Thursday, April 30, 2015

Actual Things You Might Want To Know About Tonight's Top 21 Draft Prospects

Editor's Note: Tony D put this together. These 21 players are projected to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Rankings are based SOLELY on video highlights from YouTube. This is not a “big board” or mock draft, it is simply a list of player rankings and ratings based on their highlight films. Player position, off the field issues, and potential are not directly taken into account here. 

Take these to your draft party tonight and sprinkle in whatever ones Todd McShay or Mel Kiper don't say when these guys get drafted. Or just be smart and watch the NFL Network's coverage. Enjoy. 

Leonard Williams, DT, USC                                                                        
Video Grade:  9.5
Positives:  First of four guys that really surprised me on film. Very disruptive. He tackles everything that moves. Can make plays all over the line. Explosive. Mean Streak. He’s got it all.
Negatives:  For many teams, DT is not a position of pressing need (especially at the top of the draft).

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Video Grade:  9.0
Positives:  Complete player. Good speed. Good hands. Decent size. Makes plays. Solid and safe pick.
Negatives:  He’s not the most explosive player in the draft. Wish he was taller (6’1”)

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia                                                                                                     
Video Grade:  9.0
Positives:  Explosive. Great speed. Good moves. Decent strength. Home-run guy.
Negatives:  Runs recklessly – Fear more injuries. Not super powerful between the tackles.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin                                                                                   
Video Grade:  9.0
Positives:  Great short burst. Big, strong. Good vision. Shifty. Fast enough.
Negatives:  Not as explosive as some runners. Not many highlights catching the ball.

Vic Beasley, DE/LB, Clemson                                                                                       
Video Grade:  9.0
Positives:  Second of four that really surprised me on film. Super fast. Often gets in the backfield before you can figure out where he came from. Disruptive off the edge. Reminds me of Clay Matthews.
Negatives:  He is a little small. Lacks strength to contribute consistently in run support. Relies on his speed.

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville                                                                                  
Video Grade: 8.5             
Positives:  Fluid player. Natural. Great hands. Beast in the red zone. Brings in jump balls. Long arms. Good route runner. As a Viking fan, it was fun watching Teddy throw TDs to him.
Negatives:  Not explosive. Slender frame. Doesn’t have great speed or moves.

Landon Collins, S, Alabama                                                                                          
Video Grade:  8.5
Positives:  Third of Four guys that really surprised me on film. Made many impact plays. Big hitter. Great tackler. Good hands. Nose for the ball. Plays like a LB on running downs. Reminds me of Harrison Smith.
Negatives:  Not super fast. Better against the run. Always had a great defense around him to compensate for mistakes.

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Marcus Peters, CB, Washington                                                                                
Video Grade:  8.0
Positives:  The fourth of four guys that really surprised me on film. Super talented. Very aggressive. Physical. Makes plays. Best corner in the draft based on talent and tenacity.
Negatives:  Plays with too much swagger. Can be a head case. Think DeSean Jackson, but on defense. In one play, he intercepts the ball in the back of the end zone with one hand, then starts to taunt the receiver on the ground before realizing the play is still alive and he can run the ball out of the end zone.

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia                                                                                 
Video Grade:  8.0
Positives:  Very explosive. Fast. Big. Decent hands. Could grow into a monster of a WR. Better version of Cordarrelle Patterson.
Negatives:  A bit raw. Limited routes. Not as crisp or natural as Parker or Cooper.

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State                                                                              
Video Grade:  8.0
Positives:  Long. Fast. Good ball skills. Strong when going up for the ball. Good hands.
Negatives:  Not great against quick receivers. Not very physical against the run.

Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa                                                                                           
Video Grade:  7.5
Positives:  Great run blocker. Mean streak. Punishes and flattens people. Moves pretty well when pulling.
Negatives:  Struggles in pass protection. Short arms. Needs to be at guard at NFL level (for now).

Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska                                                                              
Video Grade: 7.5
Positives:  Looks the part. Skilled edge rusher. Fast.
Negatives:  Bad against the run. Disappears at times.

Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest                                                                                               
Video Grade:  7.5
Positives:  Good coverage skills. Solid tackler. Quick. Smart. Good hands.
Negatives:   Looks small. Doesn’t appear to be super physical or fast. Helps less in the run game than some elite corners.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon                                                                                      
Video Grade:  7.5
Positives:  Very mobile. Decent accuracy. Good in the right scheme – similar to college.
Negatives:  Not the best pure passer to come out of college this year. Might rely on feet too much when he gets to the NFL.

Jameis Winston, QB, FSU                                                                                              
Video Grade:  7.5
Positives:  Good arm. Good movement within the pocket. Streaky.
Negatives:  Long wind up and delivery. Takes too many risks. Thinks he can make every throw… He can’t.

Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida                                                                                      
Video Grade: 7.0
Positives:  Has great size, speed, and strength.
Negatives:  This low grade may surprise some, as it should. It surprised me how underwhelmed I was by his highlight videos. The potential is obvious, even on tape, but the production wasn’t as impressive as most first-rounders. Needs to be more consistent. Many of the plays he made were late in the play, after it had already broken down. High risk, very high reward.

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington                                                                                                
Video Grade:  7.0
Positives:  Looks like a prototypical nose tackle. Good run stuffing plugger. Hard to move. Solid player.
Negatives:  Not explosive. Not very disruptive.

Andrus Peat, OL, Stanford                                                                                           
Video Grade:  7.0
Positives:  Good size for a tackle. Solid run/pass combo. Technically gifted.
Negatives:  Doesn’t dominate. No nastiness to his game at all.

Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA                                                                                               
Video Grade:  7.0
Positives:  Solid linebacker. Seems to be around the ball a lot. Recorded many tackles. Big guy.
Negatives:  Not crazy fast. Not super disruptive or explosive.

Bud Dupree, DE/LB, Kentucky                                                                                    
Video Grade:  6.5
Positives:  Very productive. Strong. Deceptive moves around the edge. Good motor.
Negatives:  Looks small. Doesn’t appear to be fast or explosive. Not many wow moments.

La’el Collins, OL, LSU                                                                                                       
Video Grade:  6.5
Positives:  Good size for a tackle. Great when he sizes up a defender and engages. Streaks of greatness.
Negatives:  Often looks lost. Hard to tell if he is lazy or lost, at times. 

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