On the offencive side, basically the following players look the best for sake of long-term and feature potential so far in my opinion.
On the offencive side, the draft is thin at QB and WR, average at RB, and arguably the best ever at OL.
Some of these players not listed who are drafted and signed of course won't make it to the season. Some of these quarterbacks who are about 6-2 or less requiring development will ride pine for several seasons or just be cut.
Have a look and fire away with constructive feedback.
Check out the NFL combine information:http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers
Note: All listed in order of my opinion for their prospects except the OLs.
QB: Note however these guys did not throw as apparently are not most QBs.
Spiller, Best, Hardesty, McKnight
WR: Not many guys who are at least 6-2 and over 200 with hops and hands a la the prototype Michael Irvin set back in the 1990s. As such, few make it as far as the likes of Steve Smith, Santonio Holmes, Laveraneus Coles, and Santana Moss and end up just on special teams.
Dickson, Harbor, Graham
OL: No particular order
Petrus, Okung, Hawley, Olsen, Campbell, Washington, Lauvao
Note that any more the NFL has a dominant preference for quarterback height of about 6-3 or taller, with a solid throwing motion with a quick release from a ball held high off the snap all the same, due to the improved angles and throwing lanes. For another time I could even cite many an NFL quarterback with a somewhat inferior arm but a height of 6-5 or more getting the nod over the "shorter" guy, especially as is the case on the few ball control offences.
Consider that the height of most linemen any more is at least 6-3 plus for many of the defencive linemen and linebackers in blitz have some outstanding leaping ability. Even a slight improvement in angle for an extra inch or two makes a world of difference in the speedy NFL.
Of those of that group of shorter quarterbacks who have good feet and mobility more suited spread offences, it will be interesting to hear the names pop up later for the CFL where I think many of these guys would be better suited for development than in the NFL in the first place. Now if only they had contracts in the CFL requiring them to stay longer for such investment and development of those who can cut it. :cowboy: