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Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett of Arlington Martin tops 2017 NFL Draft class

This time a year ago, Connor Cook and Dak Prescott were projected as top picks in the 2016 draft. Both quarterbacks lasted until the fourth round.

North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz wasn’t on the first-round radar. He was the second pick of the draft.

Of the 22 players projected as first-round picks last year, only 10 ended up going in the first round. Things change.

Much will change between now and a year from now.

Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett, an Arlington Martin graduate, is projected as a top-five pick next year.

Here are 23 players to watch for the 2017 draft:

Jamal Adams, SS, LSU, 6-0, 211, Jr.

He has 129 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions in two seasons.

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama, 6-3, 294, Sr.

He has 85 tackles, 18 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 41 games.

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, 6-3, 257, Jr.

He has 142 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in two seasons.

KD Cannon, WR, Baylor, 5-11, 180, Jr.

He has 108 catches for 1,898 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St., 5-11, 202, Jr.

He has 399 carries for 2,699 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons.

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, 6-1, 230, Jr.

He has rushed for 2,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons and caught 26 passes for 380 yards and a touchdown.

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon, 5-11, 230, Jr.

He has 487 carries for 3,005 yards and 30 touchdowns in two years.

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, 6-5, 255, Jr.

Arlington Martin product has 108 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, an interception, five forced fumbles in two seasons.

Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M, 6-6, 260, Sr.

Has 108 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in three seasons.

OJ Howard, TE, Alabama, 6-6, 242, Sr.

He had five catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the national championship game and made a wise decision to return for his senior year.

Adoree Jackson, CB, USC, 5-11, 185, Jr.

He has 84 tackles, 17 pass breakups and one interception in two seasons.

Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida St., 6-6, 323, Jr.

He started five games as a freshman and every game last season in earning All-ACC.

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami, 6-4, 210, Jr.

A two-year starter, he has passed for 6,436 career yards with 42 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa, 5-11, 200, Sr.

He has 205 tackles, 11 interceptions and 26 pass breakups in three seasons.

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn, 6-2, 257, Jr.

Injuries are his only question mark, as he missed the entire 2014 season with a knee injury and six games last season with a hip injury.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, 6-0, 205, Jr.

He had 4,109 all-purpose yards last season, including 2,664 yards from scrimmage.

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan St., 6-6, 275, Jr.

He has 17.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in two seasons.

Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan, 6-1, 205, Jr.

He has 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, no interceptions and 10 passes defensed in two seasons.

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama, 6-5, 326, Jr.

He earned All-SEC last season when he had 46 knockdown blocks.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC, 6-2, 215, Jr.

He has 143 catches for 2,178 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons.

Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida, 6-0, 192, Jr.

He has 71 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks and five interceptions in two seasons.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, 6-2, 210, Jr.

He passes for 4,109 yards and 35 touchdowns and ran for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns in producing a 14-1 record last season.

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama, 6-4, 230, Sr.

He had 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks last season in his first year as a starter.

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