The 2017 NFL draft is still two months away, but here are the top and worst prospects on the board, according to our NFL mock draft guru and the guys who make it happen.
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has a lot of hype around him right now, but he has also been the subject of a lot more scrutiny lately.
The Ohio State product is a two-time All-American, the NFL Draft’s top running back, a Heisman Trophy winner and a top five overall draft pick.
But the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Elliott has struggled to stay on the field.
His struggles against the run have been particularly evident in his first two seasons at Ohio State.
He averaged just 4.8 yards per carry during that time.
The Buckeyes have had a revolving door of backs in recent years and have had success with both in the running game, with James Conner in the backfield and Christian Hackenberg in the passing game.
But it is Elliott who is the most likely to get drafted.
The Lions have had plenty of success with the ground attack in the past, with Ezekiel Elliot in the mix.
He has been a dominant back in the NFL for more than two decades, but there are a few concerns in the front office as well.
The team has yet to pick up his fifth-year option for 2021.
So it’s not exactly a sure thing that he’s going to get picked up.
That said, Elliott has an excellent track record at Ohio States and is a very good running back in his own right.
Elliott has already proven he can play on a consistent basis, leading Ohio State to a national championship game appearance in 2015.
He had an average of 9.6 yards per attempt on the ground last season, which ranked third in the country.
That was enough for him to be ranked among the top 100 running backs in the nation, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Elliott is also a versatile runner who can get open against linebackers and safeties in space.
He’s shown his ability to move around and catch the ball out of the backfield when he’s in the right spot.
Elliott was also an All-ACC selection as a junior in 2017.
He ran for 1,087 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 679 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the other end.
Elliott also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, and was named the first-Team All-MAC selection in 2016.
Elliott can run and he can catch the football.
That’s why his stock has been so high.
He will likely be drafted in the second round, but if the Lions do take him, he could be the No. 1 overall pick.
Michigan RB Javorius Allen Michigan linebacker Javorus Allen was a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Allen is a physical, aggressive player with the ability to beat defenders off the edge.
He could be an instant impact for a team looking for a power back who can play multiple roles.
Allen led the Wolverines in tackles last season with 44, which tied for sixth on the team.
Allen was also a first-teamer for the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award, as he finished fourth on the conference in tackles.
Allen’s physicality was also on display during the Big Ten Championship Game, when he showed off some of his explosiveness to make plays in the end zone and in coverage.
Michigan was in a good position in the game against Michigan State, and Allen was able to make an impact.
He was the first player on the Wolverons offensive line to reach double digits in tackles in any game in Michigan history.
He also has good speed and is quick enough to run up the middle of the field and into the backfield.
Allen could be a good player at the next level, but it’s unlikely that he’ll get drafted in this year’s draft.
South Carolina RB Josh Jacobs The 2018 NFL Draft is two months old, and the quarterback situation at South Carolina is still fluid.
Junior Treon Harris is on his way out, but junior Cody Parkey is the starter.
While Parkey has been great in the run game, he has struggled against the pass this season.
He is the only starter with fewer than 20 carries this season, according the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The Gamecocks have had an injury to starter Jaylen Smith, but Parkey could be ready to step in.
He would be a great addition to a South Carolina offense that was in the top 10 in total offense per game last season.
The Bulldogs had a good run game last year, but they did not consistently run the ball.
If they can improve on that and get more consistent, then they could be one of the top teams in the SEC.
Florida State QB Brad Kaaya Brad Kaay is coming off a strong junior season at Florida State, where he was a two time