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NFL Draft Top 5 at each Position

Quarterback:

  1. Jameis Winston (6-4, 230) Florida State
  2.  Marcus Mariota (6-4, 222) Oregon
  3. Brett Hundley (6-3, 225) UCLA
  4. Bryce Petty (6-3, 230) Baylor
  5. Sean Mannion (6-5, 230) Oregon State

The 2015 NFL Draft class of Quarterbacks is really weak overall. Winston should go with the top pick to Tampa Bay, but he could still have serious legal problems. Scouts describe Mariota as raw, but at least he should never cause the team that takes him any problems.

Hundley has been called overrated, but teams are so desperate for Quarterbacks that he could still be a first round pick. Bryce Petty and Sean Mannion did not impress at the NFL Combine, but teams really need Quarterbacks so they could go as early as the 2nd round.

Garrett Grayson (6-2, 215) Colorado State, Connor Halliday (6-3, 195) Washington State, Cody Fajardo (6-1, 225) Nevada, and Shane Carden (6-2, 220) East Carolina are other guys that could be drafted.

Nick Marshall (6-1, 205) Auburn and Blake Sims (5-11, 220) Alabama are tremendous athletes and could get picked for other positions.

The most intriguing prospect in this draft is Brandon Bridge ‘Air Canada’ (6-4, 230) South Alabama. The  Canadian product is as raw as they come, but he has enormous potential and a very strong arm.

 

 

 

Running Back:

  1. Todd Gurley (6-1, 225) Georgia
  2. Melvin Gordon (6-1, 215) Wisconsin
  3. Tevin Coleman (5-11, 185) Indiana
  4. Jay Ajayi (6-0, 220) Boise State
  5. Ameer Abdullah (5-9, 205) Nebraska

The Running Back class is the exact opposite of the Quarterback class. It is deep and talented. Any NFL franchise should be very happy with Gurley, Gordon or Coleman. Ajayi and Abdullah are also very talented Running Backs and could help an NFL team out immediately.

There are a number of other really gifted Running Backs out there like Cameron Artis-Payne (5-10, 215) Auburn, T.J. Yeldon (6-1, 225) Alabama,  Duke Johnson (5-9, 205) Miami, Jeremy Langford (6-0, 210) Michigan State and Mike Davis (5-9, 215) South Carolina if he is healthy. Langford had the best 40 time of any Running Back at the Combine.

Some Running Backs like Buck Allen (6-0, 220) USC and Matt Jones (6-2, 230) Florida, should have stayed in school in my opinion. They will be picked, more than likely, but coming out next year could have been way more better for their check books.

 

Wide Receiver: 

  1. Amari Cooper (6-1, 210) Alabama
  2. Kevin White (6-3, 215) West Virginia
  3. DeVante Parker (6-3, 210) Louisville
  4. Jaelen Strong (6-2, 215) Arizona State
  5. Dorial Green-Beckham (6-5, 235) Missouri

This is a great, great Wide Receiver class. Cooper is awesome, but Kevin White may even be better and drafted ahead of him. White was outstanding at the combine. Parker is a big receiver and highly desirable and so is Strong. Green-Beckham would have been at the top of this list probably if he had not been booted off the team at Missouri. He’s an outstanding talent.

There are a large number of other very intriguing prospects. They are almost too numerous to list. Devin Smith (6-0, 195) Ohio State, Sammie Coates (6-1, 215) Auburn, Rashad Greene (5-11, 180) Florida State, Vince Mayle (6-2, 225) Washington State, Phillip Dorsett (5-10, 185) Miami, Nelson Agholor (6-0, 200) USC, Stefon Diggs (6-0, 195) Maryland, Ty Montgomery (6-0, 220) Stanford and Tyler Lockett (5-10, 180) Kansas State just to name some of them

Chris Conley (6-2, 215) Georgia moved up his draft status with a tremendous4.35 40 time at the combine at 215 pounds and he had a 45 inch vertical. That’s almost super human.

Devin Funchess was a combine disappointment but he is still 6-4, 232, and that size interests NFL teams. Scouts question the hands of Funchess and Sammie Coates.

If your favorite NFL team does not improve their Receiving corps this year, then there is something wrong.

 

 

Tight End:

  1. Maxx Williams (6-4, 250) Minnesota
  2. Clive Walford (6-4, 250) Miami
  3. Nick O’Leary (6-3, 250) Florida State
  4. Ben Koyack (6-5, 255) Notre Dame
  5. Tyler Kroft (6-5, 245) Rutgers

It’s a really weak class of Tight Ends, but a lot of that is because college teams are just not using the Tight End all that much any more.

Maxx Williams is easily the best Tight End in this group, but is it by default is the question. Walford is a good prospect. O’Leary was a good receiving threat at Florida State, but was a disappointment at the combine and ran a 4.90 40.

Koyack is Notre Dame and they always seem to do well in the NFL. Kroft is something of an unknown.

Rory Anderson (6-5, 245) South Carolina has some good potential. Jeff Heuerman (6-5, 255) Ohio State is a guy with good size and ability. A.J. Derby (6-4, 255) Arkansas and Blake Bell (6-6, 250) Oklahoma are former Quarterbacks that converted late in their college careers and are a bit rough.

Jesse James (6-7, 260) Penn State, C.J. Uzomah (6-5, 265) Auburn and Nick Boyle (6-4, 270) Delaware are big and athletic Tight Ends that may get some love from the NFL.

Of interest here is Jean Sifrin (6-5, 245) Massachusetts who is 26 years old and from the Bahamas and got a late start in football.

 

Tackles, Guards and Centers:

  1. Brandon Scherff (6-5, 320) Iowa
  2. Andrus Peat (6-7, 315) Stanford
  3. La’el Collins (6-4, 305) LSU
  4. Ereck Flowers (6-6, 330) Miami
  5. T.J. Clemmings (6-5, 310) Pittsburgh

Scherff is the best Offensive Lineman available in most people’s eyes and with good reason. Peat is an absolute beast. Collins is a road grader that might be a little rough in pass protection. Clemmings might be the prospect with the most long term potential.

Flowers did 37 reps with 225 pounds on the bench press which was the most of any at the Combine.

A.J. Cann (6-3, 315) South Carolina is the best Guard available and Cam Erving (6-5, 315) Florida State is the best Center. Erving could play all over the Offensive Line.

Cedric Ogbuehi (6-5, 305) Texas A%M is popular if you can say his name. D.J. Humphries (6-5, 305) Florida, Jake Fisher (6-6, 305) Oregon and Rob Havenstein (6-7, 320) Wisconsin are other well liked Tackles. While Tre Jackson  (6-4, 330) Florida State, Jarvis Harrison (6-4, 330) Texas A%M, Hronis Grasu (6-3, 300) Oregon and Laken Tomlinson (6-3, 325) Duke are some well loved Guards and Centers.

 

Defensive Ends:

  1. Leonard Williams (6-5, 300) USC
  2. Shane Ray (6-3, 245) Missouri
  3. Nate Orchard (6-3, 250) Utah
  4. Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 265) UCLA
  5. Danielle Hunter (6-5, 250) LSU

Leonard Williams is by far the best Defensive Lineman available. Ray is a monster coming off the edge. Orchard was one of the top sack guys in the nation, but never got the attention because he played at Utah. He gave highly regarded Tackle Andrus Peat from Stanford fits in their match up.

Good luck saying Odighizuwa, but he is as impressive a physical specimen as you will find. Hunter is a gifted athlete but the question on him is why so few sacks.

Preston Smith (6-5, 270)  Mississippi State is an impressive athlete. Henry Anderson (6-6, 295) Stanford is not the quickest guy available but he is a player. Trey Flowers (6-2, 265) Arkansas and Markus Golden (6-2, 260) Missouri were productive college players and could be desirable to NFL teams.

Mario Edwards Jr (6-3, 280) Florida State was somewhat disappointing at the Combine, but the same thing is partly true from his playing days for the Seminoles. He should have had better numbers.

 

Defensive Tackles and Nose Guards:

  1.  Danny Shelton (6-2, 340) Washington
  2. Malcom Brown (6-2, 320) Texas
  3. Jordan Phillips (6-5, 330) Oklahoma
  4. Eddie Goldman (6-4, 335) Florida State
  5. Arik Armstead (6-7, 290) Oregon

Shelton was super slow at the combine, but the man is an incredible football player. He just makes plays and anyone wanting a Nose Tackle should love Danny Shelton.

Brown is very, very solid at Tackle and should go early. Phillips is much like Shelton, but less productive on the field. Goldman will go fairly early because good Tackles are desirable.

Armstead could be the best Offensive Tackle in the draft. He played Defensive End in college but lacks the quickness needed at the next level.

Michael Bennett (6-2, 295) is a good one from Ohio State. Carl Davis (6-5, 320) Iowa has as much potential as anyone. Grady Jarrett (6-1, 305) is as good as anyone, but is on the short side and that might cost him. The man is a player, though, and it would be a mistake to pass on him. Clemson had the best defense in the country and Jarrett made things happen up front.

 

Outside Linebackers:

  1. Dante Fowler Jr (6-3, 260) Florida
  2. Vic Beasley (6-3, 245) Clemson
  3. Randy Gregory (6-5, 235) Nebraska
  4. Shaq Thompson (6-0, 230) Washington
  5. Hau’oli Kikaha (6-2, 255) Washington

There are some really intriguing athletes in this bunch starting maybe with Fowler. But, Beasley and Gregory are talented athletes that could be monsters in the NFL. Thompson could play Safety or even Running Back. Kikaha is a gifted talent and led the nation in sacks last season.

Bud Dupree (6-4, 270) Kentucky could be good for some team, but he is not consistent. Eli Harold (6-3, 245) Virginia is really good and so is Jordan Hicks (6-1, 235)  Texas. Some other players that could be good at Outside Linebacker are Kwon Alexander (6-1, 230) LSU,  Lorenzo Mauldin (6-4, 260) Louisville and Max Valles (6-5, 250) Virginia.

A big sleeper here is Kyle Emmanuel (6-3, 255) North Dakota State.

 

Inside Linebackers:

  1. Benardrick McKinney (6-4, 245) Mississippi State
  2. Paul Dawson (6-0, 235) TCU
  3. Denzel Perryman (5-11, 235) Miami
  4. Eric Kendricks (6-0, 230) UCLA
  5. Stephone Anthony (6-3, 245) Clemson

McKinney is a beast in the middle. Dawson was disappointing at the Combine, but he says he’s a football player and not a track star.

Perryman was a very productive Linebacker for Miami. Kendricks does not have ideal size, either, but he just makes plays. Anthony might be an underrated player.

Taiwan Jones (6-3, 245) Michigan State had a good career for the Spartans and would be a solid pick. Ramik Wilson (6-2, 235) Georgia, Hayes Pullard (6-0, 240) USC, A.J. Johnson (6-2, 245) Tennessee and Mike Hull (6-0, 240) Penn State are good, solid choices at Inside Linebacker.

I like A.J. Tarpley (6-2, 240) Stanford and Amarlo Herrera (6-1, 245) Georgia, also.

 

Cornerbacks:

  1. Trae Waynes (6-0, 185) Michigan State
  2. Marcus Peters (6-0, 195) Washington
  3. Jalen Collins (6-1, 205) LSU
  4. P.J. Williams (6-0, 195) Florida State
  5. Kevin Johnson (6-0, 190) Wake Forest

Most people think Waynes is the best out there, and I agree. Peters, P.J. Williams and Johnson are special corners. Collins has not played that much, but has some super talent and the size that NFL teams love and he should go pretty early.

Quinten Rollins (5-11, 195) Miami (Oh) is an interesting prospect. He was a point guard in basketball and only took up football after his eligibility in basketball was used up. He has a lot of natural ability, but clearly he will be raw.

Ronald Darby (5-11, 195) Florida State improved his standing with a great Combine showing.

Josh Shaw (6-0, 200) USC is a talented player, but got in some trouble and was suspended for his senior season.

Senquez Golson (5-9, 175) Ole Miss was second in the nation in Interceptions with 10. He’s a great player, but really small.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (5-9, 180) Oregon had something of a disappointing senior season.

 

 

Safeties:

  1. Landon Collins (6-0, 227) Alabama
  2. Anthony Harris (6-1, 185) Virginia
  3. Derron Smith (5-10, 180) Fresno State
  4. Kurtis Drummond (6-1, 205) Michigan State
  5. Gerrod Holliman (6-0, 220) Louisville

Landon Collins is head and shoulders above the rest. Holliman intercepted 14 passes on 2014 tying a record set in 1968 by Al Worley of Washington.

There are a number of prospects out there like Jaquiski Tartt (6-1, 220) Stamford.