Daniel Jeremiah, former NFL scout and current NFL analyst, has released his first rankings of draft season. These rankings are posted before Senior Bowl week, where prospects are interviewed, measured and evaluated live in practices, so these are sure to fluctuate. But it’s at least a good gauge on where guys are currently slotted.
I’ll hit the highlights for you.
No surprises at the top of the board. Jeremiah puts Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett at the top of his rankings. At this point, it would be an upset if anyone else went number one overall.
Things get interesting at number two and three, however. Jeremiah has a pair of Ohio State defensive backs in Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore. You’ll hear a lot out of Lattimore from me this draft season. I think he’s the next great shutdown cornerback in the league. He’s a very real option if the Titans stay put at five.
Two Titan mock draft favorites check in at eight and nine: wide receivers Corey Davis and Mike Williams. Both guys are effective in their own different ways and it will depend on what flavor the Titans want. Davis is more explosive and complete, but Williams is dominant at the catch point and imposing. Speed and separation concern will linger with Williams, however.
The first mild surprise comes with Miami tight end David Njoku. He’s a riser that’s huge and pretty athletic. He checks in at 13 for Jeremiah.
Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara checks in at 26 and is starting to gain traction in the late first round discussion. His tape against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt is ridiculous. The NFL is looking for guys that can win in space, which is his specialty.
Jeremiah ranks DeShone Kizer (15) ahead of Mitch Trubisky (31) and Deshaun Watson (32). These quarterback evaluations are all over the map. I just don’t see one rising this year. I think teams will more than likely pass and grab one of the several stud defenders from this class.
Big ‘Bama names Tim Williams and Cam Robinson check in at 38 and 40, respectively. Both have some off the field concerns which will cloud their evals. Williams has top ten talent, but a gun charge and drug rumors could push him down.