FanPost

My Top 5 At Every Position (except Kickers & Fullbacks of course, because who cares about them, right?)

QUARTERBACKS:
1. Blake Bortles, Central Florida
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
3. Aaron Murray, Georgia
4. Derek Carr, Fresno State
5. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

I wouldn't draft any of these QB's prior to the 20th pick of the 1st round. From what I have read and heard, Bortles has shown significant growth this offseason. What I have heard is that he received pretty poor coaching at UCF, but with the time he has spent with better coaches this offseason he has shown dramatic improvement in his footwork and the like.

RUNNING BACKS:
1. Bishop Sankey, Washington
2. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
3. Jeremy Hill, LSU
4. Tre Mason, Auburn
5. Andre Williams, Boston College

I'm in the minority, I think, with Sankey at #1. I see him as the most complete back in the draft. Hyde is getting a lot of love from the "experts" though. It will be interesting to see who goes first on draft day.

WIDE RECEIVER:
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
2. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
3. Marqise Lee, USC
4. Odell Beckham Jr, LSU
5. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

Watkins is the top WR, but I think Evans or Matthews would actually be a better fit for the Rams and their offensive philosophy. Evans has great hands, which the Rams sure could use...

TIGHT ENDS:
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
2. Eric Ebron, North Carolina
3. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
4. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

I'm not sold on Ebron as the top TE obviously, and to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if Troy Niklas became the best TE of this class - he's already the best blocker, and has only played the position for 2 seasons (he started as an OLB). Classic "high ceiling" prospect.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES:
1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
3. Greg Robinson, Auburn
4. Morgan Moses, Virginia
5. Ju'Wuan James, Tennessee

If you're looking for a pro-ready pass protector, then Matthews is your guy. If you want the "high ceiling" prospect, then it's Robinson hands down. Lost in the wash is Lewan - who's a better run blocker than Matthews and far better in pass pro than Robinson. Robinson supporters exclaim his pass pro will improve with better coaching and more experience (I agree). What you never really hear is that Lewan should also benefit from better coaching and more experience. Lewan's legal issues would keep me away however...

GUARDS:
1. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
3. David Yankey, Stanford
4. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
5. Trai Turner, LSU

Yep, I have Martin listed as a Guard. I think he will ultimately end up at Guard in the NFL (like our own Mr. Saffold). He will be a valuable and versatile lineman that can play RT and OG at a high level, which gives him the edge over the others on this list. Watch out for Turner, he's one of those " low floor - high ceiling" guys. When you watch him play you can see the potential that good coaching can bring out in him.

CENTERS:
1. Marcus Martin, USC
2. Weston Richburg, Colorado State
3. Russel Bodine, North Carolina
4. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
5. Bryan Stork, Florida State

Martin has grown on me. So has Bodine - who some project as a Guard.

4-3 DEFENSIVE TACKLES:
1. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
2. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
3. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
4. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
5. Dominique Easley, Florida

Tuitt will probably end up as a DE on a team that plays a base 3-4, but he has the versatility to play in a four man front and should be able to provide interior pressure on the QB. Easley is impressive, but a torn acl in his left knee in 2011, followed by another in his right knee in 2013, drops his stock. But when he's healthy...

4-3 DEFENSIVE ENDS:
1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
2. Kony Ealy, Missouri
3. Scott Crichton, Oregon State
4. Kareem Martin, North Carolina
5. Chris Smith, Arkansas

Let's just get this out of the way right off the bat - I wouldn't draft Clowney if I was running a team. He is the most physically gifted DE in this draft, and you have to go back to Mario Williams to find another like him. But, he will never live up to the hype that surrounds him nor realize that immense potential unless he undergoes a fundamental change of who he is as a person. A myriad of NFL scouts from several teams have expressed concerns regarding his work ethic, motivation, sense of entitlement, etc. Where there is smoke, there's fire, as the saying goes. For what it's worth, I really like Kony Ealy (reminds me of Quinn coming out - needs work vs. the run, but has the build of a NFL pass rusher and has natural pass rush ability) and Kareem Martin (should be a good rotational LDE that can move inside on obvious passing downs).

4-3 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS:
1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
2. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
3. Kyle Van Noy, BYU
4. Jordan Tripp, Montana
5. Christian Jones, Florida State

Mack can play in the 4-3, no problem, even if it's not his "best" fit. I think Van Noy fits better as a WLB in a 4-3. Jordan Tripp is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on.

3-4 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS:
1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo
2. Anthony Barr, UCLA
3. Dee Ford, Auburn
4. Jeremiah Ataochu, Georgia Tech
5. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

I think a 3-4 defense is best suited for Mack, and definitely for Barr. Ford is listed as a DE by most, but in my opinion he's too small to play a conventional DE in a 4-3 alignment at the NFL level, and there's no way he can play LB in a 4-3, so I believe his best fit is also at OLB in a 3-4.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS:
1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama
2. Chris Borland, Wisconsin
3. Shayne Skov, Stanford
4. Preston Brown, Louisville
5. Max Bullough, Michigan St.

Mosley projects better as a WILB in a 3-4. Borland is short but he's one hell of a college player. Not a real exciting group.

CORNERBACKS:
1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
4. Jason Verrett, TCU
5. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

If I'm looking for a corner to play the slot, Verrett is my top guy. If I'm looking for guys to play on the outside, I like more size and length and thus it's a toss-up between Dennard and Gilbert, with Dennard getting the nod today. Probably go with Gilbert tomorrow...

SAFETIES:
1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
2. Calvin Pryor, Louisville
3. Deone Bucannon, Washington State
4. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
5. Terrence Brooks, Florida St.

After the QB's, this group was the most difficult for me. HaHa is the rangy centerfielder that the majority here on TST want the Rams to take at #13. I don't think his talent level matches that pick. He's not elite. He's not even as good as Kenny Vaccaro was, and Vaccaro lasted until the 15th pick. He also doesn't seem like a fit for the Jeff Fisher type Safety - he's not physical enough in my opinion. Pryor is better in run support, but I don't think he offers enough to draft at #13 either. Someone like Bucannon in the 2nd round makes a lot of sense to me, and he seems more like the type of player Jeff Fisher would draft.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Join Turf Show Times

You must be a member of Turf Show Times to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Turf Show Times. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker