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Broaddus: Ranking The Top 50 Prospects In This Year's NFL Draft Class

IRVING, Texas – Having spent four months researching draft prospects, it's finally down to draft week.

We've covered just about every angle possible in trying to determine the Cowboys' options in the 2015 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in Chicago. Up until the picks start happening, it's a tough task to predict what actually happens.

This isn't about predicting the future, though. Having studied tape of 225 prospects for this draft, this is my projection of this year's 50 best prospects. That's not to say they'll be drafted in that order, but this is how I'm ranking the elite players for 2015 heading into Thursday night.

1. Leonard WilliamsDTUSCSee a lot of Gerald McCoy in this player
2. Dante FowlerDEFloridaBelieve he is a better player than Anthony Barr '14.
3. Todd GurleyRBGeorgiaOne of those backs that never comes off the field.
4. Amari CooperWRAlabamaSmooth and reliable. Makes plays down after down.
5. Trey WaynesCBMichigan StateReceivers have a hard time getting away from him.
6. DeVante ParkerWRLouisvilleHas some Dez Bryant to him in the open field.
7. Kevin JohnsonCBWake ForestLove his length. Can deny the ball. Stays in position.
8. Kevin WhiteWRWest VirginiaSize with the ability to adjust. Tough in the air.
9. Brandon ScherffOGIowaMuch better run blocker than pass. See him at guard.
10. Bud DupreeDEKentuckyIs a fit in a 4-3 or 3-4. Would play as a left end here.
11. Jameis WinstonQBFlorida StateNo questions about his leadership and physical traits.
12. Byron JonesCBConnecticutCan really cover some ground in coverage. Physical.
13. Marcus MariotaQBOregonAccurate but lacks arm to make all the throws.
14. Marcus PetersCBWashingtonPlays with a chip on his shoulder. Outstanding in man.
15. Vic BeasleyDEClemsonMight be better suited as a 3-4 OLB. Can really rush.
16. T.J. ClemmingsOTPittsburghAthletic enough to play either side. Works hard to finish.
17. La'el CollinsOTLSUIs not the prettiest blocker but effective. Might be a guard?
18. Danny SheltonDTWashingtonIs a load to handle inside. Strong. Active down line.
19. Tevin ColemanRBIndianaOne of the most complete backs in the draft.
20. Carl DavisDTIowaPlayed as both a nose and under-tackle in Iowa's scheme.
21. Shane RayDEMissouriExplosive first step quickness. Can capture the edge.
22. Duke JohnsonRBMiamiGreat scheme fit. Does a great job of avoiding tacklers.
23. Melvin GordonRBWisconsinCan run himself out of tight spots. Breaks tackles.
24. Erick FlowersOTMiamiMauler-Brawler. Works hard to finish blocks. Right tackle.
25. Dorial Green-BeckhamWROklahomaSmooth athlete that plays effortlessly. Big time size.
26. Eric KendricksILBUCLAIs a sideline-to-sideline player in every sense of the word.
27. P.J. WilliamsCBFlorida StateHas the length and the movement skills to shut down receivers.
28. Bernardrick McKinneyILBMississippi StateThumper as a MIKE. Could put his hand down a rush on 3rd down
29. Randy GregoryDENebraskaTalented but off field questions now hang over head.
30. D.J. HumphriesOTFloridaBig man that is very light on his feet. Good in space.
31. Malcom BrownDTTexasHave seen him be a dominating player but also get dominated.
32. Shaq ThompsonOLBWashingtonCan really run. Outstanding at creating turnovers. Can cover.
33. Jalen CollinsCBLSUCan play on either side of the field and the slot as well.
34. Nelson AgholorWRUSCSmooth route runner. Catches the ball well in his hands.
35. Maxx WilliamsTEMinnesotaPlays all over the formation. Mismatch player. Hard to cover.
36. Phillip DorsettWRMiamiCan really fly - plays to his timed speed in the 40.
37. Cedric OgbuehiOTTexas A&MSize and feet. Lacks some power now but has a chance to be great.
38. Cameron ErvingCFlorida StateBest Center in the Draft. Could play Tackle as well. Smart.
39. Andus PeatOTStanfordGets away from the line well in pass protection.
40. Breshad PerrimanWRCentral FloridaNice when he can run inside routes. Can adjust down field.
41. Damarious RandallSArizona StateCowboys sent a coach to work him out - a true free safety here.
42. Jalen StrongWRArizona StateNot afraid to give up body to make a play. Great in the air.
43. Ronald DarbyCBFlorida StateHas the speed and quickness to run with anyone. Physical at line.
44. Eddie GoldmanDTFlorida StateDoes a really nice job at holding the point of attack. Can push.
45. A.J. CannOGSouth CarolinaPowerful man that can get some push. Hard to move him.
46. Landon CollinsSAlabamaI would consider him as strong safety only. Could be an OLB?
47. Clive WalfordTEMiamiPosition blocker and good at it. Can make plays down the field.
48. Eli HaroldDEVirginiaIs bigger in person than he looks on tape. Sharpens the edge.
49. Jay AjayiRBBoise StateCan run the ball inside or out. Needs to become a better blocker.
50. Davin SmithWROhio StateExplosive down the field player. Makes big plays.
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