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    2015 Big Board - top prospects for the NFL Draft.



    The 2015 Draft is still a ways off, but scouts are starting to dig into each prospect's abilities, background (both on and off the field) and level of commitment to football.

    This first Big Board has a collection of talented prospects from all of the major conferences in college football. There are a few small school prospects who we are keeping our eyes on to see if they can dominate over the next couple of months.

    Four quarterbacks make the initial Board. Leading the way is Marcus Mariota (Oregon); he takes the top overall spot. Mariota, with his combination of size, speed, accuracy, and athleticism is head and shoulders above any other quarterback in this year's draft class.

    While I usually advise NFL teams to stay away from running backs in the first round, Todd Gurley just might be the exception to that rule. A bruising tailback who is an excellent pass catcher, Gurley is a dynamic athlete who can be an instant upgrade to almost any NFL offense.

    Leading the way on the defensive side of the ball are Leonard Williams (USC) and Vic Beasley (Clemson), two dynamic pass rushers who have consistently shown that they are two of the nation's top pass rushers. Williams can line up at the defensive tackle or defensive end position and is capable of causing havoc at either spot.

    One prospect to watch is Shawn Oakman (Baylor). This is his first season as a starter and at 6'8” and 275 pounds, he has one of the more imposing physical statures in college football. Oakman has started out strong, but scouts will look to see if he can still dominate a game when opponents start to game plan against him.

    A lot will change between now and the first pick of the draft. As it stands now, this is my Top-32 Big Board. We will update the board at the end of every month throughout the college football season.

    2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

    Rank Player Position School
    1 Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
    2 Todd Gurley RB Georgia
    3 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
    4 Leonard Williams DE/DT USC
    5 Andrus Peat OT Stanford
    6 Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
    7 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon
    8 Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
    9 Shane Ray DE Missouri
    10 Danny Shelton DT Washington
    11 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
    12 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
    13 Dante Fowler Jr DE Florida
    14 Nelson Agholor WR USC
    15 Marcus Peters CB Washington
    16 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State
    17 Brett Hundley QB UCLA
    18 Leonard Floyd DE Georgia
    19 Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
    20 Devin Funchess WR Michigan
    21 Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State
    22 Mike Bennett DT Ohio State
    23 Erick Kendricks ILB UCLA
    24 Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State
    25 Shawn Oakman DE Baylor
    26 Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
    27 La'el Collins OT LSU
    28 Landon Collins SS Alabama
    29 Bryce Petty QB Baylor
    30 Jameis Winston QB Florida State
    31 Josue Matias OG Florida State
    32 Shaq Thompson OLB Washington

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