Top NFL Prospects (10/28/14)

Last Updated: 2/25/2016 7:35 PM ET
2015 Big Board - top prospects for the NFL Draft.

The 2015 Draft is still a ways off, but scouts are starting to dig into each prospect's abilities, background (both on and off the field) and level of commitment to football.

We have updated our Big Board as some prospects have started to emerge as legitimate first round talents and other have begun to slide down the board.

We had some movements with our quartbacks position, two (Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley) have dropped off our board. Hundley hasn't developed into the pocket passer most scouts were expecting this season and Petty hasn't shown the accuracy that he displayed last season.

Marcus Mariota (Oregon) retains the top overall spot. Mariota, with his combination of size, speed, accuracy, and athleticism are head and shoulders above any other quarterback in this year's draft class. The new addition to our board from the quarterback position is Michigan State's Connor Cook.

While I usually advise NFL teams to stay away from running backs in the first round, we have a few this season that are making a strong case to be selected in the first. Leading the way is Todd Gurley, a bruising tailback who is an excellent pass catcher; Gurley is a dynamic athlete who can be an instant upgrade to almost any NFL offense.

A new addition to the board is Nebraska's running back Ameer Abdullah, a consistent performer throughout his career, he has proven to be a difference maker in each game this season. While some teams might be scared away by his lack of measurables, there is no denying this young man can be a playmaker in the NFL.

The lone defensive player in our top five ranking is Leonard Williams, the stout defensive tackle from USC. Williams has the versatility to line up inside or slide outside and rush the quarterback. Williams has the skill set and measurables that will make a few teams consider taking him first overall.

A lot will change between now and the day of the draft. As it stands now, these are my Top-32 Big Board. We will update the board at the end of every month throughout the college football season.

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings

Rank Player Position School Previous Rank
1 Marcus Mariota QB Oregon 1
2 Leonard Williams DE/DT USC 3
3 Andrus Peat OT Stanford 5
4 Todd Gurley RB Georgia 2
5 Cedric Oguehi OT Texas A&M 3
6 Randy Gregory DE Nebraska 8
7 Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin 11
8 Amari Cooper WR Alabama 12
9 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State 16
10 Brandon Scherff OT Iowa 19
11 Vic Beasley OLB Clemson 6
12 Trey Waynes CB Michigan State 26
13 Danny Shelton DT Washington 10
14 Shane Ray DE Missouri 8
15 Marcus Peters CB Washington 15
16 La'el Collins OT LSU 27
17 Nelson Agholor WR USC 17
18 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon 7
19 DeVante Parker WR Louisville NR
20 Dante Fowler Jr DE Florida 16
21 Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska NR
22 Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State 24
23 Josue Matias OG Florida State 31
24 Leonard Floyd DE Georgia 18
25 Landon Collins S Alabama 28
26 Jameis Winston QB Florida State 30
27 Ereck Flowers OT Miami (FL) NR
28 Connor Cook QB Michigan State NR
29 Devin Funchess WR Michigan 20
30 Shaq Thompson OLB or RB Washington 32
31 Kevin White WR West Virginia NR
32 Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State 21