I’m not into the business of projecting the bust label onto any prospects, but there are definitely some players I wouldn’t draft just because I have too many questions (whether they be on the field or off it). Well I’m not drafting any of these prospects for anyone’s franchise (yet), so I get the ability to sit back and critique and offer advice and shit like that.
So let’s check out 5 prospects that are my favorites:
1. Jameis Winston, Florida State
From the first moment I watched Jameis Winston pick apart Pitt in 2013, I knew he’d be a special talent. He is the top QB prospect in this draft and it isn’t even close. I really think that if it wasn’t for the off field issues, it would be a consensus thought. The interceptions don’t scare me. I never understood the Jamarcus Russell (racially inspired) or Jay Cutler comparisons. If Jameis is selected by the Bucs, he’ll have a major opportunity to make a splash in one of the weaker division in the NFL
2. Marcus Peters, Washington
If Marcus Peters isn’t dismissed from Washington’s football program, he is a top 10 pick. He’s that good. Peters has been projected all over second half of the first round so it’s pretty hard to try and make a good guess where he’ll go (hopefully 22nd).
3. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
In my opinion, Lockett’s 5’10 182lb frame is what’s keeping from being a first round/early-mid second prospect. Whoever drafts Lockett is getting instant production out of the slot and even a possible return man. Lockett reminds me off Antonio Brown early in his career (The Antonio Brown we see dominating now was not the same guy when he was drafted out of Central Michigan). Lockett is a good route runner and knows how to get separation at the top of his routes. He has the potential to eventually become a number one in my book.
4. Stephone Anthony. Clemson
Vic Beasley has gotten so much credit, and deservedly so. But Stephone Anthony is a big contributor to Beasley’s success. Anthony is a three down LB with sideline to sideline speed and he can be effective eliminating tight ends in the passing game, something that seems necessary in the NFL at this point. At times he can over pursue and just run up the field, but these are concerns that can be fixed through coaching.
5. Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)
A former basketball player at Miami (OH), Rollins made the transition to football player look easy his senior year, winning MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Of course there are parts of his game that need work, but he’s a coachable player. Some have him projected to play safety, which is fine. I’m in the business of trying to see him take snaps at corner first so he can finish learning the position.
5 Prospects That I Have Questions About
1. Bud Dupree, Kentucky
With Randy Gregory and Shane Ray falling to marijuana related issues, Dupree is going to be picked high…overdrafted. Following the combine, he began to pop up on more folks radars due to his athleticism but as a football player, he is very raw. One could say Kentucky tried to get cute using him so his numbers don’t really show that he’s the elite pass rusher that he’s been made out to be in the last few months. I heard someone make a comparison to Jamie Collins from New England and I really see that being the type of player he is. And if that’s what he is, some of the teams in the top 10 should back away from him. Dupree has a very high ceiling, will he land in the ideal situation?
2. Ereck Flowers, Miami
Although he didn’t give up a single sack in 2014, his footwork and technique is atrocious. He would honestly get exposed by NFL pass rushers. Randy Gregory abused him in their 2014 matchup. He was also flagged for holding six times in 2014. He is very good in run blocking, so should we be looking at Flowers as a guard? Flowers can handle the wide rush and the bull rush, but he struggles against counter moves.
3. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
I’m going to have questions about anyone who misses an entire season of football. Last time I watched him play a full season, he would make plays that had me thinking he could come in and dominate in the NFL immediately. But overall, he is very raw as a wide receiver. Despite having the body and the speed, DGB still needs to learn to use his attributes to his advantage and become a bully. I think he has franchise changing talent, but if you don’t have a QB to throw him the ball you won’t get that.
4. Landon Collins, Alabama
I wouldn’t mind having Landon Collins on my team. I think whoever drafts him needs to have a clear understanding of who and what he is. When I watch his film, I think Collins has the ability to play sideline to side. He is a powerful, but sure tackler and he’s very good in the run game. Others think he is strictly an in the box safety. I don’t agree with the Laron Landry comparison but I think he is definitely strongly built fellow so the concerns about the fluidity in his movements are there. There has been talk as to whether he should transition to a 4-3 Will. The biggest knock on him is really that he went to Alabama. The DBs to come from that school have dealt with injuries among other ups and downs on the field. Mark Barron struggled in Tampa Bay but following his trade to St. Louis, his play began to pick up.
5. Randy Gregory, Nebraska; Shane Ray, Missouri
Both of these talented pass rushers have made some stupid mistakes. Randy Gregory failed a drug test at the combine which i think is extremely stupid but three days before the draft, Shane Ray was cited early in the morning for a moving violation and possession of marijuana. Like 3 days before the biggest moment of your life. But at the same time, one has to wonder how much was Randy Gregory smoking if he couldn’t pass a drug test at the combine? Like I have no problem with players smoking weed cause let’s face it….there are much more players getting high than players not doing it. Believe that. I question these guys judgement. You couldn’t hold off smoking weed for awhile? These guys will be getting drug tested one time! All they had to do was wait. Randy Gregory’s stock might have risen again thanks to Shane Ray, but there is no telling how far either will really fall. Some believe Ray could fall out the first round.