2016 NFL Draft: The 32 Best Prospects

1. DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (Jr.)
The No. 1 recruit coming out of high school is the No. 1 NFL prospect. He’s an active terror to revolve a pro defensive front around. He’s what every team is looking for in a versatile athlete who can do it all up front.

2. CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (Jr.)
He would’ve been the first corner taken in the 2015 NFL Draft and should be a sure-thing top ten selection next year. He might have been a first round pick after his freshman year – he’s it when it comes to pro corners.

3. DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State (Jr.)
With 6-5, 285-pound size, a non-stop motor, and the skills and upside to be a prototype pass rusher, think Dante Fowler – the third overall pick to Jacksonville – only better.

4. OLB Myles Jack, UCLA (Jr.)
He doesn’t have the length most scouts might like for an outside linebacker, but his hitting ability and quickness are unquestioned. Put him inside or out and he’ll be dominant.

5. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (Jr.)
Massive, the 320-pound interior presence is still a developing talent, but he’s good as is. Don’t expect a pass rush – that’s not why you’re drafting him with a top ten pick.

6. TE O.J. Howard, Alabama (Jr.)
No, he’s not a polished receiver quite yet, and yes, he might need a lot of work, but at 6-6 and 242 pounds with a world of Pro Bowl upside, assume he’ll grow into a must-have pick as the process goes on.

7. OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame (Jr.)
A tremendous leader and performer, he looks the part with 6-3, 230-pound size to go along with the hitting ability and pass rushing potential. As safe as they come.

8. DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State (Jr.)
Get ready for Ogbah to be among the biggest high-risers over the next year. He needs more pass rushing polish, but he’s already a strong prospect and he’s nowhere near what he’ll be in a year or so.

9. QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State (Jr.)
The No. 1 overall prospect based on tools and upside, he has to show more polish and has to prove he can get the job done for an entire year – he might have been a top five pick in this year’s draft. Call this a wait-and-see ranking to see if he can progress a bit.

10. OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (Jr.)
It’s all about the leg. A left tackle prospect who’ll spend ten years in the league on the right side, he’s a rock-solid all-around blocker who’ll anchor a line.

11. OT Spencer Drango, Baylor
Considered an early second round prospect had he come out early, he probably would have slid a bit in a tackle-rich draft. The extra year will only improve his stock as the top blocker for yet another dominant offense.

12. RB Derrick Henry, Alabama (Jr.)
Special, he has the size and bulk to go along with the athleticism. Ezekiel Elliott and James Conner will be right there in terms of the top running back off the board, but at 6-2 and 240 pounds, Henry has the look.

13. WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (Jr.)
The injured leg has to be 100% first, and he might not be a blazer like the top targets to go in the last few drafts, but he’s been a professional wide receiver from the moment he stepped on the Ole Miss campus.

14. DT Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA (Jr.)
This might be a little bit of a reach at the moment, but at 6-4 and 310 pounds he has the size to go along with the mobility. He’s more than just an anchor, he’s an active tackler who’ll be a better pro than a collegian.

15. DE Shawn Oakman, Baylor
Don’t fall for the idea that he’s just a big, imposing human without NFL skills. He might be stiff, but he’ll grow into the tools over the next year. If Arik Armstead can be a mid-first rounder, Oakman can become a top prospect.

16. DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Hit … the … weights. There’s no questioning his pass rush, but he needs to get stronger against the power linemen. Functional strength – those will be the buzzwords around him this year. If he shows more blast in his game, he’s a top five selection.

17. CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (Jr.)
A good-sized playmaker who’s dangerous whenever he gets the ball in his hands, he might not be Vernon Hargreaves, but he’s going to be a good-value first round corner. Virginia Tech produces strong defensive backs, and he’s the next in line.

18. WR Tyler Boyd, Pitt (Jr.)
This might be way too low come next April. With 6-2 size and warp wheels, he’s going to test off the charts in workouts. One more big season could make him a top 15 pick if he once again looks like an unstoppable deep threat.

19. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (Jr.)
A good-sized workhorse with a burst, the only reason he’s not far higher is because he’s a running back – you just don’t need to take one early. He’s not a bulky back, but he’s clutch and polished. A decent receiver, he could do a bit more.

20. OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia (Jr.)
A big-time talent among big-time Georgia linebacker talents. Floyd is the type of long hybrid pass rusher who quickly turns into a top ten prospect must-have.

21. FS Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (Jr.)
With 4.4 corner speed in the body of a safety, he’s a whale of a free safety who can do a little of everything. He can stay with the speed receivers, and he can hit a little bit.

22. SS Karl Joseph, West Virginia
While he’s not big and bulky, he can hit and he can get all around the field. A playmaker, he’s a corner working at safety with decent speed. If he can get a bit stronger, his stock will shoot up.

23. OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (Jr.)
Tall and with a great frame, he’s tough to get around and he can move. He’s going to be what everyone wants throughout the 2016 offseason workout process.

24. QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn (Jr.)
Still a project, call this a prediction that he’s about to blow up into the quarterback who grows into the must-have guy over the next year. He has the 6-5, 230-pound size and the speed and athleticism – he’ll look like the prototype.

25. CB Eddie Jackson, Alabama (Jr.)
Does he have the speed? He’s a talented defensive back who still has to get past a knee injury, so it’s all about the wheels. If he can check in under 4.5, he’ll be a first rounder – he has all the other tools.

26. QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (Jr.)
He had great receivers and protection in 2013, and he looked like a No. 1 overall pick. He didn’t have receivers and wasn’t blocked for in 2014, and he was a disaster. He’s probable somewhere in between.

27. WR Travin Dural, LSU (Jr.)
A lot of his stock will depend on the opportunity. Can the LSU quarterback play be better? Dural has the LSU receiver tools, and while he might not be a 4.3 blazer, he has size and next-level skills waiting to bust out.

28. QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
Is there a ton of upside or is he just a safe mid-range starting NFL quarterback? The experience and name recognition will be there to think he can be a decent option in the league – where’s the wow? Even so, he would’ve been the third quarterback taken in the 2015 draft had he come out.

29. SS Su’a Cravens, USC (Jr.)
Part strong safety, part linebacker, he’s an all-around defender who someone will have to find a part for. While he won’t go in the top 15, someone will love the value of getting a starter who’ll produce at a high level.

30. OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State (Jr.)
It would be nice if he was a little bit bigger, but he can move and he can be a disruptive force as a potential pass rusher. His stock should shoot up with a big 2015 – he’ll be on several All-America lists.

31. WR D’haquille Williams, Auburn
There was a big question mark about whether or not he’d have been a top 50 pick had he come out last year, but he’ll be one of the top prospects next season with size, toughness and 4.4 speed. He’ll be the total package.

32. OLB Eric Striker, Oklahoma
It would be nice if he was a little bit bigger and a lot faster, but he’s purely a great football player. The question mark will be what he is. He’s going to check in around 6-0 and 220 and with 4.7 speed – at best – but he’s going to look great on the tape.