Brian Sullivan

As the Patriots, Steelers, Falcons, and Packers prepare for their conference championship match-ups, I’m here to deliver some more information on the future superstars of the NFL. I’m starting to really get a feel for which players I’d want on my team. Here’s a look at some more of my favorite prospects.

Potential Late 1st/2nd Round Steals

Garrett Bolles (OT, Utah)
6’5″, 296 Lbs

Scouts don’t have high hopes for this upcoming tackle class, but Bolles could be the diamond in the rough. He projects to be a late first rounder, but he could end up being the best LT in this draft. He’s surprisingly athletic when it comes to speed and quickness, and he’s a phenomenal pass blocker. He utilizes his hands and feet well, and he manages to recover when he slips up. Check out the tape yourself to see what I mean.

Charles Harris (DE, Missouri)
6’3″, 255 Lbs

Harris is one of the best pure football players I’ve seen in this draft. He has excellent technique, a wide array of pass rushing moves, high football IQ, and a great motor. He’s everything you want in a defensive end… except that he lacks any form of NFL speed. If he chooses to beef up and move to the interior line, he could be a huge steal. That’s easier said than done. Either way, his skill is tough to ignore. He should be able to contribute to a team that knows how to position him for success. Watch the tape and see if you agree.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, USC)
6’2″, 220 Lbs

Personally, I’d take Juju in the 2nd over any receiver in the 1st not named Corey Davis. He’s an exceptional athlete who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to make a great catch. He seems to accelerate to his top speed within a step or two. He’s even a solid blocker for a WR. He’s just not very polished. With the right coaching staff, he could be the best receiver in this draft class. I’d take the risk on him. Watch the tape and see if you would too.

Overhyped?

Zach Cunningham (OLB, Vanderbilt)
6’3″, 230 Lbs

Cunningham is fast and smart. Sounds like a very good option as a 4-3 outside linebacker right? Well… here’s the problem. He’s not very physical. He misses tackles. He looks outmatched by other future NFL talent. He could be a key contributor in the future if he can become a great tackler… But right now, he looks like he could be a liability early. Maybe it was a bad day, but watch the tape and see for yourself.

John Ross (WR, Washington)
5’11”, 190 LBs

Maybe my expectations were too high, but from what I had read and heard about John Ross, it sounded like he had the potential to be the next Desean Jackson. But when I watched the tape, the speed honestly didn’t really jump off the screen. Yes, he’s fast, but no faster than your average fast college athlete. He doesn’t appear to possess the proper ball skills or body control to be a real option as a #1 receiver. He looks like he could be a very nice slot receiver some day, but I’m not taking a slot receiver in the 1st or 2nd round. Watch the tape and see.

Gareon Conley (CB, Ohio State)
6’0″ 195 Lbs

I fell in love with Marshon Lattimore as a prospect. I’m starting to like Malik Hooker a little more. But Gareon Conley is the odd man out when it comes to this Ohio State secondary. He’s impressively fast, and he doesn’t get burned very often. But he plays soft. He’s an awful tackler. He doesn’t have the great ball skills to break up passes when they’re thrown his way. To top it off, I noticed him talking trash to another player while his team was down 17-0. I’d avoid him personally, but watch the tape and see what you think.

 

Updated Big Board

  1. Jonathan Allen (DE, Alabama)
  2. Myles Garrett (DE/OLB, Texas A&M)
  3. Teez Tabor (CB, Florida)
  4. Tim Williams (OLB, Alabama)
  5. Malik McDowell (DT, Michigan State)
  6. Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)
  7. Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
  8. Marshon Lattimore (CB, OSU)
  9. Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)
  10. Mitch Trubisky (QB, UNC)
  11. Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan)
  12. Jamal Adams (SS, LSU)
  13. Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)
  14. Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)
  15. Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
  16. Garrett Bolles (OT, Utah)
  17. Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)
  18. Solomon Thomas (DE/DT, Stanford)
  19. Charles Harris (DE, Missouri)
  20. Malik Hooker (FS, OSU)
  21. JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR, USC)
  22. Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)
  23. Reuben Foster (ILB, Alabama)
  24. OJ Howard (TE, Alabama)
  25. Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)
  26. Takkarist McKinley (OLB, UCLA)
  27. Taco Charlton (DE, Michigan)
  28. Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)
  29. Sidney Jones (CB, Washington)
  30. John Ross (WR, Washington)
  31. Zach Cunningham (OLB, Vanderbilt)
  32. Cordrea Tankersley (CB, Clemson)
  33. Gareon Conley (CB, Ohio State)

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