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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 3.0 – 2016

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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 3.0 – 2016
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Just hours before what we all have been waiting for gets under way CPGM gives you the Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 3.0 – 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

Juice

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

I’m in a holding pattern but I would like to point out that Jacoby Brissett and Brandon Doughty are my sleepers. Could Cody Kessler be the first QB since Carson Palmer to make good out of USC?

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. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
  5. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

I cannot express how upset I will be if/when Dallas selects Ezekiel Elliot at #4. Jerry don’t do it, reconsider… Need the Chargers to draft DeForest Buckner so the Boys can draft Jalen Ramsey. Let’s field a good defense as opposed to trying to protect the defense.

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. Tyler BoydPittsburgh ↑(NR)

I don’t like Will Fuller as much as everyone else despite his eye-popping numbers. He doesn’t much other than a deep threat with inconsistent hands. Give me the polish of Tyler Boyd instead. 1 thru 4 etched in stone.

Tight End

Headley

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

Juice

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

College football routinely fails to take advantage of the mismatches the tight end can create. Oh, and Ben Braunecker (Harvard) and Thomas Duarte (UCLA) are intriguing Day 3 prospects.

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

No movement here but it should be noted that Le’Raven Clark is widely considered to have more upside than both Taylor Decker and Jason Spriggs on the blindside.

Interior Offensive Lineman

Headley

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

Juice

  1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
  2. Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  3. Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  4. Vadal Alexander, LSU
  5. Germain IfediTexas A&M 

Interior Defensive Lineman

Headley

  1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  2. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  3. Kenny Clark, UCLA ↑(4)
  4. Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech ↑(5)
  5. Chris Jones, Mississippi State ↑(NR)

Juice

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

I’m going to hold at interior defensive line but every time I evaluate the athletes within this position group I’m in awe. The sheer depth of quality prospects at the position is overwhelming. If you’re debating on which receiver to select or which quarterback to pick after the Top 2 are off the board just do yourself a favor and address the interior defensive lineman.

Edge Rusher

Headley

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

Juice

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

Interestingly enough, Noah Spence may very well be the most gifted pass rusher on this list but his tweener status, lack of explosion and sketchy off-field history gives me some pause. Whereas Leonard Floyd (3-4 OLB or nothing) doesn’t have quite the same level of production but he does have the explosiveness and length that brings Von Miller to mind. I almost ranked Shaq Lawson higher than Joey Bosa. Lawson was stuck behind some talented pass rushers at Clemson including Vic Beasley but whenever he was on the field he was highly productive. He lives in the opponent’s backfield and obviously you saw what he did as a starter despite a series of nagging injuries…

Linebacker

Headley

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA
  2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  3. Darron Lee, Ohio State
  4. Scooby Wright, Arizona
  5. Deion Jones, LSU ↑(NR)

Juice

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA
  2. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  3. Darron Lee, Ohio State
  4. Deion Jones, LSU ↑(5)
  5. Scooby Wright, Arizona ↑(NR)

The injury concerns push Jaylon Smith out of the Top 5 and Scooby Wright’s production earns him the fifth spot despite some injury concerns of his own and limited ability in space. That being said he could have a Chris Borland type impact inside in a 34 scheme. I would be remised if I didn’t mention Su’a Cravens (WILL – OLB), Kentrell Brothers (ILB), and Antonio Morrison (ILB). Neither linebacker wows from a measurable standpoint and they are scheme dependent but they have instincts and a nose for the football not unlike Scooby Wright.

Cornerback

Headley

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

Juice

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

Despite my affinity for Mackensie Alexander I expect him to go through an adjustment period when entering the league. Perhaps he doesn’t have the ball-skills Adam Jones possess but by the second half of his rookie year (maybe year 2) I expect Alexander to be a highly effective corner inside and outside the numbers. Who says corners have to by 6 feet tall to play on the outside? Ask Jason Verrett, Orlando Scandrick, and the artist formerly known as “Pacman.”

Safety

Headley

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

Juice

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

Keanu Neal vaults up my safety rankings as he possess a more complete player profile than Jeremy Cash and has a higher ceiling than Thompson and Bell in my opinion. Keep an eye out for DeAndre Houston-Carson out of William & Mary on Day 3 of the draft. Simply put, “playmaker” with the coverage and tackling ability expected of the modern safety.

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