2016 NFL Draft Offensive Positional Rankings, with Analysis: Version 1.0

Offensive Positional Rankings, with analysis, Top 5 per position.

Quarterbacks:

1. Jared Goff*, California

Goff has great size, plays in an pro system, has a nice release, is extremely accurate, and solid arm strength. He doesn’t have great speed, and isn’t a mobile QB.

2. Connor Cook, Michigan Sfafe

Cook has ideal size to be an NFL QB, he has great arm strength, good accuracy, has a good deep ball, and is a pro ready QB. However he tends to make some mistakes, he is inconsistent at times, and doesn’t have great speed..

3. Christian Hackenberg*, Penn State

Hackenberg has Great size, great arm strength, great accuracy, pro ready QB. However he doesn’t have elite speed, and isn’t the best mobile QB.

4. Gunner Kiel*, Cincinnati

Kiel has really nice size, is very accurate, has nice arm strength, fits the ball into tight places nicely, and with ease. He also has a nice deep ball. The only problem is he isn’t a mobile QB, as he doesn’t have great speed, but Kiel has the makings of being a solid starting NFL QB.

5. Cardale Jones*, Ohio State

Jones has great size, good arm strength, good accuracy, and a good scrambling QB. However he is a bit raw as he hasn’t played much college ball, not nearly pro ready as other QBs in college, and doesn’t have great speed.
Running Backs:

1. Ezekiel Eliott*, Ohio State

Elliott has nice size, is a tough runner, has great vision, is a play maker, a touchdown machine. However he doesn’t posses elite back speed, and doesn’t have that explosive burst.

2. Derrick Henry*, Alabama

Henry has great size, he is a big back, he has great vision, is a tough runner, fights for every yard, doesn’t give up on any play, and a play maker. However he doesn’t posses elite back speed.

3. James Conner*, Pittsburgh

Conner has a great size frame, is a solid runner, has great vision, is a workhorse, fights for every yard, and is a play maker. However he doesn’t have great speed, and gets stuffed at times.

4. Alex Collins*, Arkansas

Collins has good speed, he’s explosive, he find the holes, and attacks, he has a nice quick burst, he is a tough runner, has good vision, is a good pass blocker. The only negative is he isn’t a big back, but that doesn’t hurt his game

5. Devontae Booker, Utah

Booker has decent size, great vision, a play maker for the Utes, an explosive burst from start to finish. He’s a tough runner, never gives up on plays, always fighting for extra yards. He doesn’t have elite speed, but that doesn’t hurt his overall stock.

Wide Receivers:

1. Laquon Treadwell*, Ole Miss
Treadwell is a dynamic play maker, with great size, good speed, a pure pass catcher, makes plays out of nowhere. He is elusive, and a true #1 WR. He doesn’t give up on plays, fights for extra yards after the catch. The question is how will he overcome his 2014 injury, breaking his leg, which could have long terms effects.
2. D’haquille Williams, Auburn

Williams has great size, decent speed, a deep threat, play maker, gets open so easily, and fights for extra yards. The only downside is he isn’t an elite blocker.

3. Tyler Boyd*, Pittsburgh

Boyd has really good size, great speed, is a good pass catcher, is a play make, seems to make spectacular plays, makes hard catches look easy, and is versatile, can help on returns. On downside would be that he isn’t the best blocking WR, and isn’t an experienced return man.

4. Corey Robinson*, Notre Dame

Robinson has great size, is a natural pass catcher, he runs great routes, is a good blocking WR. He fights for every yard, and is a solid deep threat, he makes spectacular catches on a regular basis, and is just a play maker. However he doesn’t have elite speed, but it doesn’t hurt his overall game.

5. Rashard Higgins*, Colorado State

Higgins has great size, is a great pass catcher, runs great routes, is a solid deep threat, is a play maker. He doesn’t possess elite speed, but that doesn’t hurt his game, and since he plays in a lower level FBS conference that could be seen as a negative.

Tight Ends:

1. O.J. Howard*, Alabama

Howard is a nice big TE, he has good speed for a guy of his size. He is a solid blocker, and an even better pass catcher. The only issue may be that he doesn’t play with a traditional NFL style QB, but that shouldn’t hurt his overall game.

2. Evan Engram*, Ole Miss

Engram has really nice size, is a solid blocking TE, a solid pass catcher, makes plays when needed. He doesn’t have great speed, but that doesn’t effect his overall game.

3. Nick Vannett, Ohio State

Vannett has great size, he is a solid pass catching TE, he does a great job in run blocking. His only downside is his speed, other than that he is a solid TE prospect

4. Pharaoh Brown, Oregon

Brown is a nice big TE, he is a solid run blocker, also good in pass protection. However he doesn’t have great speed, and he isn’t primarily a pass catching TE.

5. Hunter Henry, Arkansas

Henry has good size, he’s a solid run blocking TE, and solid pass protector. He doesn’t have great speed, and he isn’t really a pass catching TE, more of a run blocking TE

Centers:

1. Nick Martin, Notre Dame

Martin has great size, he is versatile, can play Center, as well as Guard, he’s a really good run blocker, he creates holes, is a solid pass protector, just a mauler. He doesn’t have great speed, but seems athletic for a man his size, and he doesn’t really play in a pro style system, with a pro style QB

2. Max Tuerk, USC

Tuerk is a nice big-bodied center, he holds up good in pass protection, he is a solid run blocker, athletic for his size. Only downside is he gets beat by fast defenders, as he is on slow side.

3. Graham Shuler*, Stanford

Shuler has great size, he plays in a pro system, which is a huge positive, he gets a nice push, he’s just a mauler, he easily backs defenders off, he is a solid run blocker, and a good pass protector. He doesn’t have great speed.

4. Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

Matthews has excellent size, holds up good in pass protection, is solid run run blocking, and is very athletic. He doesn’t have great speed, but that doesn’t hurt his overall game.

5. Kyle Friend, Temple

Friend has excellent size, is a solid pass protector, and a solid run blocker. Also has good speed for a guy his size. His downside is the fact that he played in a lower level FBS division.

Offensive Guards:

1. Vadal Alexander, LSU

Alexander is just a huge guard, he is a good pass blocker, and a good run blocker. He does have issue with faster rushers. And he has bad speed.

2. Pat Elflein*, Ohio State

Elflein has great size, creates nice holes for the back, is a solid run blocker, and a solid pass protector. On the downside is his speed.

3. Landon Turner, North Carolina

Turner has great size, is a solid pass protector, and solid run blocker. He is a mauler, a nasty offensive lineman. He doesn’t have great speed though.

4. Christian Westerman, Arizona State

Westerman has great size, is a solid run blocker, he opens up holes nicely, and is a good pass protector. He is on the slow side, but that doesn’t hurt his overall game.

5. Joshua Garnett, Stanford

Garnett has great size, he is a solid pass protector, a solid run blocker, he opens holes for the back, he plays in a pro system, which is a huge plus. He doesn’t have great speed though.

Offensive Tackles:

1. Laremy Tunsil*, Ole Miss

Tunsil is a big boy, he is a great pass protector, a great run blocker, gives his QB time, doesn’t give up many sacks. However he is on the slower side, and he has trouble with speedy edge rushers at times, but he is the prototypical NFL Left Tackle.

2. Ronnie Stanley*, Notre Dame

Stanley is a big boy, excellent size for a LT prospect, Really good in pass protection, , solid run blocker. He is also very athletic for a man of his size. However he does makes some mistakes, gets tangled with fast edge rushers, he doesn’t have the best speed. Seems like the prototypical NFL Left Tackle.

3. Taylor Decker, Ohio State

Decker is a big-bodied Tackle, a great pass protector, and a solid run blocker. Looks like a prototypical NFL Left Tackle. Struggles against faster edge rusher, and doesn’t have great speed. He is very athletic for man of his size.

4. Spencer Drango, Baylor

Drango has great size, is versatile, plays some guard for Baylor, holds up well in pass protection, a solid run blocker. However he does struggle against fast defenders.

5. Jack Conklin*, Michigan State

Conklin is a big Tackle, with great size, is a good pass protector, and solid run blocker. He opens holes up nicely, and doesn’t give up many sacks. He isn’t the fastest lineman, but it doesn’t hurt his overall game, as is athletic for a guy his size.