Zac Blackerby’s NFL Draft Defensive Position Rankings

Zac Blackerby’s 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Position Rankings

This class has already been dubbed as an extremely loaded class and it shows when aiming to rank players by position.  Despite the class being deep, I think the talent at the top is absolutely the creme of the crop.  I believe the top five players at each defensive position can be a lock to start at the next level during their rookie year.

Spoiler: I’m not high on Jabrill Peppers or Marlon Humphrey.

I would love your thoughts @zblackerby.

Defensive Linemen:

  1. Myles Garrett, TAMU
  2. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  3. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  4. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  5. Charles Harris, Missouri
  6. Caleb Brantley, Florida
  7. Demarcus Walker, Florida State
  8. Taco Charlton, Michigan
  9. Montravius Adams, Auburn
  10. Carlos Watkins, Clemson
  11. Dawuane Smoot, Illinois
  12. Tarell Basham, Ohio
  13. Jordan Willis, Kansas State
  14. Carl Lawson, Auburn
  15. Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
  16. Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
  17. Daeshon Hall, TAMU
  18. Jarron Jones, Notre Dame
  19. Deatrich Wise, Arkansas
  20. Ryan Glascow, Michigan
  21. Glen Antoine, Idaho

 

Inside Linebackers:

  1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
  2. Jarrad Davis, Florida
  3. Haason Reddick, Temple
  4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
  5. T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
  6. Alex Anzalone, Florida
  7. Duke Riley, LSU
  8. Kendell Beckwith, LSU
  9. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennesee
  10. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
  11. Anthony Walker, Northwestern
  12. Riley Bullough, Michigan State
  13. Elijah Lee, Kansas State
  14. Ben Boulware, Clemson
  15. Ben Gedeon, Michigan

 

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Outside Linebackers:

  1. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  2. Haason Reddick, Temple
  3. Charles Harris, Missouri
  4. Jarrad Davis, Florida
  5. Ryan Anderson, Alabama
  6. Derek Rivers, Youngstown State
  7. Duke Riley, LSU
  8. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  9. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennesee
  10. Tim Williams, Alabama
  11. Tyus Bowser, Houston
  12. Carroll Phillips, Illinois
  13. Steven Taylor, Houston
  14. Josh Carraway, TCU
  15. Richie Brown, Mississippi State
  16. Devonte Fields, Louisville

 

RELATED: A look at linebackers 

Cornerbacks:

  1. Teez Tabor, Florida
  2. Marshon Latimore, Ohio State
  3. Sidney Jones, Washington
  4. Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
  5. Tre’davious White, LSU
  6. Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
  7. Adoree Jackson, USC
  8. Kevin King, Washington
  9. Quincy Wilson, Florida
  10. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  11. Gareon Conley, Ohio State
  12. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
  13. Ahkello Whitherspoon, Colorado
  14. Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  15. Desmond King, Iowa
  16. Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
  17. Cameron Sutton, Tennesee
  18. Howard Wilson, Houston
  19. Corn Elder, Miami
  20. Marquez White, FSU
  21. Joshua Holsey, Auburn

 

Safeties:

  1. Jamal Adams, LSU
  2. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  3. Justin Evans, TAMU
  4. Budda Baker, Washington
  5. Obi Melifonwu, UConn
  6. Marcus Williams, Utah
  7. Marcus Maye, Florida
  8. Josh Jones, NC State
  9. Tedric Thompson, Colorado
  10. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  11. Eddie Jackson, Alabama
  12. Rudy Ford, Auburn
  13. Montae Nicholson, Michigan State
  14. Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State
  15. Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville
  16. Jadar Johnson, Clemson

 

 




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