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2015 Rankings

1. Shane Ray – DE – Missouri – Scouting Report

Ray has quietly emerged as the most dominant and well-rounded lineman in this draft class, playing at a Jadeveon Clowney-line level. He combines an impressive blend of size, athleticism and technique to play at an elite level in every aspect of the game. 

2. Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Scouting Report
I’m not advocating for Cooper as a No. 1 pick candidate, and I’m not even convinced he’s going to end up in the top 10 due to some size/speed limitations. But he is special in terms of his fundamentals at this stage of his career. Few college receivers are as polished as Cooper.

3. Leonard Williams – DE/DT – USC – Scouting Report
Williams isn’t even close to the most explosive lineman in this class and doesn’t have the highest upside, so I’d rather not rank him this high. However, I just can’t find any major flaw in his game. He’s a virtual lock to have a successful NFL career, even if a handful of others have a higher ceiling.  

4. Randy Gregory – DE/LB – Nebraska – Scouting Report
Gregory is an explosive edge-rusher who has the tools to be a dangerous weapon on the defensive side of the ball. He’s shown steady development and is continuing to rise with a stellar 2014 campaign. 

5. Shawn Oakman – DE – Baylor – Scouting Report
Oakman is far from a finished product which makes me a little nervous ranking him this high, but his ceiling is probably higher than any prospect in this class. He’s essentially a faster version of Ezekiel Ansah, who was a favorite of him in 2013.  

6. Brandon Scherff – OT/OG – Iowa – Scouting Report
When it comes to grading offensive linemen I favor steady production over upside, because mistakes can be fan more costly when compared to the mistakes of a pass-rusher. Scherff is viewed as a guard by some, but will be a quality starter wherever he winds up. 

7. Landon Collins – S – Alabama
Collins is a prototypical strong safety, with the strength to step up against the run but also the athleticism to match up in coverage. He compares favorably to Chiefs safety Eric Berry and should be a difference maker as a rookie.

8. Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson 
Beasley is an impressive athlete who reminds of a young Von Miller. His speed on the edge will make him an immediate threat as a situational pass-rusher and he’ll have the potential to grow into a larger role.

9.Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia – Scouting Report 
It’s hard not to like Gurley who plays with a Le’Veon Bell-type combination of speed and power. His recent suspension will have no impact on draft stock so long as he appropriately takes responsibility for his actions during the interview process.  

10. Shaq Thompson – LB – Washington
Washington is an impressive athlete who fits the mold of the new breed of linebacker many teams are starting to value. He’s slightly undersized, but we’re seeing more and more teams value speed over strength. He’s a similar athlete to Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.  

11. Shilique Calhoun – DE – Michigan State – Scouting Report 
Calhoun has been somewhat inconsistent this year, but he compares favorably to Robert Quinn. If he continues to develop, he can become a true three-down line due to his combination of strength and explosiveness off the edge. 

12. Marcus Mariota – QB – Oregon – Scouting Report
I’m on board with Mariota as a first-round pick, but he isn’t the special prospect that some have made him out to be. He’s shown almost no meaningful development this past season, which definitely raises some concern about his ability to continue to grow as a pocket passer at the next level. 

13. Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M – Scouting Report
Ogbuehi has the athleticism of a prototypical left tackle. He’s still developing his technique and make not make a smooth transition to the league as a rookie, but the upside is enough to become the next first-round selection from the new offensive lineman factory. 

14. Dante Fowler Jr. – DE/LB – Florida – Scouting Report
Fowler as the tools to develop into a dominant pass-rusher, and he’s already showing it at Florida despite being surrounded by a fairly limited amount of talent, at least considering the expectations for a Florida defense. He struggles to anchor against the run, but he’s developing in that area. 

15. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State – Scouting Report
I always have a hard time ranking players like Winston. He is an obvious first-round talent, but quarterbacks with his maturity issues never reach their full potential—there’s simply too much work involved to succeed when lacking elite focus off the field. One way or another, he’ll be a fascinating prospect to watch develop.  

16. Devin Funchess – TE/WR – Michigan – Scouting Report
Michigan has used Funchess at receiver out of necessity, and poor quarterback play has made him almost irrelevant his year. But he has the potential to develop into a Jimmy Graham-type playmaker once he’s used properly in an NFL offense. 

17. Danny Shelton – DT – Washington
Shelton reminds me of current Cardinals lineman Dan Williams when he was coming out of Tennessee. He’s capable of taking up space but moves well for his size and can be disruptive. It’s reasonable to hope he can play a Vince Wilfork-like role in a defense at the next level.

18. Michael Bennett – DT – Ohio State 
Bennett has quietly had a nice career at Ohio State and is capping it off with a strong senior year. He lacks elite size, but he’s gotten stronger and is more than capable of winning with quickness as an interior pass-rusher. He could continue to rise throughout the draft process.  

19. Hau’oli Kikaha – LB – Washington – Scouting Report
I’m guessing Kikaha’s injury history will be a major factor in his draft grades, but if he’s healthy I’m a huge fan. He definitely struggles at the point of attack against the run, but his ability to win with speed of the edge makes him a dangerous weapon.

20. Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
From a talent standpoint, Peters looks like a solid mid-to-late first-round pick. But there’s a decent chance he falls further than where I have him ranked based on off-field concerns. There aren’t a lot of documented issues with Peters, but the buzz around his off-field character is not positive and it will affect his draft stock.  

21. Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona State – Scouting Report
I’m higher on Strong than most because I think he has the tools that work best in the NFL these days. His size and ability to go up and pluck the ball from the air make him the type of receiver that doesn’t need separation to make plays. He’s not a polished product, but I love the upside.  

22. Ty Montgomery – WR – Stanford – Scouting Report
Montgomery is utilized as a speed receiver in Stanford’s offense, but he’s so much more. While he can win with speed, he’s far more physical than a guy like Torrey Smith and can fight off press coverage and also break tackles after the catch.

23. Lorenzo Mauldin – DE/LB – Louisville – Scouting Report
Mauldin reminds me of former teammate and Eagles first-round pick Marcus Smith. He isn’t necessarily a three-down lineman, at least early in his career, but his explosiveness has the potential to make him a dangerous edge-rusher at the next level. I like him better as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he can play in the 4-3.  

24. Benardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi State
McKinney is among the most versatile linebackers in this year’s class. He primarily plays inside linebacker at Mississippi State, but clearly has the size and strength to play on the edge at the next level. His ability to contribute dropping into coverage and also as a pass-rusher makes him an intriguing prospect.  

25. Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin – Scouting Report
Gordon is a notch below Gurley but still a first-round candidate. He’s explosive and runs with great balance. My one concern is his desire to always look for the bigger hole. At next level, sometimes you just have to settle for what’s right in front of you.

Rk Player
School Rating
26. A.J. Cann
South Carolina
27. Leonard Floyd*
28 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
29. Trae Waynes
Michigan State
30. P.J. Williams
Florida State
31. Andrus Peat*
32. Mike Davis*
South Carolina
33. Ameer Abdullah
34. Dorial Green-Beckham*
35. DeVante Parker
36. Connor Cook*
Michigan State
37. Ellis McCarthy*
38. Kevin White
West Virginia
39. Alvin Dupree
40. Kurtis Drummond
Michgain State
41. Rashad Greene
Florida State
42. Arie Kouandjio
43. Zach Hodges
44. Cameron Erving
Florida State
45. T.J. Yeldon*
46. Cody Prewitt
Ole Miss
47. Jordan Jenkins*
48. Lael Collins
49. Austin Hill
50. Trey Flowers
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