There is no denying that Notre Dame redshirt junior defensive lineman Jarron Jones possesses NFL talent. Scouts, however, will have a difficult time assigning him the top 100 grade his skill warrants, however, given that he'll miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn MCL and missed the final two games of last year with a Lisfranc injury.
NFLDraftScout.com debuts its first Top 1,000 prospect rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft, and an intriguing mix of talented quarterbacks could lead to an historic run at the position -- even if one isn't selected No. 1 overall.
The Heisman Trophy winner gets most of the fanfare but the Oregon Ducks qualified for the National Championship because they are loaded with NFL talent. In fact, this year's class could be the most gifted in the university's rich history.
Scouts crave opportunities like this to compare players on an apples-to-apples level; it is among the reasons why the Senior Bowl practices (and those in other all-star games) and the workouts at the Combine are so valued. "Vince Young against Matt Leinart in the 2006 Rose Bowl was close," one 20+ year talent evaluator said, "but this game is even bigger."
The 2015 Rose Bowl is an NFL scout's dream with two talent-laden teams led by future first round quarterbacks. The talent extends far beyond Mariota and Winston, however, as nearly two dozen Florida State and Oregon prospects are currently projected by NFLDraftScout.com as potential 2015 draft picks.
Marcus Mariota may have taken steps towards the Heisman but his inconsistent performance in Oregon's 51-13 victory over Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Friday night muddied rather than clarified his projection to the NFL.