This is the 57th year I have produced rankings of NFL draft prospects. In the early years when I was with the Cowboys, we had only a fraction of the information we have today, with very few confirmed measurements and times for prospects.
But that has all changed. I can now look at my database and pull the confirmed short-shuttle or three-cone time of the 947th-ranked prospect instantaneously ... and in a matter of seconds have on my computer screen in front of me all the third-down-and-short run plays he was involved in at his Div. III school.
It makes an evaluator's job easier and harder at the same time. There's so much more to consider with the overload of information, but ultimately it's more accurate info, which should (in theory) make draft boards around the league more informed and precise.
With that said, here are my "Hot 150" prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Man, my draft season would be a hell of a lot easier if I was Gil Brandt. It's my dream to have this all at my fingertips. Closest I came was someone in draft scout world released a spreadsheet for the 2013 Draft class-- all measurements, testing, scouting report exceprts from scouts, links to video for top 100 prospects or so. Fing fantastic. I waited and waited for the same source to publish in 2014... no dice.