2015 NFL Draft Top 100

Posted by Brad On February – 19 – 2015

"Eddie Goldman"

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis, we’ll see boards moving all over the place in next week or so. As usual we’ll see a whole lot of overreaction in the national media – however teams that draft well realize the function of the event and move minimally. It can’t be said enough – the NFL Combine is a piece (a small one at that) of a player’s overall evaluation. Teams will be paying close attention to the medicals and confirming what they’ve seen on tape. Pay close attention to positional drills as they are telling of physical tools that transfer to the field. While the 40-yard dash is sexy, it has little correlation to a player’s on-field ability.

The most hyped story leading up the event is which QB’s will throw. It matters the least. If we learned one thing from last year, it was the overvaluing of how a player throws in shorts and t-shirt.

Don’t get me wrong, when I have a free minute I’ll be eyes glued to NFL Network this weekend. That said, you won’t see any drastic movement up or down my board.

1Leonard WilliamsUSCDT/DE
2Dante FowlerFloridaOLB
3Shaq ThompsonWashingtonOLB
4Amari CooperAlabamaWR
5Danny SheltonWashingtonDT
6Kevin WhiteWest VirginiaWR
7Randy GregoryNebraskaOLB
8Todd GurleyGeorgiaRB
9Eddie GoldmanFlorida StDT
10Dorial Green-BeckhamMissouriWR
11Denzel PerrymanMiamiILB
12Malcom BrownTexasDT
13Shane RayMissouriOLB
14Marcus MariotaOregonQB
15Marcus PetersWashingtonCB
16Brandon ScherffIowaOG
17Ereck FlowersMiamiOT
18DeVante ParkerLouisvilleWR
19La’el CollinsLSUOG
20Arik ArmsteadOregonDE
21DJ HumphriesFloridaOT
22Paul DawsonTCUOLB
23Maxx WilliamsMinnesotaTE
24Andrus PeatStanfordOT
25Devin FunchessMichiganTE
26Trae WaynesMichigan StCB
27Jordan PhillipsOklahomaDT
28Eric KendricksUCLAILB
29Duke JohnsonMiamiRB
30Landon CollinsAlabamaS
31Alvin DupreeKentuckyOLB
32Owamagbe OdighizuwaUCLADE
33Nate OrchardUtahDE/OLB
34T.J. ClemmingsPittOT
35Danielle HunterLSUOLB
36Melvin GordonWisconsinRB
37Jaelen StrongArizona StWR
38Kevin JohnsonWake ForestCB
39Preston SmithMississippi StDE
40Cedric OgbuehiTexas A&MOT
41Steven NelsonOregon StCB
42Vic BeasleyClemsonOLB
43Breshad PerrimanUCFWR
44Jeremiah PoutasiUtahOG
45Jameis WinstonFlorida StQB
46Cam ErvingFlorida StC
47Eli HaroldVirginiaOLB
48Michael BennettOhio StDT
49Quinten RollinsMiami(OH)CB
50Carl DavisIowaDT
51AJ CannSouth CarolinaOG
52Jesse JamesPenn StTE
53Jake FisherOregonOT
54Grady JarrettClemsonDT
55Ali MarpetHobartOT
56Daryl WilliamsOklahomaOT
57Jay AjayiBoise StRB
58Cody PrewittOle MissS
59Justin HardyEast CarolinaWR
60Kwon AlexanderLSUOLB
61Lorenzo DossTulaneCB
62Matt JonesFloridaRB
63Laken TomlinsonDukeOG
64Clive WalfordMiamiTE
65Phillip DorsettMiamiWR
66Ty SambrailoColorado StOT
67P.J. WilliamsFlorida StCB
68Sammie CoatesAuburnWR
69Ellis McCarthyUCLADT
70Henry AndersonStanfordDE
71Devin SmithOhio StWR
72Ameer AbdullahNebraskaRB
73Dres AndersonUtahWR
74Benardrick McKinneyMississippi StILB
75Mario EdwardsFlorida StDE
76Nelson AgholorUSCWR
77Chris HackettTCUS
78Lorenzo MauldinLouisvilleOLB
79Ronald DarbyFlorida StCB
80Brett HundleyUCLAQB
81Tevin ColemanIndianaRB
82Trey FlowersArkansasDE
83Ifo Ekpre-OlomuOregonCB
84Alex CarterStanfordCB
85Tyler LockettKansas StWR
86Jalen CollinsLSUCB
87David JohnsonNorthern IowaRB
88Jaquiski TarttSamfordS
89Joey MbuHoustonDT
90Eric RoweUtahCB/S
91JaCorey ShepherdKansasCB
92Xavier CooperWashington StDT
93Derron SmithFresno StS
94Hauoli KikahaWashingtonOLB
95Donovan SmithPenn StOT
96Bryce PettyBaylorQB
97TJ YeldonAlabamaRB
98Rashad GreeneFlorida StWR
99Markus GoldenMissouriDE/OLB
100Patrick MillerAuburnOT

A couple of notes:

  1. This year I’m not playing character police (Manziel evaluation taught me an important lesson). I’ve learned that I’m not positioned to qualify a prospects character, hence DGB being so high on this list. 
  2. Shaq Thompson at No. 3 is going to draw more than a few comments/emails. After watching seven games from ’13 and ’14, I think he’s a special player and don’t care what position he plays.
  3. Why so low on the QB’s? Neither Mariota or Winston are franchise QB’s in my book. Mariota has a lot to like but his transition to the NFL is going take some time. I see him as a solid starter but not a franchise-type. Winston, remember I didn’t factor character in, is a second rounder for me. A lot to like but there’s a lot I didn’t like. For one, was his propensity to heat up in the 2nd half after abysmal 1st half performances. The coach in me says that is the offensive braintrust adjusting and scares me a bit. No doubting his physical tools. After that it’s anybody’s guess.
  4. D.J. Humphries might be higher on this list than others. Let me say, I’ve had a keen eye on Humphries over the last two years and like what I see. In the right scheme, I think he has a Tyron Smith-like skill set.
  5. Why the drop for Hauoli Kikaha? Kikaha is carrying significant medical risk, otherwise I had a solid 2nd grade on him. Until I hear otherwise, I think he’s a low risk, high reward guy in the late 3rd, early 4th round vicinity.