Tight Ends, Offensive & Defensive Line, Linebacker’s and Secondary to Watch at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine
By Tyler Lurkins
1. Blake Bell-The stats are pouring in on Bell already. He’s a large, athletic, playmaker and could surprise many as the 2nd TE off of the board.
2. Jesse James-Along with impressive size, James can also block. James is more along the lines of a complete, three down player, that can be moved all over the field.
1. Ereck Flowers/Andrus Peat-One of the first reports that Scherff wouldn’t be highly sought as a LT came here at www.newnfldraft.com. Peat and Flowers will go toe to toe for the honors to be the first O lineman off of the board. Scouting reports are so varied that many mockers left these two dwindling at the bottom of the 1st. Now one or both have a shot at the top 10.
2. Cameron Erving-Erving is already turning heads. Some saw him as a high 2nd round guy. He’s now almost a lock in the 1st with his tenacity and athleticism. Keep an eye on him because he could now be a top 15 guy, already leaping above Scherff, and maybe Peat.
3. Rob Crisp-This is a weak draft. Teams will pass on LT’s for a more valued pass rusher or CB. Crisp has the tangibles, and could sneak into the bottom of the 2nd.
4. Ali Marpet-If you’re not following Marpet’s headlines already, you should probably stop reading this article. He’s this years small school darling.
1. Grady Jarrett-Jarrett is highly undervalued. Not as athletic as Aaron Donald, but Jarrett is a smaller framed bowling ball who shoots the gaps well. There’s a ton of DT’s in this draft, but Jarrett could land himself in the top 50 picks.
2. Frank Clark-It’s hard to overlook the fact that Clark was booted from Ann Arbor. With a combine invite, Clark is obviously still on the radars of many NFL execs. A great combine could make him relevant, though his domestic abuse charge may be hard to forgive these days.
3. Lynden Trail-Trail is a versatile player who is a schematic nightmare. He’s a long bodied athelete who can be moved around the field. A team with few draft needs could make Trail a top 60 pick.
1. Vic Beasley/Dante Fowler/Shane Ray-Of these players will be the 1st pass rusher in the draft. Fowler is flashing signs of excellence since the end of the season. Beasley has been a monster and now is much bigger than expected. Ray is just a machine. This will be the best battle at the combine!
2. Randy Gregory-This list is comprised of players who are fun to watch, or that will sneak up on you…except Gregory. He’s on this list due to his size. One considered a top 3 pick, at 235 lbs, he may not make the top 20 with a bad combine. What no one is talking about yet is his medical charts, which combined with his size, could kick him into the 2nd round.
3. Obum Gwachum-I had the opportunity to see a whopping TWO Oregon St games on TV. Anyone who watched a Beaver game saw Gwachum. The guy is all over the field and is a phenomenal athlete.
1. Shaq Thompson-The most athletic and versatile player in this draft, Thompson was smaller than advertised. Could his 40 time make him a RB? Could teams work him out as a SS considering the weak market? Are his seek and destroy instincts good enough to make him the top 43 LB off the board?
2. Jalen Collins-Collins is kind of a household name, dabbling between the 2nd and 3rds of most mocks. If he measures at 6’1” or more, and run a sub 4.45 40 yard dash, Collins could a top 25 pick.
3. Tevin McDonald-I’m not sure where scouts have him, or even if he will be drafted. However, McDonald is a special safety who has the ability to play right away. If teams overlook his baggage, and with a decent combine, McDonald could have some heads turning.
4. Quinton Rollins-Rollins a highly aggressive prospect. Teams like really like the guy, but he’s only played 1 year of college football. A great combine could put him the top 50 range.
5. Ibraheim Campbell-Campbell dominated the Sr. Bowl coming off a very solid collegiate career. The S position is very weak, and Campbell will have a moment to shine.