NFL Draft 2017: Ranking the Top 8 Prospects Heading into the Season

June 27, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's June, and every NFL fanbase is optimistic. Every NFL head coach knows that players look good in helmets and shorts, and they take advantage of the media's need for content by inflating the perception of their team in public.
Still, about half of the franchises in the NFL will finish with a losing record, making jesters of those who buy into offseason fool's gold. What fans of those lowly teams can count on is the NFL draft. Even if their squads do fall short in 2016, they can still turn their future around via the 2017 class.
With spring games behind us, we have as many data points on draft prospects as we're going to get heading into college football's regular season. As of now, there are eight prospects who should be highlighted as "elite" draft picks going into the fall.
Only 12 franchises will punch a ticket for the playoffs this year, and we'll give a head start to those 20 that will be looking at the draft before peak winter by overviewing who should be t...

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