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2016 NFL Draft Prospects

It’s never too early to talk about the NFL Draft. With the 2015 class in the books, here’s a look at the potential draft class for next season — including a couple local products who could project toward the top of the class.

1. Joey Bosa, DE/DT, Ohio State
Bosa is the safest NFL prospect in the country heading into the 2015 season. He’s disrutuptive in the middle, quick off the edge and gets into the backfield on a regular basis. Would have been a top-five pick this year.

2. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in the Peach Bowl and is only supposed to resume running this summer. Athleticism is off the chart, however, and his ceiling is the highest among the tackles in this group.

3. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Tremendous man-to-man cover corner who consistently drew the opposition’s top receiver and seldom needed safety help to get the job done. Must overcom the stigma of a poor showing against Alabama’s Amari Cooper last fall.

4. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
Hackenberg has probably proved the least of the entire group, but may have the biggest upside. He has the prototypical NFL size and the arm strength to make all the throws, but is coming off an awful sophomore season.

5. Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
Versatile enough to line up inside or outside, Nkemdiche caused havoc throughout the SEC last season. Combination of size, athleticism, raw power ability anywhere along the line makes him a valuable commodity.

6. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Younger brother of Bears corner Kyle Fuller, Kendall has tremendous NFL potential. Showed his toughness this past year, playing most of the season with a broken wrist.

7. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Cook made the smart decision to return for his senior season. Has the athleticism, mobility and arm strength, but can improve footwork, mechanics and ball placement.

8. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
May be a safer selection than Tunsil, especially at this point, and performed well in every big test he faced in 2015. May not be as dazzling as Tunsil,  but is every bit as good.

9. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Physical speciman who has the size, speed, strength, agility, and raw power to play inside or outside and succeed against the run or in space.

10. Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA
Has played both running back and linebacker for the Bruins, but his future on Sundays is on defense, which is his position of choice.

11. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt
A physical receiver with great leaping ability, Boyd’s hands and toughness are already at an NFL-level. His route-running continues to improve.

Pitt Tyler Boyd12. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
One of the most unique prospects in recent memory, Jones has just three college starts in his career and is not guaranteed to start this fall.

13. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Coming off a gruesome injury in early-November loss to Auburn, Treadwell has great hands and a knack for making big catches. Must show he’s over the mental hurdle of the injury.

14. Chris Jones DT, Mississippi State
Dropped the extra weight he put on as a sophomore and has the raw strength to dominate at the college level. Versatility makes him desirable.

15. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Ankle injury knocked him out of spring practice, but is perhaps the best run-stuffer in the country entering the 2015 season.

Best of the Rest
16. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
17. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor
18. Jared Goff QB, California
19. Scooby Wright III OLB, Arizona State
20. Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
21. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
22. Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
23. Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU
24. Kenny Clark DT, UCLA
25. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

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