Another exhibit of the questionable quarterback talent in the 2017 NFL Draft was presented in Week 11 of the college football season, when the best this class has to offer struggled and slid down the Big Board as a result.
Notre Dame redshirt sophomore DeShone Kizer led the Irish to a 44-6 thumping of Army but threw an interception and completed just 60.7 percent of his passes along with his three touchdowns. That’s better than fellow underclassmen Mitch Trubisky(North Carolina) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson) fared.READ MORE: Clean air advocates urge Georgia school systems to apply for school bus rebate funding
Their combined five turnovers contributed to surprising upset losses. A QB-needy team like the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers or perhaps even the Chicago Bears may very well elect to gamble a top-five pick on one of these players. Doing so would be passing on a safer pick.
With the regular season in college football wrapping up soon, here is the latest Big Board, my personal ranking of the Top 32 NFL prospects in the country.
Players are listed by name, position, school, year, height, weight and 40-yard dash time:
1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, Jr, 6-5, 262, 4.74
A nagging ankle injury robbed Garrett of his trademark explosiveness this season and his statistics (22 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and four sacks through eight games) are disappointing as a result. Rather than drop him for a lack of production, I’ve been encouraged by the competitiveness Garrett has shown in trying to fight through the injury and remember what a dominant force he was when healthy. The former consensus five-star recruit has been a terror since stepping onto the field for the Aggies, answering his breakout freshman season (53 tackles, including 14 for loss and 11 sacks) with an even better one last year (59-19.5-12.5). Boasting a prototypical blend of explosiveness, flexibility and length off the corner, Garrett has the look of a future Pro Bowl regular.READ MORE: Local advocates oppose Atlanta City Jail bed lease agreement
2. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama, Sr, 6-3, 292, 4.85
With his 19th sack over the past 25 games, Allen was once again a standout in the showdown against LSU, recording three tackles in the Tide’s 10-0 win. Allen’s production is remarkable and a pace more typical among speedy edge rushers. Quite the contrary, Allen is position versatile, making many of his flashiest plays inside while at defensive tackle. He reminds me a little of Seattle Seahawks’ Pro Bowler Michael Bennett, winning with an explosive upfield burst and powerful, coordinated hands.
3. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, Jr, 6-1, 230, 4.45
Barring a major surprise, Fournette will be playing his final home game as a member of the LSU Tigers on Saturday, with a proud but injury-ravaged Florida Gators squad coming to Baton Rouge. Like Garrett, Fournette has been hobbled this season with an ankle injury and actually ranks behind his own teammate Derrius Guice among LSU rushers this season, totaling “just” 803 yards and eight touchdowns in the six games he’s played this season. While Fournette’s struggles this season are not ideal (and raise legitimate concerns about his durability), I believe he possesses the most exciting blend of size, speed and power among running backs since Adrian Peterson.
4. Jabrill Peppers, SS/OLB, Michigan, rSoph, 6-0, 208, 4.48
Defensive coordinators looking for versatile playmakers will covet Peppers, the latest in a new line of defensive ‘erasers’ capable of lining up at safety, linebacker or cornerback similar in style to recent first-round picks Deone Bucannon, Damarious Randall and Shaq Thompson. Peppers perfectly demonstrated his versatility against rival Michigan State in Week 9, playing eight positions (linebacker, cornerback, safety, quarterback, running back, wide receiver, kick returner, punt returner) and recording seven tackles (including two for loss and a sack). He scored on a…MORE NEWS: The FDA Authorizes Change In How Monkeypox Vaccine Is Given
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