NFL Draft

Looking Back At Gil Brandt’s 2017 Top 100 Draft Prospect Rankings

I always look forward to NFL senior draft analyst Gil Brandt releasing his top 150 players for the draft each and every year because he certainly seems to have a firm handle on the players most likely to be drafted in the top 100 overall selections.

On Monday, Brandt released his top 150 rankings ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft and in celebration of that, I thought we would take a quick look back at his 2017 rankings, and specifically how he fared in his top 100. You can see his final top 100 players of 2017 below along with where the player was ultimately selected overall and by which team.

Of the 32 players that wound up being drafted in the first round last year, Brandt had all but 6 of them ranked in his top 32. The year prior, Brandt had all but 6 of the 31 total players drafted in the first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft ranked in his top 31. The year prior to that, Brandt had all but 7 of the 32 total players drafted in the first-round of the 2015 NFL Draft ranked in his top 32.

Brandt’s biggest first-round miss last year wound up being outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected 30th overall. Additionally and surprisingly, Brandt’s biggest miss the year prior to that was cornerback Artie Burns as he had him ranked 99th overall and the Steelers selected him in the first-round with the 25th overall pick.

Of Brandt’s top 100 players in 2017, only 23 of them wound up being selected outside the top 100 selections for a 77% success rate. The year prior to that, only 21 players that Brandt had ranked in his top 100 wound up being selected outside the top 100 selections, good for a 79% success rate.

When you look at Brandt’s top 150 players for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft you’ll notice that he has four off-the-ball linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds, Roquan Smith, Leighton Vander Esch and Rashaan Evans all ranked in the top 28. Of those four players, perhaps Evans, ranked 28th overall by Brandt, probably has the best shot at still being on the board come time for the Steelers to make their first-round selection. Evans and Vander Esch have both been mocked to the Steelers by national draft analysts quite a bit this offseason and with good reason.

As for a few safeties that have been considered potential first-round targets of the Steelers this year, Justin Reid and Jessie Bates III, Brandt has those two players ranked 49th and 52nd, respectively. In short, Brandt fully expects those two safeties to still be on the board come time for the Steelers to make their first-round selection.

GB RANK PLAYER ACTUAL Pick # TM MISS
1 Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M 1 CLE 0
2 Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU 4 JAC 2
3 Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford 3 SF 0
4 Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State 11 NO 7
5 Jamal Adams, S, LSU 6 NYJ 1
6 Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State 15 IND 9
7 Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama 17 WAS 10
8 Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina 2 CHI -6
9 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson 12 HOU 3
10 John Ross, WR, Washington 9 CIN -1
11 Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State 24 OAK 13
12 Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford 8 CAR -4
13 O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama 19 TB 6
14 Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama 31 SF 17
15 Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama 34 JAC 19
16 Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee 14 PHI -2
17 Charles Harris, DE, Missouri 22 MIA 5
18 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech 19 KC 1
19 Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin 32 NO 13
20 Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida 21 DET 1
21 Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan 25 CLE 4
22 Garett Bolles, OT, Utah 20 DEN -2
23 Mike Williams, WR, Clemson 7 LAC -16
24 Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA 26 ATL 2
25 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State 41 MIN 16
26 Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC 18 TEN -8
27 Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida 46 IND 19
28 Kevin King, CB, Washington 33 GB 5
29 David Njoku, TE, Miami 29 CLE 0
30 Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU 27 BUF -3
31 Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan 5 TEN -26
32 Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado 60 DAL 28
33 DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame 52 CLE 19
34 Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss 23 NYG -11
35 Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State 40 CAR 5
36 JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC 62 PIT 26
37 Haason Reddick, DE, Temple 13 ARI -24
38 Marcus Williams, S, Utah 42 NO 4
39 Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State 61 GB 22
40 Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State 73 CIN 33
41 Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky 38 LAC -3
42 Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan 28 DAL -14
43 Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama 16 BAL -27
44 Marcus Maye, S, Florida 39 NYJ -5
45 Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State 25 SEA -20
46 Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt 57 HOU 11
47 Tim Williams, LB, Alabama 78 BAL 31
48 Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan 74 BAL 26
49 Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama 49 WAS 0
50 Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana 71 LAC 21
51 Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State 84 TB 33
52 Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State 70 MIN 18
53 Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M 50 TB -3
54 Ethan Pocic, C, LSU 58 SEA 4
55 Budda Baker, S, Washington 36 ARI -19
56 Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh 115 ARI 59
57 Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M 77 CAR 20
58 Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU 178 MIA 120
59 Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado 111 SEA 52
60 T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin 30 PIT -30
61 Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan 92 DAL 31
62 Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina 37 BUF -25
63 Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington 69 LAR 6
64 Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU 247 GB 183
65 Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma 114 WAS 49
66 Teez Tabor, CB, Florida 53 DET -13
67 Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple 63 BUF -4
68 Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston 47 BAL -21
69 Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut 56 OAK -13
70 Desmond King, CB, Iowa 151 LAC 81
71 ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama 79 NYJ 8
72 Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama 55 NYG -17
73 Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State 54 MIA -19
74 Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson 150 NYJ 76
75 Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois 68 JAC -7
76 Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee 128 CIN 52
77 Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn 116 CIN 39
78 Duke Riley, OLB, LSU 75 ATL -3
79 Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee 67 NO -12
80 Sidney Jones, CB, Washington 43 PHI -37
81 Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming 156 ATL 75
82 Davis Webb, QB, Cal 87 NYG 5
83 Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee 135 PIT 52
84 Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah 164 MIA 80
85 Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee 94 PIT 9
86 Zach Banner, OT, USC 137 IND 51
87 Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas 154 WAS 67
88 D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas 89 HOU 1
89 Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M 117 LAR 28
90 Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin 108 GB 18
91 James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh 105 PIT 14
92 Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State 160 CLE 68
93 Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida 76 NO -17
94 Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida 90 SEA -4
95 Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa 109 MIN 14
96 Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova 59 KC -37
97 Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell 130 HOU 33
98 Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma 110 JAC 12
99 Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh 171 BUF 72
100 David Sharpe, OT, Florida 129 OAK 29
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