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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 1.0

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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 1.0
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Quarterback

Headley

  1. Jameis Winston, Florida State
  2. Marcus  Mariota, Oregon
  3. Garret Grayson, Colorado State
  4. Bryce Petty, Baylor
  5. Sean  Mannion, Oregon State

Let’s be honest, this list could of been narrowed into a Top 2 list. Winston vs. Mariota. Winston is my top QB and I’m not sure it’s as close as many experts project. Give me the pro style quarterback who anticipates his throws over the super athletic off the field nice guy who comes from a college system which doesn’t translate to the league.

Juice

  1. Jameis Winston, Florida State
  2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  3. Garret Grayson, Colorado State
  4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
  5. Rakeem Cato, Marshall

Frankly, Winston is the only quarterback that I would draft on Day 1. I prefer 3-to-4 year starters but quarterbacks that play their college ball in a pro system at a high level in this day and age are like unicorns. Cato, isn’t getting much attention from scouts due primarily to his size (6’1, 176) but there is a ton of production and experience here in a poor QB draft, I would take a flier late on Day 3. Think, poor man’s Teddy Bridgewater. I’m punting on Bryce Petty (Baylor) and Brett Hundley (UCLA), let someone else reach.

Running back

Headley

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
  3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
  4. Duke Johnson, Miami (FL)
  5. Jay  Ajayi, Boise State

In a position that might be the deepest in the draft, it’s hard to just make a top 5 list at running back. Tevin Coleman (Indiana), Mike Davis (South Carolina) and T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) are just a few more names who can have an impact year one. Gordon is the class at the running back position with the injury to Todd Gurley last season. Gurley is still a beast who should not be far behind Gordon in the first round. Yes, there should be two running backs drafted in the first round this year (no backs drafted in first round last 2 seasons) as both Gordon and Gurley have immense talent.

Juice

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
  3. Tevin Coleman, Indiana
  4. Duke Johnson, Miami (FL)
  5. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

I have to echo Headley’s trepidation narrowing an incredibly deep class of running backs to a Top 5 list and if this was 2005 as opposed to 2015 there might be as many as five running backs taken in the first round considering how impressive this class is. I struggled with Coleman, Johnson and Abdullah at three thru five but settled on the order above due to Duke Johnson’s durability concerns and the fact that I have never seen Ameer Abdullah pass protect. Neither have the size Gordon, Gurley or Coleman have but their instincts as ball-carriers are on par with the Top 2. If you’re unfamiliar with Coleman, he rushed for over 2,000 yards for Indiana…INDIANA, with 228 yards and 3 TDs coming against the eventual National Champions the Ohio State Buckeyes. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jeremy Langford (Michigan State), completely overshadowed by Gordon, Coleman and Abdullah in the Big 10 but would be an absolute steal if he were to make it to Day 3.

Wide Receiver

Headley

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
  2. Kevin White, West Virginia
  3. DaVante Parker, Louisville
  4. Dorian Green-Beckham, Missouri
  5. Jamison Crowder, Duke

Kevin White out of West Virginia has been flying up my draft board the more  and more I watch his tape. 6’3 physical receiver who high points the ball out of the air ala Larry Fitzgerald with speed who can take a five yard slant the distance. With all that said Amari Cooper is still my number one receiver who game after game dominated with his impeccable route running and game changing ability.

Juice

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
  2. DaVante Parker, Louisville
  3. Kevin White, West Virginia
  4. Rashad Greene, Florida State
  5. Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL)

Another deep class of receivers headlined by Cooper, Parker and White. Cooper earned the #1 spot with his high level of consistency but I think Parker may have a higher ceiling. You can’t ignore White’s physical tools and his productivity this past season at #3. Rashad Greene is as smooth as they come, he reminds me of Marvin Harrison. He’s the most decorated receiver in FSU’s history. Phillip Dorsett has the makings of T.Y. Hilton.The Hurricanes’ coaching staff simply didn’t do a good job of getting him the football, that will change in the NFL. Breshad Perriman (UCF) and Dorian Green-Beckham (Missouri) are intriguing prospects but have too many question marks to make the Top 5.

Tight End

Headley

  1. Clive Walford, Miami (FL)
  2. Devin Funchess, Michigan
  3. Maxx Williams, Minnesota
  4. Nick O’Leary, Florida State
  5. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame

Devin Funchess is quite the enigma heading into this year’s draft. Will he play WR or TE at the next level? Whichever team drafts Funchess will probably have already figured out that to maximize his potential at the next level he is better suited to play move tight end where he can matchup against linebackers and a safeties. Walford takes my number one spot due to the fact he is better all around tight end who can play inline as well as split out.

Juice

  1. Clive Walford, Miami (FL)
  2. Maxx Williams, Minnesota
  3. Devin Funchess, Michigan
  4. Nick O’Leary, Florida State
  5. Gerald Christian, Louisville

Maxx Williams may very well be the best athlete in this class of tight ends and despite being one of the bigger players at his position his straight line speed and ability to separate may vault him into the first round of this draft. While not as athletically gifted as Williams, Clive Walford’s hands, route running, body control, in-line and move tight end ability screams complete football player and is the reason why he is my top Tight End.

Offensive Tackle

Headley

  1. La’el Collins, LSU
  2. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
  3. Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)
  4. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
  5. Andrus Peat, Stanford

The tackle position doesn’t have your Top 5 pick stud but in my opinion has a good class with many future starters. T.J. Clemmings could be the best in the class but is a raw talent who will need great tutelage at the next level. The combine will be big for this position where someone can break away from the pack and earn a Top 10 selection.

Juice

  1. Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL)
  2. La’el Collins, LSU
  3. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
  4. Andrus Peat, Stanford
  5. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

This is a fluid Top 5, the combine will sway pro scouts but I have to check the tape again. Flowers  will be a good left tackle or a Pro Bowl right tackle. He also has the ability to play guard if need be. That high ceiling at right tackle and the versatility to play as many as four offensive line positions is why he currently resides at #1.

Interior Offensive Lineman

Headley

  1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
  2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke
  3. Cameron Erving, Florida State
  4. Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech
  5. Tre Jackson, Florida State

Senior Bowl standouts Laken Tomlinson and Shaq Mason have moved up on my board. Brandon Scherff still remains at top as he possesses power and strength with the ability to move if asked to play in a zone blocking scheme.

Juice

  1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa
  2. Cameron Erving, Florida State
  3. A.J Cann, South Carolina
  4. Laken Tomlinson, Duke
  5. Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech

Schreff and Erving get the nod at the top due to their versatility but Cann, Tomlinson and Mason at 3 thru 5 may very well end up being better pros.

Interior Defensive Lineman

Headley

  1. Leonard Williams, USC
  2. Danny Shelton, Washington
  3. Eddie Goldman, Florida State
  4. Malcom Brown, Texas
  5. Arik Armstead, Oregon

Another strong position is interior defensive lineman with Jordan Phillips (Oklahoma), Michael Bennett (Ohio State), and Carl Davis (Iowa) rounding out the best of the rest. Look for teams to gobble up all eight of these guys within the first round as there is a great mix between run stoppers and athletic guys who can get to the quarterback.

Juice

  1. Leonard Williams, USC
  2. Danny Shelton, Washington
  3. Malcom Brown, Texas
  4. Arik Armstead, Oregon
  5. Eddie Goldman, Florida State

Williams can play inside or on the edge, or in an even or odd man front. Disruptive, stout against the run and an accomplished pass rusher. Shelton will find himself in the Top 10 as well. I would like to see a more consistent pass rush from Armstead and Goldman but their respective effectiveness against the run and the ability to play in multiple schemes is encouraging.

Edge Rusher

Headley

  1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska
  2. Shane Ray, Missouri
  3. Dante Fowler, Florida
  4. Vic Beasley, Clemson
  5. Bud Dupree, Kentucky

Pass Rushers are invaluable in today’s NFL as teams are passing at an all time high rate. This year’s draft is top heavy with top tier pass rushers who can make an impact immediately for many franchises. Randy Gregory is a little more raw than Shane Ray and Dante Fowler but has the upside to be the best in the class.

Juice

  1. Dante Fowler, Florida
  2. Shane Ray, Missouri
  3. Randy Gregory, Nebraska
  4. Vic Beasley, Clemson
  5. Bud Dupree, Kentucky

Vic Beasley might be a better pass rusher than Shane Ray but his size may ultimately limit him to being a situational pass rusher… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, Fowler is the most complete among the Edge Rushers. Meanwhile, Gregory has the most impressive physical gifts.

Linebacker

Headley

  1. Paul Dawson, TCU
  2. Denzel Perryman, Miami (FL)
  3. Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
  4. Stephone Anthony, Clemson
  5. Eric Kendricks, UCLA

With the talent at interior defensive lineman and pass rushers in the draft the prototype line backing position may get overlooked. Paul Dawson and Denzel Perryman have the best all around three down potential at the position. Look for one of the two to get into the end of the first round.

Juice

  1. Denzel Perryman, Miami (FL)
  2. Paul Dawson, TCU
  3. Eric Kendricks, UCLA
  4. Stephone Anthony, Clemson
  5. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville

Denzel Perryman isn’t going to wow you with athleticism but he wrote the book on tackling and his high football IQ and blue-collar work ethic is why he will play in the NFL for a long time at a high level. Lorenzo Mauldin probably doesn’t belong on this list as he’s more of an edge rusher but I have to re-visit Benardick McKinney’s (Mississippi State) tape before he makes my Top 5. Additional film study on Shaq Thompson (Washington) is warranted too. It pains me not to have A.J. Johnson (Tennessee) on this list but his off-the-field concerns can’t be ignored.

Cornerback

Headley

  1. Marcus Peters, Washington
  2. Trae Waynes, Michigan State
  3. Kevin White, TCU
  4. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
  5. Jalen Collins, LSU

The cornerback position in my opinion isn’t strong but there are a few gems in this class who can potentially be good players in the league. Three who stood out to me in the Senior Bowl were Kevin White, Steve Nelson (Oregon St.), and Quinten Rollins (Miami of Ohio).

Juice

  1. Trae Waynes, Michigan State
  2. Marcus Peters, Washington
  3. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
  4. Kevin White, TCU
  5. Jalen Collins, LSU

Collins has all the measurable traits but he is severely lacking in technique. Quinten Rollins (Miami of Ohio) played basketball for four years in college and only played one year of football but his 6’1 203 frame, seven interceptions and an impressive Senior Bowl showing despite his inexperience suggests there is a lot to work with.  Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu makes the Top 5 had it not been for a significant knee injury during postseason practice.

Safety

Headley

  1. Landon Collins, Alabama
  2. Shaq Thompson, Washington
  3. Gerod Holliman, Louisville
  4. Anthony Harris, Virginia
  5. Derron Smith, Fresno St.

The safety position is even weaker than the cornerback position as Landon Collins is at the top of the class but has weaknesses himself. Collins is more of a in the box safety who might have difficulty covering at the next level. Shaq Thompson is the defensive Devin Funchess who can either play linebacker or safety. Look for the team who drafts Thompson to transition him to safety where he can play in space predominantly.

Juice

  1. Landon Collins, Alabama
  2. Derron Smith, Fresno St.
  3. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
  4. Gerod Holliman, Louisville
  5. Anthony Harris, Virginia

I don’t love Landon Collins but I can’t make a case for anyone else at #1. Holliman has crazy ball-hawk tendencies but work ethic and personality concerns linger. Kurtis Drummond (Michigan St.) and Damarious Randall (Arizona State) are intriguing prospects that warrant additional film study. As for Shaq Thompson….is he a safety?

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