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B2B’s SteelerFury NFL Draft Prospect Rankings 2017

These prospect ratings based on the 15th annual SteelerFury Board Mock draft, where 32 amateur GMs manage a draft for their teams, complete with trades and stiff competition for “sleeper” picks in the later rounds. After the draft, we compiled some priority free agents and others considered. We also tweaked some of the prospect rankings up or down within their drafted range, as appropriate. You can use these rankings at the fabulous Fanspeak to do your own draft simulation for your favorite NFL team.

RANK NAME SCHOOL POSITION CHANGE
1 Myles Garrett Texas A&M EDGE 0
2 Solomon Thomas Stanford EDGE 1
3 Marshon Lattimore Ohio State CB -1
4 Leonard Fournette LSU RB 4
5 Jamal Adams LSU S -1
6 Malik Hooker Ohio State S 0
7 Derek Barnett Tennessee EDGE -2
8 Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech QB 15
9 Jonathan Allen Alabama DL 2
10 O.J. Howard Alabama TE -1
11 Corey Davis Western Michigan WR 4
12 Gareon Conley Ohio State CB 23
13 Haason Reddick Temple LB 0
14 Mike Williams Clemson WR -2
15 Christian McCaffery Stanford RB 14
16 Reuben Foster Alabama LB -9
17 Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt LB -1
18 Taco Charlton Michigan EDGE 7
19 Jabril Peppers Michigan S -1
20 Marlon Humphrey Alabama CB -1
21 David Njoku Miami (FL) TE 7
22 Malik McDowell Michigan State DL -2
23 Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin OT 8
24 Deshaun Watson Clemson QB 6
25 Mitch Trubisky North Carolina QB 1
26 Joe Mixon Oklahoma RB -4
27 Dalvin Cook Florida State RB -10
28 Garett Bolles Utah OT 4
29 John Ross Washington WR -19
30 DeShone Kizer Notre Dame QB 9
31 Tyus Bowser Houston EDGE 10
32 Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky G 6
33 Charles Harris Missouri EDGE 1
34 T.J. Watt Wisconsin EDGE 13
35 Cam Robinson Alabama OT 1
36 Jordan Willis Kansas State EDGE -12
37 Kevin King Washington CB 5
38 Obi Melfonwu UConn S 2
39 Takkarist McKinley UCLA EDGE 12
40 Evan Engram Mississippi TE 9
41 Budda Baker Washington S -8
42 Tre’Darious White LSU CB 2
43 Cordrea Tankersley Clemson CB 15
44 Alvin Kamara Tennessee RB -1
45 Dan Feeney Indiana C -8
46 Jarrad Davis Florida LB 7
47 Carl Lawson Auburn EDGE -26
48 Teez Tabor Florida CB -21
49 Adoree Jackson USC CB 17
50 Raekwon McMillan Ohio State LB 2
51 Quincy Wilson Florida CB 12
52 Tim Williams Alabama EDGE 3
53 Sidney Jones Washington CB -39
54 Derek Rivers Youngstown State EDGE -9
55 Fabian Moreau UCLA CB 4
56 Chidobe Awuzie Colorado CB 18
57 Caleb Brantley Florida DL -9
58 Josh Jones NC State S 14
59 Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington WR 10
60 Tarrell Basham Ohio EDGE 15
61 Taylor Moton Western Michigan OT 6
62 Zay Jones East Carolina WR 6
63 Gerald Everett South Alabama TE -7
64 Adam Shaheen Ashland TE 21
65 Desmond King Iowa CB -19
66 Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech TE 5
67 Dion Dawkins Temple G -3
68 Justin Evans Texas A&M S 8
69 Antonio Garcia Troy State OT -19
70 Chris Godwin Godwin WR 16
71 JuJu Smith-Schuster USC WR 2
72 Demarcus Walker Florida State DL -7
73 Curtis Samuel Ohio State WR 9
74 Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic EDGE 21
75 Marcus Williams Utah S -21
76 Ahkello Witherspoon Colorado CB 7
77 Roderick Johnson Florida State OT 12
78 Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh OT -1
79 Pat Elfein Ohio State C 18
80 Howard Wilson Houston CB -18
81 Chris Wormley Michigan DL 0
82 Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama DL 9
83 Elijah Qualls Washington DL 13
84 Jake Butt Michigan TE 4
85 Marlon Mack South Forida RB 2
86 Larry Ogunjobi UNC-Charlotte DL 39
87 Jourdan Lewis Michigan CB -27
88 Ryan Anderson Alabama EDGE -10
89 Jordan Leggett Clemson TE 9
90 Marcus Maye Florida S -10
91 Ardarius Stewart Alabama WR 23
92 Eddie Jackson Alabama S 8
93 Daeshon Hall Texas A&M EDGE -9
94 Amara Darboh Michigan WR 13
95 Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State DL 7
96 Isaac Asiata Utah G 10
97 Cameron Sutton Tennessee CB -40
98 Montravious Adams Auburn DL 14
99 Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech WR 36
100 Duke Riley LSU LB 19
101 Malachi Dupree LSU WR -31
102 Rasul Douglas West Virginia CB -10
103 Ethan Pocic LSU C 0
104 Carlos Watkins Clemson DL 0
105 Alex Anzalone Florida LB -12
106 Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech WR -27
107 Kareem Hunt Toledo RB 22
108 Will Holden Vanderbilt OT 26
109 Nathan Peterman Pittsburgh QB 11
110 D’Onta Foreman Texas RB -16
111 Chad Hansen California WR 10
112 Nico Siragusa San Diego State G -13
113 Michael Roberts Toledo TE 0
114 Samaje Perine Oklahoma RB 2
115 Jaleel Johnson Iowa DL 22
116 Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova DL -26
117 Dede Westbrook Oklahoma WR -56
118 Damontae Kazee San Diego State CB -8
119 Danny Isadora Miami (FL) G 35
120 Wayne Gallman Clemson RB 38
121 Nazair Jones North Carolina DL 43
122 Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky WR 9
123 James Connor Pittsburgh RB 3
124 Tyler Orlosky West Virginia C 28
125 Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh OT -14
126 Davis Webb California QB 43
127 Joe Mathis Washington LB 11
128 Hunter Dimick Utah EDGE 16
129 John Johnson Boston College S 3
130 Elijah Lee Kansas State LB -25
131 Julie’n Davenport Bucknell OT -30
132 Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA DL 7
133 Corn Elder Miami (FL) CB 0
134 Kenny Gollaway Northern Illinois WR 26
135 Anthony Walker Northwestern LB 8
136 Carroll Phillips Illinois EDGE 0
137 Deatrich Wise Arkansas DL -28
138 Shelton Gibson West Virginia WR 79
139 Noah Brown Ohio State WR 1
140 Ryan Glasgow Michigan DL 25
141 Jalen Myrick Minnesota CB 106
142 Kendall Beckwith LSU LB -25
143 Dawuane Smoot Illinois EDGE -19
144 George Kittle Iowa TE 28
145 Chad Wheeler USC C 62
146 Vince Biegel Wisconsin EDGE 17
147 Brad Kaaya Miami (FL) QB -6
148 Ryan Switzer North Carolina WR -40
149 Davon Godchaux LSU DL -21
150 Jeremy McNichols Boise State RB -32
151 Brian Hill Wyoming RB 27
152 Ejuan Price Pittsburgh EDGE -29
153 Josh Reynolds Texas A&M WR 14
154 Shaquil Griffin Central Florida CB -39
155 David Sharpe Florida OT 16
156 Tedric Thompson Colorado S -14
157 Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas TE 12
158 Jamaal Williams BYU RB 25
159 Chad Kelly Mississippi QB 32
160 Corey Clement Wisconsin RB -1
161 Josh Harvey-Clemons Louisville S -10
162 J.J. Dielman Utah G 94
163 Connor Harris Lindenwood LB -41
164 Tarik Cohen North Carolina A&T RB -2
165 Jarron Jones Notre Dame DL -19
166 Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State G 31
167 Jon Toth Kentucky C -19
168 Reyshawn Jenkins Miami (FL) S 57
169 Devonte Fields Louisville EDGE 25
170 Erik Magnuson Michigan OT -21
171 Jonnu Smith Florida International TE 10
172 Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech S 28
173 Artavis Scott Clemson WR 6
174 Joshua Dobbs Tennessee QB 74
175 Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee LB -1
176 Krishawn Hogan Marian WR 0
177 Brian Allen Utah CB 36
178 Darrell Daniels Washington TE 21
179 Johnathan Calvin Mississippi State EDGE 121
180 Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State RB -53
181 Chase Roullier Wyoming C 73
182 Kyle Fuller Baylor C 11
183 T.J. Logan North Carolina RB 19
184 Sam Tevi Utah OT 43
185 Ben Boulware Clemson LB -15
186 Josh Malone Tennessee WR -56
187 Jordan Morgan Kutztown G -34
188 Lorenzo Jerome St. Francis (PA) S -31
189 Robert Davis Georgia State WR -44
190 Zane Gonzales Arizona State K 47
191 Joe Williams Utah RB -18
192 Jeremy Cutrer Middle Tennessee State CB -3
193 Bug Howard North Carolina WR 43
194 Charles Walker Oklahoma DL 12
195 Stacy Coley Miami (FL) WR 10
196 Jadar Johnson Clemson S 5
197 Josh Carraway Texas Christian LB -9
198 Tanzel Smart Tulane DL 44
199 Zach Banner USC G -15
200 Travis Rudolph Florida State WR -32
201 Channing Stribbling Michigan CB -45
202 Javancy Jones Jackson State EDGE 30
203 Matt Milano Boston College LB 92
204 Jylan Ware Alabama State OT 59
205 Jordan Evans Oklahoma LB 45
206 David Jones Richmond S -59
207 Delano Hill Michigan S -4
208 Elijah McGuire Louisiana-Lafayette RB 3
209 Keionta Davis Chattanooga EDGE -27
210 Blair Brown Ohio LB 52
211 Collin Buchanon Miami (OH) OG -56
212 Stevie Tu’ikolovatu USC DL -17
213 Deangelo Brown Louisville DL 9
214 Marquez White Florida State CB -10
215 Samson Ebukam Eastern Washington LB 85
216 De’Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina RB 39
217 Brendan Langley Lamar CB -31
218 Isaiah McKenzie Georgia WR 33
219 Aaron Jones Texas El-Paso RB 47
220 Jerod Evans Virginia Tech QB -70
221 Phazahn Odom Fordham TE 44
222 Derrick Griffin Texas Southern TE -37
223 Grover Stewart Albany State DL 57
224 Jermaine Eluemunor Texas A&M OT 4
225 Pita Taumoepenu Utah EDGE -45
226 Ben Gedeon Michigan LB 31
227 Brandon Bell Penn State LB 31
228 Brandon Wilson Houston CB -53
229 Andy Avgi Western Oregon TE 42
230 Pharaoh Brown Oregon TE 9
231 Garrett Sickels Penn State EDGE -12
232 Hardy Nickerson Illinois LB -232
233 Austin Rehkow Idaho P 5
234 Billy Brown Shepherd TE 98
235 Bryan Cox Florida EDGE -27
236 Storm Norton Toledo OT 62
237 Seth Russell Baylor QB 18
238 Adrian Colbert Miami (FL) CB 262
239 Robert Tonyan Indiana State TE 11
240 Dylan Donahue West Georgia EDGE -28
241 Isaac Rochell Notre Dame DL -26
242 Cooper Rush Central Michigan QB -26
243 Antony Auclair Laval TE 10
244 Jehu Chesson Michigan WR 6
245 Mack Hollins North Carolina WR -11
246 KD Cannon Baylor WR -85
247 Keion Adams Western Michigan LB -3
248 Damien Mama USC G -17
249 Jeremy Clark Michigan CB 78
250 Avery Moss Youngstown State EDGE -32
251 Sam Rogers Virginia Tech RB -22
252 Fred Ross Mississippi State WR 25
253 Cole Hikutini Louisville TE -30
254 Chad Williams Grambling State WR -9
255 Jeremiah Ledbetter Arkansas DL 56
256 J.T. Jones Miami (OH) EDGE 44
257 Damarius Travis Minnesota S 7
258 Eric Saubert Drake TE 140
259 Amba Etta-Tawo Syracuse WR 19
260 Dan Skipper Arkansas OT 44
261 De’veon Smith Michigan RB -74
262 Collin Bevins NW Missouri State DL -32
263 Joshua Holsey Auburn CB 9
264 Marquel Lee Wake Forest LB -66
265 Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi WR 3
266 Tanner Vallejo Boise State LB 64
267 Chris Carson Oklahoma State RB 84
268 D.J. Jones Mississippi DL -76
269 Jerry Ugokwe William & Mary OT 155
270 Nate Hairston Temple CB -56
271 Tashawn Bower LSU LB -51
272 Stanley Williams Kentucky RB -23
273 Calvin Munson San Diego State LB 23
274 Corey Levin Chattanooga G 7
275 Ethan Cooper Indiana (PA) G 14
276 Conor McDermott UCLA OT -99
277 Brady Gustafson Montana QB 95
278 Glen Antoine Idaho DL -11
279 Daikiel Shorts Jr. West Virginia WR -10
280 Avery Gennesy Texas A&M OT 42
281 Derrick Jones Mississippi S 219
282 Chris Odom Arkansas State EDGE 5
283 Jerome Lane Akron WR -8
284 Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia EDGE 56
285 Darius English South Carolina EDGE -50
286 Steven Taylor Houston LB -26
287 Cameron Tom Southern Mississippi C 115
288 Kareem Are Florida State G -36
289 Patrick Towles Boston College QB 191
290 Brad Seaton Villanova OT 63
291 Harvey Langi Brigham Young LB 15
292 Dylan Cole Missouri State LB 81
293 Alek Torgersen Penn QB -32
294 Breon Borders Duke CB 182
295 Treyvon Hester Toledo DL -1
296 Darreus Rogers USC WR -53
297 Matthew Dayes North Carolina State RB 95
298 Aarion Penton Missouri CB 14
299 Jake Elliott Memphis PK 15
300 Caleb Kidder Montana DL 70
301 Ukeme Eligwe Georgia Southern LB 149
302 Chase Allen Southern Illinois LB 174
303 Jimmie Gilbert Colorado LB 65
304 Rodney Adams South Florida WR 5
305 Patrick Ricard Maine DT 44
306 Kyle Kalis Michigan G -82
307 C.J. Beathard Iowa QB 11
308 Greg Ward Jr. Houston WR 167
309 Josh Tupou Colorado DL 22
310 Taquan Mizzell Virgina RB -64
311 Michael Rector Stanford WR -52
312 Fish Smithson Kansas S -29
313 Ricky Seals-Jones Texas A&M WR -92
314 Dimitric Camiel Indiana OT 186
315 Montae Nicholson Michigan State S -105
316 Damore’ea Stringfellow Mississippi WR -31
317 Hardy Nickerson Illinois LB -38
318 Des Lawrence North Carolina CB -32
319 Aviante Collins TCU OG 157
320 William Likely Maryland CB -130
321 Jacob Hollister Wyoming TE 26
322 Dane Evans Tulsa QB -30
323 Sean Harlow Oregon State G -73
324 Trent Taylor Louisiana Tech WR -98
325 Mike Tyson Cincinnati S -92
326 Xavier Coleman Portland State CB 31
327 Ben Braden Michigan OG 77
328 Jayron Brown UCLA LB -54
329 Justin Senior Mississippi State OT 71
330 Cameron Malveaux Houston DL 146
331 Bryant Frazier Virginia State EDGE -55
332 Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State S 65
333 Freddie Stevenson Florida State TE 70
334 Johnathan Ford Auburn S 33
335 Levon Myers Northern Illinois G 49
336 Kenny Allen Michigan P 70
337 Chuck Clark Virginia Tech S 118
338 Ezra Robinson Tennessee State CB 67
339 Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State TE -13
340 Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State CB 68
341 Cameron Lee Illinois State G 159
342 Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan EDGE 4
343 Ishmael Zamora Baylor WR 56
344 Taysom Hill BYU QB 131
345 Gabe Marks Washington State WR -22
346 Samson Kafovalu Colorado DL 129
347 Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati C 153
348 Nate Gerry Nebraska S -33
349 Erik Austell Charleston Southern G 151
350 Dallas Lloyd Stanford S 57
351 Michael Coe North Dakota C 124
352 Brian Price New York Maritime S 130
353 Dieugot Joseph Flordia International G 147
354 Justin Vogel Miami (FL) P -46
355 Daniel Brunskill Dieugot Joseph OT 125
356 Rokeem Williams Miami (OH) WR 119
357 Nate Iese UCLA TE -29
358 Riley Bullough Michigan St LB -48
359 Anthony Firkser Harvard TE 54
360 Austin Calitro Villanova LB 140
361 Matthew Godin Michigan DL -41
362 Cethan Carter Nebraska TE 26
363 Josh Straughan Southern Missouri QB -79
364 Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech DL 51
365 Cole Croston Iowa OT 51
366 Francis Kallon Georgia Tech OT 134
367 Treston Decoud Oregon St S -50
368 Adam Pankey West Virgina G 132
369 Willie Quinn Southern WR -21
370 Bart Houston Wisconsin QB -29
371 Javarius Leamon South Carolina State OT 30
372 Lewis Neal Colorado DL 40
373 Trevor Knight Texas A&M WR 18
374 Woody Baron Virginia Tech DL 43
375 Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin CB 39
376 Mason Schreck Buffalo TE -18
377 Brian Brown Richmond WR -168
378 Alex Kozan Auburn G 58
379 Keevan Lucas Tulsa WR -13
380 Jay Guillermo Clemson C 40
381 James Onwualu Notre Dame LB 29
382 Speedy Noil Texas A&M WR -58
383 Sefo Liufau Colorado QB 3
384 Najee Murray Kent State CB 34
385 Dymonte Thomas Michigan S 26
386 Jake Eldrenkamp Washington G -9
387 Francis Owusu Stanford WR 113
388 Brandon Barnes Alabama State TE -3
389 Jonathan McLaughlin Virginai Tech OT -50
390 Aaron Curry TCU DL 42
391 Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma S 31
392 Rod Henderson Alabama State DL -21
393 Robert Leff Auburn OT 107
394 Travin Dural LSU WR -12
395 Victor Salako Oklahoma State OT 24
396 Ifeadi Odenigbo Northwestern DL 29
397 Evan Goodman Arizona State OT 103
398 Jack Tocho NC State CB 32
399 Cam Keizur Portland State C -39
400 Dakota Ball Alabama TE 34
401 Tyrone Swoopes Texas TE -161
402 Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State WR -161
403 Anthony Cioffi Rutgers S -207
404 King Frazier North Dakota State RB 96
405 Elijah Hood North Carolina RB 70
406 Weston Steelhammer Air Force S 15
407 Richie Brown Mississippi State LB 93
408 Michael Zunica Kansas TE 34
409 Josh Thornton Southern Utah CB 30
410 Winston Craig Richmond DL 33
411 Michael Dunn Maryland OT 26
412 Deangelo Yancey Purdue WR -142
413 Max Rich Harvard OT 87
414 Emmanuel Holder Towson TE 12
415 James Quick Louisville WR 13
416 D’Nerius Antoine Southern Mississippi S 17
417 Adam Griffith Alabama K 31
418 Prescott Line Michigan State TE 32
419 Greg Pyke Georgia G 27
420 Gehrig Dieter Alabama WR -129
421 Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin RB 79
422 Cole Mazza Alabama C 31
423 Randall Goforth UCLA S -130
424 Zach Terrell Western Michigan QB -81
425 Jemar Clark Arkansas State OT 22
426 Ralph Green III Indiana DL 31
427 Kennan Gilchrist Appalachian State LB 48
428 Lucas Crowley North Carolina C 26
429 Zack Johnson North Dakota State G 27
430 Brandon Kublanow Georgia C 70
431 Tobijah Hughley Louisville C 7
432 Nyeem Wartman White Penn State LB -164
433 Alex Barrett San Diego State EDGE -159
434 Shalom Luani Washington State S 41
435 Jahad Thomas Temple RB -153
436 Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI) G 38
437 Marcus Cox Appalachian State RB -147
438 Philip Nelson East Carolina QB -141
439 I’Tavius Mathers Middle Tennessee RB -140
440 Evan Schwan Penn State DL -139
441 Joe Scelfo North Carolina State C 59
442 R.J. Shelton Michigan State RB -140
443 Rushel Shell West Virginia RB -140
444 Andrew Wylie Eastern Michigan OT -139
445 Isaiah Irving San Jose State LB -138
446 Gavin Andrews Oregon State G 54
447 Bret Treadway Lamar G 53
448 Cameron Johnston Ohio State P -135
449 Jamaal Clayborn Mississippi State C 51
450 Wes Lunt Illinois QB -86
451 Caleb Peterson North Carolina G 49
452 Nick DeLuca North Dakota State LB -136
453 Chance Allen Houston WR -134
454 Anthony McMeans New Mexico State C 46
455 Kevin Davis Colorado State LB -134
456 Johnny Caspers Stanford G 44
457 John Law Appalachian State LB -132
458 Joshua Posley Ball State LB -129
459 Nick Callender Colorado State OT -126
460 Marcus Oliver Indiana LB -126
461 Christian Tago San Jose St LB -126
462 Devine Redding Indiana RB -126
463 Jabari Ruffin USC LB -126
464 Cole Luke Notre Dame CB -126
465 Justin Thomas Georgia Tech CB -123
466 Brooks Ellis Arkansas LB -122
467 Kenneth Walker UCLA WR -122
468 Troy Hawthorne UNLV S -118
469 Worth Gregory East Carolina P -118
470 Reno Henderson New Mexico G -118
471 Jalen Robinette Air Force WR -117
472 Tim White Arizona State WR -117
473 Devin Chappell Oregon State CB -117
474 Michael Henry Western Michigan WR -115
475 Taylor McNamara USC TE -114
476 Kalif Phillips Charlotte RB -114
477 Drew Morgan Arkansas WR -114
478 Dominique Reed Arkansas WR -113
479 Charmeachealle Moore Kansas State LB -110
480 Hayden Plinke Texas-El Paso TE -57
481 Paul Magloire Arizona LB -107
482 Tim Crawley San Jose State WR -107
483 Jeremiah Valoaga UNLV EDGE -107
484 Jacob Onyechi Air Force S -106
485 Scott Orndoff Pittsburgh TE -106
486 David Rivers III Youngstown State CB -106
487 Yamen Sanders Montana S -106
488 Joel Bouagnon Northern Illinois RB -105
489 Tanner Gentry Wyoming WR -102
490 J.D Harmon Kentucky CB -101
491 Jordan Carrell Colorado DL -101
492 Justin Davis USC RB -99
493 Mitch Leidner Minnesota QB -98
494 Tarean Folston Notre Dame RB -98
495 Jamari Staples Louisville WR -86
496 Andreas Knappe Connecticut OT -38
497 Tony Bridges Ole Miss CB -36
498 Max Halpin Western Kentucky C -71
499 Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech EDGE -70
500 Psalm Wooching Washington LB -65
501 Eric Wilson Cincinnati LB -61
502 Ryan Higgins Louisiana Tech QB -61
503 Keon Hatcher Arkansas WR -59
504 Kennan Gilchrist Appalachian State LB -59
505 Leon McQuay III Southern California S -56
506 Joseph Yearby Miami (Fla.) RB -54
507 Casey DeAndrade New Hampshire S -48
508 Noel Thomas Connecticut WR -48
509 Praise Martin-Oguike Temple LB -47
510 Jeremy Faulk Garden City CC DL -47
511 Brad Watson Wake Forest CB -47
512 Marquez Williams Miami (Fla.) TE -47
513 Fred Zerblis Colorado State G -47
514 Corey Smith Ohio State WR -47
515 Chunky Clements Illinois DL -47
516 Freddie Burden Georgia Tech C -47
517 Tony Annese Central Michigan S -47
518 Terrence Waugh Kent State DL -47
519 Keith Kelsey Louisville LB -47
520 Michael Hutchings Southern California LB -47
521 Kent Perkins Texas OT -45
522 Greg Mabin Iowa CB -45
523 A.J. Wolf Duke DL -45
524 Jordan Simmons USC OT -45
525 Marcos Rios UCLA CB -44

2015 B2B Directional State: Undervalued & Small School NFL Prospects


B2BDirectionalStateLogoFor more than a decade now, I have made the analysis of lesser-known, small school, and undervalued NFL draft prospects my sometimes (well, more than sometimes) obsessive avocation.  Over the years, I’ve written about, championed, interviewed, chosen in mock draft, defended in arguments, and generally shouted into the wilderness about “my” guys.

How did this get started? Well, I got involved in a nearly legendary 7 round mock draft started on a now more or less defunct Steelers message board and continued each year since on SteelerFury.com, where 32 posters each become GM of a team and make trades, picks– we execute a real 256 pick NFL draft.

The level of knowledge of prospects and quality of this draft was mind-boggling to me. I had played and followed football for 40 years– I was far from a casual fan– yet the competition was fierce. One of the most exciting parts of that draft were the later rounds, where GMs presented obscure picks with glee– they had the satisfaction of drafting 7 rounds of guys that became “their” guys. On the message boards, twitter, and weekly on our podcast, we got credit or ridicule for prospects we’d championed or criticized years earlier. A badge of honor or shame, as it were.

I decided that I’d have a hard time learning the top prospects as well as others who watch way too much college football and were familiar with prospects out of high school and that my best chance was to unearth a few from the discount rack. As in life, I’m a value buy kind of guy. The great part is, much like Day 3 strategy for a team like New England, if you can hit on 1 of 3 lesser known picks as three 6th round selections, you’re a success.

My first class had Gartrell Johnson, Brice McCain, Sammie Lee Hill, and David Bruton… modest overachievers who nonetheless made NFL teams.  Then came my first serious year of becoming an amateur draftnik, and with it the year that gave me some cachet: 2010. That year I screamed to the heavens the names Jared Veldheer, Emmanuel Sanders,  Jimmy Graham,  Alterraun Verner, Clay Harbor,  Nolan Carroll,  Arthur Moats, Ramon Harewood, Joe Webb, Jamar Chaney, and Junior Galette.  I think their subsequent success surprised even me, although I desperately wanted the Steelers to draft Jimmy Graham and Emmanuel Sanders that year.

The next year, feeling pressure to keep the high standard, I included 2011’s James Carpenter, Rob Housler, Jordan Cameron, Kris Durham, Julius Thomas, Buster Skrine, Richard Sherman, Colin Jones, Justin Rogers, and Ricardo Lockette. 2012 brought  Brandon Brooks, Casey Heyward, Doug Martin, Bruce Irvin, Lamar Holmes, Robert Turbin, Miles Burris, Josh Norman, Justin Bethel, J.R.Sweezy, Rishard Matthews,  Junior Hemmingway, Markus Kuhn  In 2013, Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan, Brandon Williams, Benny Cunningham, Shamarko Thomas, Earl Wolff, Steve Means, Paul Worrilow, Ryan Schraeder, Eric Rogers, and Terren Jones joined the fraternity, and in 2014 Jarvis Landry, Billy Turner, Jay Bromley, Terrence Brooks, Jerick McKinnon, Justin Ellis, Marqueston Huff, Kevin Norwood, Dontae Johnson, Walt Aikens, Keith Lewis, Nevin Lawson, Ryan Carrethers, Wesley Johnson, Zach Mettenberger, Robert Herron, Jordan Zumwalt, Brandon Dixon, Zach Moore, Garrett Gilbert, T.J. Carrie, Terrence Fede, Tyler Starr, Cornelius Lucas, Zach Kerr, Brock Coyle, Eric Thomas, & Justin Britt got there.

Those who have followed my efforts have nicknamed my players members of the fictional B2B Directional State football team. A couple of years ago, they even were anointed with a mascot, the Battling Basilisks. I figure someday I’ll make T Shirts and send one to each of the selectees.

Anyway, the fraternity of B2Bers play every Sunday in the NFL– in fact, people tweet/text/email me every time one of them makes a play, good or bad.  Generally, though, I secretly track their whereabouts and know of their moments before anyone lets me know… as I said, they’re my guys.

Listen to the latest SteelerFury podcast, Steeler draft edition here:

Without further ado, the B2B Directional State Class of 2015:

Edge
Delaire-Towson2-Playoffs-2014-USATODAY-SportsB2B Directional State Player of the Year: Ryan Delaire, Towson (6041, 256)
Ex-Edge rusher Ryan Riddle said this week that the #1 attribute for edge rushers is closing speed. Others talk about bend and ankle flexion. Delaire’s last two steps to the prey are reminiscent of a jaguar taking down an antelope and his ability to bend the corner is second to none in this class. No other edge prospect in this draft has his combination of classic edge rusher traits: play speed, ability to finish, ability to bend the edge, ferocious tackler, ball skills in coverage , backside pursuit, desire/motor, elite athleticism. A fun highlight reel player who showed well vs. bigger competition including WVU, & Michigan. UPDATE: Delaire showed well in TB but ultimately got cut and signed with the Redskins’ practice squad. A work in progress.

Shaquille Riddick, West Virginia (6057, 244)
Proved he can be a dominating pass rusher at the FBS level Gardner-Webb, then transferred to WVU for a show me year vs Power 5 competition.  Was rarely utilized on the edge, but when he was, was disruptive as a pass rusher and showed ability to disengage blockers in the run game.
UPDATE: A nagging hamstring injury kept him from practicing for long stretches but he is now 100% and made the Cardinals as a 5th Rd Draft pick.
Deiontrez Mount, Louisville
UPDATE: A 6th Rd pick with TEN, he made the roster and is Orakpo’s backup.
James Vaughters, Stanford
UPDATE: A UDFA in GB, he nearly made the 53 , signed to practice squad.
Will Schwarz, Saginaw Valley State
UPDATE: A tryout with Miami but didn’t sign.

DL
2c506231e6ec8e026b0f6a7067009232DL Derrick Lott, Chattanooga (6040, 314)
What can you say about a 300lb+ guy who was the first guy down the field on every kick return in the East-West Shrine Game? Great length, athleticism, hands, effort.
UPDATE: Cut by Titans.

DE Tory Slater, West Georgia (6040 275)
Country strong, aggressive and agile.  Huge and raw, but with size and motor you can’t teach. UPDATE: Had a hamstring injury from minicamp and went from PUP to cut for now.

NT Terry Williams, East Carolina (5117, 329)

Speaking of country strong, Williams is an old school NT in a new school world. I suppose the trend in the NFL is taller NTs or more versatile DTs but Williams is oddly overlooked in this class, despite having some VInce Wilfork/Casey Hampton like moments on tape. Had a couple issues off the field a few years ago… add it all up and he’s an afterthought, despite a lot of talent at a position most don’t appreciate. UPDATE: Was fabulous in Bears preseason week 4, nearly week 1 starter because of injury… practice squad.

DE David Irving, Iowa State (6073, 273)
A couple of incidents off the field trashed his career at Iowa State just as it was getting started… but what a start it was. Irving was just too fast and too long for most OL he faced. If he had stayed out of trouble, he would be not just more experienced but more coached– probably a high draft pick in this class. UPDATE: Practice squad for Chiefs– showed well but stacked roster.

DE Caushaud Lyons, Tusculum (6044, 284)
He looks a little like a guy who grabs the whole team and then throws each one out until he finds the one with the ball.  Not much competition at that level for a freakish athlete like him but his desire and size/speed is evident.
UPDATE: On the Steelers’ 53.
DL Henry Anderson, Stanford (6062, 294)
Not exactly a no name player but I have to include him, since the talk of him being a late 3rd or 4th round pick is absurd. He’s a 1st round talent as the very difficult to find 5 technique for a 3-4 team who likes to show even fronts on passing downs. Aaron Smith is the model for that position and Anderson is basically his clone. UPDATE: 3rd Rd pick for Colts, likely to start opposite B2BDS alum Zack Kerr on the IND opening day DL.
Bonus: I don’t know much about him but Nick Seither of NAIA Georgetown College (6026, 273) had 9 sacks this year and posted a pro day workout wherein he was bigger, faster, and more explosive than any edge player in this draft this side of Bud Dupree. UPDATE: Tryout with Cardinals
DT Rodney Gunter, Delaware State UPDATE: 4th round pick, dream camp/preseason, starting for the Cardinals Week 1
DE Martin Ifedi, Memphis
UPDATE: Cut by Rams
Safety
11796286-largeSS Jaquiski Tartt, Samford  (6013, 221)
Maybe it’s his jersey number but watching him immediately made me think of Steve Atwater.  He runs sideline to sideline and hits guys into the team bench. He can also cover and take away the football. Can a Steve Atwater type safety work in today’s NFL? I think so.
UPDATE: 2nd round pick looking good for the 49ers.
FS Cedric Thompson, Minnesota (5114, 211)
A real NFL style DB… can play deep high, in the box, cover the slot vs WRs and TEs. Creates turnovers with quick hands and anticipation. UPDATE: 5th round pick for Miami, practice squad.
S Clayton Geathers, Central Florida  (6015, 218)
Cleans up behind the D… does whatever his team needs him to do to stop the play. In the box, deep half, one on one off the line… he can do it all. UPDATE: 4th Rd pick, excelling on STs, made Indy’s 53.
FS Dean Marlowe, James Madison  (6014, 203)
Big hitter who is always around the football. My thought watching him was: I would love to have a guy like this on my team UPDATE: UDFA made Miami’s 53.
SS Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky  (6002, 200)

Hitter and run supporter with coverage skills who would thrive in a safety role. UPDATE: PUP list of Buffalo.
SS James Sample, Louisville UPDATE: 4th Round pick made Jags roster, despite breaking his arm in OTAs.
FS Brian Suite, Utah State UPDATE: UDFA made it to last cut with detroit.

FS Jacob Hagen, Liberty UPDATE: Showed well, practice squad for AZ.
CB
17577274-standardCB Steven Nelson, Oregon State  (5101, 197)
The best CB no one talks about. Not the biggest, nor the smallest… he wins with a terrific and advanced understanding of technique. Watch his game vs Jaelen Strong, where he continually directed Strong to the sideline and left him no room to catch the football. It’s like a Jedi mind trick.  Nelson can step in to a team that plays off-man coverage and contribute immediately while he continues to learn the game. UPDATE: Made KC’s 53.
CB Tray Walker, Texas Southern  (6021, 191)
His “stick a foot in the ground” and attack throws/the catch is as good as anyone in this draft. Going to face much better competition at the next level, but he’s long, with good speed. UPDATE: At least BAL drafted a CB in Rd 4 who made it onto their 53.
CB Senquez Golson, Mississippi  (5085, 176)
Underappreciated because of his size but he covered everyone in the SEC. Can really high point the football and has great ball skills. UPDATE: 2nd Rd pick for Steelers, IR with shoulder injury.
CB/WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State  (6024, 192)
Consider me on the Lippett as football player train. I’m one who thinks his ideal fit is as a CB… although he could contribute on offense as well. UPDATE: 5th Rd pick made the Dolphins as a CB.
FS/CB Bobby McCain, Memphis  (5094, 195)
He hits everything that moves and despite his somewhat less than ideal size, he shows no fear and delivers blows. He adds ball skills and the ability to change directions with anyone. His style, size, and measurables remind me of Devin McCourty, thus the thought that he could work at FS in the NFL. UPDATE: 5th Rd pick made the Dolphins as a CB.
CB Darryl Roberts, Marshall UPDATE: IR with Patriots.
CB SaQwan Edwards, New Mexico UPDATE: OAK practice squad.
CB Craig Mager, West Texas State UPDATE: 3rd Rd pick made the Chargers’ 53.
CB Garry Peters, Clemson UPDATE: Waived/injured from CAR after great minicamp.
CB Jimmy Jean, Alabama-Birmingham UPDATE: Waived by NE.
QB
trevorQB Trevor Siemian, Northwestern(6027, 220)
Sometimes guys get hurt early in senior season and become an afterthought by the time the draft rolls around. Trevor Siemian was money before injury in 2014, including a gutsy 43-40 OT win vs Notre Dame. UPDATE: 7th Rd pick was stellar in preseason, made 53, challenging to be Manning’s top backup.
QB Phillip Sims, Winston-Salem State UPDATE: Beat out Logan Thomas for Cards #3 job but AZ kept only 2 QBs.

OT
6_3159033OT Laurence Gibson, Virginia Tech  (6056, 305)

As good at defeating edge rush and at using inside arm bar to take away counter move as any LT I scouted this year. Awarded leadership award from his coaches and teammates as the team’s hard work and practice leader. His coach called him “one of my all-time favorites.” Nearly the best athleticism of any OL in the draft. How is he considered to be a Day 3 pick? I wonder what Eli Harold thinks? UPDATE: Cut by Dallas, KC practice squad.
OT Jermaine Barton, Illinois State  (6065, 332)
36″ arms and movement skills to get to the second level or win to the edge. A big part of a terrific passing offense and dominant rushing game. UPDATE: Cut by Buffalo.
OG Ali Marpet, Hobart  & William Smith  (6037, 307)
Not exactly an original discovery, but I am a big fan of Marpet’s technique– compared to more highly touted OL prospects, he showed off more advanced 1 on 1 skill at the Senior Bowl, inside and on the edge. Oh, and he was the 2nd best athletic testing OL in the draft. UPDATE: 2nd Rd pick is starting at LG for TB.
OC Antoine Everett, McNeese State  (6030, 323)
Played LT in college despite classic IOL stubby build. Garnered some attention in McNeese’s near upset of Nebraska, where he completely dominated the Nebraska edge guys he faced. If you had a computer put together an ideal NFL Center, he would look and play like Everett.  UPDATE: Cut by TB.
C Nick Easton, Harvard  (6026, 303)
If you like your centers brainy and athletic enough to play ZBS or pull to the edge, Easton is your man. No offense intended to the Ivy League, but the level of competition is closer to D3 than the SEC… but Easton was like a pancake machine. Everything he hits goes down. Top SPARQ OL in the draft. UPDATE: Traded from Ravens to 49ers, made 53.
C/OG Shaquille Olajuwon Mason, Georgia Tech UPDATE: Star of Patriots’ camp, pushing to start at OG.
OG/OC Chad Hamilton, Coastal Carolina  
UPDATE: Retired from football during Bears camp because of nagging injuries.
WRF (featured types)
d78f2aecb4d3114ab92526fa82862138WR Cameron Meredith, Illinois State  (6033, 207)
He has size/speed combination that says NFL starter. Quickness in and out of breaks and adjustment to football in the air.  Good hands and can win in both tough, inside game and over the top. Tested in the 88.8th percentile for NFL WRs athletically and he can play.  UPDATE: UDFA made Bears’ 53. Great preseason.
WR Andre Davis, South Florida  (6007, 211)
A slightly smallerTerrell Owens-style player– with the accompanying flair–  who can win in the small ball, catch and run game, and also win down the field. I can’t for the life of me figure out why his career wasn’t more successful. There is some inconsistency to his game at the catch point– sometimes spectacular and sometimes timid– and he was up and down through out his 4 years, but those are really the only bad things I can say about him. A lot of what college CBs did to defend him will be illegal at the next level, and allowed to run free, he’s as good as almost any WR in this draft class. UPDATE: Led the Bills is receiving yardage, TDs in preseason… still cut.

WR (possession types)

Devante Davis, UNLV  (6027, 220) Uses his body to shield defenders in the middle and can win down the field. Great hands. Not the most dynamic but he can succeed at the next level on size/speed. If he works at his craft, has the skill to be a solid starter.  UPDATE: Cut by Philly after he failed to stand out in practices/OTAs.

Darius Davis, Henderson State  (5110, 219)
Another fun guy to watch on tape. He’s not what you’d call NFL fast but he has an unbelievable knack for turning a 5 yard gain into 20 or 40 or however far it is to the end zone. Has sort of a Hines Ward knack for being faster than timed when it counts and doing whatever it takes to get home.  As Gil Brandt said, Davis needs to play closer to 211, where his already special elusiveness would have the added benefit of speed… could be a special returner and catch and run WR. UPDATE: Davis went through OTAs with 49ers but something caused him to miss the mandatory minicamp in June and he was unceremoniously waived.
WR Jordan Taylor, Rice  (6043, 209)
Let’s face it: Rice gets no love. Taylor is also a lanky guy who doesn’t really look the part and who tests as an only okay athlete for the NFL. He does, however, have a knack for coming down with the football in contested situations– that’s his one dominant skill that gives him a good chance to succeed as an NFL role player, at minimum. Made play after play for the Owls. UPDATE: Denver UDFA made practice squad.
WR R.J. Harris, New Hampshire  (5117, 191)
Not spectacular but does everything well and had tremendous success at his LOC. 100 catches, 1551 yds, 15 TDs. He also was nearly unstoppable vs Toledo, with 9 catches for 141 and a TD. High floor/hard worker, which is a good combination for an FCS player. UPDATE: Practice squad for New Orleans.
WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas UPDATE: Practice squad for Buffalo.
WR (slot)
WR Deandre Carter, Sacramento State  (5084,  185)
Super quick WR and KR type… stole the show at NFLPA Game practices… was all anyone there wanted to talk about. 1.45 10 yd split, 3.80 shuttle, 6.64 3 cone… I’ve been at this for a while and I can’t remember anyone whose combined times for those three metrics was better. Closest I can think of is former Harvard RB Trevor Scales (out of football and working at ESPN) who put up 1.44. 4.06, 6.71 in 2013… and he was a ridiculous outlier. On top of the quicks, Carter can actually run routes and catch the football– had a game for the ages vs Southern Utah, with 16 catches for 273 yards and 4 TDs. UPDATE: Was having a sensational camp for Ravens, called “a young Randall Cobb by Steve Smith, had three fumbles on returns, got cut.
 
WR Damarr Altmann, Maine UPDATE: last cuts by Miami.
WR/KR Kaelin Clay, Utah UPDATE: TB practice squad.
WR Rannell Hall, Central Florida UPDATE: TB practice squad.
TE/HBack
8068853HBack/TE Will Tye, Stony Brook  
(6026, 256)
Ok, so this is in my top 5 or 6 most enjoyable prospect tape ever. Not only is he a talented receiver and good blocker from the HBack position, he is a 256lb punt returner. Has to be seen to be believed.  He runs 4.49 at 6’3, 256 and catches everything. UPDATE: Giants practice squad.
TE James O’Shaughnessy, Illinois State  (6042, 248)
Illinois State was loaded last year, and it showed in their postseason run where they came within seconds of knocking of perennial champion NDSU. O’Shaughnessy made some terrific plays in that game, including a STs tackle that featured his full speed 45 yard run and head-first collision with the Kickoff returner.  Let’s just say he’s not a prima donna glorified WR. UPDATE: Stud. 5th Rd pick made KC 53 as #2 TE behind Kelce.
TE Busta Anderson, South Carolina  (6045, 244)
A terrific blocker who also does everything move TEs do… good speed up the field and can go up an get it. UPDATE: Mysterious IR hours after he caught the winning TD in preseason game.

TE/WR Neal Sterling, Monmouth  (6033, 238) A giant WR who played in a running offense.  Dedicated blocker already and the team’s go-to receiver. UPDATE: Jags practice squad.

dt.common.streams.StreamServerTE Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts  (6052, 245)
Amazing story: in and out of football to make ends meet and support his family. Basically got one final chance with UMass, had to pay his own way through summer classes, wasn’t cleared by the NCAA until the day before the Minutemen played their second game of the season– never even practiced with the team before that– and then caught 4 balls for 40 yards, and 2 TDs, one of which was possibly the college football play of the year– a leaping, one-handed grab between two defenders that announced his arrival on the NFL radar. His age (27) will hurt his stock but his floor is basically early-career Larry Donnell and his upside current Larry Donnell. UPDATE: UDFA waived by Colts in minicamp. Sad story.
H-Back MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois UPDATE: 5th Rd pick made Minnesota 53.
TE/WR Darren Waller, Georgia Tech UPDATE: 6th Rd pick made Ravens’ 53.
TE Brian Parker, Albany UPDATE: UDFA made KC 53.
TE Gerald Christian, Louisville  UPDATE: Season long IR with Cards.

RB

AR-140839967RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa  (6005, 224)
Le’veon Bell clone. He shares Bell’s versatility, lanky build, and skill at sifting through traffic.  He can split out wide and run WR routes, or make a short yardage power run. He may not have Bell’s ceiling as an All-Pro but he fits the NFL game to a T. UPDATE: Stud. Preseason debut was awesome. Made Cards 53, may start.
RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State  (5114, 223)

FCS RB this year was crazy stacked. At least 4 will likely be drafted and at least two juniors were draftable prospects worth getting excited about. Zenner is a white guy skill player, which I think is why he got tagged with the dreaded FB label. He is nothing of the sort, as his performances vs. Nebraska & Missouri demonstrated. In both those games, defenders routinely misjudged Zenner’s speed and took bad angles. That tells me he has more game speed than you’d think by looking at him on paper or even sizing him up on the field. UPDATE: Stud. UDFA made Detroit roster as RB/KR.

RB Dominique Brown, Louisville  (6017, 234)
Don’t presume to know exactly what went on between him and his coaches on college but he contributed heavily when Louisville had a great QB, then was slowly phased out last year after landing in the coaches’ doghouse. All I know is, the player on tape in 2013 and the one who played like his hair was on fire in the East-West Shrine Game is an NFL back who can run WR routes and pass protect, so he’s going to have a role on 3rd downs at a minimum. UPDATE: Cut by TB and PIT.
RB Dreamius Smith, West Virginia  (5015, 223)
Underutilized as part of a rotation, he has size to win in short yardage and open-field speed (4.48 40yd), and change of direction agility (4.05 SS, 6.90 3c) to be far more than a big plodder. He also can contribute on third downs– good pass protector with blitz pickup recognition skills and the agility to get to DBs/LB on the opposite side of the field. UPDATE: Good camp for SD, practice squad.
RB Terrell Watson, Azusa  UPDATE: UDFA made Cincy Practice Squad.
RB John Crockett, North Dakota State 
UPDATE: Green Bay practice squad.
RB Brandon Wegher, Morningside UPDATE: UDFA made Miami’s 53.
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