Posts Tagged ‘Draft Rankings’

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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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Tackle

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews is the cream of this year’s offensive tackle crop. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

At least one offensive tackle has been selected among the first 10 selections in every draft but one (2005) since 2000. Premier talents like Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson, who I compared in-depth earlier this draft season, make it a near certainty that the trend will continue this year.

It would not be surprising to see Taylor Lewan join that mix and make this year’s draft the second consecutive with three top-10 offensive tackle selections.

An average of 19 offensive tackles have been selected in the last five drafts. I have draftable grades on 23 tackles this year which is a testament to the depth of this class. Intriguing offensive tackle talents can be found in every round of this year’s draft.

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Joe Marino’s Senior Cornerback Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert has climbed to the top of the senior cornerback rankings. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

Cornerback is emerging as one of the most important positions in football. With more and more NFL offenses putting four- and five-receiver sets on the field, it is imperative to have depth at the cornerback position.

I put more emphasis than many people do on cornerbacks’ run-stopping ability considering the need for defensive backs to be able to stop the run when playing against the spread. Physicality was also a trait that I looked for in my evaluations. It is important to be able to disrupt routes and timing of the offense with a good physical presence in press coverage.

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