2017 Too Early NFL Draft Top 10
No. 1 - Clemson QB DeShaun Watson
The national title runner-up Tigers sported a loaded roster last season, but there was no doubt who stirred the drink. Blessed with good size and speed, Watson wowed with his accuracy (67.8%) and production (35 touchdown passes) during a breakout sophomore season. The trend is his friend.
No. 2 - Miami QB Brad Kaaya
Breaking news: There are not enough viable quarterbacks currently in the NFL to go around. With current cellar dwellers Cleveland and San Francisco due for another splat of a season plus others like San Diego, Dallas and the New York Giants needing a long-term answer, there's a strong chance we have another year where passers go 1-2. The 6-foot-4 Kaaya made strides in his second season and now gets a coaching upgrade with Mark Richt taking over at the U.
No. 3 - Alabama OT Cam Robinson
For all the talk about several Crimson Tide defenders possibly going in the first round of the 2016 draft, center Ryan Kelly was the one hearing his name called on Day 1. If the 6-foot-6 Robinson returns to the form of his impressive freshman campaign after taking a step back last season, Nick Saban will have another offensive lineman selected before anyone on the other side of the ball.
No. 4 LSU RB Leonard Fournette
The power runner with more moves than Jagger became must-see TV as a sophomore, rushing for 1,953 yards (6.5 yards per carry) with 22 touchdowns. That the nimble kid is built like a man and is a threat to catch passes only adds to the intrigue.
No. 5 - USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
One year after zero receivers were among the top 14 selections, the 6-foot-2 Southern California product has the look of a top-5 prospect entering his junior season. Smith-Schuster emerged as the Trojan's top wide receiver last season, hauling in 89 receptions for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns.
No. 6 - Florida State OT Roderick Johnson
Can we interest you in Jameis Winston's former blindside pass protector? The 6-foot-7 Johnson combines size, length and athleticism to form a prototype left tackle for the modern game.
No. 7 - Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
Cannot have a top 10 list without some edge, some edge rusher that is. After breaking Jadeveon Clowney's NCAA record for sacks by a freshman with 11.5, Garrett roared again as a sophomore with 12.5 more and five forced fumbles.
No. 8 - Florida CB Jalen Tabor
The more the NFL turns into a passing league, the more strong cover corners are needed. Tabor and Iowa's Desmond King should battle for top honors.
No. 9 - Alabama DE Jonathan Allen
Just because Jarran Reed and A'Shaun Robinson fell to the second round doesn't mean their fellow starter on Alabama's national title team will as well. The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Allen racked up 12 sacks and 36 tackles last season. His ability to play all over the line will have 4-3 and 3-4 teams interested.
No. 10 - Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
It's been awhile since two running backs went Top 10 in the same draft. If Cook matches or exceeds his 2016 production as a runner (7.4 yards per carry), receiver (24 catches) and end zone finder (20 touchdowns), then LSU's Leonard Fournette will have some company early in the 2017 draft.