Ranking the top 50 potential NFL free agents in 2017

Which NFL free agents could be on the move? (1:15)

This may not be a loaded class of NFL free agents. But John Clayton identifies some of the best talents who could be wearing different uniforms next season, including former Patriot Jamie Collins and four other current Patriots. (1:15)

The 2017 NFL free-agent class isn't considered to be as good as others in recent years, mainly because the 2013 draft, which primarily feeds the list with fifth-year players, wasn't very good. But there is still plenty of talent at the top.

Several players in my top 50 won't be on this list in March; they'll either get the franchise tag or sign contract extensions. This free-agent class appears to be loaded on defense and thin in many offensive positions.

Here's my ranking of the top free agents in 2017:

1. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Two suspensions in two years had the Steelers wondering about Bell's off-the-field decision-making. His talent was never a question, however. He's the franchise running back being compared to Marcus Allen. He could get the franchise tag this offseason.