Christa’s Big 12 Board for the 2017 NFL Draft

1. Myles Garrett:

Garrett is the top rated prospect in this years draft who is projected to go first overall to the Cleveland Browns. He is an explosive athlete who posses elite pass rushing skills and is a great athlete. He displays great instincts and knows how to get passed offensive tackles in order to sack the quarterback. His versatility makes him an asset to any head coach, he has the ability to contribute play in a 3-4 style defense or a 4-3 type defense.

A few accomplishments he received while he attended at Texas A&M he lead the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-SEC in 2015 and 2016. He broke the school sack record as a freshman in 6 games by positing 5.5 sacks. In 2015, he was awarded the Bill Willis Award which is an award handed out to the top defensive lineman. He was awarded the Ted Hendricks Award finalist which is an awarded handed to the top defensive end in college football. These are just a few of many accomplishment in Garrett’s college career.

He is rated as my top prospect because he has the elite speed, athleticism, and has great instincts that teams want in a pass rusher. With teams trying to get a player like Von Miller on their defense I feel Myles Garrett has the skills and traits to be an elite asset and a franchise type player that help change their defense for the better. He has skills and traits to transform any defense in the NFL.

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2. Jamal Adams

Adams is an intelligent leader who was a field general for Louisiana State University. An intelligent football player who has the ability to call players and get players lined up where they need to be. He has great field speed and has experienced covering tight ends. Adams was also a key playmaker on special team. He is also a great leader and was considered one of LSU’s best leaders the football program has had in years and also well disciplined he had no penalties in 2016. He has is the able to help change and quickly help a struggling defense and strengthen a secondary in the NFL.

A few accomplishments he received while he attended LSU is in 2014, he was one of the players named to the All-SEC Freshman team. In 2016, he was named as a Permanent Team captain for LSU. He was also named First Team All-American by Pro Football Focus and CBS Sports. During his college career, he had a total of 209 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 5 interceptions.

He is rated as my 2nd best prospect because I believe he is a well-rounded safety who can immediately make an impact to a struggling secondary. His leadership ad intangibles are ideal for a team that is looking for a playmaker at the safety position. I feel that Adams is one of the safest picks in this year’s NFL Draft class there is not many weaknesses to his game.

3. Jonathan Allen

Allen was one of the most decorated players on the Crimson Tide Defense. He is a great athlete who is also a great pass rusher. Allen was a great leader for the Alabama defense. He has great footwork, strength, and the ideal speed teams look for in a defensive lineman. He is versatile on defense. Teams will have the ability to move him around at defensive line, also started was recruited by the Crimson Tide as an outside linebacker before transiting into a defensive lineman.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Alabama was in 2016, he was named defensive player of the year in his conference the SEC. He was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He was also awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lombardi Award which is an award handed to the best linebacker or lineman in college football. During his final year, he had 69 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 16 tackles for loss.

He is rated as my 3rd best prospects in this years draft class because he has the ideal traits teams look for in a starting defensive lineman. Allen had 4 years experience, was a great leader for the Alabama defense and has the skills teams look for in a defensive lineman. He is versatile and can be moved inside and outside which is an asset to a defensive coordinator. Allen has the intangibles and tools to be a future Pro-Bowler.

4. Solomon Thomas

Thomas is explosive and is a versatile playmaker. He has the ability to contribute and be an asset to a 3-4 type defense or a 4-3 type defense. He has a great football I.Q. and has great strength for his size. Thomas is great at managing well against being double teamed. He does well against the run and against the pass.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Stanford was in 2015, he was one of the players named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention. during that year, he had 39 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 3.5 sacks. In 2016, he was one of the players named to the All-Pac-12 first team. He also awarded the Morris Trophy winner and he was named MVP for his performance during the Sun Bowl. During that year, he had a total of 62 tackles, 8 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries.

He is rated as my 4th best prospect in this draft class because I feel he has the tools and intangibles teams look for in a defensive lineman. He is a great athlete, physical, and his versatility makes him an asset. A defensive coordinator can move him around anywhere at defensive line and he is a fit for any defensive system in the NFL.

5. Marshone Lattimore

Lattimore displays outstanding instincts as a cornerback. He is a great athlete, who moves well and has great burst when matched up well against his opponents. He is a very open field tackler, wraps up well. He has great footwork and is a very competitive player. He is a versatile athlete when it comes to scheme in the next level he has the ability to play man coverage, press coverage, etc.

While attending Ohio State, he was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2016. During that year he had 9 pass breakups and 4 interceptions.

He as ranked as my 5th best prospect in this year’s draft. I believe the sky is the limit for Lattimore. He has all the ideal traits and qualities teams look for in a starting cornerback. The biggest concern is his hamstring injuries and his lack of starting experience. However he has the tools and intangibles to be a successful defensive back in the next level who can contribute and make an impact on any defensive scheme.

6. Leonard Fournette

Fournette is a bruiser type running back who is very well built for a running back. He has great strength and has deceiving speed once he has the ball in his hands. He knows how shake off tacklers and how to power through defenders. He also knows how to use his body to power his way through the goal line.

A few accomplishments he received while he attended LSU was in 2014, he was one of the players named to the All-SEC Freshman Team. In 2015, he was awarded the Doak Walker Award Finalist which is an award presented to the best running back in college football. He also received the SEC Men’s Sportsmanship Award Recipient in 2015 as well as 2016. He also made school history at LSU by being ranked 4th in career rushing yards with a total of 3,830 yards.

He is rated my 6th highest prospect because I feel he has the potential to make an Ezekiel Elliot like impact for an NFL team. My only concern with Fournette is durability simply because of the type of running back he is. Fournette may not be an all round back but he is a game changer and has the potential to transform an offense and help a teams running game in the next level.

7. Malik Hooker

Hooker is a great athlete who has great instincts and has great ball instincts. He has a great football I.Q. and has the ability to read quarterbacks well. He has great instincts and a good knack of getting the football. He is a rangy, physical, and an aggressive playmaker at the safety position.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Ohio State are in 2016, he was one of the players selected as a First Team All-American he was also one of the players named First Team All-Big Ten. During his career at Ohio State, he had 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 7 interceptions.

I rated Hooker below Adams because I felt Adams was the safer prospect out of the two. Hooker was rated as my 7th top prospect because of his high potential and his high ceiling. Although, Hooker only had one year of starting experience Hooker showed he had the tools and traits teams look for in a starting safety.

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8. O.J. Howard

Howard is a well rounded tight end who has reliable hands and is a good blocker. Even though Lane Kiffin did not incorporate him to his scheme he was a security blanket and was a clutch target for the Crimson Tide’s offense when targeted. He is a great athlete who also has good speed at the tight end position.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Alabama was in 2015, he was named MVP of the National Championship game against Clemson after ending the game with 5 catches for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. During that year he was also a Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team nominee. Which is an award handed to college football players for their dedication of community service and commitment to volunteering off field. In 2016, he was also one of the finalist to for the John Mackey Award.

He is rated as my 8th best prospect in this year’s draft class because I feel Howard is the best tight end in this year’s draft. He is a well rounded tight end who can contribute and make an immediate impact for a team that is in need of a starting or a #1 tight end in the league. He has the ability to help a struggling offense and be a reliable target for any starting quarterback in the league.

9. Mike Williams

Williams is a possession type wide receiver. He is a reliable wide receiver who has great hands. He was an asset and a reliable target to quarterback Deshaun Watson. He is the type of wide receiver if you threw in his radius he will most likely catch it or fight for the ball. He has amazing ball skills and great ability to track the football.

A few accomplishments while he attended Clemson was in 2014, he was one of the players named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. In 2016, he was named first-team All-ACC by coaches. He was also named second-team Walter Camp All-American. During his career at Clemson, he had 177 catches for 2,727 yards and 21 touchdowns.

He is rated as my 9th best prospect in this years draft because of his big playmaking ability. You can honestly make the case that either Corey Davis or Mike Williams is wide receiver #1 both are talented wide receivers but I gave the edge to Williams because of his skills, his traits, and his reliable hands. Williams has the ability to be an asset to any quarterback in the next level. He is the type of wide receiver if you throw in his direction he will fight for it or catch it.

10. Reuben Foster

Foster is a has great sideline to sideline speed. He is the type of player who does not shy away from tackling, a great hitter. He was a tone setter for Alabama’s linebacker core. He is an outstanding athlete with great coverage skills.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Alabama was in 2016, he was awarded the Butkus Award which is an award handed to the best linebacker in college football. He was also one of the players named Bednarik Award watch list. During his career at Alabama, he had 211 total tackles, 7 sacks, and 23 tackles for loss.

He is rated as my 10th best prospect in this year’s draft because of his great coverage skills, his coverage skills and versatility. Foster has the ability to transform and help a linebacker core. He brings an attitude at the linebacker position who has great playmaking ability.

11. Corey Davis

Davis is a wide receiver who knows how to track the football well. He is a great big red zone target who has reliable hands. He is a very good route runner. He posses good speed at the wide receiver position who is a quarterback’s best friend.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Western Michigan was in 2013, he was named Mac Freshman of the Year. He was also named First-Team All-Mac three years straight. In 2016, he rewrote history by becoming the FBS all-time leader for career receiving yards with over 5,000 receiving yards.

He is rated as my 11th best prospect because of his reliable hands, speed, and his good route running. Although Davis has better stats compared to Williams. I rated him below Mike Williams because I feel that Williams is more complete as a wide receiver. I feel that both are talented wide receivers and both are a future #1 WR heading into the draft.

12. Hasson Reddick

Reddick is a versatile athlete who has been picking up more steam this year’s as the draft gets closer. He is an explosive athlete who plays well in space. Knows how to get the quarterback. Can play both outside and inside linebacker. He knows how to move well and has good coverage skills.

A few accomplishments he received while attending Temple University is in n 2015, he was one of the players named All-Conference Honorable Mention by American Athletic Conference. In 2016, he was named a Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist. He was also invited and participated in the Senior Bowl.

He is rated my last rated prospect on this list because I feel he has the potential to make an immediate impact and be a great starter for a team at the linebacker position. He is explosive and is a great athlete. His versatility will be an asset heading into the NFL.

Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.

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