What did go down as expected was the top two quarterbacks going with the first two picks – Jameis Winston to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota to the Tennessee Titans. After that, however, it got interesting.
Leonard Williams, the USC defensive tackle rated by most as the top prospect in the draft, lasted until the sixth pick before the New York Jets jumped at the opportunity to upgrade their defensive line. Kevin White, picked seventh by the Chicago Bears, went before fellow receiver DeVante Parker, who lasted until the 14th pick with the Miami Dolphins.
Within the top 10, the player picked well before his ranking was offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, taken by the New York Giants with the ninth pick after being ranked 23rd in Scout’s rankings.
The New Orleans Saints drafted 29th-ranked Andrus Peat (offensive tackle) with the 13th pick, and the Houston Texans selected 36th-ranked Kevin Johnson, a cornerback from Wake Forest, with the 16th pick.
But of all the picks in the first round, the biggest disparity between Scout.com’s ranking and the selection came with offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi. He was ranked 85th overall but selected 21st by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The three biggest highly-ranked players with character concerns found different fates. Defensive end Shane Ray, who was arrested for possession of marijuana earlier this week, was taken by the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, defensive end Randy Gregory, who tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine and admitted to using in the past, wasn’t selected in the first round. Neither was offensive lineman La’el Collins, another first-round talent who is being questioned in the murder of a pregnant woman but isn’t being labeled as a suspect at this point.
Gregory and Collins are the highest-ranked players still on the board, followed by Alabama safety Landon Collins and Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Here are the highest ranked players still undrafted after the first round:
QUARTERBACKBryce Petty, Baylor, 49th overall: A post-graduate since May 2013, Petty started the final 25 contests that he appeared in for Baylor, completing 530-of-845 passes (62.72%) for 8,195 yards, 62 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions…Scored 21 times on 192 carries for 338 yards (1.76 ypc) and participated in 1,037 plays for 8,533 yards in total offense, as he was responsible for 83 touchdowns, averaging 237.03 yards per game, appearing in a total of 36 contests.
RUNNING BACKAmeer Abdullah, Nebraska, 76th overall: Abdullah started 33-of-53 games at Nebraska…Part of the Huskers first graduating class from the Big Ten Conference era (school joined the league in 2011), he carried 813 times for 4,588 yards (5.64 ypc) and 39 touchdowns…Caught 73 passes for 690 yards (9.45 ypc) and seven scores…Returned 61 kicks for 1,592 yards (26.1 avg) and a touchdown, adding 316 yards with another score on 31 punt returns (10.19 avg)…On 978 touches, he gained 7,186 all-purpose yards and totaled 48 touchdowns, averaging 135.58 yards per game.
WIDE RECEIVERDorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma, 20th overall: Green-Beckham never suited up at Oklahoma, but he did start 15-of-25 games at the University of Missouri, as the split end caught 87 passes (had 134 targeted to him, catching 74.63%) for 1,278 yards (14.69 ypc) and 17 touchdowns…Also carried the ball six times for 19 yards and recorded two solo tackles.
OFFENSIVE LINEMANLa’el Collins, LSU, 18th overall: The 2014 Senior CLASS Award finalist was the team’s “Iron Man,” as he was on the field for 869 of a possible 897 offensive plays, leading SEC linemen with an 89.23% grade for blocking consistency, as he registered 109 knockdowns with 14 downfield blocks and 16 touchdown-resulting blocks…Charged with three of the 25 sacks yielded by the front wall, as he helped the ground unit compensate for the passing game’s inefficiencies at quarterback, logging 224.5 rushing yards per game, 23rd in the nation…The struggles from the aerial unit led to LSU finishing 77th in the FBS, averaging just 387.5 yards per game to compile an 8-5 record.
DEFENSIVE LINEMANRandy Gregory, Nebraska, DE, 16th overall: Gregory started 20-of-24 games at Nebraska, as the weak-side defensive end recorded 120 tackles (63 solos) with 17.5 sacks for minus-137 yards, 29.0 stops for losses of 170 yards, and 34 quarterback pressures…Caused two fumbles and recovered another…Intercepted two passes, as he deflected four other throws and blocked two kicks…Including his freshman season at Arizona Western College, Gregory closed out his college career having appeared in 36 games with 32 starting assignments that produced 202 tackles (84 solos), 26.5 stops for minus 220 yards, 49.5 stops for losses of 296 yards, 46 pressures, three fumble recoveries, including one advanced 18 yards for a touchdown, five forced fumbles, two interceptions, five pass deflections and two blocked kicks.
LINEBACKEREric Kendricks, UCLA, 42nd overall: Kendricks appeared in 52 games, starting his final 41 appearances at weak-side inside linebacker…Holds the school record with 482 tackles (307 solos), adding 10 sacks for minus-60 yards, 26.0 stops for losses of 92 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures, as he also caused four fumbles and recovered four others, advancing two for touchdowns…
Deflected 11 passes, blocked two kicks and intercepted five throws for 71 yards in returns, including one touchdown.
CORNERBACKP.J. Williams, Florida State, 52nd overall: Williams started 24-of-40 games at Florida State – 11 at weak-side and 13 at strong-side cornerback…Finished his career with 123 tackles (82 solos) that includes a 9-yard sack and nine stops for losses totaling 36 yards…Added two quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery…Deflected 18 passes and intercepted four others for 38 yards in returns that included one touchdown.
SAFETYLandon Collins, Alabama, 24th overall: Collins started 23-of-41 games at Alabama, as the safety recorded 190 tackles (120 solos) with 8.5 stops for losses of 22 yards and four quarterback pressures…Recovered four fumbles, advancing two for nine yards, as he also gained 103 yards on five interceptions, 13 yards on a blocked punt return and 55 yards via three kickoff returns…Also deflected thirteen passes and caused three fumbles.
What happened, the next 100Below, the shaded rows represent those taken in the order they were taken. The first column is the overall rank of the player by NFL scout Dave-Te’ Thomas. An explanation of his “PRO” grade is provided at the end of the chart.
After those selected are the next 100 players, according to Scout.com, which theoretically would cover the second and third rounds conducted Friday.
|11||WINSTON, Jameis||Tampa Bay||QB||rSo||06:03.2||228||4.65||7.5||1|
|03||FOWLER JR., Dante (RE)||Jacksonville||OLB||Jr||06:02.5||266||4.79||7.9||1|
|04||SCHERFF, Brandon (OG)||Washington||OT||rSr||06:04.5||319||4.93||7.8||1|
|01||WILLIAMS, Leonard (DE)||New York Jets||DT||Jr||06:04.2||298||4.88||8.8||1|
|10||BEASLEY, Vic (OB)||Atlanta||OLB||rSr||06:02.7||235||4.58||7.5||1|
|23||FLOWERS, Ereck||New York Giants||OT||Jr||06:05.4||329||5.26||6.9||1-2|
|12||GURLEY, Todd||St. Louis||TB||Jr||06:00.4||232||4.54||7.4||1|
|08||SHELTON, Danny (DT)||Cleveland||NG||Sr||06:01.1||327||5.16||7.5||1|
|29||PEAT, Andrus||New Orleans||OT||Jr||06:06.5||313||5.28||6.8||1|
|15||GORDON, Melvin||San Diego||TB||rJr||06:00.5||213||4.43||7.3||1|
|17||ARMSTEAD, Arik (RE/DT)||San Francisco||DE||Jr||06:06.5||292||4.97||7.3||1|
|09||PETERS, Marcus||Kansas City||CB||rJr||05:11.5||198||4.42||7.5||1-2|
|31||ERVING, Cameron (OG/T)||Cleveland||OC||rSr||06:05.2||304||5.16||6.8||1|
|85||OGBUEHI, Cedric (OG)||Cincinnati||OT||rSr||06:04.6||306||4.98||6.1||2-3|
|28||DUPREE, Alvin (OB)||Pittsburgh||DE||Sr||06:03.5||268||4.60||6.8||1|
|13||RAY, Shane (RE/OB)||Denver||DE||rJr||06:02.6||247||4.58||7.4||1|
|39||THOMPSON, Shaq (WB/SS)||Carolina||OLB||Jr||06:01.5||231||4.56||6.7||2|
|30||JONES, Byron (FS)||Dallas||CB||rSr||06:00.1||197||4.52||6.8||1|
|46||RANDALL, Damarious||Green Bay||FS||Sr||06:00.0||190||4.56||6.6||2|
|40||ANTHONY, Stephone (WB)||New Orleans||ILB||Sr||06:02.3||238||4.59||6.7||2|
|19||BROWN, Malcom (DT)||New England||NG||Jr||06:02.5||305||5.24||7.2||1|
|16||GREGORY, Randy (RE)||Nebraska||DE||Jr||06:04.5||255||4.76||7.3||1|
|18||COLLINS, La'El (OT)||Louisiana State||OG||Sr||06:04.4||324||5.12||7.2||1|
|24||COLLINS, Landon (FS)||Alabama||SS||Jr||05:11.5||215||4.53||6.8||1|
|25||STRONG, Jaelen||Arizona State||WR||rJr||06:03.5||212||4.55||6.9||1-2|
|26||ROWE, Eric (FS)||Utah||CB||Sr||06:01.1||201||4.49||6.9||1-2|
|27||SMITH, Preston||Mississippi State||DE||Sr||06:04.4||267||4.92||6.9||2|
|32||SMITH, Devin||Ohio State||WR||Sr||06:00.4||199||4.46||6.8||2|
|34||CANN, A.J. (OG)||South Carolina||OG||Sr||06:03.1||318||5.18||6.8||2|
|35||BENNETT, Ben “Michael”||Ohio State||DT||Sr||06:02.2||286||4.96||6.8||2-3|
|37||CLEMMINGS, Trevor "TJ"||Pittsburgh||OT||Sr||06:04.5||309||5.14||6.7||1-2|
|38||ODIGHIZUWA, Owamagbe||UCLA (RE)||DE||rSr||06:03.2||268||4.79||6.7||1-2|
|42||KENDRICKS, Eric (WB)||UCLA||ILB||rSr||06:00.1||232||4.67||6.7||1-2|
|44||HAROLD, Eli (OB)||Virginia||OLB||Jr||06:03.6||235||4.73||6.6||2|
|45||WILLIAMS, Maxx (H-B)||Minnesota||TE||rSo||06:03.6||254||4.87||6.6||1-2|
|47||HUNTER, Danielle (SB)||Louisiana State||DE||Jr||06:05.5||241||4.68||6.6||2|
|48||ORCHARD, Nathaniel(OB)||Utah (DE)||OLB||Sr||06:02.4||255||4.76||6.6||2|
|51||GOLDMAN, Eddie (DT)||Florida State||NG||Jr||06:03.1||314||5.28||6.5||1-2|
|52||WILLIAMS, P.J.||Florida State||CB||Jr||05:11.5||196||4.48||6.5||2|
|53||GRASU, Hroniss (OG)||Oregon||OC||rSr||06:03.2||295||4.96||6.5||2-3|
|54||ROLLINS, Quinten (FS)||Miami, Ohio||CB||rSr||05:11.5||203||4.52||6.5||2|
|55||SMITH, Za'Darius (RE)||Kentucky||DE||Sr||06:04.2||265||4.73||6.5||3|
|57||MARPAT, Ali (OC/OT)||Hobart College||OG||Sr||06:03.6||307||4.91||6.4||2-3|
|58||AJAYI, Jay||Boise State||TB||rJr||05:11.1||220||4.54||6.3||2|
|59||DAVIS, Carl (NG)||Iowa||DT||rSr||06:04.4||318||5.10||6.3||2-3|
|60||GREENE, Rashad||Florida State||WR||Sr||05:11.4||178||4.47||6.3||2|
|61||JOHNSON, David||Northern Iowa||TB||rSr||06:01.0||222||4.57||6.3||2-3|
|63||SMITH, Donovan (OG)||Penn State||OT||rJr||06:05.6||338||5.12||6.3||2-3|
|64||COLLINS, Jalen (FS)||Louisiana State||CB||rJr||06:01.5||195||4.52||6.3||2|
|65||JACKSON, Martrevius“Tre”||Florida State||OG||Sr||06:03.5||337||5.38||6.3||2-3|
|66||SMITH, D'Joun||Florida Atlantic||CB||Sr||05:10.0||190||4.52||6.3||2-3|
|67||COOPER, Xavier||Washington State||DT||rJr||06:03.5||303||5.07||6.3||2-3|
|68||MAULDIN, Lorenzo (OB)||Louisville||OLB||Sr||06:03.2||243||4.73||6.3||2-3|
|71||DAWSON, Paul (WB)||Texas Christian||ILB||Sr||06:01.5||230||4.76||6.3||2-3|
|72||CARTER, Alex (FS)||Stanford||CB||Jr||05:11.6||200||4.51||6.3||3|
|73||GRAYSON, Garrett||Colorado State||QB||rSr||06:02.2||218||4.84||6.3||3|
|74||DARBY, Ronald||Florida State||CB||Jr||05:10.5||190||4.46||6.2||2|
|75||McKINNEY, Benardrick (SB)||Mississippi State||ILB||rJr||06:04.5||245||4.62||6.2||2-3|
|77||PHILLIPS, Jordan (DT)||Oklahoma||NG||Sr||6::05.2||329||4.98||6.2||2|
|79||LOCKETT, Tyler||Kansas State||WR||Sr||05:09.5||176||4.47||6.2||2-3|
|80||KOUANDJIO, Arie-Manuel||Alabama (OT)||OG||rSr||06:04.6||326||5.28||6.2||3|
|82||SHAW, Joshua (FS)||Southern California||CB||rSr||06:01.4||205||4.56||6.2||3|
|88||LANGFORD, Jeremy||Michigan State||TB||Sr||06:00.0||205||4.45||6.1||3|
|89||ALEXANDER, Kwon (OB)||Louisiana State||OLB||Jr||06:01.6||227||4.67||6.1||3|
|90||HARDY, Justin||East Carolina||WR||Sr||05:10.5||186||4.49||6.1||3|
|91||FINNEY, Benjamin “B.J.”||Kansas State||OC||rSr||06:03.5||303||5.18||6.1||3|
|92||SAMBRAILO, Tyler||Colorado State||OT||Sr||06:05.6||311||5.27||6.1||3-4|
|93||TULL, Charles Dallas (RE)||Tenn.-Chattanooga||OLB||Sr||06:02.2||242||4.57||6.1||3-4|
|94||PRUITT, Mycole (H-B)||Southern Illinois||TE||rSr||06:01.7||251||4.75||6.1||3-4|
|97||FUNCHESS, Devin (WR)||Michigan||WR||Jr||06:04.5||235||4.63||6.0||3-4|
|98||EDWARDS JR, Mario (RE)||Florida State||DE||Jr||06:02.6||294||4.88||6.0||3|
|99||McBRIDE, Tre||William & Mary||WR||Sr||06:00.2||202||4.44||6.0||3|
|100||ALLEN, Javorius||Southern California||TB||Jr||05:11.5||221||4.54||6.0||3|
|101||HARDISON, Marcus||Arizona State||DT||Sr||06:03.4||303||4.96||6.0||3|
|102||GRANT, Doran||Ohio State||CB||Sr||05:10.2||196||4.49||6.0||3|
|103||KIKAHA, Hau'Oli (OB)||Washington||OLB||rSr||06:02.4||256||4.82||6.0||3|
|104||SMITH, Derron||Fresno State||FS||Sr||05:09.7||196||4.52||6.0||3|
|106||AMOS, Adrian (SS)||Penn State||FS||Sr||06:00.2||211||4.59||5.9||3-4|
|107||NELSON, Steven||Oregon State||CB||Sr||05:10.6||199||4.53||5.9||3-4|
|109||FOWLER, Jalston (TB)||Alabama||FB||rSr||06:00.3||254||4.79||5.9||4-5|
|111||CHICKILLO, Anthony||Miami (RE/OB)||DE||Sr||06:03.4||270||4.81||5.8||3-4|
|114||LIPPETT, Tony||Michigan State||WR||Sr||06:02.4||190||4.49||5.8||3-4|
|115||GLOWINSKI, Mark (OT)||West Virginia||OG||Sr||06:04.2||307||5.15||5.8||4|
|118||JAMES, Jesse||Penn State||TE||Jr||06:06.2||257||4.89||5.7||3-4|
|119||HICKS, Jordan (OB)||Texas||ILB||Sr||06:01.5||245||4.58||5.7||4|
|121||PREWITT, Kristian “Cody”||Mississippi||FS||Sr||06:01.6||220||4.62||5.7||4|
|122||HULL, Michael (OB)||Penn State||ILB||Sr||06:00.0||232||4.63||5.7||4|
|129||MAYLE, Vince||Washington State||WR||Sr||06:02.0||218||4.42||5.7||4|
|130||MASON, Shaquille (OG)||Georgia Tech||OC||Sr||06:01.1||311||5.27||5.7||5|
|132||ANDERSON, Henry (RE/DT)||Stanford||DE||Sr||06:05.2||290||4.88||5.6||4-5|
When reading my ratings, please refer to the chart below to understand the grade that will be provided on each player. To understand how I arrive at this rating, I consider the player’s “Critical Factors,” which allow the teams to take the following into consideration when drafting; size, strength, competitiveness, speed, athletic ability, potential and productivity.
|8.1-9.0||Franchise Player||Immediate starter...Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury...Possesses superior critical factors...Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort...Rare talent.|
|7.6-8.0||Star Quality||Eventual starter...Should make a significant contribution in his first year...Possesses above average critical factors...Has the talent and skills to start...Will contribute to upgrading the team...Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development...Has no real weakness.|
|7.0-7.5||Impact Player||Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas...Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve...Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning...Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.|
|6.5-6.9||Eventual Starter||Could move into the starting lineup within three years...Has average critical factors in all areas...Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.|
|6.0-6.4||Potential Starter||Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved perform- ances...Will make a team...Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming...Probable draft choice.|
|5.5-5.9||Roster Player||Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter... Possesses average critical factors, but more than several areas are less than average...Plays with normal extra effort.|
|5.0-5.4||Project||Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring...May make a team based on need...Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming...Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.|
|4.6-4.9||Develop- mental||Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp... Not strong in most critical factors...Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome...At least average in the factor of competitiveness...May not make a team due to his limitations.|
|4.1-4.5||Camp Player||Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances...Deficient in more than one critical factor... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.|
|3.5-4.0||Reject||Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors...Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.|
|2.0||Unrated||Serious injury or off-field problem.|