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Manny's Power Index: This Week's 2017 NFL Draft Prospects To Watch

The 2017 NFL Draft is many months away, but in terms of the Redskins, interest is growing with certain prospects for Manny Benton. Will Texas A&M's Myles Garrett make the cut?

Manny Power Index (MPI) lists ten 2017 NFL Draft prospects of interest with the Washington Redskins in mind. These are not ranked based on draft projections

MPI (ranked by interest level):

1. (Last Week rank: 3) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: Another SEC running back who could be of interest. Chubb is back from his season ending left knee surgery and looks to regain his status as a quality back this season. Chubb will only be 21 if he enters next year's draft. 

  • News: Through three weeks of college football, Chubb ranks second in the SEC with 365 rushing yards. He also ranks third in the SEC with 377 All-Purpose yards. Chubb's NFL draft status is growing each week.


2. (Last Week rank: 1) Jarron Jones, NT, Notre Dame: Jones is an interior defensive lineman I've been watching this year. He had an MCL injury last year that kept him away from football. But he's back and has played well. CBS ranks Jones as the No. 31 overall prospect.

3. (Last Week rank: 2) Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee: Kamara was originally signed by Alabama, but after a 2014 off-field incident head coach Nick Saban dismissed the player. Now with Tennessee, he could be a player of interest for the Redskins. GM Scot McCloughan tends to like running backs from the SEC. I haven't watched enough of Kamara, but he's extremely talented. Not to hype him up, but at first glance, he reminded me of LaDainian Tomlinson.

  • News: The Tennessee Volunteers have decided to make Kamara their starting punt returner this week against the Florida Gators. It'll be interesting to see how he performs. Keep an eye on Florida's LB Jarrad Davis (MPI rank: 6) and S Marcus Maye (MPI rank: 7) against Kamara and Tennessee's rushing attack. 


4. (Last Week rank: 5) Luke Falk, QB, Washington State: Falk (6-foot-4, 205 lbs) has prototype height, although he may need to add some weight. The Redskins may have a developmental QB in Nate Sudfeld already in the fold, but the position could still be of interest. Especially considering the foggy status of current starter Kirk Cousins

  • News: Pro Football Focus has ranked Falk as the 9th best college football QB through three weeks of play. Falk isn't a household name yet, but I think his draft stock is quietly rising. 

5.   (Last Week rank: 4) Ethan Pocic, C, LSU: Pocic will be one of the better centers in next year's draft. He has good strength at the point of attack and an ability to get to the second level.

  • News: Pocic played a little left tackle in Week Two against the Mississippi State Bulldogs due to an injury at the position. He fared well and showed some quality footwork.

6.  (Last Week rank: 7) Jarrad Davis LB, Florida: Davis is another guy I watched indirectly on film when studying 2016 draft prospects. In my opinion, Davis was the best player I saw on that super talented Florida defense and I still hold that thought. He has some freakish traits.

  • News: Davis continues to shine. He had 1.5 sacks against North Texas last week. 

7. (Last Week rank: 9) Marcus Maye, S, Florida: Maye is a guy I watched, indirectly, a lot on film last draft season. He flashed range and good tackling ability but was extremely inconsistent. He has played very well early this season and could be a top safety in next year's draft. 

  • News: Maye joined Davis in the 5-sack party against North Texas last week. Maye was able to notch one of his own. He also continues to show growth. 

8. (Last Week rank: 8) David Jones, S, Richmond: This senior safety could be one of those small school risers in next year's draft. He has great size (6ft 2, 210) and athleticism.  

9.  (Last Week rank: 6) Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas: Wise will probably be a 4-3 end/3-4 OLB in the NFL. He's a long athlete with solid pass rushing skills.  

10. (Last Week rank: 10) Billy Price, OG, Ohio State: Price was initially recruited as a defensive lineman but moved to the offensive line at Ohio State. He's still fairly new to the position and has shown signs of great upside. 

Weekend Player WatchMyles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M vs Arkansas 

Garrett is widely considered to be the top prospect in next year's draft. He'll get a great challenge this week against an Arkansas offensive line that's very good. 

You can find Emmanual on Twitter @manny_benton.

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