2015 NFL Draft: Top Prospects For Every Position
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
-Mariota reminds many people of RGIII, he has insane accuracy and the breakaway speed of a running back. The only thing that Mariota lacks is the ability to throw for distance. Like most quarterbacks he has more precise accuracy when his targets are closer than farther down the field. One of the most impressive skills Mariota obtains is his ability to rollout of the pocket, NFL teams look for Quarterbacks who can throw inside the pocket as well as out.
Jameis Winston QB Florida State
-Winston is an immense talent, but the only fear that NFL teams will have with Winston is behavior. This is the guy that stole crab legs and was almost linked to a rape, this fears teams that he may be a time bomb that is waiting to explode. Everyone has seen that he is amazingly talented on both the baseball and football field but the question is can he stop himself from becoming the next Johnny Manziel? Winston has received both positive and negative attention but he needs to juggle his personal life and football.
Brett Hundley QB UCLA
-Hundley is very talented and he is the leader of the budding UCLA football team. There are some concerns when it comes to his pre-snap reads, his foot work, and ball placement but he has such a high roof for improvement he will be drafted to see if he can help a team down the road. For instance a team like the New England Patriots who are looks for a apprentice to Brady in case Jimmy Garoppolo or Ryan Mallet do not pan out for them.
Todd Gurley RB Georgia
-Gurley is a very speedy powerful running back that is headlining this years’ running back class. He runs 40 yards in 4.43 seconds which is insanely fast for his size. He is a bruising back that weighs 220 pounds who can run through defenders and around them, he is insanely quick. Gurley went to Georgia with Keith Marshall to be a two-headed monster, but Gurley has shined as the main piece to the puzzle. Many believe that Gurley is poised to win the Heisman this coming season, but in my opinion the record for the Georgia football team is in the air, which means so is his Heisman. If he can lead his team to a top 10 or even top 5 ranking I believe he has it in the bag.
T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama
-It seems that once an amazing running back leaves Alabama a equally or greater talent takes the other running backs place on the depth chart. When Ingram left Richardson came in, then Bama replaced Richardson with Yeldon. The recruiting skill is amazing at Bama and the Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier knows how to make a balance between run and pass. Yeldon does a great job holding the ball, he has the least amount of fumbles out of running backs.
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
-Few people know this but Montee Ball broke NCAA records while at Wisconsin and his successor Melvin Gordon is looking very promising. In the 2014 draft Gordon would have been the 1st back selected, which doesn’t mean much considering the first back, Bishop Sankey was selected 54th overall. Gordon returned to gain a diploma but he also wants to improve to be ranked higher on the draft boards, we will have to see how his season goes.
Amari Cooper WR Alabama
-Bama lost several receivers so Cooper will be expected to take a higher role. I predict that he runs away with his role and will become extremely successful and will be a gem in the draft. He is going to have to adapt to a new QB but he will be able to adapt and get close. The current front runner for the starting job is Jacob Coker who barely lost the starting position to Jameis Winston last season at Florida State.
Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
-Strong is a play making machine for the Sun Devils. Last season, in his first season of playing time, he has six 100-yard games with a 12-catch, 168 yard performance against the strong Stanford defense. He is very tall for a wide receiver at 6-4. His most important issue that he needs to develop is his route-running he is currently a very raw player, but if he takes the summer to develop he can do very well.
Dorial Green-Beckam WR Missouri?
-He has killed his chance at a high 1st round pick by being kicked off the Mizzou team, but he is looking to go to Eastern Illinois. Mizzou still hasn’t completely released him so he may be reinstated. He has been compared to AJ Green another SEC phenom but Green-Beckham has had issues with keeping out of trouble. He is 6-6 which is insane for a wide receiver. He can catch anything as long as its thrown high enough. Many people believe DeVante Parker should be on this list but in my opinion he hasn’t shown any improvement, Parker led a weak receiving core with a 744 yard season with around 14 drops, which is not reliable.
Devin Funchess TE Michigan
-With a increase in need for TE in the NFL it is important that tight ends are strong and quick. His 40 yard dash times rang from 4.62-4.84 which is exceptionally fast for a tight end. Tight ends are meant to be very big targets for the quarterback to hit seamlessly. Funchess is a 6-5 target that has great hands. He is the next Jimmy Graham. Funchess is a great talent but he needs help coming off the line for blocking,
Nick O’Leary TE Florida State
-This year has a shallow field when it comes to tight end. The number one prospect is Funchess, but a close second is O’Leary. O’Leary is not as fast nor as big but he has amazing hands and is a great blocker off the line. O’Leary can be held close next to the tackle on either side but he can also be split out wide to catch in the slot. This is a great combination, not many tight ends can block and and run routes.
Cameron Erving OT Florida State
-Erving was one of the main reasons Jameis Winston became a star and a Heisman Trophy winner. Erving has rock solid pass blocking skills as well as the strength to be a glorified down hill run blocker. He is very quick for his size and has a lightening quick kick step and drive. The most important thing for Cameron is to improve his kick slide and fundamentals to reach a professional level. Considering how much money GMs and Owners put into the offensive line nowadays he has the potential to be a top 5 pick.
Andrus Peat OT Sanford
– Peat has played on the left side his whole college career which give him the most experience. He is not as strong as Erving but he has a knack for opening up wholes for the running backs as well as the athleticism to reach the second level and make blocks. If the 2014 campaign works in his favor he can become a high 1st round pick. He has the intangibles to become a sought after franchise left tackle.
Cedric Ogbuehi OT/G Texas A&M
-Speed. Is the only word to explain how Ogbuehi can beat up on defensive ends. He is not the fastest when it comes to 40 times, but when it comes to getting off the ball and making the first move Ogbuehi is great. Ogbuehi decided to stay for his senior year to help himself become a better lineman and return the next year for the draft. Given his slender body and body type it is a possibility a team may want to move him inside to the guard position.
La’el Collins G/OT LSU
-Jeremy Hill had great success behind Collins. His run blocking was great sophomore year and it continued in junior year but his pass protection improved drastically as a junior. The only prediction that is definite is that he will continue to improve and he will be a low 1st to high 2nd round pick next year.
Trey DePriest MLB Alabama
– DePriest is very a skilled tackler who shows massive upside. DePriest is a classic two-down thumper of a middle linebacker. He’ll have to stay on the field more this season to boost his draft stock. He needs to upgrade his stamina but also preserve his body to boost his stock.
Bernardrick McKinney MLB Mississippi State
-When McKinney announced he was not attending the 2014 draft, the then-sophomore said he was playing one more season for the Bulldogs. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, McKinney is ready for the NFL, but he is in need of upgrading his speed and burst off the line. This season he’ll have to show better awareness.
Denzel Perry MLB Miami
-Perryman has been a star playing while weak side linebacker for Miami. This year, though, he’s bulked up for a move to the inside. How he fares in that move could determine his draft stock. He has bulked up massively and has gained 20 pounds of muscle since the prior season.
Vic Beasley DE/OLB Clemson
-Beasley is an explosive pass rusher, Beasley may project to outside linebacker in the NFL. He is useful on the line for run stopping and pass rushing, but he can also step back in coverage and swat balls in the 2nd level. Beasley shows comparisons to Von Miller.
Kyler Fackrell OLB Utah State
-It’s not often that top prospects come from Utah State, but Fackrell is legit. He’s a lanky and athletic pass rusher who can drop in coverage. Fackrell is only a junior. He is just touching his potential. Fackrell also shows comparisons to Von Miller as a line backer but if it is needed he can be put on the line for pressure in the backfield.
Dante Fowler OLB Florida
-Big things are expected this season from Fowler, Florida’s Buck hybrid linebacker. He’s the Gators’ main pass rusher after coming off a season with 50 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Fowler has the ability to move to interior and lead the defense in pressuring the quarterback.
Michael Bennett DT Ohio State
-There were times last season where Bennett looked ready for the NFL. He stayed at Ohio State, following a season of 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He’s a solid combination of power and gap-shooting quickness. He has the ability to beat left tackles off the line and force turnovers.
Carl Davis DT Iowa
-Davis is a force to be feared in the middle. He can play in front of the tackle to pull in in front of the guard or center to predict snap counts. He was put on the All-Big Ten list but he still needs to improve his pass rushing, and breaking blocking. He has an effective swim move but his duck and dive needs work.
Gabe Wright DT Auburn
-Wright can be insanely quick off the line of scrimmage and can push guards backward into the pocket to put pressure on the quarterback and clog holes for the running game. He has great skill and was a highly touted recruit out of high school but he just hasn’t been consistent for an entire year.
Trey Flowers DE Arkansas
-There hasn’t been a lot to get excited about with Arkansas football since Bret Bielema took over, but Flowers is an exception. The senior has 26 career starts to go along with 32 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He could be an ideal left end to disrupt any offensive system.
Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
-Had Calhoun entered this year’s draft, he may have been a first-round pick. The pressure that he puts on the offensive He’s coming off a strong junior season in which he had 7.5 sacks. An eye popping state was that he had three touchdowns defensively. Calhoun led a very strong Michigan defense on the line.
Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
-In his first season at Nebraska, Gregory was a sensation. He notched 66 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, IN ONE SEASON! Gregory stands in at full and muscular 6-6 245 pounds. He has the ability to go after any quarterback regardless of speed. Pass rushers of Gregory’s size and ability don’t last long on draft weekend.
Quandre Diggs CB Texas
-Diggs may not be as strong of a prospect as other corner backs but he has raw skill that bring him success in the NFL. If he finds a strong older coach to help lead him and teach him he can become a dominant pass defender. He is the younger brother of Quentin Jammer, a very successful corner back in the NFL.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
-The main issue with Ekpre-Olomu is his size, he weighs in at 5-10 195 pounds. If for any reason he is listed under 5-10 he may only be listed as a slot corner back. Ekpre-Olomu has a couple issues when it comes to coverage and pass defense.
PJ Williams CB Florida State
-Williams has a great combo of size, speed and athleticism. His footwork is phenomenal and his hips compliment his defensive ability. Williams has major upside and his roof is very high, he can become a dominant player in the NFL and because of this he is the top player at the Corner Back position for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Landon Collins S Alabama
-Collins in the strongest in a line of quickly developing defensive backs for the Alabama Rolling Tide defense. He was second on the team with tackles and caught 2 interceptions for the Tide. Collins has a combination of size and speed to fear receivers when they cross the middle or go for deep passes.
Anthony Harris S Virginia
-Harris is known as the ball hawk of the ACC. Last season he intercepted 8 passes, he has shown that he can defend the pass, but he has not shown that he can play the rush or the ball very well. His most important feat that he needs to accomplish is becoming more aggressive.
Derron Smith S Fresno State
-Smith has the most interceptions out of all active players in the NCAA, with 14. Smith has great drop back ability and covering the deep part of the field. Smith is skilled at keying off the quarterback and breaking to the ball, but he needs help with tackling and defense in the open field.
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