T he top prospects in this year’s NFL draft class haven’t disappointed.When Leonard Fournette weighed in at 240 pounds despite being listed at 230, there was suspicion on how that would affect him athletically. Then he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and that took away everyone’s negative thoughts. Stanford’s variety threat Christian McCaffrey ran a 6.57 three-cone drill, the second fastest in history. And let’s not forget the record-breaking 4.22 40-yard dash that Washington wide receiver John Ross ran to break Chris Johnson’s historic memory.
But let’s focus right now on the overall six best offensive players in this year’s draft class, listed in alphabetical order.
Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)
Many NFL teams have backfield needs so Dalvin Cook should come off the board fairly quickly. Florida State has a repwutation for having great running backs, so history was on his side, on-field performance was on his side, the only thing he had to do was perform well in his tests at the combine. Cook went on to hit 22 reps on the bench press and run a 4.49 40-yard dash.
Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)
Corey Davis set the new career receiving yards mark in 2016, totaling 5,068 over his four years at Western Michigan. The Broncos have started to build a strong reputation and it was mainly because of the high-flying offense that Davis was the centerpiece of. Ankle surgery will cost Davis from participating in any sort of pre-combine workouts, but he’s 6-foot-3 and has incredible quickness.
Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
Leonard Fournette’s reputation is basically that he’s unstoppable. In 2015, he set the LSU school single-season record with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns and led the country with 162.8 rushing yards per game. Not surprisingly he was a consensus All-American selection. Standing at 6-foot-1, 240-pounds, many worried about how he would test because of his massive build. Also, NFL teams wonder about his consistency. But his measurables were incredible.
Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)
Projected as one of the best offensive linemen in this year’s draft, and being the latest in a long line of top Alabama prospects, Cam Robinson has been an All-American selection since his freshman year and has started every game of his career. Scout will look into his background and notice the arrest for marijuana possession and stolen handguns, a massive red flag, but on the field, he’s remarkable.
Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
A National Champion and two-time Heisman Trophy finalists, Deshaun Watson has to be viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in the draft. Combine tests came out as expected and showcase his speed and awareness as a quarterback. Watson fits the scheme many NFL teams want.
Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)
Deshaun Watson’s number one target at Clemson excelled during the 2016 season and gained some heavy exposure and fame. He earned second-team All-American honors and All-ACC honors with 84 receptions, 1,171 yards, and 10 touchdowns. At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, Mike Williams had the potential to be an offensive monster in most offensive schemes.