2016 NFL Draft: Final Mock Draft, Predictions and Prospect Rankings

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Here we are.

The first day of the 2016 NFL Draft weekend is finally upon us.

It’s time to rejoice because tonight kicks off one of the most glorious and exciting weekends on the sports calendar.

Over the next three days, 253 gifted young athletes will realize their dreams of being drafted by an NFL franchise. They’ll be embraced and celebrated by fan bases who hope they can become key building blocks to a future championship.

It makes perfect sense that the NFL’s annual draft takes place in the Spring — a season of rebirth, renewal and regeneration.

This weekend marks the dawning of a new era for all 32 franchises.

The future begins now.

We’ve known for weeks that the first two picks are guaranteed to be the top two quarterbacks in the class: Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. However, it’s anybody’s guess who the Chargers will pick at No. 3 (if in fact they don’t trade down) and how the rest of the first round will unfold from there.

All along, we here at Gridiron Perspective have touted Oregon DE DeForest Buckner as the top prospect in this class. We feel he’s deserving to be the first positional player taken and the best prospect to reignite a sluggish Chargers defensive front-seven. Therefore we built the mock around the premise that Buckner will be the third pick and went from there.

Here’s a look at the final 2-round mock draft for the 2016 NFL Draft, which includes projections and predictions for the first 63 picks of this year’s proceedings, along with complete Top 10 prospect power rankings for each individual position.

Predicting College Football’s Breakout Stars of 2014

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It’s a question that inevitably gets asked before the start of every college football season: Who are the potential breakout stars to watch out for this year?

Which players are ready to elevate their game from pretty good to great?

Who are the players who are ready to transform from being solid to spectacular?

Last year, we saw an abundance of players who deserved the term “breakout star.” Jameis Winston, Greg Robinson, Blake Bortles, Andre Williams, Michael Sam, Brandin Cooks, Vic Beasley, Tre Mason, Mike Evans and Justin Gilbert are just a few of the many notable names who put together eye-opening performances and became household names in 2013.

Those players deserved all of the celebratory accolades they received for their stellar seasons. However, it’s now time to look toward the future and try to pinpoint which fast-rising talents are ready to step into the national spotlight and emerge as the breakout stars of the 2014 season.

For this list, I chose players who have yet to earn either first- or second-team All-Conference honors but who have shown signs of taking steps toward stardom with their prior performances.

Here are the players who are destined to be a part of college football’s next wave of breakout stars.