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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 2.0 – 2016

DeForest Buckner
Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 2.0 – 2016
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With the Combine, Pro Days, and most personal/private work outs in the rear view mirror , we go back to the tape for the Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 2.0 – 2016.

Quarterback

Headley

  1. Jared Goff, California
  2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  4. Connor Cook, Michigan State
  5. Brandon Allen, Arkansas (NR)

Juice

  1. Jared Goff, California
  2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  4. Brandon Allen, Arkansas ↑(NR)
  5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Once upon a time I was one of the biggest Connor Cook supporters outside of East Lansing; but I have soured on him to the point he has dropped out of my Top 5 at the quarterback position. Frankly, it has nothing to do with his alleged flippant personality. He may find his way back among my Top 5 signal callers but that sub 60% completion percentage throughout his collegiate career bugs me. I’m not exactly a Paxton Lynch fan either with so many of his completions coming at or behind the line of scrimmage but he protects the football and looks good under pressure.

Running back

Headley

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  2. Devontae Booker, Utah
  3. Derrick Henry, Alabama
  4. Alex Collins, Arkansas
  5. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

Juice

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  2. Derrick Henry, Alabama
  3. Devontae Booker, Utah ↑(4)
  4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech ↑(5)
  5. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas ↑(NR)

I replace one Razorback with another. I still like Alex Collins but he’s a two-down back that doesn’t break enough tackles (credited with only 5 broken tackles over his last 475 carries). Jonathan Williams may have some long-term injury concerns but he’s a more complete running back (pass pro, receiver out of backfield). I’ll take both in a committee.

Wide Receiver

Headley

  1. Corey Coleman, Baylor
  2. Josh Doctson, TCU
  3. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  4. Will Fuller, Notre Dame
  5. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Juice

  1. Corey Coleman, Baylor
  2. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  3. Josh Doctson, TCU
  4. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma ↑(5)
  5. Will Fuller, Notre Dame ↓(4)

I watched a lot of Sterling Shepard during his days at Oklahoma and as I continue to watch his tape he continues to impress more and more. When it’s all said and done he may end up higher on this list.

Tight End

Headley

  1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas
  2. Austin Hooper, Stanford ↑(4)
  3. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  4. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina ↓(2)
  5. Thomas Duarte, UCLA ↑(NR)

Juice

  1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas
  2. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina
  3. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  4. Austin Hooper, Stanford
  5. Darion Griswold, Arkansas State

Offensive Tackle

Headley

  1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State ↑(4)
  4. Jason Spriggs, Indiana ↓(3)
  5. Taylor Decker, Ohio State

Juice

  1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  5. Jason Spriggs, Indiana ↑(NR)

Interior Offensive Lineman

Headley

  1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
  2. Ryan Kelly, Alabama ↑(NR)
  3. Joshua Garnett, Stanford ↑(5)
  4. Vadal Alexander, LSU ↓(2)
  5. Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas ↓(3)

Juice

  1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
  2. Joshua Garnett, Stanford ↑(4)
  3. Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  4. Vadal Alexander, LSU ↓(2)
  5. Germiain IfediTexas A&M ↑(NR)

Interior Defensive Lineman

Headley

  1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  2. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  3. Andrew Billings, Baylor ↑(NR)
  4. Kenny Clark, UCLA ↑(NR)
  5. Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Juice

  1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  2. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  3. Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech ↑(NR)
  4. Andrew Billings, Baylor
  5. Kenny Clark, UCLA ↑(NR)

Notice anything peculiar…? Yep, no SEC prospects in the Top 5. While that is certainly subject to change it speaks to the embarrassment of riches along the interior defensive line in the 2016 draft class. It also speaks to Robert Nkemdiche’s lack of productivity. Choir boys don’t make great 3-techniques but 6.5 sacks in 3 seasons isn’t cutting it.

Edge Rusher

Headley

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  2. Shaq Lawson, Clemson ↑(3)
  3. Leonard Floyd, Georgia ↑(5)
  4. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky ↓(2)
  5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson ↓(4)

Juice

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  2. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  3. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
  4. Kevin Dodd, Clemson
  5. Leonard Floyd, Georgia

Linebacker

Headley

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA ↑(2)
  2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama ↑(3)
  3. Darron Lee, Ohio State ↑(4)
  4. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame ↓(1)
  5. Scooby Wright, Arizona

Juice

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA ↑(2)
  2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama ↑(3)
  3. Darron Lee, Ohio State ↑(4)
  4. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame ↓(1)
  5. Deion Jones, LSU ↑(NR)

Cornerback

Headley

  1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida ↑(3)
  3. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech ↓(2)
  4. William Jackson III, Houston ↑(NR)
  5. Eli Apple, Ohio State

Juice

  1. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson ↑(2)
  2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida ↑(3)
  3. Eli Apple, Ohio State ↑(4)
  4. Artie Burns, Miami (FL) ↑(NR)
  5. Williams Jackson III, Houston ↑(NR)

I know, I know. Mackensie Alexander has no interceptions throughout his collegiate career. But there’s something about that guy… Outplayed William Fuller and Sterling Sheppard. As for Jalen Ramsey, who I am more confident than ever will be a Cowboy; he would be a very good corner perhaps the best in this class but he’s going to be an All-Pro at safety.

Safety

Headley

  1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  2. Karl Joseph, West Virginia ↑(3)
  3. Darian Thompson, Boise St. ↓(2)
  4. Vonn Bell, Ohio State ↑(5)
  5. Jeremy Cash, Duke ↓(4)

Juice

  1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  2. Darian Thompson, Boise St.
  3. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  4. Jeremy Cash, Duke
  5. Vonn Bell, Ohio State

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