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Top 5 at each position

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By Dwayne Wilton

As we move into the final month of draft season, I thought it would be a good time to update my top 5 players at each position. I should do one more as we get closer to draft day.

 Quarterbacks:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Jameis Winston Florida State RSS 2 1 1
Marcus Mariota Oregon Jr 1 2 2
Garrett Grayson Colorado St Sr 3 3
Bryce Petty Baylor Sr 4 5 4
Brett Hundley UCLA Jr 3 4 5

Analysis: My only change is at the bottom. I flip-flopped Petty and Hundley because I believe Petty has done a little more to acclimate himself to the pro style of offense.

New to this ranking: None

Out from previous ranking: None

Running Back:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Melvin Gordon Wisconsin Jr 2 1 1
Todd Gurley Georgia Jr 1 2 2
Ameer Abdullah Nebraska Sr 3 3
Tevin Coleman Indiana Jr 5 4
Jay Ajayi Boise State Jr 5

Analysis: If not for a knee injury, I would have Gurley as my top runner. He may still be a contributor this year, but right now the jury is still out. I watched more tape on Coleman and have gained more respect for him. I also moved Ajayi into my top five.

New to this ranking: Jay Ajayi

Out from previous ranking: Duke Johnson

Wide Receiver:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Amari Cooper Alabama Jr 1 1 1
Kevin White W Virginia Sr 3 2
DeVante Parker Louisville Sr 3 2 3
Jaelen Strong Arizona St Jr 2 4 4
Breshad Perriman UCF Jr 5

Analysis: In my last top five I wrote that Cooper was head and shoulders the top receiver. Then the combine happened and Kevin White’s 4.35 40 happened. Most people have White barely ahead of Cooper. I believe Cooper is a more polished receiver, so I’m keeping him at the top. I moved Perriman into my top five because of his very good 40 time at his pro day. Most people agree Perriman ran a sub 4.3, and some have even stated it was 4.22 (which would have broken Chris Johnson’s Combine record). There are so many good receivers in this draft it’s hard to come up with just five.

New to this ranking: Breshad Perriman

Out from previous ranking: Devin Smith

Tight End:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Maxx Williams Minnesota Jr 3 1
Clive Walford Miami Sr 4 4 2
Nick O’Leary Florida St Sr 2 2 3
Tyler Kroft Rutgers Jr 3 4
Jesse James Penn State Jr 5 5

Analysis: The tight end group for this draft is the polar opposite of the receivers. It was hard for me to come up with five names I really liked. After the top three, you could really put just about anyone on the list.

New to this ranking: Tyler Kroft

Out from previous ranking: Ben Koyack

Fullback:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre season Pre Combine March
Jalston Fowler Alabama Sr 1 1 1
Tyler Varga Yale Sr 2 2
Zach Zenner S Dakota State Sr 3 3
Zach Zwinak Penn State Sr 3 5 4
Tyler Cierski Maryland Sr 5 5

Analysis: Fowler is the only one in this group that was a fullback in college. The others were running backs that could move to fullback and provide great value at the next level.

New to this ranking: Tyler Cierski

Out from previous ranking: Connor Neighbors

Offensive Tackle:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Brandon Scherff Iowa Sr 1 1 1
Andrus Peat Stanford Jr 3 2 2
La’el Collins LSU Sr 5 3
Ereck Flowers Miami Jr 4 4
D.J. Humphries Florida Jr 5

Analysis: Many people have Sherff listed as a guard, but I believe he could also play tackle, so I’m keeping him here. Collins was previously on my list as a guard, but I’ve moved him onto this list. He moves better than I thought, so he may be able to play tackle.

 New to this ranking: La’el Collins, D.J. Humphries

Out from previous ranking: T.J. Clemmings, Cedric Ogbuehi

Guard:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Laken Tomlinson Duke Sr 5 4 1
A.J. Cann S Carolina Sr 3 2 2
Tre Jackson Florida St Sr 1 3
Ali Marpet Hobart Sr 4
Arie Kouandjio Alabama Sr 3 5

Analysis: I moved Tomlinson ahead of Cann, because I really like what I saw of Tomlinson at the Senior Bowl. He is very stout at the point of attack and stood his ground against some of the best defensive linemen in the draft. Marpet is very athletic and could possibly play anywhere along the line.

New to this ranking: Tre Jackson, Ali Marpet

Out from previous ranking: La’el Collins (moved to tackle), Josue Matias

Center:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Cameron Erving Florida State Sr 1 1
Hroniss Grasu Oregon Sr 2 3 2
Reese Dismukes Auburn Sr 1 2 3
B.J. Finney Kansas State Sr 5 5 4
Andy Gallik Boston College Sr 4 5

Analysis: The same five, but I’ve juggled the rankings a little bit. I bet Cameron Erving had no idea how much he would improve his draft stock by moving from left tackle to center. He’s likely a first round pick as a center, but was probably a day two selection at tackle.

New to this ranking: None

Out from previous ranking: None

Defensive End:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Leonard Williams USC Jr 1 1
Dante Fowler Florida Jr 3 4 2
Shane Ray Missouri Jr 3 3
Arik Armstead Oregon Jr 5 4
Alvin Dupree Kentucky Sr 5 5

Analysis: Leonard Williams may be the best player in the entire draft. He could really play anywhere along the front line. Fowler, Ray and Dupree could end up at linebacker, but I have them listed here for now. Armstead could play defensive end, especially in a 3-4 alignment or he might end up as a 4-3 defensive tackle.

New to this ranking: Alvin Dupree

Out from previous ranking: Mario Edwards Jr.

 Defensive Tackle:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Danny Shelton Washington Sr 1 1
Malcom Brown Texas Jr 4 2 2
Eddie Goldman Florida State Jr 5 3 3
Jordan Philips Oklahoma Jr 4
Carl Davis Iowa Sr 3 4 5

Analysis: No change in the top three. Jordan Philips has been moving up draft boards and could possibly end up as a day one selection. Carl Davis could be a good value pick on day two.

New to this ranking: Jordan Philips

Out from previous ranking: Michael Bennett

Outside Linebacker:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Vic Beasley Clemson Sr 1 1 1
Shaq Thompson Washington Jr 5 4 2
Randy Gregory Nebraska Sr 3
Eli Harold Virginia Sr 4
Nate Orchard Utah Sr 5 5

Analysis: I like Vic Beasley as the best edge rusher in this draft. Many have Fowler, but I think Beasley is more explosive. I’m not sure where Thompson will end up, some even have him as a safety or running back. I think he will end up at linebacker. I had Gregory higher before his failed drug test.

New to this ranking: Randy Gregory (from DE), Eli Harold

Out from previous ranking: Bud Dupree (moved to DE), Eric Kendricks (moved to ILB)

Inside Linebacker:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Eric Kendricks UCLA Sr 1 1
Denzel Perryman Miami Sr 2 2
Benardrick McKinney Miss State Jr 3 1 3
Stephone Anthony Clemson Sr 3 4
Paul Dawson TCU Sr 5

Analysis: I like Kendricks and Perryman’s speed. They could play inside or outside. Dawson ran better at his pro day, so I moved him into my top five.

New to this ranking: Eric Kendricks (from OLB), Paul Dawson

Out from previous ranking: Taiwan Jones, Ben Heeney

Corner:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Trae Waynes Mich State Jr 3 1 1
Marcus Peters Washington Jr 2 2
Jalen Collins LSU Jr 3
Kevin Johnson Wake Forest Sr 5 4
Byron Jones Uconn Sr 5

Analysis: Trae Waynes’ 4.31 40 time cemented him as the top corner and possibly even a top 10 pick. Peters had some issues with the coaching staff at Washington, but he has great talent. Byron Jones’ Combine record 12’3” broad jump was enough to get him on the radar for NFL teams and vaulted him onto this list.

New to this ranking: Jalen Collins, Byron Jones

Out from previous ranking: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, P.J. Williams

Safety:

First Name Last Name School Year Pre Season Pre Combine March
Landon Collins Alabama Jr 1 1 1
Damarious Randall Arizona St Sr 2
Jaquiski Tartt Samford Sr 3
Gerod Holliman Louisville Jr 2 4
Anthony Harris Virginia Sr 5

Analysis: The safety group in this class is not very good. Once you get past Collins, the rest are a risk. Randall and Tartt seem to be the best of the group behind Collins.

 New to this ranking: Damarious Randall, Jaquiski Tartt, Anthony Harris

Out from previous ranking: Darren Smith, Ibraheim Campbell, Chris Hackett

 

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