2017 NFL Draft: Top 25 Best Players Available After Three Rounds

2017 NFL Draft: Top 25 Best Players Available After Three Rounds

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2017 NFL Draft: Top 25 Best Players Available After Three Rounds

2017 NFL Draft: Top 25 Best Players Available After Three Rounds


Who are the 25 best players still on the board after the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft? 


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

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First Round NFL Draft Pick-By-Pick Comments & Notes

Top 25 NFL Draft Players Available After Three Rounds

1. DE Carl Lawson, Auburn

Really, really strong and really, really quick, he’s a tweener who’ll be used as an outside linebacker and pure pass rusher. Health is the big question, having to get past a torn ACL and later a hip injury. He’s not a complete player, and he might end up being a one-trick guy, but that one trick could be at a Pro Bowl level.

Original Draft Projection: 2nd Round

2. DT Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

Some guys are just good at football. The 6-3, 316-pounder has great size and excellent quickness as a dominant interior pass rusher. When he’s on, he can take over games. There will be lots of knocks about his ability to rock against the run – he’s not necessarily a powerful inside force – but he’ll produce big if he’s lined up next to a big rock.

Original Projection: 3rd Round

3. CB/S Desmond King. Iowa

A smart, versatile player who can step in as a No. 2 corner or work as a dangerous free safety. There might not be a better pass-defending safety in the draft, even though he’s not necessarily a blazer. Coaches will love his football skills more than the raw tools.

Original Draft Projection: 2nd Round

4. OG Dorian Johnson, Pitt

It doesn’t matter if he’s a right tackle or an athletic guard, he’ll be a long-time starter anywhere you want to put him up front. Nah, he’s not a giant space-eater who’ll engulf his man, but he’ll beat someone up in the running game. Considered a key leader, smart, and consistent, there’s no worries no matter where he plays.

Original Projection: 2nd Round

5. TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech

Blow off any of the potential knocks – yeah, he’s a quarterback playing tight end. He’s got 6-6, 255-pound size and he’s among the most athletic tight ends in the draft. There are some rough edges that need smoothing out in terms of being a more natural receiver, but he’s smart, knows how to get open, and knows how to produce.

Original Projection: 3rd Round

6. OG Nico Siragusa, San Diego State

You ready for your big steal outside of the top 50? Boom. A killer for the ground game, to go cliche, he checks all the boxes. The 6-4, 320-pounder is NFL-strong, quick in short spaces, and with an explosion off the ball. A leader for two conference championships, he was the won things worked behind for Donnel Pumphrey and the record-setting ground attack.

Original Draft Projection: 2nd Round

7. Jeremy McNichols, Boise State

Yet another good Boise State back who’ll probably be underdrafted, A short, stocky workhorse, he’s hiccup-quick with good enough hands to be a real, live factor in the passing game, he was a dominant force for the Broncos. Add in the home run hitting speed, and – while this never works out this way – the way Jay Ajayi has turned out to be the real deal, go for it. He’s an easy chance worth taking after the second round.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

8. OG Isaac Asiata, Utah

A cruncher of a run blocker, the 323-pounder is the right guy for any sort of power game. He’s almost too powerful and too jacked up to make the big block, but that can all be harnessed. Get ready – he’ll be the intimidating force for an NFL front five.

Original Draft Projection: 2nd Round

9. QB Brad Kaaya, Miami

A bit too tall and rangy, he’s a 6-4, 215-pounder who needs to add a little more bulk and size. Throw that in with his mediocre arm strength and total lack of mobility, and there’s a lot not to like. However, he’s smart as a whip and should instantly take to an NFL playbook. Yeah, he doesn’t have a cannon, but he’s got a good enough arm to get by.

To damn with faint praise, he’s the ideal backup. He might not be the next Tom Brady, but he’s going to be really, really rich with a long career bouncing around the league as a dream of a No. 2 if he doesn’t turn into a franchise star.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

10. RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson

Tall, thin, quick and slippery, the 6-0, 215-pounder who isn’t afraid to grind out the tough yards, and has the quickness to get outside and be part of a passing game, too. He’s not built to take an NFL pounding as a workhorse, but at worst, he might be able to create a niche for himself as a devastating goal line runner in a Marcus Allen sort of way.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

11.WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

Does he have the raw tools? He was special in the Oklahoma system, but he’s not going to be a physical target in any way at the next level. Can he make things happen deep on a regular basis? He’ll probably have to do it from the slot. He’s going to hit on home runs here and there, but he’s not going to be anywhere near the same sort of blow-up producer he was with the Sooners.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

12. ILB Anthony Walker, Northwestern

Special in all phases of his game – on the field – he’s an elite pass rusher, can crank up the power against the run, and is great in pass coverage. While he’s not the smoothest of athletes, it doesn’t matter – he produced at a high-level. The opinions on him are going to be all over the board. He’s a second-rounder in terms of production, a late-round flier on raw tools and smoothness.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

13. OT Roderick Johnson, Florida State

There’s not enough bulk, but he brings the drive for the running game and is impossible to get around as a pass protector. He needs to rely on his feet more than just his pop, but there’s a world of upside. While he’s not going to be a star left tackle right away, give him a little time and work, and he’ll be a mainstay.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

14. DE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas

Very big, he’s got a special frame with the length to work as a light tackle of a 275-pound end. He wasn’t nearly the playmaker expected last year with the Hogs, but he’s a powerful tackler with a motor that never stops. The speed and quickness aren’t there to be an NFL pass rusher, but he’ll produce against the run.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

15. CB Shaquill Griffin, UCF

With freakish athleticism in a 6-0, 195-pound frame, he’s it in terms of measureables. He should be a great value pick after the first wave of top corners are gone.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

16. TE Jake Butt, Michigan

Another cautionary tale for why top players should skip bowl games, he’d probably be the first tight end off the board if he didn’t tear his ACL in the Orange Bowl. With extremely high character and great hands, he’s what offensive coordinators want in a mid-range tight end target. It’s not athletic enough to be special, but when he’s healthy, he’ll be a solid starter.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

17. TE Jordan Leggett, Clemson

Extremely quick for a 260-pound target, he’s got dangers downfield route-running ability and wide receiver skills as a pass catcher. While he might not be a killer of a blocker, and he’s not all that fluid, with his size and tools, he’ll be an NFL factor.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

18. OLB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

With the ultimate motor and the ultimate leadership skills, many will want him just because he’s the type of guy you want running your defense – he’ll be a future coach. Just quick enough, just athletic enough, and just big enough to get by, his all-out mentality makes up for the other problems. But there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do and if he can hold up.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

19. OT David Sharpe, Florida

The type of right tackle who’ll blot out the sun, he’s not for everyone or every style, but as long as you don’t care too much about dancing pass protection, he’ll be a force. Yeah, he played left tackle for the Gators, but no way that happens at the next level without a ton of athleticism on the rest of the line.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

20. OLB Alex Anzalone, Florida

Always, ALWAYS hurt, if he can stay healthy, though, he’s a potential star who could blossom at the next level. Really fast, really quick, really athletic, he’s got rare raw skills to go along with good size and excellent toughness against the run. Now he needs his shoulders to hold up.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

21. RB Marlon Mack, South Florida

Explosive with the quickness to potentially be devastating in a zone-blocking scheme, he’s a gamebreaker with the upside to be a fantastic value starter after the third round. He’s got the body too blast, but he doesn’t do it, and he’s going to need a hole to run through, but a smart offensive coordinator will figure him out.

Original Draft Projection: 4th Round

22. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Phenomenally strong and with the short-range quickness, he’s a tough guy runner who can grow into a workhorse back for long stretches. He doesn’t have the deep speed, and there’s little wiggle in his game – he’s going to take some massive shots – but he’ll always give a great effort and be everything a coaching staff wants. There might just be a short shelf life, though.

Original Draft Projection: 3rd Round

23. DT Caleb Brantley, Florida

Ranking here is based ONLY on skill, not the other aspects that are part of the equation. The draft stock might tumble to the undraftable category for some teams after an off-the-field incident that popped up just as the entire scouting world is watching.

But in terms of talent, some are going to love his upside as a possible interior pass rusher to go along with the versatility to work anywhere on the inside. Just as a football players, he’s easily a top 100 pick, but there’s obviously a lot more to the equation.

Original Draft Projection: 6th Round

24. DT Davon Godchaux, LSU

Big, the 6-3, 310-pounder can pop and bring the excellent effort. While he’s not necessarily an NFL anchor type, and he’s not going to be a dominant force, he has starting potential or should be a rock-solid part of a rotation. For some, though, he’ll fall into the just-a-guy category.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 3rd Round

25. QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt

Everyone wants to make him a possible NFL starter because 1) he rocked in the win over Clemson and 2) Tom Savage came out of Pitt and turned into an okay pro passer. He’s a baller who could be a cheap flier after the first wave of quarterbacks comes off the board, but he doesn’t have elite NFL skills. However, he’ll make tens of millions of dollars as a decent starter and longtime backup.

Where He’ll Be Drafted: 3rd Round

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

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