As we get closer to the NFL Draft, it’s critical that fans and media alike find ways to aggregate the mountains of information they have and concisely explain what we need to know about the top prospects about to enter the NFL. In the interest of doing so, I’ve compiled one sentence scouting reports on the Top 40 players as determined by CBS’ draft rankings—among the best in the industry.

 

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina – He’s great, but he’s no Julius Peppers
  2. Greg Robinson, OT Auburn – He’s great, but he’s no Orlando Pace
  3. Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo – He’s great, but he’s no Lawrence Taylor
  4. Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson - He’s great, but he’s no Wes Chandler
  5. Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M - He’s great, but he’s no Ron Yary
  6. Blake Bortles, QB Central Florida - He’s great, but he’s no John Elway
  7. Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M – He’s great, but he’s no Joe Namath
  8. Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan - He’s great, but he’s no Tony Mandarich
  9. Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M - He’s great, but he’s no Calvin Johnson
  10. Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State - He’s great, but he’s no Deion Sanders
  11. Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina - He’s great, but he’s no Vernon Davis
  12. Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA - He’s great, but he’s no Chris Doleman
  13. Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh - He’s great, but he’s no Ndamukong Suh
  14. Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State - He’s great, but he’s no Charles Woodson
  15. Teddy Bridgewater, QB  Louisville – He’s actually very good and we shouldn’t go out of our way to unnecessarily diminish that
  16. Zack Martin, OG Notre Dame - He’s great, but he’s no John Hannah
  17. Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS Alabama - He’s great, but he’s no Sean Taylor
  18. Odell Beckham Jr., WR  LSU - He’s great, but he’s no Johnny Jones
  19. Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State - He’s great, but he’s no Dan Wilkinson
  20. Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State - He’s great, but he’s no Don Hutson
  21. Calvin Pryor, FS Louisville - He’s great, but he’s no Bennie Blades
  22. C.J. Mosley, ILB Alabama - He’s great, but he’s no Tom Cousineau
  23. Ryan Shazier, OLB Ohio State - He’s great, but he’s no Junior Seau
  24. Dee Ford, DE Auburn - He’s great, but he’s no Simeon Rice
  25. Louis Nix, DT Notre Dame - He’s great, but he’s no Joe Greene
  26. Derek Carr, QB Fresno State  - He’s great, but he’s no Jim Kelly
  27. Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech - He’s great, but he’s no Patrick Peterson
  28. Marqise Lee, WR USC - He’s great, but he’s no Keyshawn Johnson
  29. Jason Verrett, CB TCU  - He’s great, but he’s no Shawn Springs
  30. Allen Robinson, WR Penn State  - He’s great, but he’s no Charles Rogers
  31. Tom Savage, QB Pittsburgh – He does not deserve to be here, by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. Why is he here?
  32. Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State - He’s great, but he’s no Terence Newman
  33. RaShede Hageman, DT Minnesota - He’s great, but he’s no Cortez Kennedy
  34. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama  - He’s great, but he’s no D’Brickashaw Ferguson
  35. Kony Ealy, DE Missouri - He’s great, but he’s no Bubba Smith
  36. Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG UCLA - He’s great, but he’s no Bill Fralic
  37. Morgan Moses OT Virginia - He’s great, but he’s no Jake Long
  38. Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech - He’s great, but he’s no Kellen Winslow Jr.
  39. Donte Moncrief WR, Ole Miss – He’s great, but he’s no Desmond Howard
  40. Stephon Tuitt, DT Notre Dame - He’s great, but he’s no Ray Childress

It should be noted there are also no Bo Jacksons, Bronko Nagurskis, Jim Thorpes or Chuck Bednariks. It truly is one of the weakest drafts in NFL history. Prospects that just missed the cut were no Tony Bosellis, Eric Dickersons, Aundray Bruces or Bruce Smiths.