Matt Miller's Early 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterMay 12, 2014

Matt Miller's Early 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

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    The 2014 NFL draft was one of the deepest in recent memory. Next year's crop of talent may not live up to the 2014 class, but it is still a very deep group heading into this fall.

    A group loaded at offensive tackle, defensive end and running back will excite fans who love watching the ball in the trenches, but it's the top three quarterbacks who will draw the most attention. Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley will be the driving force for much of the national coverage of this class—and for good reason, as all three have top-five talent.

    With these top three signal-callers expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy and the chance to be selected No. 1 overall in 2015, expect plenty of coverage surrounding each of them this season. But what about the rest of the class?

    Here's an early look at the top 10 players at each position this season. Think of this as a watch listnot a definitive ranking but a good starting point for the preseason evaluation period.

Quarterbacks

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    Best Prospect: Marcus Mariota

    Most NFL-Ready: Jameis Winston

    Best Arm: Brett Hundley

    Best Runner: Marcus Mariota

    Best Potential: Marcus Mariota

    Biggest Question Mark: Jameis Winston

    Biggest Sleeper: Gunner Kiel 

     

    2015 Quarterback Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Marcus MariotaOregon6'4"212rJr
    2Brett HundleyUCLA6'3"222rJr
    3Jameis WinstonFlorida State6'4"228rSo
    4Bryce PettyBaylor6'2"230rSr
    5Sean MannionOregon State6'4"220rSr
    6Kevin HoganStanford6'4"228rJr
    7Gunner KielCincinnati 6'4"208rSo
    8Taylor KellyArizona State6'1"204rSr
    9Chuckie KeetonUtah State6'1"200Sr
    10Braxton MillerOhio State6'1"215Sr

Running Backs

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    Most NFL-Ready: Todd Gurley

    Best Third-Down Back: Melvin Gordon

    Best Speed: Melvin Gordon

    Best Power: Todd Gurley 

    Best Potential: Mike Davis

    Biggest Question Mark: Malcolm Brown

    Biggest Sleeper: Jay Ajayi

      

    2015 Running Back Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Todd GurleyGeorgia6'1"232Jr
    2T.J. YeldonAlabama6'1"218Jr
    3Melvin GordonWisconsin6'1"207rJr
    4Mike DavisSouth Carolina5'9"215Jr
    5Karlos WilliamsFlorida State6'1"223Sr
    6Ameer AbdullahNebraska5'9"190Sr
    7Malcolm BrownTexas 5'11"225Sr
    8Duke JohnsonMiami (Fla.)5'9"196Jr
    9Jay AjayiBoise State5'11"220rJr
    10Kenyan DrakeAlabama6'0"202Jr

Wide Receiver

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    Most NFL-Ready: Amari Cooper

    Best Boundary Receiver: Dorial Green-Beckham

    Best Slot Receiver: Rashad Greene

    Best Hands: Amari Cooper

    Best Route-Runner: Nelson Agholor 

    Best Potential: Dorial Green-Beckham

    Biggest Question Mark: Dorial Green-Beckham

    Biggest Sleeper: DeVante Parker

      

    2015 Wide Receiver Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Amari CooperAlabama6'1"205Jr
    2Dorial Green-BeckhamMissouri*6'5"225Jr
    3Nelson AgholorUSC6'0"185Jr
    4Ty MontgomeryStanford6'2"215Sr
    5Rashad GreeneFlorida State6'0"180Sr
    6DeVante ParkerLouisville6'2"209Sr
    7Jaelen StrongArizona State 6'4"205rJr
    8Kasen WilliamsWashington6'2"212Sr
    9Christion JonesAlabama5'11"185Sr
    10Tyler LockettKansas State5'11"175Sr

     

    *Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri and has not yet signed on with another school.

Tight Ends

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    Most NFL-Ready: Nick O'Leary

    Best Slot Tight End: Devin Funchess

    Best Hands: Nick O'Leary

    Best Route-Runner: Ben Koyack

    Best Blocker: Ben Koyack

    Best Power: Clive Walford

    Biggest Question Mark: Rory Anderson

    Biggest Sleeper: Pharaoh Brown

     

    2015 Tight End Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Nick O'LearyFlorida State6'3"248Sr
    2Ben KoyackNotre Dame6'5"261Sr
    3Devin FunchessMichigan6'5"235Jr
    4Rory AndersonSouth Carolina6'5"252Sr
    5Pharaoh BrownOregon6'5"241Jr
    6E.J. BibbsIowa State6'3"252Sr
    7Randall TelferUSC 6'4"250rSr
    8Clive WalfordMiami (Fla.)6'4"259rSr
    9C.J. UzomahAuburn6'3"258Sr
    10Jeff HeuermanOhio State6'5"262Sr

Offensive Tackles

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    Most NFL-Ready: Brandon Scherff

    Best Run-Blocker: Brandon Scherff

    Best Pass-Blocker: Cedric Ogbuehi

    Best Potential: Cedric Ogbuehi

    Biggest Question Mark: Spencer Drango 

    Biggest Sleeper: Jake Fisher

    Lowest Risk: Cedric Ogbuehi

     

    2015 Offensive Tackle Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Cedric OgbuehiTexas A&M6'5"300rSr
    2Brandon Scherff Iowa6'5"315rSr
    3Andrus PeatStanford6'6"312Jr
    4Cameron ErvingFlorida State6'5"320rSr
    5La'El CollinsLSU6'5"315Sr
    6Eric LefeldCincinnati6'5"309rSr
    7Spencer DrangoBaylor6'5"315rJr
    8Daryl WilliamsOklahoma6'5"321rSr
    9Sean HickeySyracuse6'5"291rSr
    10Jake FisherOregon6'5"292Sr

Interior Offensive Line

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    Most NFL-Ready: Tre' Jackson

    Best Run-Blocker: Reese Dismukes

    Best Pass-Blocker: Tre' Jackson

    Best Center: Hroniss Grasu

    Best Guard: Tre' Jackson

    Biggest Question Mark: Shaquille Mason

    Biggest Sleeper: B.J. Finney

     

    2015 OG/C Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Tre' JacksonFlorida State6'4"330Sr
    2Hroniss GrasuOregon6'5"225rSr
    3Laken Tomlinson Duke6'3"320rSr
    4Reese DismukesAuburn6'2"298Sr
    5Arie KouandjioAlabama6'5"315rSr
    6B.J. FinneyKansas State6'3"303rSr
    7A.J. CannSouth Carolina6'3"314rSr
    8Shaquille MasonGeorgia Tech6'1"305Sr
    9Malcolm BuncheUCLA6'6"327rSr
    10Dallas LewallenWisconsin6'5"322rSr

Defensive Ends

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    Most NFL-Ready: Randy Gregory

    Best Run-Stopper: Shawn Oakman

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: Shawn Oakman

    Best 4-3 Right End: Randy Gregory

    Best 4-3 Left End: Cedric Reed

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Randy Gregory

    Best Pass-Rusher: Randy Gregory

    Best Potential: Randy Gregory

    Biggest Question Mark: Noah Spence

    Biggest Sleeper: Markus Golden

     

    2015 Defensive End Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Randy GregoryNebraska6'5"255Sr
    2Shawn Oakman Baylor6'9"275Jr
    3Cedric ReedTexas6'5"258Sr
    4Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 6'4"250rJr
    5Trey FlowersArkansas6'3"262Sr
    6Markus GoldenMissouri6'3"260rSr
    7Mario EdwardsFlorida State 6'4"277Jr
    8Tony WashingtonOregon6'3"243rSr
    9Jeremiah RascoLSU6'2"262Sr
    10Noah SpenceOhio State6'3"252Jr

Defensive Tackles

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    Most NFL-Ready: Michael Bennett

    Best Run-Stopper: Leonard Williams

    Best Nose Tackle: Danny Shelton

    Best 3-4 Defensive End: Leonard Williams

    Best 3-Technique: Michael Bennett

    Best Pass-Rusher: Michael Bennett

    Best Potential: Leonard Williams

    Biggest Question Mark: Arik Armstead

    Biggest Sleeper: Leon Orr

    Lowest Risk: Michael Bennett

     

    2015 Defensive Tackle Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Michael Bennett Ohio State6'3"285Sr
    2Leonard WilliamsUSC6'4"290Jr
    3Brandon Ivory Alabama 6'3" 310 Sr 
    4Danny SheltonWashington6'1"327Sr
    5Carl DavisIowa6'4"315Sr
    6Arik ArmsteadOregon6'7"292Jr
    7Brandon IvoryAlabama6'3"310rSr
    8Leon OrrFlorida6'4"302rSr
    9Christian Covington Rice6'2"295Jr
    10Travis RacitiSan Jose State6'5"290rSr

Outside Linebackers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Vic Beasley

    Best 4-3 Weakside Linebacker: Vic Beasley

    Best 4-3 Strongside Linebacker: Benardrick McKinney

    Best 3-4 Outside Linebacker: Vic Beasley

    Best Run-Stopper: Jordan Jenkins

    Best Pass-Rusher: Vic Beasley

    Best Pass Coverage: Derrick Malone

    Best Potential: Shaq Thompson

    Biggest Question Mark: Jordan Hicks

    Biggest Sleeper: Kyler Fackrell

     

    2015 Outside Linebacker Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Vic BeasleyClemson6'2"235rSr
    2Dante FowlerFlorida6'3"277 Jr
    3Benardrick McKinney Miss. State6'5"225Jr
    4Jordan JenkinsGeorgia6'2"246Jr
    5Eric StrikerOklahoma6'2"215Jr
    6Derrick MaloneOregon6'2"216rSr
    7Ishaq WilliamsNotre Dame6'5"261Sr
    8Jordan HicksTexas6'2"238rSr
    9Shaq ThompsonWashington6'2"225Jr
    10Xzavier DicksonAlabama6'2"265Sr

Inside Linebackers

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    Most NFL-Ready: Denzel Perryman

    Best vs. Inside Run: Trey DePriest

    Best vs. Outside Run: Denzel Perryman

    Best Pass Coverage: Denzel Perryman

    Best Potential: Trey DePriest

    Biggest Question Mark: A.J. Johnson 

    Biggest Sleeper: Bryce Hager

     

    2015 Inside Linebacker Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Denzel PerrymanMiami (Fla.)6'0"240Sr
    2Trey DePriestAlabama6'2"245Sr
    3Ramik WilsonGeorgia6'2"232Sr
    4A.J. JohnsonTennessee6'2"243Sr
    5Kris FrostAuburn6'2"238rJr
    6Jabari Hunt-Days Georgia Tech6'2"247rJr
    7Eric KendricksUCLA6'0"228rSr
    8Bryce HagerBaylor6'1"235rSr
    9A.J. TarpleyStanford6'2"238rSr
    10Amarlo HerreraGeorgia6'1"244Sr

Cornerbacks

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    Most NFL-Ready: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

    Best Slot Cornerback: Quandre Diggs

    Best Man Coverage: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

    Best Zone Coverage: Quandre Diggs

    Best Potential: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

    Biggest Question Mark: Kevin Johnson

    Biggest Sleeper: Deshazor Everett

     

    2015 Cornerback Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Ifo Ekpre-OlomuOregon5'10"185Sr
    2Quandre DiggsTexas5'10"200Sr
    3Josh ShawUSC6'1"195rSr
    4Kevin JohnsonWake Forest6'2"215rSr
    5Deshazor Everett Texas A&M6'0"185Sr
    6Wayne LyonsStanford6'1"196Sr
    7P.J. WilliamsFlorida State6'0"190Jr
    8Trae WaynesMichigan State6'1"185rJr
    9Jalen CollinsLSU6'1"195rJr
    10Steven NelsonOregon State 5'10"192Sr

Safeties

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    Most NFL-Ready: Landon Collins

    Best Coverage: Landon Collins

    Best Strong Safety: Landon Collins

    Best Free Safety: Jordan Richards

    Best Run-Stopper: Cody Prewitt

    Best Potential: Landon Collins

    Biggest Question Mark: Sam Carter

    Biggest Sleeper: Ronald Martin

     

     

    2015 Safety Rankings
    Rank  PlayerSchoolHeightWeightClass
    1Landon CollinsAlabama6'0"215Jr
    2Jordan Richards Stanford5'11"208Sr
    3Derron SmithFresno State5'11"200rSr
    4Kurtis Drummond Michigan State 6'1"200rSr
    5Anthony HarrisVirginia6'1"190Sr
    6Karl JosephWest Virginia5'11"200Jr
    7Ronald MartinLSU6'1"218Sr
    8Cody PrewittOle Miss6'2"220Sr
    9Sam CarterTCU6'0"215rSr
    10Gerod HollimanLouisville6'0"202Jr