2015 draft evals: Offensive players 76-100

Evaluations of the top 150 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft continue with players ranked 76-100.

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 76-100 on the offensive side of the ball to continue our offensive countdown of the top 150.

76O'LEARY, Nick (H-B) Florida State TESr 06:03.1244 4.745.8 4
The 2013 Mackey Award finalist is more suited to play in motion than as a classic tight end, but the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus -- called “tough as nails” by his coaches -- has also proven to be lucky, at least off the field, after he walked away from an almost-devastating motorcycle accident at the end of his sophomore year. He snared 33 passes for 557 yards and seven scores as a junior. Opposing coaches regard him as a hard-nosed, old-school player who doesn't wear gloves and possesses strong hands with a knack for finding the ball whenever it comes in his direction. He displays great versatility, which allows him to flex out wide as a receiver, line up close on the line or be used in the backfield as an H-Back.
77MATIAS, Josue Florida State OGSr 06:05.4328 5.285.8 4
With 29 starting assignments at left guard, Matias enjoyed a junior season that saw him produce 94 knockdowns. He is a big body type with good arm length, large and strong hands, and a big bubble. He displays the functional initial quickness off the snap to gain advantage and good pop and explosion on contact (must sink his pads to be effective, though). He is a very good position blocker who uses his natural leverage to sustain blocks. While he might be a plodder, he shows the ability to get a good fit and drive the defender off the ball. His leg drive gets him good success to work for position. He is better on the short pull to the front side than when working as a trap blocker off tackle. In the run game, he is a good technician who comes off the ball to position and play with good leverage and hand usage.
78WHITE, Kevin  West Virginia WRSr 06:02.7211 4.495.8 4-5
It was a “lost” season for the Mountaineers, as they struggled to gain continuity at quarterback after Geno Smith’s departure, and the passing game suffered because of it. Somehow, White managed to get to 35 passes for 507 yards and five scores in 2013. The flanker has a tall, linear frame with good upper-body muscle development. Because of his size, you would expect White to look lanky in his routes, but he has the short, pitter-patter steps and burst to look effortless through route progression. He has the balance and feet, along with explosive acceleration and excellent body control out of his cuts, to gain valid yardage after the catch.
79BROWN, Malcolm TexasTB Sr05:11.4 2304.59 5.84
Even though he shares rushing duties with Johnathan Gray, Brown led the team with 904 yards and nine touchdowns on 214 carries (4.2 ypc) and pulled in 17 passes for 195 yards and two more scores. He has decent initial quickness and timed speed, but it is his exceptional body control and balance in his running stride that really stand out. He keeps his pad level low to generate solid lower-body power in attempts to break tackles. He builds to top acceleration and runs with a normal stride. Brown has adequate change-of-direction agility and does a good job of twisting and adjusting his body on the move.
80HALL, Rannell   Central Florida WRSr 06:00.4198 4.475.8 4
Named the team’s Outstanding Receiver, Hall led UCF with 57 receptions for 866 yards (15.5 ypc) and five touchdowns, as he also ran for a score and averaged 23.8 yards on 29 kickoff returns. He shows very good foot speed, but the lateral agility in his change of direction could use improvement. He does display solid body control, though. He is learning to use his speed to explode into a route, but has quick acceleration and thrust. You have to love the way he uses his head-and-shoulder fakes, as he can stab-and-stem to set up defensive backs and is effective gearing down. He will generally make sharp cuts but, at times, will take some soft angles (needs a little polish).
81MANLEY, Andrew Eastern Illinois QBrSr 06:02.5225 4.95.8 4
Jimmy Garoppolo’s replacement is challenging Prairie View A&M’s Jerry Lovelocke for “top dog” honors at the FCS level. The former New Mexico State starter arrived too late in 2013 fall camp to contribute much to EIU last year, attempting just seven passes, but while he is not the most mobile quarterback you will find, he has good set-up fundamentals with adequate foot quickness to drive back from center and get to his pass point. He has an over-the-top release, but also displays a powerful arm, as he is not the type that needs to “rear back” when he puts extra “oomph” behind his long tosses. Manley has demonstrated the ability to be a functional touch passer but shows confidence in his arm to know he has more than enough velocity to throw into windows.
82HARRISON, Jarvis Texas A&M OGSr 06:03.0325 5.275.7 4
With his partner, Jake Matthews, having been drafted in the first round, the senior will likely see another blue chip lineman take over as his partner on the left side, with tackle Cedric Ogbuehi following the path Matthews took in switching positions as a senior. Harrison is more of a positional run blocker, moving his feet to put himself between the defender and the ball. He does a good job attempting to punch his man in the numbers on traps and pulls, but doesn't move his feet to sustain the block. In goal-line and short-yardage situations, he gets low and drives forward, and even though he has just average foot quickness moving down the line, he adjusts to oncoming defenders while in motion and gets a hand on hustling linemen to prevent them from getting to the ball.
83HICKEY, Sean SyracuseOT rSr06:05.0 3005.09 5.74
Hickey has starting experience at both tackle positions, including 17 assignments on the left side. He is a big-boned athlete with good muscle development and a frame that can easily carry an additional 20 or 25 pounds of bulk. He plays at a good pad level, keeping his base wide. He might get a bit straight-legged at times, but is rarely late off the snap. He knows how to use his initial burst to position and leverage, and also generates quickness working in space when pulling. The thing you see on film is his ability on the backside to scoop and cut off, which greatly improved in 2013 (see Tulane and Boston College games). He looks sharp when uncoiling after the snap and is hardly ever in a position of disadvantage.
84RIGSBEE, Jordan California OGrJr 06:03.6310 5.325.7 4
One of the few bright spots on the 1-11 team last year, Rigsbee is a good athlete with a squat frame, but displays adequate quickness, agility and body control. He is a versatile athlete who can play a variety of roles on the line, but might be best suited inside at left guard, where his hand placement, quickness and kick slide could be more valuable. He shows good aggression and consistency in his play and has functional strength. He also demonstrates good feet and balance. He can shift his weight effortlessly and his hips allow him to explode into defenders on contact.
85THOMPSON, Tyrus OklahomaOT rSr06:04.4 3205.08 5.74
Thompson joins Daryl Williams in forming the top tackle tandem in the Big 12 Conference. The senior carries on the Sooners’ tradition of producing cat-quick left tackles, a requirement for protecting the quarterback’s blind side. While Williams is more of a finesse-type, Thompson is a power-oriented blocker who has developed an aggressive nature. He is very smooth and sudden coming out of his stance and has above-average lateral range. He maintains balance on the move and is very fluid when having to redirect and recover working in-line.
86ARNESON, Samuel Wisconsin TESr 06:04.4244 4.75.7 5
Wisconsin continues to build on its recent reputation for producing NFL-ready, lunch-pail type tight ends. Arneson was utilized mostly in blocking situations while Jacob Pedersen (39 catches) handled pass catching duties, as he had just six grabs in 2013, but two were for scores. He is a tough, physical blocker with the ability to cut off linebackers at the second level and the hand placement skills to lock on and sustain when working on the edge. As a safety-valve receiver, he has a good feel for coverage, working back quickly when the pocket collapses. Even though he is a good cut blocker and pass protector, he will need to add more bulk and lower-body strength to face up to the defensive linemen when blocking in-line at the next level, though.
87BROWN, Dominique Louisville TBrSr 06:01.5232 4.65.7 4-5
Brown has UL fans reminding them of former Cardinals big back Michael Bush. He started the second half of 2013 after Michael Dyer’s “meltdown” and led the team with 825 yards and eight scores on 163 carries (5.1 ypc), adding another touchdown while averaging 9.5 yards on 24 catches. For a player of his size, he shows good foot agility and balance. He takes short, pitter-patter steps and demonstrates the loose hips to change direction and come out of his breaks with an explosive upfield burst. He is very crisp planting and driving in his route cuts and has the feel for the crease and vision to locate the cutback lane. He is much more capable as a receiver than to be used on just swings and screens, and is such a good receiver that the team will line him wide on occasion.
88GREENBERRY, Deontay HoustonWR Jr06:02.1 1984.54 5.74-5
The 17th player in school history to gain 1,000 yards receiving (1,202 on 82 grabs in 2013), his 11 touchdowns ranked second in the American Athletic Conference. The team MVP operated from the “Y” receiver position and, while he lacks blazing speed, he sets up defenders with his head fakes and juking moves. He is a great leaper who uses his body well to get to the ball in traffic and shows good body control running down the sidelines. He accelerates well coming out of his cuts and has a good sense for openings in the zone. He also effectively separates from the defender after the catch, displaying sharp moves in and out of his breaks and has that short burst needed to get open in the slot.
89KELLY, Taylor Arizona State QBrSr 06:01.4208 4.845.7 4-5
The success by Russell Wilson with the Seahawks has teams re-evaluating smart, height-challenged, mobile quarter-backs to see if they can fit into their system. The Sun Devils passer has the same field vision and innate instincts the Super Bowl QB possesses. It took Kelly two seasons of relative inactivity before he was given an opportunity to start at ASU, but his 57 touchdown tosses are sixth-best among the active FBS players, fourth in the Pac-12’s current crop of quarterbacks and fifth-best in the school history. He is experienced taking snaps from under center and the shotgun, dropping back quickly while showing good rhythm and timing. He has good balance and body control planting his back foot and driving the quick slant. He also displays a quick, over-the-top release and does an excellent job of finding clear passing lanes from which to throw.
90LIPPETT, Tony  Michigan State WRSr 06:02.4190 4.455.7 4-5
With Bennie Fowler off to the NFL, Lippett hopes that QB Connor Cook looks at him more often during scoring opportunities in 2014. Last year, Fowler reached the end zone six times, while Lippett led the team with 44 grabs but just two of them for touchdowns. The split end has deceptive speed to get downfield, showing good body flexibility, good balance and body control to adjust to the ball in flight and has the leaping ability to compete for the ball in the air. Perhaps the reason for his lack of touchdowns is that while he has the size and vertical jump to go up and make the catch over the middle, you sometimes wonder if he has the toughness to take a pounding there. He is better when using his long stride and deceptive vertical speed to stretch the field.
91CROWDER, Jamison  Duke WR Sr05:08.4 1734.53 5.74-5
With Anthony Boone expected to handle quarterback duties, look for Crowder to be the passer’s favorite target, especially after the slot receiver returns as the only player among the BCS conference schools to have back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1,074 yards on 76 catches in 2012 and 1,360 yards on 108 grabs in 2013), amassing 4,216 all-purpose yards while returning 43 kickoffs for 904 yards (21.02) and 43 punts for 589 yards (13.70) and two scores during his career. He compensates for a lack of size and bulk with quick feet, excellent in-stride balance, loose hips to generate stop-and-go action that makes the initial tackler miss, and the body control to make adjustments to haul in the off-target throws. He shows good flexibility on the move and has the timed speed and movement ability to take the ball long distances.
92BROWN, Trenton (OT) FloridaOG Sr06:08.2 3585.35 5.64-5
The right tackle is a certain candidate to move inside to guard at the next level. He has a massive frame, with a huge bubble, wide waist and hips, but he lacks the low pad level and acceleration to get out front on second-level blocks. Because of his size, he gets too narrow in his base and crosses his feet when trying to adjust when working in space, failing to cut off the linebackers at the next level. Even though he lacks explosion off the ball, he knows how to use his body mass and above-average strength to move defenders off the snap. When playing in a zone blocking offense, he does a good job of working defenders on angles. When he locks on to a defender, he is quick to control and stalemate his man. He uses his hands well to keep defenders off his body and has the hand power to latch on, pull and jerk his man away from the ball.
93KOYACK, Benjamin Notre Dame TESr 06:04.2254 4.715.6 4-5
The Irish seemed to have joined the Wisconsin Badgers in becoming the NFL’s “port of call” to find blue-collar tight ends. Koyack hopes to get more opportunities as a pass catcher (10 last year, three for scores) in 2014, as he was utilized more as a blocker in 2013 with departed Troy Niklas handling receiving duties (32) at the tight end spot. As a blocker, Koyack will consistently position and wall off the defender, showing above-average leg drive and lateral agility to sustain when blocking in-line. He will stalk, wall off and finish with lots of power behind his hand jolt. He seems to be a punishing blocker on the move and, while he does not have a sudden burst on his release, he runs with a normal stride once he gets into his routes. In limited receiving chances, he appears to be an effective inside and short-area receiver, as he shows good timing and ability to catch the ball in traffic.
94THEUS, John GeorgiaOT Jr06:05.5 3005.28 5.64-5
The five-star recruit has more than lived up to expectations after taking over right tackle duties as a freshman. With 22 starts under his belt, he shifts to the more demanding left side in 2014. While he might weigh just 300, he possesses an impressive-looking frame that appears bulkier than the scale indicates. He possesses the loose hips, lower-body flexibility and valid quickness of a tight end, coming off the snap with very good explosion. He shows good footwork and the ability to recover when he gets out of position. He can fire off the ball on run blocks, showing very good hip roll in this area. With added bulk, he could develop into a tough road grader that buries the defender into the ground.
95DURHAM, Trayion (TB) Kent State FBSr 05:11.4250 4.755.6 4-5
While speedy Dri Archer provided the “lightning” in the KSU backfield, Durham brought the “thunder.” Scouts have labeled him as a fullback due to his size, but our staff likens his athleticism to that of former Giants big back, Brandon Jacobs. Smaller in size than Jacobs (6:03.5), Durham has a thick, muscular frame and is an outstanding athlete with above-average quickness and balance for his size. He shows strength and quickness through rush lanes and easily finds the holes. He has good shiftiness and cutting ability, maintaining acceleration when changing direction, bouncing off tackles for six scores via 182 carries for 766 yards in 2013. He is also a good safety valve for the passing game, as 16-of-18 catches produced first downs last year.
96FISHER, Jacob OregonOT Sr06:06.4 3005.22 5.64-5
With a highly mobile quarterback in Marcus Mariota, Ducks blockers need to have above-average foot speed and lateral agility to provide protection for a passer often on the move. He’s started 22 games at right tackle, but joined the program as a guard, adding versatility to his resume. He lacks consistent explosion and drive off the ball, but has good balance and ability to stay on his feet after contact. He flashes a strong hand punch but, while he keeps good position, he needs to add more power in order to drive block with consistency (tries to run his feet, but needs to improve lower strength). In the run game, he stays low in his pads and uses his long arms to get movement and root out the defender.
97CARSON, Tra Texas A&M TBrJr 05:11.1230 4.625.6 4-5
Carson continues the recent trend of SEC teams shifting more to the bigger backs from the scat-back types. He will be counted on in 2014, as the team is going to utilize its ground game more often, but there are concerns for any lingering effects the Oregon transfer might have after he was carted off the field in a November clash vs. UTEP with a serious head injury. He managed to score seven times and average 5.3 yards per carry in his first season as an Aggie in 2013. He is a strong, power-oriented runner with good speed and natural hands. He displays average hip flexibility and change-of-direction agility, but can generate a good burst coming out of his stance. He looks more comfortable running between the tackles, as he appears a little stiff with his lateral movements.
98WALKER, Aundrey (OT) Southern California OGSr 06:04.5318 5.215.6 4-5
Along with Max Tuerk and Jordan Simmons, Walker adds to a formidable Trojans offensive line. Where the swingman plays on the front wall in 2014 is open to debate, but he has experience at guard and tackle. He’s still in recovery from a left ankle fracture suffered in the 2013 UCLA clash, but is expected to be ready to start his final season. He has very good change-of-direction quickness for a player his size, moving well into the second level, thanks to above-average balance, quick feet and fluid hip snap, along with proper knee bend. He demonstrates an explosive initial step coming off the ball.
99#ANDERSON, Rory South Carolina TESr 06:04.4242 4.75.6 5
Considering that new quarterback Dylan Thompson is not that mobile, having a capable safety-valve receiver at tight end will be crucial for the Gamecocks’ attempts to stretch the defense. Coach Steve Spurrier is hoping that he has Anderson available this season. He struggled with hamstring issues early last year, limiting him to 13 catches for 235 yards and no scores. During spring camp, he tried to stiff-arm a defender on a pass play and suffered a partial triceps tear. He reminds scouts of former Bills tight end Kevin Everett, as he is an athletic, sudden mover with above-average speed and good strength for his position. His frame gives the quarterback a nice target on short routes. He appears to understand leverage and how to sit in the zone. He has natural hands, but would have more success catching the ball once he does a better job of not getting distracted.
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.


8.1-9.0 Franchise
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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