This is my top 50 list for the 2017 NFL Draft after I have seen game film, Senior Bowl practices/games and the NFL Combine. The list also factors in player’s character and injury. Twitter: @JoelBishopFB
1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The explosive pass rusher makes the top of the list and has been here for me since day 1 of the draft process. Played a lot of the past season with an injured leg and still was very impressive with a potential all-pro career in the NFL.
2. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Adams is a great leader for his defense at LSU and a complete safety with the ability to play both strong or free. His instincts for me are a little underrated and is ready to play day 1 in the NFL.
3. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
An extremely talented pass rusher who has the position flexibility to play outside or inside. He brings power and athleticism and excels in both passing and running games.
4. Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
One of the most instinctive players I’ve seen in a long time. Malik Hooker has the instincts and ball skills to terrorise quarterbacks in the passing game. He’s a one-year starter so there’s still more for him to learn, especially against the run but has a chance to become an elite safety in the NFL.
5. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Marshon struggled early in his career with hamstring injuries but managed to stay healthy in 2016. He has plus agility and the speed to match up with all types of receivers in man coverage. Will need to be a little more physical and work on jamming at the line of scrimmage.
6. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
A very explosive and violent linebacker who will let you know he is there on the field. He has a great playing mentality and is a very good athlete who could play inside or outside letting him run and chase. His medicals could be a big factor on where he’ll be taken in the NFL Draft.
7. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
An excellent player who is strong against the pass and the run. Plays using very strong, efficient hands and power with the ability to bend. One of the most productive players in SEC history but lacks the quickness off the line.
8. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook earns my top spot at running back, he has the ability to use his vision to find running lanes and create havoc. He uses good footwork and balance and is patient waiting for something to develop rather than run into a wall. Injury history and past fumbles could knock him down some boards
9. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Outstanding production during his college career dominating and scoring touchdowns. His route running ability and competitiveness will attract a lot of teams, he has what it takes to be the number one guy in your offense.
10. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
He isn’t the fastest player at his position but that’s not what made him the productive player he was. Williams has the size to reach above defenders and snatch the ball with good control. His catch radius, strong hands and strength makes him very difficult to defend against.
11. OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
An incredible athlete for his position and is still a little raw with plenty to develop. He has long arms along with his height at 6’6″ making him a scary player for defenders to cover. He isn’t a great blocker but has shown he can do enough to line up as an in-line ‘Y’ and play on all downs, I think he’ll get better at the next level.
12. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
He may not have the ideal build do be a DE or DT but you can move him around to cause mismatches, he can be a base end with the ability to kick inside on passing downs. Thomas has the combination of quickness and strength using good athleticism but has a high motor and won’t stop until the play is over.
13. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick is an interesting player, he was mainly a pass rusher at DE in college (sometimes played LB) but is undersized. At the next level he is best as linebacker using his athleticism and quickness to take down ball carriers but can line up on the edge as a nickel rusher.
14. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette is a very unique player, he has the build of a LB but operates like a RB with speed and power. He plays with great strength and physicality but his running style could be a concern to being worn down over time possibly shortening his career.
15. David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
Another tight end with great athletic ability and long arms but also needs a little development. Has room to improve as a blocker but an impressive pass catcher with instant acceleration with tremendous upside.
16. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Ryan is this year’s top tackle in the NFL Draft. This is a weak class this year but Ryan Ramczyk shows ability on film that he is athletic and smart playing with the desired technique to play as an NFL left tackle. He could likely be selected inside the top-20.
17. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
McCaffrey has plus vision and instincts at the position, one of the smartest runners in the draft. He can be lined up in the backfield or as a receiver creating mismatches. He lacks the ideal build that most teams want for an every down workhorse running back.
18. Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
A tackle in college but lacks the ideal length for the position, so making a move inside to guard would benefit him like it with Zach Martin coming out of college. Plays well with core strength and power with good athleticism giving him a chance for a strong NFL career.
19. Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
A very athletic pass rusher playing with constant effort to win on the edge. Has initial burst off the line but still a little raw in his technique. His shoulder surgery might force him to miss time and teams will want to know if he is back for training camp or start of the season which could affect his stock.
20. Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
A very productive player who always finds a way to make plays on the ball. He has great play speed with quick mental processing to see and react to the play, let him play in space and run. His play strength could be a bit better.
21. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
My only quarterback in the first round, Trubisky has the arm and the accuracy that could make him a very early pick. He could still benefit from sitting and learning as he only has one season of starting experience in college.
22. John Ross, WR, Washington
An extremely fast WR challenging defences vertically but also has the route running ability to cause problems on all levels. A little undersized and use more play strength.
23. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
McDowell flashes ability that would make him a top-10 pick but doesn’t have the consistency. He has the length and play strength that could see him fit a 3-4 DE playing as a 5-technique.
24. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Taco is well built at 6’6″ and 277 lbs but is has the athletic traits that will interest teams. He can be a little inconsistent but with the right coaching he could become a very disruptive player. Could play as a 4-3 base end but with a little more bulk he could play as a 3-4 DE.
25. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Humphrey has the size and speed teams look for in a NFL cornerback and is a fluid athlete. He needs work on his technique which could cause him to struggle early in his NFL career but could flourish with a little patience.
26. Evan Engram, TE/WR, Ole Miss
Engram is a tight end who plays like a wide receiver catching the ball with strong hands. He lacks the size as a ‘Y’, better moved around to cause match- up problems. Play him in the slot to use his athletic ability and quick footwork to cause problems.
27. Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Started playing football later in his high school years so there is still plenty for him to learn. He explodes off the line with plus agility and fluidity and plays with a lot of effort until the play is over. He needs coaching and improvement against the run but if it all clicks then he could be a very good player in the NFL.
28. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
A big corner at 6’0″ and 206 lbs, he also has the play speed to make him a very interesting prospect. He’s a former running back and it shows with his athleticism and quickness. His torn pectoral muscle at his pro day could cause him to slide, medical re-checks will be important for him.
29. Budda Baker, S, Washington
Baker is a solid football player who plays with high effort and range. He can cover in the slot and also play as a centre fielder but he does lack the ideal size you want at the position.
30. TJ Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin
Don’t let his relation to JJ Watt distract you from the fact this guy is a good football player. He doesn’t have the flexibility to bend around the edge but plays with high effort and great hands. Has plenty of potential as a pass rusher just after one year as a starter.
31. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Bolles plays with exceptional athleticism and great feet but will need work in a NFL weight room and build to his frame and increase his core strength. He could excel and have a solid career in a zone-scheme at the next level.
32. Chad Hansen, WR, California
Chad Hansen has all the tools that could make him a WR1 in the NFL with good size and speed. He is an athletic player with after the catch talents and has the strength and good hands to make contested catches.
33. Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
34. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
35. Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State
36. Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
37. Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
38. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
39. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
40. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
41. Kevin King, CB, Washington
42. Jabrill Pepper, SS, Michigan
43. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
44. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
45. Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
46. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
47. DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
48. Pat Elflein, OC, Ohio State
49. Josh Jones, S, NC State
50. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Noticeable players not in the top 50: Sidney Jones (injury) – 3rd round, Joe Mixon (character but will draft) – 2nd round, Tim Williams (character concerns) – off board. Many players were considered for the list but this is a very deep draft so there will be some names people would have thought to have made the list.