2016 NFL Draft Big Board: Post Week 1 Update

6 of 9

Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes halfback Noah Brown (80) runs with the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland (19) in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

16. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

Lawson is still working his way back from a knee injury, but has already shown his potential. He’s a true defensive end prospect who features the length, size and bulk to play on the line of scrimmage. Lawson uses his length and quickness to generate solid pressure on the quarterback.

While he still needs to develop more pass-rush moves, he already shows different techniques including a speed and power attack. His explosive first step is probably his most important skills because it helps him gain the edge or shoot the gap.

Lawson is a two-way play thanks to his willingness to support the run. He does a good job gaining inside hands, extending his arms and disengaging to make plays away from his frame. Setting the edge is another part of his game that stands out.

In-depth Carl Lawson Scouting Report

15. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Ragland is a thumper who routinely delivers big hits at the line of scrimmage. He features a good feel for the game and quickly deciphers post-snap information. His solid frame plays a role in his ability to play around the line of scrimmage and take on blockers.

He isn’t a top-notch pass defender, but he also isn’t a liability. Ragland does a good job playing with balance, keeping his head on a swivel and using his short-area burst to click and close on the football.

14. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

A’Shawn Robinson and Austin Johnson are the top two run defenders in this draft class. Robinson gets the edge on Johnson because he offers more versatility. His ability to line up at defensive tackle or as a 5-technique means Robinson will be a fit more most NFL teams.

Robinson is a load to move off the line of scrimmage using his natural power and size to anchor after contact. He is a real asset to the linebacking corps because he occupy blockers and allows them to freely flow to the football. His flashes of quickness around the edge gives the potential to develop as a pass rusher.

13. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

Oakman is an impressive physical specimen who is just starting to realize his potential. His upside as a pass-rusher is through the roof thanks to his combination of length and athleticism. It’s tough to keep Oakman out of the backfield because he’s able to explode around the edge and use his hands to keep blockers off his frame.

The issue is Oakman needs to be a more consistent player. He tends to disappear for long stretches which shouldn’t happen with someone of his talent level. However, there are always coaches and organizations willing to take a risk on explosive athletes with pass-rush potential.

Next: No. 12 to No. 9