2017 NFL draft: Brad Kaaya, Dalvin Cook among top prospects
The 2016 NFL draft has been over for more than one full day...which means it's time to look ahead to the 2017 draft, right?
Yes, this is ridiculous. No, you cannot project which team will be picking where, let alone what that team's needs will be a year from now.
But, for fun, I peeked at a few for an insanely early Mock Draft Monday.
Miami QB Brad Kaaya was the No. 2 pick in two of them and fifth in the other. If Kaaya leaves the Hurricanes early, that is.
Florida State's top draft prospect isn't star RB Dalvin Cook; it's OT Roderick Johnson. SBNation puts him at No. 6 (to the Bucs), while The Big Lead projects him at No. 11, and WalterFootball has him 19th. Johnson has started at left tackle for the Seminoles since the Miami game in 2014 when his success moved another first-round pick -- Cam Erving -- to center.
Cook shouldn't be overlooked, though, despite the NFL devaluing the position. All three sites expect him to go somewhere between 10th and 17th.
I thought Florida CB Jalen Tabor was the Gators' best defensive back this year (over Vernon Hargreaves, whom the Bucs picked No. 11 overall). It's no surprise that Tabor is expected to be a high pick next year; he's viewed as high as No. 4 and as low as 13th.
One other potential first-round Gator: LB Jarrad Davis. WalterFootball pegs him at No. 24.