Pro Football Focus has six from B1G within top 32 prospects for 2017 NFL Draft
It may only be Week 8 of the college football season, but Pro Football Focus is already thinking about the 2017 NFL Draft.
Steve Palazzolo, of PFF, listed his top-32 prospects for this upcoming year’s draft. Of the 32, six are from the Big Ten.
Michigan led the way with two players, while Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin each had one representative. Here are the talented Big Ten members that made the list:
4) Desmond King, CB, Iowa
“King can play a variety of coverages and he excels in zone where he can diagnose the play and make plays on the ball,” Palazzolo wrote. “He’s off to a terrific start with six passes defensed and an interception on 32 targets, this after getting his hands on 20 passes (eight interceptions, 12 passes defensed) last season.”
8) Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
“We were expecting a dominant season from McDowell who certainly hasn’t disappointed to this point though he hasn’t been quite as unblockable as his most common comparison, DeForest Buckner, was last year,” Palazzolo said. “He has excellent movement skills for 6-foot-6 and he’s played a variety of roles from playing nose tackle to edge rusher while showing well against the run and getting after the quarterback often.”
15) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
“After missing the first three games of the season, Lewis has returned to his dominant form as he’s only surrendered three catches on 10 targets for seven yards,” Palazzolo said. “He lacks the height of other top cornerbacks in the class, but his aggressiveness and ability to mirror in man coverage should not be overlooked.”
16) Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan
“Forget the position debate, Peppers brings versatility to the defense with his ability to play the run, cover, and rush the passer,” he said. “He’s not a great fit for covering slot receivers, but he can hold his own against tight ends, so he at least fits the mold of nickel linebacker at the next level.”
25) Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State
“It was a slow transition to center from guard but Elflein has come on strong in recent weeks,” Palazzolo said. “He’s graded well in the run game at both positions, capable of playing with power at the point of attack or making blocks on the move.”
29) Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
“One of the biggest rises of the season, Ramczyk has stepped in as the starter at left tackle for Wisconsin and he’s been outstanding in pass protection while showing power in the run game,” he said. “By all accounts, he’ll test well when the time comes, and those movement skills show up on the field.”
Big Ten players who either dropped out of the last top-32 or are on the watch list include:
Dawuane Smoot, Edge, Illinois
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
Palazzolo’s entire list and descriptions for each player can be read here.