Future Watch: 2016 NFL Draft - Prospect RankingsFuture Watch: 2016 NFL Draft – Prospect Rankings – With the NCAA Bowl Season underway and the College Football Playoffs concluding in a few short weeks, it’s not too early to start looking ahead to prospect rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Several of the country’s top schools have multiple players projected as first round picks. Lineman will once again prove to be a valuable commodity in this years NFL Draft.

In addition, some of the other key points of interest in looking at the list of eligible players, positional needs/rankings and the NFL draft order reveals the following:

  • Three (3) projected first round quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff, Connor Cook)
  • Two (2) projected first round running backs ( Ezekiel Elliot, Derrick Henry)
  • Two (2) offensive tackles in the top four (4) picks (Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley)
  • Alabama lead the way with five (5) projected first round picks (Reggie Ragland, A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Jonathan Allen, Derrick Henry)

Below is the current NFL prospect rankings according to CBS Sports as well as the current draft order of NFL teams.

Overall Rank

(NFL Team Slot)

Player Position Position

Rank

School
1 (Tennessee) Joey Bosa DE 1 Ohio State
2 (Cleveland) Laremy Tunsil OT 1 Ole Miss
3 (Baltimore) Jalen Ramsey CB 1 Florida State
4 (San Diego) Ronnie Stanley OT 2 Notre Dame
5 (Dallas) Paxton Lynch QB 1 Memphis
6 (San Francisco) Jared Goff QB 2 California
7 (Miami) Jaylon Smith OLB 1 Notre Dame
8 (Jacksonville) Myles Jack OLB 2 UCLA
9 (New Orleans) Laquon Treadwell WR 1 Ole Miss
10 (Chicago) DeForest Buckner DE 2 Oregon
11 (Detroit) Vernon Hargreaves III CB 2 Florida
12 (Tampa Bay) Taylor Decker OT 3 Ohio State
13 (New York-G) Reggie Ragland ILB 1 Alabama
14 (Oakland) Robert Nkemdlche DT 1 Ole Miss
15 (Philadelphia) Emmanuel Ogbah DE 3 Oklahoma State
16 (Buffalo) Ezekiel Elliot RB 1 Ohio State
17 (Indianapolis) Mackensie Alexander CB 3 Clemson
18 (St. Louis) A’Shawn Robinson DT 2 Alabama
19 (Atlanta) Connor Cook QB 3 Michigan State
20 (New York-J) Leonard Floyd OLB 3 Georgia
21 (Minnesota) Andrew Billings DT 3 Baylor
22 (Seattle) Kenny Clark DT 4 UCLA
23 (Kansas City) Jack Conklin OT 4 Michigan State
24 (Pittsburgh) Corey Coleman WR 3 Baylor
25 (Washington) Shaq Lawson DE 4 Clemson
26 (Houston) Jarran Reed DT 5 Alabama
27 (Green Bay) Jonathan Bullard DE 6 Florida
28 (Denver) Jonathan Allen DE 5 Alabama
29 (Cincinnati) Germain Ifedi OT 5 Texas A&M
30 (Arizona) Tre’Davious CB 4 LSU
31 (Carolina) Derrick Henry RB 2 Alabama
32 (Atlanta) Michael Thomas WR 2 Ohio State

Many of these player are alumni of the USA Football program and already have football cards, including autographs and memorabilia in Upper Deck USA Football products. In addition, SAGE and Leaf will have early product releases prior to the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

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