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Steelers Draft: Final position rankings for the 2017 NFL Draft

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I’ve gone through so many prospects and it is about time I show you my final position rankings.

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I’ve grinded tirelessly to get through every prospect in this class and while I most likely have missed prospects, I was able to get through a lot.

For those who are wondering, my big board is in progress but is not ready yet. It should be done before the NFL draft. For now though, you all get to see my positional rankings.

FYI: This is a key you may want to keep in mind

* = exception

- = off my board

Also have some players listed at multiple positions.

QB rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech Junior 1st 1st None
2 Deshaun Watson Clemson Junior 1st 1st None
3 Chad Kelly Ole Miss Senior 1st Day 3 or UDFA Character
4 Brad Kaaya Miami Junior 2nd 2nd None
5 Mitchell Trubisky UNC Junior 2nd 1st 13 games starting
6 Deshone Kizer Notre Dame RS Sophomore 2nd 2nd Mechanics and confidence
7 Josh Dobbs Tennessee Senior 2nd Day 3 None
8 Kyle Sloter* Northern Colorado Senior 2nd Day 3 or UDFA Only 1 season starting
9 David Ash* Texas Senior 3rd Day 3 or UDFA Concussion
10 Garrett Fugate UCM Senior 3rd Day 3 Injured
11 Nate Peterman Pitt Senior 4th Day 2 None
12 Jerod Evans Virginia Tech Junior 4th Day 3 None
13 Davis Webb Cal Senior 4th Day 2 None
14 Dane Evans Tulsa Senior 5th Day 3 or UDFA None
15 PJ Walker Temple Senior 5th Day 3 None
16 Alek Torgenson Penn Senior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
17 Seth Russell Baylor Senior 7th Day 3 Ankle injury
18 C.J. Beathard Iowa Senior 7th Day 3 None
19 Cooper Rush Central Michigan Senior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
18 Antonio Pipkin Tiffin Senior UDFA UDFA None
20 Wes Lunt Illinois Senior UDFA UDFA None
21 Jack Nelson Winona State Senior UDFA UDFA None
  • Yes, I’m this high on some QBs but understand this, if I want upside over a QB with a noodle arm, I’m picking them over the noodle arm (cough, cough Peterman)
  • Why do I like Kaaya more than Trubisky and Kizer? Kizer is a guy who’s high upside for sure but his concerning mechanics bother me. Trubisky’s slow throwing motion which is below average, while having only a good arm, not an elite one is not ideal. Kaaya has solid mechanics and his arm is better than advertised. I like what he does pre and post snap.

RB Rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Christian McCaffrey Stanford Junior 1st 1st None
2 Leonard Fournette LSU Junior 2nd 1st Running Style
3 Joe Mixon Oklahoma RS Sophomore 2nd 2nd Character
4 Dalvin Cook Florida State Junior 2nd 2nd Character, fumbles
5 Kareem Hunt Toledo Senior 2nd Day 2 None
6 D'Onta Foreman Texas Junior 2nd 2nd None
7 James Conner Pitt Junior 3rd Day 3 None
8 Samaje Perine Oklahoma Junior 3rd 3rd None
9 Alvin Kamara Tennessee Junior 3rd 2nd Sample Size
10 Brian Hill Wyoming Junior 3rd 3rd None
11 Wayne Gallman Clemson Junior 4th 4th None
12 Jamaal Williams BYU Senior 4th late 3rd early 4th Injury History
13 Jeremy McNichols Boise State Senior 4th 4th or 5th round Shoulder and fumbles
14 Aaron Jones UTEP Senior 4th Day 3 Ball security
15 Marlon Mack USF Junior 5th 3rd - 4th Ball security
16 TJ Logan UNC Senior 5th Day 3 None
17 Brandon Wilson Houston Senior 5th Day 3 Injury History
18 Donnel Pumphrey SDSU Senior 5th Day 3 None
19 Joe Williams Utah Senior 5th Day 3 Character and fumbles
18 De'Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina Senior 6th Day 3 Ball security
20 Elijah Hood UNC Junior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
21 Eli McGuire UL Lafayette Senior 7th Day 3 None
  • Why do I only have one 1st round grade? RBs are a position where unless you have zero red flags, I do not believe it is smart to take one in the first round. Fournette is not a legendary RB prospect. He’s more like a Demarco Murray to me and that’s a solid pick in round 2. Like Murray though, he’s scheme limited and will have to be in a gap heavy run scheme. He doesn’t read zone blocking well.

WR rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Corey Davis Western Michigan Senior 1st 1st Injured
2 Mike Williams Clemson Junior 1st 1st Neck
3 John Ross Washington Junior 1st 1st Knee
4 Chris Godwin Penn State Junior 2nd 2nd None
5 Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech Senior 2nd 2nd - 3rd None
6 Zay Jones ECU Senior 2nd 1st - 2nd None
7 Curtis Samuel Ohio State Junior 2nd 2nd None
8 Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington Senior 2nd Day 2 None
9 Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky Senior 3rd 4th None
10 Ryan Switzer UNC Senior 3rd 3rd - 4th None
11 Dede Westbrook Oklahoma Junior 3rd Day 3 Character
12 Juju Smith-Schuster USC Junior 3rd Day 2 None
13 Chad Hansen Cal Junior 3rd Day 2 None
14 KD Cannon Baylor Junior 3rd 3rd - 4th Hands
15 Josh Reynolds Texas A&M Senior 3rd 3rd - 4th None
16 Robert Davis Georgia State Senior 4th Day 2 None
17 Chad Williams Grambling Senior 4th Day 3 Off field
18 Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech Junior 4th 3rd - 4th None
19 Amara Darboh Michigan Senior 4th 3rd - 4th Hands
20 Josh Malone Tennessee Junior 4th Day 2 None
21 ArDarius Stewart Alabama Junior 4th Day 3 Character
22 Shelton Gibson West Virginia Junior 4th Day 2 Hands
23 Mack Hollins UNC Senior 5th Day 3 None
24 Trent Taylor LA Tech Senior 5th Day 3 None
26 Speedy Noil Texas A&M Junior 5th Day 3 Character
27 Kenny Golladay Northern Illinois Senior 5th Day 3 None
28 Gabe Marks Washington State Senior 6th Day 3 or UDFA Drops
29 Isaiah McKenzie Georgia Senior 6th Day 3 Drops
30 Damore'ea Stringfellow Ole Miss Senior 6th Day 3 Character
31 Tanner Gentry Wyoming Senior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
32 Mitchell Shegos Notre Dame College Senior 7th UDFA None
  • There isn’t much for me to say about the WRs.

TE rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 OJ Howard Alabama Senior 1st 1st None
2 David Njoku Miami RS Sophomore 1st 1st None
3 Evan Engram Ole Miss Senior 1st 1st - 2nd None
4 Gerald Everett South Alabama Senior 2nd 2nd None
5 George Kittle Iowa Senior 2nd Day 2 None
6 Jake Butt Michigan Senior 3rd Day 3 ACL
7 Jordan Leggett Clemson Senior 3rd Day 2 Effort
8 Adam Shaheen Ashland Junior 3rd Day 2 Weight
9 Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas Senior 4th Day 3 Belk Incident
10 Michael Roberts Toledo Senior 5th Day 3 None
11 Jonnu Smith Florida International Senior 4th Day 3 Off field incident
12 Eric Saubert Drake Senior 5th Day 3 Hands
13 Cole Hikutini Louisville Senior 6th Day 3 None
  • Is there a bigger riser at the TE position than George Kittle? The guy can freaking block you out of the universe and has unbelivable speed to stretch a defense.

OL rankings

Ranking Player School Position Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Position Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky OG/OT Senior 1st 1st None
2 Pat Elflien Ohio State C Senior 1st 2nd None
3 Garrett Bolles Utah OT Senior 1st 2nd Age/frame
4 Cameron Robinson Alabama OT Junior 2nd 1st - 2nd Character
5 Ryan Ramcyzk Wisconsin OT Junior 2nd 1st None
6 Taylor Moton Western Michigan OG/OT Senior 2nd 2nd None
7 Dan Feeney Indiana OG Senior 2nd Day 3 Concussions
8 Dion Dawkins Temple OG/OT Senior 2nd Day 2 None
9 Dorian Johnson Pitt OG Senior 2nd Day 2 None
10 Will Holden Vanderbilt OT/OG Senior 3rd Day 2 None
11 Ethan Pocic LSU C Senior 3rd Day 2 None
12 Antonio Garcia Troy OT Senior 3rd Day 2 None
13 Jon Toth Kentucky C Senior 4th Day 3 None
14 Aviante Collins TCU OT Senior 4th 3rd - 4th None
15 Julie'n Davenport Bucknell OT Senior 4th Day 2 None
16 Javarius Leamon South Carolina State OT Senior 5th Day 3 None
17 Roderick Johnson FSU OT Junior 5th Day 2 None
18 Jay Guillermo Clemson C Senior 7th Day 3 None
  • I simply could not get to every offensive linemen in this class. This is the one position I definitely could have done a better job at evaluating. Do not put much into my offensive line rankings.

DL Rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Malik McDowell Michigan State Junior 1st 2nd Character
2 Chris Wormley Michigan Senior 1st 1st -2nd None
3 Jonathan Allen Alabama Senior 1st 1st Shoulder
4 Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte Senior 2nd Day 2 None
5 Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama Senior 3rd Day 2 Knee history
6 Jaleel Johnson Iowa Senior 3rd Day 2 None
7 Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA Senior 3rd Day 2 Knee history
8 Montravius Adams Auburn Senior 4th Day 2 None
9 Carlos Watkins Clemson Senior 4th Day 2 or 3 None
10 Caleb Brantley Florida Junior 4th Undrafted Character and effort
11 Grover Stewart Albany State Senior 5th Day 3 None
12 Glen Antoine Idaho Senior 5th Day 3 None
13 Treyvon Hester Toledo Senior 6th Day 3 None
14 Roderick Henderson Alabama State Senior 6th Day 3 None
  • Holy cow Chris Wormley tested out the charts for a defensive end that big. His ability to play in and out reminds me of Michael Bennett. He also had very similar numbers to Bennett’s pro day. Wormley is so underrated and I can’t believe it took me this long to figure this out.

EDGE Rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Myles Garrett Texas A&M Junior 1st 1st overall None
2 Solomon Thomas Stanford Junior 1st 1st None
3 TJ Watt Wisconsin Junior 1st 1st Injury History
4 Carl Lawson Auburn Junior 1st 2nd Injury History
5 Derek Rivers Youngstown State Senior 1st 2nd None
6 Derek Barnett Tennessee Junior 1st 1st -2nd None
7 Charles Harris Missouri Junior 2nd 1st None
8 Hasson Reddick Temple Senior 2nd 1st None
9 Takk McKinley UCLA Senior 2nd 2nd Shoulder
10 Jordan Willis Kansas State Senior 2nd Fringe 1st - 2nd None
11 Tyus Bowser Houston Senior 2nd 2nd None
12 JoJo Mathis Washington Senior 2nd Day 3 None
13 Taco Charlton Michigan Senior 2nd 1st None
14 Tarell Basham Ohio Senior 2nd Day 2 None
15 Vince Biegel Wisconsin Senior 3rd 3rd None
16 Tim Williams Alabama Senior 3rd Day 2 Character
17 Samson Ebukam Eastern Washington Senior 3rd 3rd- 4th None
18 Dawuane Smoot Illinois Senior 3rd Day 2 None
19 Ryan Anderson Alabama Senior 3rd Day 3 None
20 Avery Moss Youngstown State Senior 4th Day 3 Past character
21 Ejuan Price Pitt Senior 4th Day 3 Injury History
22 Daeshon Hall Texas A&M Senior 4th 3rd None
23 Deatrich Wise Jr Arkansas Senior 4th Day 3 None
24 Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic Senior 4th Day 3 None
25 Keion Adams Central Michigan Senior 5th Day 3 None
26 Hunter Dimick Utah Senior 5th Day 3 None
27 Josh Carraway TCU Senior 5th Day 3 None
28 Keionta Davis Chattanooga Senior 5th Day 3 None
29 Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova Senior 5th Day 2 None
30 Demarcus Walker FSU Senior 5th Day 3 None
31 Carroll Phillips Illinois Senior 6th Day 3 None
32 Heath Wilson Pittsburg State Senior 6th Day 3 None
33 Dylan Donahue West Georgia Senior 7th Day 3 None
34 Devonte Fields Louisville Senior 7th Day 3 Character
  • This is a very good edge defender class and I’m honestly surprised how many guys I gave high grades. I personally love this class, I think it’s absolutely fantastic and while some guys like Ejuan Price have moved down, it doesn’t mean I still don’t like them.

LB rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Haason Reddick Temple Senior 1st 1st None
2 Tyus Bowser Houston Senior 1st 1st None
3 Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt Junior 1st 2nd None
4 Jarrad Davis Florida Senior 2nd 1st -2nd Injury history
5 Alex Anzalone Florida Senior 2nd 3rd Injury History
6 Rebuen Foster Alabama Senior 2nd Day 2 or 3 Shoulder and character
7 Raekwon McMillan Ohio State Junior 2nd Day 2 None
8 Blair Brown Ohio Senior 3rd 3rd -4th None
9 Duke Riley LSU Senior 3rd 3rd -4th None
10 Tanner Vallejo Boise State Senior 4th Day 3 Injuries
11 Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee Senior 4th Day 3 Injuries
12 Paul Magloire Jr Arizona Senior 4th Day 3 None
13 Dylan Cole Missouri State Senior 4th Day 3 None
14 Kendell Beckwith LSU Senior 4th Day 3 Knee injury
15 Javancy Jones Jackson  State Senior 5th Day 3 None
16 Matt Milano Boston College Senior 5th Day 3 None
17 Austin Calitro Villanova Senior 6th Day 3 None
18 Ben Gedeon Michigan Senior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
  • Has anyone had a better pre draft process than Haason Reddick? The dude is explosive, he can bend around the edge, cover big TEs in coverage, his motor is always running and he is just such a versatile chess piece.
  • Reuben Foster may have had the worst pre draft process of any prospect. I saw he got a 9 on the wonderlic, I never saw him call plays for Alabama’s defense and his shoulder injuries, combined with his play style are a terrible combination. He’s completely off my board.

CB Rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Gareon Conley* Ohio State Junior 1st Unknown Rape accusations
2 Marshon Lattimore Ohio State RS Sophomore 1st 1st Hamstring
3 Marlon Humphrey Alabama RS Sophomore 1st 1st None
4 Sidney Jones* Washington Junior 1st Day 2 Injured
5 Quincy Wilson Florida Junior 1st 2nd None
6 Adoree Jackson USC Senior 2nd 1st - 2nd None
7 Fabian Moreau UCLA Senior 2nd 2nd Injury history
8 Howard Wilson Houston RS Sophomore 2nd 3rd - 4th Pro day incident
9 Kevin King Washington Senior 2nd 1st None
10 Chidobe Awuzie Colorado Senior 2nd 1st None
11 Jourdan Lewis* Michigan Senior 2nd Day 3 Looming off field incident
12 Tre'Davious White LSU Senior 2nd 1st - 2nd None
13 Cordrea Tankersley Clemson Senior 2nd 2nd None
14 Cameron Sutton Tennessee Senior 3rd 3rd None
15 Rasul Douglas West Virginia Senior 3rd 3rd None
16 Corn Elder Miami Senior 4th 3rd None
17 Ahkello Witherspoon Colorado Senior 4th 2nd None
18 Teez Tabor Florida Senior 3rd 4th Character
19 Najee Murray Kent State Senior 3rd 7th round None
20 Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin Senior 3rd 6th None
21 Will Likely III Maryland Senior 4th 4th ACL Tear
22 Xavier Coleman Portland State Senior 4th Day 3 None
23 Brian Allen Utah Senior 4th 3rd None
24 Josh Holsey Auburn Senior 5th Day 3 ACL history
26 Breon Borders Duke Senior 5th Day 3 None
27 Shaquill Griffin UCF Senior 5th 3rd None
28 Jalen Myrick Maryland Senior 5th 4th None
29 Jeremy Cutrer MTSU Senior 5th Day 3 None
30 Damontae Kazee SDSU Senior 5th Day 3 None
31 David Rivers III Youngstown State Senior 5th UDFA Didn't start
32 Treston Decoud Oregon State Senior 6th Day 3 None
33 Marquez White FSU Senior 7th Day 3 None
34 Aarion Penton Missouri Senior 7th Day 3 None
35 Channing Stribling Michigan Senior 7th Day 3 None
36 Jack Tocho NC State Senior 7th Day 3 None

Safety Rankings

Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Ranking Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
1 Jamal Adams LSU Junior 1st 1st None
2 Budda Baker Washington Junior 1st 1st None
3 Malik Hooker Ohio State RS Sophomore 1st 1st Injured
4 Obi Melifonwu Uconn Senior 1st 1st None
5 Jabrill Peppers Michigan RS Sophomore 2nd 1st Dilluted sample
6 Marcus Maye Florida Senior 2nd 2nd None
7 Marcus Williams Utah Senior 2nd 2nd None
8 Josh Jones NC State Senior 2nd 2nd None
9 Desmond King Iowa Senior 2nd 2nd -3rd None
10 Tedric Thompson Colorado Senior 3rd 3rd None
11 Rudy Ford Auburn Senior 3rd Day 3 None
12 Rayshawn Jenkins Miami Senior 3rd 4th round None
13 Justin Evans Texas A&M Senior 3rd Day 2 Play style
14 Xavier Woods LA Tech Senior 3rd Day 3 None
15 John Johnson Boston College Senior 3rd 3rd - 4th None
16 David Jones Richmond Senior 4th Day 3 or UDFA None
17 Kai Nacua BYU Senior 4th Day 3 None
18 Ironhead Gallon Georgia Southern Senior 5th Day 3 or UDFA None
19 Eddie Jackson Alabama Senior 5th Day 3 None
20 Delano Hill Michigan Senior 5th Day 3 None
21 Fish Smithson Kansas Senior 6th Day 3 or UDFA None
22 Nate Gerry Nebraska Senior 7th Day 3 Academics
23 Jadar Johnson Clemson Senior 7th Day 3 or UDFA None
  • I love this DB class

K rankings

Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Player School Class Round Grade Projected Round Red Flags
Zane Gonzalez Arizona State Senior 5th Unknown None
  • I only was able to get to one kicker and Zane is a guy for sure that deserves to get drafted.

Thank you everybody who has supported my work, it’s been a fun draft season. Whoever the Steelers take is going to help them get one step closer to winning their 7th Lombardi