The top-10 players for the 2017 NFL draft in order of projected value:1.
Clemson CB Deiondre Washington, CB, ClemsonThe consensus top cornerback in the draft.2.
LSU CB Teez Tabor, DE, LSUTeez Tampos first college season ended prematurely due to a broken foot.
He had a very strong sophomore season in 2017, and the Tigers needed to replace a lot of production coming off the season’s most disastrous loss.
Tabor was the top defensive tackle and second-team All-SEC selection, as well as the first-team all-American.
The Tigers will be desperate to add a dominant pass-rusher, and Tabor is one of the best.3.
LSU QB Deshaun Watson, QB, ClemsonWatson is a talented quarterback, but he’s still a long way from being a franchise QB.
Watson has been a solid starter for the Tigers, but the team’s top pass-catcher has yet to reach his ceiling.
Watson was a first-round pick and could be a franchise quarterback at some point in the future.4.
Oklahoma State RB Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio StateThe 2017 Heisman winner could be the first running back drafted in this year’s draft.
Elliott is an explosive, bruising runner who is one the top pure running backs in the country.
The only issue with Elliott is that he’s a true freshman.5.
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland, LB, AlabamaRagland is one half of a great defensive line.
The Alabama interior is one that should be able to produce a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The question is whether or not Ragland can be a two-down linebacker in the same way that Alabama’s first-year defensive coordinator, Chris Palmer, was able to be.6.
Michigan State QB Connor Cook, QB (No. 3 overall), Michigan StateThe Spartans are in the middle of a rebuild and could need to make a big deal of their quarterback, Cook.
Cook could be in the mix for a top-five pick.
He has a huge arm and should be a dominant pro passer, but his size (6-foot-5 and 220 pounds) will be a problem.7.
Oregon State QB Marcus Mariota, QB(No. 6 overall), Oregon StateThe Ducks need to find a quarterback, and Mariota has plenty of talent.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-Pac-12 selection has the skills to be a starter at Oregon State, but could be out of options for the first time since taking over as Oregon’s starter.8.
Michigan LB Zach Cunningham, LB (No .
7 overall), IowaThe Wolverines are in rebuilding mode and Cunningham has plenty to offer.
Cunningham can be an effective pass-rushing linebacker and could make an impact as a special teamer, but as a pure safety, his lack of speed and quickness could cause issues in coverage.9.
Ohio State RB Derrick Henry, RB (No 1 overall), Ohio StateHenry has the size to be an NFL starter, but will he be able find a role with the Buckeyes in the short-term?
The Buckeyes will be looking to upgrade at the running back position this offseason, and they might have to move on from their leading rusher.
Henry could be an upgrade, but it’s hard to see him becoming a dominant back.10.
Auburn QB Jalen Hurts, QB-WR, AuburnThe Tigers were able to replace Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton with a much-improved passing game, but Hurts has yet not found the consistency that was necessary in 2017.
He’s still developing as a quarterback and as a runner, but if he is a top quarterback, he’ll have a legitimate chance to succeed.11.
Tennessee QB Marcus Maye, QB/RB, TexasThe Volunteers need to address the backfield, and Maye is a versatile player who can line up at running back or as a wide receiver.
Maye will be an intriguing option to add to the Titans’ offense in the long term.12.
LSU LB Adoree’ Jackson, LB-OLB, LSUAjax lost a ton from last year’s defense, but Jackson is still a force in the trenches.
The team needs to add another linebacker to the mix and he should help in that regard.13.
Alabama WR Calvin Ridley, WR, AlabamaThe Crimson Tide’s top receiver, Ridley is an absolute beast.
He’ll have plenty of targets in the passing game and could see a significant increase in targets after the team signed Dez Bryant, but there’s also the question of whether or a better receiver is in the offing.14.
LSU DE Adolphus Washington, DE/OLB-DE, LSUThe Tigers are in desperate need of a nose tackle and Washington is one candidate who could help them in that department.
Washington was a standout at the Senior Bowl, and he could be among the top tackles