Comparing the selections to the rankings

Which players were selected well ahead of their rankings and who are the best of what’s left for rounds 2 and 3? We compare the selections to where Scout.com had them ranked, plus detail the best of what’s left at each position.

Per usual, the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft held some surprises, with players drafted well ahead of their rankings on Scout.com and fewer trades than expected.

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:

QUARTERBACK
Bryce 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 BACK
Ameer 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 RECEIVER
Dorial 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 LINEMAN
La’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 LINEMAN
Randy 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.

LINEBACKER
Eric 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.

CORNERBACK
P.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.

SAFETY
Landon 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 100

Below, 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.

RNK PLAYERNFL TEAM/COLLEGE POSCL HTWT 40-YDPRO RND
11 WINSTON, Jameis Tampa BayQB rSo 06:03.2 228 4.65 7.5 1
07 MARIOTA, Marcus TennesseeQB rJr 06:03.6 217 4.53 7.5 1
03 FOWLER JR., Dante (RE) JacksonvilleOLB Jr 06:02.5266 4.79 7.9 1
02 COOPER, Amari OaklandWR Jr 06:00.4205 4.56 8.2 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
14 WHITE, Kevin Chicago WR Sr 06:02.7 211 4.49 7.3 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
06 WAYNES, Trae Minnesota CB rJr 06:00.5 183 4.47 7.7 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
05 PARKER, DeVante Miami WR Sr 06:02.5 207 4.53 7.7 1
15 GORDON, Melvin San Diego TB rJr 06:00.5 213 4.43 7.3 1
36 JOHNSON, Kevin Houston CB rSr 06:00.1 175 4.56 6.7 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
21 AGHOLOR, Nelson Philadelphia WR Jr 06:00.2 189 4.49 6.9 1-2
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
43 HUMPHRIES, D.J. Arizona OT Jr 06:05.1 307 4.97 6.6 1-2
39 THOMPSON, Shaq (WB/SS) Carolina OLB Jr 06:01.5 231 4.56 6.7 2
50 PERRIMAN, Breshad Baltimore WR rJr 06:01.5 209 4.52 6.5 1
30 JONES, Byron (FS) Dallas CB rSr 06:00.1 197 4.52 6.8 1
33 TOMLINSON, Laken Detroit OG rSr 06:02.6 320 5.29 6.8 2
56 DORSETT, Phillip Indianapolis WR Sr 05:09.1 187 4.21 6.4 2
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
16GREGORY, Randy (RE) NebraskaDE Jr06:04.5 2554.76 7.31
18COLLINS, La'El (OT) Louisiana State OGSr 06:04.4324 5.127.2 1
20GREEN-BECKHAM, Dorial OklahomaWR Jr06:05.2 2254.49 7.11-2
22FISHER, Jacob OregonOT Sr06:06.2 3065.22 6.92
24COLLINS, Landon (FS) AlabamaSS Jr05:11.5 2154.53 6.81
25STRONG, Jaelen Arizona State WRrJr 06:03.5212 4.556.9 1-2
26ROWE, Eric (FS) Utah CB Sr06:01.1 2014.49 6.91-2
27SMITH, Preston Mississippi State DESr 06:04.4267 4.926.9 2
32SMITH, Devin Ohio State WRSr 06:00.4199 4.466.8 2
34CANN, A.J. (OG) South Carolina OGSr 06:03.1318 5.186.8 2
35BENNETT, Ben “Michael” Ohio State DTSr 06:02.2286 4.966.8 2-3
37CLEMMINGS, Trevor "TJ" Pittsburgh OTSr 06:04.5309 5.146.7 1-2
38ODIGHIZUWA, Owamagbe UCLA (RE) DErSr 06:03.2268 4.796.7 1-2
41WALFORD, Clive MiamiTE rSr06:04.0 2634.93 6.72-3
42KENDRICKS, Eric (WB) UCLAILB rSr06:00.1 2324.67 6.71-2
44HAROLD, Eli (OB) VirginiaOLB Jr06:03.6 2354.73 6.62
45WILLIAMS, Maxx (H-B) Minnesota TErSo 06:03.6254 4.876.6 1-2
47HUNTER, Danielle (SB) Louisiana State DEJr 06:05.5241 4.686.6 2
48ORCHARD, Nathaniel(OB) Utah (DE) OLBSr 06:02.4255 4.766.6 2
49PETTY, Bryce BaylorQB rSr06:02.5 2304.74 6.62
51GOLDMAN, Eddie (DT) Florida State NGJr 06:03.1314 5.286.5 1-2
52WILLIAMS, P.J. Florida State CBJr 05:11.5196 4.486.5 2
53GRASU, Hroniss (OG) OregonOC rSr06:03.2 2954.96 6.52-3
54ROLLINS, Quinten (FS) Miami, Ohio CBrSr 05:11.5203 4.526.5 2
55SMITH, Za'Darius (RE) KentuckyDE Sr06:04.2 2654.73 6.53
57MARPAT, Ali (OC/OT) Hobart College OGSr 06:03.6307 4.916.4 2-3
58AJAYI, Jay Boise State TBrJr 05:11.1220 4.546.3 2
59DAVIS, Carl (NG) IowaDT rSr06:04.4 3185.10 6.32-3
60GREENE, Rashad Florida State WRSr 05:11.4178 4.476.3 2
61JOHNSON, David Northern Iowa TBrSr 06:01.0222 4.576.3 2-3
62JOHNSON, Duke MiamiTB Jr05:08.6 2064.42 6.32
63SMITH, Donovan (OG) Penn State OTrJr 06:05.6338 5.126.3 2-3
64COLLINS, Jalen (FS) Louisiana State CBrJr 06:01.5195 4.526.3 2
65JACKSON, Martrevius“Tre” Florida State OGSr 06:03.5337 5.386.3 2-3
66SMITH, D'Joun Florida Atlantic CBSr 05:10.0190 4.526.3 2-3
67COOPER, Xavier Washington State DTrJr 06:03.5303 5.076.3 2-3
68MAULDIN, Lorenzo (OB) Louisville OLBSr 06:03.2243 4.736.3 2-3
69FLOWERS, Trey ArkansasDE Sr06:03.4 2674.84 6.32-3
70TARTT, Jaquiski SamfordSS Sr06:01.3 2234.55 6.32-3
71DAWSON, Paul (WB) Texas Christian ILBSr 06:01.5230 4.766.3 2-3
72CARTER, Alex (FS) StanfordCB Jr05:11.6 2004.51 6.33
73GRAYSON, Garrett Colorado State QBrSr 06:02.2218 4.846.3 3
74DARBY, Ronald Florida State CBJr 05:10.5190 4.466.2 2
75McKINNEY, Benardrick (SB) Mississippi State ILBrJr 06:04.5245 4.626.2 2-3
76ABDULLAH, Ameer NebraskaTB Sr05:08.6 1994.45 6.22
77PHILLIPS, Jordan (DT) OklahomaNG Sr6::05.2 3294.98 6.22
78COLEMAN, Tevin IndianaTB Jr06:00.1 2114.62 6.22
79LOCKETT, Tyler Kansas State WRSr 05:09.5176 4.476.2 2-3
80KOUANDJIO, Arie-Manuel Alabama (OT) OGrSr 06:04.6326 5.286.2 3
81PERRYMAN, Denzel MiamiILB Sr05:11.1 2484.74 6.23
82SHAW, Joshua (FS) Southern California CBrSr 06:01.4205 4.566.2 3
83WILLIAMS, Daryl OklahomaOT Sr06:05.3 3274.97 6.23
84MILLER, John Louisville OGSr 06:02.5321 5.336.2 3
86HUNDLEY, Brett UCLAQB rJr06:02.4 2224.64 6.12-3
87YELDON, T.J. AlabamaTB Jr06:01.2 2184.46 6.13-4
88LANGFORD, Jeremy Michigan State TBSr 06:00.0205 4.456.1 3
89ALEXANDER, Kwon (OB) Louisiana State OLBJr 06:01.6227 4.676.1 3
90HARDY, Justin East Carolina WRSr 05:10.5186 4.496.1 3
91FINNEY, Benjamin “B.J.” Kansas State OCrSr 06:03.5303 5.186.1 3
92SAMBRAILO, Tyler Colorado State OTSr 06:05.6311 5.276.1 3-4
93TULL, Charles Dallas (RE) Tenn.-Chattanooga OLBSr 06:02.2242 4.576.1 3-4
94PRUITT, Mycole (H-B) Southern Illinois TErSr 06:01.7251 4.756.1 3-4
95SAMPLE, James Louisville SSJr 06:01.4192 4.646.1 4-5
96COATES, Sammie AuburnWR rJr06:01.2 2014.48 6.03-4
97FUNCHESS, Devin (WR) Michigan WRJr 06:04.5235 4.636.0 3-4
98EDWARDS JR, Mario (RE) Florida State DEJr 06:02.6294 4.886.0 3
99McBRIDE, Tre William & Mary WRSr 06:00.2202 4.446.0 3
100ALLEN, Javorius Southern California TBJr 05:11.5221 4.546.0 3
101HARDISON, Marcus Arizona State DTSr 06:03.4303 4.966.0 3
102GRANT, Doran Ohio State CBSr 05:10.2196 4.496.0 3
103KIKAHA, Hau'Oli (OB) Washington OLBrSr 06:02.4256 4.826.0 3
104SMITH, Derron Fresno State FSSr 05:09.7196 4.526.0 3
105JARRETT, Grady ClemsonDT Sr06:00.4 2805.05 5.94-5
106AMOS, Adrian (SS) Penn State FSSr 06:00.2211 4.595.9 3-4
107NELSON, Steven Oregon State CBSr 05:10.6199 4.535.9 3-4
108MORSE, Mitchell MissouriOG Sr06:01.0 3055.29 5.93-4
109FOWLER, Jalston (TB) AlabamaFB rSr06:00.3 2544.79 5.94-5
110COBB, David Minnesota TBSr 05:10.7220 4.585.8 3-4
111CHICKILLO, Anthony Miami (RE/OB) DESr 06:03.4270 4.815.8 3-4
112CONLEY, Chris Georgia WR Sr06:02.0 2054.54 5.85
113COVINGTON, Christian RiceNG rJr06:02.1 2955.09 5.84
114LIPPETT, Tony Michigan State WRSr 06:02.4190 4.495.8 3-4
115GLOWINSKI, Mark (OT) West Virginia OGSr 06:04.2307 5.155.8 4
116EKPRE-OLOMU, Ifomeno OregonCB Sr05:09.2 1934.45 5.73-4
117ANDERSON, Dres Utah WR Sr06:00.5 1874.53 5.74
118JAMES, Jesse Penn State TEJr 06:06.2257 4.895.7 3-4
119HICKS, Jordan (OB) TexasILB Sr06:01.5 2454.58 5.74
120CAMPBELL, Ibraheim Northwestern SSrSr 05:11.5198 4.595.7 4
121PREWITT, Kristian “Cody” Mississippi FSSr 06:01.6220 4.625.7 4
122HULL, Michael (OB) Penn State ILBSr 06:00.0232 4.635.7 4
123GOLSON, Senquez Mississippi CBSr 05:09.0185 4.435.7 4
124HEENEY, Benjamin KansasILB Sr06:00.3 2284.80 5.74
125ARTIS-PAYNE, Cameron AuburnTB Sr05:09.5 2134.58 5.74
126THOMPSON, Tyrus OklahomaOT rSr06:04.6 3245.08 5.74
127BELL, Kenny Nebraska WRSr 06:01.6186 4.525.7 4
128BELL, Blake OklahomaTE Sr06:06.0 2604.85 5.74
129MAYLE, Vince Washington State WRSr 06:02.0218 4.425.7 4
130MASON, Shaquille (OG) Georgia Tech OCSr 06:01.1311 5.275.7 5
131HAVENSTEIN, Robert Wisconsin OTrSr 06:07.3321 5.395.6 4
132ANDERSON, Henry (RE/DT) StanfordDE Sr06:05.2 2904.88 5.64-5

PLAYER RATING CODE CHART

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.

RATING CATEGORYEXPLANATION
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.
7.6-8.0Star 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.
7.0-7.5Impact 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.
6.5-6.9Eventual 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.
6.0-6.4Potential 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.
5.5-5.9Roster 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.
5.0-5.4Project 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.
4.6-4.9Develop- 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.
4.1-4.5Camp 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.
3.5-4.0Reject 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.
2.0Unrated Serious injury or off-field problem.



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