Though not as important as the combine and running a very distant third in importance to the game tape, pro day workouts are an important evaluative tool and can impact the rankings of closely-rated prospects.
By answering questions about his straight-line speed during his recent pro day at
, for example, wide receiver
jumped a couple of spots in this week’s Big Board. Unfortunately for
, his lack of speed has his stock slipping right out of the first round.
The following is not a mock draft. No attention is paid to team needs. It simply is my personal ranking of the top 64 prospects, with at least a one-liner for every one of them.
Players are listed by name, position, school, year, height, weight and 40-yard dash time
, DE, Texas A&M, Jr, 6-4, 272, 4.64
If possible, Garrett exceeded expectations at the combine, registering eye-popping numbers in every drill, including 33 repetitions despite possessing 35 1/2-inch arms. Garrett’s production (33 tackles, including 15.5 for loss and 8.5 sacks) was way down in 2016 in comparison to his first two seasons (53-14-11.5 in 2014 and 59-19.5-12.5 in 2015) but that was due to a nagging ankle injury which robbed him of his trademark explosiveness. Garrett possesses an ideal blend of burst, bend and power off the edge, projecting as a future All-Pro regular.
, rSoph, 6-3, 273, 4.69
Thomas was the runaway winner of the Pac-12’s Morris Trophy as the most dominant defensive lineman in 2016 by a vote of the conference’s blockers. He was as impressive on a snap-to-snap basis as any prospect in the country in 2016, demonstrating the initial burst,…