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Note that heights, weights and 40-yard dash times are from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis or the player’s pro day workouts. Heights are rounded up or down.
Defensive Tackles Jonathan Allen
Alabama senior 6-3 • 286 • 5.0 Should be top 10 pick. Played inside and out but usually at end in 3-4. Uses many moves to rush the QB; his 28.5 sacks are second all-time for the Tide. Best suited at tackle in a 4-3.
Michigan State junior 6-6 • 295 • 4.85 Lanky for a tackle. May be better suited as a 3-4 end. Will need to get stronger and bulkier to play on the inside. Outstanding athlete and at 20 years old, has lots of room to grow physically and at his position.
Michigan senior 6-5 • 298 • 4.86 Three-year starter mostly at end, he’s more suited for the inside with the pros. Strong and quick, he can win the one on one battles and could start as a rookie.
Florida junior 6-3 • 307 • 5.14 Plays low to the ground with fierce strength and leverage inside. Good nose tackle prospect for a 3-4 defense. His quickness and agility also allows him to rush the QB.
Auburn senior 6-4 • 304 • 4.87 Three-year starter who was impressive at the Senior Bowl and the combine. Can play as 3-4 end or NT, or tackle in a 4-3. Excellent speed and a good pass rusher but can struggle at times vs. the run.
Defensive Ends Myles Garrett
Texas A&M junior 6-4 • 272 • 4.64 Could be first pick and leads an excellent group of edge rushers. Three-year starter with school-record 32.5 sacks. Aggressive, quick, fast and room to grow. Should be sure-fire all-star.
Michigan senior 6-6 • 277 • 4.92 Started one year after Wolverines switched to a four-man line. Ideal 4-3 end, tall and lean with the ability to grow. Powerful and quick, he’ll need to learn more pass-rush techniques in the NFL.
Stanford sophomore 6-3 • 273 • 4.69 Leaves with two years eligibility left but is more than ready. Disruptive player and only negative is his size, but it did not hurt him in big-time college football.
Tennessee junior 6-3 • 259 • 4.88 Three-year starter mostly at right end. Undersized but does not play that way. Not a great pass rusher, but had 52 tackles for losses in his career and rarely plays out of position.
Missouri junior 6-3 • 253 • 4.82 Could be fifth first-rounder at DE. Another with less than ideal size but his quickness and strength helps make up for it. Two-year starter.
Inside Linebackers Reuben Foster
Alabama senior 6-0 • 229 • 4.72 Perfectly built inside linebacker with great athletic ability, aggressiveness and speed. Intimidating. Could go in the top 10 at a position that does not usually have those in the draft.
Temple senior 6-1 • 237 • 4.52 Walk-on who did not earn a scholarship until last year. Some boards have him as OLB. He can play both and move around in a defense. Started two years at end for the Owls.
Florida senior 6-1 • 238 • 4.62 Another undersized linebacker who did not let that hold him back, although he has battled injuries. He needs his linemates to keep blockers away from him. Could play outside as well.
Ohio State junior 6-2 • 240 • 4.61 Another prototypical inside linebacker. Efficient and tough tackler in the mold of the Steelers’ buck linebacker position. Must work on his pass coverage skills.
Outside Linebackers Zach Cunningham
Vanderbilt junior 6-3 • 234 • 4.67 Some have him at inside where he played in college, but his talents best suited outside in the NFL. Good size, and athletic ability to cover but will need to improve his tackling skills.
Houston senior 6-3 • 247 • 4.65 Another who can play inside but has good pass-rush ability and looks to be better suited on the outside in a 3-4 defense. Has speed and burst.
Wisconsin junior 6-4 • 252 • 4.69 Had an outstanding 2016 after going through three knee surgeries since 2013 that kept him off the field. Looks like a perfect fit on the outside in a 3-4 defense. Brother of J.J. and Derek Watt.
UCLA senior 6-2 • 250 • 4.59 Had one full, good season and it was dominating. A feared pass-rusher. Should be ranked higher but late shoulder surgery drops him down. Another fit for 3-4 on the outside.
Alabama senior 6-3 • 244 • 4.68 Explosive pass rusher with plenty of upside after limited action in college for such a highly rated prospect. Off field issues might hold him back after arrest for possession for gun and marijuana.
Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore
Ohio State sophomore 6-0 • 193 • 4.36 One-year starter who has the size, speed and quickness to be the perfect cornerback. He may need some time, however, after playing little in his first two seasons because of hamstring injuries.
Alabama sophomore 6-0 • 197 • 4.41 Not far behind Lattimore, a tad slower but stronger. Twoyear starter. Good vs. the run also. Has good leaping ability and will often win jump balls.
Washington senior 6-3 • 200 • 4.43 Three-year starter, his first season as a safety, then moved to cornerback. Could play either in the NFL and may ultimately go to safety. Unusual height for a cornerback.
Ohio State junior 6-0 • 195 • 4.44 Could Buckeyes produce two first-round cornerbacks? Two-year starter. Good press cornerback and play vs. the run. Can play outside or in the slot.
LSU senior 5-11 • 192 • 4.47 Great ball skills, OK speed. Starter for nearly four years. Another who can play inside or out and returned punts. Not the best tackler and not a Steelers type.
Safeties Jamal Adams
LSU junior 6-0 • 214 • 4.56 Aggressive, always around the football. Compared to Tyrann Mathieu in that regard. More a strong safety type. Plays like a cornerback. Top 5 pick.
Ohio State sophomore 6-1 • 206 • 4.47 Grad of New Castle High School, where he starred in basketball and did not play football until his junior year. Free safety. One-year starter. Could be a top-10 pick.
Washington junior 5-10 • 195 • 4.45 Can play free safety or as a slot cornerback. Three-year starter. Speedy and aggressive, sometimes too much. Not the best size for the position.
Connecticut senior 6-4 • 224 • 4.40 Big and fast and was a huge hit at the combine. DraftScout has him going to the Steelers at No. 30. Durable four-year starter. Played free safety mostly but also can play strong with that size.
Michigan sophomore 5-11 • 213 • 4.46 Versatile player that some have ranked higher. Finalist for a handful of national awards. Played mostly linebacker last season, defensive back in 2015. Punt, kick returner, even played on offense.
Kickers Zane Gonzalez
Arizona State senior 6-0 • 202 • 4.91 Holds big school NCAA record with 96 career field goals and points, 494. Kicked 3 field goals over 50 yards in one game.
Stanford senior 6-0 • 190 • 4.92 Walk-on who earned scholarship as a junior. Longest kick wass 52 yards and made 82 percent over his career.
Memphis senior 5-9 • 167 • 4.79 Small frame, big leg. Needs to be more accurate.
Punters Cameron Johnston
Ohio State senior 5-11 • 194 • 4.85 Punted four years. Australian native and uses that style.
Miami senior 6-4 • 219 • 4.70 Former walk-on. Son of former NFL player. Good hang time and directional.