As the college football season nears kickoff, we bring you the top 32 prospects that are eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, and have a realistic possibility of declaring for the draft. Since most of these prospects have already been covered in the conference preview series, each prospect will be broken down by their top strengths and weaknesses as a prospect. All rankings are fluid and relative, and serve as a watch list of players as the season develops.
NFL Draft Fall Rankings
32: Mario Edwards Jr,* Florida State, DE
Strengths: Huge frame for a defensive end, scheme and position versatility, power and anchor strength.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent motor and effort, poor initial quickness, lack of pass rush ability.
31: Reese Dismukes, Auburn, OC
Strengths: Very durable and experienced, has desired on-field temperament for the trenches, highly mobile run blocker.
Weaknesses: Lacks experience in pass protection, upper body technique needs refinement, off-field and locker room character needs to be examined.
30: Ronald Darby,* Florida State, CB
Strengths: Highly athletic and fluid corner, physical coverman, highly instinctive defender.
Weaknesses: Ball skills and hands are suspect, needs more experience and production as a starter, off-field character is a concern.
29: Derron Smith, Fresno State, FS
Strengths: High end range and athleticism for a safety, great hands for the interception, highly instinctive on the back end.
Weaknesses: Is somewhat undersized for the position, played against inferior competition, not strong in the box or near the line of scrimmage.
28: Carl Davis, Iowa, DT
Strengths: Natural strength for a one-technique or a nose tackle, can occupy multiple blocks versus the run, can collapse the pocket and create pressure up the middle.
Weaknesses: Effort is inconsistent, is not rangy or athletic to make plays on his own, plays a position that receives relatively few snaps per game.
27: Michael Bennett, Ohio State, DT
Strengths: Nimble and highly athletic interior lineman, skilled pass rusher from the interior, has some position versatility.
Weaknesses: Well undersized for the defensive tackle position, anchor strength is below average, does not adequately occupy blocks or hold up run lanes.
26: Dante Fowler Jr,* Florida, DE
Strengths: Flashes explosive playmaking ability behind the line of scrimmage, gifted hand fighter, has a strong frame to set the edge versus the run.
Weaknesses: Is too inconsistent, lacks the production to back up his talent, lateral movement and athleticism is lacking.
25: A.J. Cann, South Carolina, OG
Strengths: Effective in-line blocker, possesses well-refined technique, has sterling intangibles.
Weaknesses: Is not a very athletic blocker, can be stressed by interior speed or by pass rushers in space, can sustain blocks better.
Inside next week’s War Room: 2015 NFL Draft Fall Rankings (24-17)
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