Leonard Fournette

LSU running back Leonard Fournette waits to be tested at the NFL football scouting combine Friday, March 3, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ORG XMIT: INDP

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Is former LSU star running back Leonard Fournette now a solid top-5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft? And is there a chance former Tiger safety Jamal Adams could drop outside of the Top 5?

Those are some of the scenarios playing out in experts' minds as they attempt to project the first round of the draft on April 27-29.

The only other Tiger on the experts' Round 1 radar is cornerback Tre'Davious White, who is snatched up by the Saints at the No. 11 pick in one projection, but mostly falls into the late first round to early second.

Here's a summary of recent projections (click each link to see the full report):

NFL.com's analyst projections (multiple) 

  • Adams from No. 3 to No. 7: "Natural-born leader of men. Well-built. Will not hesitate as a hitter."
  • Fournette from No. 4 to No. 8: "Always the hammer and never the nail."
  • White from No. 11 to No. 32: "Best suited for all forms of man coverage. Should compete as special teams performer."

CBSSports.com's Rob Rang

  • Adams at No. 3 to Chicago: "A tone-setter with a rare combination of instincts, athleticism and intangibles"
  • Fournette at No. 4 to Jacksonville: "Not as impressive at the combine as expected but he is a freakish talent."

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FoxSports.com's Dieter Kurtenbach

  • Adams at No. 4 to Jacksonville: "Adams is the cream of the crop for safeties. He can play right away."
  • Fournette at No. 15 to Indianapolis: "Having a player like Fournette fall to 15 is incredible luck."

SportingNews.com's Vinnie Iyer

  • Adams at No. 3 to Chicago: "Adams can lay the hammer down upfield against the run ... but also drop back to shine in coverage."
  • Fournette at No. 4 to Jacksonville: "The best pure runner in the draft class."
  • White at No. 27 to Kansas City: "A physical, sound cover man"

SBNation.com's Dan Kadar

  • Adams at No. 7 to Los Angeles: "He can come down and work near the line of scrimmage and has enough range to drop."
  • Fournette at No. 8 to Carolina: "Fournette is a player who can change the tenor of the offense in Carolina."
  • White at No. 29 to Green Bay: "An aggressive cornerback who started four seasons in the SEC. He should be able to push for a starting job as a rookie."

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