Fox Sports’ NFL draft expert Steve Palmetto will break down the latest on the top prospects in this year’s draft.1.
DE/OLB Shaq Lawson, 6-1, 235-pound Lawson will have to battle for playing time at Georgia’s linebacker position, and that could prove challenging given the position is in flux with the departure of three starters.
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker is an early favorite to be taken in the top three picks.
But the Bulldogs could use another physical presence on the line.
Lawson is a strong run defender who has a pass-rushing ability.
He can play inside and outside.2.
OT Andrew Whitworth, 6.5-4, 335-pound Whitworth has the size and length to be a solid starter for the Falcons, but he will need to add strength and strength to his frame.
The 5-foot, 9-inch Whitworth can get off blocks well.
He’s a good athlete who excels in the trenches and has the quickness to stick on tight ends.3.
CB Jalen Ramsey, 6, 185-pound Ramsey has been an early-round talent who is capable of playing on the outside or on the inside.
He could be a great nickel corner, and his size and athleticism would help him get into the backfield.
Ramsey was a big-time recruit coming out of high school.4.
WR/TE Devante Allen, 6 feet, 2 inches, 5-11, 200-pound Allen is a talented wide receiver out of Texas who can make the jump to the NFL from the NFL Draft.
He has the speed and ball skills to play on the perimeter.
But Allen also needs to add weight to his body.5.
TE Deion Jones, 6 foot, 4 inches, 225-pound Jones has the ability to play in the slot and has a good arm, but his lack of physicality and athleticism could make him a liability as a receiver in the NFL.
He might have to fight for playingtime at the tight end position.6.
DE Josh Sweat, 6 inches, 250-pound Sweat could become a good player at the next level.
He will have a lot of work to do, but Sweat has the talent to play at the outside linebacker position.
He is a good run defender and is strong in the run game.
He was a top recruit in the class.7.
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, 6’1, 200 pounds Reeves-Marris is a tough player who is good in coverage.
He needs to improve his technique and get stronger.
He had some problems getting his hips in a game in college.8.
DT Jordan Devey, 6′-4, 308-pound Devey is a big man who can play nose tackle and inside linebacker.
He started at nose tackle for the Gophers in 2016 and was one of the team’s best pass rushers.
He also has good speed and can play in space.9.
OT Aaron Donald, 6′, 4-5, 325-pound Donald is a very talented pass-rusher with a great frame and has some ability to move.
He played inside in college and could be an excellent defensive end at the NFL level.10.
TE Jake Butt, 6′ 3″, 240 pounds Butt could be the future of the NFL offense if he can continue to improve in his blocking.
He should be a good pass-catcher who has some physical traits to be an impact player in the pass-catching game.11.
WR Devin Funchess, 6′.2″, 205-pound Funches is a receiver who is a hybrid tight end.
He caught more than 50 passes in his senior season and is a threat on the edge.
He’ll have to prove he is a playmaker in the passing game.12.
LB Jaylen Samuels, 6’/3″ 245-pound Samuel is an elite run defender out of the University of Michigan.
He shows the size to play outside linebacker.
His size will allow him to play as a linebacker on the interior of a 3-4 defense.13.
DT Austin Pasztor, 6ft, 325 pounds Paszton has the physicality to be effective as a 3-, 4- and 5-technique defensive end.
The Michigan product was a three-year starter at the linebacker position who can also play defensive tackle.14.
DT Anthony Walker, 6inch, 275-pound Walker will be a big addition for the Jaguars if he has a long career in the league.
Walker played a lot in the nickel and outside linebackers roles during his career at Michigan.15.
DE Myles Garrett, 6″, 320-pound Garrett is a physical player who has an outstanding pass-rush ability and can make plays on the ball.
The LSU product has the potential to be the best player in this draft.16.
LB Jake Matthews, 6 inch, 295