Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Preseason 2015 NFL Draft Big Board. You can find last year's edition here. As always, we should keep in mind that things will change between now and the midpoint of the college season due to a myriad of reasons (injury, suspension, ineligibility, etc). This week, we will be taking a look at the top 50 prospects. Without further ado, here's the list!
1. Leonard Williams DE 6'4 290 Junior USC
- Williams is the top defensive end in the 2015 class that is full of talented ends. He has the body to play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 end position. The talented junior is the anchor of the Trojans pass rush after several prominent departures to the pros.
2. Cedric Ogbuehi OT 6'5 300 RS Senior Texas A&M
- The next great tackle out of A&M, following the likes of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. Ogbuehi could have been a first round pick this year but opted to return to school for his senior season. It will be interesting to see if he follows the Matthews plan as the lone anchor of a young OL.
3. Marcus Mariota QB 6'4 212 RS Junior Oregon
- Mariota enters as the top QB in the class after a standout 2013 season. He proved that he isn't just another Ducks QB that fits the system and wowed everyone with his passing. Would've been one of the top QBs taken in 2014.
4. Vic Beasley OLB 6'2 235 RS Senior Clemson
- Beasley was a pass rushing force of nature for the Tigers in the vein that Aldon Smith was for Missouri. He is a bit undersized and needs to settle down in a position for 2014. Arguably one of the better outside linebackers in the class.
5. Cameron Erving OT 6'5 320 RS Senior Florida State
- Erving is one of the best tackles in this year's class. He started out as a defensive line recruit at the tender age of 16 and developed into a great tackle under the tutelage of Rick Trickett. 2014 is just his third year of playing on offense.
6. Bryce Petty QB 6'2 230 RS Senior Baylor
- The word on Petty is that he is a product of the dynamic Baylor offense but he has talent that rivals Bear alum RG3. It will be interesting to see how he does without the benefit of Lache Seastrunk this year.
7. Shilique Calhoun DE 6'4 250 RS Junior Michigan State
- Another year, another impact pass rusher from the heralded Spartans defense.
8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB 5'10 185 Senior Oregon
- The odds on favorite to win the Jim Thorpe award, given out to the top defensive back. Could be Oregon's best DB in a long time (that's saying a lot, given their history of good ones like Patrick Chung, Walter Thurmond III, and Jairus Byrd). A true shutdown corner in college.
9. Mario Edwards, Jr DE 6'3 277 Junior Florida State
- The former top ranked recruit in the 2012 class had a monster 2013 after battling some weight issues as a freshman. He's a freak athlete with a good NFL bloodline as his father Mario, Sr played at FSU and had a decent career with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s. (I feel old just knowing that kids of players I watched growing up are making their way into the league)
10. Andrus Peat OT 6'6 312 Junior Stanford
- Does Stanford ever run out of linemen?
11. Jameis Winston QB 6'3 228 RS Sophomore Florida State
- The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is back to lead the Seminoles once more. Off field issues aside, he might be the latest in a long line of QBs under Jimbo Fisher to get drafted in the first round. He has a baseball delivery in his throwing motion (in a bad way) which needs to be sped up considerably or NFL DBs will time him all day.
12. Todd Gurley RB 6'1 232 Junior Georgia
- Gurley could be the best back in the class, provided that he stays healthy. He has prototypical size and underrated speed. Will be interesting to see how he fares without Aaron Murray to take the pressure off him.
13. Devonte Fields DE 6'4 240 RS Sophomore TCU
- Fields is an underrated end from a traditionally good mid major program in TCU. They have sent some pretty good players to the league in recent years.
14. Nelson Agholor WR 6'0 185 Junior USC
- Marqise Lee who? Agholor will be expected to take the #1 receiver role after Lee's departure to the NFL. A great athlete with return skills.
15. Dante Fowler, Jr DE 6'3 266 Junior Florida
- Florida's second best defensive lineman a year ago but will be expected to be the anchor in 2014 on a struggling Gators team.
16. Melvin Gordon RB 6'1 207 RS Junior Wisconsin
- 2014 will be a great litmus test of the age old question of is it the system or the talent of the back in Wisconsin. The Badgers are losing a ton of talent on the line so Gordon will have his work cut out for him.
17. Michael Bennett DT 6'3 285 Senior Ohio State
- No, the current Seahawk end did not regain his college eligibility. Bennett is pass rusher in the mold of a Jurrell Casey at the tackle position.
18. Amari Cooper WR 6'1 205 Junior Alabama
- The number one receiver for the Tide and has been compared to former Tide standout and current Falcon, Julio Jones. Cooper will be expected to carry the load in 2014, breaking in a new QB (former FSU QB Jacob Coker)
19. Brandon Scherff OT 6'5 315 RS Senior Iowa
- Could be one of the best linemen in Hawkeyes history. He plays with a true road grader's mentality and will get in your face to get the job done.
20. PJ Williams CB 6'0 190 Junior Florida State
- Lamarcus Joyner's heir apparent and the guy who made the key interception in the title game, which sealed the Defensive MVP honors for him. He was a monster that night, constantly harassing Auburn players into mistakes.
21. Ramik Wilson ILB 6'2 232 Senior Georgia
- UGA's best defender, perhaps?
22. Nick O'Leary TE 6'3 248 Senior Florida State
- Jack Nicklaus' grandson and avid motorcycle enthusiast (seriously the guy has survived two horrific crashes and walked away with mere bruises). Also moonlights as one of the better TEs in the class.
23. TJ Yeldon RB 6'1 218 Junior Alabama
- Yeldon is Gurley's biggest rival to the best RB throne. He runs too upright though for my liking. A great athlete that can also help in the screen game.
24. Hroniss Grasu C 6'3 298 RS Senior Oregon
- Presumptive favorite to win the Rimington Award, given out to the best center in the country. Leader of the Ducks high powered attack.
25. La'El Collins OT 6'5 315 Senior LSU
- Collins surprisingly elected to stay in school but nonetheless a boon to the Tigers as they need veteran leadership on the line.
26. Rashad Greene WR 6'0 180 Senior Florida State
- Who was Winston's go to guy in clutch situations? Greene. A bit undersized but is an excellent route runner and knows how to find space where there is none. Needs to add some more weight to frame to survive the rigors of the NFL season.
27. Trae Waynes CB 6'1 185 RS Junior Michigan State
- A pretty good corner in his own right. Darqueze Dennard's replacement.
28. Denzel Perryman ILB 6'0 240 Senior Miami
- The next great Miami linebacker?
29. Randy Gregory DE 6'5 255 Senior Nebraska
- Junior College transfer who terrorized Nebraska's opponents by notching 13 sacks and multiple tackles for loss.
30. Ty Montgomery WR 6'2 215 Senior Stanford
- Stanford's version of ex Commodore Jordan Matthews.
31. Jordan Jenkins OLB 6'2 246 Junior Georgia
- Jarvis Jones who? He has that much talent and looks to thrive under new DC Jeremy Pruitt.
32. Carl Davis DT 6'4 315 RS Senior Iowa
- A bigger Karl Klug, if you will.
33. Jalen Collins CB 6'1 195 RS Junior LSU
- The next great cornerback to come from Baton Rouge?
34. Tre Jackson OG 6'4 330 Senior Florida State
- The best guard in this year's class, no question. Can also play center and tackle in a pinch.
35. Kurtis Drummond FS 6'1 200 RS Senior Michigan State
- Leader of the great Spartans secondary and Thorpe candidate.
36. Noah Spence DE 6'3 252 Junior Ohio State
- Has a chance to surpass current Steeler end Cameron Heyward as one of the better ends to come out of OSU.
37. Devin Funchess WR/TE 6'5 235 Junior Michigan
- Converting to receiver in 2014.
38. Isaac Seumalo OG 6'3 305 Junior Oregon State
39. Karlos Williams RB 6'1 223 Senior Florida State
- Former 5 star recruit at safety that converted to running back in 2013 with good results. Doak Walker award sleeper candidate. Also can return kicks.
40. Anthony Harris S 6'1 190 Virginia
- Best overall safety in this year's class. Can play either free or strong.
41. Kyler Fackrell OLB 6'4 245 RS Junior Utah State
42. Dorial Green Beckham WR 6'5 225 Junior Oklahoma
- Yeah I know he recently got kicked out of Missouri for repeated violations but the NFL body and potential talent is undeniable. Should be in a for a big year if he can keep his nose clean.
43. Spencer Drango OT 6'5 315 RS Junior Baylor
44. Duke Johnson RB 5'9 196 Junior Miami
- Duke is Miami's entire offense, basically. He suffered a bad leg injury against FSU last year after being overworked to the tune of 61 carries in the two games and during the FSU game prior to injury. 30 of which came against Wake Forest the week before.
45. Jaelen Strong WR 6'4 205 RS Junior Arizona State
- Should have a good year in Todd Graham's pass happy system. Has prototypical NFL size.
46. Sean Mannion QB 6'4 220 RS Senior Oregon State
- One of the nation's most underrated QBs. Has the arm talent and instincts to make it at the next level.
47. Ishaq Williams OLB 6'5 261 Senior Notre Dame
- What is he at the next level? Biggest question about him. Based on size, better fit at end.
48. Danny Shelton DT 6'1 327 Senior Washington
49. Reese Dismukes C 6'2 298 Senior Auburn
50. Josh Shaw CB 6'1 195 RS Senior USC