Everyone loves players with game-breaking skills. Whether it’s an offensive player who can make things happen with the ball, or a dynamic defensive player that terrorizes offenses, there’s no disputing the value of an exciting player.
This mock draft will focus on the most exciting players projected to go in the first round. The featured players’ names are highlighted in the table below.
At 6'3" 246 pounds, Vic Beasley has exceptional speed for a linebacker/defensive end prospect. His 4.53 40-yard-dash time showed off his quickness. In addition to the speed, Beasley notched a 41-inch vertical jump at the NFL combine as well.
There should be no concern about Beasley’s strength. He hit an impressive 35 reps in the bench press. How do all these metrics translate to the field. He had 33 sacks over his four-year career with the Clemson Tigers.
There’s no questioning Beasley is one of the most dynamic defensive prospects in the draft.
There are few running backs in the draft that are as versatile and athletic as the Georgia Bulldogs’ Todd Gurley. At 6'1" 222 pounds, Gurley has ideal size for a running back in the NFL. Gurley’s recovery from an ACL injury kept him from performing at the NFL combine, but his game action suggests that he is a next-level athlete.
You can see some similarities to the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson in his stride and power.
Gurley averaged 6.4 yards per carry in three seasons at Georgia and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown. The injury is a major concern for Gurley, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport recently reported that the running back checked out medically.
That could lead to a late rise on draft boards.
Usually the most athletic quarterback in the draft is not near the top of the rankings for his position. That is the case this year as 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota brings elite speed to his overall package as a signal-caller.
Mariota showed off speed at the combine with a 4.52 40-yard-dash. At 6'4" 222 pounds, that’s even more impressive. In 2014, Mariota rushed for 15 touchdowns. He also had 11 runs for 20-plus yards.
What he’s able to do with his arm will undoubtedly have the most impact on his career, but Mariota’s legs should prove to be a dangerous weapon in the NFL as well.
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