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.
#10 Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Allen is a handful as an end in Saban’s 3-4. He is too powerful for most tackles and too quick when he lines up over a G. Allen is a special player that can both tie up blockers freeing up some of his teammates and he can also get after it in pursuit. Allen recorded 12 sacks last season for the national champs and tallied another 14.5 tackles for loss. He will be racing Tim Williams (#17 on this list) this season to the ball carrier trying to match or exceed those numbers.
#9 Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Jamal Adams is the kind of S that teams can build their defense around. He has superior instincts and is always around the ball in the passing game taking calculated angles. Adams is physical and does an excellent job in the box in the run game as well-occasionally even lining up as a LB for LSU. Expect Adams to have even a bigger year for LSU this fall.
#8 Roderick Johnson, T, Florida State
Johnson might be the safest and truest LT eligible to enter the draft next year. FSU knew what they were doing when they surprised everyone by moving star Cam Erving from LT to C in 2014 to make room for Johnson. Look for Johnson to continue to win his match-ups against some of the top notch ends that the ACC puts out every season. Pass rushers have a difficult time getting around Johnson’s long reach. Roderick will move up even higher if he shows more punch in the run game and he can improve the consistency in his footwork.
#7 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
There are several safeties in the college game that strike fear in receivers crossing the middle of the field. JuJu is a rare WR that is so physical, elusive, and explosive that the roles reverse when his number is called between the hashes. Smith-Schuster plays with no fear and attacks the ball at its highest point. He will have to adjust to a new QB in 2016 so it will be interesting to see if that affects his numbers this season. JuJu is an elite play-maker but probably won’t post an elite 40 time at the combine.
#6 Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
Tabor lined up opposite of Hargreaves (11th pick in the draft last season) to form the top CB tandem in college football. Tabor is the better NFL prospect of the two. Expect teams to avoid him at all costs this season. Tabor possesses good size, excellent rout recognition, is a steady tackler, has soft hands, and top-level agility. Tabor is an attacking style CB that will start right away and has the potential to be a top 5-10 man to man cover corner on Sundays. Tabor is not afraid to come down the line of scrimmage and make a play in the run game.