NFL Draft Teams With 2016 “A” and “B” Draft Ratings. By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Second Tier Teams in the NFL Draft with a “B+” Rating, Included  The Bears, Lions, Packers, and Jaguars.  Then with a “B” Rating, included The Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Raiders, and Bucs. And Finally, Three Teams with a
“B-” Rating, included The Broncos, Saints, and Seahawks!

By Super Scout Max Emfinger

There was a Time in my Life that I would spend 16 to 18 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week, Watching Film and Evaluating College Football Players and then Rate and Rank them for the NFL Draft. Also, in 1983, I was the First High School Football Recruiting Service Scout to Rate and Rank the College Football Teams after National Signing Day.

When I was a Talent Scout with the Dallas Cowboys, The Ideal Situation for us, was to always have all of the Players Rated on our Big Draft Board in Order by Position; but also to have all of the Players rated in Order, Irregardless of Position. That way, we would always know who to Draft: Either The Highest Rated Player at his Position or the Highest Rated Player on the Board.

I love Evaluating Players and I Spent Six Weeks watching the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine Measurable Videos and Highlight Film and I really have gotten to know about Three or Four Hundred College Football Players in this Draft and then based on their MEARS RATING SYSTEM, that I Founded in 1979 after I left the Cowboys, I Selected my Top 275 Players for this NFL Draft. Then after this Draft, I Spent another Two Weeks in Color-Coding, by Draft Round, my Top 275 Players. 

The MEARS RATING SYSTEM, or a similar type Rating System, is very important for the NFL Scouts, and the NFL Scouting Combine is the first time that Really “Accurate Measurables” are recorded on College Players at the Scouting Combine, just before the NFL Draft. It’s easy to say someone can run a 4.4 or 4.3 Forty, but before an Accurate Hand-Held Timing by a Professional Talent Scout or either by a slower, but Accurate Laser Timing is done, most Forty Times are less than AccurateTechnique is also very important, and that is why College Football Players, before their Annual NFL Scouting Combine and before entering the NFL Draft, will hire a Sports Trainer to train them and teach them how to do a proper Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, and a Standing Broad Jump.

SCOUTING NOTE I : If the Player did run two Forties at the NFL Scouting Combine, I averaged both of those Two Forties with their best Forty on Record. If they did not run the Forty at the Combine, I averaged both of his best two Forties on Record. On all of their Speed Measurables, if they did not run at the Scouting Combine, that Measurable would be Updated by April 1.

SCOUTING NOTE II: All Measurables that were Improved on Pro Day (PD) are Listed in Blue and with their NEW MEARS RATING, the Player was moved up with  his NEW MEARS RATING. 

SCOUTING NOTE III: The 2016 NFL Draft Class might be one of the Most Incredible and Most Talented Classes in Recent Years. Out of the Top 35 Players, there were at least Five Players, and maybe Six Players including FS Jalen Ramsey, OLB Myles Jack, OT Laremy Tunsil, DE Joey Bosa, DE DeForest Buckner, and possibly RB Ezekiel Elliott who could have been the First Selection in the Draft. And then also the Two Great Quarterbacks: Jared Goft and Carson Wentz.

SCOUTING NOTE IV: Don’t get Confused with the Colors. If your Favorite NFL Team Drafted a Great Player with Great Measurables, you will be able to see what Round they got him in, but there were a lot of Draft Picks that were Very Difficult to Understand in the Draft Round that they Drafted him.

#1 Draft Choices – GOLD
#2 & #3 Draft Choices – BLUE
#4 & #5 Draft Choices – RED
#6 & #7 Draft Choices – GREEN

SCOUTING NOTE V:  The Reason that all of the Players are Rated and Ranked, Before the Draft, is because each NFL Team should want to be able to Select and Draft the Very Best Player on their NFL Draft Board. This obviously sounds like a “Real No-Brainer” for all of the NFL Teams, but to my Shocking Discovery, many of the NFL Teams do not Draft the Very Best Player, Irregardless of Position, on their Big Draft Board. Some NFL Teams say that they Draft the Very Best Player, but they don’t, and their Draft Grades give us Proof that they  do not Draft the Best Player on their Draft Board in each Round of the Draft.

When an NFL Team Drafts an Offensive Skill Player, like a Wide Receiver or Running Back who can not even run a 4.6 Forty or a Defensive Player like a Linebacker who can not even run a 4.7 Forty or a Defensive Back who can not even run a 4.6 Forty, you have to wonder what kind of Standards those NFL Teams have Set to Evaluate their NFL Prospects. There was a Stretch on the Third Day of the Draft, in the #4 Round Picks, that there were three Straight Selections of Players that I had virtually Never Heard Of or that Player did Extremely Poorly in their Measurables at the  Scouting Combine and was Rated Extremely Poor.

SCOUTING NOTE VI:  In Rating and Ranking the 2016 NFL Draft Classes, I took the Top Five or Top Six Draftees in each NFL Draft Class.


SPECIAL NOTE I: Out of the 32 NFL Teams, there were only Five Teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati BengalsDallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins that Drafted Three Six-Rated Players and  of the Five, the Ravens were also the only Team to have Five, Five-Rated Players.


6 OT Ronnie Stanley     6-6 312 5.13 30 4.69 106 24 ND PD 2,454 Ravens #1, #6
LB Kamalei Correa 6-3 248 4.62 34 4.15 117 21 Boise PD 2,423 Ravens #2, #42
RB Kenneth Dixon        5-10 215 4.43 37.5 4.28 121 18 LAT 2,422 Ravens #4,#134
DE Matt Judon    6-3 275 4.64 35 4.52 109 30 Grand Val St 2,355 Ravens #5#146
DE Bronson Kaufusi        6-6 285 4.76 30 4.25 111 25 BYU 2,355 Ravens #3,#70
CB Tavon Young      5-10 187 4.33 34.5 3.93 121 13 Temple 2,339 Ravens #4,#104
DT Willie Henry           6-3 303 4.95 30.5 4.53 110 28 Mich 2,336 Ravens #4,#132
CB Maurice Canady      6-1 193 4.44 38 4.09 124 16 UVA 2,322 Ravens #6,#209
WR Chris Moore       6-1 206 4.43 37 4.2 130 10 Cincinnati 2,282 Ravens #4,#107

Ronnie Stanley (#78 in Photo) was on Three State Championships in Football and one State Championship in Basketball in Nevada before going to Notre Dame. So Stanley was a Huge Winner Coming out of High School.

Stanley played sparingly as a True Freshman before taking a Medical Red-Shirt Year with an Elbow Injury in 2012. Then Stanley Started all 13 Games during his 2013 Red-Shirt Freshman Season, and he was part of an Offensive Line that allowed only Eight Sacks. In 2014, Stanley replaced the Outstanding Left Offensive Tackle Zack Martin, who later became a #1 Draft Choice. Stanley ended that 2014 Season, starting all 13 Games and recorded 16 Knockdown Blocks, and ending with a similar type season that Martin had before being a #1 Draft Choice of the Dallas Cowboys. Stanley also only gave-up one Sack in 2014 and then was Selected as the Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year award.

In 2015, his Red-Shirt Junior Season, Stanley was not as Outstanding as in 2014 as he allowed Three Sacks. Nevertheless, Stanley elevated his game by Improving his Overall Technique, by keeping his hands inside his frame, as well as, showing improvement in change of direction movement. Stanley also Showed a Great improvement in each and every single game throughout the year.

Stanley showed his Great Foot Quickness and Great Athleticism at the Scouting Combine, and in Drills at Notre Dame Pro Day, but his Measurables were not as good as anticipated by the NFL Scouts. The NFL Scouts, however, were impressed with his  36-Inch Arms, a nearly 11-Inch Hands, and a Massive Frame. Stanley also impressed NFL Scouts with his Intelligence.


6 RB Derrick Henry          6-3 247 4.53 37 4.38 130 22 Alabama 2,504 Titans #2,#45
OT Jack Conklin               6-6 308 4.95 30 4.57 103 25 Mich St 2,461 Titans #1, #8
DT Kevin Dodd  6-5 277 4.8 30.5 4.44 110 22 Clemson PD 2,404 Titans #2, 33
SS Kevin Byard    5-11 212 4.43 38 4.15 108 22 Mid Tn PD 2,394 Titans #3,#64
DT Austin Johnson    6-4 314 5.18 26 4.75 104 25 Penn St 2,380 Titans #2,#43
LB Aaron Wallace        6-2 242 4.44 36 4.09 130 25 UCLA 2,354 Titans #7,#222
CB Leshawn Sims     6-0 203 4.44 37 4.19 123 11 So Utah PD 2,271 Titans #5,#157
CB Kalan Reed         5-11 192 4.45 41.5 4.17 122 S Miss PD 2,264 Titans #7,#253

Derrick Henry (#2 in Photo) was the Heisman Trophy Award Winner and he was Sensational at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine as he “Put-Up” some Incredible Measurables for a Running Back, including a 37-Inch Vertical Jump and a 130-Inch Standing Broad Jump. And this was while Weighing-In at 247-Pounds.

Henry also joined WR Corey Coleman of Baylor, WR Josh Doctson of TCU, QB Jared Goff of California, and RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State in making my 2015 Weekly All-Backfield of the Week with Three Selections Apiece.

Henry is a Freak at Running Back and he has Good Hands. Henry was a “Steal” for the Titans in the Second Round. It is still hard to believe that he would not be Drafted by some NFL Team in the First Round and with his Incredible Measurables for a Player at his Position. Henry would be the “Perfect Running Back” for a Power-Run Oriented Offense, but not every NFL Team needed a Running Back and was  looking for a Running Back.


6 NG Andrew Billings 6-1 311 4.92 27.5 4.78 113 31 BU PD 2,477 Bengals #4, #122
CB William Jackson               6-0 189 4.3 38 4.2 116 10 UH 2,413 Bengals #1 #24
SS Clay Fejedelem   6-0 204 4.5 40.5 4.3 121 20 Ill PD 2,423 Bengals #7, #245
5 OG Christian Westerman 6-3 298 5.07 25 4.7 98 34 ASU 2,375 Bengals #5,#161
5 WR Tyler Boyd          6-1 197 4.48 34 4.35 119 11 Pittsburgh 2,304 Bengals #2,#56
DE Nick Virgil      6-2 239 4.57 31.5 4.0 115 Utah State PD 2,263 Bengals #3,#87
WR Cody Core 6-3 205 4.37 37.5 4.24 119 14 Ole Miss PD 2,255 Bengals #6,#199

Andrew Billings is an Incredible Physical Specimen from Waco, Texas. He  became a full-time starting Nose Tackle in 2014 as a Super Sophomore and he finished third on the team with 11.5 Tackles for a Loss. He then finished his Junior Season in 2015 with a team-high 15 Tackles for a Loss and 5.5 Quarterback Sacks to go with 40 tackles.   

With only Three Years at Baylor, Billings still recorded some Incredible Stats, considering the fact that the Bears were so Dominant in the First Half, Billings rarely played in the Second Half. With this in mind, Billings still Ranked Ninth in Career Tackles for a Loss with 30 Tackles for a Minus 112-Yards and Totaled 106 Tackles, including 75 Solo Tackles.

Billings (#75 in Photo) is Incredibly Strong! In High School, he is a Former Record-Breaking Weightlifter who broke a 22-year-old Texas High School State Meet Record with a 2,010-Pound State Meet Record, including an 805-Pound Squat, a 500-Pound Bench Press, and a 705-Pound Dead Lift in 2012. Also in High School, he did a 32-Inch Vertical Jump and a 4.94 FortyBillings has been so Impressive to the NFL Scouts, his NFL Draft Stock has Skyrocketed.

In 2015, Billings was Selected as the Co-Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year and he was also Selected First Team All-American by the Associated Press. He had all of the NFL Scouts Buzzing at the Scouting Combine when he ran Two Forties at 5.05, but when he did 31 Reps on the Bench Press, his NFL Draft Stock went Off the Charts. His 31 Reps was Four Better than the Next Best Defensive Tackle at the Combine. After the Combine, Named Billings as College Football Strongest Player. He then ran an Incredible 4.92 Forty at Baylor Pro Day.


6 RB Ezekiel Elliott 6-0 225 4.42 32.5 4.3 118 25 Ohio State 2,510 Cowboys #1,#4
OLB Jaylon Smith                      6-2 223 4.56  Notre Dame  2,400 Cowboys #2,#34
RB Darius Jackson  6-1 220 4.36 41 4.27 133 E Mi PD 2,465 Cowboys #6 #216
NG Maliek Collins         6-2 311 4.95 29.5 4.52 109 25 Neb 2,367 Cowboys #3,#67
DE Charles Tapper      6-3 271 4.55 34 4.3 119 23 OU PD 2,317 Cowboys #4,#101
CB Anthony Brown    5-11 192 4.33 35 4.19 115 19 Purdue 2,279 Cowboys #6,#189
QB Dak Prescott           6-2 226 4,69 32.5 4.32 116 Miss St 2,262 Cowboys #4,#135

Ezekiel Elliott (#15 in Photo) is a Super Freak at Running Back. In 2014, Elliott Rushed for 1,878-Yards and 18 Touchdowns and also caught 28 Passes. In the 2015 Sugar Bowl, against Alabama, he Rushed for 230-Yards on 20 Carries and then in the 2014 National Championship Game Against Oregon, he Rushed for another 246-Yards and Scored Four Touchdowns.

In 2015, Elliott Rushed for 1,821-Yards and Scored 23 Touchdowns. Elliott is one of the most Impressive Running Backs that I saw play in 2015, along with Derrick Henry of Alabama. Elliott joined WR Corey Coleman of Baylor, WR Josh Doctson of TCU, QB Jared Goff of California, and RB Derrick Henry of Alabama in making my 2015 Weekly All-Backfield of the Week with Three Selections.

Elliott is a Tremendously Gifted Running Back with Unbelievable Speed, Agility, Balance, and Physical Toughness. He is also a Great Receiver, coming out of the backfield, and a Tremendous Blocker, although he will not be Blocking too much in the NFL. Elliott was the #1 Running Back to be Drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft and he will become an Instant Starter for the Cowboys. Not every day, does an NFL Team get the Opportunity to Draft a Running Back like Ezekiel Elliott.


6 WR Josh Doctson          6-2 202 4.43 41 4.08 131 14 TCU 2,445 Redskins #1, #22
RB Keith Marshall  5-11 219 4.31 30.5 4.25 120 25 UGA 2,408 Redskins #7,#242
CB Kendall Fuller                         5-11 187 4.43  Va Tech   2,400 Redskins #3,#84
DT Matt Ioannidis  6-3 299 5.0 28 4.66 113 32 Temp PD 2,333 Redskins #5,#152
ATH Sua Cravens 6-1 226 4.58 30.5 4.24 114 16 USC PD 2,332 Redskins #2,#53
QB Nate Sudfield     6-6 234 4.88 29.5 4.48 111 Ind PD 2,253 Redskins #6,#187

Josh Doctson (#9 in Photo) was another Wide Receiver Freak who started his Collegiate Football Career at Wyoming before Transferring-Back to TCU in his home state of Texas. Upon returning, Doctson immediately became the #1 Go-To Wide Receiver for Heisman Trophy Candidate Trevone Boykin.

As a Junior in 2014, Doctson Caught 65 Balls for 1,018-Yards and 11 Touchdowns. Then as a Senior in 2015, he had an Incredible Season with 79 Catches for 1,337-Yards and 14 Touchdowns and was Selected Consensus All-American. Doctson Matched WR Corey Coleman of Baylor, RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State, RB Derrick Henry of Alabama, and QB Jared Goff of California with Three Games on one of my 2015 Weekly All-Backfield of the Week Award.

Doctson was the 2015 Fred Biletnikoff Award Finalist and finished Second in TCU History in Career Receptions and Career Yards, and he also set the record for Touchdown Receptions, despite starting his career at Wyoming.

At the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, although his was still nursing a Wrist Injury, Doctson really Put-On a Show for the NFL Scouts with some Incredible Speed Measurables. His Best Three Forties Averaged-Out to a 4.43 and he Recorded other Spectacular Speed Measureables with a 41-Inch-Inch Vertical Jump, a 4.08 Pro-Shuttle, and a 131-Inch Standing Broad Jump. Doctson was also Spectacular in the Combine Position Drills. With his Incredible Hands, Tremensous Explosion, and Great Play-Making Ability, I can see Doctson being an almost Instant Starter for the Redskins.

SPECIAL NOTE II: Then there were 4 NFL Teams that Drafted Two Six-Rated Players, Three Five-Rated Players and Two Four-Rated Players including the Chicago BearsJacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions.


6 OLB Leonard Floyd    6-6 244 4.56 39.5 4.32 127 Georgia 2,483 Bears #1, #9
DT Jonathan Bullard        6-3 285 4.86 32 4.56 116 23 Fla 2,400 Bears #3, #72
OG Cody Whitehair      6-4 301 4.97 25.5 4.58 110 16 KSU 2,382 Bears #2,#56
ILB Nick Kwiatkoski     6-2 243 4.64 32 4.22 120 19 W VA 2,375 Bears #4,#113
5 FS D. Hous-Carson      6-1 201 4.47 32.5 4.28 115 13 W&M 2,358 Bears ##6,#185
4 FS Deon Bush              6-0 199 4.54 39.5 4.34 124 17 Miami 2,278 Bears #4,#124
4 RB Jordan Howard  6-0 230 4.55 34 4.34 122 16 Ind PD 2,250 Bears #5, #150

Leonard Floyd played one  year at Hargrave Military Prep School before going to Athens and then he started eight of 13 games in 2013, while being Selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team after recording 9.5 Tackles for a Loss and 6.5 Quarterback Sacks. In 2014, Floyd became the Defensive MVP for the Bulldogs, although he missed the Georgia Bowl Game after having knee surgery.

In 2015, in his final Season with the Bulldogs, Floyd (#84 in Photo) led his team in Quarterback Sacks for the Third Straight Year with 4.5 Sacks and tied for the team lead with 10.5 Tackles for a Loss. Also in 2015, Floyd was Selected to the All-SEC Second Team and he was a Finalist for the Dick Butkus Award.

Floyd is Extremely Rangy and Extremely Athletic. If Unblocked, he has the Unbelievable Playmaking Ability to Chase Down Ball Carriers from Sideline to Sideline and make Big Plays. As a 6-6 Edge Rusher, Floyd is a Real Freak and he is also able to get a Quick Start and Cover a lot of ground on every play.

At the Scouting Combine, Floyd really impressed the NFL Scouts with his Outstanding Speed and Quickness Measurables, including a 39.5-Inch Vertical Jump, 127-Inch Standing Broad Jump, and a 4.32 Pro-Shuttle on Pro-Day.


6 FS Jalen Ramsey                   6-1 209 4.35 41.5 4.18 135 14 FSU 2,525 Jags #1,#5
OLB Myles Jack            6-1 245 4.44 40 4.32 124 19 UCLA PD 2,520 Jags #2,#36
NG Sheldon Day                  6-1 293 4.94 30 4.5 102 26 ND PD 2,340 Jags #4,#103
OLB Ty Holmes        6-2 253 4.55 37.5 4.3 113 28 Mont PD 2,311 Jags #6,#181
DE Yannick Ngakoue            6-2 252 4.67 34.5 4.5 118 26 MD 2,304 Jags #3,#69
QB Brandon Allen               6-1 217 4.74 28 4.33 110 Arkansas 2,284 Jags #6,#201
DE Jonathan Woodard 6-5 271 4.85 34 4.4 117 28 CenArk 2,275 Jags #7,#226

Jalen Ramsey (#8 in Photo) might have been the Very Best Athlete in the 2016 NFL Draft and he was also the Most Versatile Defensive Back in this Class. At the Scouting Combine, Ramsey really “Put-on-a Show” for the NFL Scouts with some Incredible Measurables. His 41.5 Vertical Jump, 4.1 Pro-Schuttle, and 135 Standing Broad Jump had all of the NFL Scouts talking about him and trying to decide whether he was best suited to play Free Safety or Cornerback.

Obviously, with these Fabulous Measurables and the Ability to Line-Up at any Position in the Secondary, his Potential is Totally Off The Charts. His Aggressive Style of Play on the Run is also like having another Linebacker on the Field. Ramsey, with his Incredible Measurables was one of my Top Players in Draft.


6 OT Jason Spriggs       6-6 301 4.94 35 4.44 115 31 Ind PD 2,517 Packers #2,#48
DT Kenny Clark          6-3 314 5.01 28.5 4.62 102 29 UCLA 2,408 Packers #1, #27
 OT Kyle Murphy                         6-6 305 5.12     Stanford      2,350 Packers #6,#200
5 DE Dean Lowry    6-6 296 4.79 32.5 4.38 114 30 N’western 2,312 Packers #4,#137
5 LB Kyler Fackrell 6-5 245 4.62 34.5 4.4 121 16 Utah St PD 2,315 Packers #2,#48
ILB Blake Martinez     6-2 237 4.61 34 4.2 113 22 Stan PD 2,269 Packers #4,#131
WR Trevor Davis   6-1 188 4.32 38.5 4.22 124 11 California 2,256 Packers #5,#163

Jason Spriggs (#78 in Photo) had an Unbelievably Incredible Day at the Scouting Combine with Off-the-Chart Measurables. When an Offensive Tackle runs a 4.94 Forty, does a 35-Inch Vertical Jump, runs a 4.44 Pro-Shuttle, and does 31 Reps in the Bench Press, all of his Measurables got Maximum Points for his Position.

Spriggs was Outstanding in 2015 as he was Selected to the Second Team All-Big Ten Team. The Four-Year Starting Offensive Tackle also was named to the First Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Third-Team All-American  by the Associated Press.

When NFL Scouts start talking about the Great Offensive Tackle Talent in the 2016 NFL Draft, the First Names that Come-Up are Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Taylor Decker, and Jack Conklin. Those Four Offensive Tackles Dominated all of the Mock Drafts by all of the Draft Analysis People, but none of those Four Recorded the “Mind-Boggling” Measurables that Spriggs did at the Combine.

The one Offensive Tackle that is missing from the First Round Conversation is the Fabulous Offensive Left Tackle Jason Spriggs of Indiana who dominated all Big Ten Pass Rushers all season for the Hoosiers. Spriggs Completely Shutdown every single Edge Rusher who was trying to get to his Quarterback. The Indiana Offensive Line was one of the Best in the Country, only allowing 13 Sacks all season. That’s 5th in all of College Football and the adjusted sack rate was Eighth best in 2015.


6 OT Taylor Decker 6-7 310 5.14 29 4.76 101 22 Ohio State PD 2,446 Lions #1, #16
DT Ashawn Robinson     6-4 307 5.1 26 4.74 106 22 Alabama 2,424 Lions #2, #46
OG Joe Dahl            6-4 304 5.15 31 4.77 109 28 Washington St 2,393 Lions#5,#151
SS Miles Killebrew    6-2 217 4.51 38 4.18 127 22 So Utah PD 2,389 Lions #4#111
5 OC Graham Glasgow    6-6 307 5.08 25 4.63 106 Mich PD 2,354 Lions #3,#95
QB Jake Rudock               6-3 207 4.84 29 4.22 111 Michigan 2,259 Lions #6,#191
DE Anthony Zettel           6-4 277 4.75 30.5 4.39 112 28 PSU 2,254 Lions ##6,#202

Taylor Decker was Another Super Specimen Freak. When you look at Decker, the First thing that you notice, is that he is 6-7 or 6-8 and he is always going to be this size and this large in the NFL. With his Long Arms and Athletic Ability with his Wide Base, Decker is going to become a Super Pass Blocker and be able to keep Edge Pass Rushers away from his Quarterback. This certainly is not the case with most Offensive Left Tackles. His Great Length makes him a Super Elite Prospect at his  position and will limit the way that Edge Rushers can come at him. This is the Main Reason that some NFL Teams Invested a First Round Draft Choice to get him.

Decker has started every game over the last three years for the Buckeyes, and he’s played against the best teams in the Country. In Every Game the Buckeyes were on their way to a National Championship and with their huge Bowl Game Victory in 2015 over Notre Dame. In every game, Decker was the Anchor and the Best Offensive Lineman in the Big Ten. Most Linemen could not have accomplished this Feat, but Decker has an Incredible Durability Factor working for him. Decker started 42 Games for the Buckeyes.If you play for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Coach Urban Meyer, you had better be able to push piles in the Running Game.

Not only was Decker (#68 in Photo) a great Run Blocker, but he’s also been part of one of the most Dominant Running Attacks in NCAA Football History over the last three years. In 2015, Decker was the Big 10 Offensive Lineman of the Year and also was a Unanimous All-Big 10 First Team.When you watch the Taylor Decker Highlights, the First Thing that you notice is that Decker actually Manhandles Edge Rushers like a Man playing against Boys as he looks like he is throwing the the 250-Pound Edge Rushers around like a Rag Doll. Decker handles defenders with ease, as he uses his Long Arms and Strong Hands, but his Unbelievable Run Blocking Ability is where Decker Really Excels.

There is Absolutely no question that Decker was going to be a First Round Draft Choice and an Immediate Starter for his NFL Team. When NFL Scouts start talking about the Great Left Offensive Tackle Talent in the 2016 NFL Draft, the First Names that Came-Up were Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Taylor Decker, and Jack Conklin. Those Four Offensive Tackles Dominated all Mock Drafts by all of the Draft Analysis People.

SPECIAL NOTE III: There were Six NFL Teams with Two Six-Rated Players, Three Five-Rated Players, and One Four-Rated Player including the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 


6 DE Shaq Lawson           6-3 269 4.6 33 4.21 120 NA Clem PD 2,458 Bills #1, #19
ILB Reggie Ragland             6-1 247 4.62 31.5 4.28 116 NA Ala 2,404 Bills #2, #41
QB Cardale Jones              6-5 253 4.76 36 4.46 116 Ohio State 2,386 Bills #4,#139
CB Kevon Seymour                5-11 186 4.34 35 4.18 124 12 USC 2,312 Bills #6,#218
DT Adophus Washington     6-3 301 5.06 27 4.79 104 21 OSU 2,301 Bills #3,#80
WR Kolby Lisenbee 6-0 197 4.33 35.5 4.13 129 15 TCU PD 2,269 Bills #6,#192

Shaq Lawson (#90 in Photo) has been a Defensive Freak in every Football Season for his Whole Football Life. He was the #1 Rated Prep School Player and then was a Member of the Freshman All-American Team in 2013. Then in 2015, Lawson became a Super-Star as he recorded 25.5 Tackles for a Loss and 12.5 Quarterback Sacks and was Selected to the All-ACC Team and First Team All-American Team.

Lawson anticipates the snap count and he has Tremendous Quickness and Closing Speed to the Ball Carrier or Quarterback. He is a Difference-Maker and a Complete Defensive End who is a Tremendous Run-Stopper and Edge Rusher. In fact, Lawson was considered to be one of the Top Three or Four Edge Rushers in the Draft, including Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, and Teammate Kevin Dodd.


6 WR Will Fuller                6-0 186 4.26 33.5 4.17 126 10 ND 2,424 Texans #1,#21
OC Nick Martin                    6-4 299 5.14 28 4.72 97 28 ND 2,403 Texans #2, #50
WR Braxton Miller  6-2 210 4.35 35 4.07 123 17 OSU PD 2,386 Texans #3,#85
RB Tyler Ervin  5-10 192 4.37 39 4.2 130 17 San Jose St 2,380 Texans #4,#119
SS K.J. Dillon        6-0 2104.42 38 4.21 121 11 WVA PD 2,325 Texans #5,#159
NG D.J. Reeder        6-3 327 5.22 29.5 4.71 99 30 Clem 2,259 Texans #5,#166

Braxton Miller was the Starting Quarterback until injured and then when he got well, he moved to Wide Receiver. Every NFL Scout knew that Miller was a Great Athlete and they were looking forward to the Scouting Combine to see his Athleticism, but he ran a Disappointing 4.5 Forty. At the Scouting Combine, Miller did run an Incredible 4.07 in the Pro-Shuttle. Then, at the Ohio State Pro Day, Miller ran a Fabulous 4.35 Forty and with this Forty, Miller raised his 2,227 MEARS RATING to a Great 2,386 MEARS RATING.

Much of the College Success of Miller (#1 in Photo) came from playing Quarterback, where he was a Two-Time Big Ten Offensive Player and Quarterback of the Year. Miller set the Ohio State Record after Recording 88 Touchdowns Rushing, Passing, or Pass Receiving which  Ranked him Second in Ohio State History with 8,609-Yards of Total Offense.

Miller missed the 2014 Season with a Shoulder Injury and then made his Unbelievable Debut as a Wide Receiver Against Virginia Tech as he made a 54-Yard Touchdown Catch and a 53-Yard Touchdown Run in the Third Quarter.


6 OC Ryan Kelly               6-4 311 4.91 30 4.59 103 26 Alabama 2,447 Colts #1, #18
FS T.J. Green             6-2 207 4.3 35.5 4.22 129 13 Clem PD 2,403 Colts #2,#57
DT Hassan Ridgeway  6-3 303 4.94 32 4.69 113 24 Tex PD 2,396 Colts #4,#116
OT Le’Raven Clark           6-5 310 5.05 30 4.8 109 TXT PD 2,326 Colts #3,#82
OT Joe Haeg             6-6 304 5.1 30 4.47 111 North Dakota St 2,303 Colts #5,#155
ILB Antonio Morrison         6-1 233 4.76 30 4.64 111 23 Fla 2,256 Colts #4,#125

Ryan Kelly (#70 in Photo) of a Alabama ws the #1 Center Prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft and there are a Few NFL Teams that have a Great Center as their Top Priority, but the Indianapolis Colts were looking for a Great Center to help Protect Quarterback Andrew Luck. Kelly is a Very Athletic Offensive Linemen and he also Possesses the Great Strength, Agility, Quickness, and he is Pro-Ready to play at any of the three Offensive Line Positions.

Kelly took over for Barrett Jones who was the 2012 Rimington Trophy Award Winner as the Best Center in the Country. Kelly played Great over the last Three Seasons and has Emerged as the Top-Rated Center Prospect in 2015.

Kelly was a Really Special Center as he finished his Crimson Tide Career with a National Championship Victory in his 35th Career Start and Followed in the  Barrett Jones Footsteps as he was also Awarded the 2015 Rimington Trophy Award as the Top Center in the Country.

At the Scouting Combine, Kelly was Especially Outstanding in the Speed, Quickness, and Athletic Ability Measurables with a Great 4.96 Forty, a 30-Inch Vertical Jump, and a 4.59 Pro Shuttle. Kelly was also Very Impressive in the Scouting Combine and Pro Day Position Drills. Kelly is Definitely a #1 Draft Choice in the 2016 NFL Draft.


6 CB Eli Apple            6-1 199 4.37 38 4.08 128 13 Ohio St PD 2,428 Giants #1, #10
WR Sterling Shepard        5-10 194 4.44 41 4.35 123 22 OU 2,424 Giants #2,#40
ILB B.J. Goodson           6-1 242 4,61 34.5 4.38 118 30 Clem 2,388 Giants #4,#109
5 TE Jerrell Adams    6-5 247 4.57 32.5 4.31 117 18 S Car PD 2,375 Giants #6,#184
RB Paul Perkins               5-10 208 4.49 32 4.2 124 19 UCLA 2,325 Giants #5,#149
SS Darian Thompson 6-2 208 4.5 32.5 4.33 118 12 Boise St 2,255 Giants #3,#71

Eli Apple was a Red-Shirt Sophomore that Declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. He was a two-year Starting Cornerback who made 27 starts in 28 games. The one start he missed in 2014 was due to an injury, but he was on the field in that game against Michigan State in the First Quarter. In those Two Years as a Starter, Apple (#13 in Photo) Recorded 86 Tackles, had 18 Pass Break-Ups, and Four Interceptions and was Voted to the Second Team All-Big Ten in 2o15.

Apple was Outstanding at the Scouting Combine with some Incredible Speed Measurables, including a 4.08 Pro-Shuttle, a 38-Inch Vertical Jump, and a 128-Inch Standing Broad Jump. He also Possesses several other Outstanding Assets for a Super Cornerback, including Great Size, Aggressive Style, Great Run Support, and Super Athleticism. Since Great Athletic Cornerbacks with Great Speed and Great Run-Stoppers are hard to find, Apple was one of the First Cornerbacks to be Drafted in the First Round on the First Day of the Draft.


6 DE Shilique Calhoun  6-4 251 4.76 35 4.25 115 23 MichSt 2,417 Raiders #3, #75
SS Karl Joseph                            5-10 205 4.51  W Virginia   2,400 Raiders #1,#14
QB Connor Cook         6-4 217 4.75 33 4.28 113 Mich State 2,389 Raiders #4,#100
DT Jihad Ward            6-5 297 5.02 28 4.63 111 22 Illinois 2,329 Raiders #2,#44
RB D. Washington   5-8 204 4.43 34.5 4.2 116 24 TxT 2,328 Raiders #5,#143
OG Vadal Alexander          6-5 326 5.52 24 4.9 95 25 LSU 2,257 Raiders #7, #234

Shilique Calhoun (#89 in Photo) was Voted as the Big-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2014 as he Finished with a Career-Best 10.5 Quarterback Sacks among his 49 Tackles, and 15 Tackles For a Loss. Most of the Spartan Fans would not have  blamed Calhoun if he would have made the Decision to go to the NFL after that Junior Season when he was Voted the Big-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year, but by returning to Michigan State for his Senior Season in 2015, he probably improved his NFL Draft Status and Draft Value.

In 2013, Michigan State was forced to Replace All-American William Glolston as its Best Edge Rusher and Calhoun Stepped-In as a First Year Starter and led the Spartans with 14 Tackles For a Loss and 18 Quarterback Hurries. Calhoun also Received Several All-American Votes. In Fact, not many College Football Players are named to All-American Teams even once during their College Football Career, much less twice, but Calhoun was able to earn All-American Votes in three straight years, making big plays for the Spartans each year as they competed for Big Ten Title.

Calhoun Usually Wins the Edge Rush with Outstanding Speed and an Unbelievable Quick Step and a Relentless Style of Play to Try to Make Every Single Tackle. He also Demonstrates an Impressive Strength, Tremendous Agility, and Tremendous Speed in Stopping the Run. He uses these Skills and Comes off the Snap in a Freaky Quick Flash and is Instantly in the Backfield.


CB Vernon Hargreaves       5-10 204 4.42 39 3.98 130 15 Fla 2,466 Bucs #1, #11
DE Noah Spence 6-2 251 4.68 35 4.35 121 25 Eastern Ky PD 2,414 Bucs #2,#39
FB Dan Vitale       6-1 239 4.51 38.5 4.12 123 30 Northwestern 2,393 Bucs #6,#197
OT Caleb Benenoch            6-5 311 4.93 28 4.73 104 28 UCLA 2,352 Bucs #5,#148
CB Ryan Smith          5-11 189 4.42 36 4.09 122 18 NC Central 2,304 Bucs #4,#108
PK Roberto Aguayo                         6-0 207 4.91 Florida State 2,250 Bucs #2, #59

Vernon Hargreaves went to the Scouting Combine as one of the Top Cornerbacks in the NFL Draft and the NFL Scouts were anticipating some Outstanding Measurables and Hargreaves (#1 in Photo) did not disappoint them. Although he did not run a Super Fast Forty with his 4.5, he proved to the Scouts that he had some of the Quickest Twitch Muscles with some Incredible Speed Measurables, including a 3.98 Pro-Shuttle, a 39-Inch Vertical Jump, and a 130-Inch Standing Broad Jump. All of these Speed Measureables prove that Hargreaves can run a much faster Forty than he did at the Combine and I have averaged his best three Forties and have given him a 4.42.

As a Senior at Tampa Wharton, Florida, Hargreaves was Selected as the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus and he was a Finalist for  Mr Florida Football Award. Hargreaves was also Voted  Most Valuable Player at the Under Armour All-American Game.

It was no surprise that Hargreaves Played for the Gators as a True Freshman in 2013 and he started 10 Games and  had 11 Pass Break-Ups and 3 Interceptions.  In his True Freshman Year, Hargreaves was Selected First Team All-SEC, Freshman All-American, and National Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. In his Three Years as a Starter for the Gators, Hargreaves recorded 10 Interceptions and had 38 Past Break-Ups.

Hargreaves is a Super Playmaker with Great Explosion and he is a Great Competitor who is Unwilling to Stay Blocked. Many Coaches and Scouts feel that this Premier, Quick Twitch Athlete will be an NFL All-Pro in a few years.

SPECIAL NOTE IV: And then, there were Two NFL Teams with Two Six-Rated Players and Three Five-Rated Players, including the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints and One Team with Two Six-Rated Player, Two Five-Rated Players, and Two Four-Rated that included the Seattle Seahawks. 


6 QB Paxton Lynch        6-7 244 4.79 36 4.26 118 Memphis 2,428 Broncos #1, #26
OG Connor McGovern 6-4 306 4.98 33 4.65 109 33 MO 2,427 Broncos #5, #144
FS Justin Simmons 6-2 202 4.49 40 38.5 126 16 BC PD 2,394 Broncos #3,#98
RB Devontae Booker               5-11 219 4.51   Utah             2,350 Broncos #4,#136
DT Adam Gotsis                         6-4 287 4.83 23 GAT         2,350 Broncos #2,#63

Paxton Lynch was an Unbelievable Physical Speciman at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine and all of the NFL Scouts were watching him with great anticipation of his Quarterback Skills and he did nothing to disappoint them as he was one of the Top Quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft. He also recorded Outstanding Measurables for a 6-7 and 244 Pound Quarterback with an Incredible 36 Vertical Jump and a 4.26 Pro-Shuttle. Lynch was also Very Impressive in Position Drills.

Lynch (#12 in Photo) Demonstrated Great Velocity on his Passes, but he had the Least Experience at Quarterback of the Top Four Quarterbacks, including Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, and Connor Cook, at the Combine in a Pro-Style Offense. As a result, some of his Footwork on his Passes in the Workouts were not as Fluid as the other Three Quarterbacks. Lynch, however, was still able to display some Really Great Raw Talent that led several NFL Teams to Project him as being Drafted in the First Round.

Lynch finished his Memphis Football Career with 8,863-Yards Passing and 28 Touchdowns while Rushing for 687-Yards and 17 more Touchdowns. Lynch might be a Real Super Freak at Quarterback, but remember that he has Never Taken a Snap from Center in the Memphis Pro Passing Attack. Mike Mayock: “The more snaps he gets, the better Lynch will become.”


6 NG Sheldon Rankins  6-1 299 4.91 34.5 4.59 118 28 Louis 2,488 Saints #1,#12
RB Daniel Lasco  6-0 209 4.43 41.5 4.26 135 23 California 2,423 Saints #7, #237
SS Vonn Bell  5-11 199 4.44 30.5 4.3 118 16 Oh State PD 2,374 Saints #2,#61
WR Michael Thomas 6-3 212 4.42 35 4.13 125 18 OhSt PD 2,359 Saints #2,#47
DT D Onyemata 6-3 300 5.03 33 4.69 119 33 Manitoba 2,335 Saints #4,#120

Sheldon Rankins is an Incredible Defensive Tackle with Unbelievable Explosion Power and he can play anywhere on the Defensive Line. Rankins played all of the Defensive Line Positions in the Hybrid Louisville Defensive Scheme and he was Highly Successful at every Position.

Then when you add his Tremendous Speed Measurables, including a 4.91 Forty, a 34.5-Inch Vertical Jump, a 4.59 Pro Shuttle, and a 118-Inch Standing Broad Jump; you have a Sensational Defensive Player. Rankins also did 28 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press to go with his Great Quickness, Speed, and Agility.

Rankins (#98 in Photo) was probably the Top Rated Pass-Rushing Defensive Tackle in the 2016 NFL Draft Class. His Quick Feet and Powerful Hands are a serious challenge for any Offensive Lineman, and he’s already developed a Killer Spin Move that will enable him to make Huge Plays in the NFL


6 OT Germain Ifedi  6 -6 324 5.21 32.5 4.74 109 24 A&M 2,424 Seahawks #1, #31
DT Jarran Reed             6-3 307 5.07 31 4.75 110 NA Ala 2,414 Seahawks #2, #49
5 RB Zac Brooks     6-1 200 4.32 36 4.38 129 Clem PD 2,385 Seahawks #7,#247
RB C.J Prosise            6-0 220 4.42 35.5 4.3 121 ND PD 2,355 Seahawks #3,#90
DT Quin Jefferson     6-4 291 4.87 29 4.37 106 24 Mary 2,267 Seahawks #5,#147
OG Rees Odhiambo 6-4 314 5.17 27 4.69 93 27 Boise 2,263 Seahawks #3,#97

Germain Ifedi (#74 in Photo) is one of the Most Aggressive and Most Physically Gifted Offensive Lineman in the 2016 NFL Draft and the ability to play both Left Offensive Tackle and Guard makes him a Very Unique Player. He is also one one of the Most Powerful and he has Unbelievable Film at both Guard and Tackle.

With Great  Quickness and Balance, Ifedi was Coveted by every NFL Team to play Offensive Left TackleAt 6-6 and 324 Pounds, Ifedi Recorded a Great 4.74 Pro-Shuttle and a Great 109 Standing Broad Jump at the NFL Scouting Combine.














About maxemfingerrecruiting

My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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