NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney puts the intriguing crop of linebackers in the 2015 NFL Draft under the microscope, with as many as six -- five OLBs and ILB Eric Kendricks of UCLA -- worthy of consideration in the first two rounds.
Scouts are wary of hailed improvements and once-in-a-lifetime performances at on-campus pro days, and you should be too. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney breaks down how teams dissect pro day numbers.
While teams selecting in the top 10 are in position to nab potential building blocks, perennial playoff contenders like Baltimore, Dallas, Seattle and New England could use the draft to find cheap alternatives to expensive veterans. No club appears to be in better position to fill a key area of need than the Packers.
While the Bucs and Titans hope that Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota prove the answers to their prayers for a franchise quarterback, most of the other clubs in the top 10 focus on the pass rushers and pass-catchers -- though not necessarily in the order you might expect.
Edge players Vic Beasley (4.53), Randy Gregory (4.57) and Dante Fowler (4.61) put the speed in speed rusher Sunday morning. Their competitors among off-line of scrimmage linebackers, however, struggled in the 40-yard dash.
Despite only three wins in 2014, there are reasons for optimism in Oakland, notably Derek Carr at the quarterback position. But he needs help and James Jones and Andre Holmes aren't quite enough at wide receiver. Alabama's Amari Cooper could be the answer.
The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos have big decisions in free agency with stars DeMarco Murray, Ndamukong Suh and Julius Thomas. The clubs could look to the 2015 draft for cheaper, young talent.
If the Buccaneers decide that Jameis Winston's off-field issues are a result of immature decisions that will develop over time, Tampa should draft him No. 1 overall and keep him in the state of Florida.