The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, which means it's cool to start looking ahead to next year. More in the weeks and months, but here's a first examination of the 2016 class.
1. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State - The numbers say plenty, but so did the performance against Oregon in the national title game. The dominating Bosa (6-foot-5, 285 lbs) finished his sophomore campaign with 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.
2. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor - The former Penn State transfer used his scary 6-foot-8 frame into frightening opposing teams all season and turning into an internet sensation. Racked up a school-record 11 sacks as a junior.
3. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State - This is more about potential than production. The 6-foot-4 pocket passer has the physical goods for the next level. Next step involves finding consistency and avoiding mistakes. Threw 15 interceptions with 12 touchdown passes last season.
4. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame - Two offensive linemen, including Redskins rookie Brandon Scherff, were selected among the top nine picks in 2015. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder Stanley might have bulldozed his way into that range had he entered the draft.
5. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State - Forced into action due to injuries, Jones turned in one of the greatest and most random three-game stretches in college football history as he led the Buckeyes to the national title. Powerfully built and blessed with a strong arm, Jones now must show his star-turn wasn't an aberration.
6. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State - Could have been the third quarterback selected in round one if he entered the 2015 draft. Cook tossed 24 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions as a junior, though he completed only 58 percent of his passes.
7. Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA - This year's Shaq Thompson. The uber-athletic 6-foot-1 Jack shines as a linebacker and running back. Which side of the ball will he play on the pro level is the question.
8. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi - The foot-2 target might zoom up this list assuming he returns without issue from a late season knee injury. Teams that missed out on Amari Cooper, Kevin White and DeVante Parker in 2015 will certainly be watching Treadwell's performance.
9. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State - Edge rusher with the needed skills to become a coveted draft target. Effort consistency is biggest concern for evaluators.
10. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi - One of the nation's top recruits in 2013, Nkemdiche took a step back last season as a sophomore. Remains a highly touted prospect based on his ceiling as a pocket-collapsing, run-stuffing defensive tackle.
10. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida - Four corners were selected in the 2015 first round including three among the top 18 picks. Hargreaves is the leading candidate to hear his name called first among the 2016 options.
12. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - Should follow his brother Kyle as a first-round selection. The Baltimore native was ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman and first-team all conference as a sophomore.
13. D'Haquille "Duke" Williams, WR, Auburn - The long-striding 6-foot-2 Williams had 730 yards and five touchdowns on 45 receptions last season.
14. Jalen Ramsey, DB. Florida State - Proof not not every elite Seminoles prospect left Tallahassee for the NFL Draft. FSU will shift Ramsey, who had microfracture knee surgery in high school, from safety to corner next season.
15. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama - Henry was good enough last season to force a split backfield scenario with T.J. Yeldon, who was selected 34th overall in 2015. Should battle Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott as the first running back selected next year.
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