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QB Garrett Grayson Colorado State Grayson is an accurate quarterback who is comfortable throwing from the pocket.  That alone increases his probability of NFL success.  Grayson has the talent to be a solid NFL starter.  Worst case he will be an effective backup.
QB Cody Fajardo Nevada One of the few developmental quarterbacks I would roll the dice on in this draft; worst case he should develop into a solid backup.  I knew Fajardo was fast and quick and was disappointed he only threw 6 passes in the East west Shrine Game.  However, during the Combine, he displayed he could make NFL throws.
QB Brandon Bridge South Alabama Bridge is the other developmental quarterback I like in this draft.  He has the size and arm strength you like and, if he lands in the right place, could grow into an above average NFL starter.  However, he needs time.
RB Ameer Abdullah Nebraska While he may not be the running back most likely to be a 1,500 yard rusher in this draft; he just could well be the most dangerous weapon at running back in this draft.  On the field he is quick as lightning and makes sharp cuts that seem almost impossible.  His 3.95 short shuttle and 6.79 three-cone, backed-up what my eyes saw.  He is very athletic and is also very strong for a short (not small) back.
RB David Johnson Northern Iowa Johnson has a great combination of size, speed, and athleticism.  He also demonstrated at the Senior Bowl that he can play with best seniors in the country.  He is also one of the best receivers of the running backs in the draft.
RB Jeremy Langford Michigan State Everyone shouts out, it's the tape forget the numbers.  I, on the other hand, place a lot of weight on the numbers as they help determine the probability of a player being able to transfer his skills to the next level.  So why isn't there more buzz surrounding Langford?  Over 1,500 yards rushing last year with 22 touchdowns.  A strong between the tackles runner, he ran 4.42 forty at the Combine.
RB David Cobb Minnesota Cobb is another player with excellent college production.  He then had 69 yards on 11 carries at the Senior Bowl.  Initially he was in the group behind Gordon and Gurley.  However, he had a quad injury during his first forty at the Combine and hasn't been able to run since.  Without that forty time the draft community seems to have forgotten him.  Not me.  He ran a 4.58 forty at his Pro DAy.
RB Cameron Austin-Payne Auburn Austin-Payne had a solid week of practice and a solid game at the Senior Bowl.  He may not be an NFL star, but he will be a solid contributor in a two-back system and a player who can step-up if the lead runner goes down with an injury. 
RB Malcolm Agnew Southern Illinois Agnew is a real sleeper in this draft.  He was not invited to the Combine.  Quicker and shifty than fast, Agnew could find a niche as a change-of-pace and third down back.  He has good tools and could be a nice surprise for the team that drafts him.
RB Trey Williams Texas A&M Williams is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and a very good punt-returner.  He should stick as a special teams and gadget player and, if he improves his pass protection, he could be an explosive third-down back.
RB B. J. Catalon Texas Christian I knew Catalon was quick and shifty, but I was disappointed in his forty time at the Combine.  Then he ran 4.47 at his Pro Day and his tape starting matching his measureables better.  He is a small back who catches the ball very well and will also have to make it on special teams.  I think he will.
WR Breshad Perriman Central Florida Hmmm; Cooper, White, maybe Parker.  I'll take 6'2" kid who runs a 4.24 forty!  When we look back at this draft in five years, I predict it will be Perriman who is the most feared receiver from this draft class.
WR Nelson Agholor USC Agholor has great hands and is an excellent route runner.  Add to that 4.4 speed and you have a legit first round draft choice.
WR Phillip Dorsett Miami Another mid 4.2 forty guy; Doresett is much more than just a speedy receiver.  He is quick, shifty and has excellent hands.  Here is another player I would grab in the first round.
WR Tyler Lockett Kansas State Lockett is the proto-typical slot receiver.  He has good speed; is quick; and can avoid the jam at the line of scrimmage.  He looked very good both in Senior Bowl practices and in the game.  He will be a solid weapon for years in the NFL. 
WR Devin Funchess Michigan Everyone bailed on this kid when he ran 4.70 at the Combine.  However, he looked very, very good catching the ball and was smooth in and put of his cuts.  So, his lack of speed means he is not Charles Johnson.  But who is?  He did rebound and run a 4.50 forty at  his Pro Day.  So, not Charles Johnson, but maybe Kelvin Benjamin.

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Austin Hill Arizona Hill looked very good in the East West Shrine Game.  Next year will be his second year back from a torn ACL so he should have more speed and explosiveness than how he looked on film last year and on how he tested at his Pro Day; which wasn't bad anyway (4.59 forty, 4.11 short shuttle, 6.72 three-cone).  I like Hill, he is a real late round sleeper.
WR Justin Hardy East Carolina Hardy was as impressive as anyone catching the ball during the drills at the Combine.  He doesn't have great size or speed, but is the type of kid you can count on as a reliable number three or four receiver for the long haul. 
WR Mario Alford West Virginia What if I told you that Kevin White was not the fastest receiver on West Virginia's roster.  That honor goes to Alford who ran a 4.27 on his Pro day.  Alford is small but looked natural catching the football at the Combine and was productive in college (had more receiving touchdowns than White).
WR Tre McBride William & Mary Not as NFL-ready as many of the receivers in the draft; McBride has the speed and quickness to develop into a solid NFL player.  He has good hands but will need to learn how to run precision routes.
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Darren Waller Georgia Tech At 6'6.1" and 238 pounds Waller ran a 4.46 forty at the Combine.  Waller is raw but has an intriguing upside at either wide receiver or tight end.  He has the tools, but will need time.  
TE Jeff Heuerman Ohio State Heuerman was used much more as a blocker than as a receiver in college; and he is a very good blocker.  However, he has the potential to develop into a good receiving threat and is a big target at a tad over 6'5".
TE C. J. Uzomah Auburn A surprise non-invite to the Combine after a good post-season All Star Game run , Uzomah had a nice Pro Day.  He has the size/speed/athleticism mix coveted in a tight end.  He is already a good blocker and has shown signs he is a reliable receiver when called upon.
TE E. J. Bibbs Iowa State Bibbs is more of an h-back than a tight end.  His best trait is that he catches the ball very well.  To get on the field more he will need to improve his blocking since he doesn't have the speed to be a difference-maker in the slot.  However, he could be a more than expected surprise contributor as a late round draft pick.
OL La'el Collins LSU There does not appear to be an offensive tackle that draft analysts are trumping as a possible top five pick in the draft.  In my opinion, Collins is the best tackle in the draft, and one worthy of a top five pick.  He looks great on film, looks great in drills, and tested very well.
OL Cameron Erving Florida State Erving, most likely, will not go in the top half of round one; but he may have as big an impact as any offensive lineman in the draft when all is said and done.  He is a very talented center and can also backup at tackle and guard.
OL Jake Fisher Oregon Fisher wowed at the Combine, both in tests (e.g. 5.01 forty; 4.33 short shuttle) and in on field drills.  He has as much upside as any offensive lineman in this draft and is worthy of a first round pick.
OL Donovan Smith Penn State Smith popped both in the Senior Bowl game and during Senior Bowl practices.  He then had a solid Combine and followed that up with a better Pro Day.  After the big names being kicked around for round one, Smith who not only can play tackle but has the size to kick inside to guard, will be excellent value on day two of the draft.
OL Ali Marpet Hobart & William Smith After his post-season performance Marpet is on everyone's value list so he may as well be on mine as well.  In the NFL he will most likely play guard or even center.  He is a very athletic kid who proved he could more than hold his own with the major conference players during Senior Bowl week.
OL Arie Kouandijo Alabama Kouandijo will be a long time plus starter at guard in the league.  Injuries will negatively impact his draft position, but if his knees check out he will be a steal in the draft.
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Mitch Morse

Missouri Morse could end up being one of the best values in this draft.  He can line up almost anywhere on the offensive line and play very effectively.  He has good size and is very athletic for his size and has good fluid movement skills. 
OL Sean Hickey Syracuse Hickey played left tackle at Syracuse.  He is one of the strongest players in the draft and he looked very good during the position drills at the Combine.  He also performed well on his Pro Day.  Hickey is another player who offers excellent value in this draft. 
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Rob Havenstein

Wisconsin Havenstein is a big kid who could play tackle or guard in the NFL.  He had some nice moments during Senior Bowl practices against some of the better players available in this draft. 
OL Laurence Gibson Virginia Tech Gibson played left tackle at Virginia Tech and displayed the necessary athleticism and movement skills at the Combine to demonstrate that he is worth selecting as a developmental prospect. 
OL Tyrus Thompson Oklahoma Thompson can play right tackle or kick inside to guard.  At worst case he will be a good NFL back-up.
OL Mickey Baucus Arizona Baucus caught my eye at the East West Shrine Game.  He is a tall kid who may be best served adding weight and kicking inside to guard.  As a late round pick or priority free agent, he could spend time on the development squad and become a valuable back-up down the line.
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa UCLA Odighizuwa, already effective against the run, has the skill set to blossom into a very good pass rusher in the NFL.
DE Preston Smith Mississippi State Smith is an underrated player heading into this draft.  Some may project him to outside linebacker, however, he an an ideal fit as a 4-3 defensive end.  He looked very good in the position drills at the Combine.  The team that drafts him will get excellent value.
DE Za'Darius Smith Kentucky Smith tore it up at the East West Game earning an invite to the Senior Bowl.  Smith is an all out player with good pass rushing skills. 
DE Henry Anderson Stanford Anderson is one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in this draft.  For a big kid, he not only can play the run, but can rush the passer as well.   He is very quick, with good feet.  He is an underrated prospect at this moment.
DE Hau'oli Kikaha Washington Isn't it the scouts and not the metric draftnik guys like me who say it's about the tape and college production?  Then why isn't Kikaha rated more highly by most scouts?  Because of his size many project him as a 3-4 outside linebacker.  That may be why he isn't rated that highly since he doesn't have the athletic ability to definitely make that transition.  But I say, keep him at end in a 4-3 and watch him grow into a quality starter.
DE Anthony Chickillo Miami (FL) Chickillo did not play in an ideal defense or role in college.  As a 4-3 defensive end, Chickillo will show (as he demonstrated at the East West Shrine Game) that he can not only play the run, but has the ability to rush the passer.  
DE Obum Gwacham Oregon State A versatile athlete, Gwachum has the frame (6'5.3") to add weight and settle in as a defensive end.  He will need development, but is an intriguing late round/priority free agent prospect.
DE Caushaud Lyons Tusculum A big kid with excellent athleticism for his size; Lyons is another late round/priority free agent worth pursuing as a developmental prospect.  He could develop into a rotation player as a 3-4 defensive end.
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Mike Bennett Ohio State Bennett can play either a 3-4 defensive end who kicks inside on third downs; or the three technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense.  Currently, Bennett is an underrated prospect who will help whatever team drafts him.
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Tyeler Davison Fresno State A strong kid, Davison displayed better movement skills than first thought at the Combine.  Primarily a defensive tackle at Fresno State, Davison can either play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defensive or kick outside to end in a 3-4 defense.  Davison will be excellent value later in the draft.
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Xavier Cooper Washington State With a little coaching to better read keys in the run game, Cooper could be one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in the draft.  He also has the size and athletic ability to play the three technique defensive tackle.
DT Carl Davis Iowa Davis' value seems to be slipping heading into the draft.  He looked very good at the Senior Bowl (practices and game).  However, analysts say he didn't show a consistent motor on tape.  As I have said before, sometimes big kids like Davis take plays off to rest in game, not due to lack of effort.  In the NFL, conditioning and/or rotating players takes care of that.  He is one of the better defensive tackles in the draft.
DT Joey Mbu Houston Better on the field than in workouts, Mbu appears slow and the opposite of quick.  But he makes plays.  This is a case where I will believe my eyes not the stopwatch.
DT Xavier Williams Northern Iowa Williams caught my eye (but sadly not the powers to be since he was not invited to the Combine) at the East West Shrine Game.  Currently looked at as a day three prospect, williams is a prome candidate to outplay his eventual draft position.
DT Kaleb Eulls Mississippi State Eulls is a very athletic defensive tackle who has a very quiet post-season.  He will, at worst, be a valuable rotation player; and at best, a solid starter.
DT Travis Raciti San Jose State Raciti is another athletic tackle.  He stood out at the East West Shrine Game and should be getting more attention than he is, especially since he showed the athleticism in workouts to kick outsde to end in a 3-4 defense.
DT Leon Orr Florida Off field, off field, off field.  He left his team before a game due to lack of playing time.  Not good.  But he has the talent to be a solid NFL player.  All in all, he should come cheap for a team that forgives his major transgression.  
ILB Eric Kendricks UCLA Most have a second round grade on Kendicks.  A few, like me, have a first round grade on Kendricks.  whether playing inside or WILL, Kendricks is the next NFL tackling machine.
ILB Denzel Perryman Miami (FL) After a relatively disappointing Combine Perryman has fallen on many draft analysts' boards, especially given his lack of ideal size to play inside.  That is a mistake.  He is strong and quick to the ball and an instinctive player.  If he falls in the draft as it appears is happening based on draft analysts; the team that gets him will have a steal.
ILB Stephone Anthony Clemson Anthony has had a very nice post-season.  He looked very good during Senior Bowl week and then had an excellent Combine.  He will find a home inside in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense and be a very productive player for years.
ILB Ben Heeney Kansas Heeney represents the type of draft profile that jumps out as me as a player who will perform better in the NFL than many drafted before him in the draft.  Some analysts commented that his instincts and physical play compensated for his lack of athleticism.  Then he put up some of the best numbers amongst inside linebackers at the Combine.  So add in speed, quickness and athleticism to his skill set.  Finally, he jumped off the page in the East West Shrine Game and also shined in the position drills at the Combine.  Heeney will be great value in this draft and the true representation of sleeper.
ILB Hayes Pullard USC Pullard had a nice Combine during the position drills and even improved his speed on his Pro Day (4.66 forty).  Pullard played well at USC and appears to have the skill set that translates well to the NFL.
ILB Quayshawn Nealy Georgia Tech An instinctive linebacker with better speed and quickness than initially thought; Nealy could be a pleasant surprise as a late round pick or priority free agent.
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Eli Harold Virginia A fast riser in the draft, Harold has the physical tools to be a dominate player in the NFL.  At 6'3.1" and 247 pounds; he has movement skills and the athleticism that matches wide receivers.   
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Marcus Rush Michigan A four year starter at defensive end, Rush could find a home in the NFL as a situational pass rusher.
OLB Davis Tull Tenn-Chatanooga Tull rivals Harold's athleticism.  With a 42" vertical and an 11'0" broad jump (not to mention a 4.57 forty yard dash and 34 sacks at Tenn-Chat), Tull could be sack monster in a 3-4 defensive in the NFL.  Tull checks in as a sleeper with a big upside.
OLB Kwon Alexander LSU Alexander is one of the better 4-3 WILL linebackers in this draft.  With the speed to cover sideline to sideline, Alexander was an ascending player in college before injuring his ankle.
OLB Jordan Hicks Texas Hicks is a quick, physical, athletic linebacker who could find a starting role as a SAM linebacker in a 4-3 defense.  He looked good Senior Bowl week.
OLB Jake Ryan Michigan Ryan popped some at the East West Shrine Game.  He has the size and physical traits to play SAM in a 4-3 defense or inside in a 3-4 defense.  He is an active linebacker with plus speed, quickness and athleticisim.
OLB Alani Fua BYU Fua has the size and measureables and skill set worth developing. At 6'4.6" and 238 pounds, he was amongst the best linebacker performers at the Combine in terms of short shuttle (4.15) and three-cone (6.83).  In college he was a player that was moved all over the field.
OLB Jimmy Hall Northwestern A converted safety, Hall played well at outside linebacker last year.  With excellent speed (4.46 forty) and athleticism (10'10" broad jump), Hall could find a role in the NFL as a nickel linebacker and special teams coverage ace.
CB Eric Rowe Utah Size, speed, quickness, athleticism is a great way to go through life as a cornerback (6'0.6", 4.45 forty, 3.97 short shuttle, 6.70 three-cone, 39" vertical, 10'5" broad, 19 reps).  Rowe has experience at both safety and corner, but he fits the latest NFL job description for cornerbacks perfectly. And since he only played one year (2014) at corner, he will only get better.
CB Ronald Darby Florida State It was always known this kid could fly and he proved that at the Combine.  What impressed me even more was how he looked in the position drills.  Darby is much better than initially advertised.
CB Steve Nelson Oregon State Nelson is one of my favorite players in this draft class.  Nelson is a bit short, but other than that has it all.  He has good enough speed, is quick and athletic enough.  However, he plays with great anticipation, will hit you and has good ball skills.  If you don't believe me, just watch the first half of the Senior Bowl.
CB D'Joun Smith Florida Atlantic Some analysts project Smith to the slot.  I see it a bit different.  He has the speed and athleticism to play outside and, despite being 5'10", he is strong enough to play the run.  If typecast as a slot only corner, Smith could fall a bit in the draft and be an excellent value as a solid starting cornerback.
CB Josh Shaw USC Shaw has the size/speed ratio in vogue in the NFL.  He is also a very good athlete who looked very good in the East West Shrine Game and then again during the position drills at the Combine.  Shaw could be a steal late in day two of the draft.
CB Justin Coleman Tennessee Coleman caught my eye big time at the East west Shrine Game.  He has the skill set to be one of the better slot corners in this draft class.  Coleman is a physical player who ran a 3.98 short shuttle and a 6.61 three-cone.  I predict he will be one of the major steals of this draft as a top tier NFL slot corner.
CB Kevin White TCU White looks better on the field than in workouts.  His numbers are pedestrian, but the results on the field belie those numbers.  He was one of the better corners during senior Bowl week.
CB Bobby McCain Memphis McCain stood out at the East west Shrine Game.  Quicker and shiftier than fast; McCain is a good slot corner prospect.
CB Charles Gaines Louisville In drills Gaines looks great and displays better movement skills than his workout numbers indicate.  This makes Gaines, who is only 5'9.7", a difficult prospect to evaluate.  However, based on the eye-test, I can see where he could very easily out-perform where he is drafted.
CB Bryce Callahan Rice Only 5'9.1", Callahan is one of the better athletes in this draft.  He more than held his own during the East West Shrine Game and is a good kick returner. Callahan will find a role in the NFL as a special teams player and extra defensive back.
CB Darryl Roberts Marshall Roberts was a solid starter for Marshall and has the size and measureables (some of the bets in this class for corners) that will attract a team to draft him late or make him a priority free agent.  He just could be a late round/free agent find.  
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Craig Mager Texas State Mager started the process as a deep sleeper, but now has risen to just plain old sleeper.  Mager has good size and measureables and a nose for the ball making him a free safety prospect as well as a corner prospect.
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Demarious Randall Arizona State I would use a late first round, early second round pick on this kid.  He has corner measureables and safety skills.  He intercepted 15 balls in his three years at Arizona State, has excellent range covering the field (4.46 in the forty) and has the quickness and change-of-direction skills to cover slot receivers.   He also likes to hit and is a good tackler.   Randall is an underrated player in this draft. I would leave him at free safety.
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Adrian Amos Penn State Amos is another free safety with excellent range and the ability to cover receivers.  At 6'0.4" and 218 he has the size/speed/athleticism to be converted to corner.  Whether at corner or free safety, Amos should be a good NFL player at either position.
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Justin Cox Mississippi State Cox is a good player.  He has the speed and movement skills that not only translate well to free safety, but also to cornerback.  As a free safety he has very good coverage skills and tremendous speed to cover a lot of territory.  Cox is a player to keep an eye on in this draft and at 6'0.5", 191 pounds, I wouldn't be surprised if he is converted to corner in the NFL.
FS Jermaine Whitehead Auburn Whitehead has a nice blend of athleticism, quickness and ball skills and has enough speed (4.50 forty) for the position.  In a draft class that is not deep at free safety, Whitehead could be a late round find.
FS Brian Suite Utah State Suite showed some good skills during his time at Utah State and has the measureables to transfer those skills to the NFL.  Suite could be a good add late in the draft or as a priority free agent.
SS Jaquiski Tartt Samford Coming from a small school, Tartt showed he could more than hold his own with the players from major conferences during Senior Bowl practices.  A big time hitter with good size, Tartt is one of the better box safeties in this draft class.  
SS Clayton Geathers Central Florida Geathers is an under the radar box safety who is strong and a big hitter.  He will be a special teams demon while he works to get on the field as a starter. 
SS Kyshoen Jarrett Virginia Tech Jarrett has the skill set of a top strong safety, but is undersized.  He will be an excellent special teams player and could play in sub defenses.  He looked good in position drills at the Combine.
SS Robenson Therezie Auburn An excellent athlete, Therezie is special teams coverage and nickel safety bound in the NFL.  He has speed (4.39 forty) and experience in coverage as well as in the run game. 
SS Josh Furman Michigan State Some major off the field concerns even though he was found not guilty in a court of law.  If teams feel comfortable, Furman has the size, speed, quickness, athleticism, and strength coveted in strong safties.  He may have to prove himself as a free agent and a year on the development squad; but if he flys right and gets a chance he could be an NFL contributor.
SS Cameron Ontko Cal Poly After one year at Wisconsin, Ontko transferred to Cal Poly.  An active and undersized outside linebacker, Onkto who had over 100 tackles in 2014 has the measureables and skill set to be a strong safety in the NFL. With a 4.48 forty, 6.73 three-cone and a 40" vertical Ontko at 5'10.6" and 222 pounds is a special athlete.  At worst, he should be a special teams terror and nickel linebacker (or safety).

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