Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft featured twists and turns that few expected, including a wild ride for Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil after an unfortunate social-media disaster.
But part of the story is also about the players who were not selected. Here are the scouting reports for all of the Shutdown Corner Top 50 players — including 12 of our top 31 — who remain available for Friday's Rounds 2 and 3.
5. UCLA LB Myles Jack
6-foot-1, 245 pounds
The skinny: Rare two-position standout was named — get this — Pac-12 coaches' Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013, when he started 10 games at outside linebacker, one at inside linebacker and one at running back. Bruins coaches asked Jack to handle double duty again in 2014, and he responded with another strong season, even as his RB work was dialed back. Three games into his final season in 2015, Jack suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee that ended his season. He immediately withdrew from school and prepared to turn pro.
14. Clemson DE Kevin Dodd
6-foot-5, 277 pounds
The skinny: Not since perhaps Ziggy Ansah has a defensive line come from relative nowhere to have such a dominant final college season. Dodd was a backup on a talented Clemson line for three years but made a massive impact last season for the national runners-up. He had the benefit of working opposite Shaq Lawson last season, but Dodd put together such impressive tape that NFL scouts are debating which player is actually going be better in the league.
Dodd did have a setback at the scouting combine when he suffered a hamstring injury during his second 40-yard dash attempt, which prevented him from completing the remainder of his testing drills. But Dodd was able to perform those drills at the pro day and do so in front of an array of GMs and head coaches. He also was making a lot of top-30 visits to teams late in the draft process, which suggests a lot of teams dotting I's and crossing T's on him. Given his relatively clean injury history and outstanding character, that's likely good news for Dodd.
16. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander
5-foot-10, 190 pounds
The skinny: Extremely confident young man who believes he can cover any size or speed receiver at any time. Alexander used a redshirt season in 2013 after suffering a groin injury and then started for the next two seasons as one of the best pure cover men in the country. He was benched briefly against Wofford after being late to a team meeting and suffered knee and hamstring injuries in 2015. The latter affected him in the national championship game against Alabama in which Alexander gamely gutted through pain (witness the opening play of the contest) to play.
A hamstring injury prevented the redshirt sophomore from working out at the NFL scouting combine, but he still got the media's attention by calling himself the best corner in the draft and NFL teams' attention in interviews. Some liked his enthusiasm and confidence; others were turned off by it. He's not for everyone, personality-wise, but there are teams that seek out that type of player.
18. Alabama DT-DE Jarran Reed
6-foot-3, 307 pounds
The skinny: Country-strong, solidly built double-team eater who has helped his team erase run games everywhere he's been. And he's been — seemingly — everywhere, or at least made plans to do so. Reed originally committed to D-II Fayetteville State out of high school before spending a year of prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Then Reed went to East Mississippi Community College for two years and committed to North Carolina, Florida and Ole Miss before ending up in Tuscaloosa.
After a bad start at Bama, being charged with a DUI before he played a snap in 2014 and being demoted to third team, Reed came back to start most of his junior season and arrive on the scene as an ascending player. Although his stats decreased slightly in 2015, Reed attracted attention for his incredible power and lane-clogging ability. A left shoulder injury prevented him from bench pressing at the NFL scouting combine, and his workouts were nothing special there. But NFL teams know what Reed can offer.
20. Kansas State OG-OT Cody Whitehair
6-foot-4, 301 pounds
The skinny: Playing every position for the Wildcats except for center, Whitehair started 51 games over his career and was a model of consistency. The coaches asked the team captain to play out of position at left tackle this past season, and he responded with a tremendous performance that helped boost his stock into the Round 1 range, even though most scouts say guard is his best pro position. Whitehair had a great week at the Senior Bowl and boosted his stock there and at the NFL scouting combine with excellent team interviews. His combine also featured some tremendous athletic testing numbers, although his 16 reps on the bench press (with relatively short arms at 32.5 inches) was alarming.
23. Eastern Kentucky OLB-DE Noah Spence
6-foot-2, 251 pounds
The skinny: Sawed-off, undersized pass-rush demon who appeared to be on the route for stardom in Columbus before he got booted. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer went to bat for Spence, recommending Spence to EKU head coach Dan Hood. Although Spence had an alcohol charge prior to the 2015 season, it was later expunged from his record and he left the school after his junior season without incident — and having passed at least five drugs tests.
Arriving at the Senior Bowl with a lot of intrigue, Spence backed it up on the field with a strong week of practice in team and one-on-one drills and a sack in the game itself. Spence, while coming across as contrite for his mistakes in interviews with NFL teams, didn't convince all of them that his problems are entirely in the past. He also had a so-so workout at the NFL scouting combine, raising questions of whether he has the bulk to hold up as a 4-3 defense end or the quickness to be a standup rusher.
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25. Alabama RB Derrick Henry
6-foot-3, 247 pounds
The skinny: Downhill, massive runner with rare dimensions and good straight-line speed. Henry runs decisively and effectively and consistently did incredible work against some of the country's most talented defenses. After being a complementary power option in two loaded Crimson Tide backfields in 2013 and 2014, Henry earned the job full time — overtime, some might say — in 2015 with a season for the ages: 2,219 rushing yards, 28 TDs, a Heisman Trophy, and an incredible two-game, 90-carry playoff run to spur Bama to a national championship.
Not everyone forecasts NFL glory for Henry, though, who is not built like many backs in the league and isn't very elusive or used much as a receiver. But he showed incredible athletic gifts in his NFL scouting combine workout (130-inch broad jump, 37-inch vertical jump at nearly 250 pounds) and appeared to be natural catching the football at the school's pro day.
27. Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith
6-foot-2, 230 pounds
The skinny: Entire profile for Smith changed on one harmless looking play when Ohio State OT Taylor Decker blocked Smith at the end of a run in the Fiesta Bowl, and Smith landed awkwardly on what would later be diagnosed as a torn ACL and MCL. Did Smith suffer nerve damage as well? He was vague when we asked him that at his pro day last week, and it's possible that he misses part or all of his rookie season in the NFL pending the results of his medical re-check on April 14-15 in Indianapolis, along with his continued rehab, which has been impressive to this point.
When healthy, Smith might have rated as one of the top 10 players in the entire 2016 class. He is a stalk-and-attack linebacker with three-down prowess: against the run, as a blitzer, and in coverage. Smith has lateral speed, fluid hips, an instinctive nose for the ball and burst and twitch. For a player who played in the 230-pound range, he can lay the wood. His upbeat nature has served him well in his rehab from this devastating injury and helped teams believe that if anyone has the mental approach to return to form, it's Smith.
28. Baylor NT Andrew Billings
6-foot-1, 311 pounds
The skinny: Massively built, incredibly strong, square-cut nose tackle who just turned 21 years old and who flashes some deceptive athleticism. Billings broke into the starting lineup late in his true freshman season, and he became a fixture the past two seasons in the middle of an improved defense, named co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 with 15 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He did well in some aspects of the NFL scouting combine, including putting up 31 reps on the bench and running a solid 5.05 40-yard dash, but his lateral-quickness drills were below average.
29. Mississippi State DT-DE Chris Jones
6-foot-6, 310 pounds
The skinny: Rare length (35-inch arms, 11-inch hands) on a massive frame for a young player (turns 22 this summer) who is still growing into his body. In a three-year career after being a late-blooming 5-star prospect in high school, Jones never missed a game for the Bulldogs and worked into the starting lineup this past season. His college production is limited, but his talent is obvious. With dominant flashes, great athletic burst and "wow" plays, Jones looks like a first-round talent.
But his underachieving traits can't be ignored along with his sub-par stamina in games and tendency to play too upright, which is common of a man his size. Interviews with NFL evaluators were all over the map, with some teams liking his easygoing personality and others feeling he came off as "aloof" or "not serious enough." Of course, his 40-yard dash was the talk of the town — and not for how fast he ran.
30. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland
6-foot-1, 247 pounds
The skinny: Thick, hard-hitting, instinctive inside linebacker with enough versatility to handle multiple spots in different schemes. Ragland comes from a program that is run like an NFL team and an institution that has sent almost two dozen defenders and a bunch of linebackers to the league the past five years. He might have a bit of work to absorb an NFL-thick playbook, according to people who have spoken to the coaching staff about Ragland. But he will bring a toughness, both mental and physical, to the position immediately.
Ragland did not have an outstanding scouting combine from a numbers standpoint, and he showed a little stiffness both there and at his pro day. But when Bill Belichick runs your pro day drills, you know you have NFL people's attention for what you've accomplished in a decorated four-year career for a perennial national title contender.
31. USC LB-SS Su'a Cravens
6-foot-1, 226 pounds
The skinny: Hyper-competitive, instinctive and undersized playmaker who has played both safety and linebacker in two different defensive schemes at USC — first as a strong safety in Clancy Pendergast's "52" scheme in 2013, and then as a safety-linebacker hybrid role in Justin Wilcox's 3-4 system the past two seasons. Cravens failed to answer definitively where his NFL position will be with some sub-par scouting combine testing numbers, and though he helped with decent times in the 3-cone drill (6.92 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.41 seconds), Cravens and his agent turned off some teams when he declined individual workouts thereafter.
37. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott
6-foot-2, 226 pounds
The skinny: Put the Bulldogs on the map with a tremendous 2014 season, and even with a poor finish that season and a slew of talented players leaving prior to 2015, the bar was raised. Prescott lived up to the hype and even improved his mechanics and performance, all things considered. He passed for 3,793 yards, completed 66.2 percent of his passes, threw for 29 TD with only five interceptions, and rushed for 588 yards and 10 TDs. After a strong NFL scouting combine in which he looked good in on-field drills and crushed it in team interviews, Prescott looked to be building quite a lot of momentum, especially with another good throwing session at his pro day. But then he was arrested soon after that for suspicion of DUI, refusing to take a breathalizer test.
38. Alabama DE-DT A'Shawn Robinson
6-foot-4, 307 pounds
The skinny: An almost immovable force against the run, Robinson came to Bama as a 5-star recruit and broke in right away with one of the deepest defensive lines in the country. He played multiple techniques for the Crimson Tide and was a fixture of one of the best run defenses in the country the past two seasons. After the 2015 season, Robinson declared early for the draft after Bama's national title season and he turned 21 years old last week. His workouts in the physical drills at the NFL combine were considered fine but hardly great, and was just fine in the positional drills. Robinson's pro day workout, even while weighing 312, was considered a far better effort.
39. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah
6-foot-4, 273 pounds
The skinny: A transplant from Nigeria at the age of 9, Ogbah turned himself into one of the nation's best pass rushers the past two seasons. He burst onto the scene in the 2014 season opener by sacking Florida State's Jameis Winston twice and has been a productive player ever since, being nominated for and earning several national awards this past season. Ogbah also turned in a nice NFL scouting combine performance with strong showings in the 40-yard dash (4.63 seconds, faster than some wide receivers), vertical jump (35.5 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 1 inch). He stood on most of his combine numbers at his pro day, opting to just work out in positional drills, although he worked out as both a defensive lineman and a linebacker. Scouts indicated Ogbah looked far more natural in the DL portion.
40. Pitt WR Tyler Boyd
6-1, 197 pounds
The skinny: Asked to fill in for a shorthanded backfield, Boyd became a part-time running back as a junior before declaring early for the 2016 draft. He also was limited to a possession role as a receiver because of the Panthers' quarterback play and lack of weapons around him in the passing game but still found ways to get open despite opponents designing their game plan to stop Boyd. He was a high-volume performer in his three seasons in school and was a jack of all trades for a team the lacked other playmakers outside of running back James Connor, who missed all of last season. After running a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine, Boyd shaved off a bit at his pro day with a 4.50.
42. Michigan State DE-OLB Shilique Calhoun
6-4, 251 pounds
The skinny: A mercurial rusher, Calhoun can burn up the edges one series and be completely neutralized the next. He was used almost exclusively as a down rushed in the Spartans' "40 front," but some NFL teams believe Calhoun can stand up in a 3-4 scheme. He was worked out by the San Francisco 49ers as a linebacker and by the New York Jets as a defensive lineman at his pro day. Scouts have sought more on Calhoun after he ducked out of the Senior Bowl with what has been termed by NFL teams as a "nagging" injury, but he turned in an impressive workout at the NFL scouting combine — especially in the three-cone drill (6.97 seconds, faster than all but two defensive linemen and one linebacker).
44. Michigan State QB Connor Cook
6-4, 217 pounds
Key stat: Started 39 games for the Spartans, tying the school record along with Kirk Cousins, and had a TD-INT rate of 70-21 his past three seasons.
The skinny: Pocket passer with plus-arm talent and experience in one of the more NFL-ready programs in the country that instills discipline and accountability. Cook operated a pro-style offense there, with heavy on-the-line responsibility to set the protections, made checks at the line and went through complete progressions. He's viewed as a confident, battle-tested thrower with upside, but Cook also had some head-scratching moments where his mechanics escaped him and his accuracy (even on short passes) waned.
Scouts also were forced to dig deeper on his character, personality, leadership and ability to play well with others when he was not named a team captain — usually an automatic for a four-year starter at quarterback — prior to his senior season. Cook also skipped the Senior Bowl, which was viewed as a bad decision in the scouting community. However, he turned in a solid performances at the NFL scouting combine and at MSU's pro day (even proving there with an extended throwing session that his late-season shoulder injury was a non-issue) to help offset things a bit.
45. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard
5-10, 194 pounds
The skinny: Small, productive, savvy and smooth playmaker who showed he can take over games (watch the fourth quarter and overtime against Tennessee) and also be taken out against top corners (playoff semifinal against Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander when they matched up). Shepard was the go-to guy in the passing game in one of the most explosive offenses in college football and has only padded his stock with a strong postseason. After a good week at the Senior Bowl, Shepard put up solid numbers at the NFL scouting combine (including an eye-opening 20 bench-press reps) and stood out running routes at his pro day.
46. Arkansas TE Hunter Henry
6-5, 250 pounds
The skinny: Seam-stretching tight end who took advantage of the Hogs’ expanded passing attack in 2015 and worked the middle of the field effectively. Henry is a gifted and fluid athlete and has a frame that could handle more strength and bulk without him losing a step. His decision not to compete in the full spate of drills at the scouting combine irritates NFL talent evaluators after declaring early for the draft. But Henry helped stanch that a bit with a strong pro day performance, headlined by a 4.67 40 (which would have been second among TEs in Indy) and good positional work.
47. Texas Tech OL Le'Raven Clark
6-5, 316 pounds
The skinny: One of the more debated prospects in the scouting community, Clark has tremendous upside with his massive frame, experience against good pass rushers at left tackle, quick and light feet and incredible reach. At 6-5 with 36-inch arms and nearly 12-inch hands, Clark gives new meaning to the word "wingspan." Clark rebounded from a bad bowl game to have a good week at the Senior Bowl (he seemed to be the lone guy who could block Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence in practices) and a solid pro day workout despite a sore hamstring.
48. Florida DT-DE Jonathan Bullard
6-3, 285 pounds
The skinny: Bullard kept up the tradition of talented Gators defensive linemen the past few seasons, playing at multiple spots and winning the majority of his battles. He might not be the edge rusher that Dante Fowler Jr. was or the interior penetrator that Dominique Easley was. But Bullard is known as one of the premier run-stuffing linemen in college football.
49. Indiana OT Jason Spriggs
6-6, 301 pounds
The skinny: After leaving the combine, Spriggs’ stock was never higher. He turned in a good Senior Bowl week after starting 48 career games and making strides in his game each season. In 13 games this past season, he was credited with allowing only two sacks on 475 pass attempts and committed only three accepted penalties all season.
50. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller
6-1, 201 pounds
The skinny: After a thrilling season opener against Virginia Tech (three catches, 79 yards, TD; five rushes, 61 yards, TD) that had some whispering Heisman after one week, Miller faded to the background a bit in the Buckeyes’ loaded offense. But the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year quarterback looked like a polished receiver and dangerous playmaker again at the Senior Bowl practices, and he built on a good (not great) combine with a 4.41 40-yard dash at his pro day.
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