Mike Mayock Releases Initial 2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock unveiled his first position-by-position rankings for the 2017 NFL Draft on Tuesday and on the surface, there doesn’t appear to be too many big surprises. Several of these players we have already profiled on the site for you and you can bet that most of the remaining names listed will be broken down by one of us in the coming weeks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will obviously be looking for an edge rusher in the first few rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft and possibly even a tight end and a cornerback. Additionally, Steelers team president Art Rooney II indicated a few weeks ago that it might be time again for the quarterback position to be addressed once again during the annual selection process.

I’m not going to list all of Mayock’s position groups below so you’ll have to click the link above to view the ones I omitted. I have also linked to the players on Mayock’s list who we have already profiled on the site.

It’s always fun to look back at Mayock’s initial position group rankings from previous years to see how he ultimately fared and with that, here are his initial rankings from last year that were released on Feb. 23.

In the comments below, let me know who you think Mayock has overrated in his initial rankings and who you think he has overlooked.


1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California

Running Back

1. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
2. Leonard Fournette, LSU
3. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma

Tight end

1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Gerald Everett, South Alabama

Edge rusher

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Tim Williams, Alabama
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
5. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA


1. Sidney Jones, Washington
2. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
3. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
4. Teez Tabor, Florida
5. Tre’Davious White, LSU


1. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
4. Budda Baker, Washington
5. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut


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