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.