NFL draft picks are coming, and they’re a lot of picks.
We’re talking about five of the top ten picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, with four of the five players expected to go in the top four rounds.
We’ll take a look at each player in their own category.1.
DeMarcus Ware, DE, Tennessee Titans2.
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Bills3.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars4.
Jordan Howard, S, Miami Dolphins5.
Shaq Lawson, OL, Oakland Raiders1.
With three of the four picks in front of him coming from Tennessee, DeMarcus Walker has to be the most anticipated pick in the draft.
The 6-foot-5, 252-pound defensive end out of the University of Alabama is the clear No. 1 overall pick in all of sports.
Walker has a ton of potential, but he’ll need to improve his footwork, ball skills and consistency to make an impact on an NFL roster.2.
Jordan Willis is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league.
The 3-4 defensive end from Texas A&M was projected to go to the Raiders in the second round, but the Tennessee Titans were so intrigued by him that they picked him with the third overall pick.
Willis is a freak athlete who can play in the 4-3 or 3-technique and he showed off his athletic ability at the Combine.
Willis has good size, can play the run and is a big, strong edge rusher who can move around the line of scrimmage and disrupt a quarterback’s read.3.
Khalif Barnes, OL is a special player.
Barnes was ranked by Scout.com as the No. 5 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2019, and he will need to prove himself as a pro to get drafted into the first five rounds.
Barnes can play guard, tackle and center, but there’s a chance he’ll have to move to guard for his NFL career.4.
Jamal Adams, DT, Clemson was a dominant player in his first season at Clemson.
He recorded four sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 20 games.
The former top overall pick of the 2016 draft is a dominant run defender with the ability to get to the quarterback in space.
Adams also has quickness, quickness and a powerful arm.5.
Jourdan Lewis, OT, Ohio State was the third-highest rated tackle prospect at the combine, and the former first-round pick of 2015 has shown flashes of potential as a pass protector.
Lewis has good instincts and can play inside, outside and as a run blocker.6.
Marcus Maye, DT/OLB, LSU had a tremendous year at the Senior Bowl, recording eight sacks, five forced fumbles and seven quarterback hurries.
Maye is a tremendous athlete with the athleticism to play the nose or strongside and his size will allow him to play inside or outside.7.
J.J. Watt, LB, Texas A, has the ability and potential to be a game-changing player in the NFL.
Watt has the athleticism and speed to be an NFL All-Pro, but his biggest asset is his athleticism.
He’s a tremendous pass rusher and can cover ground and tackle in space to disrupt an opponent’s pass rush.8.
Ezekiel Ansah, CB was a surprise to many, but Ansah is a player who will get some snaps in the future.
The Alabama product was ranked the No, 21 cornerback in the 2018 class by Scout and was projected as a first-rounder by many.
He can cover a lot in the slot, but could also play outside.9.
Jalston Fowler, OT was the second-highest ranked guard in the 2019 class, and Fowler is a physical presence with good instincts, quick feet and an excellent ability to block.10.
Jordan Phillips, DT was the fourth-highest-rated tackle in the 2020 class, with a strong showing at the 2017 Senior Bowl.
He has a long frame and strong hands, and his ability to play outside and inside gives him a chance to play in any scheme.11.
Jaleel Johnson, OT is an exciting prospect who is extremely talented and is already a highly sought after player in this class.
Johnson has a great motor and can move well with the ball.
He had 12.5 sacks last season for the San Diego Chargers and will likely get more carries in the pros.12.
J O’Brien, OG is an extremely talented offensive tackle with the size and quickness to play tackle.
He showed some early promise as a rookie in the Senior Class, but a shoulder injury derailed his career and he has been playing hurt his entire college career.13.
Ryan Shazier, OG had an outstanding Senior Bowl season and was a major contributor for the Washington Redskins in the Pro Bowl.
Shazer is a huge, powerful and strong guard who is a great athlete who uses his quickness well.14.