MDC’s Position Rankings

Quarterback

  1. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
  2. Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame
  3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  4. Davis Webb, Cal
  5. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech

Trubisky has some work to do in the pocket as well as decision making but as far as mechanics and arm strength; the guy can has an absolute cannon. Kizer is the guy who put a lot of good things on tape but at the end of the day he still left me with so many unanswered questions. Watson is the prototypical “college quarterback”, Mariota was able to transfer to the NFL just fine but can Watson do it too? I use to have Mahomes above Davis Webb but Webb put on a good showing at the Senior Bowl.  Mahomes also has a lot of mechanics to clean up.

Running Back

  1. Leonard Fournette, LSU
  2. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
  3. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
  5. D’Onta Foreman, Texas

Starting this NFL off-season I had Dalvin Cook a clear favorite over Leonard Fournette until I really dig deep into their flaws. I soon found that Dalvin is terrible in pass protection, ball security, and running between the guards. This out weighs Fourtnette’s need to be in a run first offense. Whoever drafts him will need to understand he’s the type of back that will run for 2-4 yards a couple times before ripping off a big one, whereas Dalvin will consistently get you 4-6 yards per carry.

Wide receiver

  1. Mike Williams, Clemson
  2. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  3. Zay Jones, Eastern Carolina
  4. John Ross, Washington
  5. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

Williams and Davis are obvious, Williams 51-Davis 49. I’ll draw a lot of question over the Zay Jones but put on his Senior Bowl tape and that guy is the real deal. Outside of D-Jack, we dont see many small speedy receivers turn into super stars.

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Tight end

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
  2. David Njoku, Miami
  3. Jake Butt, Michigan
  4. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
  5. Evan Engram, Ole Miss

Anyone who follows us at The Mock Draft Central knows how high we put Mr. Howard. Its only a matter of time before that’s proven. David Njoku is equally as good in the receiving game as Howard but wouldn’t stand a chance against him in the pass protection.  Evan Engram needs to figure out his size before he lists himself as either a big WR or a slender TE.

Offensive tackle

  1. Garrett Bolles, Utah
  2. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  3. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
  4. Antonio Garcia, Troy
  5. Roderick Johnson, Florida State

I understand Ramczyk faced a lot better talent but Bolles’ ability to turn defenders to create pockets and holes will be valuable at the next level.

Offensive guard

  1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  2. Dan Feeney, Indiana
  3. Cam Robinson, Alabama
  4. Ethan Pocic, LSU
  5. Dion Dawkins, Temple

Defensive tackles

  1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
  3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
  4. Chris Wormley, Michigan
  5. Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

One thing I will say about this stable of athletes is watch out for every single one of them. Brantley and Johnson have the pop to make for some stars on Sunday’s.

Defensive ends

  1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  3. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  4. Tim Williams, Alabama
  5. Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Couple things here, Tak McKinley may surprise a lot of fans on how early he gets drafted. Tim Williams is very explosive but seems to be strictly a 3rd down rusher. Barnett needs to show a fast get off before we get excited about him.

Cornerback

  1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  2. Teez Tabor, Florida
  3. Quincy Wilson, Florida
  4. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  5. Sidney Jones, Washington

Before you too worked up, we’re talking about talent here so when you see Jalen Tabor at #2 thats based on 100% talent. Now off the field, sure he’s maybe the 5th best guy.  Sidney Jones needs to show more lock down ability rather than just jockey receivers into other zones and coverages. Quincy Wilson has the size and raw talent to surprise people. All around a good group.

Safety

  1. Jamal Adams, LSU
  2. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  3. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  4. Budda Baker, Washington
  5. Desmond King, Iowa

Here’s another “splitting hair” debate similar to the top 2 running backs.  Adams vs Hooker? Jack of all traders or master of zone coverage? Raw, young, talent vs a proven general of the defense? Let us know below!

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