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The Harris 100: Part 1

The 2016 NFL Draft is three weeks away and the excitement is palpable in the building. No time like the present to unveil my top ten players in the draft. right? In this installment, I’ll post my top ten at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Next week, I’ll finish with the rest of the offense – tight ends, tackles and interior offensive linemen. Over the final two weeks, I’ll post my top tens for all defensive positions to close out my top ten series.

Here are my rankings for quarterback

Top 10s
QB

1. Jared Goff, Cal
2. Carson Wentz, NDSU
3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
4. Connor Cook, Michigan State
5. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
6. Cardale Jones, Ohio State
7. Jeff Driskel, La. Tech
8. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
9. Jacoby Brissett, NC State
T10. Brandon Allen, Arkansas
T10. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

One other name to also keep an eye on during the draft is Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici. Although he had to run for his life in the 2015 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff against Myles Garrett, Daeshon Hall and the A&M defense, he’s got a cannon for an arm and can make every throw on the field.

But, it’s Bercovici’s Pac-12 co-hort that tops the list. Even in games in which Goff threw multiple interceptions, he made big-time NFL throws. Against Utah, he threw five picks, but I’d only put one, perhaps two on him. But, he also made one of the best throws I saw a college QB make all season long for a first half touchdown. His passing acumen is NFL-caliber right now.

RB

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama
3. Devontae Booker, Utah
4. Kenneth Dixon, La. Tech
5. C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame
6. Alex Collins, Arkansas
7. Jordan Howard, Indiana
8. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
9. Paul Perkins, UCLA
10. Peyton Barber, Auburn

Elliott is a top notch FOOTBALL PLAYER, not just a running back, so yes, I feel extremely comfortable drafting a player like him, a running back, early in on day one. After a loss to Virginia Tech in 2014, former Ohio State OC Tom Herman, who’ll bring his Houston Cougars to NRG Stadium for the 2016 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff against OU, flipped his offensive script to feature Elliott and the result was a Buckeyes’ national championship.

Henry is a freak of nature at nearly 6-4, 247 lb., with the ability to run 4.5 in the 40. He could hear his name late on night one, but if not then, he won’t wait long to hear his name on Friday night to start the second round.

It’s not as deep as last year’s crop and nowhere near as dynamic as next year’s potential crew, but it’s solid up and down the top ten.

WR

1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
2. Corey Coleman, Baylor
3. Will Fuller, Notre Dame
4. Josh Doctson, TCU
5. Tyler Boyd, Pitt
6. Michael Thomas, Ohio State
7. Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
8. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
9. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
10. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State

I’ve said this PLENTY of times as it relates to Treadwell…don’t overthink this thing. This guy is a certified ballplayer and teams are going to talk themselves out of selecting him because he’s not a flyer down the field. Uh, don’t sweat it, he’ll be a 75+ catch a season receiver no matter where he’s selected.

Coleman and Fuller can flat out fly, but aren’t complete receivers…yet. The two guys I love out of this group are Carroo and Shepard. They are ready made stars for the NFL as rookies.

By: John Harris (@jharrisfootball)


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