Ell’s NFL Draft Grades 2015 Part 1

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May 15, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports

Ell’s NFL Draft Grades 2015 Part 1


FalconsThe Falcons had one of the best drafts selecting OLB Vic Beasley, out of Clemson, who may be the best pass rusher in the draft with his speed and athleticism. CB Jalen Collins, out of LSU, was considered a 1st round prospect, but fell and should be hungry to prove teams wrong. He is a huge press corner who could even move to safety and the Falcons could use both. RB Tevin Coleman, out of Indiana, is a beast at running the ball averaging over 7ypc and he has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield to go along with speed and quickness. WR Justin Hardy, out of ECU, is a tough WR with good hands who runs good slant routes and can make defenders miss, he will fill-in the slot position behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. DT Grady Jarrett, out of Clemson, is a high motor player who can cause problems for both the run and pass game. OT Jake Rodgers will fight for a roster spot and CB Akeem King is a converted WR with good size and speed. Grade: A

Cardinals – Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, out of Miami, finishes the upgrading of the Cardinals O-line where Humphries can fill right in at RT. DE Markus Golden, out of Missouri, is a high motor player who should find his way into the D-line rotation. RB David Johnson, out of Northern Iowa, is a nice power back who can complement RB Andre Ellington well; his catching ability and return ability is another plus. DT Rodney Gunter, out of Delaware St., is a huge prospect who will provide depth at the NT position. DE Shaquille Riddick, out of West Virginia, is a player with good size and athleticism who will mostly like be used as a pass-rushing OLB. WR J.J. Nelson is a small return specialist and TE Gerald Christian will fight for a roster spot to provide depth at TE; he was the last pick of the draft. Grade: B

RavensThe Ravens made one of the surprise picks of the night selecting WR Breshad Perriman, out of UCF, he seems like the ideal replacement for Torrey Smith with his elite speed and good size; he is a boom or bust pick. TE Max Williams, out of Minnesota, is the top TE in the draft and may be an instant starter with Dennis Pitta’s health concerns. DT Carl Davis, out of Iowa, is a huge prospect who seems best at the NT position as a run stopper; he has 1st round talent, but his motor is a question. DE Za’Darius Smith, out of Kentucky, is a tough, high motor prospect who can stop the run, but doesn’t provide much pass rush. RB Javorius Allen, out of USC, is a one cut running back with good hands of the backfield; he could be the 3rd down back. CB Tray Walker is a raw prospect with good cover skills, but he needs to add bulk and help and run support. TE Nick Boyle is a raw prospect with all of the skills to be a starter in the league, but he needs help with fundamentals. OG Robert Myers is a small school prospect with good technique who may be a starter in the league eventually. WR Darren Waller is a huge WR/TE hybrid who will compete for a spot. Grade: B+

BillsThe Bills traded away their 1st round pick this year to trade up for WR Sammy Watkins last year. In the 2nd round, the Bills selected CB Ronald Darby, out of Florida State, who plays with good aggressiveness and has good speed, but needs to polish his game; he should eventually become the nickel corner. OG John Miller, out of Louisville, is a huge prospect with good strength; he should compete for a spot inside immediately. RB Karlos Williams, out of Florida State, is a big back with good speed who runs with an aggressive style that fits the zone blocking scheme; however, he is still a bit raw. OLB Tony Steward, out of Clemson, is a bit undersized, but he has a high motor and good speed and athleticism; however, he does have injury concerns, but wowed scouts at his pro day.  TE Nick O’Leary is a good pass catching prospect and WR Dezmin Lewis is a tall, small school prospect who has wowed scouts; they should make the roster based on their skill sets. Grade: C+


Bears – WR Kevin White, out of West Virginia, wowed everyone at the combine showing his big play potential making him a good replacement for Brandon Marshall with his size and speed combination. DT Eddie Goldman, out of Florida State, is one of the most athletic D-lineman in the draft with a good blend of quickness for his size, but some scouts questioned his ability to generate a pass rush; however, he is a 1st round talent who should prove them wrong. C Hroniss Grasu, out of Oregon, is a solid 4-yr starter who should be able to take over as the center for the long term. RB Jeremy Langford, out of Michigan State, is an explosive back with good size who should get a role as a 3rd down back or change of pace. FS Adrian Amos is a smart prospect with good cover skills, but he is a liability in run support, he should provide depth. OT Tayo Fabuluje is a huge LT with good size and strength, but his motivation is a concern and weight issues. Grade: B+

PanthersThe Panthers make a surprise pick by selecting OLB/S Shaq Thompson, out of Washington, he is an athletic prospect who will most likely be used as a pass rushing OLB who has the ability to drop back on TEs. WR Devin Funchess, out of Michigan, is a huge target who is a TE/WR hybrid player, but Panthers will possibly give him the chance to start opposite huge 2nd yr WR Kelvin Benjamin. OG/OT Daryl Williams, out of Oklahoma, is a huge, strong prospect who could be starter at RT, but most scouts that his lack of athleticism will kick him inside to RG; either way he will improve the run game. LB David Mayo is a small school player who lacks top-end speed and athleticism, but has good instincts and makes plays. RB Cameron Artis-Payne is short, but stocky power back who can share carries with Jonathan Stewart. Grade: C+

BengalsThe Bengals solidified their O-line depth selecting OT Cedric Ogbuehi, out of Texas A&M, he was considered a 1st round prospect the last two seasons, but he is coming off an ACL injury; he will eventually take over the LT spot in a year or two. OT Jake Fisher, out of Oregon, is a solid O-line prospect with experience at both tackle spots and guard; he should eventually take over the RT spot, unless he fits as a guard. TE Tyler Koft, out of Rutgers, has good size and athleticism with the ability to block and catch he should provide depth as the #2 TE. ILB Paul Dawson, out of TCU, had 1st round talent, but fell just like the majority of the MLBs. Dawson didn’t impress much at the combine, but he has solid instincts and he is a tackling machine; he should provide depth and could eventually be a starter. CB Josh Shaw, out of USC, has good size and plays with a physical nature; he could either be a press corner or a free safety. DE Marcus Hardison has good size and may even be able to play DT on rushing downs, as he has the ability to generate a pass rush and get to the QB. TE C.J. Uzomah provides more depth at TE as a solid pass catching prospects. FS Derron Smith is a solid all around athlete, who fell due to injury concerns, but he is solid prospect who is a tackling machine and he has good cover skills with the ability to make interception; he can also make plays on special teams in the return game. WR Mario Alford is a fast undersized receiver who may be able to help in the return game. Grade: B

BrownsThe Browns had another shot at selecting two quality players in the 1st round, I really liked the 1st pick the 2nd was a good pick, but a bit of a reach. 1st the Browns selected DT Danny Shelton, out of Washington, who is a huge prospect with great strength and a high motor. Shelton will take over the NT position from day 1 and should cause and instant impact creating pressure up the middle, mostly taking up blocks and stopping the run. The Browns also selected C/LT Cameron Erving, out of Florida State, is a solid prospect who has shown that he can play multiple positions along the O-line, but most scouts believe he would be best a center; the Browns will probably use him at C while Alex Mack heals then move him to Guard or RT. DE Nate Orchard, out of Utah, is a solid pass rushing prospect with a high motor, but he struggles against the run and is a bit undersized so he may move to the OLB spot. RB Duke Johnson, out of Miami, is an elusive prospect with good quickness and speed to change games, so he will complement Isaiah Crowell nicely as the speed back, but he most improve in pass protection. DT Xavier Cooper, out of Washington State, is an athletic prospect with good footwork and speed. Cooper has the ability to get to the quarterback and make plays behind the line of scrimmage, but he must continue to get stronger and work on his technique; he will get time on the field in the D-line rotation. SS Ibraheim Campbell is a 4yr college safety who is a solid tackler and can play in the box, but he must get better in coverage he could learn a lot of Whitner. WR Vince Mayle is a solid possession receiver with good size and potential, but he must get better at route running and continue to polish his game. CB Charles Gaines has all the skills to be a solid nickel corner and knows how to mirror routes as a former WR. TE Malcolm Johnson is a power player with good hands who will see time at fullback, H-back, and TE.  TE Randall Telfer is one of the best blocking TEs in the draft and he may be ready to take over on running downs. ILB Hayes Pullard is a versatile LB who can play in both schemes and he has solid coverage skills and good pursuit. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is a solid prospect most scouts considered to have 1st round potential, but he suffered a knee injury and he couldn’t participate in workouts; he is known as a solid press corner with the ability to play inside or out. Grade: B+


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