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2016 NFL Draft player rankings: Houtz's Top 5 prospects by position

The NFL Draft is five weeks away, so it is time to build a top five list by position.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is the next big event on the NFL calendar, with teams solidifying their big boards for the first round of the selection process, five weeks from tonight. That means it is time to build our own top five list by position, looking at the top prospects across the college football ranks. Over the next few weeks, as we continue to develop and refine this list, we will expand on these rankings, giving a little more insight into the player and the position grouping.

You can check out all of our draft prospect scouting reports by clicking the following link, or checking out the hub pinned into the cover on the front page of the site: "2016 Miami Dolphins Draft Prospects Scouting Reports"


  1. Jared Goff, California
  2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  3. Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  4. Connor Cook, Michigan State
  5. Cardale Jones, Ohio State

Running Backs

  1. Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State
  2. Derrick Henry, Alabama
  3. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
  4. CJ Prosise, Notre Dame
  5. Paul Perkins, UCLA

Wide Receivers

  1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  2. Corey Coleman, Baylor
  3. Josh Doctson, TCU
  4. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
  5. Michael Thomas, Ohio State

Tight Ends

  1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas
  2. Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  3. Austin Hopper, Stanford
  4. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina
  5. Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky


  1. Ryan Kelly, Alabama
  2. Nick Martin, Notre Dame
  3. Max Tuerk, USC
  4. Jack Allen, Michigan State
  5. Graham Glasgow, Michigan


  1. Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
  2. Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  3. Vadal Alexander, LSU
  4. Christian Westerman, Arizona State
  5. Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

Offensive Tackles

  1. Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  2. Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  3. Jack Conklin, Michigan State
  4. Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  5. Jason Spriggs, Indiana

Defensive Tackles

  1. Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
  2. A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
  3. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
  4. Andrew Billings, Baylor
  5. Jarran Reed, Alabama

Defensive Ends

  1. Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  2. DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  3. Shaw Lawson, Clemson
  4. Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
  5. Kevin Dodd, Clemson

Inside Linebackers

  1. Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  2. Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
  3. Tyler Matakevich, Temple
  4. Nick Vigil, Utah State
  5. Scooby Wright, Arizona

Outside Linebackers

  1. Myles Jack, UCLA
  2. Darron Lee, Ohio State
  3. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
  4. Leonard Floyd, Georgia
  5. Su'a Cravens, USC


  1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
  3. William Jackson, Houston
  4. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
  5. Eli Apple, Ohio State


  1. Vonn Bell, Ohio State
  2. Karl Joseph, West Virginia
  3. Keanu Neal, Florida
  4. Jeremy Cash, Duke
  5. Darian Thompson, Boise State