Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 11, 2015
First Round Grades
1. Leonard Williams, USC – Elite shedder of blocks and is the best football player in this draft. Athletic, physical and stout. Can rush the passer with a variety of moves and stack against the run. Limitless player who has a bright future ahead of him. Terrific hand technique and there is a ton of power to his punch. Finishes plays and has outstanding burst. Effort is relentless.
2. Danny Shelton, Washington – Big-bodied interior player who eats up blockers and powerfully sheds them. Has a surprising amount of range and relentlessly pursues the football. Can handle double teams and his instincts are outstanding. Has upside as a two-gapper.
3. Malcom Brown, Texas – Stout, physical player who can penetrate and disrupt. Cannot be moved off his spot without double teaming him. That said, he struggles to hold up and defeat double teams. Pass rush upside (read more…)