There are holes to his game, but aspects of Stephen Hill look a lot like a certain other wide receiver from Georgia Tech. Photo courtesy Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Yesterday we covered the top 15 draft prospects on the big board. Today, we move on to 16-30, but there is a quick recap of the top 15 below.

Again, the Big Board is a ranking of the best NFL prospects PERIOD. It doesn’t care about who will go higher in the draft or which player a team likes over another. It is simply a projection of potential and talent. Now, let’s continue with the Big Board….

A recap of the Top 15…

Photo courtesy Christian Petersen/Getty Images1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
He’s a potential Peyton Manning with 1,000 times more athleticism.

2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
A game changer, a play maker, and an excellent prospect. His ceiling has “HOF” on it.

3. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Prototypical blindside tackle. Best prospect at position in maybe half a decade.

4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Tough, powerful runner that also has speed in the open. Potential feature back.

5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Calvin Johnson-like talent, but there are red flags with his character.

6. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Best CB in the draft no matter what the Wonderlic test says about him.

7. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
A tough, cerebral run stopper. Can be a Pro-Bowl interior linebacker for years.

8. Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina
Versatile defender. Doesn’t have Quinton Coples ceiling, but doesn’t have many risks, either.

9. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Strong tackle who excels at sealing the edge. Has perennial all-star potential.

10. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Not as fast as Blackmon, but bigger and stronger. Should be a jump ball savant in the NFL.

11. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
High risk/high reward prospect. Could be a Hall of Famer, could be a total bust.

12.  Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
His size and strength are more than adequate. His speed is even better.

13. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Best DT in the draft. Real claim to fame will be as a monster pass rusher.

14. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Polished, NFL-ready prospect. Some question to just how fast he can be.

15. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Best Guard in the class. His draft stock will sell his talents short.

Now Continuing On: 16-30 on the Big Board

16. Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
Mercilus is an interesting story. His junior year for the Illini really is the sole reason he is now comfortably in the first round discussion which, naturally, will lead some to question his consistency. At times he certainly looked inconsistent during his college career but seems to have subdued critics with his performance at the Combine. For now, it appears Mercilus’ game is for real.

17.  Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Hightower is a linebacker with a skill set that could make him a household name. He’s big, strong, and excels at the pass rush. His pass coverage leaves something to be desired but his instincts for hunting down ball carriers is one of the most lethal tools he possesses. He could fit in just fine in a 4-3 scheme, but could play all over the place in a 3-4, making him more enticing as a rookie looking to gain experience.

18. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Simply put, Brockers is nothing short of a physical specimen at defensive tackle. He has a large frame on which all 322 pounds of him hangs and an impressive wingspan to boot. If anything, Brockers is a little undersized for a tackle and may be more suited as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. The tools and size are there, but his lack of in-game experience in college is a bit of a concern. He could be an elite player one day, but there will be growing pains.

19. Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia
Glenn is kind of like the universal adapter of offensive linemen in this year’s draft. He has an impressive combination of speed and strength that is surprisingly uncommon amongst many of the NFL’s starting lineman. In terms of run versus pass blocking, his strength is EASILY the former but there aren’t any glaring holes to his game. Best yet, his skill set means he can play guard or tackle on EITHER side of the line. Being able to play four out of five line positions means someone is going to take Glenn sooner rather than later.

20. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
There are a number of well-groomed, NFL-ready corners in this year’s draft, but what separate Gilmore from the rest of the pack is his unique combination of size and speed. At 6 feet and some change, Gilmore will be faster than most of his colleagues that are eye-level with him. Where Gilmore can be slow is with his decision making. At times, he appears overwhelmed which is an enormous red flag for anyone hoping he can be a shutdown corner. Still, there’s plenty Gilmore can do for an NFL team.

21. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron is just about the only safety in this year’s draft with a good chance of getting drafted in the first round. With impressive attributes to his game both in covering the pass and coming up to stop the run, there’s a lot to Barron’s skills that make him look like your ideal, versatile safety. He can dole out punishment just as easily as he can play “center field” as a ball hawk. The one downside here is his struggles in man coverage.

22. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
It’ll be interesting to see if anyone takes a chance on Jenkins in the first round. His game leaves little to be desired as he is already one of the fastest, better tackling corners in the draft. But with two marijuana arrests and multiple fights including an on-field brawl will have just about everyone questioning his character. Will he be the next Asante Samuel or ‘Pacman’ Jones? That is the real question here.

23. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Poe wowed everyone at the combine as he churned out one impressive performance after another. But Poe really failed to stand out at a less-than-competitive school in Memphis which will lead some to question if Poe is just another “workout wonder”. At 6’4″ and just under 350 pounds, Poe can fit right in in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme (as your sole Nose Tackle), but there’s no guarantee he will get results in either system. The risk/reward factor is very high here and, if drafted too early in the first round, the “bust watch” may be on.

24. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
I may be a little higher on Hill than some other people, but there is a lot to like here. His explosiveness and speed left countless scouts double checking the batteries in their stopwatches and, when you combine that with his 6’5″ frame, there’s is a lot to get excited about here. At Tech, Hill was an extremely poor route runner, but he has shown marked improvement in that area since the season ended. He’s too raw as of right now, but with the right coaching staff, Hill could become an absolute stud at wide out.

25. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Adams could be a franchise left tackle somewhere down the road, but it’s going to take plenty of grooming by a talented staff. His 323 pounds look surprisingly lean on his 6’7″ body and his superior footwork helps compliment his underrated athleticism. But there are plenty of questions here. On game film, he’s inconsistent. On the field, he doesn’t give it all on every play. Off the field, he can be a troublemaker. Everything is physically there with Adams, now he just needs to grow up a little and become the starting tackle he was born to be.

26. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Wright is your prototypical “burn” receiver. He’s small, agile, and lightning fast. That is, until the combine when he turned in a rather poor performance. Most scouts will probably give him the benefit of the doubt there, but there’s no denying he will get bullied by the more physical corners in the game and often be taken off his route. Wright’s ideal place in the NFL will be as a valuable slot receiver not to be overlooked.

27. Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama
When looking at Upshaw in uniform, the one thing people will notice is that he looks a bit “stocky” as a linebacker. And when they see his lack of speed and explosiveness, they may write him off completely. But Upshaw is a fundamentally sound defender that knows how to use his undersized body to get penetration on the pass rush. He might have a less-than-ideal ceiling, but he is a polished, NFL-ready defender that will make an impact immediately at the next level.

28. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
There’s no denying that Wilson is pure lightning in a 5’10” bottle. He isn’t just fast, he accelerates effortlessly and can stop and start on a dime. He will beat his fair share of defenders to the corner at the next level. And it’s a good thing, too, because Wilson will lose every time he tries to lower his pads and lean in to someone. When he does get hit, there are fumble issues, too. Wilson’s future in the NFL is undoubtedly as a change-of-pace back, but Darren Sproles has proven just how valuable that can be.

29. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Anyone who is judging Weeden too harshly for being 28 is making a huge mistake. What he lacks in youth he more than makes up for in maturity and poise. Weeden has superb pocket presence as he almost always keeps his eyes downfield and isn’t afraid of pressure with the pocket collapsing around him. You almost have to judge Weeden as a free agent Matt Flynn-type rather than a rookie. He has limited upside with his age but could be an adequate starter for someone NEXT season. Outside of Luck and RG3, he is really the only other quarterback in this class that can say that.

30. Andre Branch, DE/LB, Clemson
Branch is a surprisingly quick pass rusher with fluid and violent moves. He won’t get as much attention as some other players at the position for his lack of developed talent, but he has looked better and better every time he hits the field. What does that mean? It means this kid may have a very, very high ceiling. He’s a bit of a project right now, but there’s the potential for there to be MULTIPLE Pro Bowl appearances in his future.

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