2016's three-and-out candidates

The second edition of the Premium Prospect Board for the Class of 2016 looks at prospects who project as three-and-out college performers. Essentially, these are players who should produce at a high enough level to warrant an early declaration for the NFL draft as true juniors.

Criteria for prospects are based on:

  • Instant-impact talent for the college level

  • Circumstances that will allow for early playing time for committed team

  • Specific value at that position in the NFL

  • Readiness in terms of physical attributes and mental makeup

  • Readiness in terms of refined skill set and technique

Top 10 Instant-Impact Recruits

1. DT Rashan Gary
ESPN 300 Rank: 1
Breakdown: Gary is at a premium interior position and will likely get enough action as a true freshman to set him up for two consecutive strong seasons, especially if he can stay healthy. The technical side will only become more refined as Gary gains experience, but when it comes to requisite skill set he has the goods.