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Early 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

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?

Leonard Founette, NFL Mock Draft

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.

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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