South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney remains No. 1. Writes Brooks: "The freakishly talented pass rusher is an athletic marvel with the potential to wreak havoc on the NFL, as evidenced by his remarkable combine performance. Of course, concerns about Clowney's inconsistent motor and questionable judgment will prompt coaches and scouts to dig into his character but the talent and potential far outweighs his immaturity at this point."
Brooks ranks Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson No. 2, writing: "The Tigers' punishing running game was fueled by the dominance of Robinson on the edge. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder is an impressive athlete with a nasty disposition. Most importantly, he is a technician with the body control and agility to neutralize elite pass rushers in pass protection."
Rounding out Brooks' top five are Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 3, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews at No. 4 and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at No. 5.
Brooks ranks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sixth, writing: "Manziel measured in slightly below the six-foot mark, but scouts in his corner won't blink at his diminutive physical dimension due to his remarkable talent. The Texas A&M star is a creative playmaker with an alpha-dog personality that allows him to perform well when the lights are the brightest. With teams growing more comfortable with his character, it's quite possible that he could make a run at the top spot on the draft board in Houston."
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