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RealSport’s Big Board: Top 100 (first edition)

With the NFL regular season concluded, the eyes of 20 teams turn very quickly to the future, and that means the NFL draft and the

With the NFL regular season concluded, the eyes of 20 teams turn very quickly to the future, and that means the NFL draft and the next influx of young talent to boost the rosters for next year’s playoff push!  This is an early first edition draft big board.  While some have made their intentions known either for or against declaring, we won’t know officially which underclassmen will be entering the 2016 draft until January 18th, so there will inevitably be some additions and subtractions of names on that date.   While game film certainly makes up the largest part of the grading process, there’s no doubt that the following months, from All-Star games, pro days, the Combine, medical results, interviews and private visits, will affect grades of players here and there.   This is an initial big board of the top 100, but by the time the draft arrives in late April, the RealSport NFL Big Board will feature somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 prospects graded and ranked; the process has been going on since the day after the 2015 draft ended and hopefully no stone shall be left unturned!  There’s some very brief comments on the top 50 players here, but there will be position by position ranking articles coming out, starting very soon, that will expand on the thoughts on players here and beyond, so keep a look out for those.   Of course, this is just our opinion.  There will be plenty here that I’m sure you’ll agree with and disagree strongly with.  The draft is impossible to predict, every class will have 1st round picks who don’t succeed and undrafted free agents who make Pro Bowls.  But that’s what makes it fun!  The draft would be a boring event if everyone was working off an identical draft board, wouldn’t it.  Looking forward to discussing and debating this year’s class!   Sr = Senior, Jr = Junior, So = Sophomore.  An “r” prefix indicates a redshirt year (sat out for a year without playing, usually their first year of college).  

  1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss, Jr. 6ft 5, 305 lbs – After sitting out the first seven games of the season with a suspension relating to speaking with agents, Tunsil returned vs Texas A&M mid-season and immediately reminded all why he is such a special player in shutting down Myles Garrett, one of the best ends in the country. Tunsil has looked the part since he stepped on campus, and has the size, power, athleticism and skills of a long term franchise left tackle in the NFL.  As dominant in pass protection as he is effective in run blocking, there’s no flaws or gaps in his game, and would make a worthy number one overall pick.


  1. Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State, Jr. 6ft 1, 202 lbs – It’s rare for secondary players to go in the top 5 of the draft, but Ramsey has the talent to warrant it. Ramsey has both the size and versatility to play not just at either corner or safety but also to utilise his athletic abilities as a returner & gunner on special teams.  The first freshman corner to start at FSU since Deion Sanders, Ramsey became a star early, earning defensive MVP in the National Championship win a couple years ago.


  1. Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State, Jr. 6ft 5, 285 lbs – The numbers were a little down this year statistically, but make no mistake, Bosa is a dominant force and disruptor who commands double teams. Bosa has been a big impact player over his three years, and is built for the pros with ideal NFL size and measurables.  His 2015 was bookended by a one game suspension to begin with and ended with an ejection for targeting in the bowl game, but in between he once again proved his next level ability.  Bosa has a very high ceiling.


  1. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame, Jr. 6ft 3, 235 lbs – Smith is an all over the field, do it all linebacker who flies around the field with speed and hits with power. His non-stop motor, high energy style sees him around the ball making plays constantly.  With great instincts and a trust in his reads, his decisiveness and directness puts him in position to make game changing plays versus both the run and pass, through the middle or wide to the sidelines.  Unfortunately, Smith suffered a serious knee injury against Ohio State in their bowl game, which may result in a bit of a drop in his stock as the details on the injury emerge.


  1. Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn, rJr. 6ft 6, 313 lbs – A two-year starter at left tackle for the Tigers, and though not as well known to many, Coleman is not far behind Tunsil in either his play to date or in his upside potential as an NFL blindside protector. Coleman is an impressive combo of length, fluid movement and natural strength.  He requires a bit more polish technically than his SEC rival, but has shown great progress this year in the use of his hands and body position in particularly.  Although there’s no indication of it being a future issue, Coleman did miss both of 2011 and 2012 while recovering from a leukemia diagnosis, which will be looked at as part of his medical.  On the field though, Coleman is a true top ten talent.


  1. DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon, Sr. 6ft 6, 286 lbs – The Oregon defensive scheme doesn’t give Buckner a great deal of opportunity to disrupt the backfield, but he has relished his role in doing the dirty work to eat up blocks, close the pocket, limit the run game and open lanes and opportunities for his teammates to make plays. When given the chance to be let loose, he uses his size and length in a hugely effective bull rush that is tough to stop.  When playing together, Buckner clearly looked the better player than former teammate and top 15 pick of the 49ers Arik Armstead, and he ought to indeed go higher now that his own time is here.


  1. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA, Jr. 6ft 1, 245 lbs – Jack suffered a season ending injury early on in the season but should be ready in time to play at full strength year one. Jack is exactly what is looked for in a modern inside linebacker, with rare ability to drop deep and cover in addition to his powerful play versus the run.  He made a name for himself early on for the Bruins as not just a talented defender but as a duel threat running the ball on offense as well.  There’s no question that he’s a linebacker for the pros though, where he’ll be an effective playmaker on all three downs.


  1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State, Jr. 6ft 0, 225 lbs – While not grading quite as high as Todd Gurley last year, Elliot is a complete back. The talented runner has an ideal combination of size, strength and speed.  He shows superb vision and decision making, and is equally effective making the tough yards up the middle as he is bouncing outside or breaking long runs.  Love the way he lowers his shoulder to finish runs, initiating contact and fighting for extra yards.  Elliot also has very good hands and overall play in the pass game.


  1. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State, rJr. 6ft 3, 210 lbs – I’m a big fan of the potential upside with Thomas to be the best receiver in this class. He doesn’t put up the gaudy numbers seen by many of his peers, but make no mistake, he’s a big talent who is a good shout to be a much better pro player than in college. The Ohio State system in general, as well as the slightly disappointing QB play of Cardale Jones and the more run heavy offence when led by J.T. Barrett, limited his targets a bit, but when his opportunities are there, Thomas makes the plays. He is ridiculously athletic for a 6ft 3, 210 lb wide receiver, and is so dangerous in space to gain chunks of yardage after the catch and in creating separation both off the line of scrimmage and during his routes.


  1. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame, rJr. 6ft 6, 315 lbs – After initially starting on the right, Stanley took over at left tackle in replacement of Zack Martin, with two years now playing the blindside. Stanley’s athleticism stands out immediately on film, especially when finding blocks on the second level in space.  He’s had his struggles in pass pro this season though, in particularly when facing Clemson’s Shaq Lawson.  Scouts reportedly have some concerns about his effort as well, that he is not a hard worker off the field and in practice, and for not always playing hard on the field either.  Another lineman with big upside though.


  1. Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor, Jr. 6ft 1, 300 lbs – Billings may yet announce his return to school, but early first round talk may tempt him to enter the draft. Given his size, and his high motor explosive style he inevitably receives regular comparisons to both Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald.  Known as one of the most powerful and strongest players in all of college football, Billings game is about a violent, aggressive and overpowering style that sees him constantly double teamed.  Not that that stops him making plays in both the run game and in the backfield, with 14 tackles for loss on the season.


  1. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State, rSo. 6ft 1, 200 lbs – A rare redshirt sophomore who could declare, but Apple has two years as a full time starter and of impressive game film for scouts to pour over. Bringing excellent size, Apple has natural ball skills in coverage, showing the understanding to position himself relative to the receiver and reacting to route breaks.  He may not have elite top end speed, but is certainly not slow.  There’s a lot of Vikings’ corner Xavier Rhodes in his game that projects well to the next level.


  1. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida, Jr. 5ft 11, 199 lbs – Has played superbly since his freshman season, building up a great deal of experience facing a lot of talented number 1 receivers in the SEC. A little shorter than ideal, but has excellent man coverage skills as well as the awareness and anticipation to break on the ball to jump routes and make interceptions in front of receivers, with 10 career picks over his three years.


  1. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss, Jr. 6ft 2, 229 lbs – Treadwell joined the Rebels as a top recruit, part of the historic freshman class that Ole Miss has built on the last couple years. And he hasn’t disappointed, contributing immediately and setting multiple school records.  Treadwell arguably lacks some of the traits of a true number one receiver for the NFL – he lacks top end speed, doesn’t get deep often, and will struggle at times to generate separation from tight coverage.  But he wins with his toughness and physicality (is also an outstanding blocker), and his off the charts competitiveness, something that was never more evident than how he fought through rehab and came back better than ever after an awful leg injury that ended his 2014 season.


  1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss, Jr. 6ft 3, 296 lbs – Talent and potential-wise, there may be no-one with more in this class than Nkemdiche. But even before his marijuana and falling-out-a-window incident, there were already significant concerns appearing about the star lineman, with attitude, baggage, desire to be great and ambitions outside of football all being questioned.  One-off incidents don’t effect draft stock much, but multiple and on-going questions do, and many teams might consider Nkemdiche a risk to take high in the draft.  On the field, he also hasn’t consistently played to his ability, but comes with freakish speed and movement for someone of 300 lbs, that few even in the NFL can match, and the flashes of great play that he makes are scary good.


  1. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, rJr. 6ft 6, 230 lbs – It was an ugly end to his college career with a forgettable performance against Auburn. But that doesn’t erase a great season overall and a skill set that brings so much potential.  His size immediately jumps off the screen, quickly followed with how well he moves as a dangerous running threat.  His accuracy throwing on the run really stands out and a testament to his polished throwing mechanics and arm strength to make any throw.  He’s a work in progress, but is arguably at a similar level entering the pros as Blake Bortles was at this stage, and importantly has shown great progress in his now 3 full years of starting experience.  After a 9:10 TD to INT ratio in his first year, he improved those numbers to 22:9 in 2014 and now to 28:4 in 2015.  His completion rate has increased from 58%, to 63% and to 67% this year.  That progress is something scouts will love and make the team selecting him more confident that he will continue to develop.


  1. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama, Sr. 6ft 2, 252 lbs – Another who has improved greatly with the more playing experience he has received the past couple years, Ragland has really stepped up his level of play this year. He is unquestionably at his best vs the run and is a thumping hitter, but like Donte Hightower before him, does not have to leave the field on passing downs, instead moving down to the line as an extra edge rusher.  He really showed his toughness and endeared himself to his teammates by playing through injury in a key win over LSU just days after surgery on a broken left hand.


  1. A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama, Jr. 6ft 3, 312 lbs – Another member of this stacked Crimson Tide front 7, Robinson is the powerful force in the interior who is pro ready despite still being a little raw technically. He had a career performance as the star of the show in holding Leonard Fournette to just 31 yards mid-season.  Expect him to be eating up space and pushing the pocket for a long time as a pro player as well.


  1. Jared Goff, QB, California, Jr. 6ft 4, 210 lbs – He’s added some much needed weight to his still fairly slight frame, which seems to have helped his arm strength a little this season as well. He doesn’t have elite velocity on his throws, which has given DBs opportunities to break on the ball at times.  Goff has put up big numbers the past couple years in Cal’s pass heavy scheme.  While there will be some adjustment to an NFL system, he still showed pro traits in particularly with working through his progressions to find the open man or favourable matchup.  The fact that 6 of his receivers had 40+ catches on the year is evidence of that.  In addition to an excellent football brain, Goff has touch and timing on his throws, and good movement in the pocket with an uncanny ability to escape and buy time when the pocket is closing around him.  He needs to prove he has a big game mentality to play well against the best.  Goff played at his poorest in the biggest games and versus the best defences he played down the stretch in the PAC-12.


  1. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor, rJr. 5ft 10, 190 lbs – While undersized, Coleman is unquestionably an elite athlete, with fantastic speed, quick-twitch movement and change of direction. He’s a nightmare to cover closely, and can generate easy separation with his shifty moves, combined with breakaway home run hitting ability for long scores.  There has been a few too many dropped balls on very makeable catches, but the production has been incredible even when factoring in Baylor’s number-friendly attack, with 74 receptions for 1,363 yards (18.4 average) and 20 touchdowns.


  1. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas, Jr. 6ft 5, 253 lbs – It’s a fairly weak tight end class overall, but comes with a star at the top in Henry, who is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. Henry runs fantastic routes and seemingly never drops a makeable catch ever.  He is a true mismatch over the middle and as a red zone target, and as well as being extremely polished in the pass game, has a solid all-round skill set to block inline when required too.


  1. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State, rSo. 6ft 1, 235 lbs – He certainly played better as a freshman in 2014 when he burst on the scene for the national champs than he did at times this year, and lacks ideal size and strength. But Lee excels in space and coverage like few other linebackers can, and has superb closing speed and pursuit skills.  His ability to read situations sees him frequently end plays before they can get started, exploding to a ball carrier or target receiver.


  1. Denver Kirkland, OT/OG, Arkansas, Jr. 6ft 5, 343 lbs – A huge man, Kirkland has surprisingly smooth footwork while blocking on the edge that gives him a chance to potentially stay as a tackle. He will certainly make a hugely effective guard should he be moved inside, as arguably the best run blocker in this year’s O-line class.


  1. Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson, rJr. 6ft 3, 270 lbs – While he lacks prototypical length for a defensive end, Lawson’s motor, aggression and hugely effective use of his hands and rush moves saw him explode on the stat sheet as the nation’s tied leader in tackles for loss in 2015 with 22.5. Flashing as a backup to Vic Beasley previously, he has proved himself as a pass rusher in his own right in his first year as a full time starter.


  1. Shilique Calhoun, EDGE, Michigan State, rSr. 6ft 4, 257 lbs – While he’ll be questioned for his “tweener” size, Calhoun is an impressive player with speed and an excellent ability to turn the corner effectively past offensive tackles. He has really progressed as a run defender in setting the edge as well to give him a more complete game.  I like him more than most.


  1. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke, rSr. 6ft 1, 210 lbs – The Ohio State transfer has been a sensation for the Blue Devils the past few seasons as one of the most effective playmakers in all of college football with 333 tackles the past 3 seasons, and 18 tackles for loss this year. He has played essentially as a linebacker in Duke’s scheme, and so it’s unfortunate that he recently picked up an injury that could prevent him taking part in the senior bowl, where he could have showcased his skills in coverage to prove he has a complete game.  The system at Duke rarely allowed him to play deeper in coverage, but Cash has instincts, discipline and the positioning skills that translate.


  1. Jack Conklin, OT/OG, Michigan State, rJr, 6ft 6, 330 lbs – One of the best recruiting bargains in recent memory, Conklin was a walk on for the Spartans and has played superb at left tackle ever since, only giving up two sacks his first couple years. His attitude, work ethic and blue-collar style appeals to NFL teams to go with his impressive size. He’s another who could potentially switch positions to either right tackle or inside to guard.


  1. Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State, rJr. 6ft 3, 325 lbs – Johnson will be a name on the rise now that he has declared. The junior is fast for his size, aggressive and really stands out at the point of attack, anchoring and holding his ground or gaining penetration to collapse the pocket.  Has a lot of potential as an interior pass rusher to go with his very good play versus the run where he racked up 78 tackles, an unusually high number for his position.


  1. Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford, Sr. 6ft 5, 325 lbs – A worthy winner of the 2015 Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in the country, Garnett has a broad build with length, and is overpowering as a run blocker. Much of the success of Heisman runner up Christian McCaffrey came behind the left side of his O-line where Garnett paved wide open holes.  While his natural size and strength compensated, he does bend too much at the waist, a technical issue that he’ll have to fix for the pros.


  1. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, Sr. 6ft 5, 231 lbs – This one is all about the upside, but boy does he have that in spades. With his frame, excellent arm strength and ability to create on the move, Wentz has very appealing measurables all round.  The easy with which he can fire the ball downfield is rare, as is the precise touch he frequently demonstrates.  His accuracy can be inconsistent but all the passing traits wanted are there.  While coming from an FCS school, the Bison offense comes with plenty of pro concepts.  In addition, Wentz is trusted by his coaches to read the defence and make adjustments at the line himself, which he does with authority and confidence.  He’ll likely have some very tough early lessons in the pros though.  He has a bad habit of throwing into double coverage, doesn’t always spot when a safety is protecting over the top, and takes too many chances throwing back over the middle of the field after scrambling outside the pocket.  Huge potential though, and worth noting also that he entered the year with a 4.0 GPA as well.


  1. Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky, rJr. 6ft 3, 255 lbs – No doubt as talented as any pass rusher in this class, the transfer from Ohio State was dismissed from the Buckeyes for multiple failed drug tests. He has worked hard to rebuild his stock though at EKU, and as of September, had passed 11 drug tests over the previous 12 months.  Very explosive with elite rush skills, Spence has early 1st round talent, and could be worth taking a chance on.


  1. Jonathan Bullard, EDGE, Florida, Sr. 6ft 3, 277 lbs – Wisely returned for his senior year, and that will pay off potentially with a first round contract. A versatile lineman, Bullard moves all across the Gator’s defensive front, and while he can cause pressure in the backfield with his bull rush in particularly, is one of the best run defenders in the nation.


  1. Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama, Sr. 6ft 3, 313 lbs – He’s not a big game-changing playmaker, but is a superb run defender with outstanding hands who is ready to start as a plug and play lineman from day one.


  1. Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State, rSr. 6ft 4, 309 lbs – Technically outstanding, Whitehair is as polished as they come, with great coordination between upper body and hands with his wide base and strong anchor. Played at left tackle but will be a long term starter at guard and as safe a pick as there is.


  1. Desmond King, CB, Iowa, Jr. 5ft 11, 190 lbs – Awarded as the top corner of 2015 after his 8 interceptions on an Iowa team that nearly made the playoffs, but it’s his overall ball skills and coverage ability, combined with versatility to line up inside and outside (as well as returning kicks on special teams), that makes him a coveted pro prospect.


  1. Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State, rJr. 6ft 4, 275 lbs – Did put up 13 sacks on the year, but also tended to disappear for long stretches and entire games at times this season. Lacking explosion off the snap and a good array of rush moves, and at times being caught out of position versus the run, there’s a little question of his skills translating to the pro game.  He is powerfully built and still learning the game though, and will likely test very well at the combine.


  1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama, Jr. 6ft 2, 242 lbs – The Heisman winner had a historic year running the ball, where he looked a man among boys for most of the season. Whether his style can be effective against better opposition in the NFL is a question, but he is scary when up to full speed at his size, and has a devastatingly effective stiff arm move.  He’s been compared favourably to Brandon Jacobs, and some of the questions about his game translating mirror those that faced the similarly built Le’Veon Bell, and we know how that worked out for the Steelers.


  1. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State, Sr. 6ft 7, 315 lbs – Very tall, but doesn’t lose too much leverage as a result thanks to a good wide base, and has excellent agility and movement to potentially stay with speed rushers. In reality though, he has his struggles in pass protection, too often being beaten early off the snap and allowing some easy pressure.  It’s been slightly disguised thanks to having mobile quarterbacks who can escape those pressures, but could be more exposed as an NFL player.


  1. Jonathan Allen, EDGE, Alabama, Jr. 6ft 3, 272 lbs – Has really stepped up as an effective rusher this season, improving from 5 sacks in 2014 to 12 so far this year. Typical Alabama lineman, in that imposing physicality and strong technique are a big part of his effectiveness.  A high floor player who should contribute to the rotation early in his career.


  1. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson, rSo. 5ft 10, 190 lbs – With two years starting and given he is already 22, Alexander likely enters the draft as a redshirt sophomore. His speed and ability to keep very tight coverage tends to keep QBs from throwing his way often.  Even so it’s surprising that he’ll enter the pros without ever having an interception in college.  While he runs well with receivers, he rarely actually makes plays on the ball, and needs to challenge receivers more and look to break on the ball.  Not a great contributor to the run game.


  1. Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri, rSr. 6ft 0, 240 lbs – In part due to the down year Missouri have had, Brothers has not received the attention his sensational play has deserved. The fiery, emotional linebacker led the nation in tackles with 152 (12.7 per game), with 12 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions as well.


  1. Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State, Jr. 6ft 5, 308 lbs – Has as much talent and potential as most in this deep defensive tackle class, but hasn’t put it all together consistently yet and his motor runs hot and cold. Has at times been dominant in the interior though and has natural size, length and power.  After cutting some weight the previous off-season, Jones has been much more effective this year in a more prominent role.


  1. Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA, Jr. 6ft 3, 308 lbs – A solid all-rounder, but at his best against the run, Clark has done a great job despite all the injuries around him to key teammates. Strong at the point of attack, Clark makes himself tough to move, and shows great timing and ability to shed blocks and position himself to make tackles on the ball carrier.


  1. Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU, Jr. 5ft 11, 191 lbs – White has all the speed and athletic ability of a first round corner, but has a lot of refinement needed in his game. He runs well with receivers, but when the ball is coming his way, initiates contact too early or grabs and pulls at arms and jerseys, and doesn’t make enough plays on the ball by getting his head around and attacking the pass in the air.  Lots of upside but still very raw.


  1. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana, Sr. 6ft 6, 307 lbs – A converted tight end, Spriggs is still developing both physically, and in his understanding of the position, but has massive upside. He’s added weight since converting to O-line but maintained his outstanding athleticism that few tackles can match.  He’s still a work in progress and needs to continue to add muscle but the payoff in a couple years could be big.


  1. Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia, rJr. 6ft 3, 232 lbs – Floyd saw more time as an off-ball linebacker this season, with moderate success, but is at his best rushing off the edge. Even so, he was benched last season in that role for his ineffectiveness, and is still more athlete than football player.


  1. Su’a Cravens, LB/S, Southern California, Jr. 6ft 1, 225 lbs – He has been a superb playmaker the past couple years as a linebacker, but has more of a safety build. His best position for the NFL will depend on the scheme of the team who selects him, but Cravens is worth finding a role for.


  1. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State, Jr. 5ft 11, 205 lbs – Disciplined and reliable are words that sum up Bell’s game, who is rarely caught out, and always in position to make plays. With superb field awareness, vision and anticipation, Bell is equally adept at making plays in coverage and versus the run.


  1. Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech, Sr. 6ft 3, 309 lbs – Not the most well-known right now but he will be before long. The NFL loves defensive tackles with a wide body and great movement.  Butler frequently is leaping to deflect passes or charging in pursuit of a runner to the sidelines, all within his 300+ lb frame.  That on top of eating up space in the middle and making plays in the backfield with 23 tackles for loss in the past two years.


  1. Darian Thompson, S, Boise State, rSr. 6ft 2, 210 lbs – Thompson not only has the size, physicality and tackling technique to be effective versus the run, but is a ball hawk in coverage with 19 career interceptions. A four-year player who’s experience shows on film.

  The rest of the Top 100.  Should you have any questions about those below then please do ask in the comments section!  

  1. Travin Dural, WR, LSU, rJr. 6ft 2, 192 lbs
  2. Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU, Jr. 6ft 2, 245 lbs
  3. Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah, Sr. 6ft 2, 223 lbs
  4. Ethan Pocic, OG/C, LSU, Jr. 6ft 7, 309 lbs
  5. Spencer Drango, OG/OT, Baylor, rSr. 6ft 6, 310 lbs
  6. Keanu Neal, S, Florida, Jr. 6ft 1, 216 lbs
  7. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech, Sr. 5ft 10, 212 lbs
  8. Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn, rSo. 6ft 2, 257 lbs
  9. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame, rJr. 6ft 0, 190 lbs
  10. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU, rSr. 6ft 2, 195 lbs
  11. Nick Martin, C/OG, Notre Dame, rSr. 6ft 5, 295 lbs
  12. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss, Jr. 6ft 1, 215 lbs
  13. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma, Sr. 5ft 10, 192 lbs
  14. Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech, rSo. 6ft 5, 249 lbs
  15. Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville, rJr. 6ft 4, 230 lbs
  16. Alex McCalister, EDGE, Florida, rJr. 6ft 6, 239 lbs
  17. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, Jr. 6ft 0, 197 lbs
  18. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina, Jr. 5ft 11, 208 lbs
  19. Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple, Sr. 6ft 0, 232 lbs
  20. LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah, rSr. 6ft 0, 200 lbs
  21. Maliek Collins, DL, Nebraska, Jr. 6ft 2, 300 lbs
  22. Vadal Alexander, OG/OT, LSU, Sr. 6ft 5, 326 lbs
  23. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, Jr. 6ft 6, 242 lbs
  24. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State, rJr. 5ft 11, 185 lbs
  25. Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee, Jr. 6ft 1, 225 lbs
  26. Jordan Jenkins, EDGE, Georgia, Sr. 6ft 2, 252 lbs
  27. C.J. Prosise, RB/WR, Notre Dame, rJr. 6ft 0, 220 lbs
  28. Deion Jones, LB, LSU, Sr. 6ft 1, 220 lbs
  29. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh, Jr. 6ft 2, 200 lbs
  30. Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State, Sr. 6ft 4, 254 lbs
  31. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Jr. 6ft 0, 184 lbs
  32. Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville, Sr. 6ft 1, 303 lbs
  33. Braxton Miller, WR/RB, Ohio State, rSr. 6ft 1, 215 lbs
  34. Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State, rSr. 6ft 0, 185 lbs
  35. Carl Nassib, EDGE, Penn State, rSr. 6ft 6, 270 lbs
  36. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, rSr. 6ft 4, 220 lbs
  37. Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson, Jr. 6ft 4, 210 lbs
  38. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson, Jr. 6ft 5, 250 lbs
  39. Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama, rSr. 6ft 4, 297 lbs
  40. Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas, rSr. 6ft 5, 334 lbs
  41. Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn, Jr. 6ft 3, 296 lbs
  42. Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State, Sr. 6ft 4, 290 lbs
  43. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama, rJr. 6ft 4, 225 lbs
  44. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers, Sr. 6ft 1, 200 lbs
  45. Germain Ifedi, OT/OG, Texas A&M, rJr. 6ft 5, 325 lbs
  46. William Jackson III, CB, Houston, Sr. 6ft 0, 185 lbs
  47. Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas, Jr. 5ft 11, 215 lbs
  48. Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State, rJr. 6ft 3, 210 lbs
  49. Jalen Mills, CB/FS, LSU, Sr. 6ft 0, 194 lbs
  50. Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford, Sr. 6ft 7, 298 lbs

  There are a few big names who I’m sure will be notable for their absence.  The likes of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman and Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg are not far below, but just simply graded more as mid round picks.  We’ll see if they end up proving me wrong!  

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Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

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