Mike Mayock now agrees with what many in SEC have been saying for years– Leonard Fournette is the best running back available in the NFL Draft.
The NFL Network draft expert apparently was not distracted by poor leaping numbers from the former LSU star at the NFL Combine, moving Fournette to No. 1 on the running back board in his newly released NFL Draft position rankings 2.0 on Tuesday. The list features the Top 5 players at each position heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday, April 27.
Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey each moved past Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who slid from No. 1 on the board in version 1.0 to No. 3 in the latest edition. Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara checked in at No. 4 on the list.
Alabama TE O.J. Howard has been shooting up draft boards in recent weeks, and maintained his spot atop the tight end listing for Mayock as well.
Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey and Florida LB Jarrad Davis also saw their stocks rise at their respective positions.
As for the SEC players who saw their stock slip in Mayock’s latest rankings?
No two suffered more than Alabama LB Tim Williams and Florida CB Teez Tabor.
Questions about Williams’ off-the-field track record are likely partially to blame for his move from No. 2 to No. 5 on the Edge Rusher rankings, while a poor showing at the NFL Combine is likely the root of a drop out of the Top 5 cornerbacks for former Gators shutdown defender Teez Tabor.
Of course, with more than a month to go until the draft, there’s still time for SEC prospects to make up some ground on Mayock’s board prior to draft day. And, like any NFL Draft commentary, it’s worth noting that it only takes one NFL team to really like a player to make all these pre-draft rankings seem completely off-base.