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Who are the best 32 draft eligible offensive prospects in the country after another wild and crazy regular season?

Ezekiel Elliott. Could the Titans go Buckeye again for their RB?
Ezekiel Elliott. Could the Titans go Buckeye again for their RB?
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The college football regular season is nearly complete with only the nation's best rivalry left to play (Army vs Navy). Conference title games have been played. 40 bowl games await. Who are the best draft eligible prospects on offense? Yes, I've omitted some several big names like Leonard Fournette but for this exercise, he isn't draft eligible so he's out. Who are the 32 best prospects after a season full of crazy surprises?

1. Derrick Henry RB 6'3 242 Junior Alabama

- Henry is the favorite for the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner after posting a 1,986 yard and 23 touchdown season. He's an athletic marvel. A guy his size shouldn't be able to run as fast as he does (4.5 40). The best pure running back in the country. Yes, he has an awesome offensive line in front of him but his talent is obvious. My concern is that his workload has been insane, touching the ball 90 times in the past two games alone. It's a wonder that he's still healthy after 547 carries in his career. Another concern is that he's "too tall" for the position thus giving away a bigger profile for defenders to hit.

2. Corey Coleman WR 5'10 190 RS Junior Baylor

- Kendall Wright who? Coleman has broken most of Baylor's receiver records (most of which belonged to our beloved KW). He's a lightning fast jitterbug and is pretty much penciled in as the favorite for the Biletnikoff award. Coleman had to wait his turn to be the man until this year behind some talented receivers. Excellent agility and has good hands. Route running is above average.

3. Jack Conklin OT 6'6 318 RS Junior Michigan State

Conklin anchors one of the best offensive lines in the country as the franchise left tackle. He's been one of the more consistent tackles so thus the high ranking over both Tunsil and Decker. He's very fundamentally sound in both the run and pass. Footwork is one of the better tools in his arsenal. Football IQ is very good.

4. Ezekiel Elliott RB 6'0 225 Junior Ohio State

- Elliott has been the entire Buckeyes offense at times this year, rescuing OSU from defeat several times with monstrous performances. He has elite vision and instincts. Athleticism is very good. A potential red flag was brought up when he openly questioned the play calling after the defeat to Michigan State in front of the entire assembled media.

5. Connor Cook QB 6'4 220 RS Senior Michigan State

- Cook isn't your average turn around and hand it off Spartans QB. Has an above average arm that can make most of the big league throws. Reads the field very well and take what is given to him in most cases. Cook has reined in his scattershot arm this year significantly. Profiles as this year's Zach Mettenberger.

6. Laquan Treadwell WR 6'2 210 Junior Ole Miss

- In the argument for best receiver in the country. He possesses good size and has excellent hands. Route running is good as well. The leg injury has sapped his athleticism somewhat so he has to focus on the fundamentals more to get by. A concern I do have is the psychological factor of his injury. Otherwise, he's a top 15 pick should he declare.

7. Taylor Decker OT 6'7 315 Senior Ohio State

- Decker has been a steadying force for the inconsistent Buckeyes offense. He's the best senior prospect in the class. Compares to Taylor Lewan favorably.

8. Paxton Lynch QB 6'6 230 RS Junior Memphis

- Lynch is probably the most physically gifted QB in the class. Arm talent is without question. The level of competition is a concern as Memphis doesn't play the strongest schedule. Helped lead a Tigers squad that was in contention for the AAC title most of the year until faltering late.

9. Michael Thomas WR 6'3 210 RS Junior Ohio State

- Devin Smith who? Thomas was the best receiver for the Buckeyes this year after patiently waiting his turn. He stood out against Virginia Tech's CB Kendall Fuller (who some say that he's in the running for best corner). A vertical threat with solid hands. Martavis Bryant with much better route running coming out of college.

10. Ronnie Stanley OT 6'6 315 RS Junior Notre Dame

- Played like a top 25 pick in 2015 but was a little less than ideal in maintaining consistency. Clemson was a bad game for him while the others were pretty solid. He needs to stay in school to rebuild his stock somewhat.

11. Jared Goff QB 6'4 210 Junior Cal

Goff possesses just enough arm strength to make all the big league throws. Intelligence and system versatility are also a plus. A traditional pocket passer developed in the Texas Tech style Air Raid offense (Sonny Dykes is a Mike Leach disciple). A negative is the system he’s currently in doesn’t bode well for his future given the lack of success from former Air Raid QBs. Is it pure talent or the high tempo spread system making him look good?

12. Josh Doctson WR 6'2 195 RS Senior TCU

- He was having a great year being the leading receiver for the Horned Frogs until a broken wrist ended his 2015 prematurely. A big body WR with a similar frame to Justin Hunter. Ball skills and route running is a plus while frame is not. Hands are above average. Knows how to find the open zones on the field. Can go up and get it with the best of them.

13 Paul Perkins RB 5'10 210 RS Junior UCLA

- Perkins is probably the nation's most underrated back in the country due to the hype of the backs above him. He's a explosive athlete with very capable hands out of the backfield. Character is excellent as well. Had to carry the Bruins offense at times with a freshman QB Josh Rosen suffering the typical freshman inconsistencies.

14. Will Fuller WR 6'0 184 Junior Notre Dame

- Fuller has been a very good receiver for the Irish, who have suffered through some catastrophic injuries. Helped the progression of QB Deshone Kizer significantly. A deep threat that can run with the best of them. He has said that he will return for his senior season.

15. Laremy Tunsil OT 6'5 305 Junior Ole Miss

- Yes, he's ranked this low even though his talent projects top five pick should he declare. Why? He was great when he came back from suspension from receiving illegal benefits as constituted under NCAA guidelines. The suspension is a big factor for me in any evaluation, not just his. Also, the reason why he got the suspension in the first place features an significant off field issue. The story goes that Tunsil was defending his mother from his stepfather and the dad blurted out to authorities that Tunsil was receiving the aforementioned benefits. Which the dad vehemently denies. Too much drama for my tastes.

16. Alex Collins RB 5'11 218 Junior Arkansas

- Collins impressed me a lot this year. He was the workhorse back for the Hogs. Literally the only back on the roster at times due to Johnathan Williams suffering an injury in fall camp. Often faced 9 man boxes due to the Arkansas' heavy run tendencies and inconsistent QB play. He could have too much tread on the tires as I compare his load to Duke Johnson.

17. Vadal Alexander OL 6'5 329 Senior LSU

- Alexander projects as the best guard prospect in the class even though he's been at tackle for most of his career. Steadying presence on the line for a much maligned Bayou Bengals offense. A good run blocker with some work to do as a pass blocker.

18. Sterling Shepard WR 5'10 193 Senior Oklahoma

- The Sooners most consistent weapon and helped out QB Baker Mayfield tremendously. A good route runner and above average athlete. Versatile as he's played both inside and outside.

19. Devontae Booker RB 5'11 212 RS Senior Utah

He’s a bigger back in today’s world and knows how to use his strength to get up field in a hurry. Instincts are very good. Knows what he is as a back and doesn’t dance around looking for a hole. A good receiver out of the backfield. Booker could be the Pac-12's best back.

20. Landon Turner OG 6'3 325 RS Senior North Carolina

- If Decker is the best senior lineman in the class, Turner isn't far behind. He's massive mauler and has improved his technique considerably in 2015. Neck and neck with Alexander as the best guard prospect. Helped pave the way for the Tar Heels to an ACC title game berth.

21. Trevone Boykin QB 6'1 205 RS Senior TCU

- What a difference a year makes. Boykin was pretty solid last year in first year in a Mike Leach style Air Raid offense. 2015 was downright Heisman finalist good before he got hurt. Athleticism is off the charts good for his position. One could label him as the modern day Michael Vick. Arm strength is very good but accuracy, while improved, hasn't been ideal. Most likely will have to change positions to make it in the NFL. A system QB.

22. Nick Martin OL 6'4 302 RS Senior Notre Dame

- The Irish's best and most consistent lineman. Position versatile as he's played both center and guard but stuck with center this year. 2016's best center prospect. Younger brother of Cowboys' lineman Zack. Could be an early round pick.

23. De'Runnya Wilson WR 6'4 215 Junior Mississippi State

- Dak Prescott's favorite weapon. Wilson's game compares to DGB (though DGB outweighs him by a good 10-15 pounds). He suffered a scary neck injury late during the year but bounced back the next week to play so toughness isn't a question. The nation's most underrated receiver as he isn't in most discussions for best receiver and with instate rival Treadwell stealing the headlines.

24. Germain Ifedi OT 6'5 325 RS Junior Texas A&M

- Ifedi has been a rock for the Aggies as they have been going through QB changes repeatedly. Capable at both tackle spots. The latest in a long line of highly rated Aggie linemen.

25. Tyler Boyd WR 6'2 200 Junior Pittsburgh

- Boyd put up a solid season of 85 receptions for 873 yards despite being the only receiving threat for the Panthers at times, especially after losing RB James Connor for the season. Needs to return to school for his senior season to build his stock.

26. C.J. Prosise RB 6'1 220 RS Junior Notre Dame

- Prosise transitioned to running back after spending his previous three years as a receiver. He put up a pretty good season given his switch. A capable receiver (obviously) out of the backfield. He's still learning the nuances of the position but flashed some good things. Missed one game as he went through concussion protocol against Wake Forest.

27. Kyle Murphy OT 6'7 302 Senior Stanford

- Murphy might take the Combine by storm with his athleticism. He has quick feet and surprising agility. Arm length is good. Weight distribution is good as well. His problem is that he needs to play more physical at the snap.

28. Spencer Drango OL 6'6 320 RS Senior Baylor

- He's been the starting left tackle for the Bears for four seasons so experience isn't a question. Lateral agility is a plus to his game. Very good at engaging defenders with great hand usage. Football IQ is a major plus as well. A major concern is the system fit he'll encounter given Baylor's spread attack. Could've been drafted as high as the second round last year.

29. Kareem Hunt RB 5'11 225 Junior Toledo

- Hunt is the country's most underrated back. He's a physical specimen and has the stats to back it up. Has good vision and instincts. Work ethic is not a concern. A speed back despite his measurements. Could be a workhorse back in an age where that's not so en vogue.

30. Christian Hackenberg QB 6'4 236 Junior Penn State

- He was a much heralded five star recruit once upon a time with a promising freshman season. Hackenberg has morphed into a carbon copy of Jay Cutler in all facets such as behavior and arm talent. He has turned into a whiny and petulant little child every time a negative play happens. Also like Cutler, possesses a prodigious arm and very little pocket awareness. The OL being a total sieve has not helped him at all. James Franklin has ruined him completely. He should declare or transfer and recover what stock he can. Talent is there but attitude is not.

31. Bralon Addison WR 5'10 190 RS Junior Oregon

- Addison is making his way back to full fitness after tearing his knee up in fall camp last year. It’s been a slow but steady recovery for him and with Oregon’s offense struggling somewhat, hasn’t shown his true talents. He’s normally a speed merchant with above average hands and great return ability. Frame at the next level will certainly be a question as he’s limited to the slot given his current body type. Needs to return to school to showcase that he's beyond the injury.

32. Max Tuerk OL 6'5 285 Senior

- Tuerk could have argued that he was the best lineman in the country while he was healthy. He's position versatile as he's played center and tackle along with guard. Best position could be center. Long arms of a tackle and hands of a guard. Anchor and footwork is very good. Football IQ is good.