2016 NFL Draft Stock – Pro-Days I

This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2016 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.

By Charlie Campbell.
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2016 NFL Draft Stock Up

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
It isn’t common for a consensus top-10 pick to get into the stock up category given how high they are already perceived, but Ramsey was able to accomplish that feat. Sources at the Titans told WalterFootball.com last week that Ramsey is now the favorite to be their selection at the No. 1-overall pick. Tennessee loves Ramsey on and off the field, with him blowing the team away in their combine interview. The Titans feel they could use Ramsey at both corner and safety to be a play-making chess piece in their defense. Even if Tennessee ultimately decides to go with someone else, Ramsey looks safe to be selected in the top five picks of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kamalei Correa, LB, Boise State
In recent weeks, Correa has received more hype and some have projected him to be in play in the late first round. That could be the case, as sources from multiple teams say that Correa (6-2, 243) has graded out as a second-round pick. Teams like Correa’s energy and his ability to rush off the edge. He totaled 39 tackles with 11 for a loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 2015. As a junior, he had a 12-sack campaign. Evaluators say that Correa needs to get better against the run and more physical, but teams feel he is a top-64 talent in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Jones had a down senior year because he was playing with a foot injury that was kept quiet by Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. Malzahn didn’t want the other teams to know that Jones was playing hurt. However at the combine, Jones showed that he was healthy and had a spectacular 40-yard dash time of 4.33 seconds. Jones (5-9, 179) has return skills and could be a nickel or dime corner in the NFL. After his strong combine, he went from a late-round to a potential mid-round pick.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
There are projections of Coleman being a top-25 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and that could be a sign of his stock rising. In speaking to team sources, some have him as a late second-rounder. They feel that Coleman drops too many passes, is quicker than he is fast, isn’t NFL sudden or explosive, and doesn’t have size working for him. However other evaluators do grade Coleman as a late first-rounder and think he can be a play-making speed receiver. Some teams even have disagreement about Coleman among their staffers. However with some scouts loving Coleman, he has a shot at being a Thursday night pick.

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
In speaking with some evaluators, they rate Doctson as a second-round pick and a potential top-50 selection. They say that while he could struggle to get separation in the NFL, Doctson is superb at making contested catches. They like his run-after-the-catch skills and feel he could be an effective No. 2 receiver. Some teams could give Doctson consideration late in the first round.

Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
Listenbee is another love-or-hate prospect. There are some teams that rate him in the fifth round, while others think he could go in the third round. Listenbee is a vertical speed receiver, and he gave proof of that with a 4.35-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine. In a weak class of receivers, that kind of speed stands out and could cause Listenbee to move up draft boards in the passing-driven NFL.

2016 NFL Draft Stock Down

Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
Entering the combine, Robinson was an intriguing prospect to lot of teams. They feel he has a first-round skill set and could be a bargain on the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft. However, Robinson bombed in his combine interviews. Sources from one team said they caught Robinson in a lie and another said that he is a train wreck off the field. They also aren’t convinced that he has conquered his problems with marijuana. While they like Robinson as a player, multiple teams have removed him from their draft boards and said that he is dead in their draft room.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
At the combine, sources said that Ridgeway did not interview well with teams. He is coming off a good season for Texas, but he wasn’t overwhelming. In a deep and talented class of defensive linemen, it sounds like Ridgeway could slide. By sheer numbers some talented defensive linemen will slide, and Ridgeway’s poor combine interviews put him in danger of being one faller.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Teams really like Robinson’s skill set and the potential he has. However, his combine interviews were said to be underwhelming. Robinson is polite, somewhat soft-spoken, and not a character concern, but teams wonder about other intangibles.

One team said that Robinson couldn’t name the team’s head coach, general manager, or defensive coordinator sitting directly in front of him. This is a playoff team with a famous head coach and coordinator who have been mainstays on TV over the past number of years. It causes teams to question how much Robinson loves football when he clearly isn’t watching it. In speaking with sources, they do believe that Robinson will stay as a first-rounder. But a lack consistency has hurt his draft grade, and perhaps that lack of consistency stems from a lack of love and desire for the game.

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
Every year, some draft prospects get arrested in the months leading up to the draft. Prescott landed the dubious distinction this year with a DUI arrest. It was surprising as Prescott had received rave reviews for his off-the-field character, leadership in the locker room, and his overall character. By the time of the 2016 NFL Draft, it may not be held against him very much by NFL teams, but it isn’t going to help him in a crowded group of second-day quarterback prospects.

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