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Dan Hope’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Leonard Williams is the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Williams is the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although some consider the 2015 NFL draft class to be weak, there are still plenty of talented players to be had. While the critics are right to some extent—the top prospects in last year’s draft were superior to the top players this year, and the overall depth of the class does not offer as much NFL-ready talent—there are still plenty of prospective draft picks with the skills to immediately make NFL teams better and/or the potential to develop into future stars.

In the following “big board”—my final rankings for the 2015 draft—I take a look at who I consider to be the best of the best available for selection in this year’s draft, which begins Thursday.

The following rankings do not ultimately reflect the order in which each player to be drafted; there are multiple players likely to be top-100 picks who did not make the cut for my list, and vice versa. That said, if I were calling the shots in an NFL draft room, the following rankings are the order in which I would seek to target prospects for my team, depending on how each prospect fit that team’s needs, schemes and philosophies.

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Brian Krosky’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings (Defense)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Vic Beasley is one of the top defensive prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The 2015 NFL Draft begins Thursday, and teams are finalizing their respective boards to determine which players can help them most going forward.

The following rankings, broken up by positions, project how well the skills of each defensive player (See also: Offensive player rankings) in this year’s class will translate to the next level. These rankings reflect my opinions on who the best players are at each position in the draft, and do not intend to be predictive of where each player will be drafted.

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Brian Krosky’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings (Offense)

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Jameis Winston ranks as the 2015 NFL draft's top quarterback. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

Jameis Winston ranks as the 2015 NFL draft’s top quarterback. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The 2015 NFL draft begins Thursday, which means teams have their final boards set and are preparing to select the players who they think can help their team most from this year’s class.

The following rankings, broken up by positions, project how well the skills of each offensive player (See also: Defensive player rankings) in this year’s class will translate to the next level. These rankings reflect my opinions on who the best players are at each position in the draft, and do not intend to be predictive of where each player will be drafted.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year's draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

Stephone Anthony is one of the top inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

One of many talented players on the 2014 Clemson Tigers defense, Stephone Anthony has the chance to be the second player drafted among them—behind projected top-10 pick Vic Beasley—in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony played both middle and outside linebacker for the Tigers this past season, and helped Clemson’s defense become one of the most feared in not only the ACC, but the entire country.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony was one of the top performers at his position. He measured in at 6’3″ and 243 pounds, and had some of the event’s best testing times, including a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, as demonstrated by mockdraftable.com.

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28 Prospects Set to Attend the 2015 NFL Draft

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, who is set to attend the 2015 NFL draft, could be a target for the Buffalo Bills' second-round pick. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, who is set to attend the 2015 NFL draft, could be a target for the Buffalo Bills’ second-round pick. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The official list of prospective picks attending the 2015 NFL draft has been announced. 28 players will be in attendance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, where this year’s event will be held April 30-May 2.

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