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Top 100 NFL Draft Prospects (Non-eligible players included)

February 22, 2015

Updated 2/21/15 (PR is pass rusher not punt returner)

NCAA Football: Florida State-Spring Game

  1. Jameis Winston QB Florida St. Soph
  2. Leonard Williams DT USC Jr.
  3. Joey Bosa PR Ohio State Soph
  4. Myles Garrett PR Texas A&M Freshman
  5. Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Jr.
  6. Landon Collins S Alabama Sr.
  7. Cam Robinson LT Alabama Freshman
  8. Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss Soph
  9. Robert Nkemdiche DE Ole Miss Soph
  10. Kevin White WR West Virginia Jr.
  11. Andrus Peat OT Stanford Jr.
  12. Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech Soph
  13. Christian Hackenburg QB Penn St. Soph
  14. Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss Soph
  15. Randy Gregory PR Nebraska Jr.
  16. Myles Jack LB UCLA Soph
  17. Amari Cooper WR Alabama Jr.
  18. Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Jr.
  19. Danny Shelton DT Washington Sr.
  20. Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Soph
  21. Dante Fowler Jr. PR Florida Jr.
  22. Tre’Davious White CB LSU Soph
  23. Arik Armstread DT Oregon Jr.
  24. Mario Edwards Jr. DE FSU Jr.
  25. Todd Gurley RB Georgia Jr.
  26. Vic Beasley PR Clemson Sr.
  27. Devante Parker WR Louisville Sr.
  28. Paul Dawson LB TCU Sr.
  29. Trae Waynes CB Michigan St. Sr.
  30. Deion Barnes PR Penn St. Jr.
  31. Reggie Ragland LB Alabama Jr.
  32. DT A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama Freshman
  33. Brandon Scherff OT Iowa Sr.
  34. Jaelen Strong WR Arizona St. Sr.
  35. Nelson Agholar WR USC Jr.
  36. Marcus Peters CB Washington Jr.
  37. Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M Sr.
  38. TJ Yeldon RB Alabama Jr.
  39. Ifo Ekpre-Olumu CB Oregon Sr.
  40. Duke Johnson RB Miami Jr.
  41. Maxx Williams TE Minnesota Soph
  42. Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame Soph
  43. Brett Hundley QB UCLA Jr.
  44. PJ Williams CB Florida St. Jr.
  45. Jordan Lucas CB Penn State Jr.
  46. Kevin Hogan QB Stanford Jr.
  47. Karl Joseph S West Virginia Jr.
  48. Owamagbe Odighizuwa DT UCLA Sr.
  49. James Connor RB Pittsburgh Soph
  50. Erik Striker LB OU Jr.
  51. Speedy Noil WR Texas A&M Freshman
  52. Eric Kendricks LB UCLA Sr.
  53. Tyler Johnstone OT Oregon Jr.
  54. Davonte Fields PR TCU Jr.
  55. Tyler Boyd WR Pittsburgh Soph
  56. La’el Collins OT LSU Sr.
  57. Jamison Crowder WR Duke Sr.
  58. Bralon Addison WR Oregon Jr.
  59. Alani Fua PR BYU Sr.
  60. Ereck Flowers OT Miami Jr.
  61. Shaq Thompson S Washington Jr.
  62. Sean Mannion QB Oregon St. Sr.
  63. Jake Fisher OT Oregon Sr.
  64. Shilique Calhoun PR Michigan St. Jr.
  65. Chris Hackett S TCU Jr.
  66. Tony Conner S Ole Miss Soph
  67. KD Cannon WR Baylor Freshman
  68. AJ Tarpley LB Stanford Sr.
  69. Cody Prewitt S Ole Miss Sr.
  70. Dorial Green-Beckham WR OU Jr.
  71. Denzel Perryman LB Miami Sr.
  72. Malcom Brown DT Texas Jr.
  73. Clive Walford TE Miami Sr.
  74. Kei’Varae Russell CB Notre Dame Jr.
  75. Cameron Irving OT FSU Sr.
  76. Tevin Mitchell CB Arkansas Sr.
  77. Sammy Coates WR Auburn Jr.
  78. Noah Spence PR Ohio State Jr.
  79. Corey Crawford DE Penn St Sr.
  80. Henry Anderson DT Stanford Sr.
  81. Michael Bennett DT Ohio St. Sr.
  82. Shaq Lawson PR Clemson Soph
  83. Connor Cook QB Michigan St. Jr.
  84. Hunter Henry TE Arkansas Soph
  85. Brendan Langley CB Georgia Soph
  86. Christian Covington DT Rice Jr.
  87. Mike Davis RB South Carolina Jr.
  88. Bryce Petty QB Baylor Sr.
  89. Atwan Goodley WR Baylor Sr.
  90. Quandre Diggs CB Texas #28 5’10 192 Sr.
  91. Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech Jr.
  92. Nick O’Leary TE FSU Sr.
  93. Derron Smith S Fresno State Sr.
  94. Johnathan Gray RB Texas Jr.
  95. Andre Monroe DT Maryland Sr.
  96. Josh Shaw CB USC Sr.
  97. Denzel Nkemdiche S Ole Miss Jr.
  98. Kenyon Drake RB Alabama Jr.
  99. AJ Johnson LB Tennessee Sr.
  100. Tevin McDonald S Eastern Washington Sr.

Additional comments:

Non eligible players included-This can be confusing for some as you might see Joey Bosa at #3 and say, “but he’s not even in the draft this year?” Correct! I still include them on my year end list like this because I think it is helpful to see the strengths and weaknesses of a draft class and especially a specific position. As you can see the top 2 pass rushers on my board (Joey Bosa and Myles Garrett) aren’t draft eligible which gives a better perspective on the next tier talents like Randy Gregory and Dante Fowler who are in this year’s draft. Both should have good careers but neither seem like superstar types and that is more easily seen by including freshman and sophomores. Also I only include the non-eligible players on my beginning and end of season lists so a new list for the 2015 entrants will be added to the website later.

Jameis Winston-So Jameis regains the top spot. He had the top spot at the end of the 2013 season, had a terrible offseason in which he was arrested for stealing crab legs, the rape charge was brought up again in a formal investigation by the school and he screamed obscenities on the FSU campus at a woman yet even all of that only dropped him to the #7 spot in my last rankings in the fall of 2014. He’s just too talented to not deserve a Top 3 pick as he reminds me of a later career Steve McNair after he gained more accuracy yet lost a little speed and athleticism. Both could move and buy extra time in the pocket, both were tall and somewhat thickly built men and both had good arm strength but also the ability to put touch on the ball. I just finished watching the QB portion of the Combine tonight and again am sold on Jameis being a franchise QB. That being said he is still a grade A dumbass and I have no doubt that he will cause some PR nightmare for the NFL franchise he goes to. Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler and Brett Favre have done the same over the years and all of them were still given the chance to put a helmet back on for their franchise so I don’t see it being as big of a problem as some people do. I expect Winston to be taken #1, have a very good rookie season and quickly establish himself as a Top 20 QB. He will have a high interception rate but he’s a winner, a leader and is clutch. There aren’t too many franchise QBs out there so Tampa will accept him, warts and all.

WR Class-There were 3 rookie wideouts last year that had +1,000 yards receiving which was historic. Already there is talk of this being a trend due to improve QB play, the proliferation of the spread offense to the NFL, etc. I don’t buy it. I said that last year’s draft was the best WR class I’ve ever graded and it did not disappoint. I fully expect 3 wideouts (Kevin White, Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker) to have good rookie seasons but wouldn’t be surprised if none of them broke the 1,000 yard mark. It is tough to do and will continue to be seen as a rarity once last year’s WR class recedes from memory. That being said Kevin White intrigues the hell out of me. He reminds me of Julio Jones due to his size/speed combination, his long dreadlocks help the comparison too. I’m less intrigued by Amari who I think was force fed the ball a lot this season. Keep in mind he was a borderline 1st round pick going into this year as his sophomore campaign wasn’t very impressive. He isn’t strong, tall or very tough which makes me think he will be a high grade #2 WR more than a top end #1. He could surprise me but I think he will underwhelm expectations and Lane Kiffin will be exposed as a future red flag for prospects. In 2012 he force fed the ball to Marqise Lee who won the Biletnikoff Award that year (118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs) and in 2014 he force fed the ball to Amari Cooper who also won the Biletnikoff (124 catches for 1,727 yards and 16 TDs). Do you see any similarity? I do. Cooper will be a very good player and is superior to Lee as a prospect but neither look like #1 wideout material.

Leonard Williams-Tomorrow the DL go through the Combine process and I am excited to see Leonard’s workout. Right now he grades out as the #2 DT I’ve ever graded, only behind Ndamakong Suh who was a once a generation prospect coming out of Nebraska. Williams is that rare prospect who has no holes in his game as he is an elite athlete, fills up the stat sheet, is a leader, has a great motor and has no character issues. I am sold on Winston as a franchise QB otherwise Williams would be an easy choice for the #1 spot on my board. With the QB position getting so much attention there is a good chance that Williams will still be on the board at #3. I suspect the Jaguars would be quite happy with that outcome as Gus Bradley is a defensive minded coach who was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks previously and is a guy who values hard work and toughness. Leonard has that in spades and he will be a great addition to whatever team he goes to.

Landon Collins-He is the highest rated safety on my board since Eric Berry in 2010. I have a Top 5 grade on him which is higher than most scouts so it will be interesting to see where he ends up but I suspect he will end up as at least a Top 10 selection. The NFL has too many elite tight ends who cause matchup nightmares and not enough versatile safeties that can cover them. Collins is the rare type that can play centerfield, move down to cover a tight end one on one or lay a jaw dropping hit on a ball carrier. He is a physical freak who is just learning how to play the game and I expect multiple Pro Bowls from him. I do wonder though if Mark Barron being a bust as a Top 10 selection a few years ago, and both being Alabama alumni, will affect his draft status.

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