There is no denying that Goff’s production is inflated due to coach Sonny Dykes’ up-tempo spread offense, which provides the quarterback the ball out of shotgun and quick passes to the perimeter. That said, Goff shows many of the traits scouts are looking for in a pro-style quarterback, including impressive accuracy on in-cutting routes in the short, intermediate and deep levels, the courage to stand in the pocket and enough functional mobility to buy time. Goff has a snappy over-the-top release and isn’t afraid to zip the ball through tight windows, typically leading his receivers away from danger. He possesses enough arm strength to complete deep outs to the opposite sideline and shows good touch down the seam. The composure and toughness he has shown while being beaten up behind an overmatched offensive line also won’t go unnoticed by scouts. Goff can be downright surgical in his ability to pick apart defenses, showing deft touch on deep balls down the sideline and up the middle. While Goff boasts plenty of admirable traits, he does come with some concerns. He hasn’t missed a game due to injury at Cal but possesses a relatively spindly frame with long, lean limbs. Tiring of picking himself off the ground has led to Goff developing a bad habit of happy feet in the pocket and though he has shown admirable courage in taking hits to deliver passes, he too often throws without his feet set, sapping velocity and accuracy. Goff is a good athlete for the position but isn’t a true scrambling threat and his accuracy drops when attempting to throw on the run. Dykes’ offense rarely calls for traditional deep balls down the sideline, although Gray has shown improvement in his downfield touch throughout the 2015 season.
2. (2) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (From CLE) select: CARSON WENTZ, QB
School: North Dakota State | Conference: MVC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 237 lbs.
Looks the part with a tall, workable frame. Good arm strength to deliver downfield with above average velocity, using his body rhythm and touch to accurately control the placement. Tight release, especially for a player with his long arms. Shifts his weight well in the pocket to work through the noise and keep his hand on the trigger, maneuvering under duress with improved footwork. Functional athleticism and coordination in the pocket and as a scrambler, avoiding rushers and extending plays. Has a pre-snap plan and moves efficiently from target-to-target, making sound decisions. Shows the ability to recognize defensive coverages and change the play at the line – reliable field vision pre and post snap. Very smart on and off the field with excellent retention and execution skills. Physically and mentally tough with professional poise and work habits. Great teammate and was an extra coach on the sideline while injured. Set school single season records for completions (228) and passing yards (3,111) as a junior. Consistent winner with a 19-3 career record as a starter. Locks onto reads and needs to develop his eye use, staring down targets and leading defenders. Needs to improve his passing anticipation and feel for timing routes. Downfield accuracy is inconsistent, often leading receivers too far. Lacks ideal starting experience for the position with questions about level of competition – 21 of 22 career starts came against FCS competition (one FBS opponent was at Iowa State: 18-for-28 for 204 yards, no touchdowns). Missed second half of 2015 season due to a broken right wrist, requiring surgery (Oct. 2015).
3. (3) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS select: JOEY BOSA, DE
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 269 lbs.
Flexible athlete and doesn’t play tight. Bosa has an explosive get-off which helps him generate an immediate advantage over offensive tackles. Better yet, he possesses terrific upper body strength and technically-refined hand usage. Controls his momentum very well with excellent break down skills to collect himself and make plays in space. Strong hands and wrists to be a reliable striker and finisher. Natural lateral quickness to sidestep blockers with athletic swim moves to step outside and swat inside. Good initial quickness for his size, staying low and generating an immediate push. Heavy-handed and uses his full extension to put blockers on skates. Very disciplined and rarely loses contain, leveraging the edge and keeping his vision in the backfield. Rarely fooled with terrific secondary quickness, not taking himself out of plays due to hustle and ball awareness. Active on stunts with experience lining up inside and outside – proven threat anywhere in the front-seven. Not as quick as some of the NFL’s elite edge rushers. Not a quick-twitch rusher and doesn’t play with consistent explosion. Needs to improve his inside shoulder dip to leverage his body into blockers around the edge. Room to improve his gap integrity and pre-snap anticipation. Will misread plays at times and crash down, leading him to be too reactionary on plays following a mistake, cautious of making another one. Bosa is very physically gifted, but even better, he knows how to use those gifts, and works his tail off to maximize his potential. He might never be a consistent double-digit sack artist in the NFL, but he is scheme versatile with the power, athleticism and instinctive traits to disrupt the pocket.
DALLAS COWBOYS select: EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, RB
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 225 lbs.
Elliott is extremely well-rounded as a runner with ideal size for the position along with coordinated footwork that is always in sync with his eyes. He runs with natural pad level and fantastic forward lean, using his balance, leg drive and relentless fight to move the chains and pick up every inch he can. Plays with a strong intensity for the game. Is at his best on counter run plays, stopping on a dime and transitioning his weight to shoot through holes and dart through the second level of the defense. Exceptional balance through contact and takes tacklers for a ride. Has a “come at me, bro!” mentality as a runner. Loves to end runs on his physical terms. Uses lead shoulder as a weapon, but plays with outstanding ball security. Looks to absolutely bludgeon defenders as a lead blocker and is often successful. Able pass catcher who adjusts to throws and can do something with it after the catch. He displays outstanding vision to quickly read blocks and rarely runs with hesitation, bouncing away from would-be tacklers without slowing down. Elliott needs to become more consistent as a receiver and needs refinement as a blocker, but it’s tough to find weaknesses in his run style.
5. (5) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS select: JALEN RAMSEY, FS
School: Florida State | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Smyrna, TN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 209 lbs.
Tall, long-armed athlete with adequate muscle tone. Long-striding athlete with terrific range, acceleration and closing speed. Light feet and lateral agility to mirror at the line of scrimmage or stay in phase with receivers down the field. Fluid change of direction skills, collecting himself with the natural flexibility to break down on the move. Drops his hips and goes from 0-to-60 quickly. NFL-level eyes, vision and spatial awareness, seeing the field very well with astute patience and anticipation. Extensive special teams experience as a gunner, playing on both kickoff and punt coverages. Playmaker with the ball in his hands, averaging 23.4 yards per return (5/117/2) on turnovers. Room to develop his functional strength to better finish off-balance tackles and disengage blocks. Room to clean up his tackling technique, patience and pad level. Will get run over in the NFL if he doesn’t use better lower body bend. Loves to bait throws, but will allow his eyes to spend too much time in the backfield, surrendering completions. Needs to improve his discipline and timing in coverage. Upright backpedal and lacks easy transitional movements due to his leggy athleticism. If you combined a cornerback and safety into one prospect, the result would look something like Ramsey, who was blessed with the inherent instincts and intuition along with the size/athletic profile to be a difference-maker. He can play cornerback (inside or outside), but his best NFL fit is in a nickel or safety role.
6. (6) BALTIMORE RAVENS select: RONNIE STANLEY, OT
School: Notre Dame | Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 312 lbs.
Races out of the starting blocks and into pass sets as well as anyone in the country. Has long arms and knows how to use them. Plays with quick hands and a well-timed punch. Never panics when he loses hand placement, simply resets them. Specializes in quick sets getting his hands into the pass rusher first helping him to control the flow of the snap. Well-coached with great hand placement. Wins with activity over power. Is not often beaten around the edge by speed. Hard worker who plays through the whistle. Flexible and athletic with plus change of direction ability against counter moves. Has quickness off the snap to get to challenging backside blocks on linebackers. Has to hang on for a ride when engaging against a physical defender who plays with leverage. Will need to win with feet and technique. Doesn’t have upper body strength to maul when his rep gets off track. Has athleticism to recover when he’s beaten, but is just average at redirecting his man off-course once defender gets the advantage. Is more quick that explosive. Gives ground to bull rushers when his feet aren’t set at punch. Balance is average. Stanley showed great maturity in acknowledging his weaknesses and returning to school to work on them and improve his game. While Stanley’s core power is still a concern, he showed improved strength and run blocking prowess this year and should be ready to come in and start right away for a team looking to protect a high-end quarterback.
7. (7) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS select: DEFOREST BUCKNER, DE
School: Oregon | Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Waianae, HI
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 291 lbs.
Leverage can be an issue at times due to his height. Struggles to recoil and reset himself after his initial move stalls. Still learning how to set up his pass rush sequence and counter moves. Only average snap anticipation. Needs to know his limitations as a pass rusher and not sacrifice the edge. Still learning how to use his hands and consistently convert speed to power – more of a reactor as a pass rusher. Inconsistent tackler on the move, losing balance in space and not timing his hits. Want to see more of a killer instinct on each snap. Buckner played primarily as a defensive end in Oregon’s 3-4 base, lining up as the four-, five- or six-technique, but also saw snaps inside in the A-gap or at nose tackle. He plays with explosive movements and terrific body control for his size, flashing heavy hands and initial power to be a disruptive force, although he’s still learning how to use his hands and string together rush moves. He should get even better with NFL coaching and has potential to be a long-term pro starter.
8. (8) TENNESSEE TITANS (From CLE via PHI via MIA) select: JACK CONKLIN, OT
School: Michigan State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Plainwell, MI
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 308 lbs.
Well-built with excellent core strength and center of gravity to stay balanced through contact. Wide base with lower body power to control the point of attack. Strong upper body and hands to jolt and steer defenders as a run blocker. Works hard to keep spacing with his reach. Controlled in space and picks up edge speed, sinking his hips to anchor. Rarely plays in reverse. Smart and instinctive, understanding protections and using his eyes to pick up extra pressures. Feisty and always looking for someone to block, displaying a dependable playing temperament. Not a light mover and slow to recover once rushers gain a step. Tends to get his feet tied up in his outside kickslide, lunging and falling off balance. Will open up prematurely and struggle in space. Not a rangy player and too often late to climb to the second level. Technique tends to break down vs. speed. Conklin is powerful and quick-minded to read/react in a flash and dominate in tight spaces, but he doesn’t have the quick-twitch body control to consistently mirror in space. He’s not a top-shelf athlete and will struggle with edge speed at times, but no one is going through him due to his wide base and contact balance. He is always in a ready position and rarely seems surprised, which compensates for his lack of elite quickness in pass protection. Conklin is well-coached, physical and a natural competitor, which makes him NFL ready from Day One.
9. (9) CHICAGO BEARS (From TB) select: LEONARD FLOYD, OLB
School: Georgia | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Eastman, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 244 lbs.
Has the requisite burst to surge past tackles as a speed rusher with underrated strength. He is surprisingly powerful at the point of attack, flashing dynamite in his hands with an effective hand slap to knock away blockers attempting to gain control. His first-step burst and acceleration get him into the backfield quickly off the edge or knifing inside. Excellent movement skills for his tall, lengthy frame. Relentless nature and speed to collapse the pocket or chase down plays from behind. Because of his agility and closing speed, could move to a more traditional linebacker. Struggles to generate movement at the point of attack or convert speed to power. Too easily controlled on the edges. Can be eliminated by blockers when he doesn’t effectively use his length. A highly intriguing size-length-athleticism prospect, Floyd can stab, dip and flatten around the edge, maintaining his balance without losing speed to the pocket. He is deadly in space, but Floyd’s lack of functional strength and growth potential are glaring concerns. One of the best athletes in this draft class, his is not one of the best football players and would need to land in a scheme that protects him in a niche role.
10. (10) NEW YORK GIANTS select: ELI APPLE, CB
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Sophomore | Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 199 lbs.
Good height, weight and arm length combination. Clean footwork in transition with natural ability to mirror and match from press coverage. Won’t open hips early and rarely turned around off line of scrimmage. Has foot quickness in short spaces to maintain feel for his man. Extremely competitive when ball is in the air. Has play strength to redirect receivers from their routes. Aggressive hands in coverage and fights hard to disrupt the catch by any means necessary. Will come downhill against run and is diligent with contain responsibilities. Has optimal size/speed numbers for an early round cornerback. Can be slow to diagnose and anticipate quarterback’s plans. Average reactive athleticism. Doesn’t feature the balance or twitch to rocket forward and challenge throws if he’s not shadowing his man. Won’t always play to his size as a tackler. Shows some stiffness as an open field tackler and allowed four broken tackles this season. Slow to turn head and find ball on deep throws. Becomes Mr. Grabs if he senses receiver is getting over the top of him or when he’s trying to crowd the top of routes. Apple’s size and strength allows him to compete against physical receivers, but he also has the talent to mirror and match as a man defender. Covering for longer could be challenging early on after playing with talented defensive fronts who ravaged quarterbacks. Apple will have to learn to trust his feet rather than grabbing so often or he’ll find that quarterbacks and refs will find him often.
11. (11) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (From CHI) select: VERNON HARGRAEVES III, CB
School: Florida | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 204 lbs.
Premier, quick twitch athlete with explosion pulsing through his hips and feet. Instant click-and-close action to explode forward and attack the throw. Vertical springs to go up and over receivers at the high point. Smooth, controlled backpedal with ability to weave and mirror route progressions. Plays with outstanding body control and balance. Feet are electric. Can overwhelm lesser opponents across from him. Instinctive and urgent in his play. Excels from press, off or zone coverage. Fiery competitor with a strong desire to own the pass. Has quick, soft hands. Chest-up tackler who runs through his target. Aggressive nature allows teams to bait him with double moves. Quicker than fast and doesn’t have closing speed to make mistakes underneath and still recover on top. Big receivers will pose a challenge on the next level. While scouts have voiced some concerns about Hargreaves’ size and recovery speed, you won’t find anyone who doesn’t admire his competitiveness and consistency of production. Hargreaves has a level of suddenness and explosiveness in his movements that should always have him near the ball. With top-notch ball skills and exceptional instincts, Hargreaves possesses the football makeup to become a Pro Bowl cornerback.
12. (12) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS select: SHELDON RANKINS, DT
School: Louisville | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Covington, GA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 299 lbs.
Powerfully built lower half with very good strength. Is extremely compact, but still flexible and very athletic. Everything he does is explosive. Fires into blockers and can jolt and displace them with a combination of leverage and power. Strong base provides excellent balance to battle against double teams or down blocks. At times, will absolutely own finesse blockers. Elite foot quickness for interior defender. Will be difficult to hook or crossface for NFL offensive linemen because of his lateral quickness. Plays with powerful, violent hands. Can play in 2gap or 1-gap scheme and did just that at Louisville. Plays through the blocker reading and shedding on time to make tackles against the run. Loose, explosive hips that allow him to win edge battles and turn the corner as pass rusher and potentially excel in twist game. Highly productive pass rusher in each of the last two season. Bloodhound with great instincts to diagnose and shutdown screens. Undersized for full-time interior position by NFL standards. Flashes quite a bit on tape, but many of his victims lacked the strength that he’ll see from NFL guards. Despite having decent arm length, is hardly longlevered and could struggle to turn the corner against an NFL redirect block once he gets on a guards edge. Average secondary rush when his initial charge is stymied. Everything about Rankins game screams winning football player. He has been extremely productive as a bullrusher and edge rusher and he can hold the point of attack or play in gaps. Rankins is a ball of power with rare foot quickness, a great motor and outstanding feel for his position. With so many teams playing in subpackages now, I would expect both 4-3 and 3-4 teams to consider him for an interior spot despite his shorter stature. Thanks to Rankins’ ability to disrupt, has a great shot at getting starter’s snaps early on.
13. (13) MIAMI DOLPHINS (From PHI) select: LAREMY TUNSIL, OT
School: Ole Miss | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Lake City, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 310 lbs.
Good size and length for the position. Finely tuned athlete with tremendous balance and change of direction to appear effortless in pass-sets. Light feet and flexible joints in his kick-slide to handle speed, coming to balance on the move and staying square to rushers. Sinks and anchors to strengthen his core, withstand rip moves and hold his ground at the point of attack. Peppers defenders with strong hands, quick punch and rapid recoil to load up and strike again. Physical mind-set and always looking for someone to block. Doesn’t play with complacency. Smart and quickly picks up defenders on delayed blitzes and combo blocks. Scored his only career touchdown in his final game, showing off body control and soft hands. Mature makeup and carries himself with a positive attitude. Overeager at times and needs to stay patient to not get ahead of the play design. Needs to eliminate the false start penalties and stay focused through the whistle. Doesn’t always play as mean as his intentions. On the field, Tunsil is a nimble big man with a rare athletic skill-set for the position, showing above average balance and flexibility to easily bend, handle speed and absorb power at the point of attack. He’s not a perfect player, but his flaws are more nitpicking than true weaknesses and potential injuries are the only obstacles keeping Tunsil from being one of the better left tackles at the next level.
14. (14) OAKLAND RAIDERS select: KARL JOSEPH, SS
School: West Virginia | Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Orlando, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 205 lbs.
Play-making safety with man cover ability and plus ball skills. Quick to get head around and find the ball and always opts to try and take the ball away rather than break up the pass. Leaper who challenges the high-point. Plays run and pass with great urgency. True high/low option with toughness for the box and straight line speed to play rangy center field. Can pedal and shift from deep zone. Wolf looking for his next meal as a hitter. Doesn’t have desired thickness of frame for the ruckus he likes to bring as a hitter. Play-making aspirations can lead him to vacate his area a step early. Shows some change of direction limitations in coverage. Desire to assail leads to occasional technique breakdowns as a tackler. Fiercely competitive with immense football character. Different teams may have differing opinions of how best to utilize him, but Joseph has proven he can make plays in man coverage or play disciplined enough to be trusted on the back. His average size and subsequent durability will concern some teams due to his aggressive, attacking demeanor; however, Joseph is talented enough to become an early starter and high-impact safety down the road if the medicals check out.
15. (15) CLEVELAND BROWNS (From TEN via LA) select: COREY COLEMAN, WR
School: Baylor | Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Richardson, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 194 lbs.
Coleman is an exciting playmaker with his ability as a vertical threat and catch-and-go receiver. He has quick hands to pluck the ball away from his body with the coordination and leaping ability to play above the rim, making natural adjustments on the ball. He’s an aggressive-minded competitor who needs only one step to accelerate to top speed. Great ability after the catch with elite footwork to make the first man miss before hitting the gas and accelerating to top speed in a wink. Lacks ideal size and growth potential and will have some focus drops, especially over the middle. The biggest question mark surrounding Coleman and his next level fit is his transition from Baylor’s offense to a more traditional pro-style scheme. He wasn’t asked to run a full route tree in college with almost all of his production coming on hitches, in-cuts and go patterns. He has an athletic skillset at all levels of the field. Coleman is one of the best deep threats in the country with above average tracking and adjustment skills to make tough catches look easy, playing above the rim.
16. (16) DETROIT LIONS select: TAYLOR DECKER, OT
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Vandalia, OH
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 310 lbs.
Tough guy who scouts believe has the locker room presence and field demeanor to be an instant leader along an offensive line. Can be a brute in double teams and on downblocks. Fires into his target and drives his feet through contact, blowing open creases into lanes. Doesn’t give lip service to second level blocks and looks to strike a memorable lick on linebackers and safeties. At his best in vertical pass sets where he is smooth and natural. Gains good ground with his first two kick slides. Flat-backed pass sets with ready hands, a hearty punch and good hand placement. Has hand strength to snatch and control a centered block. Has a tendency to pop straight up and play with high pads when moving laterally or in space. Shows surprisingly limited knee bend for being a former basketball player. Struggles to redirect his weight quickly and changing directions to hit moving targets is a chore. Stiff strider in space. Shows tendency to overset when attempting to set out on speed rushers. Upright style will cause problems for him against edge trimming pass rushers who can get under him. Average reactive athleticism limits effectiveness against counter moves back inside. Mirrors well precontact, but ability to mirror diminishes once first contact has been made. His intangibles will likely help make up for some of his physical deficiencies, but he likely lacks the arm length and consistency against edge rushers to play on the left side as a pro. Decker has the run-blocking prowess and mindset to be a long-time starter at right tackle, but may always be a little leakier in pass protection than offensive line coaches and quarterbacks might like.
17. (17) ATLANTA FALCONS select: KEANU NEAL, SS
School: Florida | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Bushnell, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 211 lbs.
Athletic frame with NFL size. Quick-twitch player cranks it up to top speed in a hurry. Explodes downhill in run support with blood in his eyes. Vicious hitter looking to bruise bones and set tones. Rangy run stopper. Drives all the way through his contact with aggressive finishes. Scouts impressed by his personal character. Good click and close skill in coverage. Is on top of receiver immediately after the catch. Impact tackler around the line of scrimmage. Plays with a sense of desperation and rarely fatigues. Will have to make business decisions regarding when to bang and when to simply tackle in order to save his body. Can be wild in space skating past his target. Field awareness can be hit or miss in coverage. Will lose track of deep ball responsibility from time to time. Won’t always turn and run early enough. Neal’s size, athleticism and hitting are the best in this draft. He isn’t limited to simple box tasks even though he thrives there. He has all the makings of an early starter and may hear his name called earlier than some might project.
18. (18) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS select: RYAN KELLY, C
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: West Chester, OH
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 311 lbs.
Boasts both awareness and strength. Quite athletic, slipping to the second level easily while run blocking and mirroring defenders while in pass protection. Has not allowed a sack the past two years. Quick snap-and-step motion and works hard to gain body position, anchor and absorb contact, extending to keep defenders from his body. Average-at-best size, length and growth potential. Needs to continue and develop his power. Quick movements based more on awareness rather than explosive traits. Over-eager at times and needs to stay off the ground, lunging, dropping his eyes and falling off his target. Overaggressive at the second level, leading to his pads rising or overrunning linebackers. Needs to improve his timing in space to land blocks on designed screens. Arguably the top center prospect in the country, Kelly was a model of consistency for the Tide offense in 2015 with opposing coaches praising his knowledge and instincts as a blocker. He projects as a long-time starter in the NFL.
19. (19) BUFFALO BILLS select: SHAQ LAWSON, DE
School: Clemson | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Central, SC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 269 lbs.
Built like a tank with thickly muscled legs and a broad chest. Clemson played him at 5-technique and standing up on the outside. Scheme versatile and will likely appeal to be 3-4 and 4-3 teams. Very powerful at the point of attack. Able to punch, extend arms and control the line of scrimmage or set a hard edge. Able to shock and shed blockers and has the hand quickness to staggered block attempts. Power allows him to play on other side of the line. Average athlete for an end position. Not a natural hip bender and will have to focus on keeping pad level lower to unlock his leverage potential. Shows obvious signs of fatigue as game wears on. At times, is too content to lean on blocks when play isn’t run to his side rather than working to discard. Will have snaps where he seems more concerned with imposing his will on blocking rather than diagnosing the play. Lawson is built like a full-grown man and combines his instincts, toughness and power to fill up a stat sheet and set an early tone. Lawson’s frame and game are easily translatable to the NFL, but his average athleticism and pass rush skills will likely have teams viewing him as a 34 edge setter or a 43 base end. Lawson may also have value as 3-4 defensive tackle in an upfield scheme.
20. (20) NEW YORK JETS select: DARRON LEE, OLB
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Sophomore | Hometown: New Albany, OH
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 232 lbs.
Quick to diagnose and flow to the ball. Has unusual ability to find the most efficient routes to the ball. Has athleticism and flexibility to contort his body and succeed through difficult tackle angles. Plays with loose hips, quick feet and desired agility of an NFL weak-side linebacker. Comfortable in space and excels there. Has plus man cover talent. Willing to stand in and take on blockers with a leveraged strike if his gap is being threatened. Capable gap blitzer with ability to get skinny through the holes. Balance issues at point of attack could plague him over his NFL career. Has the body type of a big safety. Comes flying in and fails to come to balance at times. Always at size disadvantage and will have to learn to slip more blocks. Can get better at finding targets in zone coverage. Lee’s level of NFL success might very well be tied to scheme fit and his ability to add more muscle to his frame. His athletic traits and ability to make plays should make him a starter, but he won’t unlock his full potential unless he gets strong enough to handle the rigors of an NFL linebacker.
21. (21) HOUSTON TEXANS (From WAS) select: WILL FULLER, WR
School: Notre Dame | Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 186 lbs.
Galloping acceleration to reach his top speed quickly. Takes the top off a defense vertically, stacking receivers and using multiple gears to pull away from defenders. Finds the ball well in flight with above average tracking skills. Times his jumps to highpoint and rarely misjudges downfield throws. Works hard for body position to force defenders to go through him at the catch point. Achieves proper depth in his routes with the start/stop ability, change of direction skills and hesitation to create separation at the stem. Strong plant-and-go quickness in his breaks. Very good understanding of field leverage, pressing receivers and generating space. Hits the jets quickly to erase pursuit angles on inside screens. Won’t break tackles, but drives his legs and lowers his pads to finish. Lean-muscled and lacks an ideal body type. Below average functional strength and can be knocked off his route. Unreliable in contested situations. Shows some indecision as a ballcarrier and needs to get north-south quicker. Lacks the run power to pick up yards after initial contact. A dynamic deep threat who has the uncanny ability to create separation late in his route, using an extra gear when the ball is in the air, a burst that most cornerbacks can’t match. He is outstanding at tracking the deep ball and going and getting it, but the lapses in concentration and dropped passes are frustrating. Although NFL teams will need to look past his average build and streaky ball-skills, Fuller is a big-time playmaker who has the speed to stretch the field and quickness to generate separation at the top of his routes, making him a borderline first-round pick.
22. (22) WASHINGTON REDSKINS (From HOU) select: JOSH DOCTSON, WR
School: TCU | Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Mansfield, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 202 lbs.
Silky vertical routes with ability to make subtle shifts to get past corners waiting to put hands on him. Consistent in his play speed. Good accelerator off stutter-step release. Able to create late separation down the field with body lean and quiet hand usage. Touchdown maker who has rung up 25 receiving touchdowns over last two years despite missing three games this season. Climbs to snare jump balls and has body control to adjust in midair. Hands are very strong helping him secure catches through contact. Has ability to make defenses pay after the catch. Isn’t overwhelmed by physical cornerbacks trying to force him into the boundary and can play through it to make winning catches downfield. Tall but needs to add more muscle to prepare for physical, press cornerbacks. Doesn’t look sudden or urgent in his routes and is upright into his breaks. Out-breaking routes are rounded and obvious. Suffered a broken wrist in early November. Doctson must prove he can play against press coverage if he is to reach his potential, but his ability to go up and win when the ball is in the air will endear him to quarterbacks. Scouts were not wowed by his 40 time, but most believe he’ll be a solid No. 2 receiver in the league.
23. (23) MINNESOTA VIKINGS select: LAQUON TREADWELL, WR
School: Ole Miss | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Crete, IL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 221 lbs.
Good height and overall length. Smart receiver with a competitive edge when the ball is in the air. Catch-winner. Has a natural feel for the nuances of the position. Has feel for defender and is careful to work back to throws while shielding cornerbacks from the ball. Hands catcher with adequate body control who can climb the ladder and high point catches over defenders. Truly shines with ball-tracking skills and rarely gives away location of the ball with early movements when racing downfield against cornerbacks. Has subtle shiftiness in his routes thanks to his clean footwork. Can stagger and stutter feet while still working through his routes. Zone eater who has great understanding of positioning in space and giving his quarterback cleanest throw possible. Uses quality stiff arm after the catch for additional “RAC” yards. Willing to block, but has size and temperament to become much better at it. Doesn’t have the cushion-eating, vertical speed to scare cornerbacks. Cornerbacks will crowd his underneath routes from off-man coverage. Could stand to be more physical in his release against press. Should be defined by his talent, ball skills and consistency of production over pure speed numbers. Is at his best when he has a clean, two-way go off the line of scrimmage and he could be a challenging size matchup from the slot.
24. (24) CINCINNATI BENGALS select: WILLIAM JACKSON III, CB
School: Houston | Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 189 lbs.
Good height and length. Stays low from a smooth backpedal. Plays with capable makeup speed when receivers get separation. Can click and close on throws in front of him with acceleration and has makeup speed deep. Possesses ball skills that defensive back coaches covet. Gets his head around to find ball on downfield throws and has excellent disruptive timing when attacking the throw. Instinctive and quick to diagnose and react to his keys. Has feel for routes and will adjust coverage accordingly. Average play strength and isn’t as physical from press coverage as he could be. Might be knocked around by big NFL receivers if he’s asked to press. Will get upright when transitioning from back-pedal. Shows momentary delay when opening to run which can put him behind in footrace with speedy receivers. Tall cornerbacks with length who can run and play the football are usually in high demand and that could be the case for Jackson as well. While he has the traits for the position, the league is turning into small and fast or big and strong at the receiver spot and handling those two elements could take a year or two for him to improve in before he becomes a full-time starter.
25. (25) PITTSBURGH STEELERS select: ARTIE BURNS, CB
School: Miami (Fla.) | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 193 lbs.
Premium athlete with long, angular build and preferred blend of size and speed. Will bait quarterbacks into trap throws. Has soft hands and catch radius of a receiver when it is time to take the ball away. Possesses brash, cocky demeanor. Length and physicality from press can be extremely disruptive. Burst on the throw is NFL-worthy. When he’s dialed in, has talent to be impactful. Usually finishes when he makes contact as tackler. Extremely raw and undisciplined. Leggy and grabby in routes. Upright in backpedal and plays with very little bend. High center of gravity prevents fluid change of direction. Coasts on athleticism and talent over proper technique. Turns motor off and on from game to game, and play can be lackadaisical. Would like to see him attack blockers rather than waiting for running back before disengaging. While his tape is average and technique can be nonexistent at times, NFL teams often draft on traits at the cornerback spot and assume that coaching will take care of the rest. Burns has length, speed, ball skills and abundant potential. Keep in mind he was limited in his growth at the position thanks to a spring track schedule, but he is still in the infant stages of reaching his pro potential.
26. (26) DENVER BRONCOS (From SEA) select: PAXTON LYNCH, QB
School: Memphis | Conference: AAC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Deltona, FL
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 244 lbs.
Tall, lanky frame with broad shoulders and room to add more weight – built for the NFL and can take a beating. Light on his feet with the athleticism and body control to climb, shuffle and slide in the pocket, buying time and adjusting his throwing platform when needed. Throws with accuracy on the move and comfortable moving the pocket with boots and motions. Good-enough arm strength to fire strikes with a quick trigger. Quick eyes to scan and make whole field reads. Improved poise to sense pressure and comfortable operating from within a confined pocket. Has the arm talent to get away with throwing without a firm base. Coaches praise his ability to acclimate and football IQ. Gangly even with added weight and must continue and fill out his upper and lower body. Inconsistent base, doesn’t always throw with a balanced foundation, which affects his downfield accuracy. Must sharpen footwork. Relies on arm talent over fundamentals. Requires maintenance with his throwing technique, which was not emphasized by his coaches. Internal clock is still a work in progress, taking sacks that he shouldn’t. Smart decision-maker. Still learning which throws he should and shouldn’t make. Needs work on touch and timing and developing a better feel for ball speed. All the calls in the Memphis offense came from the sideline. His pro transition will require time and although he might not be “perfect” in every area, the ingredients are there for Lynch to develop into a successful starting NFL quarterback.
27. (27) GREEN BAY PACKERS select: KENNY CLARK, DT
School: UCLA | Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 314 lbs.
Will hammer finesse guards and centers with initial punch and overtake the neutral zone. Quick to diagnose run direction and will race to set the edge against blocker. Low center of gravity and powerful core make him a challenging block to seal for linemen. Cranks up a nasty bull rush to collapse pocket when single blocked. Plays with plus instincts and football IQ. Has feel for trap blocks and double teams and is quick to read and react to screens. Can work his way through double teams and squeeze the gap. Short and missing arm length to be better tackle finisher. Not a quick twitch athlete. Needs to do a better job of bringing feet and hips through contact. Gets too anxious pursuing down line and can lose backside contain. Despite strength, lack of size will be challenging in some matchups. Straight line bull rusher with average lateral quickness for twists. Has the strength and talent to be a plug and play 43 nose, but lack of size and concerns about his value on third downs could push his draft value into the second day. Clark’s wrestling background gives him a huge leg up at the point of attack and he won’t be 21 until October which means he’s still filling out his frame. Would benefit from a year of rotational work as he continues to physically mature.
28. (28) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (From KC) select: JOSHUA GARNETT, OG
School: Stanford | Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 312 lbs.
Powerful frame with dense, muscular lower body. Very powerful at point of attack — especially as base blocker. Able to strike and center his blocks between his shoulders. Very good hand placement, upper body strength and hip torque to steer and turn opponent on hook blocks. Generates good power from legs and hips. Block winner in tight space near goal line. Takes good angles to second level block to make up for his lack of athleticism. Hard to beat him early in the rep on run plays. Can bury gap shooters with cavein blocks. Gets a little lazy with his feet and tries to outmuscle opponents rather than combining strength with proper footwork. Falls in love with mashing opponents within the early stages of a rep and forgets to bring his feet under him to secure the block causing him to fall off at times. Opens himself up to problems against crafty defensive tackles by leaning too much in protection. More of a hug and contain approach against rushers rather than inside punch. Garnett looks to establish a new line of scrimmage on every running play and is a great fit for a team looking to impose their will between the tackles. While he’s a plus run blocker, his pass protection issues should not be taken lightly and will have to be vetted with offensive line coaches to make sure they are correctable issues. Garnett should be able to come in and start right away.
30. (29) ARIZONA CARDINALS select: ROBERT NKEMDICHE, DT
School: Ole Miss | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Loganville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 294 lbs.
Has reactive explosiveness for expanded range as tackler near line of scrimmage. Wrap up finisher who won’t allow running backs out of his grasp. Plays with good lateral quickness and can win the race across the face of blockers. Played stronger at point of attack this year. Proved he could penetrate and 2-gap. Showed noticeable improvement as pass rusher. Has a decent spin move as pass rusher and plays with the power to force his way through a guard’s shoulder and into the backfield. For all the talent and athletic traits, his production was disappointing. Never forced or recovered a fumble. Ducks head into initial off snap losing track of the ball. Tightly wound, straight-line athlete who needs play to stay inside his optimal area of movement. Inconsistent effort after his initial pass rush move is thwarted. Needs to develop a counter rush move. His talent and frame are worthy of an early selection, but his lack of high-end production and character concerns could cause him to slide. With that said, he has the talent to be an impact starter in the league.
31. (30) CAROLINA PANTHERS select: VERNON BUTLER, DT
School: Louisiana Tech | Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Summit, MS
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 323 lbs.
Plays with strong hands and good arm extension and can “peekaboo” both gaps as he reads which hole the running back heads for. Impressive stack and shed timing and power. Able to eat up double teams and keep his linebackers clean when asked to. Excellent athleticism. Can make plays all along the line of scrimmage. If blocker doesn’t finish, Butler will work himself back into the play. Able to coordinate hands and feet smoothly and has change of direction and closing burst to become a dominant pass rusher from inside. Can slide from gap to gap as a pass rusher and is a perfect fit for twist-based defense. Generally attacks gaps with forward lean and ability to corner the edge when he has his man beat. Build is athletic, but a little bit top-heavy. Will play with inconsistent base when his pad level gets too high trying to win through the gaps. Will try to out-muscle his opponent when his initial pass rush gets stuck in neutral, rather than use counter moves. For all of his potential and talent, wasn’t as productive as NFL scouts are used to. Plays with some wasted energy and motion and needs to work more efficiently. Butler has a raw but diverse skillset as a pass rusher that should excite NFL evaluators who see the potential of what he can be with more coaching and experience. With his effort and defensive ball awareness, his ceiling appears to be high with a chance to become a highlevel starter for an odd or even front defense.
32. (31) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (From DEN) select: GERMAIN IFEDI, OT
School: Texas A&M | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 324 lbs.
Has played guard and tackle and has ability to play either as a pro. Has athleticism to protect edge as a tackle and can step and catch late or sudden bursts inside. Good hand strength with ability to latch and lock up pass rushers when he lands punch inside the frame. At his best when getting on top of pass rushers with quick-sets. Has reactive athleticism to respond to twists and blitzes. Uses length and foot quickness to open recovery doors that might slam on other linemen. Flashes hip explosion to torque defenders out of the hole as a run blocker. Has body control and change of direction talent to be a successful second level blocker. Inconsistent depth of pass sets opens up edge. Timing of combo blocks needs work. Gets in a hurry and doesn’t always get first block secured. Uses more of a kick stomp than fluid kick slide. High pad level on down blocks limits leg drive to secure. Passive vertical pass sets allow easy pocket squeeze. Needs to eliminate habit of leaning into blocks. Too content to stalemate rather than dominate. Patience and discipline is a problem in pass protection. Lunges rather than letting the rep come to him. Ifedi has the tools and traits to become a good NFL offensive linemen if he can avoid the leaning and lunging that plagues him. A move inside combined with NFL coaching could unlock Ifedi’s high ceiling.