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McShay's Top 32: McCaffrey, Fournette among elite RBs in '17 class

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1 Big Thing: Fournette and McCaffrey making the right decision (2:59)

SVP looks back to former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith's injury in last year's bowl game as a major reason why players like Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey are choosing to sit out this year. (2:59)

Here, we'll look at which players have moved up and down our Top 32, drawing on the same scouting reports as before and making changes only where necessary.

We'll continue to update our board as we get closer to the 2017 NFL draft. Although it's a given that some players will move into the rankings and others will drop out, this provides a good snapshot of which players currently have the most NFL potential, based on our evaluations.

Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk.


1. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU*

Grade: 95

Fournette will sit out LSU's bowl game because of the same left ankle injury that has been bothering him all season. He'll finish the season with only 144 touches, far below the 319 he had a season ago, which works to his benefit from a wear-and-tear standpoint. When fully healthy, Fournette is a big-play machine with a rare combination of size, power, agility and speed for the position. His angry running style is something at which to marvel and will translate well to the next level.

2. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M*

Grade: 95

Garrett is the best pure pass-rusher in this class. He has played through an ankle injury for much of this season and still finished fifth in the SEC with 15.0 tackles for loss (including 8.5 sacks). Garrett has a lethal combination of first-step quickness, bend, power and hand-to-hand combat skills. After adding 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, he has been stronger setting the edge in the running game.