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Offensive Player Rankings

Shane P. Hallam

Quarterback

1. Jameis Winston, FSU – Big arm, size, athleticism, pocket presence, & anticipate. Could be a stud w/ technique work.

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon – Has the tools, just needs more progression experience and more consistent ball placement. Develop into franchise

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA – Baffling player with good tools but often makes dumb on field decisions. Upside big, needs a lot of work.

4. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State – Productive with solid tools, but struggles with zip outside the hashes. Limited, NFL back-up.

5. Shane Carden, ECU – Classic NFL back-up. Makes some nice timing passes but misses on the easy ones. Gunslinger mentality hurts him.

6. Blake Sims, Alabama – Athletic back-up type who can step in for a game and confuse a defense but size & physical limitations loom large

7. Sean Mannion, Oregon State – Big arm, not much else. Could surprise for a year if teams aren’t ready a la Derek Anderson.

8. Bryce Petty, Baylor – Solid zip, but really hasn’t shown he can make reads. Unacceptable ball placement in his system, not a fan.

9. Anthony Boone, Duke – Impressive technique and footwork could get him by at the next level, but just doesn’t fit the NFL QB profile.

10. Tyler Heinicke, Old Dominion – Really helped by his system and plays the position very sloppy with the arm to overcome it.

11. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss – Has shown some flashes, but makes so many mind numbing plays that he can’t be trusted in the pros.

12. Hutson Mason, Georgia – Has shown some flashes, but doesn’t have a great release or overly strong arm consistently.

13. Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M – Big and can move some, but extremely raw in accuracy and how he places the ball. Developmental.

14. Brandon Bridge, South Alabama – Big man, strong arm, but injuries and poor accuracy all around hurts his potential.

15. Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana – Former big recruit who often misses easy and hard targets alike.

Running Back:

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia – Amazing talent. If the medical checks out & stays healthy, could be a game changing runner for sure.

2. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – Electric outside runner, solid blocker, and elusive as all get up. If used right, could be a top NFL RB.

3. Tevin Coleman, Indiana – 3 down back that isn’t super dynamic, lacks wiggle, but top vision and explodes into the hole.

4. TJ Yeldon, Alabama – Big back with good foot speed. Can catch the ball, but could be the lead of a committee, 2 down versatile player.

5. Jay Ajayi, Boise State – Good size and can run through you or around you. Good receiver and all around talent who develop into starter.

6. Duke Johnson, Miami – Electric player with solid size. Might be a true #1 RB, but might have the most upside of anyone outside top 2.

7. Mike Davis, South Carolina – Late rounder who dealt with injuries, but the physical tools are there to outperform his draft position.

8. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska – Great short area player, one of the most elusive, but don’t think he will hold up protecting at the next level

9. David Cobb, Minnesota – Tough, inside, productive runner. Thumper who makes you pay, just has a low ceiling/high floor.

10. David Johnson, Northern Iowa – Big back with nimble fit who can catch outside and blocks well. Needs development, good committee RB.

11. Josh Robinson, Miss. St – Nothing dynamic, but no glaring holes. Robinson could be productive with time but more a solid back-up

12. Buck Allen, USC – Another bruiser who has a great season at USC. Has shown ability to improve vision and cutting ability. Upside.

13. Malcolm Brown, Texas – Has explosiveness and size, but never put it all together. Developmental player with late round upside.

14. Karlos Williams, Florida State – Another talented athlete who might just not be a football player. Weak in fundamentals/vision.

15. Ty Varga, Yale – Small, but impactful runner with very good balance for his size. Could find a small role in the NFL. Draft able.

Wide Receiver:

1. Amari Cooper, Alabama – Only 20 years old, improved a ton in college, can beat you deep. Still hasn’t hit potential, NFL starter.

2. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Solid all around talent. Strong, good quickness and feet. Gets into a rhythm and dominates

3. Kevin White, West Virginia – Strong at the point of attack. Great leaping ability and catch radius. If he can separate more, NFL starter

4. Devin Funchess, Michigan – Physical tools undeniable; lacks the focus and fundamentals often. Mismatch slot WR who could take over games

5. Sammie Coates, Auburn – Very good deep threat & red zone threat developing underneath. Still a work in progress, but huge ceiling.

6. Nelson Agholor, USC – Not super special, but elusive in short area and uses it to separate. Good NFL #2 or slot WR

7. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State – Big hands and boxes out well. Doesn’t separate much, but could be a reliable possession WR with work.

8. Devin Smith, Ohio State – Deep threat with the size and potential for more. Feasts on big plays, great head fakes/double moves.

9. Phillip Dorsett, Miami – Small speedster who plays outside often. Could be just a deep threat or actually become complete player. Upside

10. Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma – Stretches of pure dominance coupled with major red flags & lapses of not push him lower than talent.

11. Rashad Greene, Florida State – Nothing flashy, but reliable hands catcher whose foot speed gets him out of breaks quickly. Complimentary

12. Breshad Perriman, UCF – Big, rangy long strider who has tremendous body control. Not very polished, but looks like an NFL WR.

13. Ty Montgomery, Stanford – Rough year, but has flashed pro athleticism and beaten some good CBs in his time. Has to get off LOS clean

14. DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech – Injury moves him down, but big time talent who could be coached into a big versatile physical presence

15. Justin Hardy, East Carolina – Super Reliable WR who seems to play faster than defenders anticipate. Does everything well.

16. Vince Mayle, Washington State – Good hands target who relishes after the catch. Not overly dynamic. End of roster WR.

17. Stefon Diggs, Maryland – Athletic marvel who had injury issues and fundamental issues. Living a bit of HS reputation, but has potential

18. Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas – Huge productive WR who is an ideal red zone threat. Tough to get ahold of at the LO

19. Vernon Johnson, Texas A&M Commerce – Excellent deep threat who gets up to full speed extremely quickly.

20. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State – Small, relentless, can go deep or beat you underneath.

Tight End:

1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota – All around TE with good athletic ability who can develop blocking skills. Top 50 player, future starter

2. Clive Walford, Miami – Super athletic player who can pancake on an angle. Great red zone target with mismatch potential.

3. Tyler Kroft, Rutgers – Productive H-Back type who can catch the ball out of the back field or in line. Soft hands.

4. Jesse James, Penn State – Raw but huge athletic prospect who should become a better pro than college player.

5. Nick Boyle, Delaware – Good size and a violent blocker. Has flashed pass catching ability, but nothing consistent.

6. Blake Bell, Oklahoma – Athletic mismatch threat who has developed into a TE weapon. Big upside.

7. Ben Koyack, Notre Dame – Blocking TE who profiles more as a #2 or complimentary piece.

8. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State – Developed more as a blocker and has shown pass catching ability. Underrated.

9. Nick O’Leary, Florida State – May just not be athletic enough to make it in the pros as a pass catcher despite production.

10. Jean Sifrin, UMass – Incredible athlete but older prospect. Needs development but not much time to develop.

11. MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois – Slot WR type of TE who creates a size mismatch. Needs some time, but could be dangerous weapon.

12. Gerald Christian, Louisville – Possession WR TE who just might not be dynamic enough to get much playing time.

13. Wes Saxton, South Alabama – Not inline, but ideal slot TE who was extremely productive. Could be first USA player drafted ever.

14. Devin Mahina, BYU – All-star game star. Great height for potential red zone threat and blocking specialist.

15. EJ Bibbs, Iowa State – Good numbers, but might be overrated as he doesn’t possess any special traits.

Offensive Tackle:

1. Lael Collins, LSU – Big body who looks comfortable at OT despite many claiming he is just a OG. Shuffles his feet well and has pancake strength in the run game. With some development, could be a stud LT or RT.

2. Andrus Peat, Stanford – Inconsistent in many games, but flashes the upside of a blind side protector. When he is on, his kick slide is the best in the draft even against outside speed rushers. Worth a mid-first shot.

3. Ereck Flowers, Miami (FL) – Dominant force when he is locked in, but can lose focus. Already an NFL style road grater and requires creativity to get around in pass protection. If he gets consistent, he could be a dominant NFL OT.

4. TJ Clemmings, Pittsburgh – Defense to offense convert, Clemmings has no LT experience but has ideal size and arm length. Tenacious run blocker but needs more experience moving backwards in pass protection.

5. Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah – Big, long, finesse player who could fit in a zone blocking scheme despite his size. Quick feet and great length make him an ideal pass protector with a killer instinct, but his functional strength needs work.

6. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M – Has fallen far between poor play and a torn ACL, but he has shown in 2013 that he can be an athletic dominator. Tremendous upside if you can redshirt and teach him for a year.

7. Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State – Dancing bear who can play pretty stiff but has NFL athletic ability. Looks the part, but often doesn’t play up to it. Will need some work to loosen up to be a starter.

8. Jake Fisher, Oregon – Versatile lineman who could play tackle or guard in the NFL. Very strong and tries to put opponent on ground every play. Can work against him if he overextends though.

9. Donovan Smith, Penn State – Struggled with consistency at PSU but showed in Mobile that he has starting OT upside. Big mitts and long arms will have coaches salivate over trying to get Smith to play smarter every play.

10. Rob Havensten, Wisconsin – Fits the Wisconsin offensive lineman mold. Not dominating, but good technique and functional strength could put him as an average starter down the line and an excellent backup.

11. Corey Robinson, South Carolina – Underrated player who likely will move inside. Super strong both upper and lower body with good athletic ability. Could become an NFL starter with a bit more consistency.

12. Daryl Williams, Oklahoma – Power scheme blocker who can sometimes play more finesse than hard nosed. Needs to find his identity and scheme fit and he could become a starter.

13. Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma – Shares a lot in common with Williams. He is big but ultimately not strong at the point of attack and often overextends. He has the ideal length and size though.

14. Austin Shepherd, Alabama – Can play guard or tackle. Isn’t flashy or dominate, but rarely gets beat cleanly off the line. Makes opposing defenders work for it. Swing back-up.

15. Sean Hickey, Syracuse – Has had some great games and some poor ones. Developmental backup with a solid kick slide and tools to work with.

Offensive Guard:

1. Brandon Scherff, Iowa – Likely a stud guard conversion player whose tenacity and fundamentals should make him a Pro Bowl guard. How high do you take him though?

2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke – Larry Warford esque OG who has a high FBI and takes great angles pulling or going to the second level. Fits a power scheme but may not be ideal for every single team. Could be underdrafted.

3. AJ Cann, South Carolina – Solid all around leader who has good technique and hand placement. Good lower body strength but may have a limited ceiling.

4. Arie Kouandijo, Alabama – OG with a killer instinct and size to take on NFL interior defensive linemen. Needs some hand placement & leverage work but can fit many schemes with his good balance and upper body strength.

5. Josue Matias, Florida State – Mammoth body who really struggled in pass protection this season. Has dominating potential with a lot of experience and can move for a 320+ pounder.

6. John Miller, Louisville – Miller doesn’t have many weaknesses. Ideal playing in a phone booth and taking interior linemen one on one. Could go pretty high if he shows the athletic ability of a starting lineman.

7. Tre Jackson, Florida State – Pulling guard whose athletic ability could help him work in multiple schemes. Can get caught overextending with poor hand placement, but correctable issues to become a starter.

8. Robert Myers, Tennessee State – Excellent athlete for his size whose upside is through the roof but has never really put it together. Upside player who needs developing.

9. Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M – Dominating blocker who just might be a step short of having NFL athletic ability. In the right scheme, he could develop into a starter, but could also flop.

10. Quinton Spain, West Virginia – Inconsistent but flashes great strength and tenacity. Developmental free agent.

Center:

1. Cameron Erving, Florida State – Move to center did wonders for Erving who may have found his niche. Talented at numerous offensive line positions but has never been dominant at a single one. Good starting center who can be a swing back-up in a pinch.

2. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon – Touch on the small side but makes up for it with leverage and footwork. Never dominating, but rarely beat. One of the safer picks to last a long time in the NFL.

3. Ali Marpet, Hobart – Multifaceted offensive lineman whose ideal position is center. Showed in Mobile he can contend with the big boys and is tenacious in how he blocks. Plays a bit wild at times, but if he reins it in, could become a starter.

4. Andy Gallik, Boston College – Quick off the snap. Boston College ran up the middle often the last two years behind him, including Andre Williams record breaking season. Gets to the second level well.

5. Jake Smith, Louisville – Has experience at guard and center. Solid anchor in the run game and doesn’t collapse often.



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