2 days ago 2 days before the NFL Draft, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero broke down the top prospects in the 2016 class, ranking all of the players in each position and breaking down their strengths and weaknesses.
The rankings, published on Wednesday, reflect the players’ positional needs and where they stand on NFL Draft boards.
Here are the Top 10 prospects in each round:1.
DE Derek Barnett, DE, TennesseeThe Titans’ first-round pick, Barnett’s versatility as a pass rusher and ability to play both tackle and defensive end make him a great fit for their 3-4 defense.
His athleticism and physicality make him an ideal fit for the NFL’s more complex scheme.
He could develop into a disruptive force.2.
CB Jamal Adams, CB, LSUThe former LSU All-American is a talented player who is capable of playing both outside and inside linebacker.
He has outstanding size and has good instincts.
He’s also an excellent route runner, and he plays with a bit of aggression.
Adams has the potential to develop into an outstanding playmaker at the next level.3.
WR Allen Robinson, WR, Florida State The Falcons’ fifth-round selection in 2015, Robinson has the ability to make plays downfield.
He is a big, physical receiver who has the physicality and speed to beat most corners in the league.4.
CB Dee Milliner, CB/S, USCThe former Utah State standout, Milliner has the instincts and playmaking ability to become a top-flight corner.
He can also play in the slot, where he has the height and speed for a corner.5.
RB Jonathan Stewart, RB, Ohio StateThe third-round back has the speed and elusiveness to create mismatches.
He projects as a back-up to Adrian Peterson, who could be the NFL rushing leader for a while.6.
DT Marcus Cannon, DT, FloridaThe former Florida defensive tackle was an early favorite for the No. 2 overall pick.
He needs to add strength and shed some pounds to compete with NFL-caliber tackles like Khalil Mack, Joe Thomas, Aaron Donald and Justin Houston.7.
WR Kenny Bell, WR/TE, West VirginiaThe former Oregon quarterback has the size and speed necessary to be a mismatch.
He also has the playmaking potential to be an excellent No. 1 receiver in the NFL.8.
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, CB Jr., Virginia TechThe top pick in the 2017 draft, Hargridge has the talent to be one of the best cornerbacks in the country.
He will be a force at the college level.9.
DE Jake Butt, DE/OLB, MichiganThe former Mississippi State standout is a physical freak with the speed to match.
He excels against the run and can play inside and outside linebacker.10.
TE Anthony Fasano, TE, FloridaA former sixth-round draft pick, Fasano is a dynamic receiving tight end with a high-octane style.
He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection.