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The Blitz Weekly 2017 NFL Draft Hot Sheets

It will be interesting to see who the Dallas Cowboys select in the upcoming NFL Draft. Photo Courtesy: Michael Tipton

It will be interesting to see who the Dallas Cowboys select in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Tipton

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By Zach Walker

This is the one stop shop for your final NFL Draft preparation: My Top-50 players in this draft, a Top five from each position, and a final mini-mock as we head into the April 27 draft night. Add pizza, beer, and friends and your draft night is going to be excellent.

 

1 DE Myles Garrett 26 ILB Zach Cunningham
2 DE Solomon Thomas 27 DE Charles Harris
3 DT Jonathan Allen 28 QB DeShone Kizer
4 FS Malik Hooker 29 DE Takkarist McKinley
5 RB Leonard Fournette 30 DT Malik McDowell
6 CB Marshon Lattimore 31 CB Tre’Davious White
7 CB Marlon Humphrey 32 OLB Raekwon McMillan
8 DE Derek Barnett 33 CB Adoree Jackson
9 RB Dalvin Cook 34 CB Desmond King
10 ILB Reuben Foster 35 OLB T.J. Watt
11 SS Jamal Adams 36 QB Brad Kaaya
12 QB DeShaun Watson 37 WR Zay Jones
13 WR Mike Williams 38 QB Mitch Trubisky
14 OLB Haason Reddick 39 TE David Njoku
15 OT Cam Robinson 40 WR John Ross
16 WR Corey Davis 41 DE DeMarcus Walker
17 RB Christian McCaffrey 42 FS Budda Baker
18 TE O.J. Howard 43 ILB Jarrad Davis
19 CB Teez Tabor 44 OT Garett Bolles
20 OG Forrest Lamp 45 CB Gareon Conley
21 SS Jabrill Peppers 46 CB Fabian Moreau
22 CB Quincy Wilson 47 DE Jordan Willis
23 OLB Tim Williams 48 OC Pat Elflein
24 OT Ryan Ramczyk 49 FS Obi Melifonwu
25 DE Taco Charlton 50 CB Sidney Jones

 

TOP FIVE AT EACH POSITION (My Opinion)

QBs:

1 CLEM DeShaun Watson – Performer. Has underappreciated passing skills. The Best QB here.
2 ND DeShone Kizer – Upside, Upside! Has those Classic Measurables. Sit and Wait, Worth it.
3 MIAMI Brad Kaaya – Favorite QB in class. Pro-ready. Great everything. Garappolo starter kit.
4 UNC Mitch Trubisky – Some like him, some don’t. One year starter. Solid footwork & arm.
5 TENN Josh Dobbs – Very good athlete, smarter than that still. Could be a down the line Gem

 

RBs:

1 LSU Leonard Fournette – Strong runner W/ surprising speed. Hands? Has the frame for NFL.
2 FSU Dalvin Cook – Great dual-threat. Great vision. Great in space. Maybe needs a 2nd back.
3 STAN Christian McCaffrey – Has the film to show he can be workhorse. Mr. Everything.
4 USF Marlon Mack – Secret of this class. Mack is a truck, he’s going to make a GM look genius
5 TEX D’Onta Freeman – Could be a great 3rd down back. One year producer. Good eyes.

 

WRs:

1 CLEM Mike Williams – We’ve all witnessed what he can do. Great size. Winner on the outside
2 WMU Corey Davis – A brawler on the outside. Frame for matchups. Not fast though.
3 ECU Zay Jones – Great football player, epic production. Marginal size, router to break away.
4 UW John Ross – BURNER. Solid routes, undersized. Boom or bust potential, big time.
5 OU DeDe Westbrook – Epic athlete, good size, really light. HR hitter for sure.

 

TEs:

1 BAMA O.J. Howard – Unreal speed for size. Can be a Gronk-type. Best of good class.
2 MIAMI David Njoku – Undersized TE, big H-Back. Great hands. Willing blocker but raw.
3 MISS Evan Engram – Kind of a big WR in usage. Route runner of class. Consistent.
4 MICH Jake Butt – Injury dethroned him as #1 in class. Could be a 10 year tight end.
5 ARK Jeremy Sprinkle – Tight end – Classic. Not fast. At weight, could be a long term TE.

 

On Offensive linemen, I’ll be comparing them to an existing NFL Player, rather than list their traits.

OTs:                                                                                       Gs & Cs:

1 BAMA Cam Robinson – A. Villanueva 1 WKU Forrest Lamp – Joel Bitonio
2 WISC Ryan Ramczyk – Ricky Wagner 2 IU Dan Feeney – Zack Martin
3 UTAH Garett Bolles – Kyle Long 3 OHST Pat Elflein – Ryan Kelly
4 TROY Antonio Garcia – Donovan Smith 4 TEMP Dion Dawkins – Ron Leary
5 USC Chad Wheeler – Jake Matthews 5 UK Jon Toth – Eric Wood

 

DTs:

1 BAMA Jonathan Allen – High Floor, so you’ll know what’s in store. Great, consistent player
2 MSU Malik McDowell – See to believe his moves. Production doesn’t do him Justice.
3 CLEM Carlos Watkins – Another Tiger standout. Destroyer. High effort player.
4 FLOR Caleb Brantley – He’s a tornado. Ultimate teammate, occupies so much attention.
5 BAMA Dalvin Tomlinson – Plug a dam-type run stuffer. Tackle factory.

 

DEs:

1 TAMU Myles Garrett – Probably a double-digit sack player for 8+ Years. Big and Scary.
2 STAN Solomon Thomas – Undersize, but great bulk. Very good performer, high upside.
3 TENN Derek Barnett – The Quarterback Hunter. Maybe the best pure Sack Artist in years.
4 MICH Taco Charlton – Epic upside, with great size. Out of the box double digit sacks.
5 UCLA Takkarist McKinley – Blue collar, high revs engine. Coming off injury. Undersized.

 

OLBs:

1 TEMP Haason Reddick – Does everything that he’s tasked with exceptional abilities. Grinder.
2 BAMA Tim Williams – Some baggage, but for right fit, could be superstar. One-trick rusher.
3 OHST Raekwon McMillan – Great field eraser. Covers a lot of ground. Needs better VS Pass
4 WISC T.J. Watt – Not J.J. but can operate in the field. Can be molded to fit schemes.
5 UH Tyus Bowser – Great read-and-react LB. Really pops towards play. Lean for NFL rusher

 

ILBs:

1 BAMA Reuben Foster – New model of ‘Bama field general. Seemingly everywhere on field.
2 VANDY Zach Cunningham – Really plays with instinct, and it shows. Lean and lanky.
3 FLOR Jarrad Davis – Plays with his heart on his shoulders. Oft-injured. Can be reckless.
4 NW Anthony Walker – Tackle mop. Small, but workable. Solid VS pass. Could start day 1.
5 CLEM Ben Boulware – Leader. Trusts his eyes. Needs players around him or could be JAG.

 

CBs:

1 OSU Marshon Lattimore – Solid size. Plays everything really well. ONE year production!
2 BAMA Marlon Humphrey – A little bigger than Lattimore. Two year starter. Aggressive.
3 FLOR Teez Tabor – Solid size. Very fluid. Likes to mix it up in support. Good hands.
4 FLOR Quincy Wilson – Great size. Slaps receivers around. For as physical, not much support.
5 LSU Tre’Davious White – Four year starter. Isn’t flashy, just does everything really well.

 

Safeties:

1 OSU Malik Hooker – Killer 2016. All those great FS traits in him. Zone-Rover.
2 LSU Jamal Adams – Really watertight SS. Plays like a punch. Not a lot of negative. Solid.
3 ND Jabrill Peppers – Moldable. Could be a puzzle with no instruction. Great Football IQ.
4 UW Budda Baker – A Hawk. Undersized, but makes all the plays. Someone will love him.
5 UCONN Obi Melifonwu – Big safety! Lots of tape, tackles, and room to improve. Great 2nd RD.

 

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