By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page

Buffalo Sports Page Draft Guru Bob Gaughan has started to shape his Draft board.  Here is his top five Draft prospects at each position on offense.  This list will be updated after the NFL Combine in March.

QB’S

1. Josh Rosen–UCLA– questions about Rosen are not his ability. It’s more his arrogance and will he rub coaches the wrong way.
2. Sam Darnold-USC– dynamic player with an ability to play big in big moments. His interceptions were way too high this year.
3. Baker Mayfield- Oklahoma– if he were a few inches taller he might be number one on this list. Love his accuracy.
4. Josh Allen- Wyoming– Your boom or bust player on the list. He has rare physical tools. His completion percentage is a huge problem.
5. Mason Rudolph- Oklahoma State-lot to like he’s tall, pocket passer that has a good arm. Many people have him as the Bills pick at 21.

RB’S

1. Saquon Barkley- Penn State-spectacular balance and ability to hit the big play. He’s a top 10 player and many think will be a Top 5 draft pick.
2. Derrius Guice- LSU– has great power in his frame. He was the Tigers leading rusher even last year with Fournette on their roster.
3. Sony Michel- Georgia– every team now looking for the next Alvin Kamara. Here he is.
4. Ronald Jones II- USC– very fast reminds me of Jamaal Charles. Many times this year looked better than Darnold and USC’s best offensive player.
5. Kerryon Johnson-Auburn- had a great game in their upset of Alabama. Big, physical guy that I love.

WR’S

1. Calvin Ridley- Alabama-makes everything look easy. More of a Reggie Wayne than a Julio Jones type of guy. Top end speed to take the top off the defense.
2. Courtland Sutton- SMU– tall receiver that put up huge numbers at SMU. He looks like a veteran NFL receiver. He has a great ability to make catches in a crowd.
3. DJ Moore- Maryland– I see this guy rising up the boards. Impressed me with his 7 catches for 133 yards vs Texas early this season. Under-rated prospect.
4. Christian Kirk-Texas A&M– His best trait might be his ability to get yards after the catch.
5. (tie) James Washington- Oklahoma State– answered many questions with a solid performance at Senior Bowl. Can fly as we knew but showed he can be a route runner as well.    Auden Tate- Florida State-was hurt when his QB went down in first game of the season. Reminds me of Brandon Marshall.

TE’S

1. Dallas Goedert- South Dakota St– think of Travis Kelce when you see him. Big hands, can stretch the field. A home run threat.
2. Mark Andrews- Oklahoma– He is as much of a WR as he is a TE. I see Jordan Reed without all of the health issues.
3. Mike Gesicki- Penn State– this guy really improved each year in Happy Valley. Impressed at Senior Bowl as true red zone threat.
4. Hayden Hurst- South Carolina– teams that want a blocking TE might have him number one in this class, he’s the best blocker of the group.
5. Troy Fumagali- Wisconsin– Wisconsin’s best receiving threat. Three-year very reliable starter. I see low ceiling but high floor.

OT’S

1. Connor Williams- Texas– been a starter since the day he walked onto campus in Austin. Improved each year, high football IQ.
2. Mike McGlinchey- Notre Dame– played both RT and LT at Notre Dame. Could have come out last year but decided to stay another year.
3. Orlando Brown- Oklahoma– some have him as the number one tackle in the draft. I’m not as high on. Mammoth guy 6’8 340.
4. Jamrco Jones- Ohio State-love this guy. He’s a little short so he falls into the second round.
5. Chukwuma Okorafor- Western Michigan– Western Michigan with a nice run of LT’s. Willie Beavers, Taylor Moton and now Okorafor.

Interior Lineman

1. Quenton Nelson- Notre Dame– the safest pick in the draft. He will be a starter for 10 plus years and in the Pro Bowl if not year 1, by year 2.
2. Billy Price- Ohio State– with the loss of Eric Wood, some have the Bills taking this Ohio State center. He’s worthy, special player great leader.
3. Isaiah Wynn-Georgia– has experience at tackle. Just a rock when moved inside. Had a great week at the Senior Bowl. Made himself some money.
4. Will Hernandez- UTEP– think of Gabe Jackson when you see this mountain of a man. Never gives up a sack.
5. Braden Smith- Auburn– massive strength, he can squat 565 lbs. He was a big reason for the success in the Auburn running game. Has played some tackle as well.

Read NFL Expert Greg Gabriel’s Scouting Reports:

QB Josh Allen

QB Baker Mayfield & Mason Rudolph

WR’s Sutton & Washington

Bob Gaughan’s Top 5 Defensive Prospects Coming Soon

Bob Gaughan

Bob Gaughan has worked in Buffalo media for over 25 years. He spent 15 of those years as a staple on WGR radio as a talk show host and sports director. Currently, Bob works for UB Athletics on the radio broadcast of football and women’s basketball. Off the air, he has been an adjunct professor for over 20 years at Buffalo State College where he developed and has taught a class on how to be a talk show host.

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