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Ourlads' Top 32 Pre Combine 3/1/17

Updated: 02/28/2017 10:39PM ET

1. Myles Garrett*
DE, Texas A&M
HT: 6050 |  WT: 262 |  40: 4.65
Third year junior entry. Unanimous All American. Initially called the next Von Miller but will likely finish the grading process regarded higher. If you manufactured an edge defender in a factory it would look and move like Garrett. His tool set is matched with a developed skill set that led to 48.5 tackles for loss and 32.5 sacks over his three-year career. Garrett is widely considered the top prospect in this class and will be a high impact edge defender day one.
Has top level get-off and balance. Quick enough to beat the blocker out of his stance. Excellent body control to bend low and turn around the edge then flatten down the line of scrimmage. Long arms and strong hands to control the blockers.
2. Jonathan Allen
DT/DE, Alabama
HT: 6025 |  WT: 295 |  40: 4.90
Former five star recruit from Leesburg, VA and fourth year senior starter who forced his way into the lineup right away in 2013. Allen has been a first team All-SEC performer three years in a row along a defensive front that is constantly among the nation’s best. He specializes as an interior pass rusher where his frame can handle the more physical interior blockers but will overmatch them with his quick first step and developed rush moves. He is a powerful, easy bending force that can reach the quarterback via initial burst and secondary movement alike. Has steadily improved as a run defender, showing the strength to be stout against straight ahead blockers and quick reactions to get off blocks and clog lanes. His versatile tools and skills can be used along any defensive front and will be sought after by any team searching for defensive line help.
3. Jamal Adams*
FS, LSU
HT: 6010 |  WT: 213 |  40: 4.45
A three-year starter for the Tigers and has a chance to be the top safety once the Combine smoke clears. A confident athlete who is explosive and sudden to read and react. Fast, violent, smart, and savvy. Top-10 pick caliber athlete.
4. Dalvin Cook*
RB, Florida State
HT: 5110 |  WT: 206 |  40: 4.49
Junior Dalvin Cook is a Jamaal Charles clone who was just as explosive in college as Charles is on Sunday. Big difference is that Cook does not have an injury history. He is the all-time leading Seminole rushing leader with 4464 yards (6.5 ypc). He collected 1765 yards in 2016 plus caught 33 passes for 488 yards.
5. Marshon Lattimore*
CB, Ohio State
HT: 6000 |  WT: 192 |  40: 4.45
Has the tools of an elite CB as far as speed, size and athletic ability. Has tremendous upside but will need to improve in certain areas to be a complete NFL CB. As a redshirt sophomore some of his weakness is to be expected. With experience he should develop better zone awareness and ability to recognize what a receiver is doing to him. His transitions, speed and recovery ability should make him a top level cornerback.
6. Solomon Thomas*
DE/DT, Stanford
HT: 6030 |  WT: 273 |  40: 4.85
Is a versatile edge or inside penetrator who plays with energy and relentless effort. He was awarded the Morris Trophy in 2016 as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Explosive athlete who has a jet-like takeoff on the snap. Quick to shed and tackle.
7. Malik Hooker*
FS, Ohio State
HT: 6020 |  WT: 205 |  40: 4.50
A declared junior, collected 7 interceptions last fall. Has the speed and range to overlap deep. A cut tackler rather than a consistent wrap up athlete. Can be an out of control hitter at times. Quick ball reactions. Plays the ball in the air. Gets in trouble at times by taking bad angles on support and coverage.
8. Reuben Foster
OB/IB, Alabama
HT: 6010 |  WT: 246 |  40: 4.70
Two-year starter from Auburn, AL. Has good initial read and react showing good patience to fit the hole. Instinctive and has the speed to make plays outside the box. Occasionally late with his read and will miss a play as result. A classic inside run stuffer but is athletic enough to stay on the field in coverage packages. Physical attacking blocks with his hands. An effective blitzer against the run and the pass. He can get through a gap and disrupt in the backfield. Shows good range in pursuit and good agility in traffic. Takes good pass drops in the short zones and displays zone awareness. Closes well on the throw. Has good tackling skills and is explosive making a hit. He finishes tackles with knee bend and leg drive.
9. Leonard Fournette*
RB, LSU
HT: 6010 |  WT: 235 |  40: 4.50
He has been a man playing with boys since he was a Pop Warner gridder. His bash and crash style of running is impressive, but also limits his longevity in the league. The runaway freight train has rushed for 3830 yards over his career.
10. Tre'Davious White
CB, LSU
HT: 5112 |  WT: 195 |  40: 4.49
Four-year starter from Shreveport, LA. Good size for the position. Good initial reactions and movement. Solid footwork with a smooth fluid pedal. Maintains cushion and has very good transitions to turn and run. Athletic with good change of direction. Good techniques, with good eye discipline in man and zone coverage. Physical in press coverage. Uses hands well in press to control receiver’s release. Solid in man cover with the ability to mirror cuts to “stick” and lock out a receiver from his route. Can be overly aggressive with his hands which can be a problem in the NFL. Occasionally takes a false step but has good recovery ability. He shows the speed to cover deep. Often assigned to opponent’s number one receiver. Normally was up to the challenge. In off man and zone coverage shows a sudden break and drive on the throw with a closing burst. Not as good in run support as you would expect for his toughness in coverage. Inconsistent tackler and struggles at times with a stalk block. Will also contribute as a punt return specialist.
11. Zach Cunningham*
IB, Vanderbilt
HT: 6030 |  WT: 235 |  40: 4.65
Is an active and explosive athlete with quick twitch reactions and looks physically like Jack Lambert but with teeth. Versatile enough to play inside or outside. Aggressive. Attacks the blockers with his hands and good two-arm extension. Rolled up 125 tackles and had 16.5 tackles for loss.
12. DeMarcus Walker
DE/DT, Florida State
HT: 6040 |  WT: 280 |  40: 4.90
Three-year starter from Jacksonville, FL with experience at defensive end and defensive tackle. Possesses both versatile skills and tools that can be used inside and outside. Walker has done most of his damage when starting between the tackles because of his explosive first step and powerful lower body. Has been starting since his true freshman season and has been among the team’s defensive line leaders in tackles and sacks. The 2016 1st-team All-ACC performer is a matchup nightmare because of the blend of size,strength, quickness and power. Is well put together and the development his body has undergone since 2013 shows the dedication to his craft. His technique and developed rush moves are NFL-caliber. Does his damage late in games, showing high-level stamina and conditioning to go along with an impressive tool set. Can play anywhere along the defensive front but inside is where he can be a dominant force.
13. OJ Howard
TE, Alabama
HT: 6055v |  WT: 249v |  40: 4.67
Four-year starter. Came to Alabama as a top tier high school recruit from Prattville, AL. Factored into the offensive rotation right away as a freshman in 2013, averaging almost 20 yards per catch. Steadily improved over his career to this point and is primed for a big 2016 season. Howard is a dangerous and rare athlete for the position when he gets the ball in his hands. Can outrun defensive backs in space and has added strength and power to his arsenal. His frame is able to hold more bulk and as he grows into it, his presence as a blocker improves. Comes from a traditional, pro-style offense that demands a balanced skill set from the tight end. Howard may have some of the highest upside of all the prospects in this class because of the matchup problems he presents for defenses.
14. Taco Charleton
DE, Michigan
HT: 6054v |  WT: 277v |  40: 4.79
Taco Charlton is a long and active athlete who can bend and collapse a pocket. He can leverage the offensive tackle back to the quarterback. Missed two games with injury early in the season but finished with 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries
15. Jalen Tabor*
CB, Florida
HT: 6000 |  WT: 210 |  40: 4.50
Junior Jalen “Teez” Tabor was hot stuff after the 2015 season, but has cooled off some in 2016. He has good height, weight, and speed for the position but struggled at the point of attack and can get beat off the line of scrimmage. Has the tools to start on Sunday when he’s not a “tease".
16. Corey Davis
WR, Western Michigan
HT: 6027 |  WT: 212 |  40: 4.45
Four-year starter from Wheaton, IL. Entered 2016 as the active leader in yards for all of the FBS. Dynamic playmaker who has elite body control when making difficult catches. An exceptional and fluid route runner who is smooth in all of his movements. Possesses good balance and burst out of breaks. Very good football instincts and savvy to get himself open in all three levels of the field. Possesses top end long speed and acceleration. Very difficult to bring down in the open field. Has a knack to spin and fight through arm tackles for additional yardage. Threat to score every time the ball is in his hands. A hands catcher who plucks the ball out of the air. Very quick off his feet when attacking the ball. Tracks the ball down the field and has the necessary strength to win 50/50 balls. Has the size to be a factor in the run blocking game.
17. Mitch Trubisky*
QB, North Carolina
HT: 6030 |  WT: 220 |  40: 4.75
Had a productive first year as a starter and displayed laser type accuracy. He passed for 3748 yards and hit on 68% of his passes with 30 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Against Florida State in a win he passed for 405 yards completing 81.6% of his passes for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions
18. Marlon Humphrey*
CB, Alabama
HT: 6010 |  WT: 198 |  40: 4.46
Solid corner skills, showing the size, speed, strength and quickness you look for in an NFL corner. A little mechanical in some movements but positioning, ability to flip his hips quickly and run minimize the issue. His aggressive play worked well at Alabama but the NFL is a different story. He will have to rely more on pure corner skills. As a red shirt sophomore he is still a little raw and will need to develop in some areas but he has enough outstanding qualities to make him a first day pick.
19. Mike Williams
WR, Clemson
HT: 6040 |  WT: 225 |  40: 4.50
Two-year starter from Vance, SC. An explosive big bodied receiver who entered 2016 play with an impressive 17.3 yards per catch average. Returning to play after being redshirted last year due to a neck fracture he suffered while running into the goal post during a touchdown catch in Clemson’s first game. Williams is right in line with the recent Tiger graduates Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. He is big, fast, and he shows off superior athleticism when the ball is in the air in jump ball scenarios. Attacks the football with a strong set of hands, snatching the ball from over defenders’ heads. Very smooth with ball in his hands. Has home run speed and run after catch capability. Possesses quick feet at the line of scrimmage and works defensive backs’ hips to get the release he wants. Displays good savvy in his route running skills on double moves. Will consistently lay out for the difficult catch. Has good upper strength and is solid in the run game.
20. David Njoku*
TE, Miami
HT: 6040 |  WT: 245 |  40: 4.45
Njoko pronounced IN JO COO, Started five games in 2016 and snatched 43 balls for 698 yards and 8 touchdowns. Averaged 16.2 yards per catch. Averaged 11.5 yards after the catch. Sixth in the NCAA. An offensive vertical weapon that reportedly runs a 4.45 forty. He won a National high jump championship in high school by high jumping 6 foot 11 inches.Not a natural soft handed receiver but he makes the play.Gives effort but will need technique work on his stance and inline blocking.
21. Derek Barnett*
DE, Tennessee
HT: 6030 |  WT: 260 |  40: 4.69
Has well developed pass rush moves that include a violent punch and quick arm over move. He broke Reggie White’s Tennessee sack record with 33.5 in his career. Can bend and get under blockers. Has strong hands and lower body power. Not a quick twitch guy but a relentless worker.
22. Deshaun Watson*
QB, Clemson
HT: 6020 |  WT: 210 |  40: 4.65
The Gainesville, GA native has put up record numbers for the Tigers as well as a number two ranking at the end of 2015. Winning QB 2016 National Championship, Watson is completing 67.0% of his passes for 4593 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Good running instincts when he pulls the ball down or when he’s reading his keys on the zone option. He has worked hard to stay in the pocket in 2016. By hanging in the pocket, his accuracy and decision making have been inconsistent. Watson will need developmental time in an NFL offense and there will always be a question about his durability, having been nicked up throughout his career.
23. Ryan Ramczyk*
OT, Wisconsin
HT: 6060 |  WT: 314 |  40: 5.30
An ascending player with an interesting back story. The 6060, 314-pound tackle transferred from Division III University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point after starting at left tackle for two years. He redshirted in 2015 and exploded on the scene in 2016 with his physical and blue collar style of play. The Badgers run a pro style run-oriented offense where Ramczyk can expand the edge for the zone runners and also seal inside linebackers. As a pass protector he plays square with good knee bend and base.
24. Christian McCaffrey*
RB/RS, Stanford
HT: 6000 |  WT: 205 |  40: 4.40
An explosive utility athlete with excellent stop and start acceleration. As a sophomore he broke the NCAA single season all-purpose yards record with 3864 yards. He can run, catch, block, and return. An asset to any organization. Son of former NFL wide receiver, Ed McCaffrey.
25. Anthony Walker*
IB, Northwestern
HT: 6010 |  WT: 245 |  40: 4.65
An instinctive tackling machine who plays the run as well as the pass. One year ago when the Wildcats beat Stanford, Walker covered Christian McCaffrey one-on-one in passing situations. The wrap up tackler is always around the ball and is a sideline to sideline terror for opponents. Had 105 tackles in 2016.
26. John Ross II*
WR, Washington
HT: 5100 |  WT: 190 |  40: 4.35
An explosive vertical speed (4.35) receiver who can get behind any secondary. Finished second in the country with 17 touchdown catches. Undersized (5100, 190) but is hard for a defensive back to collision. Can improve his focus and route running.
27. Garett Bolles*
OT, Utah
HT: 6050 |  WT: 305 |  40: 5.00
Junior college transfer from Snow College who played just one year at Utah. An aggressive and physical player who will have some technique breakdowns due to his mauling personality. Strong hands to control defender’s breast plate but will also arm bar and get sloppy with his hands.
28. Jabrill Peppers*
SS/LB, Michigan
HT: 6010 |  WT: 208 |  40: 4.45
Brings a load of versatility to an NFL team. His best position will be up to the team that drafts him for a specific role. We see him as a hybrid linebacker/strong safety but could see him as a running back. He is best, however, with his hands on the ball. Elite return specialist.
29. Haason Reddick
OB, Temple
HT: 6014v |  WT: 237v |  40: 4.68
An energizer bunny. He has laser focus on getting to the quarterback. Among his 65 tackles he nailed 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Additionally he recorded 3 pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, and 3 forced fumbles
30. Desmond King
CB/RS, Iowa
HT: 5101v |  WT: 206v |  40: 4.55
Four-year starter from Detroit, MI. A consensus All-America and Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back in 2015. He was second in the FBS with eight interceptions. Experienced in multiple coverages using a variety of techniques. Has also played inside as a nickel. Shows good ability in all techniques and phases of the game. Excellent footwork with good discipline in movements.
Fluid backpedal, maintaining proper cushion in off man and zone coverage. Excels in press coverage as he uses his hands and arms to disrupt routes. Equally as good with press and bail technique in various zone schemes. Does a good job as a hard corner funneling receivers inside. Good maintaining leverage in all coverage. Mirrors cuts well in man and trail technique, doing a good job reacting when the ball is in the air. Has a burst off his break and drive to go with quick hands to break up the pass. Excellent overall ball skills, high pointing the interception with good anticipation on the throw. Stays in phase with receivers. Normally has good eye discipline in both man and zone. Sees the quarterback and receivers in zone and focus is on the receiver in man. Solid run support corner, sheds blocks well. Explosive and consistent tackler in the open field. As an added bonus, King has kickoff and punt return skills. Only question is stopwatch speed. Will start for whatever team that drafts him. May be a pro bowl safety.
31. Gareon Conley*
CB, Ohio State
HT: 6000 |  WT: 195 |  40: 4.50
Junior Gareon Conley is a high upside player who has a chance to be one of the top corners in this class. Has good feet and loose hips. Smooth in transition. A physical player with good technique.
32. Budda Baker*
FS, Washington
HT: 5100 |  WT: 192 |  40: 4.50
Budda Baker, a declared junior, is as fast and quick as any safety in this upcoming draft. Makes plays all over the field, lining up deep or close to the line of scrimmage. He has corner type coverage ability. Among Baker’s team-leading 71 tackles are 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. We are concerned about his size. No concern about his instincts.