B/R CFB 250: The Overall Top 250 Players in College Football

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2014

B/R CFB 250: The Overall Top 250 Players in College Football

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    Editor's note: This is the final installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranks the top 250 college football players, based on his scouting evaluations and scoring for his rankings at each position.

    In this overall ranking, Felder lists players across all positions. Where players had the same score, he breaks the ties based on which player he'd rather have playing for his team right now.

    In this slideshow, players ranked from 201 to 250 are included in list form. An individual breakdown is offered for each of the top 200 players.

    As with the entire series, the evaluations and rankings are based on players' performances as collegians in 2013. They are not based on players' pro potential.

    However, B/R NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller does offer a draft projection for each of the top 200 players (including players who would not be in the 2014 draft).

    You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for all the position rankings, with full evaluations for each player.

250-201. Best of the Rest

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    C.J. Brown, Maryland
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    (Editor's note: Individual scouting breakdowns of these players can be found on the CFB 250 positional slideshows published earlier in this series.)

    250. C.J. Brown, Maryland, QB

    249. Devin Gardner, Michigan, QB

    248. Vad Lee, Georgia Tech, QB 

    247. Taysom Hill, BYU, QB

    246. Joel Stave, Wisconsin, QB

    245. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, OL

    244. James Hurst, North Carolina, OL

    243. Robert Kugler, Purdue, OL

    242. Spencer Shuey, Clemson, LB

    241. David Fales, San Jose State, QB

    240. Stephone Anthony, Clemson, LB

    239. Michael Rose, Nebraska, LB

    238. Keenan Reynolds, Navy, QB

    237. Keith Price, Washington, QB

    236. D.J. Welter, LSU, LB

    235. Marcus Whitfield, Maryland, LB

    234. Jesse James, Penn State, TE

    233. Nick Marshall, Auburn, QB

    232. Sean Mannion, Oregon State, QB

    231. Clive Walford, Miami, TE

    230. Shaq Thompson, Washington, LB

    229. Tyler Gaffney, Stanford, RB

    228. Prince Shembo, Notre Dame, LB

    227. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, WR

    226. Shane McDermott, Miami, OL

    225. Myles Jack, UCLA, LB

    224. Blake Treadwell, Michigan State, OL

    223. Nelson Agholor, USC, WR

    222. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame, TE

    221. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, RB

    220. Kenny Bell, Nebraska, WR

    219. James Ross III, Michigan, LB

    218. Matt Patchan, Boston College, OL

    217. Kevin Hogan, Stanford, QB

    216. Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame, LB

    215. Deontae Skinner, Mississippi State, LB

    214. David Andrews, Georgia, OL

    213. Shaq Evans, UCLA, WR

    212. O.J. Howard, Alabama, TE

    211. Andre Williams, Boston College, RB

    210. Alex Collins, Arkansas, RB

    209. Dalton Santos, Texas, LB

    208. Beau Allen, Wisconsin, DL

    207. Ego Ferguson, LSU, DL

    206. Braxton Deaver, Duke, TE

    205. David Santos, Nebraska, LB

    204. Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, LB

    203. Maxx Williams, Minnesota, TE

    202. Ben Malena, Texas A&M, RB

    201. Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB

200. Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State

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    Pass Rush

    16/25

    Shaun Lewis is not active in rushing the passer for the Cowboys. He’s on a team that generates its pass rush with the front four and some selective blitzing. He's rooted in the corners, disrupting timing with press coverage.

    Run Defense

    25/30

    The Pokes ask Lewis and fellow linebacker Caleb Lavey to be the run-stoppers. Lewis and Lavey play off each other well, and Lewis does not hesitate to play both the hammer and the tackler from his outside linebacker position. Being a versatile player, which is a plus, he is able to tackle the spill, hammer plays back inside or fight through the backside A.

    Coverage

    13/15

    Lewis is an exceptional coverage linebacker. That’s why he stays on the field in a league where passing is how teams butter their bread. A fluid athlete, he can run in the intermediate zones with backs and tight ends. Plus, he drives on shorter routes.

    Tackling

    27/30

    Lewis is a sure tackler in the run and the pass games. He closes with good speed, is a bigger body than folks expect when he gets to the impact point and drops opponents when he makes contact.

    Overall

    81/100

    He’s a high-quality linebacker. Lewis moves well in the box, flowing to the football or coming downhill to set the edge and turn runs back to the inside. His biggest asset is how comfortable he is outside of the box, moving laterally to make plays.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. Short, lean linebacker who projects best as a nickel package player.

199. Tre Mason, Auburn

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    Power

    17/20

    Tre Mason is not a back who seeks out contact or thrives on delivering a blow. Instead, he’s a back with a violent running style who bounces off tacklers and is aggressive in getting on top of defenders. Mason is tough to bring down because he has great leg action and runs behind his pads with a solid body lean.

    Speed

    20/25

    As evidenced by his long gains and kickoff return for a touchdown, Mason has both short and long speed. He is a rapid accelerator at the point of attack. After he makes a cut downfield, he can get back up to speed quickly. He has a proven ability to run away from defenders.

    Ball Security

    20/25

    Mason is not a high-volume fumbler, even playing in an offense in which the quarterback rides the back on the read to extend the handoff process, but he has had some costly giveaways this season. With his running style, it is about keeping the ball tight to his body and covering up in traffic.

    Vision

    17/20

    Good, quick reads are Mason’s big specialty. He’s more than the typical one-cut-and-go runner out of the zone-read scheme. He has the ability to get to the next level and pick through traffic and get to space. That yields a lot of first-down runs and five- or six-yard carries that go for 10 or 12.

    Hands

    7/10

    Spotty quarterback play and the Auburn offense not being fully installed limit the number of times Mason has been targeted, but he can catch the ball. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands. Given his ability to secure the ball on the fly, he should be targeted more frequently.

    Overall

    81/100

    Mason is a quality back who can be counted on to pick up positive yardage on most plays. He runs with the violent aggression of someone who is hungry to get those extra yards. That approach is reflected in his ability to get first downs and yards after contact.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. He's going to be a good one. An all-around back.

198. Desmond Morgan, Michigan

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    Pass Rush

    9/15

    Desmond Morgan is another linebacker who is not added to the rush often, but he understands his role when given the opportunity. He’s a splatter player who flashes early to give other rushers a chance to get to the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    32/35

    Morgan makes first contact with lead blockers and helps spill runs to the edge so that James Ross III can make the tackle in a run-through lane. He fits well into the defense and truly understands his run fits.

    Coverage

    9/15

    The Michigan "Mike" linebacker has improved his ability in coverage this season. He is still not proficient at walling off the middle, and that has hurt the Wolverines at times.

    Tackling

    31/35

    Known primarily for his ability to fill immediately and push runs to his teammates, Morgan is an underrated tackler. He does have the ability to defeat a block and make a play. And when he gets into the open field, he closes down the cutback lane well.

    Overall

    81/100

    An underrated player, Morgan understands where he fits in defensive coordinator Greg Mattison’s scheme. When the tackle is there, he makes it, but he’s also comfortable when the goal is to help his teammates get to the ball.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Built like a safety, but runs like a middle linebacker.

197. B.J. Denker, Arizona

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    Accuracy

    22/30

    B.J. Denker can get the ball to his targets with good accuracy. He helps his playmakers pick up good yards in the flow of the game. Denker has to be accurate because most of his passes are extensions of the run game that powers this Arizona attack.

    Arm Strength

    10/15

    The Arizona quarterback is not a strong-armed player, but in his offensive system, he does not have to be. He can hit the wide-open deep ball when he has time to get his body into the throw, but he is at his best hitting the short passes that power this scheme.

    Decision-Making

    27/30

    Despite not being the same caliber of passer as others in the category, Denker is a great decision-maker because he makes such quality moves in the run game. This offense is powered by the zone read, and he recognizes when to let running back Ka’Deem Carey do the work and when to keep it himself to get big yards.

    Elusiveness

    22/25

    Arizona’s quarterback is not an easy guy to tackle. He’s slippery behind the line while buying time, and when he becomes a true runner, he knows how to make himself into a small target.

    Overall

    81/100

    In a Pac-12 with Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley, Denker is the guy many people forget. He’s a quality quarterback capable of getting the ball to his targets, and he has a great understanding of the zone read.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Undrafted free agent. Intriguing upside, but inconsistency as a passer makes him a long shot. 

196. Christian Jones, Florida State

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    Pass Rush

    23/30

    As a newcomer to the position, Christian Jones’ evolution has been interesting to watch. He is not a good pass-rusher because of his lack of experience. Jones has no plan of attack, lacks true pass-rushing techniques and thus is often a nonfactor on the rush, outside of squeezing the pocket.

    Run Defense

    27/30

    Jones’ background as a 4-3 linebacker helps him excel against the run. He understands how to flow backside and shut down the cutback lane, and he has shown the ability to set the edge and disengage to force the issue. His ability to play both quarterback and running back on the zone read is tremendous.

    Coverage

    7/10

    Part of what made Jones such an asset at the linebacker spot was his ability to get into coverage and be a factor. As a hybrid linebacker, he still has those skills to turn and run with a back out of the backfield or sink into coverage. Although Florida State does not ask him to do this much, he is one of the smoothest in transition at the position.

    Tackling

    24/30

    He's a very good tackler, and his speed and agility help mask some of his misreads from the position. Few can pursue as quickly across the formation the way he does.

    Overall

    81/100

    Jones is the best athlete at this position in college football, bar none. His inexperience has slowed down his production, but all of the tools are there to be great. This season he went from having his move to hybrid linebacker questioned to becoming a legitimate power player at the position.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Has the quickness you want as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

195. Noah Spence, Ohio State

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    Pass Rush

    26/30

    In his first year as a starter, Noah Spence has been a revelation at the position. He is still learning and developing his pass-rush skills, but he’s put together a great season on athleticism and just winning his one-on-one battles. Spence started out overrunning the passer and not having a plan to work back downhill. But as the season progressed, he’s stopped relying solely on speed and used his stop-and-spin or a swim move to push the tackle upfield and go underneath.

    Run Defense

    26/30

    Spence has been interesting to watch in run defense because he’s not a particularly big player who sets the edge. He can hold on the edge, but his best quality is the quickness to go from setting a hard edge to shaking off a blocker and forcing a cutback or making a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.

    Coverage

    5/10

    The Buckeyes sophomore has the physical tools to be a high-quality coverage man out of this scheme, a development that would free the Buckeyes to use more zone blitzes and confuse quarterbacks. Unfortunately, as a young player transitioning from more of a full-time defensive end to a hybrid player, Spence has not been able to show just what he can do in coverage.

    Tackling

    24/30

    Speed is Spence’s greatest asset and was his worst enemy early in the season. He overran both runs and passes, which took him out of position to make tackles. As the season has continued, his tackling improved because he was under control and in position.

    Overall

    81/100

    Spence is not just the future, he’s the right now. He is the Buckeyes’ best pass-rusher and is a freakish athlete who can terrorize offensive tackles with his speed. As he developed more control to his game, he truly became a high-level ballplayer in 2013.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. An impressive athlete, but he should dominate and he doesn't.

194. Denzel Perryman, Miami

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    Pass Rush

    19/25

    Denzel Perryman isn’t a big asset to Miami against the pass. He is not a rusher with a plan when added to the mix, and the Hurricanes are better served using other linebackers to get pressure.

    Run Defense

    26/30

    Here is where the Miami linebacker is at his best. He is a fill player who scrapes well to the football and gets in to stop running backs. His best asset is tracking the backside of the play to stop cutbacks and bring running backs down before they can get upfield.

    Coverage

    11/15

    Perryman is trying to figure out how to get to his landmarks and still see the receivers and the ball during his drop into coverage. It is not an easy skill to master, and the Miami junior has improved with more reps.

    Tackling

    26/30

    He is a good tackler who fights to get to ball-carriers and get them on the ground. He runs well through contact and understands how to use his leverage to squeeze down the air to make a tackle.

    Overall

    82/100

    One of the ACC’s better linebackers, Perryman has good athleticism that allows him to get involved with plays all over the field. He is growing into a stout run defender, and 2013 was a major step.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. A top-level athlete with run-down speed. Just a bit short for the position.

193. Tariq Edwards, Virginia Tech

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    Pass Rush

    10/15

    Tariq Edwards is the rare linebacker who can do it all. He’s extremely comfortable in the pass rush, coming off the edge or through the interior to disrupt the quarterback. He’s not only good at getting to the quarterback, but at flushing the passer to other defenders.

    Run Defense

    30/35

    The Hokies inside linebacker is a run-first player at his core. Every first step is down toward the line, and that is what defensive coordinator Bud Foster is looking for out of his players. Edwards gets down into the line quickly and spills the run wide to his athletic teammates.

    Coverage

    12/15

    The Hokies operate out of a base 4-2-5 defense, and because of that, they do not make a lot of situational substitutions. As a result, Edwards is comfortable playing the pass, can track running backs and has no problem sinking with a quarterback to mirror the drop.

    Tackling

    30/35

    Edwards certainly makes his fair share of tackles, especially when presented with a run lane or a chance to get to a running back in the backfield. He tracks the ball well from the inside to the edge and can run down his mistakes.

    Overall

    82/100

    In Edwards, the Hokies have a solid linebacker who is capable of stopping the run first and being active against the pass second. He can get after the quarterback, get back into coverage and is stout against the run.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. Athletic, but he struggles to get off blocks to make plays.

192. Arthur Lynch, Georgia

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    Hands

    25/30

    Arthur Lynch fits into that traditional role as a reliable threat at the tight end spot. If his quarterback puts the ball on his body, he will come away with the grab.

    Blocking

    27/30

    First and foremost, Lynch is a blocker. He is a big part of why the Dawgs’ running game did not dry up and disappear as the running back injuries mounted. He gets good drive off the line and is comfortable blocking zone, power and isolation plays.

    Route Running

    15/20

    Lynch is not a great route-runner, but he understands how to be a big target. The Dawgs don’t send him out on complex routes. He is largely a guy tasked with getting open and letting the quarterback get the ball into his hands for a first down, touchdown or a dump-off pass.

    Speed

    15/20

    The Georgia tight end is not a burner. He’s another guy who is at his best sitting down in a space, not trying to outrun defenders. However, there is some quickness to Lynch that allows him to flash in open areas, tremendously helping his quarterback.

    Overall

    82/100

    He is another quality, reliable tight end built in the traditional mold. Lynch blocks exceptionally well and is comfortable floating against a zone to find space for his quarterback to make plays.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Not the most athletic guy, but a classic in-line prospect who can play all three downs.

191. Curtis Grant, Ohio State

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    Pass Rush

    9/15

    Curtis Grant is not a pass-rush guy and is not added to that mix very often for the Buckeyes. As a result, he does not have a large number of sacks or quarterback pressures.

    Run Defense

    32/35

    The Buckeyes junior is another true downhill player. Although most people look at tackles as an indicator of run defense, Grant’s contribution comes in more than just tackles. He’s a player who splatters runs to his outside defenders, allowing guys to make tackles in run-through lanes.

    Coverage

    10/15

    Adequate is the best word to describe Grant in coverage, as he possesses the athleticism and know-how to succeed in that area. His big move comes with getting more comfortable understanding how to relate his drops to the quarterback and possible route combinations around him.

    Tackling

    31/35

    Although Grant is not a tackling machine like teammate Ryan Shazier, when the opportunity presents itself, he does not hesitate to get the ball-carrier on the ground. He’s a sure tackler who tracks offensive players well.

    Overall

    82/100

    Grant often goes unnoticed in the Buckeyes’ linebacking group because he lacks flash. However, in that scheme, he collides with lead blockers and linemen, spilling runs to Noah Spence and Shazier. That’s an underrated skill at the position, but a must for a defensive system to work.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Can play inside or outside linebacker, just has to improve his strength.

190. Jermauria Rasco, LSU

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    Pass Rush

    51/65

    Jermauria Rasco is an active defensive end who pushes the pocket from the outside. He’s not great at disengaging, but he does have the ability to give chase and be disruptive in the pass game.

    Run Defense

    31/35

    Against the run, Rasco is a quality player. He’s capable of setting the edge, something LSU lacked a season ago. He does not run around blocks, and although he does not split defenders well, he gives the linebackers room to operate by turning runs back to the interior.

    Overall

    82/100

    Rasco is not the high-pressure guy off the edge that Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery were for the Bayou Bengals in 2012, but he is a stout defender. He’s strong against the run and is a big enough body to be an every-down player, not just a pass-rush specialist.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Another athletic edge-rusher from LSU, Rasco has the tools to be a starter at outside linebacker.

189. Frank Clark, Michigan

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    Pass Rush

    53/65

    Frank Clark plays like an older player than his three seasons would indicate. He understands how to work his skills to his advantage, pushing upfield to get underneath tackles and slapping away hands to keep defenders from grabbing him. He isn’t an elite athlete at the position, but he’s a relentless pass-rusher.

    Run Defense

    29/35

    The run is another area where Clark simply knows what he’s doing. He holds the edge well and pushes back against tackles to turn runs inside. Clark has also developed an ability to split defenders, disengage and get to the running back, something his team needs him to do.

    Overall

    82/100

    Clark is Steady Eddie on the edge, a guy who can get pressure on the quarterback and hold his ground against the run. What he lacks in dynamic ability, he makes up for with a true understanding of playing the position.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. A throwback defensive end with good strength but questionable speed.

188. Brandon Ivory, Alabama

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    Pass Rush

    24/40

    Brandon Ivory is not much of a pass-rusher. In fact, when the Tide are facing passing downs or opponents who use the pass heavily, the tackle is pushed out of action because he brings little to the table to help in those efforts.

    Run Defense

    58/60

    Ivory is at his best against the run. The big junior leans on centers and forces teams to commit a guard to aid in run defense, which helps Alabama stop the run. He occupies two bodies, does not allow the linemen to get a lateral push on him and gives his linebackers chances to fill gaps.

    Overall

    82/100

    Although he is a one-dimensional player, Ivory does his job well. He clogs up the middle and keeps guards and the center from getting to the second level. That is what helps ‘Bama get stops in the run game.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Has the size and scheme versatility teams want.

187. Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

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    Pass Rush

    50/65

    Robert Nkemdiche is not a steady factor against the pass the way many expect a high-profile defensive end to be in the college game. He can push the pocket and overpower tackles, but he needs to master the ability to disengage and make a move to the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    32/35

    Against the run, Nkemdiche proves his worth. He is an every-down defensive end because he is strong enough to the edge against offensive tackles on any given play. He is the rare freshman who can get full arm extension, turn blockers, disengage and work his way to the ball-carrier.

    Overall

    82/100

    Nkemdiche is not the sack machine that people wanted when he came out of high school, but he’s been a treat to watch. The freshman does things in the run game that go unnoticed by casual viewers, but that frees up his teammates to make plays. He is a monster against the run, a rare trait for someone so young. 

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early first round. The total package, Nkemdiche is a future No. 1 pick at defensive end or defensive tackle.

186. Hayes Pullard, USC

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    Pass Rush

    10/15

    Hayes Pullard can push to the quarterback when given the opportunity. When he is added to the rush, he can also allow his teammates to get freed up by drawing the protection.

    Run Defense

    31/35

    The USC linebacker is a quality run defender who fits well into the new-look Trojans defense. As the line occupies gaps, Pullard is free to run through in pursuit, and he makes tackles well as the run-through player.

    Coverage

    11/15

    As USC’s best interior linebacker, Pullard is comfortable in coverage when given the chance. He’s quick enough to cover running backs and is capable of going from checking the run to sinking into coverage.

    Tackling

    30/35

    Pullard tracks the ball well and has gone from a question mark in the new scheme to a great fit under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast. He scrapes across to the play side well and then squares up to consistently get the ball-carrier down.

    Overall

    82/100

    Pullard is another linebacker moving from the 4-3 into more of a 3-4 role who transitioned well and found a way to continue playing at a high level. Pullard moves well in the box, and the new scheme helps ensure that he excels in tracking down ball-carriers.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Aggressive and fast, but undersized for the inside.

185. Jibreel Black, Michigan

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    Pass Rush

    31/40

    Jibreel Black is an underrated interior rusher of the quarterback. He is a senior who has mastered his craft and understands when to use certain rush techniques. He is a quality presser of the pocket, but when given a chance to disengage, he can rip and slap away hands to get a shot at the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    51/60

    Against the run, Black is again a savvy player. He pursues straight down the line well, pushes to keep bodies off his linebackers and splits defenders when necessary. The tackle can get upfield at times and works hard to stop being pushed laterally by the offense.

    Overall

    82/100

    Black is as steady of a player as they come nationally. He has a strong understanding and feel for the game that allows him to give his team exactly what it needs. He’ll split defenders, hold the point or disengage to make a play.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Undrafted free agent. Doesn't pop off the film as a defender.

184. Antonio Morrison, Florida

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    Pass Rush

    9/15

    Antonio Morrison, much like the rest of the Gators team after the loss of Dominique Easley, was not much of a pass-rusher. With no interior presence, the middle was clogged up and there was no way to come off the edge and bring heat.

    Run Defense

    32/35

    Here is where Morrison excelled. He is a downhill player who wants to collide with linemen and backs at the line of scrimmage and make plays. He’s a comfortable scrape player to the edge and fills holes with strength.

    Coverage

    10/15

    Morrison understands where to get in his drops, but he is not a fluid player in space against the pass.

    Tackling

    31/35

    Morrison is a tackling machine. He flies to the football, keeping his head behind the ball-carrier and exploding to make tackles. Morrison set the tone in the interior for that defense.

    Overall

    82/100

    The Gators backer was a force when he was healthy, worthy of being one of the top linebackers in the nation. He filled holes well, scraped to contact and always looked to play down the hill.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Not fast enough for a smaller body type.

183. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

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    Pass Protection

    31/40

    Xavier Su’a-Filo is very good at man-on blocking against the pass. He maintains a good pad level and can control one-on-one blocking situations. His issues come with a changing defensive alignment or pressure from depth. Su’a-Filo struggles to pass off defenders to the tackle or center and then engage the charging added rusher.

    Run Blocking

    51/60

    The UCLA junior is athletic and aggressive against the run. He fires out of his stance, tracks linebackers at the second level and moves his feet well to get sound position on defenders. Su’a-Filo doesn’t bring a lot of power to his blocks, but he does bring good technique, and that creates space in the run game.

    Overall

    82/100

    Su’a-Filo is a good guard and is having a solid season. When he has a faced-up assignment, he is a sure thing thanks to his technique and athleticism. If he improves his ability to move defenders off the point, he can improve his standing among the nation’s elite.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. An earth-mover in the run game, just needs to get better protecting the passer.

182. Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M

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    Pass Protection

    33/40

    Jarvis Harrison is good at moving his feet to face up blockers. He transitions to handle stunts very well and gets his hands on the defender with a solid impact. However, Harrison allows his base to get wide at times, and that lets strong bull-rushers get a good push on him.

    Run Blocking

    49/60

    His positives in the run game are rooted in athleticism. When he gets the jump off the line, Harrison can move and track defenders well. He can climb to the second level and knock down linebackers, but quicker or bigger defenders sometimes give him trouble.

    Overall

    82/100

    Harrison is a high-quality guard for the Aggies. The bulk of his deficiencies are masked by the athleticism of his quarterback. He moves well in space, but does need to focus on keeping his base to be consistent in technique.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Good in a spread scheme, but he has to prove he works in a pro scheme.

181. Anthony Steen, Alabama

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    Pass Protection

    31/40

    Anthony Steen is the quintessential Nick Saban interior lineman: great technique, good power and the ability to consistently get things done. In pass protection, he keeps a good base, is capable of deciphering stunts and has a punch that knocks defenders off track.

    Run Blocking

    51/60

    Here is where Steen’s power gets to take center stage. He is at his best getting on top of defenders and pushing bodies out of the way. Thanks to Bama’s use of more zone-heavy runs, he gets to show his athleticism in getting to the second level to move linebackers.

    Overall

    82/100

    Steen is Steady Eddie on the Alabama offensive line. He’s a good pass-blocker who closes down gaps and helps out his center, and he is a very good run-blocker who gives plenty of space to T.J. Yeldon.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. Powerful and stout, but struggles in pass protection when blocking alone.

180. Brett Hundley, UCLA

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    Accuracy

    27/30

    Brett Hundley is an accurate passer. He puts the ball on his receiver’s body and allows him to get up the field in a hurry. Unfortunately for the Bruins signal-caller, the lapses in his accuracy are most often disastrous.

    Arm Strength

    13/15

    UCLA’s sophomore has one of the strongest arms in the nation. He can push the ball down the field with good velocity, and he has a knack for fitting slants into tight windows with good pop.

    Decision-Making

    20/30

    Here is where Hundley is behind the curve. He is indecisive with the football in his hands. He holds the ball, wavering between throwing or running, and that indecision costs him. It allows rushers to get to him and close run lanes. It also allows defenders to close on receivers to shut passing windows. Uncertainty limits his effectiveness.

    Elusiveness

    22/25

    When Hundley makes up his mind to move, he can get loose with the best of them. He’s big, can shake off tacklers and is fast enough to outrun front-seven defenders to the corner for first downs.

    Overall

    82/100

    All of the tools are there, but the indecision handcuffs Hundley at inopportune times. It limits his real production, despite his numbers looking good. Hundley has to improve his decision-making and find a way to get comfortable looking down the field in the face of a rush.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Late first round. Has the tools to be a future No. 1 pick, but it all depends on his development.

179. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

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    Hands

    23/25

    Laquon Treadwell has great hands, especially for being merely a baby at the position. He has massive paws that secure the football. He catches it away from his body and makes it nearly impossible for defenders to separate him from the catch.

    Route Running

    17/20

    This Ole Miss Rebel still has a lot to learn about running routes. He relies heavily on his muscular 6'3'', 215-pound frame to get himself open instead of letting the route do that for him. However, the true freshman does show a tremendous knack for sitting down against zone coverage and making himself a big target.

    Speed

    19/25

    The freshman is no burner on the field, yet he shows enough speed to be a problem for safeties and some nickel defenders when he works across the formation.

    Run After Catch

    23/30

    There are very few receivers who fall into the power category after the catch. Treadwell is the rare exception. He’s a monster who bullies defenders, moving them out of his way, daring them to tackle him and reaching for extra yardage as corners clutch his ankles.

    Overall

    82/100

    Treadwell has become the favorite target of Bo Wallace and is the go-to receiver when the Rebels need a crucial first down or touchdown. He’s a beast with the football in his hands. Although he is not going to fly past defenders, he will outmuscle them to the football.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. Total package. Just needs time to mature.

178. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

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    Hands

    21/25

    Tyler Boyd can snag any pass in his catch radius. He showed that from his debut and for the rest of the season. If the ball is in the air, he is going to attack it. He is still developing his concentration and ability to make tough catches in traffic, but he will always compete for the football.

    Route Running

    17/20

    Boyd is learning, and it helps that he plays with Devin Street. Instead of relying solely on speed, he is figuring out how to make the subtle moves that give him advantages against defenders.

    Speed

    21/25

    Boyd is capable of getting behind defenders out of the gate. He explodes off the line and eats up cushion quickly. The freshman also explodes in and out of breaks, something that helps him get open.

    Run After Catch

    23/30

    The freshman is slippery. He can give a leg and take it away to avoid defenders, and he doesn’t mind muscling up when he’s boxed in to pick up the extra yards. With the football in his hands, Boyd turns into a return specialist, and that helps him after the catch.

    Overall

    82/100

    Boyd’s a surprise to some on the list, but not to those who have watched the Pitt freshman play. He’s a sure-handed receiver who can cause serious problems for defenders once the ball is in his hands.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. Ideal size, speed and ability.

177. Carl Bradford, Arizona State

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    Pass Rush

    54/65

    In the pass game, Carl Bradford has two big assets: Will Sutton playing on the interior, and his understanding of not getting deeper than the quarterback. Bradford pushes upfield, stops, gets extension on tackles and then works back downhill to get to the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    28/35

    Bradford is a strong player who can collide and disengage quickly to slip the blocker and get to the mesh point. Although he is strong enough to hold the edge, a good tackle will wear on him, freeing up space in the run game.

    Overall

    82/100

    As a junior, Bradford has emerged as a quality contributor for the Sun Devils. He benefits from Sutton’s inside push, but he provides advantages of his own with his blend of power and speed. Bradford is an active player in both facets of the game. 

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Bradford's pass-rushing and run-stuffing production are sound, but his speed and strength will be questioned.

176. Byron Marshall, Oregon

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    Power

    17/20

    Byron Marshall does not go out and deliver the blow, but he does have great balance and good leg drive that allows him to bounce off would-be tacklers, push the pile and pick up yardage. He does not go down with arm tackles, which is a major plus for the Oregon Ducks, a team that pushes him to run through tight seams.

    Speed

    20/25

    As is the case with most Oregon backs, Marshall certainly has the speed to get loose on the edge. He is more than just a one-cut-and-go player. He has the ability at the second level to start and stop and push his carries from a short gain to a longer rush. His speed is not elite, but it is enough to take advantage of out-of-position defenders.

    Ball Security

    22/25

    Marshall is a safe option for the Ducks. While not as explosive as De’Anthony Thomas, he also does not put the ball on the ground. He runs through traffic safely and is capable of protecting the ball from punches and swipes.

    Vision

    17/20

    Marshall is growing into a solid one-cut-and-go running back. He diagnoses the blocks ahead of him well, which makes him dangerous as the defense is following the zone read.

    Hands

    6/10

    He’s not a natural catcher of the football. If the Ducks decide to work Marshall into the passing game, he could be a tremendous asset. But he has not received enough game reps this season to develop as a receiver.

    Overall

    82/100

    Marshall is a perfect fit for the system. He’s a quality back who can get loose when the opportunity presents itself. He is safe with the football and shows an ability to run through contact that makes him Oregon’s best option at the position.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Has all of the athletic ability, but he needs to show consistent production.

175. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

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    Pass Protection

    30/40

    Hroniss Grasu is capable in pass protection, and he blocks Oregon’s slide protections and rollout schemes quite well thanks to his athleticism. He’s not a big body, but he has good feet, gets a good punch and can move laterally to get in front of rushers to protect the quarterback.

    Run Blocking

    52/60

    In the run game, Grasu proves his worth with that top-level athleticism at the position. He moves well in the Ducks’ zone-blocking scheme and is able to get bigger defenders moving sideways so that he can control them and open run lanes. Grasu can move, and that ability allows him to reach defenders and give backs seams to run through.

    Overall

    82/100

    He is one of the best true spread centers in college football. He moves laterally as well as any lineman in the nation and brings quality understanding and technique to the scheme. He is not a massive body who moves defenders with drive blocking, but he is great at getting defensive tackles to move laterally and then directing them to create openings.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Late second round. An exceptional athlete with first-round upside. 

174. Sean Parker, Washington

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    Run Defense

    25/30

    Sean Parker is a senior who has spent a lot of time working down into the box, so he certainly understands how to make run fits and when to shoot past a blocker versus when to string a play out. He doesn’t always execute well, but he certainly understands what he is supposed to do.

    Coverage

    34/40

    The senior is capable of doing a little bit of everything for the Huskies. He’s played in the intermediate coverage areas. He’s been asked to get deep down the field. He’s shown an ability to work tight zone coverage off blitzes, matching receivers in almost a man look.

    Tackling

    24/30

    Parker does miss tackles at times when he comes up out of control. The big issue for him is gathering himself after making the proper run fit or driving on a pass thrown in coverage.

    Overall

    83/100

    He is a good safety who has made some big plays for the Huskies. He is not afraid to sacrifice himself to make a play. The big thing for Parker is controlling his game in an effort to limit mistakes. The kid fights to insert himself into plays and is a good player.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. A bit small for an NFL strong safety.

173. Xavier Grimble, USC

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    Hands

    24/30

    Xavier Grimble has good hands, although he does at times rely on catching the ball with his body. Jumping up to catch instead of staying on the ground and using his hands is part of Grimble’s game, although it has not hurt his ability to make catches in traffic.

    Blocking

    26/30

    The USC tight end is a good blocker at the line of scrimmage. He can push the issue against defensive ends and possesses the athleticism and technique to get to the second level and create space.

    Route Running

    17/20

    Grimble is a good route-runner, although he sometimes fades on routes. Instead of truly working the route, he relies on his body to create the space. He trusts his quarterback to put the ball where only he can get it, and that means he doesn’t have to run routes as crisply as other players.

    Speed

    16/20

    Grimble can get on top of defenders, but he is not a guy with good separation speed and the ability to run away from opponents. That is all right because Grimble is a monster who plays violently with the football in his hands.

    Overall

    83/100

    Grimble is another violent athlete at the position. He is quick enough to make defenders miss, but he’s at his best shedding tacklers and running through contact to pick up the extra yards.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Capable of doing it all but lacks production and raw athleticism.

172. Trae Waynes, Michigan State

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    Run Defense

    18/25

    Trae Waynes, like teammate Darqueze Dennard, is not pushed into action against the run very often. The sophomore is still working to diagnose where he fits in the run game, and at times he's late to turn the run back inside or shoot inside to impact the play.

    Coverage

    45/50

    Waynes is growing into the exact type of player head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi are looking for at the position. He’s comfortable being all alone, and he is at his best playing press man. He is still developing the awareness of other players on this list, but the technique and skills are there.

    Tackling

    20/25

    The sophomore is a quality tackler. He secures the tackle in coverage and works to limit gains. However, when approaching tackles either in zone or secondary-run fits, he leaves air in space that allows ball-carriers to pick up yardage.

    Overall

    83/100

    Waynes is overshadowed by Dennard, but the younger corner is not a free pass for opponents. He gets tested and responds to the challenges through good technique and pushing to battle for the ball.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. An impact player in his first year, Waynes has prototypical NFL cornerback tools.

171. DeAndre Coleman, Cal

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    Pass Rush

    32/40

    DeAndre Coleman is a big kid who is more athletic than offensive linemen anticipate. He is capable of running stunts to open up interior spaces, and he is capable of pushing the pocket with a solid use of his power.

    Run Defense

    51/60

    Teams are pushing away from Coleman in the interior with their runsand with good reason. He’s a big body who moves well and is capable of pushing linemen back into running backs and altering their path on any given play.

    Overall

    83/100

    He’s a good football player on a team that is in serious transition. He has transitioned well into the new scheme, but the Wolverines made the move a bit slower. Still, Coleman has found a way to make plays when possible.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fifth round. Looks the part, but NFL blockers will handle him until he learns to play with leverage.

170. Jacoby Glenn, UCF

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    Run Defense

    18/25

    Jacoby Glenn is still learning how to make run fits out of zone coverage and operates primarily as a secondary run defender. As a freshman, Glenn is making his biggest impact in the passing game.

    Coverage

    46/50

    Glenn sees the ball well and, thanks to his coaches, is allowed to make plays as he understands what is happening in front of him. He plays a lot of zone coverage where he drives on the ball, and his reaction time allows him to break up passes that would usually go for completions.

    Tackling

    19/25

    He’s another player who will give up his body to try to get players down on the ground. He’s still learning to work angles and leverage, but with his length he is growing into a sound tackler.

    Overall

    83/100

    As a player who came in, sat a season and exploded on the scene, Glenn is a surprise at the position. There’s a high ceiling here. Glenn has shown to be great in coverage, and as he grows the confidence needed to be left on an island, he'll continue to improve.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. Get ready to hear his name a lot. NFL teams love his speed and size combination.

169. D.J. Lynch, Bowling Green

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    Pass Rush

    20/25

    A good linebacker in the rush game, D.J. Lynch is not a guy who gets added to the mix very often, but he is certainly capable of making an impact when given the opportunity.

    Run Defense

    26/30

    This is Lynch’s strong suit. He uses the backside A-gap to make tackles, and on runs toward him, he has no problem shedding when asked to take on a blocker and make a play. He’s a quick player who can also avoid a block to get to the ball-carrier.

    Coverage

    11/15

    Experience is a big plus for Lynch in coverage. Although he’s not fluid moving away from the line, he’s comfortable getting to his landmarks and tracking the ball out of the quarterback’s hand so he can drive to the receiver.

    Tackling

    26/30

    Lynch moves well to the football and delivers a pop upon arrival. He makes a lot of tackles moving side to side. When he gets a chance to square up on an opponent, he does not waste it.

    Overall

    83/100

    He’s not a big name, but he plays big football. Lynch is the cornerstone to the very good Bowling Green defense. Although many people do not see the senior play, he goes out and balls week after week.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Size and speed make a move to inside linebacker best for his pro potential.

168. Charles Sims, West Virginia

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    Power

    15/20

    Charles Sims is durable and dependable, but he’s not a true power back. That said, he does bring a real presence to the spot, including an ability to break tackles, bounce off defenders and use his leg drive to pick up extra yards.

    Speed

    19/25

    Sims is not a player with elite speed, but he does have a good burst when he sees daylight, and that allows him to generate space in his runs. He has speed to get to the first-down marker but not the acceleration or top-end speed to consistently get to the end zone.

    Ball Security

    22/25

    With Sims, the West Virginia Mountaineers have a smooth and reliable ball-carrier. He’s someone who should probably receive more touches because he is sure with the football and a safe bet to pick up positive yardage. He doesn’t fumble and carries the ball securely, which is a big asset to his game.

    Vision

    18/20

    Sims has an innate ability to find space. Because of his style and use of burst, he also knows how to create space by setting defenders up to use their pursuit against them. He cannot only read blocks but read defenders to help set up blocks. That’s a plus for a running back.

    Hands

    9/10

    He’s extremely comfortable catching the football. He’s not always a smooth catcher of the ball, but he is someone who certainly gets the job done and can be counted on to bring in passes.

    Overall

    83/100

    Sims is a high-caliber running back, a player who can consistently pick up positive yards, make a defender miss and stretch for that extra yard at the sticks. He is a player who can be counted on out of the backfield in the pass game and as a quality rusher.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fifth round. A very versatile back, but he doesn't have good power or speed.

167. Lamin Barrow, LSU

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    Pass Rush

    18/25

    Lamin Barrow, like most of the LSU defense, struggled to get to the passer in 2013. He’s not a natural pass-rushing threat. He had some success but was largely pushed off course into the mix of bodies instead of getting to the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    27/30

    Against the run, Barrow is at his best. He’s a good flow linebacker who tracks the backside A to make tackles. The senior got off to a slow start, but over the course of the season, he hit his stride and became the tackler that LSU needed out of the linebacking corps.

    Coverage

    11/15

    Barrow can get to zones and is capable of sinking into coverage. But he is not a fluid athlete moving away from the line. He can wall off the middle, but he has a hard time transitioning from his drop into moving to match crossers.

    Tackling

    27/30

    As LSU’s run defense improved, Barrow’s tackling got better. He’s fought through blockers to get to tackles and is doing a good job of consistently getting his targets down.

    Overall

    83/100

    Barrow made himself a quality linebacker for LSU. He did his best to pull this defense through some tough times. Although it was not perfect, he put together a solid season. He certainly deserves to be on this list.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Versatile, attacking run defender who projects best to inside linebacker.

166. Eric Kendricks, UCLA

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    Pass Rush

    9/15

    Eric Kendricks is at his best in coverage, leaving him out of the pass-rush mix for the Bruins. It helps that in rush scenarios, Anthony Barr is on the edge, reducing the need for blitzers from the interior.

    Run Defense

    30/35

    The UCLA junior is a prime example of the versatility that coaches are looking for out of the linebacker position. Although he is not the prototype, Kendricks knows how to get downhill, is fast enough to replace in a vacated gap and wants to tackle at the point of impact.

    Coverage

    13/15

    As a smaller player, Kendrick has the ability and the fluidity to be exceptional in coverage. He can open his hips, is comfortable moving away from the line of scrimmage and understands how to carry receivers in the open field.

    Tackling

    31/35

    Kendricks is a tackling machine. He is the type of player who scrapes across the top well, and because his teammates can set the edge, he runs right into the tackles. He has the speed to track down runs to both sides of the formation.

    Overall

    83/100

    He’s another in the new breed of inside linebackers. Kendricks runs very well, understands where he fits in the defense and wants to make tackles at the line of scrimmage. He’s also solid against the pass, something that is a must in today’s college football world.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Has all the tools, but struggled to stay healthy in '13.

165. Kasim Edebali, Boston College

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    Pass Rush

    55/65

    Kasim Edebali is a long player who uses his arms to get separation from blockers and disengage to get to the quarterback. The senior is also good at working leverage to squeeze the pocket or work underneath a blocker by slapping his hands away to get across his face.

    Run Defense

    28/35

    Edebali uses his length in the run game to separate from blockers and make a tackle. Unlike other defenders, the BC end brings a good power base and the ability to set the edge. He can control the blocker and still disengage to make a play. 

    Overall

    83/100

    Edebali has flown under the national radar because he plays at Boston College. That said, the kid from Germany has a lot of skills, few bad habits and is still learning how to use his length.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Undrafted free agent. A productive college player, but he lacks the explosive ability needed for the NFL.

164. Travis Swanson, Arkansas

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    Pass Protection

    30/40

    Travis Swanson is quick off the ball and uses good hand placement against bigger defenders. As long as the senior keeps his pad level low and stays under control, he can control the line of scrimmage and stop defenders from walking him back into the quarterback.

    Run Blocking

    53/60

    Although a knee injury took away a little of Swanson’s mobility, he has played well in the run game. Swanson is quick enough to pull out in front of the back, and he shows a knack for getting to the second level and targeting defenders.

    Overall

    83/100

    One of the nation’s best centers, although he did not have the season he wanted to have in 2013. Being asked to pass protect for an inexperienced quarterback gave defenders more time to work on him and the entire offensive line. Swanson excelled against the run.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. Has potential, but he has to be smarter about picking up blitzes.

163. Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

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    Hands

    26/30

    Another reliable pass-catcher at the position. Jeff Heuerman is good in space and has had some trouble in traffic, but he is a quality safety valve for quarterback Braxton Miller.

    Blocking

    25/30

    The Buckeyes’ versatile player is a good blocker. He’s not a true fullback, but he is capable of getting out in front to lead the charge, and he is also showing the ability to be effective in pass protection.

    Route Running

    15/20

    Heuerman is still figuring out the route running in the Ohio State offense. Against a zone, the junior understands how to sit down and be a target. However, against man coverage, Heuerman is still learning how to work routes to create space.

    Speed

    17/20

    He has very good speed, something that often goes unnoticed. He is capable of exploding off the line to make coverage difficult for linebackers, and when he is flexed out, his blend of speed and size makes him a difficult matchup for defensive backs.

    Overall

    83/100

    In Heuerman, the Buckeyes have a player who is still growing into the role as the offense evolves under Urban Meyer. This year, Heuerman took a big step toward being a weapon for Ohio State, as he’s shown an ability to slip out into routes, be a physical player and help out his quarterback.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. Lacks the speed and playmaking ability to be drafted higher.

162. Bishop Sankey, Washington

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    Power

    18/20

    Given his small stature, many expect Bishop Sankey to fill a more scatback-type role on the field. However, the junior is a beast between the tackles, and his height does not stop him from being truly difficult to bring down. He explodes into tacklers, bounces off contact and maintains both his balance and leg drive in the process, allowing him to pick up positive yardage.

    Speed

    20/25

    Sankey is not the fastest back, but he has enough get-up-and-go to be a factor on longer runs down the field. That speed also allows him to transition from interior rushes to bounces outside, where he can outsprint linebackers to the edge and get on top of defensive backs in a hurry.

    Ball Security

    22/25

    Given the number of carries that Sankey gets as the Washington Huskies’ workhorse, he has great ball security. The fumble in the Oregon game sticks out like a sore thumb, but Sankey rebounded in that same game and played solid in a losing effort. He’s safe with the football in his hands.

    Vision

    17/20

    At 5’10”, Sankey is one of the nation’s shorter backs, yet he finds his way through the trees in the interior. That is a testament to his vision as a runner. He feels the action around him so well, recognizes defenders fading away, sees blockers giving him an opening and gets to those spots quickly.

    Hands

    6/10

    He’s better at pass protection than he is at catching the football, but in a pinch, he can be called upon to help out quarterback Keith Price as a safety valve. Catching the ball consistently is not a skill that Sankey has added to his set.

    Overall

    83/100

    Sankey is a treat at the running back position, a guy who can do everything in the run game that a scout or coach would ask. He runs between the tackles surprisingly well for a guy of his measurables and still can get to the edge to pick up extra yardage.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Lot of wear on his tires, but he could be an NFL starter.

161. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

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    Accuracy

    24/30

    Taylor Kelly is an accurate thrower, particularly with the short and intermediate passes that dominate his offense at Arizona State. He consistently gets the ball into his teammates’ hands and, most importantly, puts them in position to keep running and making plays.

    Arm Strength

    11/15

    He is not a strong-armed QB, but thanks to his offense, he does not have to be. He’s at his best dinking and dunking, taking what the defense gives him and pushing the ball out to his playmakers on the edge.

    Decision-Making

    24/30

    Kelly is a quarterback who can run and throw the ball on any given play. He understands when to call his own number on the zone read, when to tuck and run on a pass play, and when to throw it away or dump it off in the pass game.

    Pocket Presence

    24/25

    Much like Bryce Petty at Baylor, Kelly is a great fit for his system because he is capable of getting loose. That makes him more comfortable in the pocket and more dangerous for opponents.

    Overall

    83/100

    In Kelly, the Sun Devils have a good quarterback having a great season. He’s made some mistakes, but as he settled into 2013, he’s shown a quality knack for putting the Sun Devils in the end zone.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. A good all-around athlete, but he might be a little small for the pros.

160. Preston Brown, Louisville

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    Pass Rush

    11/15

    Preston Brown is another linebacker who knows how to get to the quarterback. His team has used the blitz packages well in 2013, and he's shown an ability to bring pressure and flash to get his teammates loose.

    Run Defense

    32/35

    Brown is a big-bodied, downhill player. He’s at his best moving toward the line of scrimmage and sifting through the wash to make a play. He can take on bigger-bodied linemen, shed and still make tackles.

    Coverage

    9/15

    Although he is a bigger guy, Brown looks comfortable in coverage. He recognizes landmarks, can move out of the backfield to track linebackers and, if pressed into carrying crossers, knows how to trail with good angles.

    Tackling

    31/35

    He’s another tackling machine, thanks to Louisville allowing him to scrape and funneling plays to its interior backer. Brown gets downhill in a hurry, forces backs to make a decision and reacts well to close the gap and get them on the ground.

    Overall

    83/100

    Brown’s another in a crowded cast of very good interior linebackers. With Louisville showing true comfort in going from 4-3 to 3-4 looks, Brown’s ability to excel in both schemes makes him a valuable asset.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. A big, strong player, but he lacks speed.

159. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

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    Pass Rush

    12/15

    Chris Borland is adept at getting active behind the line of scrimmage when he’s added to the pass rush. He’s a banger who will take on a blocker and pressure an interior lineman to help get teammates free.

    Run Defense

    33/35

    Borland excels against the run. He’s a true banger when pushing to stop it. He is the rare linebacker who is as good at hammering and splattering runs as he is shedding blocks to make tackles.

    Coverage

    7/15

    Borland is not great in coverage; however, he does show a knack for driving to the football after getting to his landmark. He can come downhill to make a tackle, and that is a plus.

    Tackling

    31/35

    Borland comes onto the list as a tackling machine at this position. He is a thumper who wants to stick his nose into the mix and get ball-carriers on the ground.

    Overall

    83/100

    Another prototypical interior linebacker, Borland can take on blocks, shed blocks and get to the ball even at 5'11". He brings plenty of power to the field. He is an aggressive player who challenges every play.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Late second round. Doesn't have NFL height, but he is a playmaker around the ball.

158. Weston Richburg, Colorado State

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    Pass Protection

    33/40

    Weston Richburg is one of college football’s headiest players on the interior of a line. He has elite quickness after the snap and the ability to stay low on larger defensive linemen in order to redirect them and keep them from pushing through to the quarterback.

    Run Blocking

    50/60

    Richburg has good technique from the center spot and that same elite quickness. He is one of the few centers who is comfortable pulling out after snapping the ball, and his speed allows him to lead his running backs down the field. Richburg does struggle with bigger bodies in zone blocking. They are able to move him off his point and get penetration into the backfield.

    Overall

    83/100

    The Colorado State senior is a high-level center. He moves with great quickness and his technique is among the best in the country. What he lacks in power he more than makes up for with his low pad level, leverage and knack for beating defenders to the spot.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Sleeper potential, he just needs to get better at timing his blocks.

157. Cody Riggs, Florida

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    Run Defense

    25/30

    Getting downhill against the run is something that Cody Riggs seems to enjoy and do well. He makes some mistakes in pursuit, but he is a safety who is comfortable pushing down into the box to add himself to the mix against the run.

    Coverage

    33/40

    Riggs has laid big shots on people and been ejected for targeting. However, he arrives a step or two too late to truly break up the passes. That’s why he does not rank higher as a coverage safety.

    Tackling

    26/30

    Riggs is better coming downhill against the run, and he is able to get into the box and make a play. In the pass game, he secures a tackle to make sure there is minimal gain. When he gets an opportunity, he explodes on ball-carriers.

    Overall

    84/100

    The Florida safety is a physical player who brings a toughness to the field on every snap. Although he doesn’t always break up passes, he does make people pay for catching the football, so there is legitimate value to his contributions.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Big potential and enough speed to wow NFL teams.

156. Su'a Cravens, USC

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    Run Defense

    23/30

    Su'a Cravens is not a primary run defender, but the freshman is finding his spots to make plays for the Trojans. He has great closing speed that shows when runs break the line of scrimmage.

    Coverage

    35/40

    The true freshman is another player who stepped in at the collegiate level, learned the game as he progressed and showed the ability to make a serious impact. Cravens closes on the football as well as anyone in the country, and that helps him get his hands on the football.

    Tackling

    26/30

    Closing speed is a big reason why Cravens is such a sound tackler. He flies to the ball and goes in for the tackle before the opposition has an opportunity to evade the approach.

    Overall

    84/100

    Cravens is another player who is just scratching the surface of his talent. This year he proved he can run with the athletes in the Pac-12. His big moves have to come from taking an understanding of concepts and working them to gain advantages against opponents' quarterbacks.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. Has as much NFL potential as any safety in college.

155. Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest

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    Run Defense

    21/25

    Kevin Johnson will mix it up in the run game, and that is a plus because he comes from the inside out for Wake Forest, a team that uses plenty of swarming to stop the run. Johnson is a good piece in a Demon Deacons defense that uses all of its bodies to stop the run.

    Coverage

    43/50

    The junior is sound in both man and zone coverage. He does the little things right, and that leads to him being in great position to make plays more often than not. He understands how receivers are looking to hurt him and uses positioning and technique to take things away.

    Tackling

    20/25

    Johnson is a good tackler who is willing to give up his body to help his team make a play. He takes on bigger targets with reckless abandon and is a fighter when it comes to getting ball-carriers on the ground.

    Overall

    84/100

    Johnson is a good, physical corner who the Demon Deacons rely on to make plays in the run and pass game. He’s a player who reads the quarterback in zone coverage and finds a way to insert himself into the play.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Ideal NFL size, but quickness and speed are questionable.

154. Marion Grice, Arizona State

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    Power

    13/20

    Marion Grice is not a power runner by any means. He can shake off a tackle or two, but his value comes in his shiftiness, not in his ability to run behind his pads. The Arizona State back will run between the tackles when it is necessary, but he is not very effective against the bigger bodies on the interior of a defense.

    Speed

    22/25

    Speed is where Grice excels, especially because it comes in a double dose. The senior has a great burst into and out of his cuts. Combined with solid quickness in space, Grice is a difficult target for defenders to get square in their sights.

    Ball Security

    22/25

    He is a safe bet with the ball in his hands every play. Grice is a sure-handed back who secures zone-read gives and straight handoffs, catches in fluid fashion and protects the football in traffic.

    Vision

    17/20

    Since power is not Grice’s strong suit, he relies on his vision to be effective. His eyes pick up on spacing, defender balance and pursuit angles. That helps him diagnose the best way to continuously attack opponents.

    Hands

    10/10

    He has the best hands of any running back in college football. Catching the ball comes naturally to Grice. He is a most reliable target catching passes out of the backfield and from the slot position. He could easily be successful as a full-time wide receiver.

    Overall

    84/100

    Grice is the most versatile player in college football. On a given offensive series, he can line up all over the field, everywhere from a Wildcat-type quarterback or a slot receiver to a traditional running back. He’s effective in space, makes defenders miss and has the best nose for the end zone in the game.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Exceptional do-it-all back with no power to move the pile.

153. Jeremy Hill, LSU

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    Power

    18/20

    Jeremy Hill is truly violent in the run game. He is not a guy who seeks out contact, but when the defenders come, he is looking to make them hurt for their tackling efforts. He runs through arm tackles and defensive backs diving at his legs. He has tremendous leg drive and is seldom tackled by just one player.

    Speed

    21/25

    Despite being a patient runner, Hill has great wheels when he sees daylight. He’s a runner with deceptively high top-end speed. Defenders seem to never truly close the gap on Hill as he pushes to get into the end zone.

    Ball Security

    20/25

    Hill has fumbled, but he is by no means a true fumbling risk. Following a fumble in the Ole Miss game, he corrected his ball-security issues in a big way: securing the football from the quarterback, keeping it high and tight and switching hands to keep the ball away from defenders.

    Vision

    19/20

    Hill has the ability to see everything: full cutback opportunities, creases between defenders, linemen set up to block at the second level and back-end defenders off-balance who give him an alley.

    Hands

    6/10

    Hill is not a true passing option. At his best, he can be a target for quarterback Zach Mettenberger as a last resort. Catching the football is not why LSU puts him in the game.

    Overall

    84/100

    Hill is one of the premier backs in college football. He has a violent running style in traffic, burst to explode into daylight and the top-end speed to go the distance. In Hill, LSU has a high-quality asset on the ground.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Has the size, but he lacks the touches that show he can perform.

152. Johnathan Gray, Texas

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    Power

    17/20

    Johnathan Gray has a good-sized body, but because he runs more upright, he limits his ability to deliver a blow at the point of contact. However, he is a guy who runs through arm tackles, can shed smaller defenders and can get a good push for the extra yard when the defense closes around him.

    Speed

    23/25

    He has tremendous speed, and that shows in both his short and long runs. Gray has a strong burst into the line, the ability to rapidly accelerate after making a move on the field and then good top-end speed to go the distance.

    Ball Security

    21/25

    Obviously, Gray’s questionable fumble-not fumble in the Iowa State game raises questions about his ball security in the pile. But over the course of the season, he’s been reliable with the football. Gray is the Longhorns’ feature back because he does not put the ball on the ground. His coaches trust him to secure the football in big spots.

    Vision

    17/20

    Gray sees the field at both the primary and secondary levels. He makes good initial reads, then is able to pick his way to daylight by reading defenders’ body leans, pursuit angles and his own blockers.

    Hands

    6/10

    The sophomore is not the most reliable weapon out of the backfield in the pass game, but he has shown an ability to make catches when pressed into action. Gray is not a true receiving threat at the position.

    Overall

    84/100

    After grabbing the reins from Joe Bergeron following his fumbling issues, Gray has shown why he was an elite talent coming out of high school. The running back uses a blend of shiftiness and the ability to break tackles to generate quality production. His vision at the second level helps him find the creases and extend runs.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Tons of potential, but injuries are piling up.

151. Kenny Shaw, Florida State

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    Hands

    23/25

    Kenny Shaw is the “Steady Eddie” of the Florida State Seminoles wide receiving corp. He catches everything thrown to him and has shown an outstanding ability to control the football while going to the ground.

    Route Running

    19/20

    Florida State’s elder statesman at the receiver position gets open because he knows the tricks of the trade. He pushes defenders to open up before forcing them to reverse field as he breaks away from the turn. Shaw understands what he’s doing on the field, starting with alignment and proceeding through his stem and push into the move.

    Speed

    20/25

    Shaw is a tremendous route-runner, even though he lacks top-end speed. His biggest asset in the speed game is his quickness and ability to burst into and out of breaks.

    Run After Catch

    22/30

    After making the catch, Shaw is a high-quality possession receiver. He knows how to get to the sticks and can make a first move to extend the play. However, he is not the home run hitter at the position that some of the other wide receivers on this list are. 

    Overall

    84/100

    Shaw is reliable. That’s why he is such a big part of Florida State’s offense. He is always where he’s supposed to be, always finds a way to get open and knows how to pick up first downs.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Nice production, but small and not special as a receiver.

150. Derrick Malone, Oregon

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    Pass Rush

    18/25

    Derrick Malone has been added to the mix for the Ducks as a pass-rusher out of Nick Aliotti’s sets, but his primary function in the pass game is in coverage. He’s a fluid athlete getting after the quarterback, but he’s better suited for the back end.

    Run Defense

    26/30

    Here is where Malone shines. He has slid nicely into his role as the primary tackler in the run game. He handles cutback runs fluidly and with great pursuit and has the speed to outsprint bouncing backs to the edge.

    Coverage

    13/15

    Malone is smooth in coverage and runs well. He has the ability to recognize threats in his zone and drives well on the ball. He will fight to break up passes. In moving from the hash to the flat, his speed is a major plus.

    Tackling

    27/30

    He’s a sure tackler who knows where his help is coming from and uses the sideline and good technique to get ball-carriers down. He closes fast, shuts down the opportunity for cutback runs and puts offensive players into the dirt.

    Overall

    84/100

    Malone emerged as Oregon’s best linebacker this season. He used the run-through opportunities to limit gains down the field. He does not get caught up in the wash tracking the cutback, and that’s a great skill to have.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Active, aggressive athlete, but a small frame for the NFL.

149. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

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    Run Defense

    23/30

    Jalen Ramsey is a freshman who the nation got to watch grow into his new role as the season progressed. Catching on in run defense was the part that still gave him trouble at times as he reacted slower than other safeties to transitioning into run defense.

    Coverage

    36/40

    The freshman was surprisingly smooth in coverage, better than most older safeties. He is a fluid athlete who does a good job matching receivers in zone while seeing through to the quarterback. Ramsey also is an exceptional man-to-man defender when pushed into action.

    Tackling

    25/30

    Ramsey is a very good tackler, which is refreshing for a freshman defensive back. He has great body control and understands leverage. He not only knows how to get opponents on the ground, but he also has a good feel for how to push ball-carriers back to his teammates.

    Overall

    84/100

    Ramsey converted from corner to safety during the season and played exceptionally well for the Seminoles. The move is difficult in the offseason for experienced players, but Ramsey made it during the year and excelled in game action.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early first round. Versatile enough to play cornerback or safety at the next level.

148. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

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    Power

    19/20

    Carlos Hyde has the look and feel of the classic power back, but the Buckeyes senior is so much more. He is less a blow-deliverer and more of an absorber who bounces off tacklers, runs through arm tackles and makes defenders have to secure his legs to bring him down. He has great leg drive and a frame, combined with balance that allows him to move piles and shake off defensive players.

    Speed

    18/25

    As evidenced by his long runs, Hyde is faster than most defenses expect him to be. That said, he is certainly not a speed back, but he hits the hole hard at the line of scrimmage and can pick up an extra five yards once he gets going. Due to his size and deceptive speed, some defenders take poor angles on him, which allow him to turn the corner. Largely, Hyde’s runs come in the interior of the field because he lacks game-changing speed.

    Ball Security

    24/25

    Hyde is the safe bet for Ohio State. He is a guy who can take the handoff, get positive yards in traffic and not have to worry about the ball squirting out and costing the Buckeyes dearly. Hyde is a good high-and-tight-tucking ball-carrier, and his frame allows him to ward off punches and swipes as he gets up the field.

    Vision

    17/20

    Hyde has a good ability to find space and run to daylight. However, he also has a tendency to run into players, both his own and defenders, on his way to that crease. He has a way of seeing the hole where it is, rather than where it will be as he prepares for his next move. Luckily, his power allows him to shake off those defenders and still gain yards.

    Hands

    6/10

    Catching the ball does not come naturally to Hyde, but he can still corral it when it is thrown his way. He uses his body too much, but because he is usually a last resort, he is open and not forced to make a clean-hands catch. This is definitely a skill that if improved would make him even more dangerous.

    Overall

    84/100

    One of the nation’s most reliable backs, Hyde absorbs blows, uses his balance to dance off hits and then keeps chugging toward the end zone. His ball security is top-notch, and because he rarely takes a negative play, this grinder is a beast in the second half of games.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Amazing power, but he lacks speed at the next level.

147. Devonta Freeman, Florida State

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    Power

    16/20

    Devonta Freeman is not a power back or a violent runner, but his balance and leg drive do give him the ability to absorb hits, bounce off tacklers and continue pushing for extra yardage. While he does not shy away from contact, the junior is best served picking his way through traffic, instead of just running over defenders.

    Speed

    20/25

    The best part of Freeman’s speed is his initial burst. That surge carries him into the line of scrimmage. On slower-developing plays, it goes into effect after he finds his seam of choice. He has good but not great top-end speed, but the burst gets him away from defenders.

    Ball Security

    22/25

    Freeman is safe with the football and covers it up in traffic. Even as he pushes for extra yardage, he maintains control of the ball. He carries it tight to his body, and because of his shiftiness does not allow defenders to get clean punches or swipes to dislodge the ball.

    Vision

    18/20

    Freeman excels in this area. He finds space all over the field, picks his holes and then moves from one void to the next, thanks to his ability to read defenders, blocks and find creases between them.

    Hands

    8/10

    Freeman is developing a reliable set of hands out of the backfield. Early on in the season, he was used primarily as a pass-protector. But as he showed a consistent ability to track the ball and make catches out of the backfield, more was added to his plate. He’s a reliable safety valve for his quarterback.

    Overall

    84/100

    Freeman is not even the most talented running back on his team, but he’s the best back the Seminoles have because of his ability to blend together his skills. He finds running room where there appears to be none, can break tackles to get the extra yards and is a great option in the pass game for Jameis Winston.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. A little small and not all that fast for a starting back.

146. Shayne Skov, Stanford

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    Pass Rush

    14/15

    Shayne Skov has lined up inside and outside for the Cardinal, and from the inside spot, he brings plenty of understanding in the pass-rush game. The linebacker knows how to work stunts and attack weaknesses on the offensive line in an effort to not only free himself for plays, but to ensure teammates come unblocked and get to the passer.

    Run Defense

    33/35

    Skov is another pure downhill-run defender. He is a player whose first steps are toward the line of scrimmage, and that helps him get there and be disruptive between the tackles. Skov has also shown the athleticism to play against the zone read.

    Coverage

    7/15

    The Stanford senior is best suited as an added rusher, not a pass defender. He understands the landmarks, but struggles to open his hips and run after committing to stopping the run first.

    Tackling

    30/35

    He is a good tackler who wants to come up and be physical, especially in the run game. Even when he approaches out of control, Skov understands when to hammer and when to splatter runs, giving his teammates a chance to clean up after him.

    Overall

    84/100

    He is one of the nation’s better interior linebackers. Skov is great between the hashmarks. He wants to come up and make tackles, and the senior delivers a blow when he gets a shot to make a play behind the line of scrimmage.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. Bounced back after a rough 2012 to once again look like a 10-year NFL starter.

145. DeVante Parker, Louisville

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    Hands

    23/25

    DeVante Parker has high-level hands and ball security. He climbs the ladder well and consistently brings the ball down away from his body in traffic. His aggressiveness to the ball and great hands are why he is a sure thing in the red zone and when the Louisville Cardinals are looking for a first down.

    Route Running

    17/20

    Parker is not a precision route-runner, but he understands how to use his body to get open in big situations. In the red zone, he’s a master of the fade, pushing to the outside, while leaving himself space to work on the sideline. In the green area, he knows how to work defenders to create room at the sticks.

    Speed

    20/25

    Parker has good speed, but a great burst is his big asset. He seems to have an extra gear out of breaks and when he needs to find space.

    Run After Catch

    24/30

    When the defense obliges by giving him space to operate, Parker can get to the end zone. However, his biggest value is catching balls in traffic, despite having defenders draped on him.

    Overall

    84/100

    There’s a lot to love about Parker. He’s a physical receiver who wants to get the ball thrown his way in high-pressure and high-traffic situations. He attacks the football and, as he’s shown time and again, comes down with touchdowns and first downs.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Big and unstoppable in the red zone, but he won't blow you away with speed.

144. Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest

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    Hands

    23/25

    Michael Campanaro is a great pass-catcher. Although he doesn’t often make the exceptional catch, his worth is in making the same, confident snare play after play in an offense that routinely targeted him in space.

    Route Running

    19/20

    He is one of the best in the college game. He understands how to use his body to get open and works defenders to create space. He pushes guys hard upfield to get back downhill. He also understands stemming inside to expand into space. And he brings an understanding of sitting in a zone to be a target for his quarterback.

    Speed

    21/25

    How fast is the Wake Forest Deacons receiver? Fast enough. He is not the guy to blow by defenses or take the top off a unit, but he’s fast enough to explode into space and hurt a defense when it gives him room.

    Run After Catch

    21/30

    Campanaro is fast enough to be dangerous. His run-after-the-catch game is solid. He forces defenders to make a sure tackle. If the tackle is not good, he will slip the defensive back or linebacker and pick up that extra yardage that just demoralizes a defense.

    Overall

    84/100

    It’s a shame that Campanaro got hurt, going down in the Syracuse game on Dec. 2 witha broken collarbone. He is a truly exceptional college wide receiver. He has great body control and understanding of routes and defender positioning, and simply put, he catches everything.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. High-motor, short-yardage guy who lacks size.

143. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin

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    Hands

    26/30

    Jacob Pedersen is a “Steady Eddie” type of player. When the ball is on his body, he will reel in the catch, making him a reliable target for quarterback Joel Stave. He’s not the guy to make the circus grab, but he’s certainly a player who can get a first down.

    Blocking

    28/30

    Muscling up at the point of attack is the prime directive for everyone on the Wisconsin roster, and Pedersen fits the bill perfectly. He moves bodies in the run game, pushing the edge in zone blocking and climbing to linebackers when asked to get to the second level. Pedersen is also reliable in pass protection.

    Route Running

    15/20

    Pedersen is at his best against zone coverage, finding a hole and sitting down. That includes peeling off the edge in play-action to hit vacated underneath space. Down the field, Pedersen is comfortable getting open, using spacing concepts.

    Speed

    15/20

    Pedersen is not a burner who can get open through speed alone. However, the Wisconsin tight end does understand when to hit his top speed, usually in an effort to get into an opening or reach for a first down.

    Overall

    84/100

    Pedersen is one of the most reliable tight ends in the country. He will find a way to get open down the field, and in the run game he is one of the nation’s best blockers. The run game at Wisconsin gets the love, and not only does Pedersen play a part in that success, he is also key to the passing efforts.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Small for a tight end, but a good overall athlete.

142. Blake Countess, Michigan

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    Run Defense

    19/25

    Blake Countess, even when he’s moved inside to play some nickel, is not a stout run defender. He is at his best cleaning up the mess after the front seven makes the initial hit.

    Coverage

    45/50

    The Michigan corner is at his best in zone coverage. He sees the quarterback well, has a great ability to break on the ball and recognizes threats in his area. He matches patterns to take away quick hits, and on deeper drops, if he's asked to defend two vertical routes, he can come off one to get to two and still make a play, if the interior receiver doesn't bend it inside enough.

    Tackling

    20/25

    Countess is not a great tackler, but the Wolverine will get ball-carriers down on the ground. That’s a testament to him working to make plays after runs break the line of scrimmage and making sure he secures opponents after completions.

    Overall

    84/100

    After missing 2012 with a torn ACL, Countess rebounded strong in 2013. It’s not just the interception numbers, but rather his reads to make plays that make him an asset. He does a good job of seeing the whole field through his coverage area.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. A little small for NFL standards, but he has room to grow.

141. Zach Mettenberger, LSU

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    Accuracy

    25/30

    Accurate passing is one of the areas where the LSU quarterback has improved mightily under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Zach Mettenberger has found a groove in hitting his spots on the slant and the out. He’s also throwing amazing back-shoulder throws to his targets.

    Arm Strength

    15/15

    This is where Mettenberger is the king of the castle. The senior has the strongest arm in the collegiate game. He can spin the ball with zip, and when he uncorks the cannon to throw deep, there are few receivers who can outrun the unload.

    Decision-Making

    24/30

    This is the area where Mettenberger has improved the most in 2013, even more so than his accuracy. It is not just decisions about avoiding throwing balls in traffic or trying to muscle balls into spaces he shouldn’t. Rather, his positive reads are the biggest leap. He understands where his advantages are and uses them to put stress on the defense.

    Pocket Presence

    20/25

    LSU’s quarterback will hang in the pocket to make a play, especially since he becomes a major threat when he is forced to move—thanks to his lack of elusiveness. In a crowded pocket, Mettenberger still has problems, especially with defenders near his legs.

    Overall

    84/100

    No quarterback has taken as big a leap in 2013 as Mettenberger. He has grown from a shaky liability to a solid threat at the position. He is a big-time asset for the Bayou Bengals.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Has top-level passing ability, but injury and off-field concerns hurt his stock.

140. Blake Bortles, UCF

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    Accuracy

    24/30

    The Knights quarterback delivers the ball with tremendous accuracy from inside and outside the pocket. He’s accurate on the run, an added asset to his game that allows him to deliver balls on the money while evading trouble.

    Arm Strength

    12/15

    Blake Bortles has an above-average arm that helps him drive the ball down the field. He’s capable of making all of the throws, although, like some other QBs, his deep balls lose velocity and hang in the air at times.

    Decision-Making

    25/30

    The UCF signal-caller is smart with the ball in his hands, although he does take risks when he is trying to make a play. He has such good ability to evade the rush that in his push to extend plays and make something happen, he sometimes does too much.

    Pocket Presence

    23/25

    Bortles is very good in the pocket, thanks to that ability to evade the rush. He understands that he can hang in the pocket until the last minute and still make plays. That understanding keeps him very cool between the tackles.

    Overall

    84/100

    Bortles was on the fringe of many folks’ radar entering the year, and he exploded on the scene as a big-time player at the position. He’s an accurate passer who rarely puts his team in bad situations and has the athletic ability to get himself out of trouble.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early first round. He'll be a top-10 pick whenever he decides to head to the NFL. Mobility and accuracy.

139. Gator Hoskins, Marshall

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    Hands

    27/30

    Gator Hoskins has very good hands and is no stranger to making quality catches down the field. The Marshall tight end has had a few drops, but he has good concentration and is one of the more reliable receivers.

    Blocking

    23/30

    This is the most underrated element of Hoskins’ game. Although he is primarily a receiving threat, he has a good ability to block both on the line and down the field. He comes off the ball, can work in pass protection if needed and blocks for his receivers well in space.

    Route Running

    16/20

    Hoskins is not the best route-runner, but that is largely a product of the offense in which he plays. He is asked to get open more often than he is asked to work precise routes. Hoskins knows how to get open, and for the quick screens that he works in this offense, that is plenty.

    Speed

    18/20

    He has very good speed, hence the Herd trust him to work screens that ordinarily are reserved for wide receivers. He can get on top of defenders quickly, and he’s quick enough to get to the middle of the field before safeties have the time to react and jump his routes.

    Overall

    84/100

    He is one of the better tight ends in the nation. Hoskins has flown under the radar for many folks. He has a polished game and understands where he fits in his offense, and he has a knack for getting into the end zone.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. More fullback than tight end, but his speed and strength are NFL-caliber.

138. Devin Funchess, Michigan

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    Hands

    29/30

    Devin Funchess has great hands. He catches everything thrown his way and is no stranger to battling defenders to secure the football. He can climb the ladder to make the grab and is comfortable catching the ball and squeezing it away from his body.

    Blocking

    18/30

    Blocking is what keeps Funchess lower on the list. He is far from a complete package. He is not very good in pass protection. He is clearly a better option running a route than helping max-protect. In the run game, much like the entire Michigan offensive line, Funchess struggles to get push and generate space to run.

    Route Running

    17/20

    The sophomore does show a good understanding of spacing and how to work routes to get open. He understands using inside releases and stems to the post to get toward the numbers on a defender. Funchess also is doing a better job of knowing when to keep running versus sitting down and just being a target.

    Speed

    20/20

    He has elite speed at the position. Funchess is the rare tight end who can run away from defensive backs in the pass game. Funchess can beat people off the line, and as he gets down the field, he eats up cushion and forces defenders to open hips and run.

    Overall

    84/100

    Blocking is where Michigan’s tight end needs to improve to be one of the game’s truly elite tight ends. His hands, speed and ability to get open are already at a high level.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. A complete tight end, he's just waiting to be draft-eligible.

137. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

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    Power

    18/20

    Lache Seastrunk is a back who runs behind his pads and keeps his pad level low to explode through contact. Although he is not a power back, he is a runner who does not shy from contact, shakes off defenders and continuously picks up extra yards. He is a true run finisher.

    Speed

    24/25

    The Baylor junior’s speed is among the nation’s elite. Seastrunk accelerates rapidly, can start and stop on a dime, and then return to top speed quickly. At his top end, he runs away from almost every defender. Because he hits top speed quicker than most backs, it allows him to get the corner or burst through a seam for big gains.

    Ball Security

    21/25

    Seastrunk has been safe with the football in 2013, a major plus for Baylor’s feature back. His big improvements have been securing the ball in traffic and keeping the football tight as he pushes to pick up extra yards and finish runs.

    Vision

    16/20

    As the nation’s premier one-cut-and-go back, Seastrunk makes quick diagnoses at the line and then uses his burst to get upfield. With a clear path, Seastrunk is phenomenal. However, at the second and third levels, he is less capable of diagnosing defenders’ vulnerabilities and making the second cut.

    Hands

    5/10

    Seastrunk is not generally a target for the Bears in the passing game. He’s not a natural pass-catcher, as Baylor uses him in pass protection more than out in routes.

    Overall

    84/100

    Seastrunk is a high-level running back who benefits from a system designed to help a back of his ilk flourish. Behind the zone-blocking scheme, with defenders frozen by the zone read, Seastrunk is able to get the ball, make one cut and get out of the gate and past defenders.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Spread offense and average vision hurt his stock.

136. Steve Edmond, Texas

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    Pass Rush

    20/25

    Steve Edmond can be a problem for quarterbacks when he gets a shot to rush the passer. He pushes through well, and even though he is rarely the primary free runner, he does draw interest and gives Texas help to get to the passer.

    Run Defense

    26/30

    The Texas junior hammers the run game. He plays well off of Dalton Santos and tracks the ball to make a play. Edmond understands where he fits in the gaps and works good angles to make sure runs do not break the Texas defense.

    Coverage

    13/15

    Edmond is a big-bodied player, but he moves well in coverage. When he’s in the game during passing situations, he walls off the interior and drives well on the ball. He does a great job of playing deep to short and then making a tackle.

    Tackling

    25/30

    One of the better tacklers on the Texas roster, Edmond gets good results. He understands leverage and how to play off his teammates, something many tacklers fail to do. He plays good team defense. Part of that is making tackles in tight spots.

    Overall

    84/100

    Edmond’s season came to an end when he lacerated his liver against Texas Tech. Prior to that incident, he was a big-production player who did all of the little things for the Longhorns. He was not the big-play guy or a flashy player, but he was what made things work in Austin.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. Big, strong linebacker with limited outside speed.

135. Dante Fowler, Florida

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    Pass Rush

    25/30

    Dante Fowler does not have a wide variety of pass-rush moves. His best quality is playing in a defense that uses shifts and motions pre-snap to confuse the offensive line. Fowler needs to develop a swim-and-rip move in addition to his speed to consistently get pressure on the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    27/30

    Despite his lack of pass-rush consistency, Fowler is a force against the run. The shifts at the line allow him to use his quickness to knife into the backfield and disrupt plays before they happen. Fowler also has the speed to get to the edge and track down ball-carriers from the backside.

    Coverage

    5/10

    Fowler is not a pass defender. The Gators don’t have a strong pass rush, so Fowler is needed in that dimension. The sophomore is also not a plus in coverage. He is much better going forward and getting into the backfield than he is sinking into open spaces to defend the pass.

    Tackling

    27/30

    Fowler is a good tackler. He is a guy who runs to the football, gets players on the ground and looks for chances to create turnovers. He is an athlete who understands how to track the ball-carrier and stop him for minimal gains.

    Overall

    84/100

    Florida’s hybrid linebacker is a quality player. He is among the nation’s best against the run, finding a way to get penetration and create problems in the backfield. He needs to develop pass-rush moves and coverage skills to be a well-rounded player. But against the run, he is a beast.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early first round. We're looking at a future top pick. There's nothing he can't do.

134. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

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    Pass Rush

    29/40

    Ra'Shede Hageman is inconsistent in his pass rush. He has the physical tools to be a threat, but has yet to polish his technique and work it consistently enough to be a continual problem for offensive linemen.

    Run Defense

    55/60

    Because Hageman is so athletic, he does have the ability to make plays almost at will in the run game by getting less talented linemen to create space for him. His first step and ability to explode off the ball generate space, and he can split blockers in order to disrupt play in the backfield.

    Overall

    84/100

    The Minnesota senior has improved his discipline in the run game, and it has benefited him and his team in a big way. If he could develop pass-rush moves, he would be an unstoppable force for the Gophers.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. One of the most naturally gifted players in the nation. Has to play with better leverage.

133. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

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    Pass Protection

    30/40

    Gabe Jackson is a quality pass-protection guard. As long as he can get his hands on the rusher, he can control the action in a tremendous way. Blitzers and rushers working angles give him trouble, but Jackson has the ability to ride them past the quarterback when he cannot get in front of them.

    Run Blocking

    54/60

    Gabe Jackson has high-level hand placement and an ability to lock onto defenders in the run game. He keeps his hands tight and delivers a wallop when he gets to the opponent. Jackson also tracks well at the second level or when he is pulling to pick up his targets and clear a path.

    Overall

    84/100

    Jackson is a high-level guard for Mississippi State. What he lacks in true foot quickness he makes up for with length and the ability to redirect defenders. He’s a fighter in the pass game and a guy who is looking to get on top of defenders when blocking the run.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. Run-blocking power is exceptional, but he gets lost in pass pro.

132. Chris Smith, Arkansas

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    Pass Rush

    57/65

    Chris Smith is a strong defensive end, and he has shown an ability to beat tackles off the edge. His relentless push has helped his teammate, Trey Flowers, emerge as a capable defensive end, as Smith flushes quarterbacks in his direction. Smith has a nice spin move and the ability to get upfield before working back down to the quarterback, separating from the tackles.

    Run Defense

    27/35

    The Arkansas end is strong and can set the edge, but he is also quick enough to slip blockers to get into the backfield. His problem in the run game is gambling on the slip to make a play, and then being washed out of position. When his focus is holding the edge, he gets results.

    Overall

    84/100

    If Smith was not in a league with Michael Sam having a phenomenal season or Jadeveon Clowney projecting to be the first pick, he’d likely be a household name. Smith is a heck of a player and shows that every week, despite playing for a team that is less than stellar.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Late second round. A solid 4-3 defensive end prospect, Smith just needs to make more explosive plays in space.

131. Mike Davis, South Carolina

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    Power

    20/20

    Mike Davis is the proverbial bowling ball of a running back. The kid is built for power with his short frame and thick core. His violent running style welcomes contact, and with his solid balance, he is able to pinball off would-be tacklers and continue to drive his legs, pushing piles and finding daylight.

    Speed

    20/25

    Davis has an “end-zone gear.” When he sees the pylon, he can turn his speed up enough to get the ball into the scoring area. Play to play, his speed will not wow folks, but he gets on top of defenders in a hurry, allowing him to deliver the blow rather than absorbing an impact.

    Ball Security

    16/25

    This is Davis’ bugaboo. He had two costly fumbles against Missouri that, luckily, did not cost South Carolina the game. The sophomore has to improve his ball security, valuing the football on an every-play basis.

    Vision

    18/20

    Davis has a knack for getting into the open field and finding space. He recognizes when to bounce his runs and when to fight through traffic, and he knows where the sticks are to move the chains.

    Hands

    10/10

    Davis has the most underrated hands out of the backfield in college football. He is a reliable and natural pass-catcher. That consistency allows him to be a factor all over the field in the pass game.

    Overall

    84/100

    Davis is having one of the best years of any running back in college football. He’s capable of scoring in short yardage, from distance and is a major factor in the passing game. He is not higher on the list because of his fumbles. Improved ball security is a must for the Gamecocks running back.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. Has the potential to be a top back.

130. Sam Carter, TCU

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    Run Defense

    29/30

    Sam Carter is, in the eyes of many, a glorified linebacker for the Horned Frogs, dressed up in safety clothing. He plays the run like a back in that he can set an edge, push through outside shoulders of blockers and track the back-side A-gap well.

    Coverage

    31/40

    Carter’s range is limited, but he’s a monster in underneath coverage. He patrols intermediate areas with great understanding of how to be a problem for quarterbacks. His biggest asset is the quickness to move from a possible blitz threat to a guy who can undercut quick routes to outside receivers.

    Tackling

    25/30

    Carter brings the wood when he patrols the intermediate zones and in the run game. He’s a player who understands how to play in close quarters, and that’s a plus for his run duties. He also has the ability to play in space and make open-field tackles.

    Overall

    85/100

    He’s not a traditional safety, but he’s a very good player who deserves recognition because he plays his spot very well. Few safeties are as comfortable in the box as Carter.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. Ideal player versus the run, but he has to improve in coverage.

129. Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

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    Hands

    21/25

    Jeremy Gallon does a good job of catching the football all over the field. At times he secures it with his body, but the senior receiver has very few drops, which is a positive. Gallon understands how to secure the football before he tries to evade tacklers. 

    Route Running

    17/20

    Despite being an experienced receiver, Gallon is not a great route-runner. Gallon is at his best finding seams in the defense and beating zones, not stacking defensive backs and stemming them to create space.

    Speed

    22/25

    Gallon is not a burner, but he has great burst, which helps him outrun defenders who take poor angles and would-be tacklers who dive at where he was. Gallon doesn’t have superior top-end speed, but the burst combined with his quickness is enough to make him a dangerous receiver.

    Run After Catch

    25/30

    That burst and his solid vision make Gallon a true threat after the catch. Plus, for a smaller receiver, he has great balance and a tremendous ability to break tackles. Thanks to that, the guy is a first-down machine.

    Overall

    85/100

    Gallon is a possession receiver with the ability to be so much more. He’s a weapon on the edge because he is so adept at finding space in open zones, and he flourishes with a scrambling quarterback. The senior is dangerous on the extended play.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. A nightmare with the ball, but smaller than you'd like and not a fit for every team.

128. Anthony Johnson, LSU

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    Pass Rush

    32/40

    Anthony Johnson has not had the season many expected. Despite being very quiet in spots during the season, teams had to account for him in pass protection. He is a body who can push the pocket. When he’s engaged, he can break through double teams to make plays.

    Run Defense

    53/60

    Because he still brought his power to the table, Johnson was a tough player against the run. He forced teams to double team him and was capable of forcing runs to spill before backs were ready to get lateral.

    Overall

    85/100

    This was a lackluster season for Johnson and the bulk of the LSU defense. The team did not generate great pressure consistently, and that cost them in the back end with big pass plays. He flashed enough to warrant inclusion, but ultimately, with the tools Johnson has, he should be much higher.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Early second round. The athletic freak you want, but wish he played with better impact/production.

127. Anthony Harris, Virginia

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    Run Defense

    24/30

    The long safety for Virginia is a confident run defender. Anthony Harris comes up to secondary run-stop, taking good angles to ball-carriers. He has a clear understanding of where he fits versus the run.

    Coverage

    36/40

    A true opportunist in coverage, Harris is an interception machine because he sees the whole field and makes good breaks. Although he doesn’t flash big to prevent big tosses, he does react well to get there and impact the play.

    Tackling

    25/30

    Harris is a sure tackler who does a good job securing the opponent. In the open field, the junior shows good hip fluidity in reacting to moves while reducing the space between himself and the ball-carrier to force the issue.

    Overall

    85/100

    Harris is a good player who had a phenomenal season when it came to getting interceptions. He does a lot of things well at the safety position and is still developing skills in coverage to control the field.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Sixth round. A good athlete, but he might not be aggressive enough for the NFL.

126. Nick O'Leary, Florida State

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    Hands

    25/30

    Nick O’Leary has good hands, although he has dropped a couple of balls. He’s a reliable receiver who makes the sure catch more often than not. O’Leary is not the spectacular acrobat in catching the football, but he often does not have to make the circus grab.

    Blocking

    26/30

    He is one of the best blockers in the nation. O’Leary takes real pride in firing off the ball and moving bodies at the point of attack. He wants to hit defenders down the field to spring backs and receivers for extra yards.

    Route Running

    17/20

    He is an accomplished route-runner. He knows when to sit down in a zone and just be a target. He also understands when to try to outrun a defender, such as a linebacker, and when to simply use his body to create space on the same route against a defensive back.

    Speed

    17/20

    He has good speed, although he is not running away from most college defensive backs. Unlike other players at the position, O’Leary’s game is not rooted in his ability to outrun players.

    Overall

    85/100

    O’Leary is a violent athlete blocking for ball-carriers and is even more aggressive with the football in his hands. He plays every snap like it is a fistfight, and that brings a legitimate toughness to his team’s game.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fifth round. Needs to continue to build on strong 2013 and erase subpar first two seasons.

125. Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama

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    Pass Rush

    22/30

    Jeoffrey Pagan, like teammate Ed Stinson, fits into the traditional mold of eating space and collapsing the pocket around the quarterback. Pagan has shown some ability to disengage, but his primary role is occupying bodies and constricting the pocket around the quarterback.

    Run Defense

    63/70

    Pagan is a squeezer. He has a strong body that can hold off tackles, and that allows him to stop zone runs and create space for his linebackers to fill. It takes two linemen to push Pagan off his point, and that is exactly what his coach is looking for at his position.

    Overall

    85/100

    The junior from North Carolina has shown an ability to be a big-time player, especially against the run. Pagan collapses the pocket and possesses the athleticism, when the opportunity arises, to give chase to quarterbacks.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Has upside, but he gets protected by the Alabama scheme.

124. Henry Anderson, Stanford

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    Pass Rush

    22/30

    Henry Anderson rebounded from injury to be a major player against the pass. Unlike Ben Gardner, Anderson fit into the more traditional, space-occupying role at the defensive-end spot. Anderson’s ability to consume blockers allows the linebackers to get to the quarterback and make plays.

    Run Defense

    63/70

    The senior from Atlanta is extremely stout against the run. After missing time, he started against Oregon and showed the ability to set the edge and dominate defenders, freeing his teammates to make tackles, flowing over the top to the football.

    Overall

    85/100

    Anderson missed much of the season with a knee injury, but his timely return, when Gardner went down for the year, was a big reason why Stanford was able to upset Oregon. The senior gets a strong push against the run, controls the line of scrimmage and disrupts opponents in the run and pass game.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Third round. Has starting potential, but bouncing back from knee injury is key.

123. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

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    Run Defense

    20/25

    The first Nebraska corner on the list is a guy who, although physically larger, is not as influential against the run as his teammate, Ciante Evans. Stanley Jean-Baptiste is not often the primary run defender for the Cornhuskers.

    Coverage

    45/50

    He’s another corner capable of moving between both zone and man coverages. Jean-Baptiste is more comfortable playing from off coverage to see through his area to the quarterback. He is one of the best at recognizing drop depth and shoulder turns to transition into breaking on the ball.

    Tackling

    20/25

    He has missed tackles on the edge coming up on receivers, but he has worked to come under control when his team needs a stop. He will fight to push receivers toward the inside, giving linebackers and safeties time to flow for help.

    Overall

    85/100

    He’s another very good corner for Nebraska. He is a guy who shows folks that playing off coverage does not mean playing soft coverage because he understands how to see through his man to the football so he can make plays.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Second round. A physical boundary cornerback with prototypical size, speed and length.

122. Fou Fonoti, Michigan State

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    Pass Protection

    52/65

    Pass protection is Fou Fonoti’s biggest weakness. He tends to reach on blocks, get overextended and has a tough time getting good depth against speedy edge-rushers.

    Run Blocking

    33/35

    Here is where Fonoti excels. He is a mauler, a guy who enjoys beating up opponents and does a solid job finishing off blocks. Fonoti embodies that Michigan State attitude of wanting to KO the opponent, and the run game is where he gets to be physical.

    Overall

    85/100

    In the collegiate game, if a team is looking to run the ball behind a tackle, there is no one better than Fonoti. He roots defensive ends out of the way, smashes into linebackers and consistently outmuscles his opponents. What he lacks in pass protection, he more than makes up for in the run game.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Seventh round. Aggressive and nasty, but he's not a technician or a great athlete.

121. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

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    Pass Rush

    27/30

    Stephon Tuitt has elite skills as a pass-rusher, although this season, injury and conditioning have prevented him from being the premier rusher at the position. That said, Tuitt does show a knack for getting to the quarterback. He can disengage from tackles, has the speed and strength to beat them to the edge or overpower them back into the quarterback, and requires attention from tight ends or backs.

    Run Defense

    58/70

    Tuitt’s game has taken a step back against the run in 2013. Still an elite talent, Tuitt can hold the edge, but has not shown the same knack for disengaging and making plays in the backfield against the run.

    Overall

    85/100

    Without high-quality linebacking play, Tuitt’s been forced to do more and he's failed to rise to the occasion on an every-game basis. He is still one of the best ends in the game, but just did not meet this season's elite expectations, falling short in these rankings as a result.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Late first round. Has an NFL body and the athletic ability to make it count.

120. Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss

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    Run Defense

    24/30

    Cody Prewitt is a solid alley-fill player for the Rebels. He’s a fighter to the football who uses good leverage on his approach to make sure he’s operating within the confines of the scheme.

    Coverage

    35/40

    Prewitt is big for a safety, but he is strong in coverage. The Rebels ask him to cover underneath routes more than play the deep ball, and he responds well. Prewitt patrols the interior of the defense with confidence, and he breaks on the ball downhill quickly.

    Tackling

    26/30

    The Rebels’ safety is a striker. He delivers a blow when he gets to the ball-carrier. But when he gets his frame moving, he still has the ability to adjust to the opponent and make a play.

    Overall

    85/100

    Prewitt is a big-time hammer at the safety spot. Although he’s not a guy with tremendous range, he’s great for controlling the interior of the defense and stopping intermediate routes from going for big plays.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Fourth round. He has ideal size, but a lack of speed shows up on film.

119. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

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    Pass Protection

    56/65

    When Antonio "Tiny" Richardson is engaged and can diagnose the defender across the line from him, he is one of the nation’s elite pass protectors. Unfortunately, when the picture across the line changes frequently or the defender has multiple pass-rushing moves, Richardson has problems maintaining his control of the situation. An expected speed-rusher opting for a bull rush, or vice versa, is a situation that catches Richardson off-balance and susceptible to the move.

    Run Blocking

    29/35

    If Richardson can get locked onto a defender, odds are that defender is in trouble. The problem is that Richardson has a tough time getting locked onto defenders at times. Hard inside moves in the run game are able to slip past him. Zone blocking is an issue for him, especially when asked to get to the second level. However, he’s a terror for defenders when he gets to his assignments.

    Overall

    85/100

    Tiny Richardson has the type of talent that every coach is looking for at the tackle position. A true blend of power and athleticism, the junior is still learning the position and how to handle changing threats and multiple rush moves. This season, he has shown flashes of greatness and just must work on improving his consistency and ability to get to the second level.

    NFL Draft Projection

    First round. As the man who shut down Jadeveon Clowney, Richardson has it all.

118. T.J. Jones, Notre Dame

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    Hands

    23/25

    T.J. Jones has really improved this season in securing the football. He’s cut down on costly drops and proved that he can make tough catches, even with defenders draped over him. He battles for the football and has become a big part of the Irish offense.

    Route Running

    18/20

    The Notre Dame wideout has shown a better understanding of how to get loose against a defense through route running. He gets into and out of his breaks quickly, comes back downhill to help his quarterback and makes sharp breaks to get open before a defender can recover.

    Speed

    21/25

    Jones has good speed. He has the ability to eat up cushion and get on top of defenders. Jones also has shown a knack for pulling away from the defense with a burst that buys him some separation to make a play.

    Run After Catch

    23/30

    Here is where Jones separates himself consistently from the other Irish receivers. He’s dynamic after the catch. He can take a quick screen or a smoke route and get quality yards. When he catches the ball downfield, he’s a cut or two away from getting into the end zone.

    Overall

    85/100

    Jones emerged this season as the Irish’s go-to playmaker in the pass game. He catches nearly every ball thrown his way and is a factor in both the short and long game. Jones’ skills make him a weapon all over the field.