An incredibly early look at the top 100 prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft: 61-80
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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61. Mason Cole | C | Michigan | Senior
Having played left tackle and center, Cole has a diverse background on Michigan's offense line. With a handful of new starters around him, the veteran 6-foot, 305-pound pivot will have to serve as the quarterback of the Wolverine's offensive front.
62. Sam Hubbard | DE/OLB | Ohio State | Junior
Hubbard has been rock solid for the Buckeyes in his two seasons on the field in Columbus. At 6-foot-5 and 266 pounds, he has legit NFL defensive end size. He has 16.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his two-year career.
63. Mike Gesicki | TE | Penn State | Senior
After two pedestrian years for the Nittany Lions, Gesicki flourished with Trace McSorley under center a season ago. Blessed with immense size at 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds, Gesicki had 48 receptions, 679 yards, and five touchdown catches in 2016. He scored in each of Penn State's final three games last year.
64. Billy Price | OG | Ohio State | Senior
Another talented interior lineman from the Big 10, Price will take over the center position previously occupied by Pat Elflein, who was picked by the Vikings in the third round of the 2017 draft. Price is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds and has already started 41 consecutive games for the Buckeyes.
65. Dante Pettis | WR | Washington | Senior
While he doesn't possess John Ross-like speed (who does?), Pettis thrives on vertical routes. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder caught 15 touchdowns on 53 receptions in 2016 while averaging 15.5 yards per catch. He'll be the top passing priority for Jake Browning this season.
66. Myles Gaskin | RB | Washington | Junior
As Washington emerged as the premier team in the Pac 12 a season ago, Gaskin helped an underrated ground game, quietly piecing together his second consecutive 1,300-yard campaign. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound back runs hard between the tackles and has some wiggle in space. He has 24 rushing touchdowns in two seasons with the Huskies.
67. Clelin Ferrell | DE/OLB | Clemson | RS Sophomore
As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Ferrell pieced together an eye-opening season, tallying 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. The former four-star recruit will be on the same defensive line as the supremely talented Dexter Lawrence, so he should be in for an even more productive campaign for Clemson.
68. Carlton Davis | CB | Auburn | Junior
Auburn isn't necessarily known for sending cornerbacks to the NFL, but Davis has the ability to make plays on Sundays. At nearly 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he stands out on the perimeter. As a freshman, he snagged three interceptions but didn't record a pick last year.
69. Akrum Wadley | RB | Iowa | Senior
It's easy for Wadley to be overshadowed as a running back in the Big 10, with Saquon Barkley leading the way and a few other talented ball-carriers at other programs. But Wadley possesses the gifts to flash Barkley-like runs. In his final three games of 2016, he toted the rock 46 times for 302 yards (6.5 YPC) with a pair of scores. Don't sleep on the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder.
70. Iman Marshall | CB | USC | Junior
Another corner taller than 6-foot, Marshall has six interceptions in his two years at USC (three each season) and has 17 pass breakups. He's a former five-star recruit Rivals rated the top cornerback in the country in the 2015 class. Marshall oozes athleticism.
71. Jaylon Ferguson | DE | Louisiana Tech | Junior
Small-school prospects have to be very productive to get noticed. Ferguson has been a stat-sheet filler and has a fair amount of momentum going into his junior season. In two years, he has 29 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he has the size and length to play on the edge in the pros. Even if he matches the 14.5 sacks he accumulated in 2016, Ferguson will be a prime candidate to rise up draft boards.
72. Ronnie Harrison | DB | Alabama | Junior
Harrison is a 6-foot-3, 218-pound secondary menace for Alabama. He has four interceptions for the Crimson Tide in two seasons and upped his impact in 2016 by accumulating 83 tackles.
73. Kalen Ballage | RB | Arizona State | Senior
Ballage wasn't nearly as decorated as a high school recruit and hasn't had the same success as Leonard Fournette in college, but the 6-foot-3, 230-pound locomotive has comparable power and speed to that of the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 draft. His career stats aren't tremendous, but he did show versatility in 2016, as he totaled 469 yards on 44 receptions to go with his 536 yards on 125 carries.
74. Quinton Flowers | QB | South Florida | Senior
An elongated delivery could hurt how Flowers is viewed by NFL evaluators, but there's plenty of Tyrod Taylor to his game. Flowers is a dynamic playmaker, improviser, and athlete, yet he's more than capable of winning from within the pocket. At 6-foot, he'll battle height concerns, but prepare yourself for a huge year from the multi-faceted quarterback. If he can get his completion percentage up from 62.5 into the 64-67 percent range, he'll be a hot discussion topic come draft time. He has 46 touchdown passes to only 15 picks in his two years starting for South Florida.
75. Mark Andrews | WR/TE | Oklahoma | Junior
Andrews is a redwood tree on the field at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. He had seven touchdowns on 19 catches as a freshman in 2015 and hauled in another seven scores in 2016 while upping his reception total to 31. His productive year led to first-team All-Big 12 honors. Andrews is more tight end than he is wide receiver, but he has plenty of experience split out wide in the slot and has fluid athleticism after the catch.
76. Anthony Averett | DB | Alabama | Senior
The 6-foot defensive back has played multiple positions during his time in Tuscaloosa and emerged as a reliable secondary member a season ago when he totaled 48 tackles, eight pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He'll team with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Tony Brown to formulate a scary-good defensive backfield for the Crimson Tide this season.
77. Mike Weber | RB | Ohio State | RS Sophomore
As a redshirt freshman in 2016, the speedy Weber eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark at 6.0 yards per carry with nine touchdowns. His final 16 carries only went for 50 yards, yet he demonstrated big-play ability throughout the rest of the season. He and Parris Campbell will shoulder the load for the Buckeyes this season.
78. Jordan Thomas | DB | Oklahoma | Senior
Like many Oklahoma defensive backs before him, Thomas has been a productive leader for the Sooners on the back end during his career. He has seven interceptions over the past two seasons, and although that number dipped from five to two last year, he had 17 pass breakups. At 6-foot and 192 pounds, Thomas has good size for an NFL corner.
79. Jarrett Stidham | QB | Auburn | RS Sophomore
In reserve duty for Baylor back in 2015, Stidham completed nearly 69 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. He was accurate to all levels of the field. Once the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the country, the 6-foot-3 Stidham will get an opportunity to showcase his varied skill set in Auburn's option-filled attack.
80. Frank Ragnow | C | Arkansas | Senior
Many believed Ragnow would leave Fayetteville for the NFL after the 2016-2017 season, but the veteran center decided to give it one more season for the University of Arkansas. He was a second-team All-SEC performer a season ago and has made 26 straight starts on the interior. The 6-foot-5, 319-pound Ragnow is a classic Bret Bielema offensive linemen -- powerful and well-coached.
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