Tyler Raymond’s Favorite 2017 NFL Draft Prospects

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Taco Charlton of Michigan participates in a drill during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Taco Charlton of Michigan participates in a drill during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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1.) Taco Charlton – Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Taco Charlton of Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Taco Charlton of Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Taco Charlton is a unique individual when it comes to rushing the edge. Charlton is not only 6’6″ and 277 pounds — those traits are incredibly rare for a typical defensive end — but possesses great skills in his craft as an edge rusher. His general strength, speed, and athleticism could allow Taco Charlton to thrive in the National Football League. As of right now, Charlton would be a tremendous addition to the New Orleans Saints, if available at the end of the first round. For the full evaluation I did on Taco Charlton, click here. 

2.) Charles Harris – Missouri

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Charles Harris of Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Charles Harris of Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

If I’m taking a look at how dynamic and explosive an edge rusher can be, then I’m looking no further than Charles Harris. His athleticism, explosiveness, and his nasty spin moves are all helping to make a big name for Harris as he prepares to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

If the pickings start to get thin at the end of the first round, and New Orleans hasn’t already addressed the glaring need at edge rusher, expect Charles Harris to be one of the team’s options. Harris would be another solid addition for the New Orleans Saints if available at the end of the first round.

3.) Takkarist McKinley – UCLA

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley of UCLA. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley of UCLA. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

If anyone knows anything about me, it’s that I love giving names to players that personify those traits wholeheartedly, and today is no different. If the term incessant, which basically means continuing without hesitation, could be personified it would be personified by UCLA’s very own former Defensive End, Takkarist McKinley.

Although in general McKinley is a raw athlete, he shows great potential through what he already knows. His general athleticism, his high motor and ability to keep fighting every single play, allow McKinley not only to be unique but to be intriguing to NFL teams. If taught a few rush moves, watch out opposing offenses. If available, New Orleans would most likely select Takkarist McKinley at the bottom of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

4.) Derek Barnett – Tennessee

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Derek Barnett of Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Derek Barnett of Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

If your team needs a dominant rookie force not to be reckoned with then look no further than Tennessee’s very own former Defensive End Derek Barnett. Derek Barnett utilizes what he knows best, his strength, athleticism, and awareness to his full capability. Derek Barnett produces a strong dominant force on the defensive line, topped with incredible hands, and strength will allow Barnett to compete and succeed in the National Football League. If New Orleans were to select Derek Barnett, it would most likely be with their first selection, pick #11, in the draft.

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