Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leads Athlon Sports' list of the top college football players to watch this fall

The 2016 NFL Draft is complete as 253 players have taken the first steps in their professional football careers. From a college football standpoint, the focus now shifts to next year. Which players are next in line to hear their name called when the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft commences next spring?

 

Here are Athlon Sports’ top 50 college players to keep an eye on this fall. Make no mistake; this list will change, especially once the action resumes on the field, but you can’t really go wrong with a list that’s headlined by a pair of Heisman Trophy finalists from last season and a guy who could very will win it this year.

 

Power Five Conference 2017 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch
ACC I Big 12 I Big Ten I Pac-12 I SEC I Notre Dame

 

Athlon Sports' Early Top 50 for 2017 NFL Draft

 

RK Player POS School YR
1 Deshaun Watson QB JR
2 Leonard Fournette RB JR
3 Christian McCaffrey RB/RS JR
4 Myles Garrett DE/OLB JR
5 DeMarcus Walker DE  SR
6 Desmond King CB SR
7 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR JR
8 Cam Robinson OT JR
9 Charles Harris OLB JR
10 Jonathan Allen DT SR
11 Jalen Tabor CB    JR
12 Jamal Adams S JR
13 Roderick Johnson OT JR
14 Royce Freeman RB JR
15 Adoree Jackson CB JR
16 Tre'Davious White CB SR
17 Devonte Fields OLB SR
18 Zach Banner OT SR
19 Anthony Walker ILB JR
20 Raekwon McMillan ILB JR
21 Eddie Jackson SS SR
22 Adam Bisnowaty OT SR
23 Derek Barnett OLB JR
24 Malik McDowell DT JR
25 Jabrill Peppers S JR
26 Quin Blanding S JR
27 Lewis Neal LB SR
28 O.J. Howard TE SR
29 Davon Godchaux DE/DT JR
30 Mike Williams WR SR
31 Travin Dural WR SR
32 Dalvin Cook RB JR
33 Chad Kelly QB SR
34 Brad Kaaya QB JR
35 Nick Chubb RB JR
36 Jake Butt TE SR
37 Cordrea Tankersley CB SR
38 Daeshon Hall DE SR
39 Chris Wormley DT SR
40 Dan Skipper OT SR
41 Jordan Leggett TE SR
42 Kendell Beckwith ILB SR
43 Dan Feeney OG SR
44 Tony Conner SS SR
45 Josh Harvey-Clemons SS/OLB SR
46 Bucky Hodges TE JR
47 Pat Elflein OG SR
48 Jourdan Lewis CB SR
49 Lowell Lotulelei DT JR
50 Jeremy Sprinkle TE SR

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