2017 NFL Draft: Brandon Fox’s Positional Rankings

This is my top five at every position with a few sleepers (later round players) sprinkled in. When I do my NFL Draft rankings I avoid considering off-field and medical issues. I don’t interview prospects or dig into the past via coaches or acquaintances. I’m also not a medical professional and consider anything in regards to injury or recovery time hearsay until it becomes official from the teams that have drafted them.

Some of the positions may seem odd or different from the consensus. When I’m considering prospects, I prefer players that can contribute sooner rather than later. This means I’m looking for complete players that are capable in all aspects of the game and particularly their position. For example, running backs should be effective runners inside and outside of the tackles, pass catchers, and what typically keeps young talent off the field early, aggressiveness as a pass blocker. With tight ends, they should be able to line up inline and split out, run routes with separation, catch passes, and show a willingness and aggressiveness when blocking. I’m less concerned with running backs, tight ends and wide receivers success as a blocker as I am with the willingness to stick their nose in there and work hard to get the job done.

With all of that said, let the debate begin. Go ahead and @ me, I’ll explain and gladly discuss and debate. I don’t dislike any of these players as people, I’m just going off what I see on film as football players.

Quarterbacks

1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
3. Nathan Peterman, Pittsurgh
4. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
5. Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Sleeper: Phillip Walker, Temple

Running Backs

1. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
2. Leonard Fournette, LSU
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

Sleepers: Aaron Jones, UTEP and Joseph Yearby, Miami

Wide Receivers

1. Mike Williams, Clemson
2. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
3. John Ross, Washington
4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
5. Zay Jones, ECU

Sleeper: Zach Pascal, Old Dominion

Tight Ends

1. OJ Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Michael Roberts, Toledo
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Cole Hikutini, Louisville

Sleeper: Tyrone Swoopes, Texas

Offensive Tackles

1. Garett Bolles, Utah
2. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
3. Antonio Garcia, Troy
4. Cam Robinson, Alabama
5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan

Offensive Guards

1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
2. Dan Feeney, Indiana
3. Pat Elflein, Ohio St
4. Ethan Pocic, LSU
5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan*

Centers

1. Pat Elflein, Ohio State*
2. Ethan Pocic, LSU*
3. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky*
4. Jon Toth, Kentucky
5. Kyle Fuller, Baylor

Defensive Ends

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
3. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
4. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
5. Taco Charlton, Michigan

Defensive Tackles

1. Caleb Brantley, Florida
2. Chris Wormley, Michigan
3. Jarron Jones, Norte Dame
4. Carlos Watkins, Clemson
5. Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

Edge Players

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
3. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
4. Tim Williams, Alabama
5. Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Linebackers

1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
3. Hassan Reddick, Temple
4. Jarrad Davis, Florida
5. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

Sleeper: Matt Milano, Boston College and Tanner Vallejo, Boise State

Cornerbacks

1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
2. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
3. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
4. Tre’Davious White, LSU
5. Sidney Jones, Washington

Safeties

1. Jamal Adams, LSU
2. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
3. Budda Baker, Washington
4. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
5. Obi Melifonwu, UConn

Sleeper: Dante Barnett, Kansas State

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