1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo, HT/WT: 6’3” / 251 LBs

Khalil Mack was a 4-year starter and dominant force for the Buffalo Bulls defense. In 4 seasons, Mack compiled 327 total tackles, 75 TFL, 28.5 Sacks, 4 INT, 22 PD, and 16 forced fumbles. Those stats are standout for a Buffalo team that has had a long reign of bottom dwelling. Mack wreaked havoc on opposing offenses and will continue to do so for the team that drafts him.

mack
Scouting Report:
-Physically dominating athlete
-Relentless motor
-Elite speed and strength
-Good edge rusher
-Good block shedder
-Advanced stable of moves
-Good tackler
-Star potential
-Can improved hand placement
-Injury to knee in High School
-2012 fighting incident involving teammate
Projected Pick: Top 10
Player Comparison: Von Miller

2. Anthony Barr, UCLA, HT/WT: 6’5” / 255 LBs

Barr has been a dominant force for the UCLA Bruins, spear-heading a defense that helped the team go 10-3. Barr began his career at UCLA as a Wide Receiver, before seeing action at running back. His junior season, he began playing OLB for the Bruins, where he really found his niche as a dominant athlete and player for the Bruins. In his two seasons playing OLB for UCLA, Barr finished with 149 Tackles, 41.5 TFL, 23.5 Sacks, 6 PD, and 10 forced fumbles. Expect him to contribute to a defense in the NFL right away, and with good coaching; sky is the limit.

barr
Scouting Report:
-Freak athlete
-Good length
-Fires out of stance and cuts into backfield
-Elite straight line speed
-Relentless at chasing the ball carrier
-Above average in coverage
-Uses hands to punch ball out
-Closing speed is elite
-Needs to add muscle to his frame
-Needs to develop spin moves
Projected Pick: Top 15
Player Comparison: Aldon Smith

3. Ryan Shazier, OSU, HT/WT: 6’1” / 237 LBs

Shazier played 3 years for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and was a solid player for the defense. In 3 seasons, he amassed 317 total tackles, 45.5 TFL, 15 Sacks, 1 INT, 16 PD, and 9 forced fumbles. In my opinion, his numbers speak for themselves; as its hard to argue with his body of work. He finished his junior season with 144 total tackles. I expect that with good coaching in the NFL, he can develop into a solid starting linebacker in the league.

shaz
Scouting Report:
-Explosive athlete
-42” Vertical
-Good angles when attacking football
-Above average blitzer
-Has all the tools to succeed in man coverage
-Can play inside and outside
-High motor
-Athletic enough to avoid blockers
-High football IQ
-A little undersized
-Hesitant to take blocks head on
-Not very expendable schematically
Projected Pick: Mid 2nd – Early 3rd
Player Comparison: Navorro Bowman

4. Kyle Van Noy, BYU, HT/WT: 6’3” / 243 LBs

Van Noy is my sleeper pick at the outside linebacker position in this year’s draft. He was a 4 year player for the BYU Cougars and in 4 seasons at OLB, had a combined 223 Tackles, 61.5 TFL, 26 Sacks, 7 INT, 21 PD, and 11 forced fumbles. Van Noy also had 5 defensive touchdowns in his career at BYU.  I expect him to be an instant contributor at the next level , who can provide experience to a position of need for few teams.

van noy
Scouting Report:
-Very technical pass rusher
-Good hand placements
-High football IQ
-Versatile
-Advanced pass rushing moves
-Fluid athlete
-Uses hands to shed blocks
-Needs to add muscle to his frame
-Can be dominated by big, tough OL
-Good athlete but not elite
Projected Pick: Late 2nd– Early 3rd
Player Comparison: Bruce Irvin

5. Dee Ford, Auburn, HT/WT: 6’2” / 240 LBs

Ford played mostly on the defensive line for Auburn, but he’s projected more as an outside linebacker at the next level. Ford didn’t have ‘blow away’ statistics in college, but he should develop nicely into a solid linebacker at the next level. At the very least, he would provide pass rushing ability to a team that would need him.  He finished his collegiate career with 27.5 TFL, and 20.5 sacks.

ford
Scouting Report:
-Relentless motor
-Good Hand technique
-Good around the edge
-Made the all-SEC team
-Good first step off the line
-Good dip and bend skills
-A little too small to play DE
-Back injury could be a red flag
Projected Pick: Late 2nd– Early 3rd
Player Comparison: Chris Clemons

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