1. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

NFL Comparison Julius Peppers

Rare combination of size, athleticism and natural power. An explosive player who flashes greatness. Should be one of the greatest of all time if he dedicates himself. His work ethic has been questioned.

 

2. Greg Robinson OT Auburn

NFL Comparison Trent Williams

Powerful run blocker. Combination of size and power with a huge upside. Should dominate at running blocking from the beginning. Needs some work at pass blocking.

 

3. Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

NFL Comparison Joe Thomas

Smooth in pass protection. Excellent lateral quickness and balance to handle speed and counter moves. Lacks the nasty mean streak.

 

4. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

NFL Comparison Torry Holt

An explosive player, who can take it the distance at any time. A smooth route runner, who has the vertical to go up and get the ball. Is tough to bring down after the catch.

 

5. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

NFL Comparison Alshon Jeffery

A big WR who uses his size to shield off defenders. Has big strong hands and snatches everything thrown his way. Not a blazer, but ran well at the combine. A big time red zone threat.

 

6. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

NFL Comparison Drew Brees

Very accurate. Mobile, who can throw on the run. Makes smart, good decisions. Doesn’t have the strongest arm.

 

7. Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

NFL Comparison Demarcus Ware

Elite playmaker off the edge. Possesses an explosive burst. Has long arms and reach. Disappears at times.

 

8. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo

NFL Comparison James Harrison

A complete linebacker. Could play in a 4-3 or 3-4. Explosive pass rusher, who uses power to get to the QB. Can play the run and cover on passing plays. Didn’t play top competition.

 

9. Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

NFL Comparison Ben Roethlisberger

Throws the ball with touch. Possesses an NFL arm. Smart player. Can avoid the rush and pick up yards with his legs. Extends plays and always has his eyes up looking downfield. Can be inaccurate at times.

 

10. Louis Nix NT Notre Dame

NFL Comparison Vince Wilfork

A dominant run stuffer. Hard to move such a big frame. Very strong at the point of attack. More athletic than most would think. Not much of a pass rusher.

 

11. Dominique Easley DT/DE Florida

NFL Comparison Justin Tuck

A versatile player who can play multiple positions on the line. Has quick hands and is strong enough to redirect offensive lineman. Explosive off the ball. Major injury concerns will drop him, but in 2-3 years should be a top 15 player in this draft.

 

12. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St

NFL Comparison Champ Bailey

Very athletic, who uses great technique. Fast and fluid. Can be used in the return game. Needs to become more physical.

 

13. Eric Ebron TE UNC

NFL Comparison Jermaine Gresham

Very athletic, who can get down the field. Impressive after the catch. Has great body control. Needs to work on his blocking.

 

14. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St

NFL Comparison Charles Tillman

Uses his hands well on WRs. Is physical, and isn’t afraid to tackle. Not the fastest player.

 

15. Calvin Pryor S Louisville

NFL Comparison Brian Dawkins

Good straight line speed, agility, balance, and hip flexibility. Loves to come up and hit. A sure tackler. Can get lost in coverage at times.

 

16. CJ Mosley MLB Alabama

NFL Comparison Navarro Bowman

Has the burst and athleticism to beat offensive lineman to the spot. A very smart player. Can overpursue at times.

 

17. Zack Martin OT Notre Dame

NFL Comparison Joe Staley

Has very quick feet. Good balance and has the strength to move defenders. Needs to get tougher.

 

18. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama

NFL Comparison Kenny Vaccaro

Has good ball skills. Aggressive playing style. Will come up and hit. Takes bad angles.

 

19. Kareem Martin DE UNC

NFL Comparison Charles Johnson

Explosive off the ball. Plays the run and can get after the QB. A complete player. Needs to play faster at times.

 

20. Timmy Jernigan DT Florida St

NFL Comparison Nick Fairley

Very powerful in his lower body. Terrific burst off the ball. Needs to get better pass rushing moves.

 

21. Jason Verrett CB TCU

NFL comparison Brent Grimes

Fluid athlete who uses his hips well. A ballhawk. Not the best tackler in space.

 

22. Marqise Lee WR USC

NFL Comparison Marvin Harrison

A great route runner. Quick out of his break. Elusive with the ball. Dangerous after the catch. Injury concerns.

 

23. Morgan Moses OT Virginia

NFL Comparison Ryan Clady

Athletic for a big man. Quick feet. Better at pass blocking than run blocking.

 

24. Odell Beckham WR LSU

NFL Comparison Steve Smith

Plays much bigger than his size. Can go up and get the ball at the highest point. Excellent route runner. Not the tallest WR.

 

25. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

NFL Comparison Russell Wilson

Very elusive. Can extend plays. Throws well on the run. Has a quick release. One of the hardest players to evaluate. Will his running style last in the NFL at his size? A competitor who seems to always come up with the big play.

 

26. Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame

NFL Comparison Justin Smith

A run stuffing DE in the 3-4 defense. Big body frame. Some weight concerns.

 

27. Kony Ealy DE Missouri

NFL Comparison Greg Hardy

Quick first step off the edge. Has a nice spin move as well as dipping under lineman. Needs to play the run better.

 

28. Deone Bucannon S Washington St

NFL Comparison Matt Elam

Has a knack of making big plays. Loves to hit players with a force. Not the best in coverage.

 

29. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

NFL Comparison Tyson Alualu

Quick burst off the ball. Strong, heavy hands to control opponents. Dominated at the Senior Bowl. Inconsistent

 

30. Derek Carr QB Fresno St

NFL Comparison Marc Bulger

Quick release. Has zip on his passes. Very accurate on short to intermediate passes. Not that accurate on the long ball.

 

31. Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn

NFL Comparison Trent Cole

Very quick first step off the ball. Shows great athleticism. Productive against great competition. Needs to get stronger.

 

32. Davonte Adams WR Fresno St

NFL Comparison Greg Jennings

Explosive after the catch. Has the agility to make defenders miss after the catch. Has speed but not a burner.

33. Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida St

NFL Comparison Plaxico Burress

Uses his height and size to go up and get a ball at its highest point. Big time red zone threat. Not the fastest or best route runner.

 

34. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech

NFL comparison Brandon Flowers

Fast athlete, who will come up and tackle. Has great ball skills. Injury concerns.

 

35. Jake Amaro TE Texas Tech

NFL Comparison Jason Witten

A big nice target. Uses his body well to post up on defenders. Not the greatest athlete.

 

36. Ra’Shede Hageman DT Minnesota

NFL Comparison Jay Ratliff

Very strong at the point of attack. Is athletic enough to run side to side. Lazy at times.

37. Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama

NFL comparison DJ Fluker

Very strong. If he gets a hold of a defender he usually dominates him. Struggles against quick pass rushers. Better suited to play RT. Might have to move to OG. Huge injury concerns.

 

38. Roby Bradley CB Ohio St

NFL Comparison Brandon Carr

Uses his hands well, and can turn and run with WRs. Not as productive as I had hoped he would be.

 

39. Jarvis Landry WR LSU

NFL Comparison James Jones

Has the speed, and acceleration. Needs to be more consistent.

 

40. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

NFL comparison Jake Long

Has the length, balance, and power. Many will have him much higher, but  I question him on run blocking. Doesn’t seem to finish. Has some off the field issues.

 

41. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St

NFL comparison Antonio Brown

A very fast, quick WR. Most likely will be lined up in the slot with his size. Has great hands. Not big enough to be a pro typical number one.

 

42. Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU

NFL Comparison Derrick Johnson

Versatile linebacker who can line up in different spots. Can attack the line of scrimmage as well as drop back in coverage. Not the most physical

 

43. Lamarcus Joyner CB/S Florida St

NFL Comparison Honeybadger

Versatile player who is at his best covering the slot and close to the line of scrimmage. Can play safety as well as corner. Loves to come up and hit despite his size. He is a great athlete. Height is his biggest concern.

44. David Yankey OG Stanford

NFL Comparison Ben Grubbs

He fires off the ball in the running game. He moves well getting to the second level. Has a tendency to lunge.

 

45. Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio St

NFL Comparison DeAndre Levy

He is very athletic. Can cover well, and run down ball carriers from sideline to sideline. Needs a little more explosion.

 

46. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington

NFL Comparison Aaron Hernandez

A huge, athletic player who has big hands. Can really extend and catch ball at a high point. Has huge off the field issues.

 

47. Loucheiz Purifoy CB Florida

NFL Comparison Chris Houston

A fluid player, who has excellent body control. Takes a lot of risks.

 

48. Allen Robinson WR Penn St

NFL comparison Dwayne Bowe

A good route runner, who can do damage after the catch. Can go up and get the ball. Will go over the middle. Occasionally drops the ball.

 

49. Carlos Hyde RB Ohio St

NFL Comparison Beanie Wells

Strong and physical downhill runner who punishes defenders. Very good balance. Has nimble feet for being so big. Lacks the extra gear to break long runs.

 

50. Marcus Roberson CB Florida

NFL Comparison Marcus Gilchrist

Good technique. Aggressive and strong in run defense. Has enough quickness play in the slot. Weak at the point of contest against bigger WRs.

Thanks go out to Craig Medeiros for another solid contribution to BoltBlitz.com with this piece.  I have little doubt that this post will stir up some comments.  Great job, Craig.  Be sure to give Craig a follow on Twitter @craigmedy.

Booga Peters

 

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