Grizzly Detail’s Top 50 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

The NFL Draft is coming up at the end of April, but which players will be selected? We rank our Top 50 draft prospects here.

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The NFL Draft is coming up, and Grizzly Detail is helping you get ready by ranking the Top 50 Draft Prospects. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
1 Leonard Williams, Defensive End, USC 6-foot-5, 298 pounds A potential number one overall pick, Williams is one of the best athletes in the draft, excelling at both defensive end and defensive tackle with the Trojans. He is surprisingly fast for a player his size, and he can contend with even the biggest offensive tackles that the NFL can throw at him. He’s been compared to guys like J.J. Watt by some scouts, and if he can even come close to how talented the Houston Texans behemoth is, he is going to be a dangerous player for years to comen(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
2 Dante Fowler, Jr., Defensive End, Florida Fowler will be another player taken high in the first round of the draft, and rightfully so. He had eight and a half sacks and 15 tackles for loss in the 2014 season, and his long arms and speed make scouts drool. He does lack a bit of polish, but when you’re talking about the physical attributes that he brings to the table, teams will look at him as a guy that has the things that can’t be taught. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
3 Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State 6-foot-4, 230 pounds Winston could potentially be the first player taken in the draft, and with good reason. His first season as the starter in Tallahassee was magical as he led the Seminoles to the national championship, but things unraveled quickly in his second year on campus. Off-field issues continue to be a huge question mark for him, and his play did slip just a bit in that second year, but ultimately if a team can get him going on the right path, he should succeed in the NFL.
4 Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Alabama, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds With 124 catches in his final season with the Crimson Tide, Cooper displayed all of the athleticism and technique of a star wide receiver at the next level. He isn’t the biggest guy in the world, but he has great hands and an ability to make tacklers miss after the catch, and when you add in his potential as a special teams player, he could have a really good career in the NFL. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
5 Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa, 6-foot-5, 320 pounds Scherff could be taken as the first offensive linemen selected in the draft, but he may be better suited to playing guard rather than tackle. Whatever position he plays, Scherff won the Outland Trophy as the best lineman in college football, and he displayed those talents frequently with the Hawkeyes as he used his strength to create holes and his awareness and quickness to get to the second level to continue blocking on plays. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
6 Kevin White, Wide Receiver, West Virginia 6-foot-3, 210 pounds White has been flying up draft boards in recent weeks, and with good reason. His size is a definite asset. His speed and ball-catching skills are both excellent. There has been some criticism of his route running, but if he can polish that up a bit, he’ll certainly be an effective pro. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
7 Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle, Stanford, 6-foot-7, 312 pounds Peat (#70) has been on a lot of radars because of his size and strength, and rightfully so. This is a guy who won’t be bested by many defensive ends at the NFL level, and he has the technique to go along with his physical attributes. He will need to work on blocking at the second level if he’s going to be an effective tackle in the league, but he’s still got high first-round pick potential. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
8 Shane Ray, Defensive End, Missouri 6-foot-2, 245 pounds There are concerns about Ray’s lack of length, but similar concerns about Aaron Donald’s size were similarly unfounded. Ray has a ton of speed off the snap, and if he can work on his hand-fighting and his first move off of contact, he could become a dominant pass rusher off the edge in the NFL. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
9 Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon 6-foot-4, 220 pounds Mariota was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country in 2014, throwing 42 passes with only four interceptions during the campaign. There have been some questions about his arm strength and his leadership abilities, but in the right offense, he could thrive at the NFL level. The real question is where in the top-10 he will be selected. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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10 Vic Beasley, Outside Linebacker, Clemson 6-foot-3, 235 pounds If you’re looking for the best athlete among the linebackers in this draft, Beasley could be the guy. He has an incredible first step and is one of the most lethal pass rushers from the second level anywhere in the college ranks. He will need to work on his run defense and potentially bulk up just a bit, but for a team running a 3-4 defense, Beasley could be an excellent, game-breaking addition as an outside linebacker. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
11 Randy Gregory, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Nebraska 6-foot-5, 245 pounds Gregory is a guy that is going to have a lot of teams interested in him. He can play outside linebacker in a 3-4, and he’s just as adept at putting his hand on the ground and playing as an exterior pass rusher in a 4-3 defense. He would need to bulk up if teams were going to use him as a defensive end regularly, but he has the potential to be the best pass rusher in a draft full of great ones. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
12 Danny Shelton, Defensive Tackle, Washington 6-foot-2, 343 pounds If there was a prototypical nose tackle available in the draft, Shelton would be the guy. He clogs up running lanes, can overpower centers and guards to get to the quarterback, and he showed effectiveness against double-teams in college. He will have to watch his weight and overall fitness level at the NFL level, as he tended to tire late in games, but with his size, he’s a sure-fire first round pick. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
13 Arik Armstead, Defensive End, Oregon 6-foot-7, 296 pounds A two-sport athlete in college that also played basketball for the Ducks, Armstead had an outstanding 2014 season for Oregon, with 46 tackles on the campaign. He is big enough to play defensive end in a 3-4 system, and he has quick enough feet to do it. In terms of weaknesses, he is still very raw at the position, getting fooled by obvious fakes and not reading plays very quickly. He’ll have to improve on that to be successful in the NFL, but he’s still a late first round or early second round pick.
14 Malcom Brown, Defensive Tackle, Texas 6-foot-4, 320 pounds He was a finalist for both the Bronco Nagurski Award and the Outland Trophy in the 2014 season with the Longhorns, racking up 72 tackles and six and a half sacks as an interior lineman. Those are some eye-popping numbers, but scouts have expressed a bit of concern that he doesn’t have the variety of pass-rush moves necessary to succeed in the NFL. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
15 Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia 6-foot-1, 225 pounds A team that drafts Gurley will have to be patient as he continues to recover from an ACL injury, but if they are, they could be in for a really special player. His speed his incredible, he can absorb contact (which could be a bad thing considering his knee injury), and he is a surprisingly solid blocker. He’ll be a mid-to-late first rounder more than likely, and the team that gets him will be very happy they did. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
16 Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State 6-foot-0, 186 pounds In the NFL, teams are constantly looking for players who are able to play press-man coverage at the cornerback position, and Waynes is big enough and strong enough to do it. He ran a really solid 4.31 40 at the NFL Combine, and odds are he’ll go in the top 15 of the draft. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
17 Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama 6-foot-0, 228 pounds There are a dearth of good safety options available in the draft this year, and that could help Collins’ stock considerably. He’s a big player who has plenty of pop in his tackles and is solid in pass coverage, but his speed could be an issue against really good slot receivers. Projects as a first round pick. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
18 La’el Collins, Offensive Tackle, LSU 6-foot-4, 305 pounds Collins has the versatility and skill to play either tackle or guard, and that is going to make him a valuable commodity in the draft. He is a very strong player with a good base, and he is able to keep guys in front of him even when they try to execute swim moves or other maneuvers. He does need to work on his hand placement, according to some evaluators. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
19 DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds While Parker has some good size and some decent speed, he isn’t elite in either category. Add that to his tendency to get locked up at the line by talented press-man cornerbacks, and you have a recipe for a guy who isn’t a surefire first rounder, but is someone who could potentially develop into one. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
20 Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle, Florida State 6-foot-3, 320 pounds A big part of the Seminoles’ defense during his tenure at the school, Goldman is the type of nose tackle that makes scouts drool. His size makes him really difficult to push out of gaps, and he combines strength and intelligence to be a stout run defender. His upside as a pass rusher isn’t nearly as high, but he’ll still be a first round pick. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
21 Jalen Collins, Cornerback, LSU 6-foot-1, 203 pounds Some scouts don’t see Collins going in the first round of the draft due to his lack of experience, but what he lacks in that department he makes up for in raw skill and his physicality. Scouts rave about his ability to play man-coverage, and many mention his skill in defending the run as a reason teams will be willing to draft someone with only 10 career starts at the college level. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
22 Alvin Dupree, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Kentucky 6-foot-4, 267 pounds Dupree is an interesting study, as draft evaluators and scouts have him listed all over the board. He has a lot of diversity in terms of being able to fit in as a pass rusher in 4-3 or 3-4 sets, and he has tremendous speed and is quick to change direction at the line. The big knock on him is that he is too easily contained when blockers stop him at the line, and he’ll need to learn some new moves in order to rack up sacks in the NFL. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
23 Jaelen Strong, Wide Receiver, Arizona State, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds A really large wide receiver, Strong lives up to his name when he’s on the field. He is great at breaking through jam attempts at the line of scrimmage, and he can fight his way up for jump balls on routes. He is an excellent blocker as well, which teams will appreciate as they study game film. The only question on him is whether or not he has the speed to be elite, but with his other qualities, he should still be a first round pick. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
24 Melvin Gordon, Running Back, Wisconsin 6-foot-1, 207 pounds There is some hesitation on the part of teams to draft running backs out of Wisconsin (think Ron Dayne), but Gordon is a guy who will be a first round pick and a potential star in the NFL. He averaged a staggering 185.8 yards per game in his final season with the Badgers, and his speed and ability to take on a ton of carries make him a very attractive candidate. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
25 Ereck Flowers, Offensive Tackle, Miami (FL), 6-foot-5, 324 pounds After dealing with a torn meniscus early in the year, Flowers did return for the Hurricanes late in the year, but questions remain. He is a really solid blocker in the run game with some serious upside, but injury concerns and questions about his work ethic still remain. He’s likely a low first-round or early second round draft selection. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
26 Carl Davis, Defensive Tackle, Iowa 6-foot-4, 320 pounds Another beefy nose tackle, Davis is a run stopper extraordinaire who uses his prodigious size to his full advantage. Like most tackles his size however, Davis has trouble getting into the backfield as a pass rusher, and he has a tendency to stick to blockers at times, knocking him down the board just a little bit. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
27 D.J. Humphries, Offensive Tackle, Florida, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds Originally ranked pretty low on draft boards, Humphries has been shooting up in recent weeks. He is a tremendous athlete who consistently works harder than just about anyone else on the field. Questions do remain about his lean build, and he will have to address injury concerns after frequently missing time with the Gators during his collegiate career. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
28 Shaq Thompson, Outside Linebacker, Washington 6-foot-1, 225 pounds Odds are strong that Thompson will be taken in the first round, and rightfully so. He is a tremendous athlete that is able to change direction quickly and while staying balanced on his feet, and he is great at tackling in the open field. There may be some temptation to move him to safety at some point because of his frame, which could end up enhancing his value to teams with multiple needs on defense. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
29 Cameron Erving, Offensive Tackle, Florida State, 6-foot-5, 308 pounds Tackles in the NFL have to be good at pulling on blocks and moving laterally, and Erving checks those boxes. He is light on his feet and utilizes his long arms well when he’s engaged at the line, and even though he does need to work on his hand placement, he still has first round talent. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
30 Benardrick McKinney, Outside Linebacker, Mississippi State 6-foot-5, 250 pounds For teams who don’t have a taste for taking risks, McKinney could be a good solid late first-round selection. He isn’t the type of player who will get in trouble on the field, playing smart and using his gifts effectively, but he isn’t a game-breaker either. That distinction will be key in evaluating his play, and will go a long way toward determining where he goes in the draft.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
31 Byron Jones, Cornerback, UConn 6-foot-1, 199 pounds Tape shows Jones having trouble keeping his feet under him when receivers make their cuts, and a shoulder injury cut short his 2014 season at Connecticut, but make no mistake: this guy can play. His broad jump at the Combine was a record setter at 12 feet, 3 inches, and he had a 47-inch vertical leap as well. It will be interesting to see how teams rate him, but we’re looking at him as a second round prospect who could slide up to the first round as words of his athletic exploits continues to spread. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
32 Michael Bennett, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State 6-foot-2, 290 pounds Bennett isn’t the biggest tackle available in the draft, but he is an excellent option for a team looking for a tackle that is effective in the pass rush. He’s explosive off the snap and 13 tackles for loss last season for the Buckeyes, but his limited ability against the run makes him more of a second round option than a first rounder. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
33 Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington 6-foot-0, 198 pounds Off-field issues are being focused on a lot more at the NFL level now, and Peters is rife with them after being dismissed from Washington’s football team in November. He has tremendous talent and would be the top corner taken if it weren’t for his off-field problems, but teams are taking a risk if they draft him too highly. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
34 Devin Smith, Wide Receiver, Ohio State, 6-foot-1, 197 pounds If there’s a player in this draft that can make big plays happen on deep routes down the field, it’s Smith. The problem with him is that he doesn’t make plays in many other places. He’ll have to improve his route running and become more versatile if he’s going to be a dynamic player at the next level, but he certainly has the physical tools to do it.
35 Denzel Perryman, Inside Linebacker, Miami 5-foot-11, 244 pounds Perryman is a guy who is one of the few potential stars at the ILB position in this draft, but there are a few flaws in his game. Linebackers who are under the six-foot mark in terms of height tend to be swallowed up fairly easily if they approach the line of scrimmage, and while Perryman does have good speed, the height to go along with it would make his draft stock even higher. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
36 Markus Golden, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Missouri 6-foot-2, 255 pounds Built more like a linebacker than a defensive lineman, Golden is still an interesting prospect that could play at either position. He has incredible moves at the line of scrimmage, frequently spinning away from blockers and leaving them in the dust. The problem is that NFL offensive tackles are a lot bigger than the ones Golden faced, even in the SEC, so his effectiveness will be limited unless others on the line can draw double teams.
37 PJ Williams, Cornerback, Florida State 6-foot-0, 196 pounds With a vertical leap of 40 inches at the Combine, Williams has the leaping ability and the size to compete with some of the toughest receivers in the league. He can be over-aggressive at times (not surprising considering the physicality with which he plays), but his explosive play-making ability is something that teams could eyeball at the end of the first round or beginning of the second round. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
38 Eric Kendricks, Inside Linebacker, UCLA 6-foot-0, 230 pounds Kendricks isn’t the biggest guy on the block, often getting swallowed up by blockers, but he’d be a nice fit for a team in need of a 4-3 weakside linebacker. He is a ferocious tackler who delivers some bone-crushing hits that look great on film, and his speed definitely helps mask some of the issues he has due to his lack of length. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
39 Kevin Johnson, Cornerback, Wake Forest 6-foot-0, 175 pounds A player whose size is more likely suited for the nickel position than the outside corner job, Johnson has a lot of speed and takes good routes to the ball, making him an intriguing second round candidate. If he’s put on the outside, he may need some help bringing down some of the bigger receivers he’s likely to face, meaning safeties will have to be in top form to help him. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
40 Maxx Williams, Tight End, Minnesota, 6-foot-5, 250 pounds Williams is a big guy, but he’s surprisingly fast and has a ton of strength when he goes up to catch a ball. He absorbs contact really well when he makes catches over the middle of the field, and he is a really good blocker as well. He will need to work on his footwork on those blocking plays however, and his route running needs to be a bit crisper at the NFL level. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
41 Eli Harold, Outside Linebacker, Virginia 6-foot4, 235 pounds By most accounts, Harold is going to be a second round pick, but he has the potential to be a tremendous player. He is freakishly athletic and put up some solid numbers at Virginia, with 14 sacks over his final two seasons of college, but he’ll have to show he can handle passing plays before he can truly become an elite player. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
42 Jordan Phillips, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma 6-foot-6, 334 pounds Despite only having one full season under his belt in college, Phillips elected to come out a year early, and it will be interesting to see how teams react to him. He’s a huge player that can move quickly at the line, both laterally and up-and-down, and he is strong enough to drill centers as he makes his way up the middle of the field. He’ll need some serious polish in order to excel in the NFL, but the pieces could be there for a good solid player up the middle. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
43 Brett Hundley, Quarterback, UCLA 6-foot-3, 225 pounds Lauded as a Heisman Trophy candidate before the season, Hundley had a solid year for the Bruins, throwing 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions, but enough questions remain about his game to likely remove him from first round consideration. He has a tough time staying composed in the pocket, and his tendency to lock onto receivers has been noted by some scouts and evaluators. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
44 Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma, 6-foot-5, 225 pounds An absolute freak when it comes to his size and strength at the receiver position, Green-Beckham would be a guaranteed first round pick if it weren’t for off-field issues. He didn’t play at all in the 2014 season after transferring to Oklahoma following his dismissal from the University of Missouri), and being accused of assaulting his girlfriend and another woman are going to be huge red flags to NFL teams as new domestic violence rules come into effect. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
45 Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver, Miami (FL), 5-foot-10, 195 pounds Blessed with blazing speed (he ran a 4.33 40 at the Combine) and an ability to weave his way through traffic when lined up in the slot, Dorsett has all the makings of a Wes Welker-type player. His lack of size will likely knock him out of the first round, but a team taking him in the early stages of the second round certainly isn’t out of the question. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
46 Paul Dawson, Outside Linebacker, TCU 6-foot-2, 230 pounds Dawson is an interesting player to evaluate. He’s excellent at tackling, and he has speed and lateral quickness to cover a lot of field in a short amount of time. The thing that a lot of evaluators bring up about him is whether or not he’ll be able to handle NFL playbooks because of TCU’s simplified defensive system. Those concerns will probably land him as a second round pick. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
47 Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Defensive End, UCLA 6-foot-3, 270 pounds Scouts often talk about a player having a good “motor,” and Odighizuwa fits that bill. He’s constantly involved in plays, using his size and athleticism to full effect. He has got to become more disciplined as a pass rusher, as he frequently is pushed out of plays, and the hip issues that cost him the 2013 season have relegated him to second or third round status in this draft. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
48 Devin Funchess, Wide Receiver, Michigan, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds Funchess played some tight end at Michigan, but he’s expected to switch to wide receiver full-time at the NFL level. His work ethic was questioned with the Wolverines (and with good reason), and even though he isn’t the fastest guy in the world, his size makes him an imposing target, and he could be a good pick in the mid-to-late second round. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
49 A.J. Cann, Offensive Guard, South Carolina, 6-foot-3, 311 pounds Labelled a “mauling road-grader” by one draft publication, Cann has the ferocity and the skillset to be an excellent interior lineman. He has great reach, is a powerful blocker that can repel attacks up the middle of the field, and he has good agility to boot. He does need to work on his footwork a bit, and he isn’t a great lead blocker on running plays, but overall he is a solid bet to go in the early-to-mid second round. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
50 T.J. Clemmings, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds Despite only playing tackle for a couple of years, Clemmings has the tools that makes scouts drool as they look at him as a project pick. He is really fast and has some great strength to go along with it, and he is really good at picking up blitzes according to some evaluators. He will need to work on his hand placement after initial impact with opponents, but with time and training, he could be a really solid NFL player. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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