NFL Draft: Pre-Combine offensive rankings

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his top five players at each position for the NFL Draft just ahead of the NFL Combine.

The games end in February, but for hardcore football fans, there is no off-season. Following the Super Bowl's last whistle, the focus shifts toward improving teams for the following year in free agency and the NFL Draft. The latter is an inexact science, but a key, if not primary building block for successful teams. Some players are a product of great talent, some players are a product of the perfect scheme, and some players are a product of coaches and players put around them. The goal for scouts and front office personnel, study up, find the best fits and hope for the best.

The next step on the journey to April's NFL Draft starts Wednesday in Indianapolis with the Scouting Combine. Many like stating their favorite prospects. Having done significant research including extensive film reviews, I present my list of the top five players at each position as we head into the Combine. Note these rankings are with the Redskins scheme in mind. Check back for additional updates and revisions over the next two months. Final grades will be handed out, but plenty of homework remains.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

1. Jared Goff - Cal

2. Carson Wentz - North Dakota State

3. Paxton Lynch - Memphis

4. Connor Cook - Michigan State

5. Christian Hackenberg - Penn State

Others to watch: Dak Prescott - Mississippi State, Jeff Driskel - Louisiana Tech

Running Backs

1. Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio State

2. Kenneth Dixon - Louisiana Tech

3. Derrick Henry - Alabama

4. Devontae Booker - Utah

5. Alex Collins - Arkansas

Others to watch: Paul Perkins - UCLA, Jonathan Williams - Arkansas, C.J. Prosise - Notre Dame, Kelvin Taylor - Florida, Tre Madden - USC

Wide Receivers

1. Laquon Treadwell - Ole Miss

2. Michael Thomas - Ohio State

3. Tyler Boyd - Pittsburgh

4. Corey Coleman - Baylor

5. Demarcus Robinson - Florida

Others to watch: Rashard Higgins - Colorado State, Geronimo Allison - Illinois

Tight Ends

1. Hunter Henry - Arkansas

2. Austin Hooper - Stanford

3. Nick Vannett - Ohio State

4. Jerrell Adams - South Carolina

5. Bryce Williams - East Carolina

Offensive Tackles

1. Laremy Tunsil - Ole Miss

2. Ronnie Stanley - Notre Dame

3. Jack Conklin - Michigan State

4. Taylor Decker - Ohio State

5. Shon Coleman - Auburn

Offensive Guards

1. Vadal Alexander - LSU

2. Cody Whitehair - Kansas State

3. Landon Turner - North Carolina

4. Joshua Garnett - Stanford

5. Sebastian Tretola - Arkansas

Offensive Centers

1. Ryan Kelly - Alabama

2. Nick Martin - Notre Dame

3. Evan Boehm - Missouri

4. Jack Allen - Michigan State

5. Max Tuerk - USC

Click here for Paul Conner's 2016 NFL Draft defensive rankings

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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