College and pro football are right around the corner. Let’s get ready by counting down the top 50 pro prospects for the 2017 class.
#50 Jonathon (Rudy) Ford, Safety, Auburn
Sure tackler that Auburn features in the slot. FS may project to be his best position at the next level. His versatility and ability to help at multiple positions is attractive.
#49 Lewis Neil, DE, LSU
Neil has been productive in his college career as a 4-3 end. He will be moved around in LSU’s new multiple scheme that defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will be bringing with him from Wisconsin.
#48 Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
Watkins could easily move up or down this tight DT class. A lot comes down to proving he can carry Clemson’s front 4 without Lawson and Dodd in 2016.
#47 Travin Dural, WR, LSU
He has the looks of a starting number 2 NFL WR. The question is if he can get consistent QB play and balanced play-calling to show off his game to scouts.
#46 Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Clemson
Clemson graduated 3 DBs to the NFL in the off-season. Tankersly had an up and down JR campaign. If he can play with a little more consistency, GMs will fall in love with his length.
#45 Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Bucky is a former QB that is making a name for himself as a play-making TE. At 6-7 Hodges is going to be a threat in the read zone at any level.
#44 Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Lawson has the blend of power and speed needed to lineup in a 4-3. Injuries kept him out of the lineup last year or else he might be a few slots higher.
#43 Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
There is no reason to think that the athletic Leggett can’t build upon a productive JR season. He may not be QB Deshaun Watson’s only NFL level option to throw to, but he might be his best.
#42 Eddie Vanderdoes, DT , UCLA
If Vanderdoes can regain pre-injury form he is going to be a handful for PAC 12 offensive coordinators. He was a big time prospect at end in the 3-4 system. This year UCLA will play him at DT in their new 4-3 scheme. I expect him to be even more big time.
#41 Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
Feeney is a little tall at 6-4 for a G but he has what it takes to get the job done inside. There is rarely a race to the podium for interior OL but if Feeney can match his JR year he will be one of the first off the board.