There were five cornerbacks taken in the first round of the 2016 draft and it’s considered almost a given that the number will be surpassed this year.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a high percentage of the top linebacker prospects come from the SEC, including a trio of Alabama players.
A total of 42 defensive linemen were selected in the draft last year, starting with Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa at No. 3 overall by the San Diego Chargers and ending with Florida defensive end Alex McCalister at No. 240 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.
A total of seven offensive linemen were selected in the first round in 2016, and it seems highly unlikely that number will be matched this spring.
There could be two tight ends taken in the first round this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2006.
Last year, 31 wide receivers were taken in the draft, starting with Corey Coleman taken at No. 15 overall by the Cleveland Browns and ending with Kenny Lawler with the 243rd overall pick in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s practically a given we’ll see another running back taken in the first round April 27, it’s likely there’ll be two and there’s certainly a chance there could be three.
The top quarterback choice varies from week to week or from analyst to analyst, although the consensus top three are Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina, Deshaun Watson from Clemson and Patrick Mahomes II from Texas Tech.