Breakout Candidates for 2017 NFL Draft Class

May 13, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Those of you who follow the NFL draft year round are probably already familiar with the biggest names attached to the 2017 draft class.
Clemson's DeShaun Watson, LSU's Leonard Fournette and others will receive an overwhelming amount hype during the early draft coverage, and deservedly so. 
But the first round of next April's draft will inevitably be filled with 10 to 15 other names who aren't being mentioned on every "way-too-early" draft board or mock draft this time of year. 
Many of the prospects who will make up the first round of the 2017 draft have yet to make their mark on college football, but there are a number of players on the verge of breaking out and reaching elite status in the college game. 
Here's an early look at eight prospects who may not be universally viewed as first-round picks at the moment but are in position to quickly rise up draft boards in September. 
Inevitably some of these players will meet these expectations a...

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