The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and we are one step closer to the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago on April 28. With that being said, I am ready to release my top 100 players in the draft on my big board as well as the top ten players at each position (next slide). So without further ado, you can now read and unequivocally disagree with my rankings.
1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
– Has all the makings of a franchise left tackle that a team can rely on to be a cornerstone player for the next decade. He is the closest thing to a can’t miss prospect in this draft with his footwork, technique, strength, and overall talent at the offensive tackle spot.
2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
– Some may say that this is too high for a running back, but honestly, Ezekiel Elliott is just that good. He is arguably the most complete player in this draft in that you are seriously nitpicking with his weaknesses. He could go as high as fourth overall to Dallas.
3. Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State
– Ramsey can play both cornerback and safety at a high level in this league, which will appeal to teams picking high in the draft. With his versatility, athletic ability, and ball skills, I would be stunned if he gets out of the top five.
4. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
– The only thing that is keeping this player out of my top spot is the questions about his medical. If his knee checks out, he will rise back to the top because of his unreal athletic ability and talent to be one of the best linebackers in football in a few years.
5. Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
– Bosa is going to provide instant production when he steps into the league because of his ability to play on all three downs as both a dominant run stuffer and as a fundamentally sound pass rusher. It’s hard to imagine him not panning out in the league because of his completeness.
6. Jared Goff, QB, California
– Again, some may think this is too high for Jared Goff, but for me, he is the only quarterback in this class who can start right away and have success in this league. He would obviously be in a better situation if he could sit behind someone for a year or two, as it goes for all rookie quarterbacks in this class, but I think he has the highest chance of any of these quarterbacks to be a franchise quarterback mainly because of his accuracy, pocket poise, and upside.
7. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
– Some don’t believe that there is an elite wide receiver, but I know one named Laquon Treadwell out of Ole Miss. I hope teams don’t overthink him because if they do, they will be paying for it for a long time because of his ability to play above the rim and outmatch his opponent each and every snap.
8. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
– I truly believe that if Sheldon Rankins continues to develop in the direction that he is going in, he will be one of the NFL’s top interior pass rushers very soon. He could stand to be a bit more stout against the run, but the kind of stuff that he does is not found in any other defensive tackle in this class.
9. William Jackson III, CB, Houston
– I said it before the Combine that William Jackson III was my top cornerback, and now that he ran a 4.37 time in the forty yard dash, people are starting to jump on board to him as a first round talent. If you combine the strengths and weaknesses on the field from my top two corners in last year’s draft, Kevin Johnson and Marcus Peters, the end result would be very similar to William Jackson III with his athleticism, ball skills, and ability to play both Press and Off at a high level.
10. Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
– In my opinion, Noah Spence is the best pure pass rusher in this draft class who could probably go as high as the fifth overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Some teams may scurry away because of his off-field issues, but if a team is willing to take a chance on him, he could reward a team as a high-octane sack maestro.
11. Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson
– Defensive end who can play all three downs as a dominant run stuffer and powerful pass rusher. He may not have the upside as someone like Spence, but he will be a model of consistency for a number of years in this league.
12. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
– An athletic, instinctive linebacker who could stand to get stronger, but he really does have everything you would want in a playmaking off-ball linebacker in a 4-3.
13. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
– Extremely quick, ball-hawking cornerback who jumps at every possibility to make a splash play, whether that be in run support or in coverage, but his lack of height and length will worry teams trying to play him on the outside.
14. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
– Strong, physically imposing one-technique who will absolutely make his name known as an impactful run stuffer early in his career, but he does have the athleticism and power to potentially become a disruptive interior pass rusher as well.
15. Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
– I’m higher on Joseph than the consensus, but he truly has everything needed to become a superstar at the safety position.With his playmaking ability against both run and pass game, his production will be through the roof. Some teams will worry about his size and lack of discipline in terms angles and risk taking, but he has the cover ability, ball skills, physicality, and football I.Q. to become one of the most productive players in this class regardless of position.
16. Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
– Another true run stuffer who can play in both a 3-4 and 4-3 as a nose tackle. His pass rush ability wasn’t showcased that much at Alabama, but with his sneaky athleticism and agility, he could surprise people with his production as an every down player.
17. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
– I believe that Tyler Boyd is going to prove his worth as one of the most productive players out of this draft class despite his average testing numbers. His combination of elite mental processing, strong hands to make contested catches, and playmaking ability will potentially make him a long-time starter in the league.
18. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
– Mackensie Alexander’s competitive toughness is off the charts with his confidence and ability to be the best, but his size and lack of production (zero interceptions) holds him back from being a premier prospect at the position despite his elite athletic ability and man coverage traits.
19. DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
– A true five technique in a 3-4 who is continuing to develop as a pass rusher, but will be able to make an impact as a run defender early in his career because of the mix of his length and power to hold the edge at a consistent level. His upside and ceiling are relatively high, but he may need more time to develop as a complete player than people think.
20. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
– A tall, lean receiver who can go up and grab the football with ease, but can also get behind a defense with his ability to separate with his athleticism. He could stand to get stronger, but with his talent and red zone potential, he could be a top target in an offense in the near future.
21. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
– The second offensive tackle on my big board is not Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin, but it is Taylor Decker of Ohio State. His toughness and power in the run game will intrigue teams, but he also has the technique and feet in pass protection to be a potential starter at either tackle spot.
22. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
– Strong, instinctive one technique who will make an impact against the run immediately. He is still raw as a pass rusher, but he is able to win with leverage and positioning. I think he has the potential to be a disruptive pass rusher with his quickness and play strength, but only time will tell if he can live up to his upside.
23. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
– I love Sterling Shepard as a quick-footed route runner, but his size may give teams concern about playing him on the outside. However, I tend to believe that he has the talent, strength, and athletic ability to consistently play either in the slot or on the outside as a dynamic playmaker at the next level.
24. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
– I like Ragland quite a bit as an early down linebacker who can man the middle of a defense in the run game with his instincts and power to take on blocks, but I do have legitimate worries about his ability to play in space on third down. He was not asked to cover a whole lot in Tuscaloosa, but I do think he can be a productive starter at the next level.
25. Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
– Draft analysts are split on whether Bullard should play as a three or five technique, but in my opinion, his relentless motor and unreal first step would make for him to be a highly disruptive pass rusher at the three technique. He also has the play strength to hold up against the run on early down work.
26. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
– A true possession receiver who can be a reliable target for a long time in this league, but I’m not sure he does anything at an elite level. I do however like his route running for his size as well as his strong hands and toughness to catch anything over the middle. Knows how to deceive cornerbacks with head fakes and stutter steps.
27. Keanu Neal, S, Florida
– A bounty hunter on the football field who will make his presence felt as a tone-setting run defender. What puts him so high up on this list is his range to play over the top in that he really does have superior athletic ability for his size. I would be comfortable playing hin in both the back end and in the box, but he must become a smarter player before he can maximize his enormous talent.
28. Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
– Complete interior offensive lineman who is an advanced pass protector, but will also overwhelm opponents with his hand strength and pure power at the POA in the run game. I would not be surprised in the least if he has his name called in the mid to late portion of the first round.
29. Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia
– Floyd surprised me at the NFL Combine when he weighed in at 244 pounds, and with his superior athletic ability off of the edge, he will appeal to 3-4 teams as a dynamic pass rusher. He may need to continue to get stronger before he can become an every down player, but he will excite teams with his upside.
30. Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
– One of the most explosive defensive linemen in this class, Chris Jones overwhelms opponents with his pass rush ability. His upside is extremely high, but he needs to play with a consistent motor in the NFL.
31. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
– Projected to go in the top five picks, Carson Wentz has the athletic ability and arm talent that you would want in a first round quarterback, but he would struggle if thrown into the fire as the starter in his rookie season.
32. Shilique Calhoun, EDGE, Michigan State
– Athletic pass rusher who can win in different ways, but must become stronger at the POA to hold the edge in run support. He has starter traits as a defensive end in the NFL, but he won’t be anything more than that unless he improves in the run game.
33. Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
– He will be a 24 year old rookie coming off of a meniscus injury, but as a runner, he has the speed, power, vision, balance, and third down ability to be one of the most complete running backs in this class, and as a result, one of the more productive rookies out of this class.
34. Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
– The combination of Ryan Kelly’s power and athleticism will translate to both the run and pass game as a rookie. Once he transitions to the speed of the NFL game, he has the potential to become a mainstay in the middle of the offensive line for the next ten years.
35. Su’a Cravens, LB, USC
– Dynamic player who may convert to safety for some teams, but Su’a Cravens has the explosiveness and instincts to fit right in as an off-ball linebacker in a 4-3. His ability to play in space could push him into first round consideration.
36. Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
– Some say that Ridgeway should’ve went back to school, but his talent is too special for him not to declare. He has the strength to hold his ground in the run game as well as having the explosiveness to disrupt the pocket, but he needs to become a more consistent, conditioned player to maximize his upside.
37. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
– Powerful runner who has the deep speed to take it to the house when he has a free path, but the questions are if he can create his own path because of his lack of lateral agility and foot quickness. Some say his skills do not translate to the NFL game, but if he is used correctly and played in the right scheme, he will be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
38. Jalen Mills, CB, LSU
– The question with Mills is if he is a safety or a cornerback. With his traits in man coverage, footwork to shadow the receiver, and ball skills to turn and locate over his shoulder, I would be more than willing to spend a high draft pick on him as a cornerback despite his deficiencies in long speed and open field tackling.
39. Vernon Butler, DT Louisiana Tech
The talent and translatable traits are all there for Vernon Butler to become one of the most disruptive defensive linemen to come out of this class, but that didn’t match to big-time production or consistency at Louisiana Tech. However, he has skills as a pass rusher that many in this class do not have.
40. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
– Another polarizing player in the draft community, but I think this is where Coleman belongs. He isn’t a first round player because he simply looked like an athlete playing receiver in college along with his deficiencies in size, but he is far better than a third round player because of his upside and playmaking ability. He could make a team really smart, or really stupid depending on where he goes in the draft.
41. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
– Tough, hard-nosed right tackle who will dominate in the run game at the next level with consistency because of his brute strength and technique, but will need to work on his feet before becoming a consistent pass protector at the next level.
42. Kevin Dodd, EDGE, Clemson
– Has the prototypical size and build for a 4-3 defensive end as well as the athleticism, explosiveness, and strength to be a three down player, but with only one year of productivity, will that be enough to land him in the latter part of the first round? Personally, I would feel much more comfortable taking him in the second, but he has starter traits.
43. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
– As an all-around safety who can make an impact in the run game as well as in the back end in coverage, Vonn Bell will appeal to teams across the NFL, but does he have that one elite trait that makes him special enough to be a first round talent?
44. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
– I understand that I am lower than most on Stanley, but I think he is technically sound in pass protection and will get a shot to start at left tackle early in his career. I just think he lacks the mean streak and power to be an impact player, but he will have the opportunity to be a starter.
45. Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
– If not for the knee injury he suffered in 2015, I would be talking about him as first round player because of his physicality and insane foot quickness to shadow receivers in man coverage. His whole draft stock depends on his medical, but if it checks out, he will be an immediate impact player either in the slot or on the outside.
46. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
– Don’t be fooled by his size because Kenneth Dixon will run you over like a bowling ball if you tackle him high, but he will also make you look silly in the open field if you don’t break down because of his lightning quick feet. I think he would fit right in as a primary runner in an offense at the next level.
47. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
– Tall, strong arm quarterback who can launch the football down the field, but I worry about his touch and ball placement in the short to intermediate game. It seems like he makes the hard throws easy and the easy throws very difficult. He is a tough study because of his inconsistency, but he is going to be a boom/bust player that a team will have to take a chance on.
48. Justin Simmons, S, Boston College
– I tried to get the ball rolling on the Justin Simmons hype back in late December, but it seems like his draft stock is finally starting to soar after one of the best Combine performances of any prospect in this draft class. He can play both safety spots with his cover ability and consistent open field tackling in the run game. He is truly a ball magnet on the field and he seems to make plays all over the field.
49. Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State
– Ogbah was one of the most productive pass rushers in college for the last couple of years, but some wonder if his production will translate to the NFL. I actually think he will be a solid base end in a 4-3 who can be stout against the run and offer some good value as a pass rusher on third down because of his technique and ability to convert speed to power.
50. CJ Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
– The most underrated running back in this class is undoubtedly CJ Prosise out of Notre Dame. He only spent one year at running back, but excelled as an every down back who used his vision and patience to maximize his talent and athleticism. As he continues to develop, he will become very difficult to contain.
51. Kendall Fuller, S, Virginia Tech
– I’m one of the few who believe that Kendall Fuller is a safety instead of a cornerback, but the combination of his mental processing, ball skills, and physicality in run support would allow him to play more to his strengths in the back end and minimize the weaknesses he has when playing with his back to the ball.
52. Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
– A stout run stuffer who would be a perfect fit as a one technique in a 4-3, but has limited potential as a pass rusher because of his lack of explosiveness. However, he plays with a low center of gravity and has the potential to disrupt the pocket in other ways, but as of right now, he is a limited pass rusher that can really dominate in the run game because of his play strength at the POA.
53. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
– Pharoh Cooper is a fun player to watch when he has the ball in his hands because he is so unpredictable and exciting after the catch. What made it difficult for him was the lack of quarterback play that held him back a bit, but I can see him taking a Randall Cobb type of path for his career as a slot receiver who you can move around the field.
54. Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
– Whitehair is such a technician on the offensive line with his hand placement, footwork, and body control, but I question if he has that mean streak or pure power in the run game. Regardless, he should be a solid starter in this league with his consistency and versatility.
55. A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
– Robinson is a versatile, powerful defensive linemen who can play either the one or five technique and two gap as a run stuffer, but has limited ability as a pass rusher who can push the pocket. It’s hard to believe he is so young, but if he can continue to develop his technique and skill set as a pass rusher, he will make a team very happy.
56. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
– I’m lower than most on Apple, but I’m starting to warm up to the idea of him being an upside pick in the top 60. His supreme athletic ability and length could make him special in this league, but a team needs to be patient with him as he develops his technique and mental processing.
57. Kamalei Correa, EDGE, Boise State
– Correa is another versatile defensive chess piece that can be moved all over the field as either an off-ball linebacker in a 4-3 or as a pass rusher in either scheme. With his ability to play in space and covert speed to power when rushing the quarterback, he will be a highly valued commodity on draft day.
58. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
– The speed burner of this draft is without a doubt Notre Dame’s Will Fuller. We all know that he can take the top off of a defense, but my question is if he can be reliable at the catch point both in contested and open situations because of his inconsistent hands. A team will take a chance on him early because of his rare athleticism and deep threat ability though.
59. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
– The only reason why Nkemdiche is so low on this list is because of the off-field concerns that I’ve been hearing about. If he didn’t have these issues, he’d probably be a top ten player on everybody’s board, but he needs to prove to teams that he will be responsible when he is not in the facility. On the field, he needs to become a more consistent player before he can maximize his skill set as an athletic interior pass rusher.
60. Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
– Thompson is an instinctive, smart playmaker with excellent ball skills in the middle of the field, but his deficiencies athletically could limit his ceiling as a player. I think he will be stick around for a long time because of his mental processing and instincts, but I wonder just how productive he will be.
61. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
– As an athletic offensive tackle with good footwork, Spriggs has an advantage that some at his position do not, but he doesn’t use his length to his benefit in pass protection. He lacks the play strength to be a consistent impact player in the run game, but for a team looking for an upside pick at the left tackle position, he fits the bill.
62. Ronald Blair, EDGE, Appalachian State
– Blair had a disappointing Combine performance, but that doesn’t change the fact that his tape as a powerful, technique-driven pass rusher was outstanding, especially against Clemson where he dominated in all facets of the game. He will be a 4-3 base end who can kick inside on third down, but I wonder if teams will take a chance on an athletically limited player from Appalachian State in the top 50.
63. Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
– A stiff athlete in space, but a heat-seeking missile coming downhill when pursuing the ball carrier. Brothers would fit ideally as 3-4 ILB, and I think he will be valued in the same way teams thought of Denzel Perryman last year. What I do know is that Brothers will immediately become a tone-setting player in the run game.
64. Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
– His tape shows a fluid moving cornerback who has the feet to shadow in Off, but the physicality and patience to play Press as well. He did not impress at the Combine, but his mental processing skills and ability to consistently make plays on the football will give him the chance to earn a significant role sooner rather than later.
65. Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
– Another versatile interior offensive linemen who can play both guard and center at the next level. He’s not as talented as his brother Zack, but he is a technician that can consistently be productive in both the run and pass game. Not the strongest player, but he knows how to win in other ways.
66. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
– Jordan Howard is a talented, patient runner with balance and power, but his lack of durability and breakaway speed could give evaluators pause. All in all, if he can prove to stay healthy throughout his career, he will be a valuable piece in a backfield going forward as an every down back.
67. Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
– I am higher on Brown than most because of his ability to play Press, Off, and Zone, as well as his long speed to run vertical with receivers, but he needs to trust his feet instead of trying to recover by grabbing a hold of the receiver’s jersey. If he can learn to play with his technique, he has the ball skills, athleticism, and ability to help in the run game to be a productive starter in this league.
68. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
– Higgins is not a speed burner by any means, but he is able to win in certain ways that other wide receivers his size cannot such as after the catch with his shiftiness. He needs to play to his size at the catch point, but I have no doubt that he will be a productive complementary receiver for a NFL team.
69. Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
– Henry is a powerful, quick athlete at the three technique position, but is heavily reliant on that supreme athletic ability to win one on one matches. While he does need to work on his technique as a pass rusher, his weaknesses are fixable and his strengths are rare in a defensive tackle. He could rise even higher on this list in the time to come.
70. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
– Dak Prescott is a fun study because of the strides he has made in his ability as a pocket passer. We already know him as a guy who can extend plays with his feet, but in 2015, he proved he can beat teams with his eyes and arm talent. He is still developing as a quarterback, so a team that drafts him must have a plan for him to sit and learn.
71. Kyler Fackrell, EDGE, Utah State
– Fackrell is a lot like Correa in that he is a versatile outside linebacker that can play in space and rush the quarterback, but when his athleticism fails as a pass rusher, he doesn’t have anything to fall back on and will get stonewalled as a result. He would be an ideal fit as a strong side linebacker in a 4-3, but he will go earlier than expected because he does appeal to all schemes.
72. Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
– Alex Collins is a burly, powerful runner who has some deep speed to take it to the house if given the opportunity, but the question with him is if he can play on third downs because of his inability to be a factor as a receiver. I do love his running style for a power scheme, but his lack of quickness and one cut ability may exclude him from teams in a zone blocking system.
73. Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
– Long, physical cornerback who has the traits to play both Press and Off, but he struggles with technique and gets away with a lot of holding penalties that won’t slide in the NFL. His ball skills, man coverage traits, and ability to help in run support will firmly put him in Day 2 consideration.
74. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
– A natural fit at the three technique with his pass rush ability and active hands, Maliek Collins has the potential to be a difference maker on the defensive line, but I question if his motor is always on, and that could be a result of his inconsistencies at Nebraska. Nonetheless, he is a quick-twitch athlete that can disrupt the pocket, but lacks the girth and strength to fight off blocks in the run game.
75. Kenny Lawler, WR, California
– I am definitely intrigued by Kenny Lawler because of his potential as a reliable possession receiver going forward. He doesn’t just have hands, he has mitts that engulf the football each time it reaches his catching radius. I worry about his ability to separate and strength to fight press coverage at the next level, but he will garner early playing time because of his ability to make contested catches all over the field.
76. Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State
– Ultra strong offensive guard who mauls in the run game, but also has the athleticism and awareness to make impact blocks at the second level. He needs work with his set in pass protection, but I think a lot of his weaknesses can be fixed, and he will be one of the steals of the draft on Day 2.
77. Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
– A excellent fit as a zone running back with his vision and one cut ability, but I wonder if he can hold up as an every down back in this league. I love his tape, but I think he would be much more suited in a running back committee until he gets stronger.
78. Jordan Jenkins, EDGE, Georgia
– Personally I think Jenkins is one of the more underrated players in this class with his ability to play both defensive end and linebacker in a 4-3, but also as a 3-4 outside linebacker as well. He isn’t a quick-twitch athlete by any means, but he has active hands and does not have any trouble shedding blocks to reach the ball carrier in the run game.
79. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
– Like Taylor, Perkins would be a great fit in a zone blocking scheme, but I think he is getting a bit overhyped right now in the draft community. He knows how to make people miss, but he will easily go down on arm tackles and anything dealing with contact. I think he will find a home as a complementary back early in his career, but he does have potential as a valuable third down player.
80. Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
– Heavily reliant on his quickness and athleticism as both a pass rusher and run stuffer, but he should be able to find a home as a one gap penetrator in a 4-3 as he develops his hand usage and technique.
81. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
– Smooth route runner who can pluck the football with natural hands, but I worry about his ability to separate from off coverage as well as getting away from long, press corners at the next level. Has the upside to be a number two receiver in an offense.
82. Deion Jones, LB, LSU
– I worry about his size to be a consistent force in the run game at the next level, but if he can get stronger, he will be able to maximize his ability as an outside linebacker in a 4-3. He is one of the better cover linebackers in this class, but for him to showcase his talents on third down, he must be able to prove he can handle early down work or he will be relegated to special teams duty.
83. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
– In terms of natural tools and ability, Cardale Jones would probably be the top quarterback in this class, but the position is more than just having a strong arm and physical traits. If he can sit behind a veteran for a couple of years and learn, a team could really reap the benefits.
84. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
– Another long, physical cornerback who is most comfortable in Zone and Press, but is also able to play inside as well as out. The problem with Canady is when he is asked to turn and run with receivers in that he is much better when covering everything in front of him. A move to safety wouldn’t be out of consideration.
85. Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
– Ifedi is someone I would be willing to take a chance on in the third round because although I believe he can turn into something as a right tackle, he could also kick inside to guard. With the combination of his power and upside, he should hear his name called on the latter part of Day 2 as a right tackle for some teams, and as a guard for others.
86. Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
– Adolphus Washington projects nicely as a three technique at the next level, and should be able to make a name for himself as an interior pass rusher if he can find a level of consistency that he lacked at Ohio State.
87. Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
– I like Cyrus Jones in the same way I liked Senquez Golson last year in that a lack of size is the only thing holding him back from being a premier cornerback in this class, but I do not think he, or anyone for that matter, has the ball skills Golson had that made me grade him as a second rounder last year. What I do know is that he is a feisty, physical cornerback who will make an immediate impact as a nickel corner and punt returner.
88. Jeremy Cash, LB, Duke
– Jeremy Cash as a linebacker? It may not sound like the best idea to avid fans of his, but this is undoubtedly his best opportunity at maximizing his talent on the field, as it will allow him to play to his strengths as a strong, instinctive run defender.
89. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
– Austin Hooper is the most complete tight end in this class in that he can play as an in-line blocker, but can also be reliable as a pass catcher as well. He’s not the natural receiver that Henry is, but he will be the tight end that teams will target if they value a more well-rounded player at the position.
90. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
– Even after a somewhat disappointing Combine performance, he is still one of the best athletes in this draft and has untapped potential as a slot receiver in the NFL. If he can learn the intricacies of route running and put his talent together, he will make a team very happy that they took a chance on him.
91. Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
– A road grader in the middle who can create running lanes with his strength and power at the POA. He could hear his name called early in the third round because of his leadership and ability to give consistent production in both the run and pass game.
92. Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
– Would probably be higher if not for his multiple shoulder injuries that give NFL teams concern about his long-term durability, but for how talented and athletic he is, I could see a team gambling on his high ceiling at the outside linebacker spot.
93. Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
– Because of his size, Sheldon Day is considered a tweener in that he is not a perfect fit at any of the positions on the defensive line, but because of his quickness and disruption as a pass rusher, I expect a team to take a chance on him in the top 100.
94. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
– Some may believe this is way too low for someone like Henry, but I think he is a one-dimensional player who will have a hard time making a full impact on the field if his struggles continue in his blocking. Sure, he has soft, strong hands to pluck the football, but he is not the complete tight end that other analysts project him to be.
95. Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland
– A high motor pass rusher who can disrupt the pocket with his effort and quickness, but he is very raw with his technique and hand placement to be a consistent threat off of the edge early in his career.
96. Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri
– Versatility is what sets McGovern apart from other offensive linemen in this next tier. In addition, he has the play strength and feet to fit any scheme. While he may not ever strike out as a premier player at his position, I think he will find a niche as a rotational guy early in his career who can provide depth at each of the three interior positions on the offensive line.
97. Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
– Hard-nosed linebacker who can stuff the run when he is on his game, but I don’t see it consistent enough to be sure he is a Day 2 guy. However, he does have starter traits that can be maximized as a 3-4 inside linebacker.
98. Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
– Everyone talks about Alex Collins, but some believe that the most talented running back in that Arkansas backfield is Jonathan Williams. The only thing that is blocking him from being a sure-fire third round pick at this stage is the uncertainty surrounding his foot injury.
99. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
– As one of the more polarizing players in this class, there is not a consensus on Connor Cook, but I do believe a team will take a chance on him early in this draft simply because of the need for a quarterback in this league despite his deficiencies when handling pressure.
100. Sean Davis, S, Maryland
– Physically imposing defensive back who could play cornerback if asked to, but would be much more comfortable as a safety who can play close to the LOS to take advantage of his physicality, play strength, and fierce effort in run support.