The NFL draft season is officially upon us, but we’ve been in serious information-gathering mode for months now. Our Joe Dolan and Tom Brolley watch tons of college football each fall, and they've studied plenty of tape – we’ve included plenty of links for you to watch these prospects too. But we also lean heavily on our friends and sources around the league who not only watch more college football than we do, but they also closely scrutinize these pending rookies’ college tape.

While we’re a fantasy site and these players’ worth in our world won’t be clear until after the draft, we still like to stack these guys against each other based almost entirely on talent and their potential as they transition to the pros. We also break the players up into tiers in an effort to offer more insight into how they project to the NFL and the fantasy world.

Once the draft takes place on April 27-29, then it will be a lot easier to rank the rookies for the 2017 season – and we will in early May. We’ll also reset our long-term outlooks and re-rank the players for keeper and dynasty leagues.

Note: We plan on tweaking our write-ups and rankings prior to the draft after our Greg Cosell is done studying the coach’s tapes of this year’s class.
Note: These players are ranked more so for their long-term value and potential, so these rankings aren’t for just 2017. Once the draft takes place, we’ll rank all rookies for both this year and the long-term.

 

Potential Franchise Players

1. Deshaun WatsoN

School: Clemson Ht: 6’2” Wt: 221 | 40: 4.66 Year: 3Jr

There are going to be many varying opinions on this year’s QB class, as there are multiple Fresh off a national championship, Watson seems to be the most complete QB in the class.interesting players who have different things to like about them, but in the eyes of certain beholders may also have fatal flaws. Upon studying these passers, we keep coming back to Watson as the most complete player in the class, and the one who is most likely to succeed in the NFL. At Clemson, Watson was a two-year full-time starter with moderate action as a freshman at Clemson before te...