NFL DRAFT POSITIONAL RANKINGS 1.0

The NFL Combine is almost here, so here are my top players at each position to get you ready for the 2015 NFL Draft Combine.

Offense

Quarterbacks

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

2. Jameis Winston, Florida State

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

5. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

In this year’s draft, there appears to be a lack of NFL ready quarterbacks, and a lot of teams in need of one. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the number one pick, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they select Winston or Mariota, it just depends on the offense they want to run. Guys like Hundley and Petty could have nice NFL careers, but expect them to go far later in the draft than my top two quarterbacks.

Running Backs

1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

2. Todd Gurley, Georgia

3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

4. Duke Johnson, Miami (Fl)

5. Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn

Many people have Todd Gurley ahead of Melvin Gordon on this list, but his injury past concerns me. He has suffered several injuries, including a torn ACL. If healthy, both should be excellent NFL backs. Cameron Artis-Payne was the SEC’s leading rusher this season, something that is not easy to do. He is a big, physical back who showed a big speed improvement last season. He is a back who will stay healthy, and could be a productive player.

Wide Receiver

1. Amari Cooper, Alabama

2. DeVante Parker, Louisville

3. Kevin White, West Virginia

4. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

5. Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma

Wide receivers are a critical part of the new offense-first NFL, and this year’s class is extremely deep. The class has a nice mix of speedy receivers, big deep threat receivers, and hybrid receivers that run great routes. Nearly any team in need of a receiver will be able to get what they are looking for in this class.

Tight End

1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota

2. Clive Walford, Miami (Fl)

3. Nick O’Leary, Florida State

4. Jesse James, Penn State

5. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers

Teams who need a tight end will likely wait another year to take one in the draft. Outside of Maxx Williams, who I really like, there are not many NFL-caliber tight ends in this draft. The rest of the class is a longterm project at best.

Offensive Tackle

1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa

2. La’el Collins, LSU

3. Andrus Peat, Stanford

4. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

5. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh

Much like wide receiver, the offensive tackle position is extremely deep in the 2015 draft. Watch for sleepers such as Ty Sambrailo and Daryl Williams, who will add great depth to the class.

Offensive Guard 

1. A.J. Cann, South Carolina

2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke

3. Tre Jackson, Florida State

4. Arie Kouandjio, Alabama

5. Josue Matias, Florida State

This year’s guard class is piled high with strong run blockers, but many lack strong production while pass blocking. Laken Tomlinson has been on the rise, and could slide up to my number one spot by the end of the scouting process.

Center

1. Reese Dismukes, Auburn

2. Cameron Erving, Florida State

3. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

4. Andy Gallik, Boston College

5. Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech

Center is not exactly a deep position in the 2015 draft. Guys like Cam Erving will be a project, while proven centers such as Auburn’s Reese Dismukes have some noticeable flaws. If one of these guys fall to the later rounds, they could provide decent value to a team.

Defense

Defensive Tackles

1. Leonard Williams, USC

2. Danny Shelton, Washington

3. Malcom Browns, Texas

4. Eddie Goldman, Florida State

5. Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

Williams tops a group of great inside defensive linemen. He will likely go in the top-five with the potential for five others to go in the 1st Round.

Defensive Ends

1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska

2. Shane Ray, Missouri

3. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

4. Arik Armstead, Oregon

5. Trey Flowers, Arkansas

This defensive end class has everything. Pass rushers, run stoppers, and hybrid players. Players like Gregory, Ray, and Dupree could go in the first round, and there could be several successful NFL players in this group of defensive ends.

Outside Linebackers

1. Dante Fowler, Florida

2. Shaq Thompson, Washington

3. Vic Beasley, Clemson

4. Eli Harold, Virginia

5. Nate Orchard, Utah

The outside linebackers and edge rushers might be the only group in this draft that is deeper than the wide receivers. The group has some of everything, as they have great speed and pass rush ability. Expect outside linebackers and edge rushers to go early and often in the 2015 draft.

Inside Linebacker

1. Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

2. Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fl)

3. Eric Kendricks. UCLA

4. Paul Dawson, TCU

5. Ramik Wilson, Georgia

The inside linebacker class is very top heavy, and does not provide a lot of NFL depth. McKinney, Perryman and Kendricks should be able to make an immediate impact, and Paul Dawson could be a good NFL player.

Cornerback

1. Trae Waynes, Michigan State

2. Marcus Peters, Washington

3. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

4. Jalen Collins, LSU

5. PJ Williams, Florida State

Cornerback is another deep position. While there are players with risks, both medical and character issues, the class has a lot of talent and very good depth. Peters and Waynes should go early in the 1st Round, and this class will produce a lot of NFL talent.

Safety

1. Landon Collins, Alabama

2. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

3. Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

4. Chris Hackett, TCU

5. Jaquiski Tartt, Samford

Safety is definitely not the strength of this draft. While Collins will likely go early in the 1st Round and be a very good player, do not expect immediate contributions from the remainder of the safeties .

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