With the NFL combine finished, prospects have begun to work out at pro days located on their college campuses. The dissection of players will continue as teams and scouts weigh talent with potential and leadership qualities. Mel Kiper, is an expert in predicting draft rank for prospects through matching teams needs and draft class offerings. He uses a number of metrics to determine value of a prospect including but not limited to, physical measurements, medical exams, team interviews, and of course skills assessment. Kipers newest rankings of the top ten picks for the NFL draft is below with the assessments attached and reasoning for rank.
#1 Jameis Winston, Quarterback–Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winston had a solid showing at the combine although showing up with a slightly frumpy figure. His powerful delivery of the football along with accuracy has him atop the passers in the 2015 class. His team visits will play a vital role in assessment for Jameis as he has a public image that can be viewed as immature.
#2 Leonard Williams, Defensive End–Tennessee Titans
Capable of stopping the run as well as rushing the passer, Williams has the potential to be one of the best in the game in a three point stance. The Titans sure do need a force like him, they came in 31st against the rush and 25th in rushing the passer. Thats out of 32 teams for those who do not realize the severity of the case.
#3 Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive End–Jacksonville Jaguars
Kiper fancies Fowler to Khalil Mack the breakout rookie for the Oakland Raiders this year. Fowler ran a 4.6 forty yard dash showing that he can close space in record time with a big body.
#4 Kevin White, Wide Receiver– Oakland Raiders.
Running a 4.35 forty yard dash leaves many defensive backs in the league shaking in their boots waiting for this rookie to hit the gridiron. The Raiders need a deep threat and if you let White run, he can leave defensives shaking their heads as he is dancing in the end zone.
#5 Shane Ray, Defensive End–Washington Redskins
The Redskins desperately need an upgrade all across the defense but most glaringly in the front 7. Ray had 14.5 sacks for Missouri last year ranking third in the country.
#6 Marcus Mariota, Quarterback– New York Football Jets
A pick that is near and dear to my own heart, New York needs a quarterback to lead them to a championship. Mariota has the intangibles that you seek in a leader but questions have risen about his ability to translate from Oregon’s spread offense to a pro style format, along with passing accuracy. This guy has the work ethic to prove the doubters wrong. If he does not get scooped up as a number 1 expect to see him on the Jets roster.
#7 Randy Gregory, Defensive End–Chicago Bears
Inverting their 3-4 to a 4-3 with new coach John Fox daaa Bears will need an edge rusher to disrupt passers and hold down the edge of the line. Gregory has it all, and it is desperately needed to help the Bears storied defense climb back to greatness.
#8 Vic Beasley, Linebacker–Atlanta Falcons
This guy ran a 4.53, jumped a 41 inch vertical and cranked out 35 repetitions of 225lbs bench press. In short he is an animal and will hunt down anyone holding the ball. Expect to see him in the starting lineup immediately, and making an impact.
#9 Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle– New York Giants
At the heart of every team is their offensive line, which makes it worth investing in to protect your two-time super bowl winning quarterback. The best o-lineman in the class will add an anchor to the front 5 and hopefully give them push in the running game along with security in the passing game.
#10 Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver–St. Louis Rams
A solid defense in St. Louis calls for an upgrade to its offensive unit. Cooper runs great routes and has soft hands. Combine that with a body built to sprint and you have an all around great wide out.
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