Top 50 Big Board With Commentary

NFL Draft

1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Dominant monster who can play 5, 3, or even 1 and 0 tech in a defense while getting penetration and being a gamechanger.

2. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Versatile player who can stand up in the 3-4 and sets the edge well. Good balance of pass rush and run defense.

3. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Most talented QB in this class with excellent ball placement and physical tools. If interviews check out, could go #1.

4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Neck and neck with Winston. Keeps his eyes up under pressure and has a high football IQ with good size/arm strength. Plenty of upside.

5. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

One of the safer top ten picks. Excellent leaping ability. Tough, physical WR when high pointing the football and after the catch.

6. Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Can play FS or SS but has the physical makeup to be absolutely punishing to RBs and WRs coming over the middle. Some coverage development needed.

7. Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

Probably moves inside to guard, but could have a Zach Martin/Joel Bitonio impact on a team’s offensive line.

8. La’El Collins, OT, LSU

Most upside for an OT with huge bulk, long arms, and nimble feet. Could turn into a franchise Left Tackle.

9. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Technically sound with great leverage and hand usage. One of the safer picks at the top of the draft.

10. Vic Beasley, LB, Clemson

Top notch pass rusher with a great first step and plenty of production. Has been picked apart too much in the process.

11. Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Hard worker who can stand up or put his hand down. Plays a bit high and has flaws, but can overcome with good coaching.

12. Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Flexible and athletic but struggles in space. Great year of production and should continue in the NFL if used correctly.

13. Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Hard hitting linebacker.who can play on the weakside or strongside. Ideal for numerous schemes.

14. Devante Parker, WR, Louisville

Odell Beckham of this class. Can beat corners deep, over the middle, or for contested balls. Dynamic playmaker.

15. PJ Williams, CB, Florida State

Very physical CB who can help in run support and jam WRs. Inconsistent with plenty of good tape and plenty of bad tape.

16. Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Tough, fluid corner with good fundamentals. Not the most athletically gifted, but can be great in the right scheme.

17. Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Calais Campbell type of DE who could flourish as an attacking 5-technique who is a nightmare to block consistently.

18. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

MLB who can play in 4-3 and 3-4. Very good tackler, solid in coverage, and a leader of a very tough defense.

19. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State

Made the successful move to Center and flashed All-Pro potential at the position. Can play any of the 5 O-line positions in a pinch.

20. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

Still underrated due to school. Has played LB & DE and tests well on size/speed matrix.

21. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Lower leg injuries aside, the most talented RB in this class. Big, fast, and powerful. Future 3 down back if he avoids injuries.

22. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

Fluid corner who can turn and run with most WRs, but on the short side and has been beaten up by big WRs.

23. Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Brother of Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks, Eric is a solid in the box tackler who has improved in pass coverage.

24. TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

Only two years playing offense, but TJ Clemmings has gotten exponentially better during that time and boasts the arm length and size that is an ideal for OT.

25. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Inconsistent but physical WR who can go up for contested balls. Solid possession player at the next level.

26. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Big dynamic player who can run outside, pass block, and catch. Has the size and speed to be he focal point of an offense.

27. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Versatile DT who can two-gap or be a penetrator and collapse the pocket. Could be a big 5-tech n a 3-4 defense.

28. Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Best pure NT in the class. Intelligent, smart, leader who has the girth to eat up space but the athletic ability to add some pass rush repertoire.

29. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Has fundamental issues, but still a WR/TE hybrid who can be a mismatch nightmare with size and athletic ability.

30. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

On the small side, but sticks in the hip pocket of WRs. By far the best player on the Demon Deacons this year.

31. Max Valles, LB, Virginia

Ton of upside as a stand up pass rusher in a 3-4. Raw, but produces big time results batting down balls and going after the QB.

32. Eli Harold, DE, Virginia

Solid DE who has experience standing up. Good edge rusher who has excellent fundamentals but may never be dominant.

33. AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina

Solid all around blocker who doesn’t really shine in one area but should be a productive starter.

34. Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah

Huge body with nimble feet. Finesse player who could be an excellent inside pulling guard.

35. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Main focal point of the Indiana offense and still was dominant. Can be a 3 down RB.

36. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Good two way TE who makes athletic catches and has developed as a blocker. Poor Man’s Heath Miller.

37. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)

Dominant run blocker but heavily inconsistent pass blocker. Might entice a team to draft an develop.

38. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Rough senior season followed by an ACL tear. Tons of upside, but the risk is great now.

39. Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke

Smart, dominant guard who is one of the best pancakers in the country.

40. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Penetration 3-technique who forces double teams and leaves the pocket muddy.

41. Derron Smith, S, Fresno State

Playmaking FS who is ideal in the deep zone and helping CBs over the top.

42. Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas

Extremely athletic interior pass rusher whose leverage allows him to also stuff the run.

43. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Plenty of upside as an athletic QB but needs to develop better passing skills to ultimately be an NFL franchise QB.

44. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Big RB who can catch the ball and has a nose for the end zone.

45. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Big, physical possession WR who gets great positioning in his routes.

46. Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami

Sideline to sideline athlete who can hit hard but has detrimental mental lapses

47. Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas

Big, patient between the tackles runner who always falls forward for extra yardage.

48. Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

Playmaking CB who isn’t the best athlete but will be fundamentally sound at the next level.

49. Lorenzo Mauldin, DE, Louisville

Good pass rusher whose length and tenacity make him an ideal 3-4 LB (as he played this year,) or 4-3 DE.

50. Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State

Extremely athletic 5-technique who doesn’t always play up to talent level.

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