There are three things you need to know, before you glance at my 2015 NFL Draft top 25 prospects list. The first thing you need to know is that like any other list, it is subjective. This list consists of my opinions so please take it for what it is worth.
Secondly, know that during the draft season, which is really heating up, this list could change more times than you can count. These are not set in stone. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Different people will see each player differently; general managers, scouts and coaches will see each prospect through the lens of their individual team needs.
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Without further ado, here is my first top 25 prospect list of the 2015 NFL draft season:
- Marcus Mariota, QB (Oregon)
- Danny Shelton, DT (Washington)
- Amari Cooper, WR (Alabama)
- Andrus Peat, OT (Stanford)
- Leonard Williams, DE (USC)
- Randy Gregory, DE (Nebraska)
- Shane Ray, OLB (Missouri)
- Landon Collins, SS (Alabama)
- La’el Collins, OT (LSU)
- Trae Waynes, CB (Michigan State)
- Vic Beasley, OLB (Clemson)
- Kevin White, WR (WVU)
- Brandon Scherrf, Guard/Tackle (Iowa)
- Dante Fowler Jr., OLB (Florida)
- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB (Oregon)
- Devante Parker, WR (Louisville)
- Eddie Goldman, DT (FSU)
- Eric Kendricks, LB (UCLA)
- Shaq Thompson, OLB (Washington)
- Benardrick McKinney, OLB (Miss St.)
- P.J. Williams, CB (FSU)
- Jaelen Strong, WR (ASU)
- Marcus Peters, CB (Washington)
- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT (Texas A&M)
- Denzel Perryman LB (Miami)
Here are some answers to questions you may have about my list and my process.
Where are the quarterbacks?
There is a reason that Marcus Mariota is my only quarterback in the top 25. I don’t feel like Jameis Winston is a safe investment in the first round. There are too many red flags off the field, and his game on the field is just as alarming. You don’t draft based on potential in the first round. You draft a first rounder knowing he will be a star, knowing what you will get out of him. The Cleveland Browns already look foolish for drafting Johnny Manziel…
I thought Brandon Scherrf was a tackle?
I think Scherff is a tremendous prospect, but I like him as a guard. He struggles with quickness off the edge too much for me as a left tackle. He is a tremendous run blocker. Put it together and he is a guard in the NFL.
Why do you have Shelton so high?
Shelton is a player that I have become quite enamored with. I think he is a rare talent, and an instant difference maker. If you want your defensive line to own the line of scrimmage, if you want a guy who demands double teams, Shelton is the man for the job. Shelton can make plays for others, by doing the dirty work on the interior of the defensive line.
Why are there so many more defensive players?
There are 16 defensive players on the top 25 list, so this is a valid question. Running backs don’t become of value until the 2nd round in this era of the NFL. There is only one quarterback that I feel is a sure thing. Guards and centers get drafted after the first round usually.
There is no doubt that I am a defensive minded football man. Great defensive play, that is what catches my eye the most. That said, pass rushers and cornerbacks are worth more than they ever were before in the NFL.