2015 NFL Draft

Here is where you will be able to access all of the information I’ve put together related to the 2015 NFL draft.

Positional Rankings

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2016 Major League Football Draft

The history of alternative professional football leagues is pretty dire. The old USFL in the 1980s had some great players on their rosters, including some future NFL Hall-of-Famers, but they had no cash to pay their bills. The last semi-long-term one was the World League of American Football (NFL Europe/NFL Europa) in the ’90s and early 2000s, but they eventually folded after losing its backers around $30 million a season. The Vince McMahon-founded XFL of 2001 lost even more in its single season. And, of course, we all remember the United Football League (right?), which operated from 2009 through 2012, and ended up getting sued by former players and coaches for back pay.

The obvious common thread is money. Either the leagues were poorly operated or didn’t have enough capital to sustain itself through its initial years — or the audiences just didn’t care enough to pay for a ticket or to even sit on their couch and watch. It didn’t matter that the play on the field was actually pretty solid, and each of those leagues rostered NFL-level talent. People say they want year-round football, but they haven’t really shown it when it actually happens. Maybe there’s just no money to be made in spring football.

That said, the newest pro spring league is the Major League Football league, which just had its first draft. Again, there is some talent here, with a lot of guys who have spent time on NFL rosters — and a lot of guys I was surprised haven’t made it in the NFL (I’m looking at you, Lache Seastrunk, Dan LeFevour, Joe Hill, and Joe Adams). And it’s managed by people who should know what they’re doing, including former Bears GM Jerry Vainisi, San Diego Charger all-time great Wes Chandler, and Frank Murtha, who formed the first Arena League player union and is a Northwestern University professor of Sports Labor Relations and Negotiations.

I hope it works this time around. These players deserve a chance; I actually DO want year-round football; and there’s just too much talent out there that just doesn’t get a chance to develop in the jump from college to NFL.

Here’s the list of skill-position players in the 40-round draft:

Round Team Player Position College
06 Campo Partridge, Travis QB Missouri Western
35 Campo Marsh, Tanner QB Arkansas Tech
08 Campo Douglas, Chris RB Missouri State
30 Campo Oku, David RB Arkansas State
34 Campo Pierson, Tony RB Kansas
28 Campo Waters, Eric TE Missouri
31 Campo Luckett, Donatella WR Harding
33 Campo Moore, Martel WR Northern Illinois
38 Campo Richardson, Shjuan WR Emporia State
01 Campo Adams, Joe WR/KR Arkansas
07 Campo King, Nigel WR/KR Kansas
01 Collins Bonner, Chris QB Colo. St.-Pueblo
31 Collins Bane, Johnathan QB Dakota Wesleyan
02 Collins Hart, Dee RB Colorado State
13 Collins Hill, Joe RB Utah State
18 Collins Bauman, Zach RB Northern Arizona
38 Collins Marshall, Cameron RB Arizona State
07 Collins Sherlock, Jack TE South Dakota State
10 Collins Murphy, Jake TE Utah
22 Collins Mahina, Devin TE BYU
37 Collins Hannah, Carrington TE Sioux Falls
06 Collins Lewis, Andre WR Utah
12 Collins Borel, Diondre WR Utah
35 Collins Eboreime, Anthony WR Black Hill State
39 Collins Robinson, Chris WR Southern Utah
07 Cottrell Sokol, Cody QB Louisiana Tech
15 Cottrell Medlock, Jake QB Valdosta State
30 Cottrell Wallace, Keahn QB Johnson C. Smith
05 Cottrell Burkette, Rahsard QB/WR/RB Tuskegee University
04 Cottrell Johnson, Mario RB Georgia State
11 Cottrell Fannin, Mario RB Auburn
22 Cottrell Logan, Thomas TE Stillman College
01 Cottrell Belsterling, Taylor WR Huntingdon
18 Cottrell Shaw, James WR Alabama Jacksonville
23 Cottrell Williams, Chris WR Alabama Troy
26 Cottrell Browder, Philander WR Tuskegee
33 Cottrell Loper, Gabe WR/CB South Alabama
01 Ford Pachall, Casey QB TCU
02 Ford Seastrunk, Lache RB Baylor
21 Ford Hollimon Jr., Randall RB Houston
25 Ford Hill, Keshawn RB Sam Houston
27 Ford Frank, Terrance RB Texas State
05 Ford Clear, Cameron TE Texas A&M
36 Ford Jenkins, Jordan TE Texas A&M Commerce
17 Ford Roberts, Mark WR Lamar
29 Ford Woodland, Rodney WR Texas State
31 Ford Davis Jr., Mike WR Texas
37 Ford Johnson, Vernon WR Texas A&M Commerce
10 Geis Russell, Tyler QB Mississippi State
24 Geis German, Michael QB Tennessee State
31 Geis Hall, Darion RB Tennessee State
36 Geis Lane, Marlin RB Tennessee
04 Geis Leonard, A.C. TE Tennessee State
08 Geis Powell. Wesley TE Tusculum
19 Geis Borden, Steven TE Kentucky
16 Geis Mitchell, Ryan WR Tennessee State
20 Geis Lewis, Jameon WR Mississippi State
25 Geis Perkins, Chris WR Mid. Tennessee State
38 Geis Lewis, Terrance WR Alcorn State
01 Hall Garcia, Stephen QB South Carolina
16 Hall McDowell, Roderick RB Clemson
23 Hall Wallace, Johnathan RB Florida Atlantic
29 Hall Giles, Jarvis RB South Carolina
06 Hall Burton, Clay TE Florida
14 Hall Tukes, Justin TE Central Florida
17 Hall Haplea, Kevin TE Florida State
05 Hall Mitchell, Carlton WR South Florida
28 Hall Jean, Lestar WR Florida Atlantic
34 Hall Green, Christian WR Florida State
38 Hall McDonald, Tyler WR South Carolina State
01 Kirksey LeFevour, Dan QB Central Michigan
18 Kirksey Myers, Mark QB John Carroll
03 Kirksey Joyner, Felix RB Ohio State
08 Kirksey Hall, Jordon RB Ohio State
25 Kirksey Chisholm, Jawon RB Akron
32 Kirksey Brooks, Cartel RB Heidelberg University
06 Kirksey Butler, Deon TE Central Michigan
29 Kirksey Walker, Dallas TE Western Michigan
23 Kirksey Doe, Kenzel WR Wisconsin
33 Kirksey D’Arazio, Zach WR Akron
35 Kirksey Howard, Justin WR Wisconsin-Whitewater
36 Kirksey Jones, Tyler WR Tiffin University
37 Kirksey Sergio Judkins WR Grand Valley State
01 Miller Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
13 Miller Johnson, Shawn RB Montana State
18 Miller Callier, Jesse RB Washington
38 Miller Reyes, Christian RB College of Siskiyous
24 Miller Sloat, Taylor TE California-Davis
37 Miller Reece, John TE Oregon State
03 Miller Vaughn, Rahsaan WR University of Oregon
10 Miller Hatfield, Micah WR Oregon State
11 Miller Closs, Kasey WR Portland
16 Miller Carr, Jabari WR San Jose State
25 Miller Williams, LeKendrick WR Fresno State
27 Miller Clark, Ashton WR Eastern Washington
31 Miller Deadwiler, Marquise WR Humboldt State
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Jake Waters, QB, Kansas State – 2015

Junior college transfer in 2013.

Positives: Is capable of nice touch as well as above-average velocity and can fit it through tight windows. Has the athleticism and speed to escape the pocket to one side. Knows when to throw the ball away on the run. Runs like a running back with good body lean. Above-average speed. Above-average quickness. Willing to slide as a runner.

Negatives: Height and weight are below average for the position. Uses his velocity inconsistently, and will float some passes that he should drive. Below-average touch on deep passes and throws with too low of a trajectory. Inconsistent accuracy, often causing his receivers to leave their feet. Below-average decision-making outside of the pocket, and will consistently throw across his body on the run. Long delivery. Inconsistent throwing mechanics, and will often throw passes sidearm or three-quarter, not step into his throws, and twist his body while throwing. Needs to learn to throw the ball away under pressure. Consistently poor pocket sense, and doesn’t seem to show much escapability when the pocket collapses. Below-average anticipation and will wait too long for receivers to get open. Holds the ball too long in the pocket and will take a lot of sacks. Injured shoulder in November 2014 and missed unknown amount of time. On pitch plays, he will sometimes toss them inaccurately.

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Thomas Rawls, RB, Central Michigan – 2015

Transferred from Michigan in 2014.

Positives: Above-average cutback vision and quickness. Fairly patient behind the line. Above-average track speed for the position. Adequate change-of-direction quickness in Pro Day measures.

Negatives: Below-average height and adequate bulk for the position. Poor lateral quickness in Pro Day measures. Arrested for assault in 2012 but was found not guilty. Arrested for theft in September 2014 and was suspended for a week. Did not play in 2014 bowl game due to some obscure academic issue.

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Austin Dodge, QB, Southern Oregon-NAIA – 2015

Positives: Though he ran a spread offense in college, its up-tempo nature forced him to make quick decisions. Also has a lot of experience throwing deep passes. Okay deep accuracy. Okay arm strength and velocity. Fair accuracy rolling to the left. Seems to have pretty good accuracy on intermediate timing patterns to the outside.

Negatives: Ran a spread offense at an NAIA level of competition, so he has a steep learning curve ahead of him. Below-average throwing mechanics – will throw off of his back foot and leaning backwards for no reason. Three-quarter release. Will hold the ball too long under pressure. Suspect decision-making on the rollout, though and will throw across his body. Doesn’t seem willing to throw the ball away. Doesn’t seem to see the field particularly well, and will throw it into triple coverage. Below-average decision-making in the red zone and will throw it into coverage there. Depends too much on his receivers to make a play on deep passes, and will throw it into coverage consistently. His vision seems to narrow in the red zone and he will miss obvious opportunities over the middle of field. Seems to have nervous feet in clutch situations.

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Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern – 2015

Was a redshirt senior.

Positives: Adequate velocity.

Negatives: Passes are tipped amazingly often. Longish windup with a 3/4 release. Below-average accuracy overall. Below-average arm. Below-average speed. Needs to be more aware of where the first down marker is on runs. Eyeballs receivers hard and pretty consistently. Needs to keep his eyes downfield on the run. Doesn’t sense outside pressure. Doesn’t lead receivers on crossing routes very well. Doesn’t move around well in the pocket and will drift backwards into the end zone under pressure. Doesn’t set his feet even when he has time. Needs to learn to vary his velocity. Tore ACL in November 2014.

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Andre Debose, WR/PR/KR, Florida – 2015

Was a redshirt senior.

Positives: Good speed and burst, and above-average quickness. Suspect receiving hands, but very reliable fielding hands as a punt returner. Good punt returner vision.

Negatives: Knee surgery in 2009 and missed season. Sprained knee in October 2012 and missed some time. Then tore left ACL in Summer 2013 and missed season. Granted sixth year of eligibility and returned to team in 2014. Left the team prior to the 2014 bowl game.

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Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State – 2015

Positives: Good height and above-average bulk for the position. Good track speed for the position and size. Very good effort on off-target and contested passes. Has adequate hands. Okay downfield blocker. Threw a nice touchdown pass in 2014 bowl game.

Negatives: Injured leg in 2013 bowl game. While adequate as a downfield blocker, he is easily pulled off balance. Tends to body catch, though fairly reliably.

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Geremy Davis, WR, Connecticut – 2015

All-Star Games: NFLPA Game.

Positives: Very good height and good bulk for the position. Has above-average hands. Shows good effort after the catch. Adequate track speed for the position and above-average for his size.

Negatives: Will occasionally have some trouble coming down with passes thrown behind him. A little slow into and out of his breaks.

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Kaelin Clay, WR/KR/PR, Utah – 2015

Positives: Has adequate hands, though inconsistent. He has the body control and hand-eye coordination to adjust pretty well to off-target passes. Fights for yards after the catch. Intelligently takes a knee on kick returns when needed. Usually makes smart punt return fair catch decisions.

Negatives: Will occasionally make unwise punt return decisions trying to return in traffic – or lose yardage while trying to make a big play. He pretty consistently lets the ball get to his body, and he will bobble some when he has to extend.

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DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech – 2015

Positives: Good height and great bulk for the position, with ridiculously large hands. Runs with adequate speed. Okay hands. Knows where the 1st down marker is, and shows good effort for extra yards. Turns upfield quickly after the catch and shows adequate vision in the open field for yards after the catch.

Negatives: Tore ACL in November 2014 and missed the rest of the season, but was better by his Pro Day.

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