2015 NFL Draft Big Board: Post-Combine Update

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Big Board: Post-Combine Update

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    Edge-rusher Dante Fowler Jr.
    Edge-rusher Dante Fowler Jr.Associated Press

    The 2015 Scouting Combine has come and gone, and now more than ever the draft process gets into full swing.

    When I was coming up as an evaluator, I was taught by former NFL GM Charley Casserly to never let the combine completely change your board. The idea, he told me, was to let the combine separate players with a similar grade at a position (like Kevin White and Amari Cooper) and to confirm what you saw on film. And if a player like Byron Jones or Chris Conley wows you before you've had a chance to do a film evaluation, you highlight them when you get home and start watching film again.

    So that's what I do. As much as is possible, I try to mirror my process after what Casserly, former NFL GM Michael Lombardi and others taught me.

    NFL teams are doing the same thing this week—revisiting scouting grades and updating reports with medical, interview and workout notes. The result for them, and me, is a new big board.

    You'll notice new position classifications this week on defense. I've long toyed with a good way to differentiate players between 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, and the best usage I've seen from other draft analysts is to now break them down by "edge-rusher" (4-3 defensive end, 3-4 outside linebacker) and defensive linemen. It may be confusing at first, but just remember that edge players are outside defenders and defensive linemen can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4.

Top 50 Players

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    WR Amari Cooper
    WR Amari CooperDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press
    Top 50 Rankings
    RankPlayerPos.Pos. RankSchoolClassHTWT
    1Jameis WinstonQB1Florida StaterSo6'4"231
    2Leonard WilliamsDL1USCJr6'5"302
    3Marcus MariotaQB2OregonrJr6'4"222
    4Kevin WhiteWR1West VirginiaSr6'4"215
    5Dante Fowler Jr.EDGE 1FloridaJr6'3"261
    6Randy GregoryEDGE2NebraskarJr6'5"235
    7Amari CooperWR2AlabamaJr6'1"211
    8Brandon ScherffG1IowarSr6'5"319
    9DeVante ParkerWR3LouisvilleSr6'3"209
    10Danny SheltonDL2WashingtonSr6'2"339
    11Shane RayEDGE3MissourirJr6'3"245
    12Marcus PetersCB1WashingtonJr6'0"197
    13Todd GurleyRB1GeorgiaJr6'1"222
    14Malcom BrownDL3TexasJr6'2"319
    15Landon CollinsSS1AlabamaJr6'0"228
    16Shaq ThompsonLB1WashingtonJr6'0"228
    17Arik ArmsteadDL4OregonJr6'7"292
    18La'el CollinsT1LSUSr6'4"305
    19Alvin DupreeEDGE4KentuckyrSr6'4"269
    20Jaelen StrongWR4Arizona StaterJr6'2"217
    21Vic BeasleyEDGE5ClemsonrSr6'3"246
    22Cedric OgbuehiT2Texas A&MrSr6'5"306
    23D.J. HumphriesT3FloridaJr6'5"307
    24Eli HaroldEDGE6VirginiaJr6'3"247
    25Jalen CollinsCB2LSUrJr6'1"203
    26Ronald DarbyCB3Florida StateJr5'11"193
    27Duke JohnsonRB2Miami (Fla.)Jr5'9"207
    28Maxx WilliamsTE1MinnesotarSo6'4"249
    29Trae WaynesCB4Michigan StaterJr6'0"186
    30Eddie GoldmanDL4Florida StateJr6'4"336
    31Benardrick McKinneyLB2Miss. StaterJr6'4"246
    32Devin FunchessWR5MichiganJr6'4"232
    33Owa OdighizuwaEDGE7UCLArSr6'3"267
    34Jake FisherT4OregonSr6'6"306
    35P.J. WilliamsCB5Florida StateJr6'0"194
    36Eric KendricksLB3UCLArSr6'0"232
    37Melvin GordonRB3WisconsinrJr6'1"215
    38Andrus PeatT5StanfordJr6'7"313
    39T.J. ClemmingsT6PittrSr6'5"309
    40Dorial Green-Beckham WR6MissouriJr6'5"237
    41Paul DawsonOLB3TCUSr6'0"235
    42Devin SmithWR7Ohio StateSr6'0"196
    43Gerod HollimanFS1LouisvillerSo6'0"218
    44Cameron ErvingC1Florida StaterSr6'5"313
    45Ereck FlowersT7Miami (Fla.)Jr6'6"329
    46Danielle HunterEDGE8LSUJr6'5"252
    47T.J. YeldonRB4AlabamaJr6'1"226
    48Denzel PerrymanILB3Miami (Fla.)Sr5'11"236
    49Nelson AgholorWR8USCrJr6'0"198
    50Phillip DorsettWR9Miami (Fla.)Jr5'10"185

Quarterbacks

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    QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota
    QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus MariotaAssociated Press

    It's Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and then, way down the list, everyone else. And the combine did nothing to change that.

    Winston did everything you want of a No. 1 pick on and off the field in Indianapolis. If he's not the pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it'll be a draft-day surprise. Mariota was also very good—dominating agility drills and showing comfortable feet when working through three-, five- and seven-step drops in drills. The showings of the top two only served to widen the gap between themselves and the rest of the pack.

    Quarterback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Jameis WinstonFlorida State6'4"232rSo1
    2Marcus MariotaOregon6'4"215rJr3
    3Brett HundleyUCLA6'3"227rJr70
    4Bryce PettyBaylor6'3"230rSr99
    5Garrett GraysonColorado State6'2"220rSr141
    6Brandon BridgeSouth Alabama6'5"235rSr189
    7Sean MannionOregon State6'5"220rSr210
    8Cody FajardoNevada6'2"215rSr216
    9Shane CardenEast Carolina6'2"221Sr233
    10Connor HallidayWashington State6'4"201Sr243
    11Blake SimsAlabama6'0"208rSr250
    12Bryan BennettSE Louisiana6'2"215rSr255
    13Jerry LovelockePrairie View A&M 6'5"200Sr278

Running Backs

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    RB Todd Gurley
    RB Todd GurleyAssociated Press

    The 2015 running back class didn't wow folks looking for record-breaking times at the combine, but this is still one loaded group and features a handful of talents ready to start in their first season.

    The best back of them all—Todd Gurley—may not be ready for Week 1 after suffering an ACL injury against Auburn, but he's good enough to roll the dice on in the late first round if there's a chance he's back to normal any time in 2015.

    Outside of Gurley, don't be surprised to see Melvin Gordon jump Duke Johnson on draft day and be the No. 2 back drafted. Teams will fall in love with his production, and he could easily slide into the late first round with Gurley.

    Running Back Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Todd GurleyGeorgia6'1"222Jr13
    2Duke JohnsonMiami (Fla.)5'9"207Jr27
    3Melvin GordonWisconsin6'1"215rJr37
    4T.J. YeldonAlabama6'1"226Jr47
    5Tevin ColemanIndiana5'11"206Jr54
    6Ameer AbdullahNebraska5'9"205Sr60
    7Jay AjayiBoise State6'0"221rJr61
    8David CobbMinnesota5'11"229Sr71
    9Mike DavisSouth Carolina5'9"217Jr91
    10David JohnsonNorthern Iowa6'1"224rSr122
    11Javorius AllenUSC6'0"221rJr127
    12Josh RobinsonMiss. State5'8"217Jr153
    13Cameron Artis-PayneAuburn5'10"212Sr158
    14Jeremy LangfordMichigan State6'0"204rSr164
    15Malcolm BrownTexas5'11"224Sr169
    16Matt JonesFlorida6'2"231Jr188
    17Dominique BrownLouisville6'2"234rSr208
    18Dee HartColorado State5'7"199Jr227
    19Karlos WilliamsFlorida State6'1"230Sr229
    20Trey WilliamsTexas A&M5'7"195Jr240
    21Terrence MageeLSU5'8"213Sr244
    22Jahwan EdwardsBall State5'9"220Sr245
    23Kenny HilliardLSU6'0"226Sr256
    24Marcus MurphyMissouri5'8"193rSr272
    25John CrockettNorth Dakota St.6'0"217Sr282

Fullbacks

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    FB Jalston Fowler
    FB Jalston FowlerAssociated Press

    The fullback position hasn't quite made a comeback in the NFL, but we are seeing versatile weapons used more and more in the pros. If you can offer value and versatility, you'll have a place in the league. That's the key for this group of fullbacks, as those who are equal parts blocker, runner and receiver perfectly fit new NFL offenses.

    Fullback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Jalston FowlerAlabama5'11"254rSr184
    2Connor NeighborsLSU5'11"230rSr221
    3Michael BurtonRutgers6'0"230rSr247
    4Tyler VargaYale5'11"222Sr260
    5Joey IosefaHawaii6'0"247Sr265

Wide Receivers

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    WR Kevin White
    WR Kevin WhiteAssociated Press

    The scouting combine did little to change the top of the order at wide receiver, but it did put things into perspective for this group—it's a talented, big, fast year at wide receiver.

    Kevin White, Amari Cooper and DeVante Parker should all be drafted in the top 11 picks, and if you are willing to put your name on the line for Dorial Green-Beckham's off-field issues, he's definitely talented enough to be a top-15 pick. If a team is willing to go that far remains to be seen. 

      

    Wide Receiver Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClass OVR Rank
    1Kevin WhiteWest Virginia6'3"215Sr4
    2 Amari CooperAlabama6'1"211Jr7
    3 DeVante ParkerLouisville6'3"209Sr9
    4 Jaelen StrongArizona State6'2"217rJr20
    5Devin Funchess Michigan6'4"232Jr32
    6 Dorial Green-BeckhamMissouri6'5"237Jr40
    7Devin SmithOhio State6'0"196Sr42
    8Nelson Agholor USC6'0"198Jr49
    9Phillip DorsettMiami (Fla.)5'10"185Sr50
    10Breshad PerrimanCentral Florida6'2"212rJr57
    11Justin HardyEast Carolina5'10"192Sr83
    12Sammie Coates Auburn6'1"212rJr89
    13Tyler Lockett Kansas State5'10"182Sr94
    14 Rashad GreeneFlorida State5'11"182Sr98
    15 Tre McBrideWilliam & Mary6'2"205Sr100
    16Josh HarperFresno State6'1"191rSr104
    17Jamison Crowder Duke5'8"185Sr109
    18Antwan Goodley Baylor5'10"209rSr137
    19Tony Lippett Michigan State6'2"192rSr139
    20Chris ConleyGeorgia6'3"205Sr143
    21 Dres AndersonUtah6'1"187Sr147
    22 DaVaris DanielsNotre Dame6'1"201rJr155
    23 Devante DavisUNLV6'3"220Sr165
    24Vince Mayle Washington State6'3"224rSr166
    25 Stefon Diggs Maryland6'0"195Jr168
    26Kenny BellNebraska6'1"197rSr174
    27Ty MontgomeryStanford6'0"221Sr175
    28 Dezmin LewisCentral Arkansas6'4"214rSr183
    29Titus DavisCentral Michigan6'1"196Sr192
    30 Rannell HallUCF6'0"198Sr196
    31Cam WorthyEast Carolina6'2"211rSr201
    32Deon LongMaryland6'0"192rSr202
    33 Christion JonesAlabama5'10"182Sr234
    34 Da'Ron BrownNorthern Illinois6'0"205Sr249
    35Chris HarperCalifornia5'11"175Jr251
    36George FarmerUSC6'1"220rJr252
    37Darren WallerGeorgia Tech6'6"238Sr253
    38 Deontay Greenberry Houston6'3"200Jr254
    39 DeAndre SmelterGeorgia Tech 6'2"226Sr261
    40Austin HillArizona6'2"210rSr262
    41Mario AlfordWest Virginia5'8"170rSr281
    42Keith Mumphery Michigan State6'0"215Sr287
    43 DeAndrew WhiteAlabama5'11"193Sr289
    44 Donatella Luckett Harding6'0"211rSr300

Tight Ends

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    TE Maxx Williams
    TE Maxx WilliamsDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Just one tight end ranks inside my top two rounds, but the lack of top-end talent doesn't take away from what is a very deep group at tight end.

    Maxx Williams might not be blue-chip caliber, but he's well worth a first-round pick and has huge potential to develop more down the line. Clive Walford and Blake Bell are athletic movers with nice upside and fit more of a flex tight end system. The sleepers here might be Jeff Heuerman and Tyler Kroft. Both have good overall skill sets, but in the case of Heuerman, he just wasn't used enough this year.

    Tight End Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Maxx WilliamsMinnesota6'4"249rSo28
    2Clive WalfordMiami (FL)6'4"251rSr84
    3Blake BellOklahoma6'6"252rSr101
    4Jeff HeuermanOhio State6'5"254Sr105
    5Tyler KroftRutgers6'5"246rJr124
    6Ben KoyackNotre Dame6'5"255Sr136
    7E.J. BibbsIowa State6'2"258Sr152
    8Randall TelferUSC6'4"250rSr156
    9Nick O'LearyFlorida State6'3"252Sr171
    10Jesse JamesPenn State6'7"261Jr173
    11Gerald ChristianLouisville6'3"244rSr176
    12Nick BoyleDelaware6'4"268Sr194
    13Jean SifrinUMass6'5"255Jr197
    14Wes SaxtonSouth Alabama 6'3"248Sr215
    15MyCole PruittSouthern Illinois6'2"251rSr218
    16C.J. UzomahAuburn6'4"264Sr219
    17Rory AndersonSouth Carolina6'5"244Sr277
    18Eric TomlinsonUTEP6'6"263rSr286
    19Cameron ClearTexas A&M6'5"277Sr297

Tackles

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    T La'el Collins
    T La'el CollinsAssociated Press

    Iowa's Brandon Scherff moves to guard on the rankings, and that means there is no tackle ranked inside the top 15. That's a stark contrast to the past three drafts and bad news for teams drafting early with offensive line issues.

    La'el Collins has the best film of the group, and he's versatile enough to play right tackle, guard or left tackle. I've been impressed with his athleticism in drills at the Senior Bowl and combine, in part because he's dropped weight (listed at 321 lbs in-season, down to 305 lbs in Indianapolis).

    D.J. Humphries is the real sleeper here. As I've written in the past, he shot up my board after gaining access to Florida film. He's gone up even more after I talked to coaches at the combine and finished my tape study on him.

    Offensive Tackle Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1La'el CollinsLSU6'5"305Sr18
    2Cedric OgbuehiTexas A&M6'5"306rSr22
    3D.J. HumphriesFlorida6'5"307Jr23
    4Jake FisherOregon6'6306Sr34
    5Andrus PeatStanford6'7"313Jr38
    6T.J. ClemmingsPitt6'5"309rSr39
    7Ereck FlowersMiami (Fla.)6'6"329Jr45
    8Donovan SmithPenn State6'6"338Jr65
    9Jeremiah PoutasiUtah6'5"335Jr80
    10Tyrus ThompsonOklahoma6'5"324rSr82
    11Rob HavensteinWisconsin6'7"321rSr96
    12Daryl WilliamsOklahoma6'5"327rSr102
    13Ty SambrailoColorado State6'6"311rSr113
    14Corey RobinsonSouth Carolina6'7"324rSr129
    15Sean HickeySyracuse6'5"309rSr187
    16Robert MyersTennessee State6'5"326rSr196
    17Andrew DonnalIowa6'6"313rSr223
    18Austin ShepherdAlabama6'4"315Sr231
    19Mitch MorseMissouri6'5"305rSr242
    20Jamon BrownLouisville6'4"323Sr267
    21Brett BoykoUNLV6'7"301Sr279
    22Trenton BrownFlorida6'8"355Sr294
    23Tayo FabulujeTCU6'6"353Sr295

Guards

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    G Brandon Scherff
    G Brandon ScherffAssociated Press

    The addition of Brandon Scherff gives the guard class a huge boost, and it's likely we'll see him drafted as the first lineman in this class overall. His versatility means he may play tackle in the NFL, but I see his best fit at guard.

    Ali Marpet has gone from sleeper midseason to a stud at the Senior Bowl and combine. Folks are taking notice there, and his stock is seeing a nice rise. The same goes for Jamil Douglas, a smooth mover I liked a lot in Mobile and on film when rewatching his pass protection.

    Offensive Guard Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Brandon ScherffIowa6'5"319rSr8
    2A.J. CannSouth Carolina6'3"313rSr86
    3Laken TomlinsonDuke6'3"323rSr93
    4Ali MarpetHobart6'4"307Sr117
    5Josue MatiasFlorida State6'5"309Sr123
    6Jamil DouglasArizona State6'4"304rSr140
    7Tre' JacksonFlorida State6'4"330Sr148
    8Jarvis HarrisonTexas A&M6'3"330rSr150
    9John MillerLouisville6'2"303Sr163
    10Shaq MasonGeorgia Tech6'1"300Sr180
    11Adam SheadOklahoma6'4"338rSr198
    12Miles DieffenbachPenn State6'3"303rSr206
    13Christian LombardNotre Dame6'5"315rSr207
    14Arie KouandjioAlabama6'5"310rSr209
    15Aundrey WalkerUSC6'6"318Sr217
    16Ben BeckwithMiss. State6'3"308rSr268
    17Jon FelicianoMiami (Fla.)6'4"323rSr273
    18Leon BrownAlabama6'6"320Sr276
    19Mark GlowinskiWest Virginia6'4"307rSr299

Centers

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    C Cameron Erving
    C Cameron ErvingAssociated Press

    The move from left tackle to center has made Cameron Erving money this year. The Florida State lineman could sneak into the late first round due to needs at the position and his strong showing snapping this fall. He also offers versatility to play guard or tackle.

    This isn't an overly strong or deep center class, but Reese Dismukes and Hroniss Grasu have talent; the big question mark is how they'll transition to NFL-style offenses after playing in spread schemes in college.

    Center Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClass OVR Rank
    1Cameron Erving Florida State6'5"313rSr44
    2Reese Dismukes Auburn6'3"296Sr111
    3 Hroniss Grasu Oregon6'3"297rSr115
    4Andy Gallik Boston College6'2"306rSr145
    5Greg Mancz Toledo6'4"301rSr205
    6B.J. Finney Kansas State6'4"318rSr239
    7Max GarciaFlorida6'4"309Sr275

Edge-Rushers

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    EDGE Randy Gregory
    EDGE Randy GregoryAssociated Press

    The Year of the Edge-Rusher. That's the 2015 class. It wouldn't be a surprise to see four of the players ranked below drafted in the top 10. Heck, five wouldn't be a great surprise in the top 12. 

    We've known all year long about these players and the top names, so the combine didn't do a ton to change things up here. Vic Beasley was impressive, though, and his ranking could be on the move if you buy into the idea that he can play at the 246 pounds at which he weighed in. Beasley was weighed at 220 pounds last spring, so it's a major change for him.

    Dante Fowler jumps Randy Gregory for me, but it's a small move overall and reflects the comfort I have with Fowler being a better day one player in the NFL, whereas Gregory is more of an upside guy. 

    Edge Rusher Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Dante Fowler Jr.Florida6'3"261Jr5
    2Randy GregoryNebraska6'5"235rJr6
    3Shane RayMissouri6'3"245rJr11
    4Alvin DupreeKentucky6'4"269rSr19
    5Vic BeasleyClemson6'3"246rSr21
    6Eli HaroldVirginia6'3"247Jr24
    7Owa OdighizuwaUCLA6'3"267rSr33
    8Danielle HunterLSU6'5"252Sr46
    9Nate OrchardUtah6'3"250Sr52
    10Lorenzo MauldinLouisville6'4"259Sr72
    11Trey FlowersArkansas6'2"266Sr73
    12Markus GoldenMissouri6'2"260rSr78
    13Max VallesVirginia6'5"251Jr87
    14Zach HodgesHarvard6'2"250Sr110
    15Za'Darius SmithKentucky6'4"274Sr121
    16Hau'oli KikahaWashington6'2"253rSr138
    17Lynden TrailNorfolk State6'7"269rSr144
    18Geneo GrissomOklahoma6'3"262rSr149
    19Cedric ReedTexas6'6"271Sr151
    20Anthony ChickilloMiami (Fla.)6'3"267Sr159
    21Corey CrawfordClemson6'5"270rSr172
    22Xzavier DicksonAlabama6'3"260Sr191
    23J.R. TavaiUSC6'2"249Sr199
    24B.J. DuboseLouisville6'4"284Sr220
    25Frank ClarkMichigan6'3"271Sr222
    26Kyle EmanuelNorth Dakota St.6'3"255rSr232
    27Davis TullChattanooga6'2"246Sr241
    28Shaquille RiddickWest Virginia6'5"242Sr248
    29Martin IfediMemphis6'3"276rSr257
    30Edmond RobinsonNewberry6'3"245Sr290

Defensive Linemen

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    DL Leonard Williams
    DL Leonard WilliamsAssociated Press

    The war daddies in the middle of the defensive line are big, fast, versatile and strong this year. You could make a good case for Leonard Williams as the best defensive tackle prospect since Ndamukong Suh, and were it not for a massive need at quarterback in Tampa Bay, he could be a first-pick candidate.

    Danny Shelton, Malcom Brown and Eddie Goldman may not rack up impressive stats, but all three are disruptors and offer day one starting traits. Shelton, in particular, is a rare nose tackle prospect.

    Defensive Tackle Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClass OVR Rank
    1Leonard WilliamsUSC6'5"302Jr2
    2Danny SheltonWashington6'2"339Sr10
    3 Malcom BrownTexas6'2"319Jr14
    4 Arik Armstead Oregon6'7"292Jr17
    5Eddie GoldmanFlorida State6'4"336Jr30
    6Carl DavisIowa6'5"320rSr51
    7Michael BennettOhio State6'2"292Sr55
    8Preston SmithMiss. State6'5"271Sr59
    9Darius Philon Arkansas6'1"298rSo63
    10Jordan PhillipsOklahoma6'5"329rSo64
    11Xavier CooperWashington State6'3"293Jr68
    12Henry AndersonStanford6'6"295rSr69
    13Ellis McCarthyUCLA6'5"338Jr75
    14Gabe WrightAuburn6'3"300Sr92
    15 Rakeem Nunez-RochesSouthern Miss6'2"307rJr107
    16Mario EdwardsFlorida State6'3"279Jr108
    17Christian Covington Rice6'2"289rJr116
    18Grady JarrettClemson6'1"304Sr133
    19 Tyeler Davison Fresno State6'2"316rSr134
    20Louis Trinca-PasatIowa6'1"290rSr154
    21Leon OrrFlorida6'5"323rSr159
    22Joey Mbu Houston6'3"313Sr162
    23Travis Raciti San Jose State6'5"290rSr178
    24Marcus Hardison Arizona State6'4"307Sr179
    25Bobby RichardsonIndiana6'3"282Sr181
    26Derrick LottChattanooga6'4"314rSr200
    27J.T. Surratt South Carolina6'1"304rSr203
    28Kaleb Eulls Miss. State6'3"295rSr226
    29Angelo Blackson Auburn6'4"318Sr259
    30David ParryStanford6'1"308rSr263
    31Deon SimonNorthwestern State6'4"321Sr280
    32 Leterrius WatsonCentral Michigan6'5"319rSr283

Linebackers

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    LB Shaq Thompson
    LB Shaq ThompsonAssociated Press

    Linebackers are now one position, so many of these players are inside or outside linebackers at the next level. Some, like Benardrick McKinney, Eric Kendricks and Paul Dawson, could play inside or outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. That graying of the positional classifications makes it easier to list them all in one spot.

    Shaq Thompson may look and run like a safety, but he's adamant that he's a linebacker—he told us so at his combine press conference. He might just be another Deone Bucannon—a player who plays both linebacker and safety and is the defense's answer to the flex tight end.

    Outside Linebacker Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClass OVR Rank
    1 Shaq ThompsonWashington6'0"228Jr16
    2 Benardrick McKinneyMiss. State6'4"246rJr31
    3Eric KendricksUCLA6'0"232rSr36
    4Paul DawsonTCU6'0"235Sr41
    5 Denzel Perryman Miami (Fla.)5'11"236Sr48
    6 Stephone AnthonyClemson6'3"243Sr66
    7Jordan HicksTexas6'1"236rSr67
    8 Kwon AlexanderLSU6'1"227Jr88
    9 Martrell Spaight Arkansas6'0"236Sr130
    10Mike HullPenn State6'0"237rSr135
    11Hayes Pullard USC6'0"240rSr142
    12 Ramik WilsonGeorgia6'2"237Sr157
    13Tony WashingtonOregon6'4"247rSr175
    14Ben Heeney Kansas6'0"231Sr185
    15Bryce Hager Baylor6'1"234rSr190
    16Trey DePriest Alabama6'0"254rSr211
    17Jake RyanMichigan6'2"240rSr212
    18Aaron DavisColorado State6'0"225Sr214
    19Damien WilsonMinnesota6'0"245Sr228
    20 Amarlo HerreraGeorgia6'1"244Sr236
    21 Alani Fua BYU6'5"238rSr258
    22Taiwan JonesMichigan State6'3"245Sr285
    23Mark Nzeocha Wyoming6'2"232Sr292

Cornerbacks

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    DB Marcus Peters
    DB Marcus PetersJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    The playmakers of the 2015 defensive class don't feature a high-profile player, although Marcus Peters would likely be one if he had finished the season at Washington. Instead, we're looking at a very solid class, with some separation at the top, but largely just a good group of around 15 cornerbacks who have skill sets to start early.

    Peters headlines the group, but Florida State's Ronald Darby has jumped up my board thanks to more film study and a very good combine workout. Darby was avoided by opposing offenses and plays with confidence, patience and pure speed. He's a treat to watch in coverage.

    Trae Waynes blew up the combine with a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash, but I'm still worried about his transition skills and how well he can cover in the NFL without using his hands. The big riser is Byron Jones, a player who dang-near jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a 12'3" broad jump.

    Cornerback Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Marcus PetersWashington6'0"197rJr12
    2Jalen CollinsLSU6'1"203rJr25
    3Ronald DarbyFlorida State5'11"193Jr26
    4Trae WaynesMichigan State6'0"186rJr29
    5P.J. WilliamsFlorida State6'0"194Jr35
    6Alex CarterStanford6'0"196rJr53
    7Quinten RollinsMiami (OH)5'11"195rSr56
    8Kevin JohnsonWake Forest6'0"188rSr58
    9Byron JonesUConn6'1"199rSr62
    10Jacoby GlennCentral Florida6'0"179rSo74
    11Charles GainesLouisville5'10"180rJr76
    12Lorenzo DossTulane5'10"182Jr77
    13Quandre DiggsTexas5'9"196Sr81
    14Steven NelsonOregon State5'9"183Sr85
    15Senquez GolsonOle Miss5'9"176Sr97
    16Kevin WhiteTCU5'9"183rSr103
    17D'Joun SmithFAU5'10"187Sr118
    18Doran GrantOhio State5'10"200Sr120
    19Eric RoweUtah6'1"205Sr126
    20Ladarius GunterMiami (Fla.)6'1"202rSr128
    21Ifo Ekpre-OlomuOregon5'9"192Sr131
    22JaCorey ShepherdKansas5'11"199Sr146
    23Imoan ClaiborneNorthwestern St. 5'10"187rSr167
    24A.J. JeffersonUCLA6'1"198rSr177
    25Cody RiggsNotre Dame5'9"190rSr193
    26Damian SwannGeorgia6'0"189Sr224
    27Justin ColemanTennessee5'11"185Sr230
    28Nick MarshallAuburn6'1"207Sr238
    29Julian WilsonOklahoma6'2"205rSr246
    30Craig MagerTexas State5'11"201rSr264
    31Bobby McCainMemphis5'9"195Sr269
    32Tye SmithTowson6'0"195Sr270
    33Donald CeliscarWestern Michigan 5'11"194Sr274
    34Garry PetersClemson6'0"191rSr296
    35Cam ThomasWestern Kentucky6'1"190rSr298

Free Safeties

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    FS Gerod Holliman
    FS Gerod HollimanGarry Jones/Associated Press

    If you are looking for a game-changer at free safety this year, good luck. There is no sure thing among this class, and in general, safety play seems to be on the decline in college football.

    Gerod Holliman had a ridiculous 14 interceptions in 2014 but doesn't show up on film as a tackler, something he'll definitely be asked about in interviews with teams. His range, athleticism and ball skills are impressive, though. He could be the player teams bite on.

    I liked Damarious Randall a lot at the Senior Bowl, and he had a good showing at the combine, which means his stock continues to climb.

    Free Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClassOVR Rank
    1Gerod HollimanLouisville6'0"218rSo43
    2Damarious RandallArizona State5'11"196rSr79
    3Durell EskridgeSyracuse6'3"208rJr90
    4Derron SmithFresno State5'10"200Sr95
    5Josh ShawUSC6'1"201rSr106
    6Cody PrewittOle Miss6'2"208Sr112
    7Kurtis DrummondMichigan State6'1"208rSr119
    8Jermaine WhiteheadAuburn5'11"197Sr225
    9Justin CoxMiss. State6'1"191Sr266
    10Dean MarloweJames Madison 6'1"203Sr291

Strong Safeties

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    SS Landon Collins
    SS Landon CollinsDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Landon Collins answered the call at the combine, running a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash at 228 pounds and silencing some critics who felt he was too slow for the position. Collins remains head-and-shoulders over the rest of the safety group, and he may be the only strong safety drafted in the first three rounds.

    Strong Safety Rankings
    RankPlayerSchoolHTWTClass OVR Rank
    1Landon CollinsAlabama6'0"228Jr15
    2Chris HackettTCU6'0"195Jr114
    3 Jaquiski Tartt Samford6'1"221rSr125
    4Anthony HarrisVirginia6'1"183Sr132
    5Jordan RichardsStanford5'11"211Sr160
    6 Ibraheim CampbellNorthwestern5'11"208rSr161
    7James SampleLouisville6'2"209Sr170
    8Adrian AmosPenn State6'0"218rSr186
    9 Kyshoen JarrettVirginia Tech5'10"200Sr204
    10Clayton Geathers UCF6'2"218rSr237
    11 Tevin McDonaldEastern Wash.5'11"195rSr271
    12Ronald MartinLSU6'1"220Sr293
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