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2017 NFL Draft player rankings: Houtz’s Top 5 prospects by position

NCAA Football: Nevada at Texas A&M Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As we inch closer and closer to the 2017 NFL Draft, experts and analysts begin to refine their NFL draft boards. I am NOT an expert. In fact, I am nothing more than a guy who enjoys football. Unfortunately, I have watched about as much film as you’d expect from a guy that works 50+ hours a week. With the draft a little more than two weeks away, I decided to put together my top 5 prospects at each position. This isn’t perfect, and will probably change a few times between now and the draft.

Here is a list of my top 5 prospects at each position.


  1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  2. Patrick Mahomes, Texas A&M
  3. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
  4. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  5. Davis Webb, California

Running Backs

  1. Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State
  2. Christian McCaffery, Standford
  3. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
  4. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
  5. D’Onta Foreman, Texas

Wide Receivers

  1. Mike Williams, Clemson
  2. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  3. John Ross, Washington
  4. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
  5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Southern California

Tight Ends

  1. O.J Howard, Alabama
  2. David Njoku, Miami
  3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
  4. Gerald Everett, Southern Alabama
  5. Jake Butt, Michigan


  1. Ethan Pocic, Louisiana State
  2. Pat Elfein, Ohio State
  3. Kyle Fuller, Baylor
  4. Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
  5. John Toth, Kentucky


  1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  2. Dan Feeney, Indiana
  3. Quenten Nelson, Notre Dame
  4. Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh
  5. Isaac Asiata, Utah

Offensive Tackles

  1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  2. Cam Robinson, Alabama
  3. Garrett Bolles, Utah
  4. Dion Dawkins, Temple
  5. Antonio Garcia, Troy

Defensive Tackles

  1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  2. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
  3. Montravius Adams, Auburn
  4. Caleb Brantley, Florida
  5. Chris Wormley, Michigan

Defensive Ends

  1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  4. Taco Charlton, Michigan
  5. Charles Harris, Missouri

Inside Linebackers

  1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
  2. Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
  3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
  4. Kendell Beckwith, Louisiana State
  5. Anthony Walker Jr, Northwestern

Outside Linebackers

  1. Haason Reddick, Temple
  2. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
  3. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  4. T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
  5. Tyus Bowser, Houston


  1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  2. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  3. Quincy Wilson, Florida
  4. Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California
  5. Chidobi Awuzie, Colorado


  1. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  2. Jamal Adams, Lousiana State
  3. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  4. Budda Baker, Washington
  5. Obi, Melifonwu, Connecticut

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below. #FinsUp