered the top cornerback prospect in a class loaded with talented defensive backs.
8. Alabama DL – Jonathan Allen
Allen may not be the most flashy defensive player in this year’s draft class, but he is arguably the most consistent. The 6-foot-3, 286-pound defensive lineman will fit in as a defensive end in a 3-4 base defense or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3, and should be an immediate three-down defensive lineman in his rookie year.
9. Clemson QB – Deshaun Watson
Watson is surely not a finished product entering the NFL, but he has everything an NFL team wants in a franchise quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound quarterback is a proven winner and leader, and has shown the ability to shake off bad plays and correct his mistakes. There are some concerns with his accuracy, especially on downfield passes, but his upside is surely worth the risk of a top 10 selection.
10. Alabama LB – Reuben Foster
Foster’s off field concerns could drop him out of the top 10, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is an elite athlete that has the potential to be a star inside linebacker in the league. The Crimson Tide’s 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker led the nation’s top ranked defense in tackles (115), and has drawn comparisons with Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.
11. Clemson WR – Mike Williams
Williams is the top wide receiver in a draft class that could have at least three first-round receivers selected. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound receiver will be an immediate red zone threat at the next level, and has the potential to be a year-in and year-out Pro Bowl receiver for an NFL franchise.
12. Ohio State CB – Gareon Conley
Conley is arguably the highest riser since the end of the college football season, and could end up being a top 15 selection on Thursday night. The Buckeyes 6-foot, 195-pound corner has the size and length NFL teams look for in a lockdown cornerback, and allowed just a 37 percent completion rate at Ohio State.
13. Utah OT – Garett Bolles
Bolles has leapfrogged Ramczyk as the top offensive tackle prospect in this year’s class. The Utes’ 6-foot-5, 297-pound tackle showed elite athletic ability for a big man at the NFL Scouting Combine, and should be an immediate starter for an NFL franchise in 2017. This year’s draft class has very few potential NFL starting offensive tackles, which should only boost Bolles’ value this upcoming Thursday.
14. LSU CB – Tre’Davious White
White is one of the more overlooked prospects in this year’s draft class, but he is surely worthy of a first-round selection. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound corner was a four-year starter at LSU that should have no problem starting for an NFL franchise at the outset of the 2017 season. White amassed 167 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 34 passes defended, and six interceptions in Baton Rouge and has shown the ability to play both outside and in the slot.
15. Western Michigan WR – Corey Davis
Davis recorded a minimum of at least 1,400 receiving yards in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons at Western Michigan, and should be an impact playmaker in the NFL from Week 1. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound receiver has the size NFL franchises look for a No. 1 wide out and is a terrific route-runner with the ability to catch contested passes.
16. Florida State RB – Dalvin Cook
Cook has slid out of the top 10, but is still the second best running back in this year’s draft class. The Seminoles 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back can run between the tackles, catch passes out of the backfield, and bounce runs outside if needed.
17. Western Kentucky OL- Forrest Lamp
Lamp should be a top 20 selection, as he has the potential to be a Pro Bowl guard in his rookie year. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound offensive lineman ran a 5.0 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and is a four-year starter that has generated plenty of draft buzz in recent months.
18. Stanford RB – Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey’s draft stock has quickly been rising over the past month, so much so that one report stated he would go in the top 10. The versatile 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back has such high value due to his ability to line up as a wide receiver and his impact on special teams. McCaffrey is a lightning rod with the ball in open space but there are concerns with his ability to run between the tackles at the next level.
19. Tennessee DE – Derek Barnett
The Vols’ 6-foot-3, 259-pound pass rusher amassed 52 tackles for a loss, 32 sacks, and three forced fumbles in three seasons at Tennessee. Barnett has great hands and has shown the ability to shed opposing offensive tackles in the Southeastern Conference.
20. Michigan S – Jabrill Peppers
Peppers played cornerback, safety, linebacker, running back, wildcat quarterback, and was a return man for the Wolverines. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound safety only recorded one interception and 11 passes defended in three years in Ann Arbor, but that won’t prevent him from being a tone setter at the back end of NFL defense.
21. Temple LB – Haason Reddick
From walk-on to draft standout, Haason Reddick has quickly become one of the biggest rising stars of this year’s draft class. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker recorded 22.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception in his senior year, and will be a three-down linebacker with the ability to drop back in coverage at the next level.
22. Missouri DE – Charles Harris
Harris along with Conley, McCaffrey, and Reddick has been one of the biggest risers this draft season and justifiably so. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound pass rusher recorded 54 pressures, nine sacks, and two forced fumbles in 2016, and plays with a high energy level defensive coordinators will love.
23. Washington WR – John Ross
The Huskies 5-foot-11, 188-pound receiver set a new 40-yard dash record at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis the past March, and is sure to make one NFL quarterback very happy in 2017. Ross recorded 81 receptions for 1,150 receiving yards and scored 18 total touchdowns in 2016. The first-team All-Pac-12 receiver will give an NFL offense an immediate deep threat that won’t shy away from contact.
24. Wisconsin OT – Ryan Ramczyk
Ramczyk is a first-round worthy offensive tackle in a class lacking NFL starting offensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman started every game at left tackle for the Badgers in 2016 after sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules. His lack of experience and recent hip surgery may be a cause for concern, but his upside and athletic ability will surely make him a first-round selection.
25. Notre Dame QB – DeShone Kizer
Kizer has dropped from the top quarterback prospect to the second ranked quarterback in Fourth & Goal’s Big Board rankings. The Notre Dame 6-foot-4, 233-pound quarterback may be the most athletic quarterback in this year’s class, but will need time to develop on the bench for at least a year. Kizer may not have the immediate impact of a Watson or Mitchell Trubisky in 2017, but in time could be seen as the best or second best quarterback prospect from this year’s draft class.
26. Florida LB – Jarrad Davis
The Gators 6-foot-1, 238-pound linebacker knows how to lay the wood, and has been praised for his work ethic and character qualities. Davis amassed 201 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception during his collegiate career, and will bring a physical identity to whichever franchise he joins later this week.
27. UCLA DE – Takkarist McKinley
The Bruins 6-foot-2, 250-pound pass rusher is coming off a monster season after switching from outside linebacker to defensive end in 2016. McKinley recorded 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles in his senior year, and has the speed and arm length NFL franchises seek in a cornerstone pass rusher.
28. North Carolina QB – Mitchell Trubisky
Trubisky is sure to be a first-round selection, as he has the tools and stature to be an NFL franchise quarterback. The Tar Heels 6-foot-2, 222-pound quarterback was a one-year starter in Chapel Hill, but showed plenty of promise with 30 touchdown passes to six interceptions. Trubisky will have to transition to an NFL offense, but his upside potential will surely warrant a selection on Thursday night.
29. Alabama OL – Cam Robinson
Robinson may be one of the most difficult prospects to read in this year’s draft. The Crimson Tide 6-foot-6, 322-pound offensive lineman has displayed the ability to be an NFL cornerstone offensive tackle, but is inconsistent with blocks and tends to lose his balance. Robinson could be a steal with the right franchise, but he will need to join a team that is willing to groom him and work on his technique.
30. Michigan DE – Taco Charlton
Charlton can be an instant starter as a defensive end in a 4-3 base defense but there are some questions surrounding his inconsistency. The Wolverines 6-foot-6, 277-pound pass rusher recorded 13.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in his senior season in Ann Arbor, and has the speed and power NFL teams want in a starting defensive end.
31. Washington S – Budda Baker
Baker could easily end up being one of the biggest draft steals, especially if he falls to the second-round. The Huskies 5-foot-10, 195-pound safety had 70 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2016, and displayed tremendous speed and instincts during his time in the Pac-12. There are questions surrounding Baker’s size at the next level, but his upside potential should outweigh any concerns.
32. Texas Tech QB – Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes may have the biggest arm in this year’s draft class and is coming off a season in which he led the FBS in passing yards (5,052). The Red Raiders 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback is a tremendous athlete that has the confidence to lead an NFL offense. He will need to work on his decision making and reading through his progressions at the next level, but his athleticism and arm are worth the risk of late first to early second-round selection.
33. Michigan State DT – Malik McDowell
Some NFL franchises’ reportedly viewed McDowell as a top 10 talent back in October, but a disappointing junior season has made him a borderline first-round selection. Outside of Allen, McDowell is the best interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft class and has the size and length (6-foot-6, 295-pounds) to be a dominant force at the next level.
34. Miami TE – David Njoku
Miami’s raw tight end has huge upside potential at the next level, and is the second best tight end prospect in a class stacked with future NFL starting tight ends. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound tight end caught 43 passes for 698 yards and scored eight touchdowns in 2016, and will be an instant red zone threat for an NFL offense next season.
35. Florida CB – Quincy Wilson
Wilson has surpassed Tabor as the top cornerback prospect out of Gainesville, but both cornerbacks should be starting for NFL franchises in 2017. Wilson (6-foot-1, 211-pounds) is a physical, tough cornerback that is sure to draw first-round interest, and is coming off a strong junior season in which he recorded 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions, and six passes defended.
36. Wisconsin OLB – T.J. Watt
If not for injury concerns, Watt might be a top 20 player in this year’s draft class. The Badgers 6-foot-4, 252-pound pass rusher shined in 2016 with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a defensive touchdown.
37. Florida CB – Jalen “Teez” Tabor
Tabor’s draft stock has continued to drop after posting disappointing 40-yard dash times at both the combine and Florida’s pro day. Despite concerns regarding his speed and physicality, there is no doubting Tabor’s athleticism and ability to disrupt passes. The Gators 6-foot, 199-pound corner knocked down 28 passes and snagged eight interceptions in three seasons in Gainesville, and should continue to find success at the next level.
38. Ole Miss TE – Evan Engram
The Rebels 6-foot-3, 234-pound tight end is an elite athlete that should make an immediate impact in the passing game at the next level. There are some concerns regarding Engram’s ability to block, but he will be selected as a receiving option and not for his blocking skills. Engram posted the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.42 seconds) for a tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine.
39. Washington CB – Kevin King
The Huskies 6-foot-3, 200-pound corner has rare size for an NFL starting cornerback, but has the ability to be a dynamic press corner at the next level due to his physicality. King started as a safety at Washington before switching to cornerback, and has the potential to be a steal in this year’s draft class due to the depth of cornerbacks.
40. Tennessee RB – Alvin Kamara
Kamara has the speed and quickness to make big plays but also has the strength to break tackles at the next level. The Vols’ 5-foot-10, 214-pound running back recorded 596 rushing yards, 392 receiving yards, and 13 total touchdowns in 2016, and will be a valuable weapon for some NFL offense next season.
41. Vanderbilt LB – Zach Cunningham
Vanderbilt’s 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker is worthy of a first-round selection but is likely to fall to the second-round due to players like Foster, Reddick, and Davis coming off the board first. That doesn’t mean Cunningham won’t have an instant impact at the next level, as he was a tackling machine for the Commodores in 2016. Cunningham has drawn comparisons with Houston Texans 2016 leading tackler Benardrick McKinney.
42. Kansas State DE – Jordan Willis
The South All-Stars’ most outstanding player of the Senior Bowl and the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is highly regarded for his work ethic and attitude as a team leader. The Wildcats 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end recorded 17.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in his senior year and should be an impact playmaker at the next level.
43. USC CB – Adoree’ Jackson
While Jackson lacks the ideal height and size (5-foot-10, 186-pounds) of an outside cornerback at the next level, his athleticism and closing speed is sure to draw plenty of interest. Jackson also brings special teams value to an NFL franchise, and is coming off a huge season in which he recorded career-highs in tackles (46), interceptions (5), and passes defended (11).
44. Colorado CB – Chidobe Awuzie
The Buffaloes’ four-year starter amassed 265 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss, 25 passes defended, three interceptions, and nine sacks during his collegiate career, and would be a smart value selection in the second-round of the 2017 draft. Awuzie has tremendous awareness and should be an immediate starter at the next level.
45. East Carolina WR – Zay Jones
Jones may be the most overlooked receiver in this year’s draft class, but is sure to make his presence felt once he joins an NFL franchise. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound receiver has tremendous hands and caught 256 passes for 2,845 yards and scored 13 touchdowns over the past two seasons at East Carolina.
46. Alabama CB – Marlon Humphrey
The Crimson Tide’s 6-foot, 190-pound corner checks the physical boxes NFL franchises look for in a starting cornerback but showed inconsistency at times, giving up four touchdown receptions in 2016. Humphrey amassed 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 13 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and five interceptions in two seasons as a starter at Alabama, but has boom-or-bust potential at the next level.
47. Utah S – Marcus Williams
The Utes’ 6-foot-1, 202-pound safety may need to add some muscle to his frame at the next level, but is a ball-hawk safety that is sure to create turnovers for an NFL team. Williams recorded 10 interceptions in his sophomore and junior seasons, and will be a dynamic player at the next level if he’s able to work on his skills as a run defender.
48. Alabama OLB – Tim Williams
Alabama’s 6-foot-3, 244-pound outside linebacker has big upside potential at the next level, but questions remain as to whether he can be a three-down edge rusher. Williams was highly productive in both his junior and senior seasons in Tuscaloosa, and is sure to draw the interest of a 3-4 base defense in need of an outside linebacker.
49. Florida DT – Caleb Brantley
Brantley’s draft stock is pointing downward after his misdemeanor assault charge, but that doesn’t mean he will go undrafted this upcoming week. The Gators’ 6-foot-3, 307-pound defensive lineman is arguably the third best interior defensive lineman in this year’s class, but has likely been taken off some teams’ draft boards after the recent alleged incident.
50. Texas A&M S – Justin Evans
Evans has the potential to be remembered as one of the biggest draft steals in this year’s class, and is worthy of a late first to early second-round selection this upcoming week. The Aggies 6-foot, 199-pound safety will immediately bring a physical presence to an NFL team, and is coming off a season in which he had 87 tackles, five tackles for a loss, eight passes defended, and four interceptions.
Below is No. 51 – No. 100
51. South Alabama TE- Gerald Everett
52. USC WR – JuJu Smith-Schuster
53. Washington CB – Sidney Jones
54. Indiana OL – Dan Feeney
55. Oklahoma RB – Joe Mixon
56. UCLA CB Fabian Moreau
57. UConn S – Obi Melifonwu
58. Michigan DL – Chris Wormley
59. N.C. State S – Josh Jones
60. Ohio State WR – Curtis Samuel
61. Western Michigan OL – Taylor Moton
62. Eastern Washington WR – Cooper Kupp
63. Alabama OLB – Ryan Anderson
64. Iowa S – Desmond King
65. Houston OLB – Tyus Bowser
66. Florida S – Marcus Maye
67. Ohio State OL – Pat Elflein
68. Miami QB – Brad Kaaya
69. Auburn DE – Carl Lawson
70. Michigan CB – Jourdan Lewis
71. Texas RB – D’Onta Foreman
72. California QB – Davis Webb
73. LSU OL – Ethan Pocic
74. Florida State DE – DeMarcus Walker
75. Alabama DT – Dalvin Tomlinson
76. Oklahoma RB – Samaje Perine
77. Illinois DE – Dawuane Smoot
78. Clemson CB – Cordrea Tankersley
79. Temple OL – Dion Dawkins
80. Ohio State LB – Raekwon McMillan
81. Penn State WR – Chris Godwin
82. Alabama WR – ArDarius Stewart
83. Pittsburgh QB – Nathan Peterman
84. Auburn DT – Montravius Adams
85. LSU LB – Kendell Beckwith
86. Clemson TE – Jordan Leggett
87. Villanova DE – Tanoh Kpassagnon
88. Clemson RB – Wayne Gallman
89. LSU OLB – Duke Riley
90. Oklahoma WR – Dede Westbrook
91. Charlotte DL – Larry Ogunjobi
92. Troy OT – Antonio Garcia
93. West Virginia CB – Rasul Douglas
94. Pittsburgh OL – Dorian Johnson
95. Michigan TE – Jake Butt
96. Pittsburgh RB – James Conner
97. Tennessee CB – Cameron Sutton
98. Wisconsin LB – Vince Biegel
99. Tennessee QB – Joshua Dobbs
100. Texas A&M WR – Josh Reynolds