By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
This list, unlike the All-American team, is based purely on how I grade the prospects at each position based on the position they are best suited for in the NFL. These are very fluid and will change with the chance to watch more tape and especially after the Senior Bowl and combine, but are the current first team offense so to speak.
QB Geno Smith WEST VIRGINIA
- Smith has the arm strength, touch and deep ball accuracy of a franchise level talent with above average escapability. The question is which Geno will show up from week to week and how much did his college system inflate his performances.
RB Joseph Randle OKLAHOMA ST
- A complete back who can stick a block on a blitzer, burn you catching the ball out of outfield or bursting through holes on the ground. Taken individually none of his traits are elite, but his ability to change directions without losing speed and his terrific vision are more than enough to gash a defense.
WR Keenan Allen CAL
- Allen’s injury status will dampen his stock, but he brings to the table a long 6’3 frame, soft hands, nice overall athleticism and dynamic after the catch ability.
WR Justin Hunter TENNESSEE
- Sure Hunter has been productive throughout his time with the Vols, but it’s his 6’4 frame, 4.4 speed and soft hands that conjure up the magic word of “potential” in the mind of scouts.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson TENNESSEE
- Patterson, a former JUCO stud, has showed he belongs with the big boys and then some. His pure explosiveness is evident in his ability to outrun defenders after the catch and turn kicks and punts into touchdowns. And yes he is 6’3 to boot.
LT Luke Joeckel TEXAS A&M
- Joeckel is truly a dynamite LT prospect playing in the age of the quarterback; therefore his ability to keep him protected with enough time to read defenses is highly valued. He has the measurables you look for at 6’6 310 lb and the athleticism to mirror defenders on the edge.
OG Chance Warmack ALABAMA
- Earning a top 15 overall grad from numerous draft sources is impressive, but especially so for a guard. Warmack is the best prospect on a dominant ‘Bama front that is responsible for a National Championship and two first round running backs including Heisman winner Mark Ingram.
C Johnathan Cooper UNC
- Cooper is also part of a very talented group at Chapel Hill, and you’ll see him listed as an OG prospect where he currently plays, but that guard level strength paired with his incredible athleticism will make him an elite center in the NFL if he makes the switch.
OG Barrett Jones ALABAMA
- Jones isn’t an overwhelmingly talented prospect on the level of Warmack or Joeckel, but he has NFL abilities and the experience to apply those abilities at multiple positions.
RT Jake Matthews TEXAS A&M
- The son of a Hall of Famer has proven he can handle his duties at RT at a very high level and although I’m not completely sold he can transition seamlessly to the left slot, he is talented enough with the necessary footwork to be a great pass blocking RT.
TE Tyler Eifert NOTRE DAME
- Eifert is what every GM looks for in his tight end nowadays with both a 6’6 frame and the coordination to run routes like a receiver. A true threat in the passing game, he is far and away the best tight end prospect even with a talented Zach Ertz, a guy I love, in the mix behind him.
ATH Tavon Austin WEST VIRGINIA
-Austin is working his way into the first round discussion, and while he lacks the height of the often compared Percy Harvin, he is a similar game breaker who can burn a defense in the return game, from the slot, on reverses, misdirection plays and even out of the backfield.