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2016 NFL Draft: Top Prospects by Position

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With the 2016 NFL Draft two months away, PSR takes a look at the top prospects, position by position, entering this week's scouting combine.

With Super Bowl 50 in the books, the order for the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is set. The Tennessee Titans, who went 3-13 in 2015, have the first pick.

Offense
Quarterbacks
1. Jared Goff, California (6-4, 210) Goff had an up and down season by starting fast and finishing strong but was average towards the middle of the season. Goff has the arm and field vision necessary for the next level.
2. Paxton Lynch, Memphis (6-7, 245) Lynch is raw, but has great arm talent. Lynch’s footwork and ability to read defenses need to improve over time. He had a signature win over Ole Miss earlier this season.
3. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (6-6, 235)
4. Connor Cook, Michigan State (6-4, 218)
5. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (6-4, 2340

Running Backs
1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (6-0, 225) Elliot has the burst and explosion to rip off long runs and can run with power. Elliot’s pass blocking ability makes him the most complete back in the draft.
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama (6-3, 241) Henry has surprising pass blocking ability and proficient in pass catching will make him a three down back in the NFL.
3. C.J. Procise, Notre Dame (6-0, 225)
4. Paul Perkins, UCLA (6-1, 225)
5. Devontae Booker, Utah (5-11, 203)

Fullbacks
1. Derek Watt, Wisconsin (6-1, 231)
2. Devon Johnson, Marshall (6-1, 243)
3. Quayvon Hicks, Georgia (6-1, 257)

Wide Receivers
1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (6-2, 229) Treadwell had a productive junior year for the Rebels after suffering a devastating injury in 2014. He has great run after catch ability, however he lacks elite speed.
2. Michael Thomas, Ohio State (6-3, 212) Thomas produced despite the Buckeyes quarterback situation. He has the size and speed to be the top prospect at his position in 2016.
3. Will Fuller, Notre Dame (6-0, 184)
4. Josh Doctson, TCU  (6-4, 195)
5. Corey Coleman, Baylor (5-10, 190)

Tight EndsArkansas Hunter Henry
1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas (6-6, 255) Henry is the most complete TE prospect in this draft class. Henry is a straight line blocker in the run game and has the ability to get open against defensive backs and linebackers in the passing game.
2. Austin Hooper, Stanford (6-4, 249) Hopper was more productive than the numbers suggest last season and will be a mismatch in the passing game. He has potential as a run blocker.
3. Nick Vannett, Ohio State (6-6, 260)
4. Jerell Adams, South Carolina (6-6, 231)
5. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky (6-6, 250)

Offensive Tackles
1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (6-5, 305) Tunsil is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft. He has the technique and athleticism but will need to get stronger in his core muscles.
2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (6-5, 315) Stanley had a good but not great 2015. He is a great pass blocker but was inconsistent in the run game. Stanley can also develop more of a mean streak.
3. Taylor Decker, Ohio State (6-7, 315)
4. Jack Conklin, Michigan State (6-5, 325)
5. Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (6-6, 320)

Interior Offensive Lineman
1. Vadal Alexander G, LSU (6-6, 320) Alexander played tackle at LSU, but projects better as a guard. Alexander has all the requisite skills but will need to work on his conditioning in the NFL.
2. Sebastian Tretola G, Arkansas (6-5, 334) Tretola has a great 2015 for the Razorbacks. He is a powerful run blocker and is dependable in the passing game.
3. Cody Whitehair G, Kansas State (6-4, 305)
4. Ryan Kelly C, Alabama (6-4, 297)
5. Nick Martin C, Notre Dame (6-4, 301)

Defense
Defensive Ends
1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State (6-6, 275) Bosa is the best defensive prospect in this year’s class. Bosa was great against the run game, but his pass rush was inconsistent in 2015, especially against weaker competition.
2. DeForest Buckner, Oregon (6-7, 290) Buckner is the next of a long line of recent Oregon pass rushers. Buckner is a little raw with his technique but has the athleticism needed to succeed at the next level.
3. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State (6-4, 275)
4. Shaq Lawson, Clemson (6-3, 275)
5. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 255)

Defensive Tackles
1. A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama (6-4, 320) Robinson consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and is strong at the point of attack. Scouts also love the fact that Robinson is scheme-adaptable.
2. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (6-4, 296) Nkemdiche had a run in with the law in December but there is no denying his skillset and abilities. On the field he needs to learn how to finish plays in the NFL. 
3. Kenny Clark, UCLA (6-3, 310)
4. Jarran Reed, Alabama (6-4, 310)
5. Adolphus Washington, Ohio State (6-4, 295)
Myles Jack UCLA
Outside Linebackers
1. Myles Jack, UCLA (6-1, 230) Jack suffered a knee injury in September but had a productive sophomore campaign. Jack is adept in pass coverage and is possibly the surest tackler in this year’s draft.
2. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame (6-2, 235) Smith had a devastating knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl, but he is capable of playing both middle linebacker and outside linebacker with his speed and power.
3. Leonard Floyd, Georgia (6-4, 230)
4. Scooby Wright III, Arizona (6-1, 246)
5. Darron Lee, Ohio State (6-2, 228)

Inside Linebackers
1. Reggie Ragland, Alabama (6-2, 254) Ragland may not be an athletic freak, but he is a solid football player. He has ability to cover backs and tight ends and is a thumper in the running game.
2. Jarrad Davis, Florida (6-2, 230) Davis had a productive 2015 season and scouts love his speed, athleticism and instincts.
3. Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (6-1, 235)
4. Antonio Morrison, Florida (6-1, 220)
5. Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (6-3, 253)

Cornerbacks
1. Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (5-11, 192) Hargreaves has great skills but must play with more physicality on a consistent basis. Hargreaves had a productive 2015.
2. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (5-11, 195) Fuller was injured in September, but he has a high grade due to his strong 2014 campaign. Fuller showed the skills of a true lock down corner.
3. Tre'Davious White,  LSU (5-11, 191)
4. Desmond King, Iowa (5-11, 200)
5. Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (5-11, 186)

Safeties
1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (6-1, 204) Ramsey played corner at FSU, but he projects as a better safety at the next level as he could struggle preventing separation from wide receivers in the NFL.
Jalen Ramsey Florida State2. Keanu Neal, Florida (6-1, 216) Neal has the skills at be a solid safety, but he needs to improve his coverage skills and his tackling. He too often makes the fundamental mistake of going for the big hit instead of wrapping up and making the routine tackle.
3. Jeremy Cash, Duke (6-2, 205)
4. Jayron Kearse, Clemson (6-5, 220)
5. Tony Conner, Ole Miss (6-0, 217)

Specialists
Kickers
1. Ka'Imi Fairbairn, UCLA (6-0, 190)
2. Marshall Morgan, Georgia (6-3, 200
3. Ross Martin, Duke (5-10, 185)

Punters
1. Kyle Christy, Florida (6-2, 199)
2. Trevor Pardula, Kansas (6-5, 212)
3. Kyle Loomis, Portland State (6-2, 230)

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