Here’s @FFPessimist‘s top 10 overall prospects for NFL draft- 2015
Vic Beasley- 3-4 OLB or 4-3 SLB Clemson
In a draft filled with talented edge rushers. Beasley to me, is the best of the bunch. Blessed with an elite first step and rare strength for a LB (35 on the bench press). Beasley will give any defense an immediate shot in the arm.
NFL Comp- Von Miller
Check out Beasley’s handiwork from the 2014 season below
Dante Fowler- 3-4 OLB or 4-3 RDE Florida
Right behind Beasley is Fowler who is another explosive edge rusher with strong hands and hip torque that can generate impressive power. Expect Fowler’s name to be called early Thursday night, it would be surprising if he fell out of the top 10.
NFL Comp- Justin Houston
Kevin White- WR West Virginia
Onto our first offensive player of the draft and probably safest pick on offense for me. White is a flat out stud. With a blazing 4.35 40 and 10’3 broad jump. White has the size and explosiveness you need in a #1 WR in the NFL. Also competitive enough to throw it up in contested situations.
NFL Comp- Sammy Watkins but not as good of hands.
Devante Parker- WR Louisville
It’s pretty damn close between Parker and White for me. I still might put Parker back on top of the WR list before it’s all said and done. I just like his all around game. He’s very smooth and a great red zone option. He should be able to stack on another 10-15lbs of muscle over his career and develop into a solid #1 WR for whichever team drafts him.
NFL Comp- A leaner, faster version of Kenny Britt.
Marcus Mariota- QB Oregon
There is a lot of debate going on about Mariota going into this draft. The thing that bugs me is at Oregon he was throwing to WIDE OPEN receivers. I mean ridiculously wide open receivers. In the NFL, that is almost never the case. On the flip side, the guy has a “plus” NFL arm and runs like a deer. I’ll never forget Kaepernick destroying GB’s soul in the playoffs a couple years back. Mariota has the ability to pull off those same types of game changing plays.
NFL comp- Colin Kaepernick but not all ghetto. Check out these Mariota highlights.
Randy Gregory- DE 4-3 / OLB 3-4 Nebraska
I had Gregory rated a bit higher but after he came in at a slanky 235lbs. It took a lot of the wind out of my sails for the guy. He has a great but inconsistent first step, hopefully it’s something he can improve on while working on his craft. His upside is undeniable but he really needs to go to the weight room. In the NFL, you are going against LT’s who are all usually top 10 picks who are 300-325lb stone walls. If they get their hands on him, it’s over. For me…. Gregory has not only the highest upside but highest chance of busting as well.
NFL comp- Is he Aldon Smith or Dion Jordan?
Shane Ray- 3-4OLB Missouri
This is pre-pro day for Shane but I am curious to see how he tests. If he shows similar number to Beasley or Von Miller, I would be happy to move him into my top 5. On tape he plays angry, couple that with a non-stop motor and violent hands. He has a chance to be special. For me It all comes down to his athleticism at this point.
NFL Comp- A more violent Bruce Irvin
Todd Gurley- RB Gurley
I’m not super worried about an ACL tear as most are. Dr. James Andrew can fix those in his sleep by now. Also, it was just that ligament. Not like he shredded the whole knee, Willis McGahee style (who went on to have a pretty solid career by the way). A monster to bring down with incredible long speed and virtually no weaknesses. He also returned two kick offs for TD’s and can catch the ball easily as well. Gurley is the best RB I’ve seen since AP, which is saying a lot. I’m actually hoping my Lions snag him at #23 if he’s still available.
NFL Comp- A rich man’s Eddie Lacy
Leonard Williams- DT/DE USC
I’m not as high on Williams as most (obviously). Two reasons… One, USC players are never as good as advertised, PERIOD. Two.. He’s kind of a tweener. When you think of DT’s going top 5. You think of Suh or McCoy. He’s simply not on those guys level. He does however posses great length. With proper technique and coaching, he could use that length to reach a couple pro bowls in his career. But I don’t think he can reach the heights of “all-pro” status personally.
NFL Comp- Sheldon Richardson with a little less explosion
Trae Waynes- CB Michigan St
Waynes is the ultimate package that you are looking for with not only the size but also the blazing speed (4.31 40). Highly explosive corner that isn’t afraid to come down and lay the wood in the running game either. His only weakness is that Waynes isn’t a natural hands catcher or have elite ball skills. However, he is always in position to make a play. Waynes projects as a high end CB in the NFL for me.
NFL Comp- Joe Haden with better hair
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