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Draft Panel: Best Defensive Prospect Not Named Myles Garrett?

Posted Mar 16, 2017

Outside of Myles Garrett, who do draft experts think is the next best defensive prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft?


It's pretty unanimous at this point that Myles Garrett is the top-ranked prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. Texas A&M's star pass-rusher wowed at the NFL Combine and cemented his status at the top of draft boards everywhere.

But who is the next best defensive prospect?

Our panel of draft experts is back to weigh in on their choice.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: Malik Hooker, S & Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

“For me, it’s one of the two Ohio State kids. I have Malik Hooker (ranked) No. 2 and Marshon Lattimore ranked No. 3. With Hooker, having spent four years around Ed Reed during my time scouting for the (Baltimore) Ravens, he reminds me so much of him. He’s got rare ball skills, range and instincts. All of that stuff is off the charts. And with Lattimore, we don’t really use the term ‘shutdown corner’ anymore, but he’s pretty darn good.”

Matt Bowen, ESPN: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

“LSU safety Jamal Adams is my guy. If I’m building a secondary as a coach, I want an intimidation factor. I want someone who’s going to hit, someone who’s physical, who’s tough. I want someone who can play in the box, cover a tight end, tackle in the run game, line up over a slot and play some in the deep middle of the field. I think he’s the most versatile defensive back in this draft.”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

“Stanford pass-rusher Solomon Thomas. He’s a freak. I understand people wonder about where to put him, but I think you could put him on the end of a 4-3 defense and he’s going to get after the passer. If you watched Mitchell Trubisky in the Sun Bowl, you watched Solomon Thomas get in his face the entire game. I think he’s got a ton of upside.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

“It’s hard not to go with Malik Hooker, the safety from Ohio State. I loved watching him this year with his range, his ball skills and the ground that he can cover. He’s still developing, but he has that natural knack for watching the eye of the quarterback and going and getting the football. He needs to get better against the running game, but that’s just a matter of a few technique things. I think he’s a special player and a no-brainer top-5 pick in this year’s draft.”


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