Narrowing down the list of available draft prospects to form a top 40 of favorites is difficult enough. I can only imagine how tough this is when your team—and your job as a talent evaluator—depends on it.
All of the names mentioned here could land in the first round. So, too, could an unknown additional number of players—probably at least 10 or 20, plus the inevitable late-rising sleeper or two that we’re not really talking about yet. Every draft class tends to be judged on its quarterbacks, but the 2017 class appears to run deep at a bevy of other spots. It would not be a surprise if this becomes one of the most impactful rookie groups, across the board, in some time.
With the bowl games approaching, here’s how the Big Board stands:
Just missed the cut: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas; Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington; Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma; Dan Feeney, G, Indiana; Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M; Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU