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The 100 best players in the 2017 NFL draft

Myles Garrett tops a deep big board of players.

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A day after last year’s NFL draft concluded, Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett was anointed the top player for 2017. Despite playing through a junior season of injuries and uneven play against top competition, Garrett remains the top prospect in the 2017 NFL draft.

After Garrett, the top of the draft big board is heavy on defense. Alabama’s Jonathan Allen has been knocked by some because of the diagnosis of arthritic shoulders, but on the field he’s a dominating player.

Two Ohio State defensive backs — safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Marshon Lattimore — had exceptional seasons for the Buckeyes. Despite limited experience they both project as star coverage players in the NFL. Just ahead of both of them is LSU safety Jamal Adams, a good all-around safety who shouldn’t wait long to hear his name called on draft night.

The top offensive player, for me, in this year’s draft is Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. Like Allen, if you consider his on-field performance it’s hard not to be enamored by his play. He’s like a better version of Devonta Freeman with his ability to run around defenders and catch passes. Directly behind Cook is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The two may have entirely different styles and strengths, but they grade out closely.

Then there are the quarterbacks.

Deshaun Watson of Clemson comes out on top for the position, but rates as the 14th overall prospect in the draft. Directly behind him is Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina at 15th overall. Expect both to be picked higher than where they’re slotted. Watson would be rated higher if he had a somewhat stronger arm and didn’t throw so many interceptions. Trubisky would be rated higher if he had more than one year of starting experience.

Position rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | Edge | DL | LB | CB | S

Those two make up the top tier of quarterbacks in the draft. The next one consists of DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech. They’re also similarly rated with Kizer coming in at No. 33 and Mahomes at No. 36. To a large degree, the rating on both is mostly a projection.

That’s the same for Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, one of the draft’s more polarizing prospects. After playing all over the field at Michigan, it can be hard to rate Peppers but I have him at No. 16 overall.

No position in the top 100 is featured more than cornerback, where there are 17 ranked. However, Lattimore is the only one in the top 20. What this class lacks in top end cornerback talent it more than makes up for in depth. Ten of the top 64 are cornerbacks, and expect that many to go in the first two rounds of the draft.

If there’s clearly a position that’s down this year, it’s offensive tackle. The top player at the position is Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin, but he rates as just the 18th-best player overall.

The draft class as a whole, however, is a good one because of its depth. For me, the first 16 players ranked are the top tier. After that, the talent is interchangeable. Smart teams should be able to find good starters into the third day of the draft this year.

With all of that said, here are the 100 best players in the 2017 NFL draft.

1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU

4. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

5. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

6. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

7. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

8. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

9. Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

10. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

11. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

12. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

13. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

14. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

15. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

16. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

17. Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

18. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

19. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

20. John Ross, WR, Washington

21. Forrest Lamp, OT/OG, Western Kentucky

22. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

23. Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

24. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

25. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

26. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

27. Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

28. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

29. David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

31. Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

32. Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

33. DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

34. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

35. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

36. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

37. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

38. Budda Baker, S, Washington

39. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

40. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

41. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

42. T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

43. Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

44. Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

45. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

46. Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan

47. Derek Rivers, DE/OLB, Youngstown State

48. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

49. Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State

50. Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State

51. Adoree' Jackson, CB, Southern California

52. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

53. Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama

54. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

55. Raekwon McMillan, MLB, Ohio State

56. Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida

57. Kevin King, CB, Washington

58. Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

59. Marcus Williams, S, Utah

60. Zay Jones, WR, East Carlina

61. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

62. Desmond King, CB, Iowa

63. Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State

64. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

65. Dion Dawkins, OT/G, Temple

66. Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio

67. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California

68. Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

69. Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

70. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

71. Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

72. Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston

73. Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

74. Chad Hansen, WR, California

75. Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

76. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

77. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

78. ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama

79. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

80. Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

81. Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois

82. Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

83. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte

84. Davis Webb, QB, California

85. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

86. DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

87. Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

88. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

89. Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

90. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

91. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

92. Ejuan Price, DE, Pittsburgh

93. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

94. Corn Elder, CB, Miami

95. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

96. Ethan Pocic, C, LSU

97. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

98. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

99. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

100. Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

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