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

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

Quarterbacks:

1. DeShaun Watson, Clemson

Analysis: Watson is a very polished QB, with 2-years under his belt, as well as having a strong arm, good speed, and the size you want in a franchise QB. He is more of a shotgun QB, as he doesn’t play under center, but I fully believe Watson will learn, and adjust to the NFL. Right now he would be a First Round Pick, likely top 10 pick.

2. Brad Kaaya, Miami(Fla)

Analysis: Kaaya hass good arm strength, he has a good deep ball, as well as having a good TD to INT ratio. He also threads the needle so nicely, and looks like a potential franchise QB. He would be a First Round Pick right now, likely a top 15 pick.

3. Luke Falk, Washington State

Analysis: Falk is very poised under pressure, along with being a good scrambling QB, and having great size. He also has a strong arm, but he does fall short on the deep ball, and he tends to overthrow his backs and receivers, and he only has 1 full year as a starter. With that said, Falk would be a First Round Pick right now.

4. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Analysis: Rudolph has really good size, good accuracy, and has a strong arm. He is a good pocket passer, and has good speed. He does have injury issues, and with only 1 full year as a starter. He also overthrows some passes, and is not asked to be under center. With that said, Rudolph would be a late First, to early Second Round Pick right now.

5. C.J. Beathard, Iowa

Analysis: Bethard has been very productive at Iowa, he has really good size, and good accuracy, and has good mobility. He, like Falk, and Rudolph, has only 1 full year as a starter under his belt, and also is not asked to play under center. With that said, Beathard would be a Second Round Pick right now.

6. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati

Analysis: Kiel is very experienced, has been very productive at Cincinnati, and has a nice deep ball. He also has good size, and good accuracy. He also is a decent running QB. He does however gets sacked quite a bit, and overthrows his receivers at times. With that said, Kiel is a Day 2 pick right now.

7. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Analysis: Mayfield was just granted an extra year at Oklahoma, after transferring from Texas Tech, and this is the season for Mayfield to show something more. He is very accurate, has a strong arm, and a good deep ball. He is also only a 1-year starter, and he tends to overthrow his receivers. Right now he would be a Day 2 pick.

8. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

Analysis: Mahomes has a good TD to INT ratio, he is very accurate, and has good size, good arm strength, and is good under pressure. He does take too many sacks, and tends to throw some balls a little too high. He also is not asked to play under center. With that said Mahomes would be a Day 2 pick right now for me.

9. Seth Russell, Baylor

Analysis: Russell is coming off a serious neck injury that he suffered last season, and surely wants to prove that he can stay healthy. The fact that he is back, and looks ready to play, says a lot about him. As for on the field, he is very accurate, has good size, and is good under pressure. He is not the most mobile QB, and takes too many sacks. With that said, I would be confident in taking him early on day 3.

10. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss

Analysis: Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills hall of famer Jim Kelly, needs to keep staying out of trouble, as he’s been kicked off about every football team he’s been on, but he looks like he finally found a spot at Ole Miss. On the field, he is very accurate, has a strong arm, and has a good deep ball. Besides the off the field issues, he is not very mobile, and has only 1 full year under his belt. With that said, Kelly looks like a day 3 pick right now.

Running Backs:

1. Leonard Fournette, LSU

Analysis: Fournette has been a workhorse back at LSU, where he is also a scoring machine, and is a tough runner. He is a bulldozer of a back, and usually runs defedners over. He does tend to get stuffed at the line of scrimmage at times, and is not the best pass catching back. With that said, Fournette would be a Top 10 pick in my opinion, and barring injury, he should be in the running for the top overall pick in 2017.

2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Analysis: McCaffrey is the son of former Denver Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey, and is looking to put a stamp on his career, and not be just Ed McCaffrey’s son. On the field he is a workhorse, has great speed, has an explosive burst, is very elusive, and a dynamic play maker. He is also a solid pass catching back. The issues that I have are, that he is a bit on the light side, and he gets stuffed at times. With that said, he would be a first round pick, and probably a top 10-15 pick.

3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State

Analysis: Like with Fournette, and McCaffrey, Cook is a workhorse back, has been very productive his first 2 seasons at FSU, is a tough runner, a good pass blocking back. He also is a scoring machine, and has really good vision. The only issue I have is his size frame, as he is on the small side. With that said, Cook would be a first round pick, and probably a top 10-15 pick.

4. Nick Chubb, Georgia

Analysis: Chubb has been the workhorse back for Georgia, while also being a scoring machine, and is a tough runner. He also has great speed, and has a tremendous burst off the line of scrimmage. The only issues with him, is the nasty leg injury that he is coming off of, and his size frame. With that said, Chubb is a first round pick right now for me.

5. Jalen Hurd, Tennessee

Analysis: Hurd has great size, is a workhorse back, a scoring machine, and has great vision, as well as being a tough runner. He also has a great explosive burst off the line of scrimmage. On the other hand, he does get stuffed at times, and does not play in a pro style offense. With that said, I have Hurd as a first round pick right now.

6. Shock Linwood, Baylor

Analysis: Linwood has great speed, is a workhorse back like the others listed above, has good vision, and is a scoring machine. He is also a tough runner, and has good vision. On the other side, he is very undersize, at only 5’8, and weighing 200 pounds. And the only other issues I see is that he tends to get stuffed, and is not known as a pass catching back. With that said, Linwood is a early day 2 pick.

7. Corey Clement, Wisconsin

Analysis: Clement is just another one of those great Wisconsin running backs, joining the likes of San Diego Charger Melvin Ingram, and former Denver Bronco Montee Ball. On the field he is a scoring machine, a workhorse back, has great speed, and a great explosive burst. He also is a good blocking back, has good vision, is a tough runner, and is hard to bring down. He is a bit undersized, and does get stuffed at times. With that said, Clement is a day 2 pick for me right now.

8. James Conner, Pittsburgh

Analysis: First off, a huge congrats to Conner for beating Cancer, and I expect to see him dominating the ACC this season. Now as for on the field, he has been a workhorse back, is a scoring machine, has great size, and has good vision. He does tend to get stuffed, and has had injury issues, which led to him missing all but 1 game in 2015. With that said, Conner is a day 2 pick for me.

9. Wayne Gallman, Clemson

Analysis: Gallman is a workhorse back, a scoring mahine, has great vision, and good speed. He sees and attacks the holes, and is a dynamic runner. He is not the tallest back, and does get stuffed at times. With that said, Gallman is a day 2 pick for me right now.

10. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Analysis: Like all the backs above, Perine is a workhorse back, he is a touchdown machine, a tough runner, a big back from the weight department, and has great speed. He is a bit undersized, height wise, and he does get stuffed at times. With that said, Perine is a day 2 pick to me right now.

Wide Receivers:

1. Mike Williams, Clemson

Analysis: Williams is coming off a nasty neck injury, that he suffered last season, and cost him most of his 2015 season. He is just a scoring machine, has great size, is a great pass catcher, and a great route runner. The only issue besides the injury, is he doesn’t have elite receiver speed. But with that said, I expect Williams to be a first round pick, depending on his health.

2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC

Analysis: JuJu is just a junior right now, but he is a scoring machine, a great pass catcher, and runs great routes. He also is a clutch receiver, and a dynamic play maker. He is becoming one of the best receivers in the nation. However he tends to miss some blocks at times, and he does have issues with fumbling the ball. With that said, JuJu is a first round pick right now.

3. Jehu Chesson, Michigan

Analysis: Chesson has good size, is a dynamic play maker, and a great pass catcher. He is a great deep threat, he has a great knack of making defenders miss, and he is tough to take down. The only issue is he doesn’t have elite speed. With that said, I see Chesson as a first round pick right now.

4. Corey Davis, Western Michigan

Analysis: Davis is clearly WMU’s go-to receiever, he is a scoring machine, has good size, and is sure handed. He is also a great deep threat, and is tough to bring down. He does not have great speed, and some will say his production, is due to playing in the MAC. I believe Davis is a first round pick right now.

5. Stacy Coley, Miami(Fla.)

Analysis: Coley is a scoring machine, he has good size, and great speed. He is also a great pass catcher. He does miss some easy passes, and gets caught in coverage with DBs at times. I see Coley as a late first, to, early second round pick.

6. Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky

Analysis: Taylor is a scoring machine, has good size, a great pass catcher, and a good route runner. He is WKU’s go-to receiver, and is a great deep threat. He does drop some passes at times, and the level of competition could be seen as a negative. I see Taylor as a early day 2 pick.

7. Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech

Analysis: Ford has great speed, is very experienced, and is a great pass catcher. He also catches everything thrown his way, and runs great routes. He does look a tad smaller on tape, and is a bit on the light side. But I view Ford as a early day 2 pick.

8. Darren Carrington, Oregon

Analysis: Carrington is just an explosive player, he has great size, is a solid pass catcher, a scoring machine, and runs good routes. His only issue is he doesn’t have a explosive burst off the line of scrimmage. With that said, I see him as a early day 2 pick.

9. Travin Dural, LSU

Analysis: Dural is a scoring machine, has good size, and good speed. He is a solid deep threat, and is elusive. He also makes spectacular catches look easy. He does have issues with dropping some passes, and he tends to get tangled with teammates at times when running routes. With that said, I would have Dural as a day 2 pick.

10. Malachi Dupre, LSU

Analysis: Dupre, teammate of Travin Dural, has great size, and good speed. He is an explosive play maker, and has an explosive burst. He also fights for the ball, and runs good routes. He does drop some passes, and is not the best blocking receiver. With that said, I see Dupre being a day 2 pick right now.

Tight Ends:

1. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech

Analysis: Hodges has the size, the scoring ability, and the hands to be a franchise, pass catching tight end. He is also a good blocker. The only issue is his speed, he is doesn’t have elite speed. With that said, Hodges is a first round pick right now.

2. O.J. Howard, Alabama

Analysis: Howard has great size, he plays in a pro style offense, is a good run blocker, and a good pass catcher. However he is not known for getting into the endzone as much as you would like. However I view him as a first round pick with the potential that he has, and shows.

3. Jake Butt, Michigan

Analysis: Butt has great size, is a solid pass catcher, runs great routes, and is always getting enough yards needed. He is also a solid redzone weapon. He does not have great speed, and he does miss some blocks at times. With that said, I see Butt as a day 2 pick.

4. Jordan Leggett, Clemson

Analysis: Leggett has been very productive is first 3 seasons at Clemson, he is a scoring machine, a great pass catcher, and a good blocker. He does not have elite speed, but that does not hurt his game. I view Leggett as a day 2 pick.

5. Evan Engram, Ole Miss

Analysis: Engram has great size, is a solid pass catcher, is a good run, and pass blocker, and is sure handed. He does not have great speed, but that doesn’t hurt his game. With that said, Engram is a day 2 pick to me right now.

Offensive Lineman:

1. Cam Robinson, Alabama

Analysis: Robinson has great size, is very athletic, he looks like a NFL left tackle, he is a superb pass protector, and he holds up well in the passing game. The issues with hik that I see, are, that he has issues with speedy edge rushers, like former Clemson DE Shaq Lawson during the 2015-2016 National Championship Game. And we can’t forget his recent felony weapons charges, and possession of marijuana. I can see his stock taking a big hit, but I still think he is the best lineman in the draft, and a first round pick right now.

2. Roderick Johnson, Florida State

Analysis: Johnson has great size, is a mauler, he uses his hands to get leverage against speedy edge rushers, and is a good run blocker. He isn’t as athletic as Cam Robinson is, and he tends to get bull rushed by speedy edge rusher. With that said, I see Johnson as a first round pick right now.

3. Pat Elflien, Ohio State

Analysis: Elflien is my top Guard, he is a mauler, and a good in pass blocking, and opens up holes for his backs. He doesn’t have the speed, but that doesn’t hurt his game. I view him as a first round pick right now.

4. Zach Banner, USC

Analysis: Banner has great size, is good in both pass, and run blocking, and is a mauler. He doesn’t have the best speed, but that doesn’t hurt his game. I see Banner as a day 2 pick right now.

5. Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

Voltz is my top Center for now, he has good size, is a mauler, and a good blocker. He doesn’t have great speed. I see Volts as a day 3 pick right now.