RaiderNation's Top 15 Prospects with Comparisons 5/1
1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina- Julius Peppers/Mario Williams
Athletically gifted prospects cannot be overlooked and Clowney is a perfect example of that. Freak athletes that have produced at elite levels like Peppers/Williams have to be a lock top 1/2 pick.
2 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo- DeMarcus Ware/Terrell Suggs
Mack is no slouch when compared to Clowney, and his impact for his team should be right away. The Ware/Suggs comparison is HoF worthy but Mack is the all around player like them to build around on defense.
3 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson- Torrey Holt/Percy Harvin
Despite not having elite size it's undeniable that Watkins is a potential elite playermaker in the NFL. Both Holt and Harvin have gotten the job done even though they aren't big WR's, but Watkins should succeed similarly to them.
4 Blake Bortles QB UCF- Ben Roethlisberger/Matt Ryan
Bortles is far from a finished product but I do believe the right coaching will make him into a stud. His size, athleticism and arm are comparable to Ben/Ryan and a franchise will love adding Bortles.
5 Greg Robinson OT Auburn- Tyron Smith/Lane Johnson
The pure strength and size of Robinson projects to a All Pro type of olinemen, likely at LT. I can see situations where he plays RT like Smith/Johnson did early on in their careers.
6 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M- Jake Long/Jordan Gross
Bloodlines and experience play a huge factor in draft Matthews this high but his play can get forgotten IMO by some. Instant starter right away in the mold of Long/Gross as very reliable player in his career.
7 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA- Von Miller/Robert Mathis
The athletic pass rusher like Barr should have a team drooling with his upside on the outside. Mathis and Miller are both freak pass rushers that Barr can mold his game after since he just started playing defense.
8 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M- Tony Romo/Jay Cutler
The bust potential is their with any prospect and when it comes down to it a team will draft Manziel high. His unorthodox play is similar to Romo and Cutler but they all make up for it because of underrated arm strength.
9 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M- Vincent Jackson/Michael Floyd
Evans isn't near the speedy WR like Watkins and others, but his size and hands make him a nightmare near the redzone. Jackson and Floyd have dominated games and Evans should produce like them.
10 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville- Donovan McNabb/Ryan Tannehill
Bridgewater has received too much criticism through the draft process but a team should covet the potential franchise QB. McNabb and Tannehill have had their doubters but have overcame them with good play.
11 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan- Nate Solder/Jared Veldheer
Lewan is this years lengthy LT prospect that might scare teams with his off field issues. Solder and Veldheer don't have off field problems but are tall LT's who impact the game despite not having the ball.
12 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh- Geno Atkins/Sheldon Richardson
Size is the #1 issue everyone will bring up with Donald but his production and quickness is unmatched this year. Atkins and Richardson aren't big intimidating DT's but are building blocks for their teams.
13 Eric Ebron TE UNC- Vernon Davis/Antonio Gates
Ebron is the best TE prospect since Vernon Davis, and with how the NFL is going expect him to go in the top 20. Gates is another player Ebron can be like who can dominate in the redzone.
14 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State- Antonio Cromartie/Aqib Talib
There is no real shutdown CB this year but that's not to say there isn't talent like Gilbert who can cover and return kicks. Cromartie and Talib both are somewhat inconsistent players that Gilbert will probably mold into.
15 CJ Mosley LB Alabama- Navarro Bowman/Lawrence Timmons
Mosley is the real deal at LB that can impact the game in many way on defense. Bowman and Timmons are athletic ILB's that fly around the field like Mosley and will fit any scheme.
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