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2015 Rankings

updated January 17
1. Shane Ray – Edge – 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. Randy Gregory – Edge – Nebraska – Scouting Report 
Gregory is built like the prototypical edge-rusher and reminds me of Robert Quinn. His relatively lack of consistency compared to Ray lands him at No. 2 on my board, but I fully expect a him to develop into standout pass-rusher at the next level. 

3.Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Scouting Report 
Other receivers have higher ceilings, but Cooper is the safest bet to succeed. He reminds me of Odell Beckham in terms of how he wins. He isn’t the biggest or the fastest but his routes are exceptional for a young receiver. 

4. 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. 

5. Kevin White – WR – West Virginia – Scouting Report
westvirginiaWhile has the size and athleticism to develop into a true No. 1, and his upside is probably greater than Cooper’s as a result. He doesn’t quite reach Mike Evans level as a prospect for me, but he is definitely a future No. 1. 

6. 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.

7. Dante Fowler Jr. – Edge – Florida – Scouting Report
Fowler as the tools to develop into a dominant pass-rusher. He struggles to anchor against the run, but he’s developing in that area. He doesn’t look like a slam-dunk top-10 prospect, but could end up there in this class.

8. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State – Scouting Report 
I’m choosing to rank Winston entirely based on his physical tools rather than his character concerns. Maturity issues will certainly factor into each team’s evaluation, but based on talent alone he is the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

9. Vic Beasley – Edge – Clemson – Scouting Report
Beasley is an impressive athlete who reminds me 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..  

10. 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.  

11. Michael Bennett – DT – Ohio State – Scouting Report
After an inconsistent start to the year, Bennett stepped up late in the season. He is a dangerous interior pass-rush threat and has improved dramatically against the run. He’s a prototypical three-tech defensive tackle. 

12. DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville – Scouting Report
Parker reminds me of a slightly less explosive Randy Moss. He’s tall enough to win 50/50 balls but also has the speed to stretch the field. As he develops as a route runner, he could emerge as an elite weapon at the next level. 

13. Shaq Thompson – LB – Washington – Scouting Report 
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.  

14. Eli Harold – Edge – Virginia
virginiaHarold is a freakish athlete who has the potential to be a terror on the edge. He’s still developing, and needs to polish his pass-rush moves, especially his counter moves, but he has a high ceiling which should allow him to land in the first round.  

15. Benardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi State – Scouting Report
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.  

16. Marcus Peters – CB – Washington 
Despite being dismissed from the Washington program, Peters is an elite talent who will draw 1st-round consideration from teams. He will definitely be removed from draft boards, but I’ll hold off on dropping him in my rankings. It sounds like his issues were primarily with the coaching staff, so in the right situation he should remain productive. 

17. Malcolm Brown – DT – Texas
texasBrown is a true nose tackle and should be an asset against the run immediately at the next level. He’s limited as a pass-rusher, but if you draft him for the correct role, he won’t disappoint.

18. Danielle Hunter – Edge – LSU
lsuI wish Hunter stayed in school, because his production doesn’t match his talent, but the upside is enough to likely land him in the first round. He needs to improve his awareness on the field, but he has the tools to eventually emerge as the top pass-rusher in this class if he puts it all together. 

19. Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
Waynes is the most physically gifted defensive back in this class and could climb up some boards once he puts it on display at the combine. He was inconsistent at times, and needs to become more physical, but has shutdown corner ability. 

20. 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 reminds me of Colin Kaepernick—meaning he can be a quality starter if surrounded by weapons and a system that fit his skill set, but he isn’t the type who will carry the team on his shoulders. 

21. Danny Shelton – DT – Washington – Scouting Report
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.  

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

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. Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona State – Scouting Report
Strong isn’t as polished as some of the other top receivers in this class, but his upside is obvious. He has the size and athleticism to consistently win 50/50 balls in the NFL, which is a trait that can get you on the field quickly at the next level. 

25. Cameron Erving – C – Florida State – Scouting Report
I was extremely down on Erving early in the season, especially after he was dominated by Vic Beasley. But a late-season move to center changed his evaluation completely. He made a flawless transition and has a really impressive plend of strength and athleticism for an interior lineman. 

Rk Player
School Rating
26. Andrus Peat
27. Bud Dupree
28 T.J. Clemmings
29. Paul Dawson
30. Dorial Green-Beckham
31. Hau’oli Kikaha
32. Phillip Dorsett
Miami FL
33. Eddie Goldman
Florida State
34. Ereck Flowers
Miami FL
35. Cedric Ogbuehi
Texas A&M
36. Lael Collins
37. Nate Orchard
38. Jordan Phillips
39. Ty Sambrailo
Colorado State
40. Melvin Gordon
41. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
42. Mike Davis
South Carolina
43. Maxx Williams
44. P.J. Williams
Florida State
45. A.J. Cann
South Carolina
46. David Cobb
47. Owamagbe Odighizuwa
48. Todd Gurley
49. Clive Walford
Miami FL
50. Sammie Coates


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  • Mike Wright

    Danny Shelton is so big he had to be listed twice!

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