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Bucky Brooks' top 50 prospects for 2016 NFL Draft

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Last updated: April 26, 2016

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Jalen Ramsey - CB, Florida State

Ramsey is a versatile defensive back with dynamic playmaking skills and instincts. Ramsey will make an immediate impact as a hybrid safety/corner/slot defender from Day 1.

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Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss

Tunsil is a franchise-caliber edge blocker with light feet and exceptional body control. Tunsil has only scratched the surface of his potential, but he already looks like a 10-year veteran on the edges.

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Myles Jack - LB, UCLA

Jack is an electric "sideline-to-sideline" player ideally suited to thrive as a WLB in today's pass-happy NFL. Jack is a tackling machine with an explosive combination of pass-rush and cover skills.

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Jaylon Smith - LB, Notre Dame

Despite the strong possibility that Smith could miss the 2016 season, he deserves a spot among the top five based on his play on the field. He was unquestionably one of the top players in the class prior to his injury; I believe his final ranking should reflect his special skills as a playmaker if he returns to full health down the road.

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5

Jared Goff - QB, Cal

Goff is a poised pocket passer with outstanding physical tools and a high football IQ. Despite playing extensively in a spread offense as a collegian, Goff's skills translate well to the NFL as the potential director of a West Coast offense.

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Vernon Hargreaves - CB, Florida

Hargreaves is an undersized CB1 with a feisty demeanor and versatile cover skills. He is capable of playing on the outside, but his true value might be in his ability to lock down slot receivers as a pro.

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Joey Bosa - DE, Ohio State

Bosa is a relentless pass rusher with a non-stop motor and diverse skill set. He's not an elite athlete, but he possesses the technical skills to mask his lack of first-step quickness and closing burst.

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Ronnie Stanley - OT, Notre Dame

Stanley is a big-bodied pass protector with quick feet and long arms. He's a natural left tackle with movement skills to stifle elite pass rushers off the edges.

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Ezekiel Elliott - RB, Ohio State

Elliott is a versatile workhorse back with an explosive combination of quickness, balance and body control. Elliott is an excellent playmaker on passing downs as a terrific receiver and pass protector.

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Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota State

Wentz is a small-school standout with A-plus arm talent and excellent athletic ability. Wentz's winning pedigree, scheme versatility and exceptional football aptitude has led to his rise up the charts during the pre-draft process.

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11

DeForest Buckner - DE, Oregon

Buckner is a long, rangy defensive end capable of playing on the edges in a 4-3 or as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme.

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12

Shaq Lawson - DE, Clemson

Lawson is a big, athletic edge defender with natural pass-rush skills. He's not an explosive designated pass rusher, but could create chaos as a left defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

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Jack Conklin - OT, Michigan State

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Conklin is a sound technician with quick feet, balance and body control. He's not as flashy as some pass protectors, but evaluators appreciate his consistency on the edges.

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Sheldon Rankins - DT, Louisville

12

Rankins is an ultra-athletic interior rusher with explosive first-step quickness and violent hands. He could entice scouts looking for a defensive tackle with Aaron Donald-like pass-rush skills.

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Robert Nkemdiche - DT, Ole Miss

Nkemdiche is a talented defender with exceptional first-step quickness and lateral movement skills. He remains a work in progress, but evaluators love his potential as a disruptive playmaker at the point of attack.

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Josh Doctson - WR, TCU

Doctson is an athletic pass catcher with excellent ball skills and leaping ability. Doctson terrorizes opponents with his length and ability to come down with 50-50 balls in the red zone.

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17

Andrew Billings - NT, Baylor

Billings is a rugged nose tackle with rare first-step quickness and agility for a one-technique. Billings flashes disruptive skills as a pass rusher, but he will make his money as a dominant run stopper as a pro.

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18

Laquon Treadwell - WR, Ole Miss

Treadwell is a big-bodied pass catcher with sticky hands and superb ball skills. Speed is a question, but his ability to work between the hashes and in the red zone will make him a prized commodity for a team looking for a WR1 to build around.

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19

Jarran Reed - DT, Alabama

5

Reed is a workmanlike interior defender with the size and strength to control the point of attack. Reed flashes some pass-rush skills, but his value lies in his ability to stop the run.

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20

Reggie Ragland - LB, Alabama

Ragland is a productive inside 'backer with outstanding instincts and football IQ. Ragland's ability to control the tackle-to-tackle box will earn him high marks from teams looking for a downhill plugger to insert into the lineup.

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Corey Coleman - WR, Baylor

Coleman is a prolific touchdown maker with explosive speed, quickness and burst. Coleman is a talented vertical deep threat, but his potential as a "catch and run" specialist makes him a nice fit for teams coveting receivers with "RAC" (run after catch) ability.

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22

Kevin Dodd - DE, Clemson

Dodd is a big, athletic edge player with a knack for making plays in the backfield. Dodd's strong performance down the stretch last season will entice defensive coordinators searching for a "shop wrecker" to place on the edges.

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23

Taylor Decker - OT, Ohio State

Decker is a blue-collar edge blocker with a solid overall game. He consistently wins on the edge with solid footwork and technique.

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24

Emmanuel Ogbah - DE, Oklahoma State

Ogbah is a disruptive playmaker with intriguing physical tools and instincts. He's not a polished player, but has the potential to make immediate contributions as a pass rusher in an attack scheme.

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25

Darron Lee - LB, Ohio State

Lee is a "run and chase" defender with outstanding speed and quickness. Lee's athleticism should make him a nice fit as a space player (defender over the slot) in a 4-3 or 4-2-5 scheme.

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A'Shawn Robinson - DT, Alabama

13

Robinson is a menacing interior defender with exceptional size and strength. Robinson is an immovable force in the middle, which creates opportunities for his teammates at the second level.

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27

Kenny Clark - DT, UCLA

Clark is a destructive defensive tackle with the athleticism and versatility to play multiple positions on the interior.

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28

Eli Apple - CB, Ohio State

Apple is a long, rangy defender with a solid all-around game. Apple is a perfect fit in a Cover-2 scheme, but his experience and production as a press corner at Ohio State could boost his stock.

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Leonard Floyd - LB, Georgia

Floyd is a long, rangy edge defender ideally suited to play as an "Elephant" in a 3-4 scheme. Floyd flashes the athleticism and versatility to attack from an upright position or three-point stance as a pro.

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30

Will Fuller - WR, Notre Dame

Fuller is an explosive playmaker with speed to burn. Hands are suspect, but opponents have to respect his big-play ability and burst as a vertical threat.

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Derrick Henry - RB, Alabama

Henry is a big-bodied RB1 with exceptional straight-line speed and burst. Henry needs a bit of a runway to get going, but teams looking for a one-cut runner to plug into a zone-based scheme will covet his big-play potential as a workhorse.

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Mackensie Alexander - CB, Clemson

Alexander is a rangy "bump and run" cornerback with an aggressive demeanor and fearless game. Scouts will question his ball skills due to his lack of production, but he was rarely challenged as the Tigers' CB1.

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Jason Spriggs - OT, Indiana

Spriggs is a former tight end who has blossomed into a rock-solid offensive tackle with outstanding balance, body control and footwork. Springs is a technician that relies on savvy, guile and athleticism to win instead of brute strength and power.

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Vernon Butler - DT, Louisiana Tech

Butler is a dancing bear with superb balance, body control and agility. Butler flashes impressive strength and power as a run defender, but has enough wiggle to win with finesse moves on the inside.

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35

Hunter Henry - TE, Arkansas

Henry is a prototypical H-Back with sticky hands and polished route-running skills. Henry flashes adequate skills as a blocker, but he will make his money catching passes as a "move" tight end in a creative offense.

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Kamalei Correa - LB, Boise State

Correa is a hybrid rusher with a diverse set of pass-rush skills. Correa can win with power or finesse off the edge, but still needs to refine his technique to win consistently against elite blockers at the next level.

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Jonathan Bullard - DT, Florida

Bullard is a versatile defender with a non-stop motor and a knack for finding the ball. Bullard lacks prototypical physical dimensions, but his production and competitive spirit will intrigue scouts looking for a playmaker along the front line.

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38

Vonn Bell - S, Ohio State

Bell is an instinctive safety with a pass-first mentality. Bell shows outstanding cover skills and awareness as a deep safety, but scouts and coaches could question his physicality based on his reluctance to mix it up on tape.

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Tyler Boyd - WR, Pittsburgh

Boyd is an intriguing prospect with a silky smooth game on the perimeter. He's a natural pass-catcher with impressive ball skills and running ability. Speed is a concern, but his workmanlike game should allow him to overcome his inability to run away from coverage.

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40

Connor Cook - QB, Michigan State

Cook is a classic drop-back passer with arm talent and a winning pedigree. He is far from a perfect prospect (completion percentage and leadership concerns), but Cook's skills as a pocket passer will intrigue teams looking for a prototypical passer to build around.

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41

Michael Thomas - WR, Ohio State

Thomas is a productive WR1 with strong hands and impressive ball skills. Speed is a concern, but scouts love his route running skills and savvy on the perimeter.

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42

Paxton Lynch - QB, Memphis

Lynch is a big, athletic passer with intriguing physical tools. He flashes impressive playmaking talent from the pocket, but a late-season swoon raises concerns about his readiness as a pro.

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43

William Jackson III - CB, Houston

Jackson is an athletic ballhawk with outstanding instincts and awareness. Jackson is ideally suited to play in a zone-based scheme that allows him to play with his eyes on the quarterback to steal picks off tips or overthrows.

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Cody Whitehair - OG, Kansas State

Whitehair is a blue-collar swing player capable of playing inside or outside. Whitehair possesses the tools to develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber guard, but might intrigue teams as an offensive tackle early in his career.

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45

Ryan Kelly - C, Alabama

Kelly is a high-IQ player with the aptitude to thrive as a traffic cop in the middle of the line. Kelly wins with savvy and guile on the interior, but also keeps his teammates in line with his superb communication skills.

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46

Braxton Miller - WR, Ohio State

Miller is an electric receiver with explosive speed, quickness and burst. Miller has shown tremendous progress making the transition from quarterback to receiver, particularly as a route runner on the outside.

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47

Dak Prescott - QB, Mississippi State

Prescott is a rugged quarterback with dual-threat capabilities. Prescott's improving passing skills and natural leadership skills will intrigue teams looking for a "bus driver" (game manager of a talented squad) to help a club to the winner's circle.

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48

Chris Jones - DT, Mississippi State

NR

Jones is a Long, rangy five-technique with the athleticism and motor to wreak chaos between the tackles. Jones could thrive as an interior player on a team that runs a 3-4 scheme.

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Devontae Booker - RB, Utah

NR

The big-bodied Bookeris a rugged runner between the tackles, yet also flashes the agility and receiving skills to contribute to the passing game. Booker could emerge as an Arian Foster-like playmaker for a running back-centric offense.

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50

Artie Burns - CB, Miami (Fla.)

Burns is a long, ultra-athletic cover corner who has exceptional potential as a CB1. Burns was an accomplished track and field athlete (three-time state champ in high school in the 110-meter hurdles), and is a long, rangy playmaker with superb ball skills.

Falling out: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State (No. 48); Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas (No. 49).

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