An incredibly early look at the top 100 prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft: 41-60
It's never too early to start looking ahead at next year's NFL Draft
While the 2017 NFL Draft is still fresh on our minds, it's never too early to start looking forward at next year's crop of standout prospects. Here are the guys you need to know to get you ready for the 2017 NCAA season and ultimately, the 2018 NFL Draft.
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41. Nick Chubb | RB | Georgia | Senior
Chubb has had an amazing and interesting career at Georgia. He looked Herschel Walker-esque during his freshman season, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns at a 7.1 yards-per-carry clip. He picked up right where he left off in 2015 but a knee injury derailed a sophomore campaign in which he averaged 8.1 yards per. Last year, he ran at 5.0 yards per carry but improved his power at the point of contact. Many were stunned when he decided to return for his senior year. There's an NFL feature-back amount of talent within this 5-foot-11, 228-pound running back.
42. Josh Allen | QB | Wyoming | Junior
Allen is the Carson Wentz of the 2018 class. He plays at Wyoming but has the size and arm strength to play in the NFL. Right now, he's the wild card of all wild cards. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound prospect has awesome highs and very worrisome lows. For example, in 2016, he went 18 of 31 for 274 yards with three touchdowns and a pick in an upset victory over Boise State, and 11 of 15 for 198 yards with three more scores en route to a win over UC-Davis. He also tossed five interceptions against Nebraska and had six games with a completion percentage under 55 percent.
43. Maurice Hurst Jr. | DL | Michigan | Senior
Hurst is a one-gap penetrator who has lived in the opposition's backfield over the past two seasons for the Wolverines. At 6-foot-2 and 280-plus pounds, he has a "smaller" frame and the quickness to slip between interior offensive linemen. Last season he had 11.5 tackles for loss and five sicks. Though he lost plenty of talent around him to the NFL, Hurst should be in for another disruptive year.
44. Equanimeous St. Brown | WR | Notre Dame | Junior
The receiver with the coolest name in college football is primed to truly breakout for the Fighting Irish in 2017. At 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds, he has massive size for the position and the deep speed to really threaten secondaries down the field. Last year, he averaged 16.6 yards per catch and caught nine touchdowns for Notre Dame.
45. Duke Ejiofor | DE/OLB | Wake Forest | Senior
Just because Wake Forest isn't an ACC powerhouse doesn't mean NFL scouts are unaware of the supremely talented Ejiofor. In 2016, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound, versatile defensive lineman racked up 17 tackles for loss to go with 10.5 sacks for the Demon Deacons. Ejiofor has the length and production teams love.
46. Da'Shawn Hand | DL | Alabama | Senior
An immovable object on Alabama's defensive line, Hand routinely controls blockers to free up second-level playmakers for the Crimson Tide. He's 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, and although he's not flashy, there's inherent value in a player with a strong enough anchor to not get devoured by double teams. He flashed some pass-rushing ability in 2016 too.
47. Kendall Joseph | LB | Clemson | Junior
Joseph was a somewhat overlooked star in his first full year of action for the Tigers in 2016, as he filled the stat sheet with 106 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and one interception. At 6-foot and 230 pounds with impressive suddenness and athleticism, he fits the "new" mold of linebacker.
48. Auden Tate | WR | Florida State | Junior
Tate is 6-foot-5 and nearly 230 pounds -- he's built like Brandon Marshall. Despite his power-forward like size, he's a smooth athlete with hops and strong hands. A former five-start recruit, Tate has been slowly incorporated to the Florida State offense. He made his first collegiate reception in 2016, and finished the year with six touchdowns on 25 catches. He was the Seminoles go-to target in the red zone for obvious reasons. If he has a breakout season, will he turn pro?
49. Bo Scarbrough | RB | Alabama | Junior
When healthy, Scarbrough looked liked a supercharged version of Derrick Henry. In the College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington, he ran for 180 yards on 19 carries with two scores and appeared nearly impossible to bring to the turf. At 6-foot-2 and upwards of 230 pounds, Scarbrough is a tank with rocket boosters.
50. Dre'Mont Jones | DL | Ohio State | RS Sophomore
Jones made an instant impact the moment he laced them up for the Buckeyes. As a redshirt freshman last year, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman had 51 tackles and four tackles for loss. He had his two most productive games at the end of the season against Ohio State's toughest competition -- Michigan and Clemson. He totaled 12 tackles and two tackles for loss.
51. Martez Ivey | OT/OG | Florida | Junior
In 2015, Ivey was a five-star recruit out of Apopka, Florida. In his freshman season he appeared in 12 games for the Gators and started eight at left guard. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder got more experience on the inside in 2016, as he started 12 games in the same spot. He'll make the move to left tackle this season, which should highlight his awesome combo of athleticism and power against edge-rushers.
52. Jake Browning | QB | Washington | Junior
Browning and Washington's combustible offense exploded onto the scene a year ago, averaging 41.8 points and 456.9 yards per game. The 6-foot-2 quarterback zipped 43 touchdowns to his pass-catchers while throwing just nine interceptions en route to a trip to the College Football Playoff. Though he doesn't have a monster arm, Browning excelled down the field last year while throwing to future top-10 pick John Ross and Dante Pettis. Washington clearly lost some talent to the NFL, but Browning will have the Huskies competing for another Pac-12 crown this season.
53. Armani Watts | S | Texas A&M | Senior
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound lightning bug is a striker on the back end for the Aggies. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in 2016. The year before, Watts recorded 126 tackles and six tackles for loss. He had 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two interceptions in eight games last year.
54. Marquis Haynes | DE/OLB | Ole Miss | Senior
Haynes will likely need to add weight to his 6-foot-3, 222-pound frame to maximize his potential in the NFL, but he's done just fine at that weight in the SEC. He's amassed 36.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, and 127 tackles for Ole Miss in his three-year career.
55. Quin Blanding | S | Virginia | Senior
A 358-tackle career over four seasons for a safety would be outstanding .The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Blanding has that many tackles in just three seasons with the Cavaliers. He'll check the "production" box of the scouting process, that's for sure. In 2016, he had two picks and two tackles for loss to go along with his 118 tackles.
56. Davin Bellamy | DE/OLB | Georgia | Senior
At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Bellamy has quietly improved in each of his three seasons on the field for the Bulldogs. In 2016, he had 51 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and five sacks.
57. Damian Prince | OG | Maryland | Junior
Though he came to Maryland as a highly-touted tackle recruit, Prince will kick into the guard spot in 2017, where he can use his 6-foot-3, 315-pound frame to overpower interior defensive linemen.
58. Parris Campbell | WR | Ohio State | Junior
Among the most intriguing positional changes -- or in this case, a positional tweak -- in the entire country will be Campbell's move from a traditional receiver spot to the more versatile "H-back" role played by Curtis Samuel a season ago. Campbell caught 13 passes for 121 yards and was a reliable kick returner in 2016. He averaged 27.8 yards on 21 kick returns. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder will be one of the main features of the Buckeyes offense.
59. Sony Michel | RB | Georgia | Senior
Michel has seemingly been at Georgia forever, mainly because he proved to be special right away in Athens. A former five-star recruit, Michel has 17 rushing touchdowns and a 5.5 yards-per-carry average on his 434 rushes in college. He wins with burst and change-of-direction ability. Now he's upwards of 222 pounds. Michel and Chubb are the best running back tandem in college football heading into the 2017 campaign.
60. Adonis Alexander | CB | Virginia Tech | Junior
Virginia Tech has sent a plethora of pro-ready cornerbacks to the league, and Alexander is next in line. At 6-foot-3 and close to 200 pounds, he has Richard Sherman-esque size and length and has reeled in six interceptions in his two years in Blacksburg.
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