The National Football League has a lot to celebrate this year, and it seems like the league has a ton of talent on their roster, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of talent in the trenches.
In fact, there are some guys on the roster that you would never consider on the 53-man roster for the sake of depth.
Here are our top 10 players from the 2017 NFL Draft class that you need to watch out for this season.
Jourdan Lewis, DE, Alabama Crimson Tide: The Crimson Tide is going to need a big year from the defensive end position, and Lewis will provide it.
Lewis has been the backbone of Alabama’s pass rush since he joined the program in 2014, making over 40 tackles in each of his first three seasons and earning All-SEC honors in each season.
He will look to repeat that kind of production this year with the Crimson Tide, who have a very young defensive line corps and could use more playmakers on the interior.
Myles Jack, OT, Alabama: Jack is an imposing lineman who has an elite combination of size and strength, and he will need to continue to add bulk to his frame if he wants to compete for a starting job in the NFL.
He is a tremendous athlete who has played in all 16 games for Alabama, and his 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame could help him compete for playing time at the next level.
Malik McDowell, OT/G, Florida State Seminoles: McDowell is a big, strong tackle who has a strong arm and is a willing run blocker, but he has struggled to find his groove as a college football player and could be a developmental project.
He has shown flashes of the potential to be a very good interior blocker, and if he can add a few more pounds he could have an even bigger impact in the interior of the line.
T.J. Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin Badgers: Watt was an all-state performer at Texas Tech and has plenty of talent to work with.
But he also has to improve his footwork and technique, and the Badgers need to address that.
De’Vante Bess, OT (DL), Washington Huskies: The Huskies will be a more physical team this season and will need help at the line of scrimmage to stay competitive.
Bess will be needed in the run game, as he had 16.5 sacks in his four seasons with UW. 6.
Tre’ Jackson, CB, Clemson Tigers: Jackson is a solid cornerback with a strong physical frame who can be used in man coverage and will likely start as a nickel corner in the pros.
He’ll need to add more weight to his build and get stronger in the weight room to be an elite cover man in the league.
Shaq Lawson, DT, Clemson Yellow Jackets: Lawson was a very solid player for Clemson last season and should be a solid pick in the draft, but the Yellow Jackets have other needs at the position.
Lawson is a tough run defender with the instincts and ball skills to play defensive end in the National Football Conference and could help a team with a pass rush or a power-hitting safety.
Nick Chubb, WR, Florida Gators: Chubb has the size and speed to become a premier NFL receiver and should see plenty of action this season in the slot.
He also has the potential as a return man in his second season.
Nick Perry, OT and G, USC Trojans: Perry is a versatile guard who is more of a pass-blocker than a tackle, but there is some upside to his game with an improved understanding of his craft.
He could become a more consistent NFL blocker as he grows and matures.
Shaquil Barrett, DE and OLB, Michigan Wolverines: Barrett is a power defender who has shown an ability to play multiple positions and make plays on the football.
He can also play outside linebacker in the nickel and will look for an opportunity to be more than a special teams contributor.
Tyus Bowser, WR/KR, Ohio State Buckeyes: Bowser was a productive return specialist at Ohio State and is an athletic player who can make plays down the field.
He showed an ability in the passing game last season with 13.5 receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns and could develop into a reliable returner.
Tyree Robinson, DT and G/T, Florida Panthers: Robinson is a talented athlete who is very quick and agile, but will need some more work in the front seven to make a team as a tackle.
He would be a great fit in the Panthers’ pass-rush, but his size and quickness could make him a liability on run downs.
Tre Hunter, LB/DE, Michigan State Spartans: Hunter is an aggressive and physical linebacker who will need more time in the box as a pass rusher.
He needs to learn how