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Top Players in Draft by Position

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The Tribune’s Ira Kaufman picks his top five draft prospects at each position

 

QUARTERBACK

Player School Comment

Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Johnny Football has boom or bust potential

Blake Bortles Central Florida Stands tall in the pocket and delivers

Derek Carr Fresno State Threw 87 TD passes his final two seasons

Teddy Bridgewater Louisville Accurate passer who makes smart decisions

Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Weak competition makes him tough to judge

 

RUNNING BACK

Carlos Hyde Ohio State Strong inside runner who can find the end zone

Tre Mason Auburn Undersized back is versatile and productive

Bishop Sankey Washington Patient runner with strong lower body

Tyler Gaffney Stanford Complete back breaks a lot of tackles

Jeremy Hill LSU Mediocre speed, but athletic for his 233-pound frame

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Sammy Watkins Clemson One of the best WR prospects in the past decade

Mike Evans Texas A&M This Vincent Jackson clone could be a red-zone terror

Odell Beckham LSU Fast, shifty and quite physical for his 5-foot-11 frame

Marqise Lee Southern Cal Owns or shares 22 school records

Brandin Cooks Oregon State Speedster could develop into the next Steve Smith

 

TIGHT ENDS

Eric Ebron North Carolina Powerful hands and knows how to get open

Jace Amaro Texas Tech A big man who can move and break tackles

Troy Niklas Notre Dame Former LB has enviable size but average speed

C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa Needs work on his blocking technique at next level

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington Outstanding athlete with some off-field concerns

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

Greg Robinson Auburn This 332-pound road grader can play T or G

Jake Matthews Texas A&M Four-year starter with great bloodlines, consistency

Taylor Lewan Michigan Massive lineman could be 10-year starter at LT

Zack Martin Notre Dame Most versatile OL prospect in many years

Marcus Martin Southern Cal Shifted from G to C in 2013 and excelled

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina This total package could be first player off the board

Aaron Donald Pittsburgh ACC Defensive Player of the Year with 11 sacks at DT

Louis Nix Notre Dame A 331-pound DT who is stout at the point of attack

Timmy Jernigan Florida State An active DT who can clog the inside running lanes

Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame Solid three-down DE reads plays before they develop

 

LINEBACKER

Khalil Mack Buffalo Disruptive four-year starter is takeaway machine

Anthony Barr UCLA Rangy OLB with big upside as a 3-4 edge rusher

C.J. Mosley Alabama Intriguing instincts in the middle

Ryan Shazier Ohio State Needs to bulk up, but he can sure close in a hurry

Trent Murphy Stanford Led the nation with 15 sacks

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State Speedy ballhawk at CB who returned 5 kickoffs for TDs

Darqueze Dennard Michigan State Aggressive CB excels in man coverage

Calvin Pryor Louisville Hard-hitting safety must learn to take better angles

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama Closes quickly and boasts solid ball skills at safety

Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech Injury issues, but physical CB offers strong run suport

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