The 2017 NFL Draft - Who To Watch!

Thursday night brings on the yearly right of the NFL Draft, now a multi-day affair across the programming of ESPN, NFL Network and affiliates across the globe. Football fans will renew their annual dreams of "this being the year," while a host of college football stars realize the culmination of years of hard work. It's usually a long, laborious show but if your 6th round pick results in the likes of Tom Brady, it's often worth being able to say "I remember where I was when..." 

Courtesy of our friends at 188Bet, here is a look at the key players to watch when the NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night.


Texas A&M star Myles Garrett looks likely to head to Cleveland with the #1 overall pick. While there are rumblings the perpetually awful Browns may reach for a QB, Garrett is the odds on favorite to hear his name called first. According to Chase Goodbread of, many NFL analysts think Garrett looks like a can't miss prospect, with one noting "He enters for me as the clear-cut best player in this draft"

North Carolina's star Quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, passed for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Tar Heels in 2016, but his size is often held against him when it comes to NFL projections. Much like future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees, it will be on Trubisky to prove it on the field once drafted. 

As Luke Easterling of USA Today reported, it's believed that Trubisky 6'1" height remains a Draft Day issue. "In the last 15 years," Easterling wrote, "only two quarterbacks 6'1" or shorter have been drafted in the first round: Johnny Manziel and Rex Grossman." 

Then there is NFL Draft x-factor Deshaun Watson, of the National Champion Clemson Tigers. A constant winner, Watson is viewed as less than accurate for a top NFL prospect, tossing 17 interceptions his final year in college. He's also viewed as less of a pure athlete than Notre Dame QB - and fellow first round prospect - DeShone Kizer. 

In Watson's favor, however, is a college football resume that includes a 28-2 record over the last two seasons, three playoff wins in four games and a stunning national championship win over Alabama.

Watson is not expected to be the first QB drafted on Thursday, but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that teams that pass on Watson in in the draft are making a career-defining error. "If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they're passing on Michael Jordan," Swinney said. "I'm just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best by a long shot."


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