2015 NFL Draft: Defensive Back Rankings

April 26th, 2015
Former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is my top rated defensive back in the 2015 draft class

Former Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is my top rated defensive back in the 2015 draft class

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Defensive backs are always difficult to scout on television. From many broadcast angles, cornerbacks and safeties often don’t even appear on the screen. Still, many crucial elements of the evaluation are readily apparent even without wide access to All-22 coach’s tape. Is the cornerback being targeted often, and how are those targets turning out? Are his movements fluid? Can he run? Can the safety diagnose the play, take a good angle, and finish the tackle? And most importantly, is the defensive back getting his hands on the football and creating turnover opportunities? If we can check off those boxes, we can at least get a decent feel regarding the likelihood of whether or not a prospect can succeed. It isn’t a perfect system, but it’s what I have. And if these rankings don’t turn out well, then at least I will still have my day job. Here’s a look at the 2015 defensive backs, broken into cornerbacks, free safeties and strong safeties. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Linebacker Rankings

April 26th, 2015
Vic Beasley is my top rated prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft class

Vic Beasley is my top rated prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft class

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Three of the top pass rushers in the 2015 NFL Draft class – including my top overall player – appear here in my linebacker rankings as “OLB” prospects. This year’s crop also includes a number of talented inside ‘backers who should be available in the middle rounds. Here’s a look at the 32 linebackers who I’ve given draftable grades. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Defensive Line Rankings

April 26th, 2015
Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton could be an early target for the Browns

Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton could be an early target for the Browns

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

The 2015 NFL Draft class should inject some excellent pass rushing talent into the league this coming season. But I have eschewed using the popular “EDGE” designation in my rankings. I’ve rated pass rushers who will rarely if ever drop into coverage as defensive ends, and those who will likely have some coverage responsibilities as linebackers. So, if a certain pass rusher doesn’t appear in this post, be sure to check the linebacker rankings to see where he landed. With that said, here’s a look at the defensive line class, broken into ends, tackles and nose tackles. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Line Rankings

April 26th, 2015
Penn State's Donovan Smith is gaining momentum late in the draft process (Photo: reading eagle.com)

Penn State’s Donovan Smith is gaining momentum late in the draft process (Photo: reading eagle.com)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

I am not enamored with the offensive tackles in the 2015 draft class. But if we slide some of these guys inside to guard or center, as a whole we have ourselves a very strong group of rookie offensive linemen. The only problem here is that kicking these players inside, or moving them from left to right tackle, just isn’t as easy as it seems. I’m doing some projecting here based on my preferences for the positions, and where I believe prospects have the best chance for success at the pro level. But certainly some of these guards may wind up at tackle or vice versa. Here’s a look at the 2015 offensive line class, including 13 prospects who warrant Day One or Two consideration. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Tight End Rankings

April 26th, 2015
Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman may see his production improve at the NFL level (Photo: theozone.net)

Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman may see his production improve at the NFL level (Photo: theozone.net)

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

For the most part, tight end is a criminally underutilized position at the college level. Of the 15 players I evaluated at the position, only five finished in the top two tiers of my production metric. On the flip side of that, 13 of the 15 finished in the top two tiers of my athleticism standings, and that tells me that a number of these players may turn out to be more productive as pros than they were as collegians. This group of tight ends is all about projection and development, so a team looking for a Day One starter may want to explore a Plan B. Here’s a look at the 2015 tight end class. Read the rest of this entry »


2015 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings

April 25th, 2015
West Virginia's Kevin White is my top-rated WR in the 2015 class

West Virginia’s Kevin White is my top-rated WR in the 2015 class

DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

For the second year in a row, the receiver class looks especially strong. And while this group will be hard-pressed to duplicate the efforts of last season’s rookies, the 2015 class is loaded with speed and athleticism. Here’s a look at one of the deepest position groups in the entire draft. Read the rest of this entry »






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