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.
# 40 Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Plays with a “whatever it takes” attitude. Blocks well, is a reliable option in the passing game, and plays in a pro-style offense. Scouts would like to see more production in the redzone.
#39 Pat Elflein, G, Ohio State
Has dominated at G in the Big 10 the past 2 seaons. Elflein will try to show off his versatility and high football IQ by making the switch to C this year for the Buckeyes.
#38 Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Has big shoes to fill this fall as he replaces LT Ronnie Stanley. McGlinchey showed enough while playing RT last year to have the followers in South Bend thinking that he is up for the challenge.
#37 Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
Beckwith looks the part of a starting MLB at the next level. I’m looking forward to see how smoothly he adapts to leading LSU’s new 3-4 scheme.
#36 Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
There is a new coach and a new QB in Blacksburg this year but don’t expect Ford to be any less of a game changer. He put up ridiculous numbers last year and will again this year in Fuente’s first year in charge. Ford has the height at 6-2 but would benefit from bulking up another 5 if not 10 pounds.
#35 Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
Pocic is as dependable as they make them. Does a great job directing his lineman in place to create holes for super star RB Leonard Fournette. Height is a concern as you don’t see too many NFL QB’s taking snaps from a 6’7 C.
#34 Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
Is a very disruptive interior DL that is capable of getting in the offense’s backfield. Can play end in the 3-4, play DT in a 4-3, and he will get some looks this year over the C at NT as well.
#33 Zach Banner, OT, USC
At 6-9 and 360 lbs Banner is an absolute mammoth of a man. He moves well enough getting to the second level to get a passing grade even at that size. Great kid, smart, hardworking, and very likable. Doesn’t always play with a mean streak that NFL teams crave at his projected RT position.
#32 Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Jackson came to Tuscaloosa as a CB but looks much more natural at SS. He always seems to be around the ball in the pass and run game (46 tackles last season). Could transition once more to FS when he gets to the NFL.
#31 Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Foster is expected to take over for Reggie Ragland in captaining the defense for the reigning champs. Foster quietly had a very good year next to Ragland in 2015. If he can effectively call the defense he could be the first ILB off the board next spring.