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2015 NFL Draft: Final Thoughts (Offense)

What are my final thoughts on the offensive prospects?

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- I maintain my initial assessment that Florida State's Jameis Winston is the top quarterback in the class despite the less than stellar off the field stuff. He has more experience running a pro style system and better arm talent than Marcus Mariota. Another factor in my decision is that he makes the anticipatory throws better than MM. This was evident on tape and at the Combine. Mariota threw AFTER the receiver was into the route while Winston threw the receiver open. I'm not saying that it is a wide gulf between the two but it's noticeable.

- As for the race for third best quarterback, it's anyone's game at this point even after all the film review and offseason draft circuit tours. Begrudgingly, if I had to choose one guy, I'd have to select Baylor's Bryce Petty. While I detest Baylor's one read and go system, Petty showed that he is a natural thrower of the ball. By that I mean, he is smooth in his dropbacks, the footwork doesn't get messy, and arm mechanics are sound.

- Colorado State's Garrett Grayson comes in at fourth on my rankings because he was injured and did not participate at the Combine when most of the others threw. Also, I'd compare him to Zach Mettenberger in that he needed an offensive "guru" in former CSU HC/current UF HC Jim McElwain to calm his game down during his tenure there.

- There's a pretty good chance that the QBs from the Shrine Game could all go undrafted.

- ECU QB Shane Carden should look at other pro options such as the CFL or Arena League. He's a product of the Mike Leach Air Raid system.


- The one back that has steadily climbed his way up the boards is UNI's David Johnson.

- The one back that everyone is fawning over in the later rounds that I don't like is Miami's Duke Johnson. He's woefully undersized and got a ton of work at Miami along with a frightening injury history.

- I like Michigan State's Jeremy Langford a lot despite his monstrous workload. He's faster than I expected and runs very well like most Spartans running backs.

- Florida State's Karlos Williams bounced back nicely after a horrific 2014 season that resulted in injury and losing his starting job to freshman sensation Dalvin Cook. He ran a 4.48 official 40. Looked like a fluid athlete catching the ball as well. He could be better off transitioning to receiver due to his size. His physicality as such reminds me of fellow Nole Anquan Boldin.


- This class likely won't match last year's class in terms of talent at the top but I feel that there's more depth in 2015. You can grab a legitimate Day 1 impact guy as deep as the fourth round.

- A receiver that EVERYONE is locking in early that I don't like is UCF's Breshad Perriman. He's a really poor man's Mike Wallace aka the one trick pony who runs the go route really fast. I wouldn't even draft him until the fourth round at best.

- The one guy that most people are sleeping on is Florida State's Rashad Greene. Sure, he's undersized and is limited to the slot in the pros but he did break literally EVERY receiving record that FSU has. That's saying something considering all of the receiving talent that came through Tallahassee.

- Another receiver that I love is Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. He's not the flashiest guy but gets open on a consistent basis. Also a kick return ace for the Wildcats (cue Ken Whisenhunt drooling all over himself).

- DGB is the biggest boom or bust pick in the class due to his immense talent but childish off the field behavior. Megatron 2.0 or Mike Wiliiams 2.0 (the USC version).

- There are whispers that Alabama's Amari Cooper lacks the killer instinct of a true number one receiver.


- There are only three elite true franchise tackles and two that are masquerading as tackles but really should move to guard to have any success (Brandon Scherff and Donovan Smith). DS is too slow and lacks the required agility to stay at tackle. This was an issue at the Senior Bowl.

- Stanford OT Andrus Peat may have the skillset to have a long career but does he have the mental toughness to do it? I have my doubts as he possesses similar attitudes and mannerisms to Johnathan Martin. No team wants to deal with that all over again. Give me a guy like Taylor Lewan or Big Country who will push the envelope to get things done over guys like Martin every day.

- I'm interested in seeing where Georgia Tech OL Shaq Mason ends up going. He might be a better center than guard.

- Ultimately offseason draft tour sensation G Ali Marpet will settle into the third round at best. The Division III prospect really turned some heads this year.

- Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings turned out to be a product of a media hype machine and not much else. Former Auburn tackle Greg Robinson was similarly hyped up and hasn't had much success given his lofty status. Clemmings is a raw prospect who will need a couple of years to learn techniques to make it in the league.

- I'm not as high on Oregon OT Jake Fisher due to his injury issues and system fits.

- Which Florida State OL will come off the board first? C Cam Erving or G Tre Jackson? My money is on Erving due to his versatility as a center and tackle. Jackson is no slouch either, winning the Senior Bowl's Most Improved Player Award.

- If I had to take a raw line prospect from the ACC, I'd take Duke's Laken Tomlinson over TJ Clemmings.