Here, we’ll look at which players have moved up and down our Top 32, drawing on the same scouting reports as before and making changes only where necessary.
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We’ll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft. While it’s a given that some players will move into the rankings and others will drop out, this provides a good snapshot of which players currently have the most NFL potential based on our evaluations.
McShay: LSU safety Jamal Adams. He hasn’t gotten a ton of love nationally, but he’s one of the most complete players in this draft class. He has everything you want — intelligence, toughness, ball skills and explosive tackling ability. Plus, he’s a really good leader.
Which prospect has helped his stock the most this season?
Kiper: McKinley has gone from just a guy to a potential top-10 pick, and it’s all because of his ability to rush the quarterback. The former junior college transfer had 10 sacks for the Bruins this season after just seven in his first two years. He’s not huge (6-foot-2, 240 pounds), but his speed off the ball is fun to watch.
If you had to put your money behind one guy from this class to be the NFL’s next great pass-rusher, who would it be?
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Thomas was lanky and athletic as a kid, but he always leaned toward the cerebral parts of the game. Growing up, his dad was in banking, which is maybe where Thomas gets his steady and reliable demeanor. He does not act like a guy who has an $84 million contract.
“We were obviously very aggressive in the draft, trading and positioning ourselves,” Brown says. “The culture we’re trying to build is to make sure these guys feel like this is a family, and Joe certainly is at least the big brother, if not the patriarch, of our locker room.”