2015 draft evals: Offensive players 101-125

Evaluations of the top 150 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft continue with players ranked 101-125.

Below is the continuation of our “Power Ratings Poll.” This report ranks select third-year sophomores and juniors, along with the graduating senior class from the offensive side of the ball. To follow the PRO category (scouting grade used to evaluate the player’s pro projection only) and RND category (preliminary projection of what round the player might be selected), please refer to our ratings code chart below.

Today, we unveil the players ranked 101-125 on the offensive side of the ball to continue our offensive countdown of the top 150.

RNK PLAYERSCHOOL POSCL HTWT 40-YDPRO RND
100RUFFIN, Ezell  San Diego State WRSr 05:11.6216 4.475.6 5
Ruffin is an athletic pass catcher with an excellent combination of speed and hands. After two years of limited action, he exploded for 1,061 yards on 63 catches (16.1 ypc) last season. He continues the trend of bigger receivers being utilized at the NFL level, but he also has valid power to play in the slot or as a motion H-Back. He excels at adjusting smoothly to the off-target throws and willingly combats for the ball over the middle, using his hands well to force his way through traffic. He plants and drives sharply on deep routes, making plays with his leaping ability to secure the ball at its highest point. He is also effective coming across the middle for hitch and screen passes, gaining a good portion of his yardage after the catch, thanks to his array of spin moves and fluid hip swerve.
101PERRIMAN, Breshad Central Florida WRrJr 06:01.5209 4.525.6 5
Perriman will split time with Rannell Hall and J.J. Worton at the two receiver positions. The trio combined for 2,418 yards and 16 touchdowns on 143 grabs (16.9 ypc), with Perriman averaging 20.8 yards on 39 snatches last season. But, no matter who is catching the ball, Blake Bortles is gone and the projected starting quarterback, Justin Hoffman, has just nine completions on his resume. He has a tall, well-built frame with very long limbs, as he maintains balance throughout his route progression. He can accelerate down field and has good agility catching the ball over his head.
102FINNEY, Benjamin “B.J.” Kansas State OCrSr 06:03.5309 5.315.6 5
Unwanted coming out of high school, Finney walked on at KSU and has started all 39 games that he’s appeared in. The two-time Rimington Award candidate has a solidly built frame with room to add at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss of quickness. He has good strength and explosive hands to lock on and sustain, along with showing the sudden burst off the snap to establish leverage and position. He stays square in his base and has good lateral agility, doing a nice job in staying centered with his balance to generate good upper-body power to pop and shock defenders.
103KENNEDY, Malcome  Texas A&M WRSr 05:11.4205 4.65.6 5
While Mike Evans had all the “fun” running out for Johnny Manziel’s deep passes, it was Kennedy’s job to do the “grunt” work over the middle of the field, making the tough grabs. He only averaged 11.0 yards per grab but was second on the team with 60 catches, reaching the end zone seven times. He will team with Derel Walker as the new TAMU starters on the outside in 2014. Despite his good timed speed, he does not show explosiveness or the sudden burst to separate from defenders coming off the snap. However, he has very good hand/eye coordination, doing a nice job of looking the ball in on underneath and intermediate routes. He uses his hand strength to defeat the jam and keep his feet in bounds working along the sidelines, as he maintains a low pad level and keeps shoulders square to break arm tackles.
104KIEL, Gunner Cincinnati QBrSo 06:03.5208 4.855.6 5
If Kiel’s name sounds familiar, perhaps it is because the former four-star transfer from Notre Dame has deep football family roots. His brother, Drew, attended Illinois State and another brother, Dusty, played at Indiana, where both were quarterbacks. Their late uncle, Blair Kiel, played quarterback at Notre Dame (1980-83) and also spent seven seasons in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Green Bay. Now, it is Gunner’s time to shine. Even though he has yet to throw the ball on a college field, he has the strength to throw off-balance and shows above-average agility when moving from the pocket. He has the foot quickness to elude and avoid, doing a fine job of running the QB draw and rolling out to hit his receivers in stride. He also has very good arm strength and velocity, showing the foot speed to slide outside and make plays on the run, bringing a different element to a stale 2013 backfield.
105BROWN, Pharaoh OregonTE Jr06:05.1 2414.54 5.55-Apr
With Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins bolting to the NFL, Brown is primed to emerge as the elite tight end in the Pac-12 Conference ranks. When Colt Lyerla self-destructed his college career last season, Brown and Johnny Mundt had to step in and fill the void for the Ducks. Brown had just 10 catches but scored twice and posted 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. While his receiving skills are a work in progress, he is a determined, nasty in-line blocker with a good lower-body base and a strong hand punch to shock and jolt a lethargic defender. When attacking the second level, he takes good angles and positions himself well to deliver a strong lick on a linebacker. He shows good tenacity when making contact and has the foot speed to reach his block point while staying under control.
106KOUANDJIO, Arie-Manuel Alabama (OT) OGrSr 06:04.6326 5.285.5 5-Apr
While younger brother and former Tide left tackle Cyrus took an ill-advised path to the NFL after the 2013 season, left guard Arie-Manuel returns to again provide stellar protection. Kouandjio has not allowed any sacks since making his debut vs. Penn State in 2011. The Tide guard might have to move to tackle at the pro level, as he shows decent initial quickness and has the ability to change direction but is very slow-footed when having to work into the second level. He has good body control and balance when stationary, generating good pop coming straight out of his stance and into the defender’s body. With his strong base, few opponents have had any success in pushing him back into the pocket and he is quick to counter the bull rush by generating a bone-jarring hand punch.
107WOODS, Storm Oregon State TBrJr 05:11.1207 4.585.5 5-Apr
Although he has 23 career starts, he has been part of a running back committee that has included Terron Ward. Woods is a strong, physical runner with good speed and is extremely effective in the passing game - as a blocker, route-runner and receiver. 2013 was a bit of a “lost” season for the junior, as he suffered a head injury in a Week 3 meeting vs. Utah, missing most of that game and all of two others. After running for 13 scores and 940 yards in 2012, he gained only 477 yards (3.8 ypc) and six touchdowns in 2013, though he added 400 yards on 47 catches.
108BELL, Kenny  Nebraska WRSr 06:01.6186 4.525.5 5
With Bell and tailback Ameer Abdullah as the Huskers’ only established weapons on offense, Nebraska needs to settle on a quarterback that can better utilize the split end’s ability to stretch the field. Used mostly on screens and dump-offs in 2013, Bell led the team with 52 receptions but only for an average gain of 11.4 yards and just four touchdowns. He is a savvy route-runner who compensates for a lack of explosion off the line with good hand usage to get into his route and get a clean release and avoid the jam. He has the ball skills to play outside his frame and make proper adjustments working down field. His hip swerve and head fakes, along with his natural hands, lets him make a quick move to elude the defender while cradling the ball properly to prevent the forced fumble.
113BROWN, Jamon Louisville OTSr 06:03.4341 5.355.5 5
Entering the 2013 season, Brown was regarded as a player who was technically raw, showing inconsistency throughout the 2012 schedule at right tackle. One year later, the all-AAC first-team pick finally saw his prototypical athleticism shine through, as the coaches wisely took advantage of his height and long arms to shift him to the more demanding left tackle spot. He has an excellent first step on the kick slide, setting up for pass protection quickly. He takes proper angles on the slide to prevent wide rushes, and does a nice job of getting his feet up and down well, consistently mirroring his man on outside or inside rush moves. Smaller ends have little chance of staying upright vs. Brown, and he is very adept at extending his arms to throw his man off-balance if he senses any let-up.
118MCGEE, Jake FloridaTE rSr06:05.3 2484.79 5.55
If quarterback Jeff Driskel returns to full health, look for him to look for McGee often over the middle of the field, as the passer is more of a chain mover than one who will go with the “home run” ball. The fifth-year senior took advantage of the NCAA graduation rule to transfer from Virginia for 2014. He led the Cavaliers with 43 receptions for 395 yards in 2013. McGee is very effective on crossing routes and out patterns but shows just an adequate burst off the snap. When running routes over the middle or along the sidelines, he takes no wasted steps and has the reach to catch away from his frame. He is crisp in and out of his breaks. He has only adequate strength to get open working underneath, relying more on his shake and wiggle to elude.
119TOMLINSON, Laken DukeOG rSr06:03.3 3205.23 5.55-Apr
The two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference right guard has established himself as the best pass protector among league blockers, as he was credited with 121 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks last season. He plays flat-footed and generates a strong anchor and power base. He uses his hands well to catch the defender and is quick to recover vs. counter moves. He displays good consistency in attempts to seal and wall off while working in unison with his center, showing good ease-of-movement playing in space. When he gets position on a defender, he knows how to use his mass and hand punch to shock and jolt.
120PHILLIPS, Shakim  Boston College WRSr 06:01.1206 4.455.5 5
On July 7, Phillips announced he was returning to Boston College. He was a four-star recruit by BC but never clicked with the coaching staff and, after a season, transferred to Connecticut. He caught 61 passes for 814 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons there but, when the Huskies staff was replaced, the flanker, who missed four games with a hamstring injury in 2013, decided to transfer back to BC for his final year. Because he is a graduate student, he won't need to sit. He has good body control for route-running and flashes the flexibility needed to extend for the off-target tosses. He has above-average body control with the quick burst needed to separate. He looks a little stiff and upright in his stance but, once he gains momentum, he has the hip swerve and head fakes to set up and con the defender.
121KROFT,Tyler RutgersTE rJr06:04.5 2404.82 5.55-Apr
The only Rutgers player to catch a pass in every game during 2013, his team-best 43 catches for 573 yards were the most by a Scarlet Knights tight end since Marco Battaglia (69 for 874 in 1995), as he also became the first RU tight end to earn all-conference honors since 2006. While he could certainly use more bulk, he is a powerfully built athlete with good arm length and V-shaped torso. While the junior is not really a sudden player off the snap, he is an athletic mover with above-average change-of-direction agility, foot quickness and a built-up stride to stretch the field. He shows fine balance throughout the route’s progression and strong hands to jolt smaller defenders when cut blocking and stalking in the second level.
122HILL, Taysom Brigham Young QBJr 06:02.1221 4.625.5 5
Some scouts regard Hill more as a potential tailback at the next level, as he proved to be a dangerous runner after he picked up 1,344 yards (5.46 ypc) with 10 touchdowns on the ground last year. He only completed 53.9 percent of his passes (236-of-438) for 2,938 yards and 19 scores, but was intercepted 14 times. Hill is somewhat of a sleeper with good upside and competitive physical tools. He is a competitive, tough quarterback with adequate-to-good arm strength and good overall athleticism. He has a quick, compact release and can make every throw up to the intermediate ranges, putting good zip on underneath throws. He operates mostly out of the shotgun, but has excellent feet and pocket awareness. Has the ability to put the ball in tight spots on shorter throws and also has great touch on the deep ball.
123CLEMMINGS, Trevor "T.J." Pittsburgh OTSr 06:04.4313 5.145.5 5
After toiling on the defensive line, Clemmings took over right offensive tackle duties as a junior and responded with 66 knockdowns and 10 touchdown-resulting blocks. Even with just one season as a starter under his belt, he displays very good overall awareness, showing a clear understanding of his assignments. He does a better-than-average job of picking up blitzes and stunts. He seems sluggish at times establishing his pass pro set and is at his best in shorter sets, when he can lock on to defenders and ride them wide. He Is technically sound in the run game and can be very efficient when working in limited space.
124MASON, Hutson GeorgiaQB rSr06:02.1 2024.96 5.55
Mason showed flashes of things Bulldogs fans could expect from him when he finally made his starting debut late last season for an injured Aaron Murray. He’s only played in 13 games the last three years, throwing for 1,324 yards (60.0 percent) with eight touchdowns and three interceptions, but is a liability as a ball-carrier. He is very effective at reading defenses and is able to go through progressions. He has a quick release and can beat the blitz, demonstrating the ability to really zip it when he needs to. He has better arm strength than you might think, shows good touch on his underneath throws and does a nice job dropping the deep ball in over coverage.
125MILLER, John Louisville OGSr 06:02.5321 5.335.4 5
With Miller, Jamon Brown and Jake Smith on the front wall, whoever steps in at quarterback for the Cardinals will know that his blind side is well-protected. Miller posted 11 touchdown blocks for a unit that averaged 460.8 yards per game last year. He possesses adequate height and shows enough room on his fame to add 10-to-15 pounds. He shows good awareness in pass protection and a good job working on double teams, while still keeping his head up to find stunts/blitzes. He has the upper-body strength to jar defenders with initial contact. He shows urgency to maintain good separation once locked on when protecting the pocket and gives great effort as a run blocker.


PRO GRADE CATEGORYEXPLANATION
8.1-9.0 Franchise
Player
Immediate starter...Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury...Possesses superior critical factors...Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort...Rare talent.
7.6-8.0 Star Quality Eventual starter...Should make a significant contribution in his first year...Possesses above average critical factors...Has the talent and skills to start...Will contribute to upgrading the team...Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development...Has no real weakness.
7.0-7.5 Impact Player Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas...Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve...Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning...Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.
6.5-6.9 Eventual Starter Could move into the starting lineup within three years...Has average critical factors in all areas...Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.
6.0-6.4 Potential Starter Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved perform- ances...Will make a team...Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming...Probable draft choice.
5.5-5.9 Roster Player Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter... Possesses average critical factors, but more than several areas are less than average...Plays with normal extra effort.
5.0-5.4 Project Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring...May make a team based on need...Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming...Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.
4.6-4.9 Developmental Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp... Not strong in most critical factors...Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome...At least average in the factor of competitiveness...May not make a team due to his limitations.
4.1-4.5 Camp Player Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances...Deficient in more than one critical factor... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.
3.5-4.0 Reject Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors...Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.

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