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    The following 2015 Big Board is from a website called Lost Letterman, which covers college sports...

    1. Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)The rising redshirt junior is big, accurate and fast on his feet. In other words, he’s everything an NFL GM wants in this age of the read-option QB.


    2. Jameis Winston (QB, FSU)
    “Jaboo” has the size of Big Ben and displayed rare poise for any QB (let alone a redshirt freshman one) in leading Florida State to a BCS title. Something that any QB-needy team in next year’s draft will swoon over.


    3. Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford)
    A Cardinal program that is now churning out pro-caliber offensive linemen on an annual basis boasts one of its best yet in Peat, the massive (6-foot-7) son of former seven-year NFL veteran Todd Peat Sr.


    4. Randy Gregory (DE, Nebraska)
    Gregory was a monster in his first season in Lincoln with 10.5 sacks and 19 TFLs. All that’s left between him and NFL riches is for him to add muscle to his 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame.


    5. Leonard Williams (DT, USC)
    All the more impressive about Williams’ 13.5 TFL in 2013 is that he got many of them while dealing with a shoulder injury. Fully healthy, he could be even scarier.


    6. Vic Beasley (LB, Clemson)
    Beasley was absolutely everywhere for the Tigers in 2013. His 13 sacks and 23 TFL in 2013 demonstrated that he could thrive as an OLB at the next level.


    7. Shilique Calhoun (DE, Michigan State)
    Like Gregory, the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year needs to put on some muscle to prepare for the rigors of the NFL. We have no doubt that he’ll do so and thrive even more than he already has.

    8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon)
    The Seattle Seahawks won last season’s Super Bowl largely thanks to their rangy, playmaking defensive backs. Ekpre-Olomu (84 tackles and three INTs in 2013) fits that descriptor to a T.


    9. Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
    Slowed by a toe injury for much of 2013, Cooper possesses the preternatural route-running ability and game-breaking speed of another former ‘Bama star wideout (and Top 10 draft pick) in Julio Jones.


    10. Brett Hundley (QB, UCLA)
    That same combination of size, accuracy and rushing ability that puts Mariota on top of our big board ensures that Hundley won’t have to wait too long until his own name is called.


    11. Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, Texas A&M)
    2014 will be a golden opportunity for Ogbuehi to show that he can thrive at the all-important left tackle position after previously enjoying success as both a guard (in 2012) and right tackle (2013).


    12. Stefon Diggs (WR, Maryland)
    Few players in college football can match the explosiveness of Diggs, whose follow-up season to a standout freshman campaign in 2012 was derailed by a broken fibula last October.


    13. Nelson Agholor (WR, USC)
    A capable compliment to star Marqise Lee in 2013 with 918 yards and six TDs, Agholor has a chance to shine as the Trojans’ primary target and boost his draft stock in 2014.


    14. Jalen Mills (CB, LSU)
    A Bayou Bengals program with a penchant for producing NFL-ready defensive backs has another one on its hands in Mills, who had 67 tackles and three picks in 2013.


    15. Devonte Fields (DE, TCU)
    Fields missed almost all of the 2013 season but showed what he can do with 10 sacks and AP’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman.


    16. Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
    Running backs have been seriously devalued in the draft, but Gurley is worthy of a first round pick. Pay no attention to Gurley’s injury-plagued sophomore-season, as he boasts size and speed that make him comparable to Adrian Peterson.


    17. Erik Striker (LB, Oklahoma)
    The awesomely-named Sooner had a coming out party in OU’s Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama with three sacks and seven tackles. He’ll build on that and then some this season.


    18. Bernardrick McKinney (LB, Mississippi State)
    McKinney is massive at 6-foot-5 and had a phenomenal redshirt freshman season with 102 tackles.


    19. Landon Collins (S, Alabama)
    Collins finished the season as the Crimson Tide’s second-leading tackler after being relegated mostly to special teams in 2012. He’ll be the latest ‘Bama DB to come off the board early.


    20. La’el Collins (OT, LSU)
    After impressing with his run-blocking ability at guard in 2012, Collins had a lot of success protecting Zach Mettenberger’s blind side in 2013. And his pass protection will only improve.


    21. Cameron Erving (OT, FSU)
    All the more impressive about Erving’s burgeoning pass protection and run-blocking abilities is that he’s a converted DT. The future looks very bright for the 6-foot-6, 302-pounder.


    22. P.J. Williams (CB, FSU)
    The defensive MVP of the Seminoles’ BCS title game victory had 35 tackles, seven passes broken up and three INTs in his first season as a starter. He’s got admirable size (6-foot and 190 pounds) for an NFL corner.


    23. Spencer Drango (OT, Baylor)
    Yes, he sounds like a Bond villain. Through two college seasons, Drango has established himself as the leader of the O-line of the nation’s most prolific offense.


    24. Denzel Perryman (LB, Miami)
    Fittingly wearing the same No. 52 jersey as former Hurricanes star LB Ray Lewis, Perryman is the best bet to end Miami’s inexplicable streak of six straight drafts without a first round selection.


    25. Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Missouri)
    It all depends on whether DGB cleans up his act either at Missouri or FCS Eastern Illinois. But stud wide receivers are coveted now more than ever and Green-Beckham has the talent to be an NFL star.


    26. Hroniss Grasu (C, Oregon)
    Centers aren’t normally picked in the first round of the draft but Grasu is already a three-year starter that could be the anchor of an NFL offensive line for 15 years.


    27. Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa)
    A consensus First Team All-Big Ten performer, Scherff should become the latest Hawkeye OL to make his way to a high pick in the NFL draft.


    28. Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor)
    The triggerman for the Bears’ prolific offense is no mere system quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder boasts the size and smarts to thrive beyond Baylor and in the NFL.


    29. Alex Carter (CB, Stanford)
    The son of former Notre Dame DB and 1993 first-rounder Tom Carter is a playmaker in his own right, recording 59 tackles and eight passes broken up in 2013 after forcing three fumbles as a true freshman in 2012.


    30. Jordan Jenkins (LB, Georgia)
    Whenever the rising junior is racking up tackles, it’s usually in the opposing backfield. Of his 45 stops in 2013, a team-high 12 of them went for a loss.


    31. Jaelen Strong (WR, ASU)
    The former JuCo transfer was very hit or miss is his first season in the desert but has the size (6-foot-4) and the talent to be picked in the first round.


    32. Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan State)
    After studying under Darqueze Dennard, now it’s Waynes’ time to lead Michigan State’s secondary and its stingy “No Fly Zone.”

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    Re: Lost Lettermen's 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

    The thing that is really intriguing about Winston is the possibility of getting all those free crab legs with the draft pick. Think of the promotional opportunities for all the seafood buffets in whatever city drafts him.

    Ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    • #3
      Re: Lost Lettermen's 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

      Looks like we're taking Trae Waynes next year.

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      • #4
        Re: Lost Lettermen's 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

        Lots of potential DEs and LBs. Looks like the WR group could be better than this year's too.

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        • #5
          Re: Lost Lettermen's 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

          WR group looks good next year. Stanfords Ty Montgomery isn't on that top 25 either.
          The restoration is complete!

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