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Top 150 college football players for 2017: Nos. 1-10

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Editor's note: Last week, NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter revealed his initial ranking of college football's top 50 players heading into 2017. Now, he goes deeper, revealing his top 150 players for 2017. Click through the tabs above to see the full rankings.

I suppose now that the 2017 NFL Draft is behind us, I could take a summer vacation. I could take in some baseball and watch the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Nah. I'm getting ready for the upcoming college football season. Getting to know players before the fall is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for me.

These prospects are already on my radar for viewing this fall. After just a limited look this spring, I'm already excited to watch more from these future NFL players.

Here are Nos. 1-10 in my rankings of CFB's best players heading into the 2017 season:

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1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: Oliver was the most impressive freshman defender in recent college football history. He'll be a constant thorn in the side of offenses for the foreseeable future.

2. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson did not end the year on a high note, but his talent as a thrower and runner gives him a great chance to be the first repeat Heisman winner since Archie Griffin.

3. Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Darnold is considered the nation's top young quarterback in NFL scouting circles due to his physical attributes and mental aptitude. He'll carry his young receiving corps in 2017.

4. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: The former walk-on and Texas Tech transfer could be a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second year in a row. His mobility, toughness and ability to stretch the field help him overcome a lack of size to be a dangerous offensive threat.

5. Derwin James, S, Florida State: James was injured two games into last season, but will be full throttle in 2017. The tall, long safety is a secure tackler against the run and has the ball skills to create turnovers in coverage.

6. Connor Williams, OT, Texas: Athletic, physically imposing, well-balanced, stout ... there's not much negative to say about Williams. He's the top offensive lineman in college football.

7. Arden Key, DE, LSU: Key, yet another tall and lean LSU pass rusher, came into the national spotlight last year as a sophomore. Key has the potential to be a Pro Bowler. He took a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons in February, but coach Ed Orgeron expects him to return next month.

8. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Barkley is an elusive and strong back. He's able to carry the mail and break off the big play. He figures large in Penn State's return to national prominence.

9. Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan: Michigan got everything it expected last season from the five-star recruit. His size and athleticism on the edge makes him a tough ask outside and an excellent pass rusher inside.

10. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: It's fitting for the Cowboys to have a gunslinger at quarterback. Allen's arm strength, mobility, and willingness to throw all over the field make him an intriguing prospect.

Follow Chad Reuter on Twitter @chad_reuter.

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