Joe Marino’s Initial Top 5 Rankings at Every Position for the 2016 NFL Draft


I’ve kept these to myself long enough and it’s time to start releasing my rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft. In the coming weeks you can expect full positional rankings and grades with analysis on each player. For now, enjoy seeing who I initially rank in the top 5 at every position.

Quarterback

  1. Jared Goff, Cal
  2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. Connor Cook, Michigan State
  4. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  5. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Wide Receiver

  1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  2. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
  3. Josh Doctson, TCU
  4. Michael Thomas, Ohio State
  5. Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Tight End

  1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas
  2. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  3. Austin Hooper, Stanford
  4. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky
  5. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina

Running Back

  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  2. Derrick Henry, Alabama
  3. Paul Perkins, UCLA
  4. Jordan Howard, Indiana
  5. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech

Offensive Tackle

  1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  3. Jason Spriggs, Indiana
  4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  5. Jack Conklin, Michigan State

Offensive Guard

  1. Josh Garnett, Stanford
  2. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
  3. Christian Westerman, Arizona State
  4. Connor McGovern, Missouri
  5. Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State

Center

  1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  2. Nick Martin, Notre Dame
  3. Max Tuerk, USC
  4. Graham Glasgow, Michigan
  5. Kyle Friend, Temple

Defensive Line

  1. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  2. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  3. Jon Bullard, Florida
  4. Chris Jones, Mississippi State
  5. Jarran Reed, Alabama

Edge Player

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  2. Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  3. Kevin Dodd, Clemson
  4. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
  5. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

Linebacker

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA
  2. Darron Lee, Ohio State
  3. Su’a Cravens, USC
  4. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  5. Joshua Perry, Ohio State

Cornerback

  1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
  3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
  4. William Jackson, Houston
  5. Eli Apple, Ohio State

Safety

  1. Vonn Bell, Ohio State
  2. KJ Dillon, West Virginia
  3. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  4. Sean Davis, Maryland
  5. Darian Thompson, Boise State