2016 NFL Draft Preview

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With the anticipation to the start of round one of the NFL draft approaching, here is my draft preview which will include analysis, rankings, and predictions for what to expect in the draft.

Top 32 Players (Overall Rankings):

  1. Joey Bosa (Ohio St)
  2. Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
  3. Jalen Ramsey (Florida St)
  4. Myles Jack (UCLA)
  5. Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio St)
  6. DeForest Buckner (Oregon)
  7. Jared Goff (Cal)
  8. Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)
  9. Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
  10. Carson Wentz (North Dakota State)
  11. Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)
  12. Leornard Floyd (Georgia)
  13. A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
  14. Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)
  15. Reggie Ragland (Alabama)
  16. Ryan Kelly (Alabama)
  17. William Jackson (Houston)
  18. Jack Conklin (Michigan St)
  19. Karl Joseph (West Virginia)
  20. Michael Thomas (Ohio St)
  21. Eli Apple (Ohio St)
  22. Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss)
  23. Shaq Lawson (Clemson)
  24. S’ua Cravens (USC)
  25. Hunter Henry (Arkansas)
  26. Jarran Reed (Alabama)
  27. Vernon Butler (LA Tech)
  28. Connor Cook (Michigan St)
  29. Cody Whitehair (Kansas St)
  30. Sterling Sheppard (Oklahoma)

Top 5 Prospects in Each Position: (Based off of their NFL potential), as well as predictions for each position.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Jared Goff (Cal)
  2. Carson Wentz (North Dakota St)
  3. Christian Hackenberg (Penn St)
  4. Connor Cook (Michigan St)
  5. Paxton Lynch (Memphis)

Honorable Mention: Brandon Allen (Arkansas), Dak Prescott (Miss St), Jacoby Brissett (NC State)

Best Career- Jared Goff (Cal)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Jacoby Brissett (NC State)

Biggest Sleeper- Brandon Allen (Arkansas)

Biggest Disappointment- Paxton Lynch (Memphis)

Running Backs:

  1. Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio State)
  2. Kenneth Dixon (LA Tech)
  3. Jordan Howard (Indiana)
  4. Devontae Booker (Utah)
  5. Derrick Henry (Alabama)

Honorable Mention: Alex Collins (Arkansas), Kenyan Drake (Alabama), Paul Perkins (UCLA)

Best Career- Ezekiel Elliot (Ohio State)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Kenneth Dixon (LA Tech)

Biggest Sleeper- Alex Collins (Arkansas)

Biggest Bust- Derrick Henry (Alabama)

Wide Receiver:

  1. Michael Thomas (Ohio St)
  2. Sterling Sheppard (Oklahoma)
  3. Corey Coleman (Baylor)
  4. Tyler Boyd (Pitt)
  5. Laquan Treadwell (Ole Miss)

Honorable Mention: Josh Doctson (TCU), Braxton Miller (Ohio St), Will Fuller (Notre Dame)

Best Career- Michael Thomas (Ohio St)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Braxton Miller (Ohio St)

Biggest Sleeper- Malcolm Mitchell (Georgia)

Biggest Disappointment- Will Fuller (Notre Dame)

Tight Ends:

  1. Hunter Henry (Arkansas)
  2. Austin Hooper (Stanford)
  3. Jerell Adams (South Carolina)
  4. Nick Vannett (Ohio St)
  5. Tyler Higbee (Western Kentucky)

Best Career- Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Beau Sandland (Montana St)

Biggest Sleeper- Jerrell Adams (South Carolina)

Biggest Disappointment- Thomas Duarte (UCLA)

Offensive Line:

  1. Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
  2. Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)
  3. Ryan Kelly (Alabama)
  4. Jack Conklin (Michigan St)
  5. Cody Whitehair (Kansas St)

Best Career- Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)

Most Intriguing Prospect-  Germain Ifedi (Texas A&M)

Biggest Sleeper- Jason Spriggs (Indiana)

Biggest Disappointment- Le’Raven Clark (Texas Tech)

Defensive Line:

  1. Joey Bosa (Ohio St)
  2. DeForest Buckner (Oregon)
  3. Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)
  4. A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama)
  5. Sheldon Rankins (Louisville)

Honorable Mention- Shaq Lawson (Clemson), Emmanuel Ogbah (Oregon St), Jarran Reed (Alabama), Vernon Butler (LA Tech)

Best Career- Joey Bosa (Ohio St)

Most Intriguing Prospect- DeForest Buckner (Oregon)

Biggest Sleeper- Carl Nassib (Penn St)

Biggest Disappointment- Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

Linebackers:

  1. Myles Jack (UCLA)
  2. Leonard Floyd (Georgia)
  3. Reggie Ragland (Alabama)
  4. Su’a Cravens (USC)
  5. Darron Lee (Ohio St)

Best Career- Reggie Ragland (Alabama)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)

Biggest Sleeper- Scooby Wright (Arizona)

Biggest Disappointment- Joshua Perry (Ohio St)

Cornerbacks:

  1. Jalen Ramsey (Florida State)
  2. Vernon Hargreaves (Florida)
  3. William Jackson (Houston)
  4. Eli Apple (Ohio St)
  5. Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech)

Best Career- Jalen Ramsey (Florida State)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech)

Biggest Sleeper- D.J. White (Georgia Tech)

Biggest Disappointment- Mackenzie Alexander (Clemson)

Safeties:

  1. Karl Joseph (West Virginia)
  2. Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah)
  3. Vonn Bell (Ohio St)
  4. Keanu Neal (Florida)
  5. TJ Green (Clemson)

Best Career- Karl Joseph (West Virginia)

Most Intriguing Prospect- Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah)

Biggest Sleeper- Darian Thompson (Boise St)

Biggest Disappointment- Keanu Neal (Florida)

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