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2015 NFL Draft Top Prospects

With Super Bowl XLIX now in the history books, the attention of sports fans and NFL management can now turn to the 2015 NFL Draft. Scheduled to take place at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, beginning on Thursday April 30, this year’s draft features a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks, as well as number of players that could stabilize rebuilding NFL defenses. Here is a brief overview of some of the projected top picks in this year’s NFL Draft.

 

QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon Ducks, Junior

This season’s Heisman Trophy winner did it all for the Ducks, throwing 42 TD passes against just four picks, while amassing an incredible 4454 passing yards. The ultimate prize eluded the 21 year-old from Honolulu, Hawaii, as the No. 2-ranked Ducks came up short in their College Football Playoff National Championship matchup against No. 4 Ohio State, suffering a 42-20 pounding in the title game.

In addition to a powerful arm and superior football sense, Mariota also owns great mobility, illustrated by his 770 rushing yards and 15 TD runs this season, and is widely expected to be the first quarterback selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

 

QB Jameis Winston – Florida State Seminoles, Sophomore

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner led the Seminoles to a National Championship a year ago and a 29-game winning streak that was eventually halted by a 59-20 loss to Oregon in this year’s Rose Bowl.

While Winston has been the center of controversy off the field on more than one occasion, he has been a dominant force as FSU’s backfield general, racking up 3907 passing yards and 25 TD throws in 2014, but also threw at least one pick per game during the 2104 campaign, finishing with a worrisome 18.

 

WR Amari Cooper – Alabama Crimson Tide, Junior

A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2014, Cooper exploded onto the college football scene in 2014, making an impressive 124 catches for 1727 yards and 16 TDs for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. The highlight of the 20 year-old Miami native’s season came in Alabama’s annual Iron Bowl matchup with the rival Auburn Tigers, during which Cooper exploded for 224 yards and three TDs in a thrilling 55-44 win, clinching a berth for the Tide in the SEC Championship.

 

DE Leonard Williams – Southern Cal Trojans, Junior

Projected to go in the top three of the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams led the USC Trojans this season with 80 total tackles, while adding one interception. The 6’ 5”, 300 lb. giant, who played his high school ball in Daytona Beach, Florida, also took home Defensive Player of the Game honors at this season’s Holiday Bowl, in which he tallied nine tackles and one sack.

 

DE Randy Gregory – Nebraska Cornhuskers, Junior

A dark horse candidate to be selected first overall in this year’s NFL Draft, Gregory has built a reputation as a guy who can get to opposing quarterbacks, tallying seven sacks in the 2014 college football seasons. The 22 year-old also was credited with 54 tackles, while playing in just 10 games this season.

At 6’ 6”, and 240 lb., the Jacksonville, Florida native will need to bulk up if he is to handle NFL-caliber offensive linemen, and will be closely scrutinized at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, scheduled for late February.

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