By Zach Walker
This is the one stop shop for your final NFL Draft preparation; My Top-50 players in this draft, a Top five from each position, and a final mini-mock before the April 30th draft night. Add pizza, beer, and friends, and your draft night is going to be excellent.
Blitz Weekly Big Board: The Top 50 Draft Prospects:
|1||DT||USC LEONARD WILLIAMS||26||CB||LSU JALEN COLLINS|
|2||34OLB||UF DANTE FOWLER JR||27||ILB||UCLA ERIC KENDRICKS|
|3||QB||FSU JAMEIS WINSTON||28||RB||WIS MELVIN GORDON|
|4||34OLB||CLEM VIC BEASLEY||29||DE||UCLA OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA|
|5||WR||BAMA AMARI COOPER||30||43OLB||WASH SHAQ THOMPSON|
|6||DT||WASH DANNY SHELTON||31||CB||WAKE KEVIN JOHNSON|
|7||RB||UGA TODD GURLEY||32||G||DUKE LAKEN TOMLINSON|
|8||G||IOWA BRANDON SCHERFF||33||DE||MSST PRESTON SMITH|
|9||CB||MIST TRAE WAYNES||34||ILB||MSST BENARDRICK MCKINNEY|
|10||34OLB||NEB RANDY GREGORY||35||WR||MIZZ DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM|
|11||34OLB||MIZZ SHANE RAY||36||DT||TEX MALCOM BROWN|
|12||DE||OREG ARIK ARMSTEAD||37||RB||BOISE JAY AJAYI|
|13||WR||LOU DEVANTE PARKER||38||TE||MINN MAXX WILLIAMS|
|14||OT||MIAF ERECK FLOWERS||39||ILB||MIAF DENZEL PERRYMAN|
|15||OT||STAN ANDRUS PEAT||40||CB||OREG IFO EKPRE-OLOMU|
|16||DT||FSU EDDIE GOLDMAN||41||RB||IND TEVIN COLEMAN|
|17||34OLB||UK ALVIN DUPREE||42||OT||PSU DONOVAN SMITH|
|18||QB||OREG MARCUS MARIOTA||43||DT||OU JORDAN PHILLIPS|
|19||C||FSU CAMERON ERVING||44||CB||FSU PJ WILLIAMS|
|20||OT||LSU LA’EL COLLINS||45||43OLB||TCU PAUL DAWSON|
|21||CB||WASH MARCUS PETERS||46||WR||MICH DEVIN FUNCHESS|
|22||WR||ASU JAELEN STRONG||47||G||SCAR AJ CANN|
|23||WR||WVU KEVIN WHITE||48||CB||MIAO QUINTEN ROLLINS|
|24||S||BAMA LANDON COLLINS||49||34OLB||WASH HAUOLI KIKAHA|
|25||OT||PITT TJ CLEMMINGS||50||QB||UCLA BRETT HUNDLEY|
TOP FIVE AT EACH POSITION
|1||FSU||Jameis Winston – McNabb-esque thrower, must get out from under himself|
|2||OREG||Marcus Mariota – Needs high-percentage offense to strive early|
|3||UCLA||Brett Hundley – Dual threat with solid arm and nice frame, needs pocket time|
|4||ORST||Sean Mannion – Has all the QB stuff down to a T, just isn’t flashy|
|5||BAY||Bryce Petty – Wild-Card with winner’s game to him, needs sanding of edges|
|1||UGA||Todd Gurley – Talented, oft-injured back with ten year back upside|
|2||WIS||Melvin Gordon – Slick back with slashing cut runs, needs to develop hands|
|3||BOISE||Jay Ajayi – Complete back with some rough edges to game, but 3-down back|
|4||IND||Tevin Coleman – Smooth runner, ran out of skin in 2014, injury concern|
|5||BAMA||TJ Yeldon – Great frame, makes most of carries, needs to round out his game|
|1||BAMA||Amari Cooper – Supremely rounded wide out, true dependable number one option|
|2||LOU||DeVante Parker – Consistent, physical threat on the outside, worked w/ NFL QB at LOU|
|3||ASU||Jaelen Strong – Body type of a power forward, extremely clutch, worker bee|
|4||WVU||Kevin White – Explosive vertical speed matched with desirable size, Route runner?|
|5||MIZZ||Dorial Green-Beckham – Has all the tools, his own worst enemy, needs a willing team|
TEs & FBs:
|1||MINN||Maxx Williams – Travis Kelce-type with number one game breaking ability|
|2||MIAF||Clive Walford – Great working the mid-zones against linebackers, Dwayne Allen-type|
|3||PSU||Jesse James – More traditional, uses his 6-7 frame to get open, needs work blocking|
|4||FSU||Nick O’Leary (FB) – Played in Pro-style offense, next John Kuhn?|
|5||YALE||Tyler Varga (FB) – Has good palate of usable skills, solid blocker, good 3rd down back|
On Offensive linemen, I’ll be comparing them to an existing NFL Player, rather than list their traits.
OTs: Gs & Cs:
|1||MIAF||Ereck Flowers – Luke Joeckel||1||IOWA||Brandon Scherff (G) – Joel Bitonio|
|2||STAN||Andrus Peat – Roger Saffold||2||FSU||Cameron Erving (C) – Eric Wood|
|3||LSU||La’el Collins – DJ Fluker||3||DUKE||Laken Tomlinson (G) – Larry Warford|
|4||PITT||TJ Clemmings – Lane Johnson||4||SCAR||AJ Cann (G) – Kelechi Osemele|
|5||PSU||Donovan Smith – Kelvin Beachum||5||Hobart||Ali Marpet (G)– Brandon Fusco|
|1||USC||Leonard Williams – Young, talent-filled to the brim; consistent producer|
|2||WASH||Danny Shelton – Scariest athlete in this draft because his moves; Great attitude guy|
|3||FSU||Eddie Goldman – Game-breaking player, work on conditioning; All-Power player|
|4||TEX||Malcom Brown – Mentally and Physically Tough; Really rounded his game in 2014|
|5||OU||Jordan Phillips – Flash player with desirable size; Likely needs a dedicated coach|
|1||OREG||Arik Armstead – A giant at age 20; Any scheme DE or 4-3 DT; Supremely Raw|
|2||UCLA||Owamagbe Odighizuwa – Consistent pass rusher; Slightly above-average talent|
|3||MSST||Preston Smith – Size and strength operator; Situational year 1, grow into bigger role|
|4||FSU||Mario Edwards Jr – Multi-position player, master of neither; Power player|
|5||UVA||Eli Harold – Great player to watch play football; Slender frame, Speed over power|
|1||UF||Dante Fowler Jr – Has all the tools, teamed with good instincts; Maxed Frame?|
|2||CLEM||Vic Beasley – Maybe best athlete in draft; Pass rush dynamo; Not much VS Run|
|3||NEB||Randy Gregory – Explosive athlete; Slim frame; Stupidly failed drug test @ Combine|
|4||MIZZ||Shane Ray – Undersized, tornado-style, never-quit athlete; Killer 2014 season|
|5||UK||Alvin Dupree – Ideally sized; Better worker than athlete; Very consistent|
|1||WASH||Shaq Thompson – LB/FS/RB? Won’t stay off field; Solid tackler; Mega-Athlete|
|2||TCU||Paul Dawson – TCU system made him desirable; Plays Angry; Sideline to Sideline guy|
|3||UGA||Ramik Wilson – Tackler; Limited athlete; At-Average coverage skills|
|4||MICH||Jake Ryan – Great football player, not great athlete; Can get swamped up by linemen|
|5||CSU||Aaron Davis – Instinctive, and wrap up tackler; undersized and not great mover|
|1||UCLA||Eric Kendricks – Athletic, instinctive, and productive; Undersized, but Aggressive|
|2||MSST||Benardrick McKinney – Has the size with pass rush ability; coverage needs work|
|3||MIAF||Denzel Perryman – Basically the east coast Kendricks; Great instincts and tackler|
|4||USC||Hayes Pullard – Instincts are there, and he has burst, but could be overmatched vs TEs|
|5||CLEM||Stephone Anthony – Has physical tools, not the mental game; Solid size; Consistent|
|1||MIST||Trae Waynes – Has good head on shoulders; Physical, maybe excessively; Great size|
|2||WASH||Marcus Peters – Has major edge to his game, maybe too brash; Has the Confidence|
|3||LSU||Jalen Collins – Great agility, trusts his eyes; Really handsy, needs to work out of that|
|4||WAKE||Kevin Johnson – Likes to get hands dirty VS run; Physical downfield, draws refs ire|
|5||OREG||Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – Very untimely Injury dropped stock; Good operator, despite size|
|1||BAMA||Landon Collins – Plays a strong game, great tackler; Could use work in Coverage|
|2||FRSNO||Derron Smith – Coverage player, but not a guarantee tackler; Sub-Six foot|
|3||UVA||Anthony Harris – Great coverage skills, with good instincts; CB frame|
|4||TCU||Chris Hackett – Productive, Instinctive, and a tackler; Needs to add mass|
|5||LOU||Gerod Holliman – Gambler to the core, 14 INTs in 2014; Super Raw; Needs learn time|
2015 NFL Draft First Round Mini Mock:
1st TB: QB Jameis Winston – Tampa would be crazy to pass on true leader in Winston.
2nd TEN: DT Leonard Williams – TEN passes on QB to help get after Luck and Bortles.
3RD JAX: DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr – More defensive fire power for Gus Bradley.
4TH OAK: WR Amari Cooper – Complete weapon for Derek Carr to help grow offense.
5TH WAS: OLB Vic Beasley – Supplements the loss of Orakpo, while adding speed on D.
6TH NYJ: QB Marcus Mariota – Jets get QB that they can groom or throw into the grind day 1.
7TH CHI: DT Danny Shelton – The Chicago defense really needs a linchpin player.
8TH ATL: DE/OLB Randy Gregory – Falcons add a pass rusher to spice-less defense.
9TH NYG: G Brandon Gregory – The G-Men really need to protect Eli Manning so he can find Beckham.
10TH STL: WR Kevin White – Rams need a number 1 for Nick Foles, like they never got for Bradford.
11TH MIN: CB Trae Waynes – Vikings need another top corner to head off pass-happy NFC North.
12TH CLE: WR DeVante Parker – Josh Gordon is almost out, Parker is as talented, but stays on the field.
13TH NO: OLB Shane Ray – High-motor guy for Rob Ryan, to help chase down Cam and NFC South.
14TH MIA: OT Ereck Flowers – Local kid, to take over for Brandon Albert in a few seasons.
15TH SF: DE Arik Armstead – Perfect mold of just-retired Justin Smith with room to grow.
16TH HOU: WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Upside through the roof, needs to stay out of his own way.
17TH SD: RB Todd Gurley – Though they have Oliver, Gurley’s un-ignorable talent can’t be pasted up.
18TH KC: OT La’el Collins – Maybe giving Alex Smith a pocket, he’ll throw a TD to a WR in 2015.
19TH CLE (from BUF): DT Eddie Goldman – The Browns need a plug for the terrible run defense.
20TH PHI: S Landon Collins – Philly needs a safety to help keep the East’s running backs at bay.
21ST CIN: OT Andrus Peat – Dalton and the Cincy running game could really use a boost.
22ND PIT: OLB Alvin Dupree – James Harrison is coming back, so they need some youth on D.
23RD DET: CB Marcus Peters – Detroit really needs someone to clamp down on Alshon Jeffrey.
24TH ARI: RB Melvin Gordon – Cards get a complement to Andre Ellington, who’s good through the air.
25TH CAR: OT TJ Clemmings – Panthers need Cam to learn to be comfortable in the pocket.
26TH BAL: WR Devin Funchess – Ravens kill two birds with one pick, Funchess has WR skill in TE body.
27TH DAL: ILB Eric Kendricks – Cowboys get talent linebacker to add to oft-injured corps of LBs.
28TH DEN: C Cameron Erving – Denver picks up tradesman Erving to fit any of O-Line holes.
29TH IND: CB Jalen Collins – Colts need a corner across from Vontae Davis to help get to the next level.
30TH GB: LB Shaq Thompson – The Pack have plenty of holes on defense, Shaq fills multi roles.
31ST NO (from SEA): WR Jaelen Strong – Brees needs a new weapon with Graham getting traded off.
32ND NE: DT Malcom Brown – Wilfork was a truly great player, Brown has the attitude to plug the gap.
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