Time for my annual game of “play General Manager of an NFL team”. I’m sure nobody cares about my opinions on this topic, I do it more to get it “on the record” so I can either gloat or laugh at myself in the future. It is my hobby so shut up! What follows is a position by position ranking (save Offensive Line which I have no clue how to judge) based on how I would draft them if I were running the Draft room next week. Plus my patented “busts and bargains” at the end. Enjoy?

* = value as returner

 

QB

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia

2. E.J. Manuel, Florida St.

3. Matt Barkley, USC

4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

6. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

7. Matt Scott, Arizona

8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee

9. Mike Glennon, North Carolina St.

10. Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

11. Sean Renfree, Duke

12. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah

13. Collin Klein, Kansas St.

14. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

15. Alex Carder, Western Michigan

Smith and Manuel may be the only starters in this class. Barkley is kind of like Andy Dalton 2 years ago, has the mental chops but the physical seems to be lacking. Nassib I think will be very over-drafted , he is a career backup to me. Matt Scott is the wild card, has the arm and legs to make a big impact once he learns the position more. Klein is a poor man’s Tim Tebow and Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers little brother.

 

RB

1. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama

3. Christine Michael, Texas A&M

4. Andre Ellington, Clemson

5. Montee Ball, Wisconsin

6. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

7. *Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

8. Knile Davis, Arkansas

9. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan St

10. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada

11. *Kerwynn Williams, Utah St.

12. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St.

13. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

14. *Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

15. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

16. *Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

17. *Kenjon Barner, Oregon

18. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers

19. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame

20. Mike Gillislee, Florida

21. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook

22. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame

23. *Michael Ford, L.S.U.

24. Robbie Rouse, Fresno St.

25. Montel Harris, Temple

26. *Onterio McCalebb, Auburn

27. Latavuis Murray, Central Fla.

28. *Dennis Johnson, Arkansas

Tons of talent but also red flags here. Lattimore’s knee injury obviously, but Lacy is scaring me off big time, getting a LenDale White vibe from him – great stats, dominant power, but fat and lazy. Michael is a stud but has MAJOR attitude problems. Ellington is fantastic but maybe too skinny. Ball has as much mileage as any college RB in the past 30 years. “Dark horse” favorite of mine is Jefferson – the only thing he doesn’t have is great speed; just like Alfred Morris last year. Davis is a Darren McFadden clone. I don’t get the hype on Bernard or Gillislee.

 

WR

1. *Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

3. Justin Hunter, Tennessee

4. Robert Woods, USC

5. Keenan Allen, Cal

6. *Tavon Austin, West Virginia

7. Terrance Williams, Baylor

8. Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech 

9. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

10. Josh Boyce, TCU  

11. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

12. *Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

13. Aaron Dobson, Marshall

14. Marcus Davis, Va Tech

15. Markus Wheaton, Oregon St

16. *Ace Sanders, South Carolina

17. Chris Harper, Kansas St.

18. Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech

19. Aaron Mellette, Elon

20. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

21. *Denard Robinson, Michigan

22. *Marquise Goodwin, Texas

23. Marquess Wilson, Wash St.

24. Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

25. Tavarres King, Georgia

26. Conner Vernon, Duke

27. *Jasper Collins, Mount Union

28. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi St.

29. Zach Rogers, Tennessee

30. T.J. Moe, Missouri

Patterson has “it” – the “you can’t tackle me” mentality and moves to match; incredible with the ball in his hands, one of the best I’ve ever seen actually, but only 1 year of playing. Also with tantalizing talent and extreme rawness is his former teammate Hunter. Hopkins is ultra-competitive and has all pro potential. Austin is very overrated as I detail below. Swope and Boyce will shock a lot of people I think. Bailey is clutch. Robinson is a former QB but has to transition to play in the NFL; electric running skills and tough.

 

TE

1. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

2. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

3. Zach Ertz, Stanford

4. Gavin Escobar, San Diego St.

5. Jordan Reed, Florida

 

DE

1. Ezekiel Ansah, B.Y.U

2. Bjoern Werner, Florida St.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

4. Datone Jones, UCLA

T5. Margus Hunt, S.M.U.

T5. Alex Okafor, Texas

 

DT

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida

2. Star Lotulelei, Utah  (#1 NT)

3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

4. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.

5. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern St.

 

OLB

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia

2. Dion Jordan (DE), Oregon

3. Barkevious Mingo (DE), LSU

4. Arthur Brown, Kansas St.

5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

 

ILB

1. Kevin Minter, L.S.U.

2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

3. Alec Ogletree (OLB), Georgia

4. Kiko Alonso (OLB), Oregon

5. Nico Johnson, Alabama

 

CB

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama

2. Desmond Trufant, Washington

3. Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.

4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.

5. Darius Slay, Mississippi St.

 

S

1. Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

2. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

3. Eric Reid, L.S.U.

4. Matt Elam, Florida

T5. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

T5. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

 

 

Will be drafted too high/busts:

QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina St. (total bust if drafted for anything but 3rd string developmental QB – 4th round at BEST – prediction: out of league in 4 years)

WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia (elite returner but very small, very low ypc, SLOT only – Wes Welker is best case – Percy Harvin comparisons are nonsense; Harvin is 5’11, 195 with Running Back legs, Austin is 5’8, 174. Certainly not worth a top 15 pick)

RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (Brian Westbrook clone physically but not nearly as fast/quick, not flashy at all – can’t believe he may be the 1st or 2nd RB drafted)

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon St. (very slight frame, deep threat only – IE one trick pony in the mold of Bernard Berrian/Ashley Lielie/Todd Pinkston/etc)

 

Will be drafted too low/bargains:

WR Josh Boyce, TCU (elite strength/speed/routes, will be a better pro than college player)

RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (if healthy, #1RB in draft – prototype in most areas)

TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati (supper aggressive receiver with great speed for the position)

S Jordan Kovacs, Michigan (definition of “blue collar”, walk-on in college led Michigan in tackles; will at least be a special teams demon for years)

 

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