Top Ten Safest NFL Draft Prospects in 2015
Who Are the Safest Picks in the 2015 NFL Draft?
2015 NFL Offseason
It's 100% impossible to know how an NFL prospect is going to perform in the big leagues on draft day. Who would've ever thought Tom Brady would turn into, well, Tom Brady? Nonetheless, there are some guys who are just safer picks than others. On this 2015 draft day morning, we're going to take a look at the top ten safest prospects on the table this year.
1. WR Amari Cooper has just about everything going for him. He's super athletic, has good hands, and has experience on the biggest stages in college football. The odds of Cooper not panning out as a pro player are slim to none, though many believe he's already reached upwards of 75% of his potential as a professional.
2. DT Eddie Goldman has a solid 330-pound frame and has the ability to stand his ground better than any other defensive lineman in this year's draft class. Goldman will never be an incredible pass rusher, but if a team utilizes him to fill gaps and halt the run, he's one of the safest bets there is in 2015.
3. DT Leonard Williams is one of the most hyped talents in the 2015 NFL draft class (and presumably with good reason). Williams is nowhere near his ceiling; there's a ton of room for him to grow, both physically and from a technique standpoint. Williams is already an impact player and has a shot at becoming an absolute beast on Sundays.
4. WR Tyler Lockett is the son of a former NFL player, so he understands what will be expected of him as a pro. Lockett is also really talented; he's fast and super competitive. I think Lockett is right there with Cooper on the list of the best wideouts available this year.
5. G/T Brandon Scherff has exceptional size and a great understanding of the technical aspects of the game. Scherff is a smart player who should be set to make an immediate impact as a starter. He also has the ability to play either guard or tackle (probably on the right side), depending on a team's needs.
6. WR Kevin White looked absolutely phenomenal during his 2014 college season. White plays aggressively and believes that every single pass should belong to him. This is a good attitude to have in the pros. Also, the kid had better 40-yard dash, three cone drill, and short shuttle times than Larry Fitzgerald. Just going to leave that there for you.
7. WR Devante Parker (sorry, y'all, its a receiver heavy class) has great size (6'3, 209 pounds) and is a savvy player. Parker is tough to defend and has the potential to make big plays in the pros. Parker comes out of Louisville, so we'll have to wait and see if he's still available for a reunion with Teddy Bridgewater when the Vikings' No. 11 pick rolls around tonight.
8. OLB Vic Beasley is one of the most insane edge rushers we've seen in awhile. The boy will get to the quarterback if he's asked to. Beasley also plays super calculated ball; nothing he does is by chance, which shows that he has an innate understanding of the more technical aspects of the game. It's going to be hard to go wrong with Beasley.
9. I liked DT Danny Shelton before the 2015 Combine. I absolutely love him after the Combine. Shelton is a physical player who isn't afraid to get the job done by any means necessary. Shelton's drawn some comparisons to Haloti Ngata, but I think he's got the potential to be an even more explosive player than the veteran.
10. RB Todd Gurley, ACL injury or not, is too talented to leave off of this list. Gurley is one of the safest bets we've seen at his position in several years. Gurley is, though, still a running back and you know how I feel about drafting them early. Do I think he should go in the first round? No way. Do I think he will? You betcha.
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