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NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. recently unveiled his Too-Early 2017 Big Board and included LSU running back Leonard Fournette and safety Jamal Adams in his Top 5.

1. Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M Aggies
2. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers
4. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson Tigers
5. Jamal Adams, S, LSU Tigers
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3. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers

Big, bruising, fast ... but let's keep an eye on the mileage. Fournette is a dynamic talent, that rare running back who generates excitement for teams drafting in Round 1. But he carried 300 times last season and is at 487 carries in two years. Will LSU use him up?

5. Jamal Adams, S, LSU Tigers

I had his dad, George, in the 1985 draft guide, and Jamal might be even better. He was the top safety in the country as a high school senior and has continued to dominate at LSU. He plays with tenacity and aggressiveness. He can cover, attack the line and has good ball skills.
Kiper's full 2017 big board on ESPN Insider is pay-protected and can be seen here.
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19 Comments
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Rakim97 months
Robinson? Dudes been starting at left tackle since freshman year. He is a 10 year franchise player but not in top 5, okay?
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S97 months
Tim Williams at 2? Yeesh
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DoubleDown97 months
It's Kiper's opinion and God forbid a Bama player be ahead of an L5U player. It's gonna be a shame when it goes to L6U. It just doesn't have the same look and feel. Oh well.
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BIGJLAW98 months
Some mad l5u fans on here.
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WestlakeTiger98 months
Is it sad LSU was in the running for 3-5, possibly 4-5 to play here?
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JustinT3798 months
Kiper's list does not matter! Cam Robinson & Christian McCaffrey will both be picked before Tim Williams & Deshaun Watson.
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LetGeauxMyEggo98 months
BS Tim Williams has been good but he ain't close to Myles Garrett or LF
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Datbayoubengal98 months
Tim Williams is nothing but a 3rd down specialist at this point. The NFL loves to overrate these types that have nothing else to their game. He should improve, but I doubt it's enough to be a legit top 10 player.
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DoubleDown98 months
Tim Williams was a rotational guy last season because that Dline was stacked. He's a sack expert and every NFL team needs that. So apparently he is...
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Datbayoubengal98 months
Go ahead and waste a top 10 pick on a guy that does nothing but rush the passer. That's a surefire way to have a bust. Again, if he does improve, then it's a different story, but his rankings right now make zero sense. I saw some fool compare him to Khalil Mack, ummm, WTF?
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DoubleDown98 months
@ThreauxDown11 - his workload was greatly increased this past season and he even played 1 game less than every other starting RB in the country. It's the same argument LSU fans make against Bama RBs getting overused. You think it's a dumb argument when it's against L.F. but a good argument against Derrick Henry? Dumb.
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Datbayoubengal98 months
Henry ran almost 400 times last year. That's beyond ridiculous. He had 146 carries the last 4 games. That's damn near a full season worth of carries for the average starting RB.
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DoubleDown98 months
LF had 300 carries, I believe, and he split time and was a Soph. This was Henry's last year and they knew he was gonna get 95% of the carries. LF will get 95% of the carries this season and also get close or equal the same amount of carries for LSU this season.
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DoubleDown98 months
Factor in that LF had 1 less game and Derrick Henry had 3 more games than LF. Gotta factor in actual facts.
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9th Green At 998 months
Coached Tim Williams at U-High. Dude had talent, but I never believed he could be this good.
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Black n Gold98 months
Meanwhile, Hootie is still a back-up.
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LetGeauxMyEggo98 months
Sitting next to Tony Brown hahaha
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ThreauxDown1198 months
487 carries over two years is not that much. Wtf. what an idiot. That's less than 20 carries a game Which a stud like Fournette should be expected to carry at least 23-24 times a game.
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