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Lott IMPACT Trophy Candidates Head to NFL Early
- Updated: February 28, 2017
Eleven underclassmen, who were candidates for the 13th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy – including eventual winner Jabrill Peppers of Michigan – have declared early for the NFL draft in April.
A look at the 11 and where they might be drafted:
- Jabrill Peppers, LB-S, Michigan (winner): Expected to be chosen in first round.
- Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC (finalist): Late first round or second round.
- Jamal Adams, S, LSU (semi-finalist): First round, likely Top 10.
- Budda Baker, S, Washington (semi-finalist): Second round.
- Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State (semi-finalist): Second round.
- Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M (quarter-finalist): Could be the first overall pick.
- T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin (quarter-finalist): Second round.
- Derek Barnett, LB, Tennessee (watch list). First round.
- Charles Harris, DE, Missouri (watch list). Second round.
- Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State (watch list). First or second round.
- Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern (watch list). Third or fourth round.
Note: Finalist Jonathan Allen (DE, Alabama), a senior, is expected to be drafted early in the first round. He graduated from Alabama the day before the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet in December. Weston Steelhammer (S, Air Force), the other LIT finalist, could be drafted in the later rounds.
ANOTHER HONOR FOR ANNIE
The women’s basketball practice court at UCLA will be named after the legendary Ann Meyers-Drysdale, a member of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors (sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy).
Meyers-Drysdale was the first female to be offered an athletic scholarship at UCLA. She went on to be a four-time All-American.
DeMECO ON BOARD
DeMeco Ryans, winner of the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2005 and now a member of the Pacific Club IMPACT Advisory Board, has been named an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers.
Ryans enjoyed a stellar 10-year NFL career with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles.
SECOND ANNUAL HELMET SAFETY/PROPER TACKLING SEMINAR SET
A free seminar on helmet safety and proper tackling, designed specifically for high school players and coaches along with youth players and coaches, will be held Saturday, May 13 in Newport Beach, Ca. Details will be forthcoming.