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NFL Draft: The Commish’s Top 5 Per Position (Offense)

By: Justin Pawlowski
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Quarterbacks:

1. Geno Smith – West Virginia

2. Ryan Nassib – Syracuse

3. Matt Barkley – USC

4. EJ Manuel – FSU

5. Tyler Bray – Tennessee

Commish’s Comments: I’ll stay with Smith as my top quarterback, but I’m starting to like Nassib more and more. Nassib has good size, good enough arm strength, and very good accuracy.  Barkley could also see his stock continue to rise until draft day.  Manuel has had a good off-season, but it doesn’t take away the inconsistent film from games.  Bray is an interesting quarterback with all the physical attributes including a gun for an arm, but there are plenty of questions about him mentally. Could he be like a Ryan Mallett?

Running Backs:

1. Eddie Lacy – Alabama

2. Le’Veon Bell – Michigan St.

3. Montee Ball – Wisconsin

4. Giovanni Bernard – North Carolina

5. Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina

Commish’s Comments: Lacy is a horse that can be a feature back.  Bell is also a load as a back, but runs with nimbleness.  Ball is a workhorse back with some good mileage on him.  Bernard is best suited in a passing offense.  Lattimore is by far the best back in this draft when healthy.

Wide Receivers:

1. Tavon Austin – West Virginia

2. Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee

3. Keenan Allen – Cal

4. Justin Hunter – Tennessee

5. DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson

Commish’s Comments: Austin might be the best playmaker in this draft.  He is undersized, but in this NFL, it just might be the greatest weapon to be small and fast.  Patterson might be a better athlete than Austin and he’s 215 lbs, but he is raw.  I want to see Allen’s true speed before I make any final judgements on him. Hunter is big with speed, while Hopkins is shifty and might be a really good slot receiver.

Tight Ends:

1. Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame

2. Zack Ertz – Stanford

3. Gavin Escobar – San Diego St.

4. Vance McDonald – Rice

5. Travis Kelce – Cincinnati

Commish’s Comments: Eifert and Ertz are potential 1st round picks and both excel in the pass game.  Escobar does not have elite speed, but it might be deceptive.  Escobar has excellent hands, but McDonald does not.  While McDonald has great measurables, he was inconsistent catching the ball. Kelce has some character concerns, but he’s a balanced tight end.

Offensive Tackles:

1. Luke Joeckel – Texas A&M

2. Eric Fisher – Central Michigan

3. Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

4. DJ Fluker – Alabama

5. Menelik Watson – FSU

Commish’s Comments: This is a strong year for offensive linemen.  Joeckel, Fisher, and Johnson all have top 10 talent.  Fluker can be a mauling right tackle in the NFL.  Watson is very raw and might be a project, but might have the highest potential of this list.

Interior Linemen:

1. Chance Warmack – Alabama

2. Jonathan Cooper – North Carolina

3. Kyle Long – Oregon

4. Larry Warford – Kentucky

5. Travis Frederick – Wisconsin

Commish’s Comments: Warmack is a mauler and Cooper is athletic and strong, but both can be great.  Kyle Long can play tackle or guard, and I think his stock could really rise. Warford is a massive guard.  Frederick is my top rated center and has been a part of some great offensive lines at Wisconsin.

For updates on the Buccaneers off-season moves in free agency and the NFL Draft, be sure to follow Justin Pawlowski and 98.7 The Fan on twitter.

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