2017 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Updated Rankings

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterDecember 7, 2016

2017 NFL Draft Big Board: Matt Miller's Updated Rankings

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    There are 460 players in my 2017 NFL draft database, including some underclassmen who may not declare and a lot of senior starters who will ultimately be deemed unworthy of the NFL. The job of narrowing down those 460 from the 750 players I started with has taken months. Now it's all about finding the top 300 prospects and getting them ranked in the right tiers. 

    That's what this Big Board update is: putting players in the correct grouping and then breaking ties over the next four months as more information comes out.

    Scouting is done in-season and with the advantage of viewing tape over multiple weeks if you want the best results. But when you're a one-man show, you do as much as you can and then catch up over the next five months. Because of that inevitable delay, these rankings will change; in some cases, dramatically. A good example of that is having D.J. Humphries as a late-rounder at this time two years ago before watching five to six more games and realizing he was a late first-rounder. 

    A snapshot look at this class shows strength at running back, tight end, edge-rusher, cornerback and safety. That's bad news for many of the teams at the top of the draft (Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago) needing help at quarterback or the Jacksonvilles of the world that badly need a left tackle.

    A quarterback could still go No. 1 overall due to need, but you won't find one inside my top five, despite four making the top 40.

Top 50 Overall Players

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    Here are the top 50 players for the 2017 NFL draft.


    2017 Top 50 Players
    RankPlayerSchool Pos.
    1Myles GarrettTexas A&MEDGE
    2Leonard Fournette LSURB 
    3Jonathan Allen Alabama DL 
    4Jamal AdamsLSU 
    5Reuben FosterAlabama LB 
    6Tim WilliamsAlabama EDGE 
    7Mike Williams Clemson WR 
    8 Dalvin Cook FSU RB 
    9Mitch Trubisky UNC QB 
    10 Jabrill PeppersMichigan
    11Quincy WilsonFlorida CB 
    12Corey DavisWestern Michigan WR 
    13Derek BarnettTennessee EDGE 
    14 Gareon ConleyOhio State CB 
    15O.J. HowardAlabamaTE 
    16 Takkarist McKinleyUCLAEDGE 
    17John RossWashington WR 
    18Christian McCaffrey StanfordRB 
    19 Montravius AdamsAuburn DL 
    20Caleb BrantleyFlorida DL 
    21 Jalen TaborFloridaCB 
    22Zach CunninghamVanderbilt LB 
    23Taco CharltonMichigan DL 
    24 D'Onta ForemanTexas RB 
    25 Marshon Lattimore Ohio State CB 
    26Sidney JonesWashington CB 
    27 DeShone Kizer Notre Dame QB 
    28 Deshaun WatsonClemson QB 
    29Jake ButtMichigan TE 
    30Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin 
    31Ryan AndersonAlabama EDGE 
    32Bucky HodgesVirginia TechTE 
    33Charles HarrisMissouriEDGE 
    34Carl LawsonAuburn EDGE 
    35 Dawuane Smoot IllinoisEDGE 
    36 Malik McDowellMichigan State DL 
    37Dan Feeney IndianaOG 
    38Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.)QB 
    39DeMarcus WalkerFSUEDGE 
    40Cam RobinsonAlabama
    41Justin EvansTexas A&M
    42Desmond KingIowaCB 
    43 Cordrea Tankersley ClemsonCB 
    44Jarrad DavisFloridaLB
    45Solomon ThomasStanfordEDGE 
    46Marlon HumphreyAlabamaCB 
    47 Raekwon McMillanOhio StateLB 
    48 JuJu Smith-Schuster USCWR 
    49Jourdan LewisMichiganCB 
    50 Budda BakerWashington


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    Biggest Riser: Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina

    Biggest Faller: Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

    Most NFL-Ready: Deshaun Watson, Clemson

    Best Arm: Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

    Best Runner: Watson

    Best Potential: DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

    Biggest Question Mark: Trubisky (inexperience)

    Biggest Sleeper: Davis Webb, California


    2017 Quarterback Rankings
    1Mitch TrubiskyUNC
    2DeShone KizerNotre Dame 
    3Deshaun Watson Clemson 
    4Brad Kaaya Miami (Fla.) 
    5Luke FalkWashington State 
    6Patrick MahomesTexas Tech
    7Davis WebbCalifornia
    8Mason RudolphOklahoma State 
    9C.J. Beathard Iowa 
    10Cooper Rush Central Michigan 
    11Seth Russell Baylor 
    12Brady Gustafson Montana 
    13Mitch Leidner Minnesota 
    14Trevor Knight Texas A&M 
    15Chad Kelly Ole Miss 
    16Wes LuntIllinois
    17Joshua DobbsTennessee 

Running Backs

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    Biggest Riser: Jamaal Williams, BYU

    Biggest Faller: Corey Clement, Wisconsin

    Most NFL-Ready: Leonard Fournette, LSU

    Best Third-Down Back: Dalvin Cook, Florida State

    Best Speed: Khalfani Muhammad, California

    Best Power: Fournette

    Best Potential: Fournette

    Biggest Question Mark: Nick Chubb, Georgia

    Biggest Sleeper: Brian Hill, Wyoming


    2017 Running Back Rankings
    1Leonard Fournette LSU 
    2Dalvin Cook Florida State 
    3Christian McCaffrey Stanford 
    4D'Onta Foreman Texas 
    5Joe MixonOklahoma
    6Alvin KamaraTennessee
    7Jamaal WilliamsBYU 
    8Royce FreemanOregon 
    9Nick ChubbGeorgia 
    10Wayne GallmanClemson 
    11Jeremy McNichols Boise State 
    12Samaje PerineOklahoma
    13Tarean FolstonNotre Dame 
    14Corey ClementWisconsin
    15Donnel PumphreySDSU
    16Elijah HoodUNC  
    17Kareem HuntToledo
    18Joe WilliamsUtah
    19Marlon MackSouth Florida
    20Brian HillWyoming 
    21Elijah McGuireUL Lafayette
    22De'Veon SmithMichigan 
    23Matthew DayesNC State
    24Jahad ThomasTemple 
    25De'Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina 
    26Justin DavisUSC

Wide Receivers

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    Biggest Riser: Corey Davis, Western Michigan

    Biggest Faller: Travin Dural, LSU

    Most NFL-Ready: Mike Williams, Clemson

    Best Boundary Receiver: Williams

    Best Slot Receiver: John Ross, Washington

    Best Hands: Zay Jones, East Carolina

    Best Route-Runner: Davis

    Best Potential: Davis

    Biggest Question Mark: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC (scheme)

    Biggest Sleeper: Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington


    2017 Wide Receiver Rankings
    1Mike Williams Clemson 
    2Corey Davis Western Michigan 
    3John Ross Washington 
    4JuJu Smith-Schuster USC 
    5Dede WestbrookOklahoma
    6Isaiah FordVirginia Tech
    7Zay JonesEast Carolina
    8Jehu ChessonMichigan
    9Amara DarbohMichigan 
    10Amba Etta-TawoSyracuse
    11Cooper KuppEastern Washington 
    12James WashingtonOklahoma State 
    13Artavis ScottClemson 
    14Fred RossMiss. State
    15Ryan SwitzerUNC 
    16Travis RudolphFSU 
    17Malachi DupreLSU 
    18Darren Carrington IIOregon
    19Stacy ColeyMiami (Fla.) 
    20Trent TaylorLouisiana Tech 
    21James QuickLouisville
    22Travin DuralLSU 
    23Damore'ea Stringfellow Ole Miss
    24Taywan TaylorWestern Kentucky
    25Josh ReynoldsTexas A&M
    26Corey SmithOhio State
    27Billy BrownShepherd
    28Quincy AdeboyejoOle Miss
    29Kenny GolladayNorthern Illinois
    30Gabe MarksWashington State
    31Zach PascalOld Dominion 
    32Devonte BoydUNLV
    33Mack HollinsUNC 

Tight Ends

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    Biggest Riser: O.J. Howard, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas

    Most NFL-Ready: Howard

    Best Slot Tight End: Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech

    Best Hands: Howard

    Best Route-Runner: Hodges

    Best Blocker: George Kittle, Iowa

    Best Power: Jake Butt, Michigan

    Biggest Question Mark: Gerald Everett, South Alabama

    Biggest Sleeper: Cole Hikutini, Louisville


    2017 Tight End Rankings
    1O.J. Howard Alabama 
    2Jake Butt Michigan 
    3Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech 
    4Evan Engram Ole Miss 
    5Jordan Leggett Clemson 
    6Cole HikutiniLouisville 
    7Jeremy SprinkleArkansas
    8Gerald EverettSouth Alabama 
    9Blake JarwinOklahoma State 
    10Pharaoh BrownOregon
    11Josiah PriceMichigan State
    12Darrell Daniels Washington 
    13George Kittle Iowa 
    14Phazahn Odom Fordham 
    15Eric Saubert Drake 
    16Barrett Burns Appalachian State 
    17Jonnu Smith Florida International 

Offensive Tackles

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    Biggest Riser: Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Ramczyk

    Best Run-Blocker: Cam Robinson, Alabama

    Best Pass-Blocker: Ramczyk

    Best Potential: Ramczyk

    Biggest Question Mark: Roderick Johnson, FSU

    Biggest Sleeper: Taylor Moton, Western Michigan


    2017 Offensive Tackle Rankings
    1Ryan RamczykWisconsin 
    2Cam RobinsonAlabama 
    3Erik MagnusonMichigan 
    4Roderick Johnson FSU 
    5Chad WheelerUSC
    6Adam BisnowatyPitt 
    7Taylor Moton Western Michigan 
    8Conor McDermott UCLA 
    9Avery Gennesy Texas A&M 
    10Dion Dawkins Temple 
    11Julie'n Davenport Bucknell 
    12J.J. Dielman Utah 
    13Dan Skipper Arkansas 
    14Jon Heck North Carolina 
    15Jonah Pirsig Minnesota 
    16Clint Van Horn Marshall 
    17Levon Myers Northern Illinois 
    18Cole Croston Iowa 
    19Andreas Knappe Connecticut 
    20Kent Perkins Texas 

Offensive Guards

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    Biggest Riser: Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Dan Feeney, Indiana

    Best Run-Blocker: Billy Price, Ohio State

    Best Pass-Blocker: Feeney 

    Best Potential: Feeney

    Biggest Question Mark: Zach Banner, USC

    Biggest Sleeper: Dorian Johnson, Pitt


    2017 Offensive Guard Rankings
    1Dan FeeneyIndiana 
    2Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 
    3Forrest LampWestern Kentucky 
    4Billy PriceOhio State
    5Dorian JohnsonPitt 
    6Zach BannerUSC 
    7Tyrone CrowderClemson 
    8Johnny CaspersStanford 
    9Damien MamaUSC
    10Nico SiragusaSDSU 
    11Greg PykeGeorgia
    12Sean HarlowOregon State
    13Isaac AsiataUtah
    14Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State
    15Caleb Peterson North Carolina
    16Kyle Kalis Michigan
    17Danny Isidora Miami (Fla.)
    18Cameron Lee Illinois State
    19Chase Roullier Wyoming 


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    Most NFL-Ready: Ethan Pocic, LSU

    Best Run-Blocker: Mason Cole, Michigan

    Best Pass-Blocker: Pat Elflein, Ohio State 

    Best Potential: Cole

    Biggest Question Mark: Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati

    Biggest Sleeper: Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia


    2017 Center Rankings
    1Ethan Pocic LSU 
    2Pat Elflein Ohio State 
    3Mason Cole Michigan 
    4Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 
    5Kyle Fuller Baylor 
    6Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati 
    7Jon Toth Kentucky 
    8Cameron Tom Southern Miss. 
    9Lucas Crowley North Carolina 
    10Jay Guillermo Clemson 

Defensive Linemen

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    Biggest Riser: Montravius Adams, Auburn

    Biggest Faller: Charles Walker, Oklahoma

    Most NFL-Ready: Jonathan Allen, Alabama

    Best Run-Stopper: Allen

    Best Nose Tackle: Elijah Qualls, Washington

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: Allen

    Best 3-Technique: Allen

    Best Pass-Rusher: Allen

    Best Potential: Malik McDowell, Michigan State

    Biggest Question Mark: McDowell (effort)

    Biggest Sleeper: Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA


    2017 Defensive Linemen Rankings
    1Jonathan AllenAlabama
    2Montravius AdamsAuburn
    3Caleb BrantleyFlorida 
    4Taco CharltonMichigan 
    5Malik McDowellMichigan State
    6Vita VeaWashington 
    7Chris WormleyMichigan 
    8Elijah QuallsWashington 
    9Lowell LotuleleiUtah 
    10Carlos WatkinsClemson
    11Charles WalkerOklahoma 
    12Jarron JonesNotre Dame 
    13Davon GodchauxLSU 
    14Jake ReploglePurdue
    15Eddie VanderdoesUCLA 
    16Jaleel Johnson Iowa 
    17Ryan GlasgowMichigan
    18Derrick NnadiFSU 
    19Larry OgunjobiCharlotte
    20D.J. Jones Ole Miss 
    21DeAngelo Brown Louisville 
    22Isaac Rochell Notre Dame 
    23Ralph Green III Indiana 
    24Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 
    25Tanzel Smart Tulane 
    26Treyvon Hester Toledo 
    27Chunky Clements Illinois 
    28Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama 
    29Josh Tupou Colorado 
    30Devaroe Lawrence Auburn 


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    Biggest Riser: Tim Williams, Alabama

    Biggest Faller: Dawuane Smoot, Illinois

    Most NFL-Ready: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

    Best Run-Stopper: Jordan Willis, Kansas State

    Best 4-3 Defensive End: Garrett

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Williams

    Best Pass-Rusher: Garrett

    Best Potential: Garrett

    Biggest Question Mark: Carl Lawson, Auburn (health)

    Biggest Sleeper: Jordan Willis, Kansas State


    2017 Edge-Defender Rankings
    1Myles Garrett Texas A&M
    2Tim WilliamsAlabama 
    3Derek BarnettTennessee 
    4Takkarist McKinleyUCLA 
    5Ryan Anderson Alabama 
    6Charles HarrisMissouri 
    7Carl LawsonAuburn 
    8Dawuane SmootIllinois 
    9DeMarcus WalkerFSU 
    10Solomon ThomasStanford
    11Devonte Fields Louisville 
    12Marquis Haynes Ole Miss 
    13Daeshon HallTexas A&M
    14Ejuan Price Pittsburgh 
    15Bryan Cox Florida 
    16Jordan Willis Kansas State 
    17Davin BellamyGeorgia 
    18Matt Milano Boston College 
    19Josh Carraway TCU 
    20Keionta Davis Chattanooga 
    21Dylan Cole Missouri State 
    22Joe Mathis Washington 
    23Derek Rivers Youngstown State 
    24James Onwualu Notre Dame 
    25Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas 
    26Tyus Bowser Houston 
    27Calvin Munson San Diego State 
    30Psalm Wooching Washington 
    31Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 
    32Torrodney Prevot Oregon 
    33Lewis Neal LSU 
    34Joshua Posley Ball State 
    35Paul Magloire Jr. Arizona 
    36Deon Hollins UCLA 
    37Tarell Basham Ohio 
    38Kylie Fitts Utah 
    39Jordan Burton Oklahoma State 
    40Brandon Bell Penn State 
    41Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech 


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    Biggest Riser: Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

    Biggest Faller: None

    Most NFL-Ready: Reuben Foster, Alabama

    Best Weak-Side Linebacker: Cunningham

    Best Strong-Side Linebacker: Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

    Best Inside Linebacker: Foster

    Best Run-Stopper: Foster

    Best Pass-Rusher: Foster

    Best Pass Coverage: Cunningham

    Best Potential: Cunningham

    Biggest Question Mark: Haason Reddick, Temple (size)

    Biggest Sleeper: Duke Riley, LSU


    2017 Linebacker Rankings
    1Reuben Foster Alabama
    2Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt 
    3Jarrad DavisFlorida
    4Raekwon McMillanOhio State 
    5Anthony Walker Jr.Northwestern 
    6Haason Reddick Temple 
    7Jalen Reeves-MaybinTennessee 
    8Vince BiegelWisconsin 
    9Kendell BeckwithLSU 
    10Steven TaylorHouston 
    11Duke RileyLSU
    12Nyeem Wartman-White Penn State 
    13Keith KelseyLouisville 
    14Hardy NickersonIllinois
    15Riley Bullough Michigan State 
    16Tanner Vallejo Boise State 
    17Ben Boulware Clemson 
    18Connor Harris Lindenwood 
    19Kevin Davis Colorado State 


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    Biggest Riser: Kevin King, Washington

    Biggest Faller: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma

    Most NFL-Ready: Quincy Wilson, Florida

    Best Slot Cornerback: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan

    Best Man Coverage: Wilson

    Best Zone Coverage: Desmond King, Iowa

    Best Potential: Wilson

    Biggest Question Mark: Adoree' Jackson, USC

    Biggest Sleeper: Kevin King, Washington


    2017 Cornerback Rankings
    1Quincy Wilson Florida 
    2Gareon Conley Ohio State 
    3Jalen Tabor Florida 
    4Marshon LattimoreOhio State 
    5Sidney JonesWashington
    6Desmond KingIowa 
    7Cordrea TankersleyClemson 
    8Marlon HumphreyAlabama 
    9Jourdan LewisMichigan 
    10Corn ElderMiami (Fla.) 
    11Cameron SuttonTennessee 
    12Adoree' JacksonUSC
    13Chidobe AwuzieColorado 
    14Tre'Davious WhiteLSU
    15Rasul DouglasWest Virginia 
    16Kevin King Washington 
    17Marquez WhiteFSU
    18Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech 
    19Jordan Thomas Oklahoma 
    20Cole Luke Notre Dame 
    21Ed Paris LSU 
    22Damontae Kazee San Diego State 
    23Channing Stribling Michigan 
    24Fabian Moreau UCLA 
    25Jalen Myrick Minnesota 
    26Des Lawrence North Carolina 
    27Jeremy Cutrer Middle Tennessee 
    28Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State  
    29William Likely III Maryland 
    30Brendan Langley Lamar (Texas) 
    31Breon Borders Duke 
    32Brad Watson Wake Forest 
    33Ahkello Witherspoon Colorado 
    34Jack Tocho NC State 
    35Greg Mabin Iowa 
    36Treston Decoud Oregon State 
    37Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin 


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    Biggest Riser: Budda Baker, Washington

    Most NFL-Ready: Jamal Adams, LSU

    Best Coverage: Justin Evans, Texas A&M

    Best Strong Safety: Adams

    Best Free Safety: Evans

    Best Hybrid Defender: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

    Best Run-Stopper: Adams

    Best Potential: Peppers

    Biggest Question Mark: Eddie Jackson, Alabama (injury)

    Biggest Sleeper: Tedric Thompson, Colorado


    2017 Safety Rankings
    1Jamal AdamsLSU 
    2Jabrill PeppersMichigan
    3Justin EvansTexas A&M
    4Budda BakerWashington
    5Marcus AllenPenn State 
    6Marcus Williams Utah 
    7Marcus MayeFlorida
    8Armani WattsTexas A&M
    9Eddie JacksonAlabama
    10Josh Harvey-ClemonsLouisville 
    11Quin BlandingVirginia 
    12Lorenzo Jerome Saint Francis (Pa.) 
    13Tedric ThompsonColorado 
    14Johnathan FordAuburn
    15David Jones Richmond 
    16Tony Conner Ole Miss 
    17Nathan Gerry Nebraska 
    18John Johnson Boston College 
    19Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech 
    20Randall Goforth UCLA 
    21Demetrious Cox Michigan State 
    22Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma
    23Dominick Sanders Georgia
    24Nate Andrews Florida State 
    25Weston Steelhammer Air Force 
    26Orion Stewart Baylor 
    27Rayshawn Jenkins Miami (Fla.) 
    28Damarius Travis Minnesota 
    29Quincy Mauger Georgia 

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