2016 Player Ratings. Part I.

Updated 4/23

Player Ratings: 1st Round 1- 32.

Player Ratings: 2nd and 3rd Rounds 33-63.

4th and 5th Round.

Right now the Draft is top heavy with QBs. NFL Franchises Are built around QBs. They are no the end all be all, But, If you got a QB you got a chance. If you don't have a QB you don't have a chance....

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Name-HT, WT, 40, Vert, (U)- Unofficial, S- 10 Yard Split,

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School

1

Carson Wentz- 6-5 1/4, 233, 10" Hands, 

QB

N. Dakota ST

01/2016: I'm buying it. There is too much smoke. He and Lynch are the two most physically talented QBs in the Draft. Plus, Wentz has an NFL QB work ethic. I love the story of how he went to California the day after his team won the championship to start working out for the Draft. I buy it. I buy that Dallas falls in love with him at the Senior Bowl, and just cannot pass on him with the 4th Pick in the Draft. In two days of watching him throw at the Senior Bowl, he is the one who keeps making throws that make you go wow. His arm is the best at the Senior Bowl. Now he still needs a lot of work. And I buy that Dallas could be the best place for him. Not only is Romo a Division II QB, which shows that they are not afraid of the smaller school QBs, but they can give him a year or two to learn behind Romo and Jason Garrett, who was an NFL QB himself. I buy that that is likely the best place for him to go, even though I am not a fan of their current Organization.

01/2016: Small school QB who has a long way to go. "I'd hate to be a team in need of a quarterback," an NFC scout said. "The best two in this draft might end up being from Memphis and North Dakota State and that ought to scare the (expletive) out of you. It takes some courage to turn that card in." Getting coached by the Dallas coaches could determine where he goes. 

It would not be a shock if he ends up going 4th overall to Dallas after the Senior Bowl. "First time I saw Carson was his junior year and my first thought was why the heck is he here?," an AFC scout said. "Why isn't he at Ohio State or Alabama? But credit the Bison coaches for seeing something and developing him. I like the arm talent, the size obviously stands out and he's shown the ability to think on his feet and make the spontaneous decision. You see a lot of traits that says he can start in our league." It looks like a match made in heaven.

With Dallas coaching him at the Senior Bowl it seems more and more that is his spot. "With Carson Wentz, most of the scouts I talked to during the year probably thought he was worthy of second-round consideration," the director of the Senior Bowl Phil Savage said. "But a second-round grade in September is a high grade for a small school [QB]. As the fall progressed, then it became, 'Well, no he's more of a first-rounder'. And within the last two weeks, I had two phone calls from [NFL guys who are] friends of mine saying that Wentz isn't just a first-rounder, 'he's going in the 10'. So there's a real buzz about him." But he still has to prove it at the Senior Bowl. 

He was  guy who got injured in high school, and could play QB his senior year. "My recruitment was interesting," Wentz said. "As a junior in high school, I had some injury problems with my arm and shoulder from baseball so I didn't play quarterback as a junior. I played a little wide receiver, linebacker, and safety. I also broke my thumb that year so I even when my arm was rehabbed, I stayed at linebacker. It was tough for me, but as a senior, I grew a little more and got bigger. I started both ways at quarterback and safety and was able to prove myself. So my recruitment was very different. Around here, NDSU and UND  knew I was a big, athletic kid, but not much more than that. Most of my offers came after my senior season and it was mostly Missouri Valley teams and a bunch of FCS teams. Central Michigan was the one FBS team that recruited me hard. It's been an interesting path for me." But he somehow overcame all that to become the top rated QB at the Senior Bowl.
He is not lacking in confidence. "Hard to say just one," Wentz said when asked what his biggest strength was. "I can make all the throws. My mental side is a strength as far as understanding defense schemes and our playbook. I'm able to change plays when needed. I think that sets me apart." They will be testing his brain down at the Senior Bowl to see how much info he can absorb and still efficient.  
But as least he knows he still has some work to do. "Biggest area that comes to mind is consistency with my footwork." Wentz said about his biggest weakness. "It's an area all quarterbacks need to try and find consistency and develop. One play it looks beautiful and the next it's erratic. So consistency with footwork is what I need to work on the most." He will lower the ball below his shoulders when he throws sometimes. Wentz led NDSU to its fifth straight National Championship, running for two touchdowns and throwing for a third this month.
BIO: In 2014, he became the starting quarterback. He started all 16 games, completing 228 of 358 passes for 3,111 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 642 yards and six touchdowns. He passed for 287 yards, a touchdown and rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown during the 2014 NCAA Division I Football Championship game victory over Illinois State, giving the Bison their fourth straight championship. During the 2015 season he suffered a broken wrist after starting six games and completing 63.7 percent of his passes for a total of 1,454 yards, 16 touchdowns and remains a top prospect in the upcoming 2016 NFL draft.

9.8 (QB)

2

*Paxton Lynch- 6-6, 230

QB

Memphis

01/2016: He got the crap beat out of him by Auburn. He was not good, and lost a lot of juice from Draftnics. However, his WR were overwhelmed by the Auburn secondary. They killed the crap out of them. In an odd stat, all of Lynch's WRs at Memphis were walk-ons. You are not going to beat the Auburn secondary with walk-ons. I think that make what he did all season, especially against Mississippi, all the more impressive. he ahs a long way to go. But I just think he is the most natural thrower in this Draft. He is guaranteed to go lower than this, and he won't be the first QB taken. But taking Goff over him because he had a great Bowl game against a terrible Air Force team. I'm buying that either. 

11/2015: He was outstanding in his signature win against Mississippi. I love how cool he is in the pocket all the time. "Paxton was not a kid out of high school that came from a big powerful program," the HC of the MT Fuente said. "He came from a small school in Florida, so he was raw when we got him. But he worked diligently over the past few years to improve. If he will continue to work like he has the last couple of years, he has a chance to be a very special player." He runs the offense against better teams so smoothly and with such confidence and control. "We do some things with him that you would normally see done with a 6' 1" guy in college," Fuente said. "Like running the read option and the speed zone. We do some of those things with him, because he's really good at it." He looks like the most natural and instinctive QB I have ever watched in college.

10/2015: Scouts think he is going to make a Blake Bortles rise up into the top five. Like Bortles, his competition was not the best. Like his win against Tulane. They started out down, after an 11-plus minute drive by Tulane. "That long drive to start the game," the HC of MT Justin Fuente said. "It seemed like they had the ball for, I don't know what the actual numbers was, but eight or nine minutes. It seemed like. But then once we kind of got settled in, and developed a rhythm, we were able to run it inside and out a little more and have some success." Lynch came out and passed for 343-yards to beat Tulane 41-13. 

Like Bortles, he does all those things NFL scouts like. "It's not like he's got a glitch," the OC Darrell Dickey said. "He can throw on the run. He can throw from the pocket. He can throw short with touch. He can throw deep. He can read defenses." Like Bortles, he will have to leave college after this season to cash his NFL lottery ticket.

9.75 (QB)

3

DeForest Buckner- 6-7, 290, 9 3/8" Hands, #44

5-T/DT

Oregon

04/23: I move Buckner up to the top pot, because if I were the Pats, or any 3-4 Team, I'd take him first.

7/2015: Very impressive player on film. No one in this Draft has his unique ability to burst up field to disrupt the offense, and hold the point with the power of an All-Pro 5-tech. Most 5-Techs and DTs are great run-stuffers or penetrators. What make him the best in this Draft is that he can dominate a game with penetration and disruption, or grab hold of the OG or OT to read the play, and then shed and attack the ball carrier. Plus, he can be an immovable object at the point of attack. That is three things that usually don't go together in one player, but is clearly extremely valued by NFL guys when they do.

2014: The second-team Pac-12 all-conference selection led the team in tackles for loss (13) with the most by a defensive lineman in four years . . . Also paced the interior line with 81 tackles (36 unassisted) - tying for fourth-most on the team . . . Had two or more TFL in three games (UCLA, Washington, and the Pac-12 Championship game) . . . Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Arizona . . . Established a career-high in tackles against Arizona with 11 . . . Started and recorded at least one tackle in all 15 games during the Ducks' 2014 campaign . . . His four total QB sacks came against Wyoming, UCLA, Utah, and Arizona in the regular season meeting and Pac-12 Championship . . . Led Ducks linemen with four pass breakups . . . Recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Trophy, given to Oregon's top defensive lineman.

9.9

4

*Ezekiel Elliott- 6', 225, #15

RB

Ohio ST

04/23: He just has no flaws. He averaged 6.6 YPC over two years. He is the best blocking RB in this Draft. He is nasty catching the ball out of the backfield, and deadly out in space when he does. Plus, he returns punts. Now he should never do that in the NFL, but he is a great punt returner. 

He was the best player in the FBS' first ever Playoffs. He finished the regular season with 1,182 and 10 TDs. "I love Zeke because he’s very humble," Urban Meyer said. "He comes from a great family, and he understands the offensive line deserves the credit. However, he’s the most underrated back in America. He’s the most post-contact-yards guy I’ve ever been around, and on top of that he’s a great human being. We get him for at least one more year, so I can’t wait." He exploded in the Playoffs, and finished his season with three HOF games that should never be forgotten. He incredible finished the season 1,878 yards and 18 TDs. He averaged 232-yards and almost 3 TDs a game in the playoffs and Big Ten Championship (eight TDs in three games).

9.9(RB)

5

*Jalen Ramsey- 6-1, 202, #8

CB/S

FLA ST 

04/23: I moved Ramsey down a spot, because three interceptions in three years is just not good. He is the elite cover Corner in this Draft, but does play the ball well in the air. Plus, he is the second guy I would take for the Pats.

He might be the top overall DB in this Draft. Only teams might not be convinced he is a Corner. His best position in the NFL is as a roaming free safety. He doesn't have Revis's speed, but he can look like he has his smarts and leadership qualities.

JALEN RAMSEY TAPE

9.9

6

*Joey Bosa- 6-5, 275, #97

DE/5-T

Ohio ST

He plays with such great balance with his hands and feet, and maybe even elite balance with his hands and feet. Excellent at playing with his hands up, and moving to either shoulder with his hands and feet working together in great balance. He has the inside burst of JJ Watts. To me that always translates. It is utterly amazing how consistently he takes the O-Tackles inside shoulder. You would think they would watch film and protect the inside shoulder that he attacks over 75% of the time. He does a nice job using his hands and lower base to stand up to the double team. Very good against the double. Naturally protects the edges with his arms extended. Great lateral quick hop to either side. What he does best is make it extremely difficult for O-linemen to get their hands on him. Plays a little too high sometimes. He has that knack for winning after contact. He seems to instinctually keep moving towards the ball. Aggressiveness will hurt him against screens. Consistently gets fooled by fakes, play action, and misdirection. Not the best in backside pursuit. He has some nasty in him that crosses the line sometimes. The HC keeps saying Bosa is the key to their defense. He has great hands. He knocks blocker back with his hands.

Ohio State Overview: Joey Bosa enters his junior campaign highly regarded, one of the best players in the country and a contender for all of the major awards in 2015 after being a finalist for three last year … physically imposing and exceptionally talented, Bosa is the 27th unanimous All-American in school history as all five of the major All-American teams – Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News – named him to their first team in 2014 … he was also named the Big Ten Conference’s defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of the year to join Buckeye greats John Simon (2012), Will Smith (2003) and Dan Wilkinson (1993) as OSU defensive linemen to earn both awards in the same season … Bosa is a 25-game starter who is already 14th at Ohio State in career tackles-for-loss (34.5), ninth in TFL yards (187), seventh in quarterback sacks (21.0) and sixth in QB sack yards (154) … has 99 career tackles, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, both for touchdowns (vs. Northwestern in 2013 and vs. Wisconsin in 2014) … his FFs and FRs have led to 44 Ohio State points the past two seasons … earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status after his freshman campaign … is majoring in communications.

9.8

7

Jack Conklin-6-4, 305, #55

OT

Michigan ST 

01/2016: I finally saw it with him in the Bowl game. I love his technique and moving forward power, but I didn't see the quickness that I wanted to see moving backwards. I finally saw the suddenness in his shoulder moving backwards. I am confident he can play OLT in the NFL. And I have no doubt he can play OLG if I am wrong.

CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player is in his third season as the starting left tackle . . . has seen action in 38 games, including 37 starts (34 at left tackle, three at right tackle) . . . has only allowed four sacks in 38 career games . . . has recorded more than 235 career knockdowns . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship in January 2013.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named All-American by Sporting News (first team), USA TODAY (first team), Associated Press (second team), CBS Sports (second team), Football Writers Association of American (second team), Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team), Phil Steele (third team) and SI.com (honorable mention) . . . is the first Spartan offensive tackle to be named a first-team All-American since Flozell Adams in 1997 . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media; is MSU’s first All-Big Ten First Team offensive tackle since Sean Poole in 2004 . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports, BTN.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . . has played in 11 games this season (missed Purdue and Rutgers games with a leg injury) . . . had 65.5 knockdowns during the regular season . . . graded out as a winner in eight of his 10 regular-season games . . . helped anchor a Spartan offensive line that rushed for 174 yards on No. 4 Iowa – the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing defense – in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . has been named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week a team-best four times (Western Michigan, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State).

http://draftbreakdown.com/video/carson-wentz-vs-montana-2015/

9.8

8

Ronnie Stanley- 6-5.5, 315, Sr

OLT

ND

07/2015: He only gave up one Sack last season. He has the great size and long arms to be an NFL OLT. Uses his long arms well to seal the D-End. Nice feet. Nice strong hands. Needs to keep his hands up more consistently. He can miss when he keeps his hands to low, and lets the D-End knock them down too much. Needs to stay lower more consistently. Terrific initial burst off the snap on short yardage. He can really bend the D-End backwards awkwardly on the initial pop. Does a nice job getting to the ILB and impacting him back, but will sometimes struggle to Seal him. He has a ton of talent, but his first move is too often up. Needs to stay low. Backpedals nicely when QB waggles to the other side. He does a nice job getting outside on the screen and grabbing a DB and holding on. When a D-End blasts off inside on the outside run, he holds him inside with his impressive hands. He really gets five yards up field fast to seal the backside. 

JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started all 13 games at left tackle ... previous 13 career starts came at right tackle ... first Notre Dame player other than Zack Martin to start at left tackle since Matt Romine started against Western Michigan Oct. 16, 2010 ... recorded 16 knockdown blocks and yielded just one sack - the fewest of any Irish offensive lineman ... faced some of the top defensive linemen in the country, including Michigan's Frank Clark, Arizona State's Marcus Hardison, Louisville's Sheldon Rankins and Lorenzo Mauldin, Stanford's Henry Anderson, USC's Leonard Williams and LSU's Daniel Hunter ... that group of seven players combined for 92.5 tackles for loss and 46 sacks during the 2014 season but managed just six tackles for loss and two sacks in their outings against the Irish ... Clark, Hardison, Mauldin, Anderson, Williams and Hunter all participated in the 2015 NFL Combine.

9.8

9

Sheldon Rankins- 6-2, 303, #98

DL

Louisville

09/2015This guy is a freak. "One of the most impressive players I've been around in a long time," Coach Petrino said. "He understands his technique and his fundamentals. He's very strong and quick, but he knows the game of football. He knows when linemen take different splits. He knows the run blocking schemes. He knows the pass blocking schemes and how to encounter and take advantage of them." He looks like a pumped up Michelin man. "[He] amazes me every day in practice," Petrino said. "How did you know that play was coming, or what tipped you off that it was a naked bootleg [I'd ask him]. And he always has a great answer for me. He's a very impressive and very smart football player." Not a lot of guys can play every position on the D-line in Odd and Even fronts.

Yet he lined up as a DE in a four-man front. He used his great burst to get up field and into the OLT low with his arms extended. They waggled the QB out to his side, and tossed the OLT aside and sacked him on what was really a speed rush. He is the closest player I have seen to Watts, as far as speed and power in a big 300-pound body. He doesn't have Watts elite quickness, but he might just have his speed to power ratio.

2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Enjoyed a career-best season, recording 53 tackles and team-highs with 8.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss... started all 13 games... voted a third-team All-ACC selection by the coaches and media... recorded two interceptions from his defensive line position... totaled three tackles and recovered a fumble versus Virginia... credited with a career-high eight tackles and one sack in a 34-3 win over FIU... intercepted his first career pass against Wake Forest... credited with six tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in a win over NC State... credited with six tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss , 1.5 sacks and his second interception at Boston College... credited with six tackles in a win over Kentucky... made five tackles and notched a sack in the Belk Bowl loss to Georgia.

9.7

10

Laremy Tunsil- 6-5, 300, #78

OLT

Mississippi 

I sometimes don't understand what he is doing, but he has spider arms and a dancer's feet. Great blocking down on the DT. Great feet shadowing rusher, but sometimes doesn't jab he just mirror's in front of the D-End as he moves around laterally. Nice short quick steps in kickslide He will lunge to speed when DE bursts to his side. More shover than grabber. Doesn't have heavy hands. He can get beat inside by quickness. He has trouble sustaining blocks against quick rushers. Nice job pulling to the right. He has some potential as an OG. Plays better against power rushers. I'm not his biggest fan. He misses to many blocks for my taste. He looks like a nice power guard to me. He is great against big guys, and struggles against speed and quickness. He keeps his hands down for too long in his kickslide. Doesn't play to the whistle. Stops moving his feet too much. Great cut blocker. He will lineup outside the ORT in off set lines. So he does have experience on the right side. He does have a nice solid base in pass pro, and can take the big punch and not loose his balance. He does have some suddenness in his shoulders hoping backwards in pass pro. He gets more consistent in the 2nd half. 

2015: Preseason All-America first team (Sporting News, Athlon, Phil Steele, Lindy’s, The Kickoff, CFB Matrix) ... Preseason All-SEC first team (League Media, Sporting News, Birmingham News, Athlon, Phil Steele, CFB Matrix, Lindy’s) ... On preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award ... Tabbed the nation’s 36th-best player by Sporting News ... Ranked the nation's No. 4 offensive tackle by Lindy's and the No. 1 offensive lineman in the SEC by Birmingham News ... Missed spring drills while recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
2014: All-America second team (College Sports Madness, Sports on Earth), third team (Athlon), fourth team (Phil Steele) ... All-SEC first team (AP, Athlon, College Sports Madness), second team (Coaches, Phil Steele) ... Won the Kent Hull Trophy as the state of Mississippi’s top college offensive lineman ... Midseason All-America first team (ESPN.com, Sporting News, Sports on Earth, Phil Steele) ... Midseason All-SEC first team (ESPN.com, Phil Steele) ... Started at left tackle in all 11 games that he played...

9.7

11

William Jackson III- 6-2, 195, 

CB

Houston 

Jackson is a phenomenal talent at Corner. "William’s long," Houston HC Tom Herman said. "His wingspan is going to be longer than what his height should say it is. He's very physical in press coverage. He probably does need to put on about 10 pounds of muscle, but he's not shy about throwing his body around. He's a competitive dude. He's very good mentally at refocusing, if he gets beat. He’s a really good kid." His intensity and ball skills really flash on Tape.

His smarts and instincts show up on Tape as well. "It takes him a few reps, once he learns a new technique or assignment, he doesn’t bust it much," Herman said. "When you talk to NFL people, you hear a lot of good things, especially about his size and length and his coverage ability. He's got crazy instincts. The only downside is he’s a hair-thin. Nobody has said this round or that round, but I do know he’s one of the better cornerbacks in the country." I enjoyed watching his Tape as much as any CB in this Draft. If he is available at 60, I just don't see how the Pats can pass on him. 
He takes his "craft" seriously. "I have to work on my craft some more: tackling, keeping my hips lower, stuff like that," Jackson III said. "Small stuff. There's room for improvement." I like guys who are constantly working to improve.  "[The Houston DC] keeps me on the island by myself a lot," Jackson said. "I kind of like to be one-on-one with the receiver." He made a name for himself against FLA ST in last year's Bowl game where he was named MVP.
It's a shame he wasn't able to go to the Senior Bowl. "William apparently had a little bit of a situation come up with one of his knees in the bowl game," Phil Savage said. "He felt like he he wasn’t 100 percent and he opted out due to that situation." However, it could definitely work out in the Patriots favor.

9.7

12

*Josh Doctson- 6-2, 190, RS-SR, #9

WR

TCU

11/2015: Josh Doctson is the most physically talented WR in this Draft. He might take a little time to learn how to run NFL routes, because of the wacky spread offense he plays in. But he is the most talented WR in this Draft. An injury to his wrist will keep him out the rest of the year, but should not hurt his draft stock like a leg injury could.

10/2015: I've seen him a little in a couple of games against good competition, that he made look weak, and he was great. "One of the best receivers in the country," Breer quoted an Area Scout. "Big and strong with special ball skills. He's a good athlete, not elite speed, but fast enough. He's got a chance to be a 1st or 2nd round guy."  He has the physical skills to be great, and looked like he knew what he is doing as well. "You need to take a step back and enjoy a Josh Doctson,” his HC Gary Patterson said. “They don’t always come around. In my years of coaching, I’ve probably been as bad as anybody, always worrying about the next game, always worrying about doing the right thing, always worrying about going again, and you just don’t take a step back and go, ‘I just watched you do that?’ It’s just fun when you get a chance." Watch out for this kid next year.

09/2015: Great size-speed WR who has the hands, and ability to go up high and take the ball away from any DB. When he gets going in the open field he is gone. He takes off with a little hop step off the LOS. Then he runs so smoothly he is by the Corner before he knows what is happening. Easy hands to turn back to the QB and snap the ball at full speed. He is one of those great smooth runners that doesn't look as fast as he is running. He is a big WR, and he gives good effort blocking. He gets his hands up into a Corners pads and can move him backwards. He has great big hands that grip the ball like a vise. Great hands leaping up to grab the high pass, and then he is gone. He had two long TDs, that he mostly ran in front of the CBs, in the 1st quarter against OK ST and Nelson. This kid is special. CB fell away behind his speed as he sprint down field with the ball in his hands. Blocks well for his teammate on WR screen behind him. They really do ask him to block a lot on the edge, and he really does do a nice job.

9.8X

13

Derrick Henry- 6-3, 242, #2

RB

Alabama 

09/2015: He is a big powerful runner, who has some nice slash in him. "He can really be a workhorse for us. We’re just hopeful that he can stay healthy and continue to improve. He’s got great size and speed. He’s one of the hardest working best-attitude guys on our team, and he’s improved dramatically in a lot of areas," Nick Saban said. "One day he told me, ‘Coach, all they ever did was just toss me the ball, and I ran with it. So all this other stuff that I need to learn about playing running back, like pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield and all those kind of things, I really need to learn. And I think those are the areas that he’s really improved on dramatically.” I'll just say that I liked Eddie Lacy more at Alabama than Richardson. Henry is better than Lacy.
JUNIOR (2015): Enters his third season with the Crimson Tide but his first as the team’s full-time starter ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s offensive players of the week for his efforts against Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee and Ole Miss ... garnered SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors against the Badgers as well as FWAA and Maxwell Award National Player of the Week accolades ... rushed for 370 yards and is tied for the national lead with seven rushing touchdowns in three games as the starter ... averaging 123.3 rushing yards per game to rank 15th nationally and third in the SEC ... caught seven passes for 51 yards ... accounted for a team-high 18 first downs rushing on 54 attempts ... has eight explosive rushes of 12 yards or more. Wisconsin: Rushed for a career-high 147 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries in the season opener ... his 11.3 yards per carry average was also a career high ... the scoring plays came on runs of 37, 56 and two yards ... also hauled in two catches for 12 yards to finish with 159 all-purpose yards ... teamed with Kenyan Drake to rush for a combined 224 yards and four touchdowns on the night. Middle Tennessee: Gained 96 yards on 18 carries in just over a half of action ... scored three rushing touchdowns for the second straight week and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Ole Miss: Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 127 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown ... caught five passes, a career high, for 51 yards, including two for first downs ... five of his rushes went for first downs.

SOPHOMORE (2014): A dynamic running back with exceptional size and speed ... finished the year with 990 rushing yards on 172 carries ... averaged 5.8 yards per carry with 11 rushing touchdowns ... became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier with 1,372 career yards on 207 carries ... had five receptions for 133 yards and two receiving touchdowns ... played in all 14 games with two starts ... had 21 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more while converting 47 first downs, including four on third down ... three of his five receptions were explosive, taking screen passes 29, 41 and 52 yards, respectively ... Alabama Offensive Player of the Week after the Florida game.

9.8 (RB)

14

Shaq Lawson- 6-3, 275, #90

DE

Clemson

09/2015: He exploded onto the scene this season, taking over for Beasley as the top passrusher for Clemson. "We figured it was going to happen," Clemson DT DJ Reader said. “We watched Vic [go]. And Shaq come in. And no drop-off. This is a guy who could have left last year and went [into the Draft], but he stayed around and knew he wanted to get better." He got a lot better.

He can take on the double team inside, and still work towards the OC to make the tackle on the RB. "You get two evenly matched teams and somebody's dead tired and you got technique, you’re going to beat him every time," Shaq said. "Most defensive guys, they like to be mean and stuff. Me? I'm just happy because I'm enjoying what I’m doing." And it really shows on the field.

He has that knack for getting up field. "I'm much faster off the ball," Lawson says. "If I can run with [the smaller guys], I knew I could run with anybody at my position or any offensive linemen." He has excellent speed for a big 270-pound D-end

He uses his arms well and keeps his feet moving, even when he is blocked. "If you block him, he’ll just immediately start laughing," DT DJ said. "He's basically telling you, 'Next play, I got you.' Then he’ll get off that block and start laughing, like, 'I told you I was going to get you.' That’s basically what he's insinuating right there." Plus, his enthusiasm is contagious to his teammates on the D-line.

Outlook: Junior who has made an impact as a backup defensive end in 2013 and 2014 ... has 79 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, one pass breakup, one caused fumble and one blocked kick in 632 snaps over 26 games (one start) in his career ... first Clemson defender since Anthony Simmons (1995-96) with double figure tackles for loss as a freshman and sophomore ... listed as No. 10 defensive end in the nation by Lindy’s. 

2015: Member of the Bednarik Award preseason watch list ... preseason first-team All-ACC selection by a vote of the league’s media. 2014: Had 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures and one caused fumble in 295 snaps over 13 games (one start) ... had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 33 snaps at No. 12 Georgia.

9.7X

15

Leonard Floyd- 6-4, 231, #84

LB

Georgia 

12/2014: He reminds me a lot of Jamie Collins. His best position in the NFL will be as an off the line LB. "That felt good," Floyd said about playing ILB. "It felt like a dream actually because the hole opened up so big. I just went into the hole and made the tackle. It was just that easy." In fact, I think he played at his best at Georgia when he lined up at the Mike.

He is a smart guy who makes the checks. "I definitely know he’s back there," Mayes the DT that lines up in front of him when he is at the Mike said. "He's communicating with me and giving me calls and stuff. We still have that bond." So he is a guy who works as an ILB with some Hightower smarts in him as well.

Like Collins, he has trouble turning the corner. I don't like him as an edgerusher. When he is moving forward like an ILB, he is as good as it gets. "I imagine we’ll take it team by team. [But] if you need to have an edge guy, well I’d love to have that guy," ex-Coach Richt said about Floyd. "But if you have a need inside, you can say, "Oh, I'd love to have that guy!" Because he is a great football player." He is a long slim athlete like Collins. 

He is a little straight-linish like Collins as well. Not as fierce and explosive up the middle, but he can learn by watching his Tape. He is a great athlete. He is not as freakishly explosive as Collins, but he is as close as it gets. If a team is looking to run a defense similar to the Pats, and wants and ILB type who can do similar things as Collins, he could go in the 1st Round. 

9.7

16

Taylor Decker- 6-7, 315, #68

OLT

Ohio State

11/2015: Nice feet shuffling forward to seal the ILB inside. Surprisingly light on his feet. He has the feet to play OLT in the NFL. Very agile when he shuffles outside as Barrett rolls out behind him. He is so good getting to the second level and hitting and holding LBs. He can give great hits to D-ends who are not looking on crack back blocks.

9/2015:  He slides back smooth and under control, and then gets his hand up and out with good timing. Great protector on the backside he gets his hands on a rusher and will hold him until the whistle, which can be a long time with some of Ohio States misdirection plays. Blocks down on the DT in play action sometimes, and destroys him. Slides inside to seal the DT as smooth as anyone.

Ohio State Overview: Taylor Decker is the leader of an offensive line that has been one of the best in college football over his two seasons as a starter and, according to Ohio State coaches, expect this mammoth, animal sciences major to contend for national honors and major awards as a senior in 2015 ... a first-team preseason All-American by The Sporting News and Athlon Sports and second-team by Phil Steele (so far) ... Decker is also a high-character individual and one of the most conscientious men on the squad ... after hearing Decker speak one day following the terrible news surrounding a fallen teammate, one media member said Decker "handled himself with incredible poise with probably 50 media members crowded around him looking for answers about Kosta Karageorge, and he patiently addressed them all with thoughtful, insightful responses that were incredibly helpful in painting a clearer picture of a player hardly any of us knew in any way" ... his leadership is also represented in the fact he is a three-time "Iron Buckeye" award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership ... one of the most experienced offensive linemen in the country, Decker has played in all 41 of Ohio State's games the past three seasons and totaled over 2,300 offensive snaps ... he has also started 29 consecutive games with the Buckeyes posting a 26-3 record in that time ... Decker & Co. have helped pave the way for 28 individual 100-yard rushing games by six different Buckeyes in the last three years ... the Buckeyes have also topped 300-yards rushing as a team 10 times during that stretch and the team's 285.9 yards per game average the last two years is fourth-best nationally ... the team's 6.8 and 5.7 yards per carry averages in 2013 and 2014, respectively, are the top two averages in school history ... typically carries one of the most impressive course loads on the team ... Decker has also made time to intern the past two summers with the world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

9.7

17

*Myles Jack- 6-1, 245, #30

WLB

UCLA

09/2015: This guy is a freak. He had 15 tackles against BYU, and then tore up his meniscus and is gone for the season. So he has already declared for the NFL Draft. "I think there's risk, I really do," the HC at UCLA Jim Mora said. " I think he's a rare talent, though. There aren't many like him. I know the NFL is conservative, and they like to see a lot of film on a guy before they take him. They don't like to speculate on what someone might be. Scouts, in particular, like to be able to present to the head coach and general manager exactly what they think a player is. Maybe they have enough film of Myles, maybe they don't. I think he'll be drafted high, and I think he'll be very successful. There's always a little risk, especially given the fact that he doesn't have much junior film for them to look at, but he's a special talent." He has to come out after Shaq Thompson went in the 1st this past Draft.

He declared his intentions on Twitter. "After long discussions with my family, teammates, coaches and friends, I have made the tough decision to leave UCLA and start preparation for the next step in my journey. While I wish I could be on the field playing with my brothers, I'm ready to fulfill a childhood dream. Nothing in my life can compare to the roar of Bruins Nation and the UCLA 8-Clap heard in the Rose Bowl..." He is Shaq Thompson all over again, only he might be a better RB. 

But he is gone on the NFL already. "He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle, and we hope he draws a good hand,” Mora told reporters Tuesday. “I think it’s risky to do this. Having been on that side, there’s going to be a lot of speculation as to what he is and where he fits. And as I told Myles on Sunday, NFL teams are very, very conservative, and if there’s any question whatsoever, they’ll pass on you in a heartbeat. They’re going to take the sure thing. As a guy that spent half of my life in the NFL, I would move with great caution. And I would tell that to all of our players. If he played all year, I was thinking that we would [lose him to the NFL], but when you only play in three games and that’s all the tape they have of you your junior year. … I’ve been in 25 draft rooms, and I’ve never seen a guy taken off of that ever. I worry about that for him." He will play the Will in the NFL. 

2014 - Starter in all 13 games at linebacker ... Named second-team all-conference ... Second on the team with 88 tackles, 8.0 for loss ... Had seven passes defended ... Registered double digit tackles in two games (13 at UVa and 10 v. Stanford) ... Had at least six stops in 10 games ... Had a 41-yard return of an interception in the bowl win vs. Kansas State ... Recorded rushing attempts in nine games and totaled 113 yards on 28 carries and three scores ... Had a best of 38 yards rushing at Washington and an incredible spin move on a 28-yard scoring dash.

9.8X (LB)

18

Vernon Hargreaves III- 6', 200, #1

CB

FLA 

07/2015: He is more physical than Fuller. However, he is not quite as good a pure cover guy. But he is still excellent in coverage. He is also better against the run than Fuller. If he can run in the 4.3s he could be a top five pick as well. Hargreaves and Fuller should go neck and neck all season to see who the first Corner taken is, and their 40 times at the Combine could be the deciding factor. It is that close with these two guys. I have Fuller as an easy first, but Hargreaves is not that far behind him.

2014-15: A Walter Camp, Football Writers of America, USA Today and Fox Sports second-team All-America selection ... Named a third-team All-America by The Associated Press and Athlon ... A first-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA and the coaches … Named the state Division I defensive player of the year by The Roanoke Times … A first-team all-state selection by The Roanoke Times …

VERNON HARGREAVES TAPE.

9.8CC

19

**Eli Apple- RS-Soph, 6-1, 200, #13

CB

Ohio ST

01/2016: I just like the way he moves on the field. He reminds me of Bradley Roby from last years Draft, who I though was one the best movers in the Draft. Which is just so important at CB. You can be the smartest, the most instinctual, the toughest CB in college, and maybe even have the best 40, but if you can't move you cannot play. And not just straight line speed. You have to able to move forward, backwards, and every way in between. You have to be able to change direction quicker than the man who knows when and where he will be cutting, while going backwards, sideward, and every way in between. Look at Josh Norman, he was the best Corner in the NFL last season, because he is one of the best CBs ever at moving sideways in coverage and keeping one eye on the QB. Apple might have that kind of movement skills. 

He was Defensive MVP for the Fiesta Bowl. "I feel like I just have to make sure I fine tune some things with my technique, especially my press, make sure I don't get too high, too low, stay more even-keeled out there," Apple said. " Just work with the guys around me. Just become a better team player." He is so young, and just keeps getting better. He became a college shut down Corner.

2015: Apple enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013 as a five-star prospect (ESPN 150) and rated as high as the No. 11 prospect nationally on the ESPN 150. He was also rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in New Jersey and No. 6 cornerback prospect nationally by 247sports.[4] He redshirted as a true freshman and went on to play in 2014 as a redshirt freshman.[5][6][7] He played in the 2015 Sugar Bowl and the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship.[8][9][10] In his second season with the Buckeyes, he was the Defensive MVP of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.

9.75

20

Emmanuel Ogbah- 6-4, 277, #38

DE

OK ST

09/2015: He is playing on the Blindside more this season. "It’s hard to evaluate our [Offensive] Tackles, because of Ogbah," the HC of OK ST Mike Gundy said. "He just runs everybody over and gets to the quarterback. Crabtree and Victor have been really good. But it’s not fun all the time if you got a guy running around you. Ogbah may flatten out, but he’s been difficult to deal with." He is tough to practice against, for the O-Tackles. But he is fun to practice with, for his defensive teammates. "We’ll see. I’m hoping for everybody to do well. I want them to get their stats," Linebacker Ryan Simmons said. "Emmanuel Ogbah is definitely playing on another level this year. He’s just a big, strong, fast guy. It’s hard to block a guy that’s [as big and strong as he is] and he’s running like a 4.6 or 4.7. He practices hard. He prepares well." If he puts up the Stats again this year, he will be a 1st Round Pick.

08/2015: Terrific strongside rusher. His size and speed is excellent. You better not ignore him on the field. In his game against Kansas he had a HOF game with 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, and 10 tackles. It doesn't take long for the ORG and ORT to try to double him. He will switch over to the blindside. He lines up as a D-End in Even fronts and a 5-Tech in Odd fronts. Nice inside move and he has great power to Rip through the inside shoulder of the ORG and hit the QB. Strings out the play nicely. He can shove the OLT back as he moves outside on the power toss, and shove the OLT in front of the RB and force him inside. He has such a nice blend of burst and power. He can slant into the OLG, and jam him into the QB as quick as I've seen. I love how he consistently gets up field. He uses his elbows so well once he gets an OG's shoulder. He pops them in the gut, and powers them back. He can blast off and run right past the ORT without being touched until he is by him.

2014 (Sophomore): Became the first OSU player to be recognized as Big 12 defensive lineman of the year when the coaches from around the league tabbed him with that honor ... First-team all-Big 12 honoree by the Associated Press and the coaches ... Chosen as the team's 2014 defensive most valuable player by the OSU coaches ... Finished the season third in the Big 12 and 24th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.3) and second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally in sacks per game (0.85) ... Recorded 5.5 tackles for loss in the Cowboys' win at Kansas, which set an OSU single-game record and was the most tackles for any player in the country in a single game in 2014 ... Enjoyed a breakthrough performance on a national stage to open 2014 when he had six tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and two pass-breakups against top-ranked Florida State ... Produced a stretch in which he recorded at least one sack in six consecutive games.

9.75

21

*Kevin Dodd- 6-4, 275, #98

Edgerusher

Clemson

01/2016: Great at dipping low and turning into the QB. Understands scheme, and his responsibilities. Plays on the strongside, and will stand up and rush sometimes. He will also line up at 5-Tech in odd fronts. Does a good job putting speed to power. Gets up field fast after the QB, and can find the RB in the backfield on Draws. He does a great job getting the ORT off balance, and can shove him to the ground and get to the QB. When he is standing up he does a good job setting the edge, and can take the RB down for a TFL when he tries to bounce outside of him. He likes to use both hands when fighting the ORT on the edge. He does not stay blocked for long. I love how he consistently moves up field and towards the ball. He has a nice Rip around the corner, to go with a great dip inside. Rushes inside against the ORG sometimes, and stunts inside to take the ORG sometimes as well. 

He played three seasons at Clemson before finally becoming a starter in 2015. "He really wasn’t a very good player," Debo Swinney said. "He just had potential. Its hard to coach size. He had size, athleticism, but he really wasn’t a very good football player and he had to develop academically. He redshirted here he is like a 5th year junior. Its fun to see guys get better. He has come in here. It's not that he wasn’t a good player, its just that Vic Beasley, Tavarus Barns, Goodman, there has just been a lot of guys in front of him and he just had to be patient. I’m proud of Dodd because he never quit believing in himself. He continued to prepare and learn. He has been the player of the game for us twice in four games and he is ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. He is just scraping the surface of what he can do." He had 4.5 sacks and 22 Tackles in the first 6 games, and then had a plantar fasciitis, and did garner a sack for five games.

He had a great season, garnering 12 Sacks and 60 tackles. Then he shot up the boards with 3 Sacks and 7 Tackles in the BCS Champ game. He also had a Sack and 4 tackles against Oklahoma in the first round of the Playoffs. Really came on at the end of the season after his plantar fasciitis got better. He had 7.5 sacks in the last five games. It is still early, but he might be the best athlete of the all the edgerushers.

9.75

22

Jarran Reed- 6-4, 315, #90

DL

Alabama 

08/2014: Big guy who works his way down the line nicely. 5-Tech who plays with great power. He will line up at NT as well. Moves very well for such a big guy. He does a real nice job redirecting to the ball, even when an OG gets into his shirt. Terrific at getting the inside shoulder of the OG and getting up field to the QB. He does a nice job hold the point with his legs, and then using torque on the ORG to the side with his hands after the RB gets the ball. He has a nice arm over move inside. He almost got a Safety against Ohio State with that move.

OUTLOOK: The backbone of the Crimson Tide’s runstuffing defensive line and a regular in the opponent’s backfields ... Watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy ... Fourth on the team in tackles with 45 stops along the defensive front ... Has 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack ...  Leads all defensive linemen with 44 stops on running plays ... Second on the team in quarterback hurries with six ... Has two pass breakups and recovered one fumble ... Key cog in an Alabama defense that ranks second nationally in rushing defense (77.1 ypg), fourth in total defense (278.1 ypg), and seventh in pass efficiency defense (100.61) and scoring defense (15.3 ppg) ... The senior is one of the top defensive line prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft – ranks sixth overall by ESPN’s Todd McShay and 17th by Mel Kiper 
SENIOR (2015): Chose to return for his senior season after an outstanding junior campaign and has become the backbone of the Crimson Tide’s run-stuffing defensive front ... has 22 career starts in Tuscaloosa, including all 10 games this season ... fourth on the team in tackles with 45 total, including 44 rushing stops ... has 3.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yards), including one sack (-3 yards), two pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery ... earned defensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, ULM, Arkansas and Tennessee.

9.7

23

Ryan Kelly- 6-4, 311, (10-yard 1.78), (U) 5.05-5.01, 

OC

Alabama 

03/2016: He is a plug and play OC, who led the Alabama O-line to a Championship. He is tough, strong, smart and agile. 

11/2015: He won the Remington with a lot of excellent competition at OC this year. Very excited," Derrick Henry said. "He's a great leader and the heart and soul of the offense. He has to make sure everybody has the right calls. Everybody's doing the right thing. He does a great job at his job, but he has to make sure other guys are doing their jobs, so that's why I call him the heart of the offense." He was the brains behind the Champ's O-line and run game.

He was much stronger at the point in the run this past season. "The fifth year was huge for me," Kelly said. "This year, I finally learned how to play overall with power, more consistent, and that's what I needed to do for the offense." He also didn't allow a Sack last season playing one of the toughest schedules in the country.
He and OLT Cam Robinson were the only returning starters from from the entire offense in 2014. "We've got nine new guys starting on the offense," Kelly said. "So being the oldest guy with the most experience I knew I had to bring it week-in and week-out and be as good as I could because a lot of the younger guys were going to be watching that and kind of feed off that." He led a group of young guys on the O-line to a National Championship.

SENIOR (2015): A three-year starter at center and the Crimson Tide’s signal-calling anchor ... named the Rimington Trophy Award winner, given annually to the nation’s top center ... a consensus first team All-America selection, earning first-team honors from Walter Camp, USA Today, Sporting News, the FWAA and the AFCA ... selected as a second team All-American by the Associated Press … selected to the All-SEC First Team by the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year ... received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the conference’s top lineman from the SEC ... semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which is presented the nation’s top interior lineman, and is a semifinalist for the Campbell Award ... midseason All-American by USA Today … led a line that opened holes for 199.9 rushing yards per game and ranked 32nd nationally (third in the SEC) ... finished with an average grade of 88.4 percent, including five games above 90 percent … did not surrender a sack on the season and allowed only four hurries … missed only eight assignments in 1,012 snaps for a success rate of 99.2 percent … had 20 knockdown blocks on the year ... committed just one penalty in 1,012 snaps with no holding calls … blocked for 10 100-yard rushers this season and 26 in his career that spanned 36 starts and 46 games ... blocked for four 200-yard rushing games for Derrick Henry in 2015, which tied an SEC record held by Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson … earned player of the week accolades from the Tide coaching staff following the Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Charleston Southern and Auburn games … named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the LSU game.
JUNIOR (2014): A second-year starter at center who made all calls and anchored the Crimson Tide's offensive line ... a member of the Rimington Trophy watch list ... started 12 games at center and helped lead an offensive line that averaged 206.6 yards rushing per game, which ranked seventh in the SEC and 30th nationally ... the line surrendered just 16 sacks on the season to rank second in the SEC and 14th nationally (1.14 per game) ... blocked for 484.5 yards of total offense per game (third in the SEC and 17th nationally) ... missed just seven assignments in 806 snaps on the year for a 99.1 percent success rate ... did not allow a sack ... blocked for six 100-yard rushers in 2014 and 16 in his starting career ... selected as Alabama's Offensive Player of the Week at Tennessee and against Western Carolina.

9.75 (OC)

24

*Corey Coleman- 5-11, 190, #1

WR

Baylor

11/2015: Coleman is a WR who plays fast, and maybe plays the fastest of any WR in the FBS. "[Coleman] is the best player in college football," the HC of the WVU said after Coleman torched him for 199-yards and 3-TDs. "You can put me on record with that." He knows how to draw a foul with his speed. They will run a toss to him sometimes when he lines up in the backfield. He is amazingly fast with the ball in his hands. You see why he keeps getting open deep. 

He has become the best speed receiver in the FBS. "I'm trying to make it elite," Coleman said. "I'm trying to make it unbreakable." He just keeps catching the ball over 20-yards downfield over and over again. He makes everyone in the Baylor offense better, because has adds so much spacing to the offense.
Teams have to double and sometimes triple him over the top. "He's a hard matchup," his HC Briles said. "Because he's very explosive. And he's very passionate. And he's very talented." He plays with such great speed and acceleration that he destroys defensive schemes. He reminds me a lot of Kendall Wright. "If you get the ball in his hands," his QB Russell said, "he can make some magic happen." He got concussed against TCU.

OUTLOOK: Fourth-year junior and returning All-American and All-Big 12 honoree… Elite athlete and third-year starting receiver… On pace to become one of most prolific receivers in school history… Entering 2015 season, BU career ranks: second in receiving yards/game (71.6), sixth in yards/reception (16.63), tied for 10th in receiving TDs (13), 12th in receiving yards (1,646) and 15th in career receptions (99)… Five career 100-yard receiving games ranks tied for ninth all-time at BU… Veteran with 23 career games played and 16 career starts (fifth-most on squad) entering 2015 season… Projected 2015 All-America by Phil Steele (second team) and Athlon (third team)... Selected preseason first-team All-Big 12 by league media, ESPN, Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele... Also tabbed all-purpose All-Big 12 by Athlon... Named “College Football’s Most Freakish Athlete” and “College Football’s Most Explosive Player” by NFL.com... Listed “Best wide receiver in Texas” by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football... Former top 250 national prep recruit... Timed at team-best 4.38 in 40-yard dash… Vertical jump of 45.1 is best on team, measured at 11 feet, 3 inches in broad jump (best on team)... Three-cone drill time is team-best 6.62.

9.75 (Size)

25

*Will Fuller- 6-2, 190, RS-SR, #9

WR

ND

11/2015: One thing about Fuller is that he is fast, and he runs his routes to that speed. "We know now that Will Fuller is really fast, and we also know why he is maybe the best receiver in the country," a writer for Sports Illustrated Brian Hamilton said. "Because he never thought he was fast, which prompted him to rely on painstaking technique and route-running." He always seems to break open behind DBs.

He is a guy his teammates, QB, and HC really rely on. "Coach Kelly came up to me and said, 'You know, you're my guy, you’re going to be the star receiver for us,'" Will Fuller said. "And I just took that personal. He has faith in me and believed in me, and I just started working my butt off ever since he said that to me. I had a great season after that. Coach Kelly put it in my head that I can be a great receiver here." That confidence has really showed through out the season.

2015: Fuller started off the season with a two touchdowns on 7 receptions for 142 yards versus Texas. The following week, against the Virginia Cavaliers, Fuller caught 5 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown pass with 12 seconds left from DeShone Kizer. He had 6 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Tech in Notre Dame's third game of the season, a 30–22 victory. Against USC, he recorded 3 receptions for 131 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to beat USC, 41–31. At Pitt, Fuller caught 7 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns leading to 42–30 victory. His three touchdowns allowed him to surpass both Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija on the career touchdown list with 28, leaving him only second behind Michael Floyd's 37.

9.75

26

A'Shawn Robinson-6-4, 312, #86

DT

Alabama 

08/2014: He is the guy who gets doubled inside a ton. Nice job bursting into the shoulder of the OG. He will rush outside at 5-Tech. Big strong guy who really looks the part. Not the best rusher. He is clearly a read first run defender. Plays on the Nose, and can rushes better against the OC. Gets caught inside hand fighting too much. 3-4 player who is better at holding his position than getting up field. He can put some speed to power and punch the OG backwards when he can just rush. He plays 5-Tech on strongside as well. Nice outside shoulder punch with his right hand. He has to add some slipperiness to his game this year. He likes to lower his head to smash inside. He has some heaviness in his hands, and can toss the OG to the ground with a shoulder shove. Great at holding the point. You do not want to run at him. Consistently plays with arms extended. Very well coaches in read and react system. Has more value for a 3-4 team. When he hits the RB, he goes down quickly. He gets the pressure that causes interceptions. When QBs see him coming they panic.
SOPHOMORE (2014): A preseason All-American who started 13 games along the defensive line ... honorable mention All-SEC by the Assocatied Press ... started at nose tackle with extra defensive backs in the game and at the five-technique defensive end in the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 alignment ... played in all 14 games for the Crimson Tide ... finished with 49 tackles on the season with 6.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a forced fumble, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a blocked PAT ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors following the Ole Miss game.

9.7

27

**Mackensie Alexander- 5-10, 195, #2

CB

Clemson

09/2015: He is a redshirt Sophomore who missed 2013 because of an injury is the preseason. He has great feet. "I want to be the best corner in the country, and I know for a fact that I am," he said. "But I want to show people. It's about showing them every day." He is the guy who covers the other team Number One wide receiver every week.
He will cover the other teams number one guy, even when they line up in the slot, like he did against Pharoh Cooper. "I guess Notre Dame forgot I was from Immokalee, Fla.. I don’t think a lot of people understand where that is on the map," Alexander said. "[Where I'm from] teaches you hard work because there’s nothing around but fields and hard labor. When I go home, it humbles me. It reminds me to keep working. I’m never content, and I’ll never be content. I love football and love my position too much. I’m going to grind and work, work, work. I care. I need football. I love football." That is a guy I want on my team. The more I watch him play, the less I think he makes it out of the 1st.
2015: Member of the Bednarik and Thorpe. Award preseason watch lists ... preseason third-team All-American by Athlon.Sophomore who was one of the most highly-touted players in the 2013 signing class ... No. 10 cornerback in the nation by Lindy’s.
2014: First-team freshman All-American by FWAA ... second-team freshman All-American by Athlon ... Honorable Mention All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... had 22 tackles, two tackles for loss, six pass breakups and one recovered fumble in 766 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... first in school history in snaps by a freshman ... 10th in school history in snaps by a cornerback ... opponents threw 57 passes at his man and completed just 20, with two touchdowns ... did not allow a touchdown the final nine games ... first freshman corner to start 13 games in a season ... had three tackles in 60 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had two tackles and a pass breakup in 66 snaps at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20 ... had one tackle and a pass breakup in 81 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had two tackles and one tackle for loss in 54 snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had a pass breakup and recovered fumble in 62 snaps against Syracuse on Oct. 25 ... had two tackles and a pass breakup in 49 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... had five tackles in 74 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had four tackles and two pass breakups in 45 snaps against No. 24 Oklahoma on Dec. 29.

9.7

28

*Laquon Treadwell- 6-2, 224, #1

WR

Mississippi

09/2015: Looked good running patterns against Florida. He can still leap up from behind the CB and take the ball away from the CB with amazing hands and strength. I love the way this guy goes and gets the ball.  He has a nice quick release with his feet that he uses to get the CB's outside shoulder. Explosive inside cut on the Slant. I have him rated too low. He is back from that gruesome injury. He is pretty good with the ball in his hands. They will throw him WR-screens. He just kept getting open against FLA, and the QB didn't throw him the ball. You can't jam him at the line. He destroys CBs who try to jam him, and can throw them to the ground. He dominated FLA in the 1st Half. He was wide open 7 or 8 times, and the QB threw it to him 2 or 3 times. Then he ran into a double team with the CB trailing him, as the Safety jumped in front of him, and he just snagged the ball right in front of the Safety for a First. He should be a top ten pick come April. He slashes through the double team with great efficiency. He can get low, extend his long arms, and drive block the CB out of bounds on edge runs. He can fight the CB out of position and hold on as the ball carrier slashes right past him. Great blocker. He blocks with some attitude, and will punch off one CB out of the play, and then throw another CB to the ground. Not a lot of WRs can make a double block on the edge, and put a DB on his back in the process. He did it twice against FLA. Elite blocker.

2014: All-SEC second team (Athlon) ... Suffered a broken fibula and dislocated ankle at the end of the Auburn game and missed the rest of the season ... Midseason All-SEC second team (Phil Steele) ... Ranked third in the SEC with 5.3 catches/game and fifth with 70.2 receiving ypg ... Had five TD catches ... Played in nine games with eight starts at wide receiver ... Earned second letter ... vs. Boise State (8/28/14): Made a team-high seven catches for 105 yards with a touchdown, in start ... at Vanderbilt (9/6/14): Had four catches for 31 yards in start ... vs. UL-Lafayette (9/13/14): Caught four passes for 48 yards ... vs. Memphis (9/27/14): Had five catches for a career-high 123 yards and a career high-tying two TDs in start ... vs. #1 Alabama (10/4/14): Hauled in five catches for 55 yards and a TD in start ... at #14 Texas A&M (10/11/14): Had a team-high five catches for 53 yards in start ... vs. Tennessee (10/18/14): Had four catches for 43 yards in start ... at #23 LSU (10/25/14): Had four catches for a game-high 71 yards in start ... vs. #3 Auburn (11/1/14): Logged a career-high 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown ... Appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes left in the game, but he fumbled inside the 1-yard line when he broke his leg and dislocated his ankle while being tackled from behind ...

9.7

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*Noah Spence- 6-3, 261,      

CB

E. Kentucky

01/2016: Then you have the odd journey of Noah Spence. He tested positive for ecstasy at the Orange Bowl. "Just disappointed that the appeal didn't go through," Meyer said of Spence. "Noah is one of my favorite players. Great family, great person. Gotta move forward." And that wasn't just BS because he followed through in helping Spence.

So he got thrown out of Ohio State for shenanigans, but still seemed to be beloved there. "You know about him because of the fact that Urban called me wanting to help him," coach Hood said. "That speaks volumes of him, his family and what Coach Meyer thinks about him as a person. He made mistakes, absolutely, but that coach thought that he'd be a kid that would really relish a second chance and deserved a second chance." He sounds like more dumbass than bad guy. But he has failed multiple drugs tests.

He has that knack for hitting the Quarterback, and is relentless. "I have not coached a kid like that," coach Hood said. "I had Aaron Curry at Wake Forest, who was the fourth player taken in the draft, but he was different and there were more guys like him that were around him or we were going to play. There's nobody like Noah Spence on our team. As a matter of fact, we have an offensive tackle who's back that's first-team all-conference, and I had to put him on suicide watch in spring ball going against Noah every day in spring practice. We don't have anybody like him that's on our team or that we're going to play." The invite to the Senior Bowl shows that NFL guys don't holds his positive drug tests that got him thrown out of a Bowl game and Ohio State against him.

Still on Ohio State Website: This true junior has played in 24 games through his first two seasons and he has started 13 times ... he is coming off a first-team all-Big Ten Conference season and he ranks second among current Buckeyes with 15.5 career tackles-for-loss and with 9.0 quarterback sacks ... Spence also ranks fourth among current Ohio State players with 64 career tackles ... he is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree who is majoring in communications.
At Ohio State 2013: Started 13 games for the Buckeyes at defensive end ... he was named first-team all-Big Ten Conference (media) and second team by the coaches ... ranked second in the Big Ten in sacks with 8.0 and sixth in tackles-for-loss with 14.5 ... led the Buckeyes in sacks and sack yards (67) and also led in TFL yards (83) ... recorded 52 tackles on the season with two pass break-ups, four QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... tied a career-best with six tackles vs. California and set personal bests in TFLs and sacks with three and two, respectively, vs. Penn State. 

2012: Played in 11 games as a true freshman, missing only the Nebraska game because of a minor injury ... despite a veteran defensive line corps in front of him, Spence was on the field for 256 plays and he gained valuable game reps with 237 plays on defense ... he totaled 12 tackles, including a quarterback sack for minus-20 yards in his initial game as a Buckeye, vs. Miami ... he also had a pass break-up

9.75CC

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*Kenny Clark- 6-3, 310, #97

NT

UCLA

03/2016: He showed he was more than just a Nose Tackle in 2015. He only had one career sack and 9.5 TFL in two seasons at UCLA. Last year he got into the backfield more as a 1-Tech, though still much more of a NT, and garnered 11 TFL and 6 Sacks. So 4-3 teams will be looking at him also as a 1-Tech. Which increases his value as just an NT for 3-4 Teams.

10/2015: He is the guy teams double on run downs. He will line up on the nose in Odd fronts. He does a good job bulling the OC straight back into the QB. "The mentality changes. You just start seeing things different. You start realizing weaknesses," Clark said. "I think I'm really improving each game. Especially just being able to be consistent. That's my main focus, just being consistent. Putting things on tape that [show] I am getting better." He has to be more consistent to get in the 1st Round.

He is a guy his team relies on. "There are a lot of guys, it's just in their DNA to always go hard. And then there are some that kind of go hard, and you've got to crank those guys to go hard all the time. With Kenny Clark, he's a 'Go hard all the time' kind of guy," the HC of UCLA said. "Effort doesn't always mean running 10, 20 yards down the field and making a play. It can be shedding a double team and laying out to make a shoestring tackle at the line of scrimmage that no one really notices. What you see with Kenny is just a consistent level of effort, high effort, high energy." He does have that knack for making guys around him better.

2015: Starter in all 13 games for a total of 29 consecutive starts ... Third-team AP All-America ... First-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection (AP and coaches) ... Team co-captain ... Appeared on the Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch Lists ... Recorded career bests in tackles (75-second on team and 25th in Pac-12), sacks (6.0-second on team and tied for 10th in Pac-12) and tackles for loss (11.0-second on team and tied for 14th in Pac-12) ... He had the third highest PBU total on the team with five.

9.7 (NT)

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Andrew Billings- 6-2, 310, #86

DT

Baylor 

10/2015: He had the best game of any D-tackle I saw this year against TCU. "Most kids, they might split a double team once a game," Billings high school coach Marty Herbst said. "He did it down after down. If he was going against the center, that center was gonna go backwards. Whether he wanted to or not." He did the same to the TCU Center and Guards. 

He played O-line in high school. He understands what O-linemen are trying to do, and he is able to translate that to the field. "Usually players that go to defense don't become productive," Russ Lande, a CFL scout, said. "It's hard to teach someone how to be aggressive. Billings is the type of kid teams fall in love with because of what he could be two years down the road." He has no trouble being aggressive on the field.

One of my secret stats that I use to judge a player is that if they can squat 600-pounds they will translate to the NFL. "I'd be a lot closer if I didn't play football," Billings says of his goals. "I love squat," Billings said. " It's just a test. When you put the weight on your back, it feels like you're never gonna come up. When they put 800 on my back I was like, 'Boy, this is heavy.'" He can squat 800-pounds, and wants to squat 1,020-pounds before he reaches the NFL.

They were rushing three guys against TCU all game. He was consistently getting doubled and tripled, and pushing all three interior lineman backwards. "For me," NFL exec said when asked who was the safest player in this Draft, " it's Billings. Worst case is he's a solid, disruptive starter. Best case? He's an Aaron Donald-type game-plan wrecker." Plus, he showed he can outside and take down the RB on a toss. 

He does a nice job pushing back the double team. "His [hip] flexion: how he got down, how he got out of stance," the Baylor DC Phil Bennett said. "He could wipe a whole line out on offense." He can get to the QB, but it is low power that will get him into the top ten. "[He is] very powerful, very strong and the thing that does help him is that being shorter," a scout said. "He's got a lower center of gravity, so it's harder for linemen to move him." And against TCU he started moving two and three linemen backwards.

He sprained his ankle before the Iowa State game. " He’s in a boot, and I think it’s really kind of day to day," his HC Art Briles said. "Ankle sprains are tough, but they are really tough on larger individuals. He’s a dominant force inside for us. If he can’t go and be effective, then we’ll have to get somebody else in there and hang on." He missed that game.
2014 (Sophomore): Starting nose tackle for all 13 games during 2014 Big 12 championship season… Named consensus first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore… Totaled 37 tackles (26 solo, 11.5 for loss of 38 yards), 2.0 sacks, nine hurries and one forced fumble on season… Ranked 12th in Big 12 (third on team) with 11.5 tackles for loss… Led team with nine QB hurries… Recorded tackle in all 13 games

9.75 (height)

32

Conner Cook- 5th Year Senior, 6-4, 218, #18

QB

Michigan ST

01/2016: He was not elected captain by his teammates. "We're not all about the titles and stuff like that," Cook said. "I for sure want to be captain, but it's not going to limit me from leading. I think for the position that I'm in, being a quarterback here, that's already assumed. I've been a leader here, I've been a leader since I've been starting here." When you are 5th-year Senior QB that is not good. 

When you have just won three straight Bowl MVPs it is worse. "We all want that one answered," an assistant GM said when asked why he wasn't a Captain. "Add that one up for me." In fact, that is not acceptable. 

It is not surprising that with a guy who snubs Archie Griffin after OSU game, just doesn't understand. "Connor has done a great job," the Bears OC Dave Warner said. "He doesn't have the title, but he acts and he leads like a captain. You can't have too many leaders on a football team. And even though he's not a captain, he's continued to lead. There are captains out there that have the title and don't lead." Not voting him team captain holds more truth than anything else anyone can say about his leadership. He is not a natural leader.

QB is unlike no other position in professional sports. Intelligence, grace under fire, and of course leadership are paramount. "What separates him in the pocket? Coach Dantonio said. "He's got a great release. He's big. He's tall. He's a very confident player. He throws to guys who are open, and he can fit the ball in very, very tight windows, as we've seen throughout the year. I think he's having his best year as a senior. He's played on a big stage in big games, and he's been extremely successful." If you are lacking in any of those three traits you cannot be a successful QB in the NFL. 

Then of course their is decision making. QB more often than not have less than 3 seconds to make a decision that  involves hundreds of moving factors that can win or lose a game. Then get hit and have their head slammed into the turf. Then get up and do it again. 

For QBs making decisions under fire becomes more important than the other three traits put together. "He's the quarterback," Conklin said. "People are going to praise him. People are going to try to tear him down. It's just the nature of the position. He's the leader of our team. You can't say the right things all the time. But Connor's a great leader and a good guy." This off season Cook has had trouble making decisions. 

First, he blew off the Senior Bowl without a reasonable explanation. If he went down to Mobile he would have been the forth QB taken in the 1st Round. He would have spent the week showing all the NFL guys who make all the decisions all his skills. Instead he stayed home. You have to question the decision making abilities of any Senior who skips the Senior Bowl, and doesn't want to get a weeks worth of NFL coaching for free. That gives them such a leg up heading into OTAs and minicamps. To choose to not take advantage of that bonanza of NFL opportunities is simply as bad a decision as a senior Quarterback can make.

01/2016: He lost his first Bowl game, and then he turns down the Senior Bowl. He could drop out of the 1st Round. There is a lot of QB talent in this Draft. It looks to me like Lynch and Goff have hopped over him, and Wentz is being talked up like a top ten pick.

09/2015: The reason I have him first is because he not only has done it in the regular season, he has done it in Bowl games. He has been as tough, clutch, and smart a QB in Bowl games as we have ever seen, and has that knack for pulling out tough come from behind wins in Bowl Games.

Conner Cook Tape.

9.7(Leadership)

Player Ratings: 2nd and 3rd Rounds 33-63.

Player Ratings: 1st Round 1-32.

4th and 5th Round.

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