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Monday, May 18, 2015

2016 NFL MOCK DRAFT with player comparisons - 5/18/15

With the 2015 draft coming to an end I am sure many of you are already wondering who the top prospects for 2016 might be. Trying to predict not only the top prospects, but also the draft order is  tall order right now, but I am willing if you are. So keep that in mind because some of these guys will get hurt, play to avoid injury & disappoint, decide to stay in school, maybe even be kicked off the team, or just not play up to my expectations for a whole . Not to mention the teams may play better or worse for a whole lot of reasons themselves. Right now I am predicting a DALLAS/COLTS Superbowl, but a significant injury to Luck or Romo would kill that notion, so keep that in mind as well. The prospects have NFL player comparisons below their name, so you can get an idea of who it is your getting, but I will change them later if someone else comes to mind that I think is a better comp. I have done limited tape study on these prospects so far, and they are mostly guys I couldn't help noticing while watching others on tape this year, or guys I expected to enter the 2015 draft that didn't. Some are just really talented ,and I expect them to step up this year as well. Right now I see a draft deep at offensive tackle, safety, and running back if the players I expect come out, Connor Cook is the is the most well known QB, and I hope he steps up enough to be the #1 pick, but I expect others will challenge him for the top QB spot . I am going to go with guys I already had a first round grade on from 2104 tape at the top for now. So here it is. Enjoy.



1.JACKSONVILLE - RONNIE STANLEY -OT - N. DAME

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DUANE BROWN - TEXANS
Sorry jags fans, but rushing Blake Bortles onto the field last year may have stunted his development, and another year of failure may permanently scar him. Unless he is downright terrible, and Gus Bradley gets fired ,I think the jags will give Blake one more year before drafting another QB. While I hope I am wrong ,and he is successful, there is a reason why so many vegas odds-makers have the jags as the biggest long shot to win it all. I personally no longer believe in Luke Joeckel as a left tackle, but they stuck with him anyway. I am not even sure if Gus Bradley will keep his job after this season, but if he does he will want to run the ball. Stanley would have been a first round pick in this draft, and he has the athletic ability to fit right into their zone scheme.The sad loss of Dante Fowler to a torn ACL only makes the chances of the jags having the first pick far more likely.


2.OAKLAND - JOEY BOSA - DE - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARIO WILLIAMS - BILLS
Despite a good draft I just don't have faith in Derek Carr as the long term answer as the Raiders QB, although I doubt they give up on him quickly enough to draft a QB here. With Justin Tuck past his prime ,and Mario Edwards currently showing he is a better fit inside, I expect the Raiders will need help off the edge next year. 'IF( and it's a big if to me) Edwards keeps his weight in check, and learns how to get off the ball quicker, then things could change .Rarely do you see a 4-3 strong side end who is a great pass rusher, but Bosa is. He has a great frame with long arms and the overall height and length to be a 5 technique. Shocks blocker with his hands off the snap and stays in control of them until he wants to shed them. He can already flat out dominate against the run or pass.


3.WASHINGTON - VERNON HARGREAVES the 3rd- CB - FLORIDA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DARRELLE REVIS - JETS
Washington has an improved roster , but the reason I don't think they will do much this year is coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was hired to improve RG3 .Instead of improving RG3 ,he has publicly embarrassed him, and I wouldn't be surprised if he divides the locker room this year as well.  I expect the next coach will come in and claim he can fix Griffin as well, and they will give Griffin one more try in 2016 to see if he can be their franchise QB. However, they do lack a #1 corner. I have never seen a sophomore corner be the clear cut best corner in all of college football before, but Vernon was last year. He is smart. fluid , physical and fast. He only average size, but you wouldn't know it by the way he challenges receivers.

4.HOUSTON - CHRISTIAN HACKENBURG - QB - PENN ST
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BEN ROETHLISBERGER - STEELERS
Houston has just about everything but a QB on their team, and barring one of the guys on there roster taking a big step up, they won't be in contention this season. Hackenburg looked like a future number one overall pick when he played for Texans coach Bill O'brien as a freshman. Last year he looked like a different player without him , and even if he improves this season I doubt it will be enough for any other team to pick him as the 1rst QB. O'brien would be wise to get his guy here though ,because he can step in from day one in this familiar offense, and be a better QB than what they have.



5.DETROIT -  ROBERT NKEMDICHE - DT/DE - OLE MISS
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SHELDON RICHARDSON - JETS
The lions switch to a 3-4 helps mitigate the loss of Suh, but they still didn't do enough in the draft or free agency to improve their pass rush. Nkemdiche has the size and strength to hold up against the double team, and the explosion and quickness to rush the passer.


6.CLEVELAND - CONNOR COOK - QB - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATT RYAN - FALCONS
Barring any evidence to the contrary right now I expect that the Browns will be bad again because they lack a proven QB, and this time they will be adamant about drafting a QB that comes from a pro style offense . So barring their owner deciding to take a homeless guys advice again I think they take Cook in this scenario, instead of the more talented Cardale Jones. Cook has the size, big arm, and talent around him to make a big jump up in production this season. If he does he could be the first pick in the draft.


7.BUFFALO - CARDALE JONES - QB - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CAM NEWTON - PANTHERS
Unless EJ Manuel can force himself to throw down field , and be good at it, I doubt does much this season. Throw in that Matt Cassel has the weakest arm of any possible starting QB, and I think BIlls fans will be trying to drag Kyle Orton out of retirement. While Orton is nothing special as a starter that just shows you how bad the other choices are. Add that they didn't improve their woeful O-line much this off-season ,and I expect that the Bills will be team with a great defense that loses a lot of close games, just like last year . Although signing La'el Collins could have helped a ton. Jones is a physical specimen with a cannon for an arm. The Ohio ST. offense changed for the better when Jones took over, and I expect that hey will add more pro style looks to the offense this season.


8.SAN FRANCISCO - DEFOREST BUCKNER -DE - OREGON
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CALAIS CAMPBELL - CARDINALS
The 49ers still have plenty of talent on their roster, but I think this is a transition year for them in the NFL's toughest division, and that their record will reflect that .I believe that Justin Smith will join the group of players retiring ,and that the leadership void he and Patrick Willis leave behind will be hard to fill on defense. Not to mention the talent and toughness a lot of guys who departed brought to this team. Losing Harbaugh, Iupati,  Willis, Borland, McDonald, and Justin Smith is hard enough, but Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith are also question marks for different reasons. However I do believe it will be a short term dip in wins. Buckner is a guy I couldn't help noticing on tape when I was watching 49ers 2015 first round pick Arik Armstead. He has similar gigantic dimensions, but was a much more productive player than Armstead on film.

9.TAMPA BAY - EZEKIEL ELLIOT - RB - OHIO ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - FRED TAYLOR - retired
I expect the bucs will be better this year, especially in the 2nd half of the season, but they are now a young team that probably won't be a contender just yet. Thier is already talk of trading Doug Martin, and while Charles Sims is a well rounded guy, he is not a special talent. Elliot is big, fast, and played his best games late in the season.Especially in the biggest game of the year, as he was ridiculous in the national championship.



10.JETS - JACK CONKLIN - OT - MICHIGAN ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAKE LONG - FA
Every team in the AFC East except the patriots got better this off season, but the Patriots still have Brady and Belichick ,so they will probably still be in contention for the division title. The Jets were a team with a good defense and bad offense last year, and I expect it will be the same this year,despite more weapons on offense. The reasons for that are QB play and the lack of a significant upgrade along the O-line.After drafting Bryce Petty I believe the Jets won't be looking for a a QB just yet , although I personally believe they should take one if he's there when they draft. D'brickashaw Ferguson is past his prime ,and has a big salary, Conklin already plays with a finishers attitude,and is dominant at times in college,  but he just needs a little more strength to consistently enforce his will in the NFL.If he spends this off season getting stronger he could be a mauler, and if he makes that jump up he could be in contention for the # 1 overall pick.



11.CHICAGO- SCOOBY WRIGHT - LB - ARIZONA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LUKE KUECHLY - PANTHERS
The bears spent a lot of money in free agency , and also had an excellent draft, but one of the areas they didn't properly address in either was inside linebacker. This defense needs a middle linebacker with a high football IQ, instincts, and the ability to excel in coverage. Wright has all that and he is also an excellent pass rusher.



12.TENNESEE - DERRICK HENRY - RB - ALABAMA 

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CHRISTIAN OKOYE - retired
The titans are team on the rise now,and I expect they will be pushing the Colts for the division title pretty soon. One of the things they lack is a franchise running back to run behind the line they have assembled. Henry is a huge running back , but he still has the speed to crank out big runs.


13.CAROLINA - LAREMY TUNSIL - OT - OLE MISS
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOE STALEY - 49ers
Out of all the teams that pursued La'el Collins the Panthers were the one that NEEDED him the most, but he signed with Dallas so they still need a left tackle. Tunsil is coming off a broken leg , and only his injury history keeps him out of contention from being the first OT picked. If he is healthy this year , and his health checks out long term at the combine, he could be a franchise left tackle.



14.SAN DIEGO - JERALD HAWKINS - OT - LSU
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - WILLIAM BEATTY - GIANTS
The chargers biggest weakness is their O-line, and while bringing in Orlando Franklin helps, they still have OT's who aren't playing the position that fits them best. With the Chargers refusing to even address OT in the draft, I have to hope they will have realized it after a down season this year. Hawkins was LSU's right tackle last year, but he isn't the mauler most people want on the right side, and profiles better as a left tackle. Since he is moving to the left side this season after the departure of Collins , he should excel. He has left tackle feet and is a good athlete, but needs to play nastier this year to rise up higher in the draft.I bet you Phillip Rivers already knows and his window is closing fast.DJ Fluker has shown he lacks the feet to play right tackle, and KIng Dunlap is more of a right tackle. This pick would allow them to kick Fluker inside to guard, move Dunlap to right tackle, and improve 3 positions at once. Only Carolina needed La'el Collins more. 



15.NEW ORLEANS - HUNTER HENRY - TE - ARKANSAS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GREG OLSEN - PANTHERS
The saints traded Jimmy Graham  , and now seem content to try a veteran by committee approach to the the tight end position in 2015. My guess is they will see the error of their ways when they miss the playoffs, and want a new TE in 2016. Henry is a complete TE that is a match-up problem for any defense as a receiver ,and he is also a good blocker. 



16.GIANTS - ADOLPHUS WASHUNGTON DT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - NICK FAIRLEY - RAMS
The pass rush was the real key to the Giants 2 Superbowl victories under Tom Coughlin, and while Johnathan Hankins does his part inside , he is really a one technique. Washington would slide right in at the three technique and help return them to glory.



17.STEELERS - KENDALL FULLER - CB - VIRGINIA TECH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON McCOURTY - TITANS
After the retirement and letting go of so many long term veterans the Steelers defense is in a transition phase. They drafted 2 smaller corners this year, but need another with more size. Fuller follows his brother Kyle as a first round pick, and has the potential to be even better.
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18.MINNESOTA - TAYLOR DECKER - OT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LANE JOHNSON - EAGLES
Despite Matt Kalil's bad season the vikings didn't draft a left tackle this year, and he is coming off knee surgery as well. 4th round steal TJ Clemmings has left tackle ability, but since he is still learning how to even play on the right side, they may want to just keep him there.  Decker was clearly the best player on a buckeye O-line that dominated in the 
national championship game. 


19.
NEW ENGLAND - A'SHAWN ROBINSON - NT - ALABAMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARCELL DAREUS - BILLS
With The Brady suspension ,and the Pats being the only AFC EAST team that didn't get better this off season, I now believe it's highly possible that New England misses the playoffs. The patriots lack a 3-4 nose tackle that can rush the passer, and it has to be one that can 2 gap against the double team , so that leaves out Malcolm Brown. Robinson has that kind of ability, and if he can steadily get pressure on the QB this season he could go a lot higher.



20.ST. LOUIS - LAQUAN TREADWELL - WR - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANDRE JOHNSON - COLTS
The rams decided to pay the unreliable Kenny Britt , and while it wasn't #1 receiver money, I just don't trust him to be a reliable receiver. I would have Treadwell a lot higher , but he suffered a knee injury last season. He should be back this year, and if he still has that same explosiveness to match his size, he has a good chance of being the first receiver taken in the draft.



21.KANSAS CITY - JALEN RAMSEY - S - FLORIDA ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DEVIN McCOURTY - PATRIOTS
With Eric Berry's football life in jeopardy due to cancer the Chiefs have big shoes to fill in the secondary, and unless they convert 3rd round corner Steven Nelson over to corner they will lack one that can cover man to man . Ramsey is a former corner who converted to safety in 2014 and had a big season. Now they may convert him back to corner but the NFL is longing for players who can play both, and Ramsey can fill that need.


22.ATLANTA - SHILIQUE CALHOUN - DE - MICHIGAN ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CLIFF AVRIL - SEAHAWKS
The falcons had an excellent draft this year, and while they did improve their pass rush some, DE's Kroy Biermann and Adrian Clayborn aren't exactly world beaters coming off the edge.  Calhoun might have been a 1rst round pick in the 2105 draft if he had entered. If he keeps improving and gets stronger he could be the first edge rusher drafted.


23.CINCINATTI - TYLER BOYD - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - REGGIE WAYNE - FA
The Bengals still don't have a serious receiving threat opposite AJ Green after the draft, and while I think Mario Alford was a good pick in the 7th round that can help open up the field some, what they need is another outside receiver that safeties fear. Boyd has been a stud for 2 straight years ,on a power running team ,with below average QB play most of the time.For those who want a QB here I understand, but I expect AJ McCarrron to beat out Andy Dalton at some point this year. 


24.ARIZONA - JARED GOFF - QB - CALIFORNIA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CARSON PALMER - CARDINALS
I am not sure if Carson Palmer will even make it through this season healthy, but even if he does ,he will be 36 with a bad injury history. Goff actually reminds me of Palmer and he has the arm to make the throws down-field that Bruce Arians requires for his vertical scheme.


25.MIAMI- MILES JACK - LB - UCLA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LAWRENCE TIMMONS - STEELERS
One of the needs the Dolphins failed to fill in the draft was inside linebacker. Jack will be playing inside a lot more this year now that Eric Kendricks has moved on the NFL. He is already a play-maker ,and has the athleticism to be a every down stud in the middle.


26.PHILADELPHIA - SHAWN OAKMAN - DE - BAYLOR

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SEAN JONES - retired
Chip Kelly reportedly made Fletcher Cox available in trade talks in his pursuit of Marcus Mariota. Cox is the best player on the Eagles defense ,so I don't know what Chip was thinking. I doubt Cox was happy about it, and even if he isn't available for a trade any longer, he will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Oakman has the size any NFL team would want , but Kelly likes size and length more than most , and Oakman displays surprising quickness in spite of it. He really fits best as a 5 technique, and with his length he could get up to 300 pounds and still look lean.


27.BALTIMORE - EMMANUEL OGBAH - DE - OKLAHOMA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - EZEKIEL ANSAH - LIONS
Both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are in their 30's and can't play at their current high level forever. Ogbah has the explosive burst and size off the edge NFL teams crave .


28.GREEN BAY - 
JORDAN JENKINS - OLB/DE - GEORGIA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRIAN ORAPKO - TITANS
Julius Peppers will be 36 after this season ,and the packers would be wise to try and find his replacement soon. Jenkins was better player than the more highly touted Leonard Floyd last year, and he has a chance to be a stud in the SEC this year.


29.DENVER - MAX TUERK - C - USC

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MAX UNGER - SAINTS
I really don't like the Broncos center situation this year.  4th rounder Max Garcia seems too slow and stiff for a zone scheme to me. Tuerk is a former left tackle with the quickness and smarts t excel in this scheme.


30.SEATTLE - GERMAIN IFEDI - OT - TEXAS A&M

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANTHONY COSTANZO - COLTS
Left tackle Russell Okung is a free agent after the season, and while he is a good player ,he is also too injury prone to pay well. Ifedi would be the 4th straight Texas A&M offensive tackle to go in the first round.


31.INDIANAPOLIS - JAMES CONNOR - RB - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JEROME BETTIS - retired
The colts only have Frank Gore and Josh Robinson at running back in their power offense. While both are tough as nails , Gore will be 32 after the season ,  has torn both ACL's, and also had a broken hip a while back. Robinson was a 6th round pick and lacks a big upside. Conner was dominant in a power offense last year, and not only the 250 pounder would fit right into their running game, the Panthers say he is going to be a lot more involeved in the passing game this season. A player with his physicality & size would probably excel in ass protection if he took more snaps there.

32.DALLAS - 
TONY CONNER - S - OLE  MISS
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DAWAN LANDRY - JETS
Unless Dallas decides to move Byron Jones to safety they will still lack one that is good in coverage, and can be counted on to make the tackle. With Mo Claiborne's injury & confidence issues, Orlando Scandrick wanting a new contract again, Brandon Carr being very overpaid, Tyler Patmon being relatively unproven , and Corey White being a better fit at safety, that seems unlikely right now . Plus Jones would give them the big athletic outside corner they want long term . Right now Conner plays a hybrid safety/linebacker position in the Rebels defense, but he is a sure tackler who appears to have the range to be interchangeable at either safety position. Hopefully they give him more looks deep this year and we can can get a better read on his long term prospects. Even if he stays in the box ,he as shown the ability to cover close to the line, and none of the cowboys current safeties tackles well anyway.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2016 NFL MOCK DRAFT with player comparisons - 5/15/15

With the 2015 draft coming to an end I am sure many of you are already wondering who the top prospects for 2016 might be. Trying to predict not only the top prospects, but also the draft order is  tall order right now, but I am willing if you are. My first 2015 FIRST MOCK DRAFT saw me pick 7 out of the top 10 right, but only 13 out of 32 players went in the first round for a variety of reasons.2 of them stayed in school, one was kicked off his team, and one went completely un-drafted due to a serious knee injury. So keep that in mind because some of these guys will get hurt, play to avoid injury & disappoint, decide to stay in school, maybe even be kicked off the team, or just not play up to my expectations for a whole . Not to mention the teams may play better or worse for a whole lot of reasons themselves. Right now I am predicting a DALLAS/COLTS Superbowl, but a significant injury to Luck or Romo would kill that notion, so keep that in mind as well. The prospects have NFL player comparisons below their name, so you can get an idea of who it is your getting, but I will change them later if someone else comes to mind that I think is a better comp. I have done limited tape study on these prospects so far, and they are mostly guys I couldn't help noticing while watching others on tape this year, or guys I expected to enter the 2015 draft that didn't. Some are just really talented ,and I expect them to step up this year as well. Right now I see a draft deep at offensive tackle, safety, and running back if the players I expect come out, Connor Cook is the is the most well known QB, and I hope he steps up enough to be the #1 pick, but I expect others will challenge him for the top QB spot . I am going to go with guys I already had a first round grade on from 2104 tape at the top for now. So here it is. Enjoy.



1.JACKSONVILLE - RONNIE STANLEY -OT - N. DAME

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DUANE BROWN - TEXANS
Sorry jags fans, but rushing Blake Bortles onto the field last year may have stunted his development, and another year of failure may permanently scar him. Unless he is downright terrible, and Gus Bradley gets fired ,I think the jags will give Blake one more year before drafting another QB. While I hope I am wrong ,and he is successful, there is a reason why so many vegas odds-makers have the jags as the biggest long shot to win it all. I personally no longer believe in Luke Joeckel as a left tackle, but they stuck with him anyway. I am not even sure if Gus Bradley will keep his job after this season, but if he does he will want to run the ball. Stanley would have been a first round pick in this draft, and he has the athletic ability to fit right into their zone scheme.The sad loss of Dante Fowler to a torn ACL only makes the chances of the jags having the first pick far more likely.


2.OAKLAND - JOEY BOSA - DE - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARIO WILLIAMS - BILLS
Despite a good draft I just don't have faith in Derek Carr as the long term answer as the Raiders QB, although I doubt they give up on him quickly enough to draft a QB here. With Justin Tuck past his prime ,and Mario Edwards currently showing he is a better fit inside, I expect the Raiders will need help off the edge next year. 'IF( and it's a big if to me) Edwards keeps his weight in check, and learns how to get off the ball quicker, then things could change .Rarely do you see a 4-3 strong side end who is a great pass rusher, but Bosa is. He has a great frame with long arms and the overall height and length to be a 5 technique. Shocks blocker with his hands off the snap and stays in control of them until he wants to shed them. He can already flat out dominate against the run or pass.


3.WASHINGTON - VERNON HARGREAVES the 3rd- CB - FLORIDA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DARRELLE REVIS - JETS
Washington has an improved roster , but the reason I don't think they will do much this year is coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was hired to improve RG3 .Instead of improving RG3 ,he has publicly embarrassed him, and I wouldn't be surprised if he divides the locker room this year as well.  I expect the next coach will come in and claim he can fix Griffin as well, and they will give Griffin one more try in 2016 to see if he can be their franchise QB. However, they do lack a #1 corner. I have never seen a sophomore corner be the clear cut best corner in all of college football before, but Vernon was last year. He is smart. fluid , physical and fast. He only average size, but you wouldn't know it by the way he challenges receivers.


4.SAN FRANCISCO - DEFOREST BUCKNER -DE - OREGON

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CALAIS CAMPBELL - CARDINALS
The 49ers still have plenty of talent on their roster, but I think this is a transition year for them in the NFL's toughest division, and that their record will reflect that .I believe that Justin Smith will join the group of players retiring ,and that the leadership void he and Patrick Willis leave behind will be hard to fill on defense. Not to mention the talent and toughness a lot of guys who departed brought to this team. Losing Harbaugh, Iupati,  Willis, Borland, McDonald, and Justin Smith is hard enough, but Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith are also question marks for different reasons. However I do believe it will be a short term dip in wins. Buckner is a guy I couldn't help noticing on tape when I was watching 49ers 2015 first round pick Arik Armstead. He has similar gigantic dimensions, but was a much more productive player than Armstead on film.



5.CLEVELAND - CONNOR COOK - QB - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATT RYAN - FALCONS
Barring any evidence to the contrary right now I expect that the Browns will be bad again because they lack a proven QB, and this time they will be adamant about drafting a QB that comes from a pro style offense . So barring their owner deciding to take a homeless guys advice again I think they take Cook in this scenario, instead of the more talented Cardale Jones. Cook has the size, big arm, and talent around him to make a big jump up in production this season. If he does he could be the first pick in the draft.


6.BUFFALO - CARDALE JONES - QB - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CAM NEWTON - PANTHERS
Unless EJ Manuel can force himself to throw down field , and be good at it, I doubt does much this season. Throw in that Matt Cassel has the weakest arm of any possible starting QB, and I think BIlls fans will be trying to drag Kyle Orton out of retirement. While Orton is nothing special as a starter that just shows you how bad the other choices are. Add that they didn't improve their woeful O-line much this off-season ,and I expect that the Bills will be team with a great defense that loses a lot of close games, just like last year . Although signing La'el Collins could have helped a ton. Jones is a physical specimen with a cannon for an arm. The Ohio ST. offense changed for the better when Jones took over, and I expect that hey will add more pro style looks to the offense this season.



7.HOUSTON - CHRISTIAN HACKENBURG - QB - PENN ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BEN ROETHLISBERGER - STEELERS
Houston has just about everything but a QB on their team, and barring one of the guys on there roster taking a big step up, they won't be in contention this season. Hackenburg looked like a future number one overall pick when he played for Texans coach Bill O'brien as a freshman. Last year he looked like a different player without him , and even if he improves this season I doubt it will be enough for any other team to pick him in the first round. O'brien would be wise to get his guy here though ,because he can step in from day one in this familiar offense, and be a better QB than what they have.





8.DETROIT -  ROBERT NKEMDICHE - DT/DE - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SHELDON RICHARDSON - JETS
The lions switch to a 3-4 helps mitigate the loss of Suh, but they still didn't do enough in the draft or free agency to improve their pass rush. Nkemdiche has the size and strength to hold up against the double team, and the explosion and quickness to rush the passer.



9.TAMPA BAY - EZEKIEL ELLIOT - RB - OHIO ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - FRED TAYLOR - retired
I expect the bucs will be better this year, especially in the 2nd half of the season, but they are now a young team that probably won't be a contender just yet. Thier is already talk of trading Doug Martin, and while Charles Sims is a well rounded guy, he is not a special talent. Elliot is big, fast, and played his best games late in the season.Especially in the biggest game of the year, as he was ridiculous in the national championship.



10.JETS - JACK CONKLIN - OT - MICHIGAN ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAKE LONG - FA
Every team in the AFC East except the patriots got better this off season, but the Patriots still have Brady and Belichick ,so they will probably still be in contention for the division title. The Jets were a team with a good defense and bad offense last year, and I expect it will be the same this year,despite more weapons on offense. The reasons for that are QB play and the lack of a significant upgrade along the O-line.After drafting Bryce Petty I believe the Jets won't be looking for a a QB just yet , although I personally believe they should take one if he's there when they draft. D'brickashaw Ferguson is past his prime ,and has a big salary, Conklin already plays with a finishers attitude,and is dominant at times in college,  but he just needs a little more strength to consistently enforce his will in the NFL.If he spends this off season getting stronger he could be a mauler, and if he makes that jump up he could be in contention for the # 1 overall pick.



11.CHICAGO- SCOOBY WRIGHT - LB - ARIZONA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LUKE KUECHLY - PANTHERS
The bears spent a lot of money in free agency , and also had an excellent draft, but one of the areas they didn't properly address in either was inside linebacker. This defense needs a middle linebacker with a high football IQ, instincts, and the ability to excel in coverage. Wright has all that and he is also an excellent pass rusher.



12.TENNESEE - DERRICK HENRY - RB - ALABAMA 

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CHRISTIAN OKOYE - retired
The titans are team on the rise now,and I expect they will be pushing the Colts for the division title pretty soon. One of the things they lack is a franchise running back to run behind the line they have assembled. Henry is a huge running back , but he still has the speed to crank out big runs.



13.ATLANTA - SHILIQUE CALHOUN - DE - MICHIGAN ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CLIFF AVRIL - SEAHAWKS
The falcons had an excellent draft this year, and while they did improve their pass rush some, DE's Kroy Biermann and Adrian Clayborn aren't exactly world beaters coming off the edge.  Calhoun might have been a 1rst round pick in the 2105 draft if he had entered. If he keeps improving and gets stronger he could be the first edge rusher drafted.


14.SAN DIEGO - LAREMY TUNSIL - OT - OLE MISS
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOE STALEY - 49ers
The chargers biggest weakness is their O-line, and while bringing in Orlando Franklin helps, they still have OT's who aren't playing the position that fits them best. With the Chargers refusing to even address OT in the draft, I have to hope they will have realized it after a down season this year. I bet you Phillip Rivers already knows and his window is closing fast.DJ Fluker has shown he lacks the feet to play right tackle, and KIng Dunlap is more of a right tackle. This pick would allow them to kick Fluker inside to guard, move Dunlap to right tackle, and improve 3 positions at once. Tunsil is coming off a broken leg , and only his injury history keeps him out of contention from being the first OT picked. Only Carolina needed La'el Collins more. 



15.NEW ORLEANS - HUNTER HENRY - TE - ARKANSAS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GREG OLSEN - PANTHERS
The saints traded Jimmy Graham  , and now seem content to try a veteran by committee approach to the the tight end position in 2015. My guess is they will see the error of their ways when they miss the playoffs, and want a new TE in 2016. Henry is a complete TE that is a match-up problem for any defense as a receiver ,and he is also a good blocker. 



16.GIANTS - ADOLPHUS WASHUNGTON DT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - NICK FAIRLEY - RAMS
The pass rush was the real key to the Giants 2 Superbowl victories under Tom Coughlin, and while Johnathan Hankins does his part inside , he is really a one technique. Washington would slide right in at the three technique and help return them to glory.



17.STEELERS - KENDALL FULLER - CB - VIRGINIA TECH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON McCOURTY - TITANS
After the retirement and letting go of so many long term veterans the Steelers defense is in a transition phase. They drafted 2 smaller corners this year, but need another with more size. Fuller follows his brother Kyle as a first round pick.
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18.MINNESOTA - TAYLOR DECKER - OT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LANE JOHNSON - EAGLES
Despite Matt Kalil's bad season the vikings didn't draft a left tackle this year, and he is coming off knee surgery as well. 4th round steal TJ Clemmings has left tackle ability, but since he is still learning how to even play on the right side, they may want to just keep him there.  Decker was clearly the best player on a buckeye O-line that dominated in the 
national championship game. 


19.
NEW ENGLAND - A'SHAWN ROBINSON - NT - ALABAMA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARCELL DAREUS - BILLS
With The Brady suspension ,and the Pats being the only AFC EAST team that didn't get better this off season, I now believe it's highly possible that New England misses the playoffs. The patriots lack a 3-4 nose tackle that can rush the passer, and it has to be one that can 2 gap against the double team , so that leaves out Malcolm Brown. Robinson has that kind of ability, and if he can steadily get pressure on the QB this season he could go a lot higher.



20.ST. LOUIS - LAQUAN TREADWELL - WR - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANDRE JOHNSON - COLTS
The rams decided to pay the unreliable Kenny Britt , and while it wasn't #1 receiver money, I just don't trust him to be a reliable receiver. I would have Treadwell a lot higher , but he suffered a knee injury last season. He should be back this year, and if he still has that same explosiveness to match his size, he has a good chance of being the first receiver taken in the draft.



21.KANSAS CITY - JALEN RAMSEY - S - FLORIDA ST.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DEVIN McCOURTY - PATRIOTS
With Eric Berry's football life in jeopardy due to cancer the Chiefs have big shoes to fill in the secondary, and unless they convert 3rd round corner Steven Nelson over to corner they will lack one that can cover man to man . Ramsey is a former corner who converted to safety in 2014 and had a big season. Now they may convert him back to corner but the NFL is longing for players who can play both, and Ramsey can fill that need.


22.CAROLINA - JERALD HAWKINS - OT - LSU

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - WILLIAM BEATTY - GIANTS
Out of all the teams that pursued La'el Collins the Panthers were the one that NEEDED him the most, but he signed with Dallas so they still need a left tackle. Hawkins was LSU's right tackle last year, but he isn't the mauler most people want on the right side, and profiles better as a left tackle. Since he is moving to the left side this season after the departure of Collins , he should excel. He has left tackle feet and is a good athlete, but needs to play nastier this year to rise up higher in the draft.


23.CINCINATTI - TYLER BOYD - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - REGGIE WAYNE - FA
The Bengals still don't have a serious receiving threat opposite AJ Green after the draft, and while I think Mario Alford was a good pick in the 7th round that can help open up the field some, what they need is another outside receiver that safeties fear. Boyd has been a stud for 2 straight years ,on a power running team ,with below average QB play most of the time.For those who want a QB here I understand, but I expect AJ McCarrron to beat out Andy Dalton at some point this year. 


24.ARIZONA - JARED GOFF - QB - CALIFORNIA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CARSON PALMER - CARDINALS
I am not sure if Carson Palmer will even make it through this season healthy, but even if he does ,he will be 36 with a bad injury history. Goff actually reminds me of Palmer and he has the arm to make the throws down-field that Bruce Arians requires for his vertical scheme.


25.MIAMI- MILES JACK - LB - UCLA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LAWRENCE TIMMONS - STEELERS
One of the needs the Dolphins failed to fill in the draft was inside linebacker. Jack will be playing inside a lot more this year now that Eric Kendricks has moved on the NFL. He is already a play-maker ,and has the athleticism to be a every down stud in the middle.


26.PHILADELPHIA - SHAWN OAKMAN - DE - BAYLOR

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SEAN JONES - retired
Chip Kelly reportedly made Fletcher Cox available in trade talks in his pursuit of Marcus Mariota. Cox is the best player on the Eagles defense ,so I don't know what Chip was thinking. I doubt Cox was happy about it, and even if he isn't available for a trade any longer, he will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Oakman has the size any NFL team would want , but Kelly likes size and length more than most , and Oakman displays surprising quickness in spite of it. He really fits best as a 5 technique, and with his length he could get up to 300 pounds and still look lean.


27.BALTIMORE - EMMANUEL OGBAH - DE - OKLAHOMA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - EZEKIEL ANSAH - LIONS
Both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are in their 30's and can't play at their current high level forever. Ogbah has the explosive burst and size off the edge NFL teams crave .


28.GREEN BAY - 
JORDAN JENKINS - OLB/DE - GEORGIA
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BRIAN ORAPKO - TITANS
Julius Peppers will be 36 after this season ,and the packers would be wise to try and find his replacement soon. Jenkins was better player than the more highly touted Leonard Floyd last year, and he has a chance to be a stud in the SEC this year.


29.DENVER - MAX TUERK - C - USC

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MAX UNGER - SAINTS
I really don't like the Broncos center situation this year.  4th rounder Max Garcia seems too slow and stiff for a zone scheme to me. Tuerk is a former left tackle with the quickness and smarts t excel in this scheme.


30.SEATTLE - GERMAIN IFEDI - OT - TEXAS A&M

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANTHONY COSTANZO - COLTS
Left tackle Russell Okung is a free agent after the season, and while he is a good player ,he is also too injury prone to pay well. Ifedi would be the 4th straight Texas A&M offensive tackle to go in the first round.


31.INDIANAPOLIS - JAMES CONNOR - RB - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JEROME BETTIS - retired
The colts only have Frank Gore and Josh Robinson at running back in their power offense. While both are tough as nails , Gore will be 32 after the season ,  has torn both ACL's, and also had a broken hip a while back. Robinson was a 6th round pick and lacks a big upside. Conner was dominant in a power offense last year, and not only the 250 pounder would fit right into their running game, the Panthers say he is going to be a lot more involeved in the passing game this season. a player with his physicality & size would probably excel in ass protection if he took more snaps there.

32.DALLAS - 
TONY CONNER - S - OLE  MISS
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DAWAN LANDRY - JETS
Unless Dallas decides to move Byron Jones to safety they will still lack one that is good in coverage, and can be counted on to make the tackle. With Mo Claiborne's injury & confidence issues, Orlando Scandrick wanting a new contract again, Brandon Carr being very overpaid, Tyler Patmon being relatively unproven , and Corey White being inconsistent so far in his career, that seems unlikely right now . Plus Jones would give them the big athletic outside corner they want long term . Right now Conner plays a hybrid safety/linebacker position in the Rebels defense, but he is a sure tackler who appears to have the range to be interchangeable at either safety position. Hopefully they give him more looks deep this year and we can can get a better read on his long term prospects. Even if he stays in the box ,he as shown the ability to cover close to the line, and none of the cowboys current safeties tackles well anyway.

Friday, May 8, 2015

2016 very very early NFL MOCK DRAFT with player comparisons.

With the 2015 draft coming to an end I am sure many of you are already wondering who the top prospects for 2016 might be. Trying to predict not only the top prospects, but also the draft order is  tall order right now, but I am willing if you are. My first 2015 FIRST MOCK DRAFT saw me pick 7 out of the top 10 right, but only 13 out of 32 players went in the first round for a variety of reasons.2 of them stayed in school, one was kicked off his team, and one went completely un-drafted due to a serious knee injury. So keep that in mind because some of these guys will get hurt, play to avoid injury & disappoint, decide to stay in school, maybe even be kicked off the team, or just not play up to my expectations for a whole . Not to mention the teams may play better or worse for a whole lot of reasons themselves. Right now I am predicting a DALLAS/COLTS Superbowl, but a significant injury to Luck or Romo would kill that notion, so keep that in mind as well. The prospects have NFL player comparisons below their name, so you can get an idea of who it is your getting, but I will change them later if someone else comes to mind that I think is a better comp.  I have done limited tape study on these prospects so far, and they are mostly guys I couldn't help noticing while watching others on tape this year, or guys I expected to enter the 2015 draft that didn't. Some are just really talented ,and I expect them to step up this year as well. Right now I see a draft deep at offensive tackle, safety, and running back if the players expect come out, Connor Cook is the is the most well known QB, and I hope he steps up enough to be the #1 pick, but I expect others will challenge him for the top QB spot . I am going to go with guys I already had a first round grade on from 2104 tape at the top for now. So here it is. Enjoy.


1.JACKSONVILLE - RONNIE STANLEY -OT - N. DAME

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DUANE BROWN - TEXANS
Sorry jags fans, but rushing Blake Bortles onto the field last year may have stunted his development, and another year of failure may permanently scar him. Unless he is downright terrible, and Gus Bradley gets fired ,I think the jags will give Blake one more year before drafting another QB. While I hope I am wrong ,and he is successful, there is a reason why so many vegas odds-makers have the jags as the biggest long shot to win it all. I personally no longer believe in Luke Joeckel as a left tackle, but they stuck with him anyway. I am not even sure if Gus Bradley will keep his job after this season, but if he does he will want to run the ball. Stanley would have been a first round pick in this draft, and he has the athletic ability to fit right into their zone scheme.


2.OAKLAND - JOEY BOSA - DE - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARIO WILLIAMS - BILLS
Despite a good draft I just don't have faith in Derek Carr as the long term answer as the Raiders QB, although I doubt they give up on him quickly enough to draft a QB here. With Justin Tuck past his prime ,and Mario Edwards showing he is a better fit inside, I expect the Raiders will need help off the edge next year. Rarely do you see a 4-3 strong side end who is a great pass rusher, but Bosa is. Great frame with long arms and the overall height and length to be a 5 technique. Shocks blocker with his hands off the snap and stays in control of them until he wants to shed them. He can already flat out dominate against the run or pass.


3.WASHINGTON - VERNON HARGREAVES the 3rd- CB - FLORIDA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DARRELLE REVIS - JETS
Washington has an improved roster , but the reason I don't think they will do much this year is coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was hired to improve RG3 .Instead of improving RG3 ,he has publicly embarrassed him, and I wouldn't be surprised if he divides the locker room this year as well.  I expect the next coach will come in and claim he can fix Griffin as well, and they will give Griffin one more try in 2016 to see if he can be their franchise QB. However, they do lack a #1 corner. I have never seen a sophomore corner be the clear cut best corner in all of college football before, but Vernon was last year. He is smart. fluid , physical and fast. He only average size, but you wouldn't know it by the way he challenges receivers.


4.SAN FRANCISCO - DEFOREST BUCKNER -DE - OREGON

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CALAIS CAMPBELL - CARDINALS
The 49ers still have plenty of talent on their roster, but I think this is a transition year for them in the NFL's toughest division, and that their record will reflect that .I believe that Justin Smith will join the group of players retiring ,and that the leadership void he and Patrick Willis leave behind will be hard to fill on defense. Not to mention the talent and toughness a lot of guys who departed brought to this team. Losing Harbaugh, Iupati,  Willis, Borland, McDonald, and Justin Smith is hard enough, but Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith are also question marks for different reasons. However I do believe it will be a short term dip in wins. Buckner is a guy I couldn't help noticing on tape when I was watching 49ers 2015 first round pick Arik Armstead. He has similar gigantic dimensions, but was a much more productive player than Armstead on film.


5.JETS - JACK CONKLIN - OT - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JAKE LONG - FA
Every team in the AFC East except the patriots got better this off season, but the Patriots still have Brady and Belichick ,so they will probably still be in contention for the division title. The Jets were a team with a good defense and bad offense last year, and I expect it will be the same this year,despite more weapons on offense. The reasons for that are QB play and the lack of a significant upgrade along the O-line.After drafting Bryce Petty I believe the Jets won't be looking for a a QB just yet , although I personally believe they should take one if he's there when they draft. D'brickashaw Ferguson is past his prime ,and has a big salary, Conklin already plays with a finishers attitude,and is dominant at times in college,  but he just needs a little more strength to consistently enforce his will in the NFL.If he spends this off season getting stronger he could be a mauler, and if he makes that jump up he could be in contention for the # 1 overall pick.


6.CLEVELAND - CONNOR COOK - QB - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MATT RYAN - FALCONS
Barring any evidence to the contrary right now I expect that the Browns will be bad again because they lack a proven QB, and this time they will be adamant about drafting a QB that comes from a pro style offense . So barring their owner deciding to take a homeless guys advice again I think they take Cook in this scenario, instead of the more talented Cardale Jones. Cook has the size, big arm, and talent around him to make a big jump up in production this season. If he does he could be the first pick in the draft.


7.BUFFALO - CARDALE JONES - QB - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CAM NEWTON - PANTHERS
Unless EJ Manuel can force himself to throw down field , and be good at it, I doubt does much this season. Throw in that Matt Cassel has the weakest arm of any possible starting QB, and I think BIlls fans will be trying to drag Kyle Orton out of retirement. While Orton is nothing special as a starter that just shows you how bad the other choices are. Add that they didn't improve their woeful O-line much this off-season ,and I expect that the Bills will be team with a great defense that loses a lot of close games, just like last year . Although signing La'el Collins could have helped a ton. Jones is a physical specimen with a cannon for an arm. The Ohio ST. offense changed for the better when Jones took over, and I expect that hey will add more pro style looks to the offense this season.


8.TAMPA BAY - EZEKIEL ELLIOT - RB - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - FRED TAYLOR - retired
I expect the bucs will be better this year, especially in the 2nd half of the season, but they are now a young team that probably won't be a contender just yet. Thier is already talk of trading Doug Martin, and while Charles Sims is a well rounded guy, he is not a special talent. Elliot is big, fast, and played his best games late in the season.Especially in the biggest game of the year, as he was ridiculous in the national championship.


9.SAN DIEGO - LAREMY TUNSIL - OT - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JOE STALEY - 49ers
The chargers biggest weakness is their O-line, and while bringing in Orlando Franklin helps, they still have OT's who aren't playing the position that fits them best. With the Chargers refusing to even address OT in the draft, I have to hope they will have realized it after a down season this year. I bet you Phillip Rivers already knows and his window is closing fast.DJ Fluker has shown he lacks the feet to play right tackle, and KIng Dunlap is more of a right tackle. This pick would allow them to kick Fluker inside to guard, move Dunlap to right tackle, and improve 3 positions at once. Tunsil is coming off a broken leg , and only his injury history keeps him out of contention from being the first OT picked. Only Carolina needed La'el Collins more. 


10.HOUSTON - CHRISTIAN HACKENBURG - QB - PENN ST

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - BEN ROETHLISBERGER - STEELERS
Houston has just about everything but a QB on their team, and barring one of the guys on there roster taking a big step up, they won't be in contention this season. Hackenburg looked like a future number one overall pick when he played for Texans coach Bill O'brien as a freshman. Last year he looked like a different player without him , and even if he improves this season I doubt it will be enough for any other team to pick him in the first round. O'brien would be wise to get his guy here though ,because he can step in from day one in this familiar offense, and be a better QB than what they have.


11.DETROIT -  ROBERT NKEMDICHE - DT/DE - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SHELDON RICHARDSON - JETS
The lions switch to a 3-4 helps mitigate the loss of Suh, but they still didn't do enough in the draft or free agency to improve their pass rush. Nkemdiche has the size and strength to hold up against the double team, and the explosion and quickness to rush the passer.


12.ATLANTA - SHILIQUE CALHOUN - DE - MICHIGAN ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CLIFF AVRIL - SEAHAWKS
The falcons had an excellent draft this year, and while they did improve their pass rush some, DE's Kroy Biermann and Adrin Clayborn aren't exactly world beaters coming off the edge.  Calhoun might have been a 1rst round pick in the 2105 draft if he had entered. If he keeps improving and gets stronger he could be the first edge rusher drafted.



13.TENNESEE - DERRICK HENRY - RB - ALABAMA 

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CHRISTIAN OKOYE - retired
The titans are team on the rise now,and I expect they will be pushing the Colts for the division title pretty soon. One of the things they lack is a franchise running back to run behind the line they have assembled. Henry is a huge running back , but he still has the speed to crank out big runs.


14.NEW ORLEANS - HUNTER HENRY - TE - ARKANSAS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - GREG OLSEN - PANTHERS
The saints traded Jimmy Graham  , and now seem content to try a veteran by committee approach to the the tight end position in 2015. My guess is they will see the error of their ways when they miss the playoffs, and want a new TE in 2016. Henry is a complete TE that is a match-up problem for any defense as a receiver ,and he is also a good blocker.


15.CHICAGO- SCOOBY WRIGHT - LB - ARIZONA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LUKE KUECHLY - PANTHERS
The bears spent a lot of money in free agency , and also had an excellent draft, but one of the areas they didn't properly address in either was inside linebacker. This defense needs a middle linebacker with a high football IQ, instincts, and the ability to excel in coverage. Wright has all that and he is also an excellent pass rusher. 



16.GIANTS - ADOLPHUS WASHUNGTON DT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SHELDON RICHARDSON - JETS
The pass rush was the real key to the Giants 2 Superbowl victories under Tom Coughlin, and while Johnathan Hankins does his part inside , he is really a one technique. Washington would slide right in at the three technique and help return them to glory.



17.STEELERS - KENDALL FULLER - CB - VIRGINIA TECH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JASON McCOURTY - TITANS
After the retirement and letting go of so many long term veterans the Steelers defense is in a transition phase. They drafted 2 smaller corners this year, but need another with more size. Fuller follows his brother Kyle as a first round pick.
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18.MINNESOTA - TAYLOR DECKER - OT - OHIO ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LANE JOHNSON - EAGLES
Despite Matt Kalil's bad season the vikings didn't draft a left tackle this year, and he is coming off knee surgery as well. 4th round steal TJ Clemmings has left tackle ability, but since he is still learning how to even play on the right side, they may want to just keep him there.  Decker was clearly the best player on a buckeye O-line that dominated in the 
national championship game. 


19.KANSAS CITY - JALEN RAMSEY - S - FLORIDA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - DEVIN McCOURTY - PATRIOTS
With Eric Berry's football life in jeopardy due to cancer the Chiefs have big shoes to fill in the secondary, and unless they convert 3rd round corner Steven Nelson over to corner they will lack one that can cover man to man . Ramsey is a former corner who converted to safety in 2014 and had a big season. Now they may convert him back to corner but the NFL is longing for players who can play both, and Ramsey can fill that need.



20.ST. LOUIS - LAQUAN TREADWELL - WR - OLE MISS

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JORDY NELSON - PACKERS
The rams decided to pay the unreliable Kenny Britt , and while it wasn't #1 receiver money, but I just don't trust him to be a reliable receiver. I would have Treadwell a lot higher , but he suffered a knee injury last season. He should be back this year, and if he still has that same explosiveness to match his size, he has a good chance of being the first receiver taken in the draft.


21.CAROLINA - JERALD HAWKINS - OT - LSU

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - WILLIAM BEATTY - GIANTS
Out of all the teams that pursued La'el Collins the Panthers were the one that NEEDED him the most, but he signed with Dallas so they still need a left tackle. Hawkins was LSU's right tackle last year, but he isn't the mauler most people want on the right side, and profiles better as a left tackle. Since he is moving to the left side this season after the departure of Collins , he should excel. He has left tackle feet and is a good athlete, but needs to play nastier this year to rise up higher in the draft.


22.CINCINATTI - TYLER BOYD - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - REGGIE WAYNE - FA
The Bengals still don't have a serious receiving threat opposite AJ Green after the draft, and while I think Mario Alford was a good pick in the 7th round that can help open up the field some, what they need is another outside receiver that safeties fear. Boyd has been a stud for 2 straight years ,on a power running team ,with below average QB play most of the time.


23.NEW ENGLAND - A'SHAWN ROBINSON - NT - ALABAMA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MARCELL DAREUS - BILLS
The patriots lack a 3-4 nose tackle that can rush the passer, and it has to be one that can 2 gap against the double team. Robinson has that kind of ability, and if he can steadily get pressure on the QB this season he could go a lot higher.


24.ARIZONA - JARED GOFF - QB - CALIFORNIA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - CARSON PALMER - CARDINALS
I am not sure if Carson Palmer will even make it through this season healthy, but even if he does ,he will be 36 with a bad injury history. Goff actually reminds me of Palmer and he has the arm to make the throws down-field that Bruce Arians requires for his vertical scheme.


25.MIAMI- MILES JACK - LB - UCLA

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - LAWRENCE TIMMONS - STEELERS
One of the needs the Dolphins failed to fill in the draft was inside linebacker. Jack will be playing inside a lot more this year now that Eric Kendricks has moved on the NFL. He is already a play-maker ,and has the athleticism to be a every down stud in the middle.


26.PHILADELPHIA - SHAWN OAKMAN - DE - BAYLOR

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - SEAN JONES - retired
Chip Kelly reportedly made Fletcher Cox available in trade talks in his pursuit of Marcus Mariota. Cox is the best player on the Eagles defense so I don't know what Chip was thinking. I doubt Cox was happy about it, and even if he isn't available for a trade any longer, he will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Oakman has the size any NFL team would want , but Kelly likes size and length more than most , and Oakman displays surprising quickness in spite of it. He really fits best as a 5 technique, and with his length he could get up to 300 pounds and still look lean.


27.BALTIMORE - EMMANUEL OGBAH - DE - OKLAHOMA ST.

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - EZEKIEL ANSAH - LIONS
Both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are in their 30's and can't play at their current high level forever. Ogbah has the explosive burst and size off the edge NFL teams crave .


28.GREEN BAY -DHADI LHOMME-NICHOLAS - V IRGINA TECH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - KAMERION WIMBLEY - retired
Julius Peppers will be 36 after this season ,and the packers would be wise to try and find his replacement soon.Nicholas has that kind of ability if he can add a little more muscle.


29.DENVER - MAX TUERK - C - USC

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - MAX UNGER - SAINTS
I really don't like the Broncos center situation this year.  4th rounder Max Garcia seems too slow and stiff for a zone scheme to me. Tuerk is a former left tackle with the quickness and smarts t excel in this scheme.

30.SEATTLE - GERMAIN IFEDI - OT - TEXAS A&M

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - ANTHONY COSTANZO - COLTS
Left tackle Russell Okung is a free agent after the season, and while he is a good player ,he is also too injury prone to pay well. Ifedi would be the 4th straight Texas A&M offensive tackle to go in the first round.

31.INDIANAPOLIS - JAMES CONNOR - RB - PITTSBURGH

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON - JEROME BETTIS - retired
The colts only have Frank Gore and Josh Robinson at running back in their power offense. While both are tough as nails , Gore will be 32 after the season ,  has torn both ACL's, and also had a broken hip a while back. Robinson was a 6th round pick Conner was dominant in a power offense last year, and the 250 pounder would fit right in.

32.DALLAS - THOMAS TYNER - RB - OREGON

NFL PLAYER COMPARISON- JAMALL CHARLES
Talk about the rich getting richer. I bet Tony Romo is downright giddy after Dallas inexplicably landed the best O-lineman in the draft, under the weirdest circumstances possible, after the draft.Dallas already had one of( if not the) best O-lines in football before getting La'el Collins,but now they could be historically great. That line will make it much easier for their stable of veteran running backs to look better than they are, but they all lack breakaway speed. I expect Tyner to be the focal point of the ducks offense this season, and he could give the boys the homerun hitter they lack in the running game.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015 NFL DRAFT POSITION RANKINGS

I meant to this on the 30th when I posted my TOP 250, but I forgot in all the excitement.My bad. Here it is for those who are still checking for 2015 draft info here.All the early declarations are in,  the All-Star games , combine, pro days, personal visits, medical re-checks, etc. are done.Thanks to the hopper. I already had close 1800 hours of games stashed on my DVR, and these days there is a lot of other tape available on the net.  Watching a whole game is NOT the same as breaking down the tape of a single specific player, and yes it takes a long time. So don't freak out and send me hyperbolic profane comments if some player you like isn't listed right . I won't post foul language or troll vitriol comments anyway, and this is my opinion. Next to each player is the NFL player they remind me of if they are a hit.The comp is for on the field play only ,and the higher they are ranked the more likely we think they will reach that comparison. If you don't know who the NFL player comp is, and yes some of my comps are retired players ,feel free to google them and educate yourself up on the past. Some players are ranked at multiple positions, because teams run different schemes ,and will have players franked differently based on their specific scheme .Others are better special teams players than others,and that versatility will often lead them to being ranked higher overall than a player they are ranked below at a single position In my 2015 TOP 250 . I also split them into tiers for each specific position, and that is why there is a gap between blocks of players. So if a player you like is drafted at a position you want your team to fill, you can always look and see if someone in the same tier is left at that position in the draft. 


# Is for a player with with reported character or maturity concerns


** Is for a player with reported injury concerns




QUARTERBACKS


1.#JAMEIS WINSTON-QB-FLA ST-NFL COMP-BEN ROETHLISBERGER-PITT

2.MARCUS MARIOTA-QB-OREGON-NFL COMP-RYAN TANNEHILL-MIA

3.GARRET GRAYSON-QB-COL.ST-NFL COMP-KURT WARNER-retired

4.BRETT HUNDLEY-QB-UCLA-NFL COMP-ROBERT GRIFFIN 3rd
5.SEAN MANNION-QB-OREGON ST.-NFL COMP-NICK FOLES-PHILLY
6.BRYCE PETTY-QB-BAY-NFL COMP-DONOVAN McNABB-retired

7.BRANDON BRIDGE-QB-S.ALA-NFL COMP-JOSH FREEMAN - MIA

8.CHRIS BONNER-QB-COL.ST.PUEBLO- JOE FLACCO - BALT
9.BLAKE SIMS-QB-ALA-NFL COMP-DAVID GARRARD-retired
10.HUTSON MASON - QB - GEORGIA-NFL COMP-ANDY DALTON-CINC



RUNNING BACKS



1.**TEVIN COLEMAN-RB-IND-NFL COMP-( A faster)-DEMARCO MURRAY-DALL
2.**TODD GURLEY-RB-GEORGIA-NFL COMP-STEVEN JACKSON-ATL
3.MELVIN GORDON-RB-WISCONSIN-NFL COMP-JAMAL CHARLES-KC

4.**DUKE JOHNSON-RB-MIA-NFL COMP-LeSEAN McCOY-BUFF
5.AMEER ABDULLAH-RB-NEB-NFL COMP-NFL COMP-WARRICK DUNN-retired
6.**TJ YELDIN-RB-ALA-NFL COMP-FRED TAYLOR-retired
7.DAVID JOHNSON-N,IOWA-NFL COMP-MATT FORTE-CHI

8.#**JAY AJAYI-RB-BOISE ST-NFL COMP-RYAN MATHEWS-SD

9.BUCK ALLEN-RB-USC-NFL COMP-KEVIN JONES-FA
10.DAVID COBB-RB-MINN-NFL COMP-ALFRED MORRIS-WASH
11.#MIKE DAVIS-RB-S.CAR-NFL COMP-FRANK GORE-FA
12.JEREMY LANGFORD-RB-MICH ST-NFL COMP-JOSEPH ADDAI-retired

13.MALCOLM BROWN-RB-TEX-NFL COMP-NFL COMP-FRED JACKSON-BUFF

14.CAMERON ARTIS-PAYNE-RB-AUB-NFL COMP-STEVEN RIDLEY-NE
14.MATT JONES - RB - FLA-NFL COMP - WILLIS McGAHEE - FA
15.-tie-#KARLOS WILLIAMS-RB-FLA-ST-NFL COMP-JONATHAN STEWART-CAR
15.-tie-**TYLER VARGA -RB- YALE -NFL COMP - DERRICK WARD - retired
16.-tie- JOSH ROBINSON - RB - MISS ST. -NFL COMP - ZAC STACY - RAMS
16.-tie-SYNJYN DAYS - RB - GA TECH- NFL PLAYER COMP - ARIAN FOSTER
17.JOHN CROCKETT - RB - N. DAK. ST.-NFL COMP - JAMES STARKS - PACKERS
18.TERRENCE MAGEE-RB-LSU-NFL COMP-ERNEST GRAHAM - retired
19.-tie-TREY WILLIAMS - RB - TEXAS A&M-STEVE SLATON -retired
19.-tie-ZACH ZENNER-RB-S.DAK ST-NFL COMP-JOIQUE BELL-DET
20.AKEEM HUNT-RB-PURD-NFL COMP-DARREN SPROLES-PHIL
21.#THOMAS RAWLS - RB - C. MICH - NFL COMP-JULIUS JONES-iretired

WIDE RECEIVERS

1.AMARI COOPER-WR-ALA-NFL COMP-RODDIE WHITE-ATL
2.KEVIN WHITE-WR-W.VIRGINIA-NFL COMP-ANDRE JOHNSON-HOU
3.DEVANTE PARKER-WR-LOUISVILLE-NFL COMP- AJ GREEN - CINC


4.NELSON AGHOLOR-WR-USC-NFL COMP-GREG JENNINGS-MINN
5.#DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM-WR-OKLA-NFL COMP-RANDY MOSS-retired
6.BRESHAD PERRIMAN-WR-UCF-NFL COMP-BRAYLON EDWARDS-retired
7.DEVIN SMITH-WR-OH ST-NFL COMP-MIKE QUICK-retired
8.TYLER LOCKETT-WR-KAN.ST-NFL COMP-HENRY ELLARD-retired
10.**PHILLIP DORSETT-WR-MIA-NFL COMP-TY HILTON-INDY


11.JAELEN STRONG-WR-AZ.ST-NFL COM-ANQUAN BOLDIN-SF

12.DEVIN FUNCHESS-TE/WR-MICHIGAN-NFL COMP-MARQUES COLSTON-NO
13.JUSTIN HARDY-WR-E.CAR-NFL COMP-RANDALL COBB-GB
13.RASHAD  GREENE-WR-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-DeSEAN JACKSON-WASH
15.JAMISON CROWDER-WR-DUKE-NFL COMP-SANTANA MOSS-WASH
16.CHRIS CONLEY-WR-GA-NFL COMP-KENNY BRITT-STL
17.VINCENT MAYLE-WR-WASH ST-NFL COMP-JAVON WALKER-retired
18.DEZMIN LEWIS-WR-C.ARK-NFL COMP-SIDNEY RICE-retired
19.**DeANDRE SMELTER-WR-GA TECH-NFL COMP-DEMARYIUS THOMAS-DENV


20.-tie-KENNY BELL-WR-NEB-NFL COMP-STEVE BREASTON-retired

21.-tie-TREY McBRIDE-WR-W&MARY-NFL COMP-PIERRE GARCON-WASH
22.-tie-DARREN WALLER-WR/TE-GA TECH-NFL COMP-BRANDON MARSHALL-JETS
22.-tie-GEORGE FARMER - WR -USC-NFL COMP - ROBERT MEACHEM - FA 
23.JOSH HARPER - WR - FRESNO ST.-NFL  COMP- ANTWAAN RANDLE EL
24.ANTWAN GOODLEY-WR-BAY-NFL COMP-DEVERY HENDERSON- retired
25.MARIO ALFORD-WR-W.VA-NFL COMP-JOHN BROWN-AZ
26.**DRES ANDERSON - WR - UTAH-NFL COMP-STEVE BREASTON -retired
27.GEREMY DAVIS-WR-CONNECTICUT-NFL  COMP - JASON AVANT - KC
28.DARIUS DAVIS - WR - HEND ST.-NFL COMP-JERICHO COTCHERY - CAROLINA
29.-tie-TONY LIPPETT - WR/CB - MICH ST.-NFL COMP-TROY BROWN - retired
29.-tie-EVAN SPENCER-WR-OHIO ST-NFL COMP- ARRELIOUS BEEN-JAX
30.SAMMIE COATES-WR-AUB-NFL COMP-MILES AUSTIN-CLEV
31.#DEONTAY GREENBERRY-WR-HOU-NFL COMP-AMANI TOOMER-retired

32.STEFON DIGGS - WR - MARYLAND-NFL COMP- TEDD GINN
33.*TY MONTGOMERY-WR-STAN-NFL COMP-PERCY HARVIN-NYJ


TIGHT ENDS/H-BACK/FULLBACK

1.MAXX WILLIAMS-TE-MINN-NFL COMP-GREG OLSEN-CAR
2.**CLIVE WOLFORD-TE-MIA-NFL COMP-TODD HEAP-retired

7.**TYLER KROFT-TE-RUTG-NFL COMP-ZACK ERTZ-PHIL
3.**JEFF HEUERMAN-TE-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-JOHN CARLSON-AZ
5.WES SAXTON - TE - S. ALAB-NFL COMP-VISANTHE SHIANCOE - FA

6.-tie-BLAKE BELL - TE - OKLA-NFL COMP-BRENT CELEK -PHIL

6.-tie-MYCOLE PRUITT - TE - S. ILL-NFL COMP-DUSTIN KELLER - FA
7.JESSE JAMES-TE-PENN ST-NFL COMP-ZACH J. MILLER - FA
8.BEN KOYACK-TE-N,DAME-NFL COMP-ANTHONY FASANO-TENN
9.**RORY ANDERSON -TE - S. CAR-NFL COMP-VERNON DAVIS-SF

9-tie-JALSTON FOWLER-FB-ALA-NFL COMP-LE'RON McClAIN-retired

10.NICK BOYLE-TE-DEL-NFL COMP-JOEL DREESSEN-retired
11.NICK O'LEARY-TE-FLA ST-NFL COMP-DWAYNE ALLEN-INDY
12.JAMES O'SHAUGHNESSY- TE - ILL ST-NFL COMP-GARRETT GRAHAM - HOU
13.DARREN WALLER-WR/TE-GA TECH-NFL COMP-BRANDON MARSHALL-JETS
14.CJ UZOMAH-TE-AUB-NFL COMP-ROB HOUSLER - CLEV
15.EJ BIBBS-TE-IOWA ST-NFL COMP-DELANIE WALKER
16.RANDALL TELFER-TE/FB-NFL COMP-RHETT ELLISON-USC



OFFENSIVE TACKLES


1.LA'EL COLLINS-OT-LSU-NFL COMP-TRENT WILLIAMS-WASH

2.BRANDON SCHERFF-OL-IOWA-NFL COMP-MARSHALL YANDA-BALT
3.**CEDRICK OGBUEHI-OT-TEXAS A&Mamp;M-NFL COMP- TYRON SMITH-DALL

4.-tie-ERECK FLOWERS -T/G - MIA-NFL COMP-ERIK WILLIAMS-retired

4.-tie-**DJ HUMPHRIES-OT-FLA-NFL COMP-WILLIAM BEATTY - NYG
5.-tie-ANDRUS PEAT-OT-STANFORD-NFL COMP-RYAN CLADY DENV
5.-tie-**JAKE FISHER-OT-ORE-NFL COMP-LANE JOHNSON-PHIL


6.**TJ CLEMMINGS-OT-PITT-NFL COMP-JASON PETERS-PHIL

8.DONOVAN SMITH-OT-PENN ST-NFL COMP-CORDY GLENN-BUFF
9.**CHAZ GREEN-OT-FLA-NFL COMP-ERIC WINSTON-CINC
10.DARYL WILLIAMS-OT-OKLA-NFL COMP-WILLIE ANDERSON-retired
11.CAMERON ERVING-C/T-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MAX UNGER-SEA


12.ROB HAVENSTEIN-OT-WISC-NFL COMP-KING DUNLAP-SD

13.TY SAMBRAILO-OT-COL.ST-NFL COMP-DAVID BAKHTIARI-GB
14.TYRUS THOMPSON- OT-OKLAHOMA-DOUG FREE -DALL
15.LAURENCE GIBSON-OT-VA.TECH-NFL COMP-D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON-JETS
16.TAYO FABULUJE-OT-TCU-NFL COMP-JOSEPH BARKSDALE-FA


17.ANDREW DONNAL-T/G-IOWA-NFL COMP-MITCHELL SCHWARTZ -CLEV

18.JEREMIAH POUTASI - G/T-UTAH-NFL COMP-TODD HEREMANS - INDY
19.**#JARVIS HARRISON - G/T - TEX A&M-NFL COMP-CARL NICKS
20.JOSUE MATIAS - G/T - FLA ST-NFL COMP-RAMON FOSTER - PITT
21.JAMON BROWN- G/T-LVILLE-NFL COMP-BRANDON BROOKS-HOU
22.MARK GLOWINSKI - G/T - W.VA-NFL COMP-CLINT BOLING - CINC


GUARDS



1.BRANDON SCHERFF-OL-IOWA-NFL COMP-MARSHALL YANDA-BALT

2.LA'EL COLLINS-OT-LSU-NFL COMP-TRENT WILLIAMS-WASH


3.AJ CANN-G-S.CAROLINA-NFL COMP-KEVIN ZEITLER-CINC

4.-tie-CAMERON ERVING-C/T-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MAX UNGER-SEA
4.-tie-ANDRUS PEAT-OT-STANFORD-NFL COMP-ANTHONY COSTANZO-INDY
5.-tie-LAKEN TOMLINSON-G-DUKE-NFL COMP-LARRY WORFORD-DET
5.-tie-**ERECK FLOWERS-OT-MIA-NFL COMP-DONALD PENN-OAK


6.-tie-JEREMIAH POUTASI-G/T-UTAH-NFL COMP-MIKE IUPATI-SF

6.-tie-DONOVAN SMITH-OT-PENN ST-NFL COMP-CORDY GLENN-BUFF
7-tie-ALI MARPET-G/C-HOB-NFL COMP-DANIEL KILGORE-SF
7.-tie-TRE JACKSON-G-FLA ST-NFL COMP-BOBBIE WILLIAMS-retired


8.#JARVIS HARRISON-G/T-TEXAS A&M-NFL-comp-CARL NICKS-retired

9.JAMON BROWN-G-LVILLE-NFL COMP-BRANDON BROOKS-HOU
10.ARIE KOUANDJIO-G-ALA-NFL COMP-RAMON FOSTER-PITT
11.-tie-ANTOINE EVERETT-G/C-McN.ST-NFL COMP-JEREMY ZUTTAH - BALT
11.-tie-JOHN MILLER-G-LVILLE-NFL COMP-RICHIE INCOGNITO - BUFFALO
12.ROBERT MYERS - G - TENN ST.-NFL COMP-TJ LANG - GB
13.-tie-MITCH MORSE - C/G - MIZZ-KEVIN BOOTHE - OAKLAND


13.-tie-JOSUE MATIAS-G/T-FLA ST- NFL COMP-LOUIS VAZQUEZ-DENV

14.MAX GARCIA - C/G -FLA-NFL COMP-MANUEL RAMIREZ-DENV
15.**GREG MANCZ - C/G -TOL-KORY LICHTENSTEIGER - WASH
16.JAMIL DOUGLAS - G- AZ ST-NFL COMP-ZANE BEADLES - JA
17.CODY WICHMANN-G - FRES ST-NFL COMP-WADE SMITH - FA
18.TERRY POOLE - OG - SD ST-NFL COMP-MIKE BRISIEL - FA
19.MATT ROTHERAN-G-PITT-NFL COMP-ALEX BOONE-49ers
20.JOHN FELICIANO-G -MIA-NFL COMP-DEUCE LATUI-retired
21.SHAQ MASON-G-GA.TECH-NFL COMP-MONTRAE HOLLAND-retired


CENTERS



1.CAMERON ERVING-C/T-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MAX UNGER-SEA

2.BRANDON SCHERFF-OL-IOWA-NFL COMP-MARSHALL YANDA-BALT


3.AJ CANN-G-S.CAROLINA-NFL COMP-BEN GRUBBS-BALT

4.-tie-ALI MARPET-G/C-HOB-NFL COMP-DANIEL KILGORE-SF
4.-tie-**HRONISS GRASU-C-OREGON-NFL COMP-JASON KELCE-PHIL


5.MITCH MORSE - C/G - MIZZ-KEVIN BOOTHE - OAK

6.ANTOINE EVERETT-G/C-McN.ST-NFL COMP-JEREMY ZUTTAH - BALT
7.BJ FINNEY-C-KAN ST-NFL COMP-DAVID BASS-retired
8.MAX GARCIA-C-FLA-NFL COMP-MANUEL RAMIREZ - DENV
9.ANDY GALLIK-C-BC-NFL COMP-DOMINICK RAIOLA - FA
10.**GREG MANCZ - C/G -TOL-KORY LICHTENSTEIGER - WASH
11.SHAQ MASON-G-GA.TECH-NFL COMP-MONTRAE HOLLAND-retired
12.CHRIS JASPERSE-C-MARSH-NFL COMP-EVAN DIETRICH-SMITH- TB 
14.#REESE DISMUKES-C-AUB-NFL COMP-PHIL COSTA-retired


CORNER BACKS



1.KEVIN JOHNSON-CB-W.FOREST-NFL COMP-TRAMON WILLIAMS-GB
2.**BYRON JONES-CB/S-UCONN- NFL COMP-XAVIER RHODES-MINN
3.**TRAE WAYNES-CB-MICH.ST-NFL COMP-ANTONIO CROMARTIE- JETS

4.#MARCUS PETERS-CB-WASH-NFL COMP-DESMOND TRUFANT-ATL

5.ERIC ROWE-S/CB-UTAH-NFL COMP-ANTREL ROLLE-NYG

6.RONALD DARBY-CB-FLA ST-NFL COMP-JOHNATHAN JOSEPH-HOU
7.QUINTEN ROLLINS-CB-MIA.OH-NFL COMP-STEPHON GILMORE-BUFF
8.D'JOUN SMITH-CB-FLA.ATL-NFL COMP-ALTERRAUN VERNER-TB
9.JALEN COLLINS-CB/S-LSU-NFL COMP-JIMMY SMITH-BALT
10.STEVE NELSON-CB/S-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-CORTLAND FINNEGAN-retired


11.SENQUEZ GOLSON-CB-MISS-BRANDON FLOWERS-SD

12.#PJ WILLIAMS-CB-FLA ST-NFL COMP-CHARLES TILLMAN-CHI
13.ALEX CARTER-CB-STAN-NFL COMP-GLOVER QUIN-DET
14.-tie-**IFO EKPRE OLUMNU-CB/S-ORE-NFL COMP-TYRANN MATHIEU - AZ
14.-tie-BOBBY McCAIN-CB-MEMPHIS-JOSH WILSON-ATLANTA
15.#CHARLES GAINES-CB-LOUISVILLE-NFL COMP-SHELDON BROWN -retired
16.#TROY HILL - CB - OREGON-NFL COMP- BRENT GRIMES - MIAMI
17.#JOSH SHAW-CB/S-USC-NFL COMP-COREY GRAHAM-BUFF
18.CRAIG MAGER-CB/S-TEXAS ST.-NFL COMP-NATE CLEMENTS-retired


19.TRAY WALKER-CB-TEX.SOU.-NFL COMP-ALAN BALL-CHI

20.TYE SMITH-CB-TOW-NFL COMP-DRAYTON FLORENCE - FA
21.GARY PETERS-CB-CLEM-NFL COMP-SHELDON BROWN-retired
22.ADRIAN AMOS - CB/S -PENN ST-NFL COMP-BRODNEY POOL-retired
23.JACOREY SHEPHERD-CB/S-KAN-NFL COMP-LEONARD JOHNSON - TB
24.DORAN GRANT - CB - STERLING MOORE - TAMPA BAY
25.DONALD CELICAR-CB/S-W.MICH-NFL COMP-MARCUS GILCHRIST-NYJ
26.DAMIAN SWANN -CB/ S- GA-NFL COMP-JOSH NORMAN - CAR


27.LORENZO DOSS - CB -TUL-NFL COMP-JANORIS JENKINS - RAMS

28.QUANDRE DIGGS-CB -TEX-NFL COMP-DARIUS BUTLER - INDY
29.BRYCE CALLAHAN-CB-RICE-NFL COMP-ORLANDO SCANDRIC - DALL
30.DARYL ROBERTS - CB - MARSH-NFL COMP- JOHNTHAN BANKS - TB
31.KEVIN WHITE-CB-TCU-NFL COMP-NATHAN VASHER - retired
32.IMOAN CLAIBORNE-S/CB-N.W.ST-NFL COMP-EJ BIGGERS-WASH
33.JACOBY GLENN - CB - UCF - NFL COMP-AL HARRIS-retired
34.ANTHONY JEFFERSON-S/CB-UCLA-NFL COMP-AARON WILLIAMS-BUFF


SAFETY



1.**BYRON JONES-CB/S-UCONN- NFL COMP-XAVIER RHODES-MINN

2.LANDON COLLINS -S/OLB - ALA-NFL COMP-RODNEY HARRISON - retired
3.DAMARIOUS RANDALL - S - AZ-NFL COMP-DEVIN McCOURTY-NE
4.ERIC ROWE-S/CB-UTAH-NFL COMP-ANTREL ROLLE-NYG

5.JAMES SAMPLE-S-LVILLE-NFL COMP-DAWAN LANDRY - NYJ

6.**DERRON SMITH - S - FRES ST-NFL COMP-ANTOINE BETHEA - 49ers
7.QUINTEN ROLLINS-CB-MIA.OH-NFL COMP-STEPHON GILMORE-BUFF
8.SHAQ THOMPSON-OLB/SS/RB- WASH-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR

9.STEVE NELSON-CB/S-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-CORTLAND FINNEGAN-retired

10.JALEN COLLINS-CB/S-LSU-NFL COMP-JIMMY SMITH-BALT
11.ALEX CARTER-CB-STAN-NFL COMP-GLOVER QUIN-DET
12.JAQUISKI TARTT - S/OLB - SAMF-NFL COMP- DA'NORRIS SEARCY - BUFF
13.**ANTHONY HARRIS - S - VA-NFL COMP-TASHAUN GIPSON - CLEV
14.#JOSH SHAW-CB/S-USC-NFL COMP-COREY GRAHAM-BUFF
15.ADRIAN AMOS - CB/S -PENN ST-NFL COMP-BRODNEY POOL-retired

16.**IFO EKPRE OLUMNU-CB/S-ORE-NFL COMP-TYRANN MATHIEU - AZ

17.CRAIG MAGER-CB/S-TEXAS ST.-NFL COMP-NATE CLEMENTS-retired
18.IBRAHEIM CAMPBELL -S-N.W.TERN-NFL COMP-PATRICK CHUNG-NE
19.JACOREY SHEPHERD-CB/S-KAN-NFL COMP-LEONARD JOHNSON - TB
20.DAMIAN SWANN -CB/ S- GA-NFL COMP-JOSH NORMAN - CAR
21.CODY PREWITT - S - MISS-NFL COMP-KERRY RHODES-retired

22.DONALD CELICAR-CB/S-W.MICH-NFL COMP-MARCUS GILCHRIST-NYJ

23.ANTHONY JEFFERSON-S/CB-UCLA-NFL COMP-AARON WILLIAMS-BUFF
24.CLAYTON GEATHERS - S - UCF-NFL COMP-BARRY CHURCH - DALL
25.IMOAN CLAIBORNE-S/CB-N.W.ST-NFL COMP-EJ BIGGERS-WASH
26.#GEROD HOLLIMAN-S-LVILLE-NFL COMP-DARREN SHARPER - retired
27.KYSHOEN JARRETT - S - VA-NFL COMP-TJ WARD -DENV
28.CEDRICK THOMPSON -S- MINN-NFL COMP-MIKE MITCHELL-PITT
29.JORDAN RICHARDS - S - STAN-NFL COMP-QUINTIN MIKELL - FA
30.DURELL ESKRIDGE-S-SYRACUSE-NFL COMP-DANNY McCRAY - FA


4-3 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS



1.VICTOR BEASLEY-OLB/DE-CLEM-NFL COMP-VON MILLER - DENV

2.ERIC KENDRICKS - LB - UCLA-NFL COMP-JON BEASON - NYG
3.SHAQ THOMPSON-OLB/SS/RB- WASH-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR
4.-tie-STEPHONE ANTHONY-LB-CLEM-NFL COMP-BRUCE CARTER-TB
4.-tie-#PAUL DAWSON - LB-TCU-NFL COMP-DEMECO RYANS - PHIL
5.LANDON COLLINS -S/OLB-ALA-NFL COMP-RODNEY HARRISON - retired


6.MAX VALLES - OLB/DE-VIRG-NFL COMP-MATHIAS KIWANUKA  -FA

7.KWON ALEXANDER-OLB- LSU-NFL COMP- DeANDRE LEVY-DETROIT
8.**NEVILLE HEWITT - LB - MARSH-NFL COMP-JEROD MAYO - PAT
9.JAQUISKI TARTT - S/OLB - SAMF-NFL COMP- DA'NORRIS SEARCY - BUFF
9.**JAKE RYAN - ILB - MICH-NFL COMP-DARYL SMITH - BALT
10.BEN HEENEY-LB-KAN-NFL COMP-MICHAEL WILHOITE - 49ers
11.DAMIEN WILSON - LB - MINN-NFL COMP-AURTHUR MOATS - PITT


12**JORDAN HICKS - LB - TEX-NFL COMP-NICK BARNETT - FA

13.RAMIK WILSON - LB -GA-NFL COMP-PHILLIP WHEELER-49ers
14.OBUM GWACHAM -OLB/DE-ORE ST-NFL COMP-MANNY LAWSON - BUFF
15.HAYES PULLARD - LB - USC-NFL COMP-KEVIN BURNETT - FA
16.MIKE HULL - LB - PENN ST.-NFL COMP-JUSTIN DURANT - ATL


17.**ALANI FUA - OLB/DE -BYU-NFL COMP-BRANDON CHILLAR - retired
18.KYLE EMANUEL -OLB/DE- N. DAK ST-NFL COMP-ROB NINKOVICH - PAT



4-3 DEFENSIVE TACKLES


1.LEONARD WILLIAMS-DT/DE-USC- NFL COMP-KEVIN WILLIAMS-SEA

2.#DANNY SHELTON-DT-WASH-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE
3.MALCOM BROWN-DT-TEX-NFL COMP-SHARIFF FLOYD-MINN
4.GRADY JARRETT-DT-CLEM-NFL COMP-GENO ATKINS-CINC

5.CARL DAVIS-DT-IOWA-NFL COMP-MUHAMMAD WILKERSON-NYJ

6.-tie-MARIO EDWARDS-DE/DT-FLA ST-NFL COMP-JUSTIN SMITH-SF
6.-tie-**OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA-DE-UCLA-NFL COMP-EVERSON GRIFFEN-MINN
7.RAKEEM NUNEZ-ROCHES-DT-S. MISS-NFL COMP-SEN'DERRICK MARKS-JAX
8.TYLER DAVISON - DT - FRES ST.-NFL COMP-BRODRICK BUNKLEY-NO
9.-tie-PRESTON SMITH-DT/DE-MISS-NFL COMP-JASON HATCHER-WASH
9.tie-**BOBBY RICHARDSON-DE/DT-INDY-NFL COMP-ALLEN BAILEY - KC
10.MIKE BENNET-DT-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-JONATHAN BABINEAUX-ATL
11.XAVIER COOPER-DT-WASH ST-NFL COMP-ANTONIO D. SMITH-OAK
12.**CHRISTIAN COVINGTON - DT -RICE-NFL COMP-TOMMY HARRIS-retired

13.DERRICK LOTT-DT-TENN.CN-NFL COMP-FLETCHER COX-PHILLY

14.-tie-**JORDAN PHILLIPS-DT-OKLA-NFL COMP-ALBERT HAYNESWORTH-retired
14.tie-**EDDIE GOLDMAN-DT-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MARCEL DAREUS-BUFF
15.-tie-ANTHONY CHICKILLO-DE-MIAMI-NFL COMP-CHRIS LONG-RAMS
15.-tie-GABE WRIGHT-DT-AUB-NFL COMP-CULLEN JENKINS-NYG
16.-tie-ARIK ARMSTEAD-D  ORE-NFL COMP-CALAIS CAMPBELL-AZ
16.-tie-MARCUS HARDISON-DT/DE-AZ ST.-NFL COMP-LAMARR HOUSTON - CHI
17.-tie-RODNEY GUNTER - DE/DT-DEL ST-AKIEM HICKS -NO
17.-tie-XAVIER WILLIAMS-DT-N. IOWA-NFL COMP-KAWANN SHORT - CAR

18.LOUIS TRINCA-PASSAT- DT-IOWA-NFL COMP-HENRY MELTON-TB

19.LETERRIUS WALTON-DT/DE- C. MICH-NFL COMP-LINVAL JOSEPH-MINN
20.DARIUS PHILON-DT-ARK-NFL COMP-AMOBI OKOYE - FA
21.CHRISTIAN RINGO-DT-LA/LAFF-NFL COMP-LA'ROI GLOVER - retired

22.DAVID PARRY-DT-STAN-NFL COMP-AUBRAYO FRANKLIN -retired



3-4 NOSE TACKLES



1.#DANNY SHELTON-DT-WASH-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE


2.-tie-**EDDIE GOLDMAN-DT-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MARCEL DAREUS-BUFF

2.-tie-**JORDAN PHILLIPS-DT-OKLA-NFL COMP-ALBERT HAYNESWORTH-retired
3.CARL DAVIS-DT-IOWA-NFL COMP-MUHAMMAD WILKERSON-NYJ

4.TYLER DAVISON - DT - FRES ST.-NFL COMP-BRODRICK BUNKLEY-NO

5.LEONARD WILLIAMS-DT/DE-USC- NFL COMP-KEVIN WILLIAMS-SEA
6.XAVIER WILLIAMS-DT-N. IOWA-NFL COMP-KAWANN SHORT - CAR

7.DAVID PARRY-DT-STAN-NFL COMP-AUBRAYO FRANKLIN -retired


3-4 FIVE TECHNIQUE DEFENSIVE ENDS


1.LEONARD WILLIAMS-DT/DE-USC- NFL COMP-KEVIN WILLIAMS-SEA


2.#DANNY SHELTON-DT-WASH-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE

3.MARIO EDWARDS-DE/DT-FLA ST-NFL COMP-JUSTIN SMITH-SF
4.ARIK ARMSTEAD-D  ORE-NFL COMP-CALAIS CAMPBELL-AZ

5.MALCOM BROWN-DT-TEX-NFL COMP-SHARIFF FLOYD-MINN

6.CARL DAVIS-DT-IOWA-NFL COMP-MUHAMMAD WILKERSON-NYJ
7.**BOBBY RICHARDSON-DE/DT-INDY-NFL COMP-ALLEN BAILEY - KC
8.XAVIER COOPER-DT-WASH ST-NFL COMP-ANTONIO D. SMITH-OAK
9.**JORDAN PHILLIPS-DT-OKLA-NFL COMP-ALBERT HAYNESWORTH-retired
10.**EDDIE GOLDMAN-DT-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-MARCEL DAREUS-BUFF
11.PRESTON SMITH-DT/DE-MISS-NFL COMP-JASON HATCHER-WASH
12.**OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA-DE-UCLA-NFL COMP-EVERSON GRIFFEN-MINN

13.RODNEY GUNTER - DE/DT-DEL ST-AKIEM HICKS -NO

14.LETERRIUS WALTON-DT/DE- C. MICH-NFL COMP-LINVAL JOSEPH-MINN
15.**CHRISTIAN COVINGTON - DT -RICE-NFL COMP-TOMMY HARRIS-retired
16.GABE WRIGHT-DT-AUB-NFL COMP-CULLEN JENKINS-NYG
17.CHRISTIAN RINGO-DT-LA/LAFF-NFL COMP-LA'ROI GLOVER - retired
18.ANTHONY CHICKILLO-DE-MIAMI-NFL COMP-CHRIS LONG-RAMS



ILB


1.ERIC KENDRICKS- LB-UCLA-JON BEASON-NYG


2.DENZELL PERRYMAN-ILB-MIA-NFL COMP-LONDON FLETCHER-retired

3.STEPHONE ANTHONY-LB-CLEM-NFL COMP-BRUCE CARTER-TB
4.BERNARDRICK McKINNEY-ILB-MISS-NFL COMP-DONTA HIGHTOWER-NE
5.#PAUL DAWSON- LB-TCU-NFL COMP-DEMECO RYANS - PHIL

6.TAIWAN JONES -MICH ST-NFL COMP-DAVID HARRIS-NYJ

7.-tie-**JORDAN HICKS - LB- TEX-NFL COMP-NICK BARNETT - FA
7.-tie-AJ TARPLEY- ILB- STAN-NFL COMP-MIKE MOHAMED - HOU
8.-tie-.**NEVILLE HEWITT -LB-MARSH-NFL COMP-JEROD MAYO-NE
8.-tie-ZACH VIGIL-LB-UTAH ST-NFL COMP-JAMES LAURINITIS - RAMS 

9.BEN HEENEY-LB-KAN-NFL COMP- MICHAEL WILHOITE - 49ers

10.**JAKE RYAN-ILB-MICH-NFL COMP-DARYL SMITH-BALT
11.MIKE HULL - LB - PENN ST-NFL COMP-JUSTIN DURANT - ATL
12.DAMIEN WILSON - LB - MINN-NFL COMP-AURTHUR MOATS - PITT
13.RAMIK WILSON - LB -GA-NFL COMP-PHILIP WHEELER- 49ers
14.BRYCE HAGER -LB-BAY-NFL COMP-PAT ANGERER - retired


4-3 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS



1.VICTOR BEASLEY-OLB/DE-CLEM-NFL COMP-VON MILLER - DENV

2.ERIC KENDRICKS- LB-UCLA-JON BEASON-NYG
3.SHAQ THOMPSON-OLB/SS/RB-WASH-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR
4.#PAUL DAWSON - LB- TCU-NFL COMP-DEMECO RYANS - PHIL

5.LANDON COLLINS -S/OLB - ALA-NFL COMP-RODNEY HARRISON- retired

6.STEPHONE ANTHONY-LB -CLEM-NFL COMP-BRUCE CARTER-DALL
7.KWON ALEXANDER - OLB - LSU-NFL COMP-DeANDRE LEVY-DET
8.**NEVILLE HEWITT -LB-MARSH-NFL COMP-JEROD MAYO-NE

9.BEN HEENEY-LB-KAN-NFL COMP- MICHAEL WILHOITE - 49ers

10.**JAKE RYAN-ILB-MICH-NFL COMP-DARYL SMITH-BALT
11.JAQUISKI TARTT-S/OLB- SAMF-DA'NORRIS SEARCY - BUFF
12.DAMIEN WILSON - LB - MINN-NFL COMP-AURTHUR MOATS - PITT
13.BRYCE HAGER -LB-BAY-NFL COMP-PAT ANGERER - retired
14.MIKE HULL - LB - PENN ST-NFL COMP-JUSTIN DURANT - ATL

15.**JORDAN HICKS - LB- TEX-NFL COMP-NICK BARNETT - FA

16.RAMIK WILSON - LB -GA-NFL COMP-PHILIP WHEELER- 49ers
17.-tie-OBUM GWACHAM -OLB/DE-ORE ST-NFL COMP-MANNY LAWSON-BUFF
17.-tie-**ALANI FUA- OLB/DE -BYU-NFL COMP-BRANDON CHILLAR - retired
18.DANIELLE HUNTER - DE/OLB -LSU-DION JORDAN - MIA
19.MAX VALLES-OLB/DE-VA-NFL COMP-MATHIAS KIWANUKA  -FA
20.ZACH VIGIL-LB-UTAH ST-NFL COMP-JAMES LAURINITIS - RAMS
21.HAYES PULLARD-LB-USC-NFL COMP-KEVIN BURNETT - FA


4-3 DEFENSIVE END



1.DANTE FOWLER-DE/OLB-FLORIDA-NFL COMP-ANTHONY SPENCER-DALL

2.**OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA-DE-UCLA-NFL COMP-EVERSON GRIFFEN-MINN
3.PRESTON SMITH-DT/DE-MISS-NFL COMP-JASON HATCHER-WASH
4.-tie-TREY FLOWERS-DE-ARK-NFL COMP-TERRELL SUGGS - BALT
4.-tie-BUD DUPREE-DE/OLB-KENTUCY-NFL COMP-JUSTIN HOUSTON
5.-tie-#FRANK CLARK-DE-MICH-NFL COMP-JEREMY MINCEY-DALL
5.-tie-#SHANE RAY-OLB/DE-MISSOURI-NFL COMP-JERRY HUGHES-BUFFALO

6.ANTHONY CHICKILLO-DE-MIA-NFL COMP-CHRIS LONG-RAMS

7.#** RANDY GREGORY-DE/OLB-NEBRASKA-NFL COMP-JASON TAYLOR-retired
8.-tie-.#LORENZO MAULDIN-OLB/DE-LVILLE-NFL COMP-CLIFF AVRIL-SEA
8.-tie-ELI HAROLD-OLB/DE-VIRGINIA-NFL  COMP-JOHN ABRAHAM-retired
9.LEONARD WILLIAMS-DT/DE-USC- NFL COMP-KEVIN WILLIAMS-SEA
10.ANTHONY CHICKILLO-DE-MIA-NFL COMP-CHRIS LONG-RAMS
11.MARIO EDWARDS-DE/DT-FLA-NFL COMP-JUSTIN SMITH - SF

12.ZA'DARIUS SMITH-DE/OLB - KY-NFL COMP-PAUL KRUGER - CLEV

13.**GENEO GRISSOM-DE-OKLA-NFL COMP-ROBERT AYERS-NYG
14.MARKUS GOLDEN-DE-MIZZ-NFL COMP-COURTNEY UPSHAW - BALT
15.NATE ORCHARD-DE/OLB-UTAH-NFL COMP-JUNIOR GALETTE
16.-tie-RYAN RUSSELL-DE-PURD-NFL COMP-DERRICK SHELBY - MIA
16.-tie-**DAVIS TULL-OLB/DE-TN.CHAT-NFL COMP-DAN SKUTA - 49ers
17.MAX VALLES-OLB/DE-VA-NFL COMP-MATHIAS KIWANUKA  -FA

18.**CEDRICK REED- DE -TEX-NFL COMP-LEONARD LITTLE - retired

19.MARTIN IFEDI - DE - MEMP-NFL COMP-GEORGE SELVIE-NYG
20.KYLE EMANUEL-OLB/DE-N. DAK-NFL COMP-ROB NINKOVICH - PAT
21.JAMES VAUGHTERS  DE/OLB - STAN-NFL COMP-TRENT MURPHY-WASH
22.SHAQ RIDDICK - DE/OLB -W. VA-NFL COMP-JASON BABIN - JETS


3-4 OUTSIDE LINEBACKER



1.VICTOR BEASLEY-OLB/DE-CLEMSON-NFL COMP-VON MILLER-DENV

2.#** RANDY GREGORY-DE/OLB-NEBRASKA-NFL COMP- JASON TAYLOR-retired
3.BUD DUPREE-DE/OLB-KENTUCY-NFL COMP-JUSTIN HOUSTON
4.DANTE FOWLER-DE/OLB-FLORIDA-NFL COMP-ANTHONY SPENCER-DALL

5.**HAU'OLI KIKAHA-OLB/DE-WASH-NFL COMP-ROSEVELT COLVIN-retired

6.ELI HAROLD-OLB/DE-VIRGINIA-NFL  COMP-JOHN ABRAHAM-retired
7.MAX VALLES-OLB/DE-VIRGINIA-NFL COMP-MATHIAS KIWANUKA-FA
10.#SHANE RAY-OLB/DE-MISSOURI-NFL COMP-JERRY HUGHES-BUFFALO

8.#LORENZO MAULDIN-OLB/DE-LVILLE-NFL COMP-CLIFF AVRIL-SEA

9.-tie-KYLE EMANUEL-OLB/DE-N. DAK ST-ROB NINKOVICH-NE
9.-tie-OBUM GWACHAM- OLB/DE-ORE ST-NFL COMP-MANNY LAWSON - BUFF

11.DANIELLE HUNTER-DE-LSU-NFL COMP-DION JORDAN-MIA

12.**ALANI FUA- OLB/DE -BYU-NFL COMP-BRANDON CHILLAR - retired
13.**GENEO GRISSOM-DE-OKLA-NFL COMP-ROBERT AYERS-NYG
14.
**DAVIS TULL-OLB/DE-TN.CHAT-NFL COMP-DAN SKUTA - 49ers

15.SHAQ RIDDICK - DE/OLB -W. VA-NFL COMP-JASON BABIN - JETS
16.#ZACH HODGES OLB/DE-HARV-NFL COMP-TULLY BANTA-CAIN-retired



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