Jason’s Early 2017 Positional Rankings, Defensive, with Analysis

Below are my initial positional rankings, defensively, with analysis.

Defensive Ends:

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Analysis: Garrett is so gifted, he is a great edge rusher, a great pass rusher, has great speed, gets tremendous pressure on the QB, and is a tackling, and sack machine. He is undersized from the weight department, and he is likely a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. I see Garrett as a first round pick right now, and the top player come April 2017.

2. Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Analysis: Allen is a sack specialist, he has great size for a 4-3 DE, he is versatile, as he can lineup at DE, and DT. He also has good speed, and is a solid tackler. He does have issues with bigger lineman at times, and has issues with speedy backs. Wit that said, Allen is a first round pick to me, and a top 5-10 pick.

3. Carl Lawson, Auburn

Analysis: Lawson is a dynamic pass rusher, a solid tackler, has good size to play in a 4-3 scheme as a DE, or as a 3-4 OLB. He also gets great pressure on the QB, and has good speed. He does have issues with injuries, as he had a nasty ACL injury that he came back from. I believe Lawson is a first round pick right now, and a top 10 pick.

4. Charles Harris, Missouri

Analysis: Harris is a great pass rusher, a solid tackler, and a hard hitter. He gets great pressure on the QB, and is a dynamic player. He is undersized to play DE, so I view him as a 3-4 OLB, and he doesn’t have elite speed. I view Harris as a first round pick right now.

5. Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

Analysis: Turay has great speed, he is a dynamic pass rusher, and gets great pressure on the QB. He also has great instincts, and is a great tackler. He is, however on the light side, and is too small to play DE in the NFL. Wit that said, Turay is a first round pick right now.

6. Deatrich Wise Jr, Arkansas

Analysis: Wise is a tough nosed edge rusher, who is a sack machine, and gets great pressure on the QB. He bull rushes his way through the offensive line to get to the QB. He is a little on the light side, and does get manhandled by big o-lineman at times. With that said, I see Wise as a day 2 pick right now.

7. DeMarcus Walker, Florida State

Analysis: Walker has great size, is a sack machine, and a tackling machine. He is also a great pass rusher, and gets good pressure on the QB. He does not have the best speed though. With that said, I see Walker as a day 2 pick right now.

8. Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Analysis: Barnett has been a tackling, and sack machine his first 2 seasons at Tennessee. He has good size, and is a good pass rusher. He does not have elite edge rush speed though, and he tends to get manhandled at times. With that said, Barnett is a day 2 pick right now for me.

9. Devonte Fields, Louisville

Analysis: Fields is a sack machine, and a tackling machine. He has been very productive so far in his career. He is a dynamic pass rusher, and a sure fire tackler. He did have his issues at TCU which led to him transferring to Louisville, and he tends to get manhandled by bigger offensive lineman due to his size. With that said, Fields is a day 2 pick to me right now.

10. Al-Quadin Muhammad, Miami(Fla).

Analysis: Muhammad is a bit of a raw player, he has only 1 full year of experience, he has good size though, and gets good pressure on the QB. He is a solid pass rusher, and he bull rushes his way to the QB. He does over pursue at times though. With that said, I see Muhammad as a day 2 pick right now.

Defensive Tackles:

1. Malik McDowell, Michigan State

Analysis: McDowell has good size, is a good pass rusher, and a solid tackler. He gets great pressure on the QB, and is in on every play. He has also played in every game the past 2 seasons. He is on the slower side, and makes some silly personal foul penalties. With that said, McDowell is a first round pick right now.

2. Montravius Adams, Auburn

Analysis: Adams is a tackling machine, he has great size, is versatile, as he can lineup at DT, and DE, and is a run stuffer. He is also very athletic for his size, and is a hard hitter. He does not have great speed, and isn’t known as a sac k specialist. With that said, I see Adams as a late first, to early second round pick right now.

3. Darius Hamilton, Rutgers

Analysis: Hamilton is a tackling machine, has put up good sack numbers so far, is very versatile, as he lines up at DT, and DE. He is also a nice, tall DT. On the other side, he is on the light side, and he is coming off an injury, which cost him part of his 2015 season. With that said, Hamilton is a day 2 pick for me right now.

4. Caleb Brantley, Florida

Analysis: Brantley has great size, he is a run stuffer, and a solid tackler. He also commands double teams, and is in on every play. He isn’t known as a sack specialist, and is not a great pass rusher. I view him as a day 2 pick right now.

5. Carlos Watkins, Clemson

Analysis: Watkins is a run stuffer, has great size, and he bull rushes his way through the offensive line. He is also a hard hitting defensive tackle. He isn’t known as a sack specialist, and he does not have great speed. With that said, I view him as a day 2 pick right now.

Outside Linebackers:

1. Tim Williams, Alabama

Analysis: Williams is on the of the most gifted, and dynamic pass rusher in the nation, and he doesn’t play every down. He has great size, is in on every play, and gets great pressure on the QB. He only really has 1 full year of experience at the FBS level, but he has the potential to be a franchise pass rushing OLB. He is a first round pick right now, and likely a top 5-10 pick.

2. Jarrad Davis, Florida

Analysis: Davis has good size, is a tackling machine, and is a sure fire tackler. He is also a good cover linebacker. However he isn’t the best pass rusher, and he has issues with big offensive lineman at times. I view Davis as a first round pick right now.

3. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee

Analysis: Reeves-Maybin is a tackling machine, he is in on every play, he doesn’t give up on any play, and is just a hard hitting linebacker. He also gets good pressure on the QB, and is a disruptive defender. I view him as a first round pick right now.

4. Peter Kalambayi, Stanford

Analysis: Kalambayi has been a sack machine in his first 2 seasons at Stanford, he is a solid pass rusher, and gets great pressure on the QB. He is a good tackler, and has good size. He does over pursue at times, and gets caught up with bigger offensive lineman at times. With that said, I view him as a late first, to early second round pick.

5. Skai Moore, South Carolina

Analysis: Moore will be out for the 2016 season, due to a herniated disk in his neck. He is a tackling machine, has good size, has good speed, and is a hard hitter. However he is not known as a sack specialist, and is not the best pass rusher. But he is a good cover linebacker. With that said, Moore is a late first, to early second round pick.

Inside Linebackers:

1. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

Analysis: McMillan is a dynamic play maker on defense for Ohio State. He is a tackling machine, gets good pressure on the QB, and has good speed. He does over pursue at times, and gets pushed around by big offensive lineman. With that said, I view him as a first round pick right now, going between picks 10-15.

2. Reuben Foster, Alabama

Analysis: Foster has great size, is a solid tackler, has good speed, and gets good pressure on the QB. While he has good speed, he does get beat by fast backs, and QBs. With that said, I view him as a first round pick.

3. Kendell Beckwith, LSU

Analysis: Beckwith is a beast, a tackling machine, and a hard hitting linebacker. He is also good in coverage. The only issue I see is that he does not have great speed. I view Beckwith as a early day 2 pick.

4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Analysis: Cunningham is a great pass rushing inside linebacker, is a tackling machine, he has good size, and good speed. He is also a run stuffing linebacker. However he over pursues at times, and while he has good speed, he does not have elite speed. I view him a day 2 pick.

5. Hardy Nickerson, Illinois

Analysis: Nickerson recently transferred from Cal, to Illinois, to play under his father, and new defensive coordinator, Hardy Nickerson Sr., He is just a beast of a lineabacker, he is a tackling machine, and good in coverage. While he has good speed, he does not have elite speed. With that said, Nickerson is a day 2 pick to me.

Cornerbacks:

1. Jalen Tabor, Florida

Analysis: Tabor is a shut down CB, with great speed, and a non stop motor. He also is a sure fire tackler, a solid cover cornerback, and a hard hitting cornerback. He isn’t the tallest CB, and is on the light side. With that said, Tabor is a first round pick right now for me.

2. Desmond King, Iowa

Analysis: King is a pure ball hawk, a solid cover cornerback, he is a tackling machine, and breaks up passes with ease. He is also a hard hitting cornerback. He is also a dynamic returner for Iowa. He is a bit on the small side. With that said, I have King as a first round pick right now.

3. Sidney Jones, Washington

Analysis: Jones is a sleeper, he is a ball hawk, and a shut down cornerback. He is also a tackling machine, and a sure fire tackler. He is also a great cover cornerback. He is not the tallest cornerback, and is on the light side. I view him as a first round pick right now.

4. Adoree Jackson, USC

Analysis: Jackson is a shut down cornerback, he is good in coverage, a dynamic play maker in the secondary, and is a hard hitting cornerback. He is a bit undersized, he also does not come up with many interceptions, and has issues with tall receivers. With that said, I view him as a first round pick right now.

5. Tre’Davious White, LSU

Analysis: White is a tackling machine, has great speed, and is good in coverage. He is also a shut down cornerback, and is a play maker. He is a bit undersized, and does not always play the ball. I view him as a first round pick right now.

6. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

Analysis: Humphrey is very raw, with only 1 year at the FBS level, but he is very athletic, he is a good tackler, and a good cover cornerback. He also has great speed, and is a tough player. Other than being raw, he is not the tallest cornerback, and he does get lost in coverage at times. With that said, I see him as a first round to second round pick.

7. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan

Analysis: Lewis does a great job of breaking up passes, he has great speed, is a hard hitting corner, a good cover cornerback, and also a special teams standout as a return man. He is also a tackling machine. However he is very undersized, and doesn’t get many interceptions. With that said, Lewis is a second round pick to me.

8. Cameron Sutton, Tennessee

Analysis: Sutton has been nothing short of a shut down, and ball hawk at Tennessee. He has good speed, and good size. He is also a tackling machine, and a good cover cornerback. He does tend to get manhandled when in coverage when being blocked, and gets beat at times. With that said, I see Sutton as a second round pick.

9. Corn Elder, Miami(Fla.)

Analysis: Elder has been very productive at Miami, where he breaks up a lot of passes, is good in coverage, and a solid tackler. He is also a hard hitter, and a good blitzing cornerback. He however is undersized, and not known for getting many interceptions. I see Elder as a day 2 pick right now.

10. Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson

Analysis: Tankersley is a raw player, he hasn’t played a lot, however he has put up good interception numbers so far, and he does a good job of breaking up passes. He is also a sure fire tackler. He is not the tallest corner, but that doesn’t hurt his game. With that said, I see him as a day 2 pick right now.

Safeties:

1. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

Analysis: Peppers is a versatile DB, who can play at SS, and CB. He has good speed, is a solid tackler, and a hard hitter. He is not the tallest safety, and only has 1 year under his belt. With that said, I view him as a first round pick right now.

2. Eddie Jackson, Alabama

Analysis: Jackson is a ball hawking safety, and a tackling machine. He can also lineup at CB if needed. He is a hard hitter, and a sure fire tackler. He does get manhandled at times, and is a but on the light side. I view him as a early day 2 pick.

3. Jamal Adams, LSU

Analysis: Adams is a tackling machine, he has really good speed, and is a good cover safety. He also has good size, and is in on every play, along with being a hard hitting safety. He does get overpowered at times, and misses some easy tackles. I view him as a early day 2 pick.

4. Budda Baker, Washington

Analysis: Baker is a tackling machine, and a hard hitting safety. He is a special teams standout, and has good speed. However he is a bit undersized. With that said, I view Baker as a early day 2 pick.

5. Leon McQuay III, USC

Analysis: McQuay is a solid cover safety, who is known for breaking up a lot of passes. He has good size, and is a hard hitting safety. He does not have elite speed, and is not known as a ball hawk. With that said, McQuay is a early day 2 pick for me.