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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Quarterback


1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon (Age: 21)


Where He Wins: Uses his mobility as a passer as well as a runner. Displays the necessary poise and patience to win inside the pocket and inside of structure, but can break that if need be. Keeps eyes up when evading pressure to locate open receivers. Can be quick in tempo or work through action/reaction/third progression.


2. QB Jameis Winston, FSU (Age: 21)


NFL Comparison: Eli Manning (Alec and Lance Zierlein)


Where He Wins: It is *easy* to see how his game will translate. Awesome eye level in the face of a pass rush. Functional mobility to avoid pressure and find operable space. Anticipates passes more than any other quarterback in this class. Retreated more against interior pressure this season and forced passes, but those mistakes were exacerbated in 2014. Converts in pressure situations.


3. QB Blake Sims, Alabama (Age: 24)

4. QB Brett Hundley, UCLA (Age 21)

5. QB Garrett Grayson, Colorado State (Age 23)


Running Back


1. RB Todd Gurley, Georgia (Age: 20)


Where He Wins: A complete back who can be the foundation of an offense. Will pick up the yards blocked for him and also create on his own, both after contact and beating defenders’ angles. Agility to weave between lanes without wasted movement is a plus. Comfortable as a receiver on screens with patience to make most of blocks.


2. RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (Age: 22)


3. RB Duke Johnson, Miami (Age: 21)


4. RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State (Age: 21)


5. RB David Cobb, Minnesota (Age: 21)


6. RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (Age: 21)


7. RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (Age: 21)


8. RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana (Age: 22)


9. RB Mike Davis, South Carolina (Age: 22)


10. RB/HB David Johnson, Northern Iowa (Age: 23)


Wide Receiver


1. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma (Age: 22)


Where He Wins: Wins in the big (catch point in contested situations) and small (separation and yards after catch) receiver games. Plays like a specimen at the position and there seems to be a lot of natural ability to work with, at a position where natural ability often separates great from good.


2. WR Kevin White, WVU  (Age: 22)


Where He Wins: Another who wins in the big and small receiver games, although he had difficult separating in routes against multiple quality corners this season. One year wonder label is interesting, but I don’t see it as a negative. Would you rather he not have improved?


3. WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (Age: 20)


Where He Wins: Mostly wins in the small receiver game, and there is nothing wrong with that, but he did do a better job in contested situations this year. Still, I would not rely on him there. Creates so much separation with quickness, sustaining speed in routes and precision. Also a threat with the ball in his hands. He’s not limited, he just can't win everywhere. Again, that is fine.


4. WR DeVante Parker, Louisville (Age: 22)


5. WR Devin Funchess, Michigan (Age: 21)


6. WR Jamison Crowder, Duke (Age: 21)


7. WR Devin Smith, Ohio State (Age: 23)


8. WR Breshad Perriman, UCF (Age: 21)


9. WR Justin Hardy, ECU (Age: 23)


10. WR Rashad Greene, FSU (Age: 22)


11. WR Nelson Agholor, USC (Age: 21)


12. WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State (Age: 22)


13. WR Sammie Coates, Auburn (Age: 22)


14. WR Tre McBride, William & Mary (Age: 22)


15. WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (Age: 22)


16. WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State (Age: 21)


17. WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Age: 22)


18. WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas (Age: 22)


19. WR DeVante Davis, UNLV (Age: 22)


Tight End


1. TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota (Age: 21)


Where He Wins: Has put together some of the best highlight reel catches we’ve seen at the position. Has been impactful both inline and when split in the slot or out wide. Only needs to be willing and adequate as a blocker to stay on the field on all downs, and he is at least that.


2. TE Jean Sifrin, UMass (Age: 27)


3. TE Clive Walford, Miami (Age: 23)


4. TE Ben Koyack, Notre Dame (Age: 22)


5. TE Jesse James, Penn State (Age: 20)


Offensive Tackle


1. T La’El Collins, LSU


Where He Wins: Length and strength compensates for deficiencies in other areas. Gets to the second level very well and looks to maul. Does not get the credit he deserves in terms of mobility and functional athleticism. Will have one or three bad snaps per game, but luck partially determines impact.


2. OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa


Where He Wins: Scherff has a future at either tackle or guard, it just depends on the team that selects him. So much power and strength along with movement skills. Will fit in face up or zone specific schemes, although there is crossover on every team. Also wants to finish his blocks rather than just occupy.


3. T Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M


Where He Wins: I do not factor in injuries. Ogbuehi has enough strength, length and athleticism to hold up on the outside. There are real flashes of the complete package, he needs to win more often on first contact in order to sustain success.


4. T T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh


Where He Wins: Length and strength. As Lance Zierlein said, he has the level of ability to be a starting tackle. Is it inexperience or rawness that is causing him to not trust his feet or not utilize an inside armbar to prevent lateral moves?


5. T Andrus Peat, Stanford


6. T Ereck Flowers, Miami


7. T Jake Fisher, Oregon


8. T D.J. Humphries, Florida


9. T Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State


10. OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah


Interior Offensive Line


1. OL Brandon Scherff, Iowa


Where He Wins: Scherff has a future at either tackle or guard, it just depends on the team that selects him. So much power and strength along with movement skills. Will fit in face up or zone specific schemes, although there is crossover on every team. Also wants to finish his blocks rather than just occupy.


2. C Cameron Erving, FSU


3. G Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech


4. G Tre Jackson, FSU


5. G A.J. Cann, South Carolina


6. G Laken Tomlinson, Duke


7. G Arie Kouandjio, Alabama


8. C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon


9. G John Miller, Louisville


10. OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah


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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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