2015 draft evals: Offensive players 51-75

Evaluations of the top 150 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft continue with players 51-75.

RNK PLAYERSCHOOL POSCL HTWT 40-YDPRO RND
51ROBINSON, Corey South Carolina OTrSr 06:07.4340 5.366.1 2-3
Along with guard/center A.J. Cann, Robinson gives tailback Mike Davis an outstanding pair of trap blockers for the SC backfield to operate behind. The massive mauler was “just a guy” until he emerged during 2013 fall camp to win the left tackle job. Practicing vs. Jadeveon Clowney every day in practice was perhaps the spark he needed to put it all together – to the tune of 20 touchdown-resulting blocks and 120 knockdowns last season. Even at his size, he is a gifted athlete who consistently plays on his feet. He shows above-average quickness and balance for his position and is very well coordinated, demonstrating quick lateral movement. He is only on the ground when he overextends and lunges as a drive blocker, but recovers quickly due to his flexibility. He is quite nimble in pass protection and flashes the ability to move his feet working up field.
52CLARK, Le'Raven (OG) Texas Tech OTrJr 06:04.5320 5.066.1 2-3
An emerging talent, Clark will likely shift to guard at the pro level. He plays a bit too upright to handle the speedy pass rushers at the next level, despite impressive foot speed, as it appears he loses his anchor and base while constantly retreating in the team’s pass-happy offensive scheme. He is good at getting out front on pulls and traps, thus the projection to an in-line position. He shows good upper-body strength at the point of attack, along with a punishing hand jolt to stave off counter moves. He works hard to stay in front of the defender and uses his hands with force to lock on and sustain. He does a good job helping on the double team, another reason for feeling he is better suited for guard (can work nicely widening rush lanes with the center there).
53DAVIS, Titus  Central Michigan WRSr 06:01.0182 4.376.1 3
Davis holds a prominent place in the CMU record book. His 2013 receiving total (61 catches) ranks fifth while his touchdown total (eight) is sixth. He also ranks second in career touchdowns (24), sixth in yards (2,720) and 10th in receptions (144). He has a compact body with solid upper-frame muscle definition, along with exceptional change-of-direction agility, above-average body control and acceleration. He is a valid deep threat, thanks to his excellent quickness and change-up speed. He is in his best element when asked to move and uncover on short routes, as he has the blazing speed to get open going deep. He can make proper body adjustments and displays a good functional second gear to elude after the catch (663 of his 1,109 yards in 2013 came after the catch).
54DORSETT, Phillip Miami WR Sr05:10.0 1854.38 6.13
With a 38-inch vertical jump and 4.4 speed, along with a 2012 season that saw Dorsett pull in 58 balls for 842 yards and four scores, big things were expected from him in 2013. A mid-October knee injury vs. North Carolina wiped out the second half of the season, as he finished with 272 yards on 13 catches. Fully recovered, the Santana Moss lookalike is ready to terrorize ACC cornerbacks. He has a small but well-defined body with outstanding stop-and-go action, flashing tremendous quickness off the line, maintaining balance and body control in and out of his breaks. He excels at working back to the ball, showing fearlessness going up for the pass in traffic, as he is one of the best in the ACC in tracking the ball in flight.
55MARTIN, Nick Notre Dame OCrJr 06:04.1295 5.36 2-3
The leader of a front wall that allowed only eight sacks (second-lowest in the nation) last year, Martin anchored the middle for the first 11 games before missing the final two contests after he suffered a significant knee injury vs. BYU. He is still recovering but is expected to be ready by the season opener. The Irish blocker has fairly broad shoulders with good chest and arm definition, but appears to look leaner than you would expect from a center. He is quite effective widening and maintaining the rush lanes when working between the tackles. He is capable of taking proper steps off the snap and striking with his hands on the rise to position on contact. He works well in unison with his guards and, when he bends at the knees, he gets the good base to mirror vs. slower opponents.
56JACKSON, Martrevius Florida State OGSr 06:03.5337 5.386 3
While left tackle Cameron Erving has been hailed for his ability to seal the outside and protect the pocket, many feel that Jackson’s pulling skills and drive blocking were equally important in FSU’s title march. You will find few to argue the fact that at close to 340 pounds, Jackson moves like a fullback exploding off the snap to widen rush lanes. He has long, well-developed arms and strong hands to shock and jolt on contact. He has the quickness to make reach blocks and knows how to use his size and power to create space and finish blocks. He is quick to get his hands up and push the defender off the line to maintain the rush lane and flashes excellent upper-body power to move people out.
57SAMBRAILO, Tyler Colorado State OTSr 06:07.0310 5.276 3
A vastly underrated talent, Sambrailo graded 89 percent for blocking consistency and delivered 36 pancake blocks in 2013 and has started all 37 games during his career at left tackle. He has a tall frame that makes him look leaner than he is, but possesses good overall muscle definition, long arms and large hands. He plays with a good base, moving his feet well to stay off the ground and get out in front on traps and pulls. He is a mauler who uses his size to take over blocks. When he stays low in his pads, he can lock on and grind out getting off the snap. He comes off the snap with his back flat, but must do a better job of rolling his hips (his hips are loose, but he just lacks technique).
58STRONG, Jaelen Arizona State WRrJr 06:03.5205 4.556 3
Alert to Pac-12 Conference fans – Stanford’s Ty Montgomery might be an exciting player, but the most electrifying “high flyer” in the league is this Sun Devils junior college find. With an equally mobile quarterback in Taylor Kelly to go for the “home run” play, low flying pigeons over Sun Devils Stadium enter at their own risk. Strong finished the season with seven 100-yard receiving efforts, totaling 1,122 yards with seven scores on 71 grabs. He shows good speed and quickness, along with an explosive upfield burst, drawing comparisons to Atlanta’s Roddy White. He does a very good job of closing the cushion and creating space upfield. On short routes, he is better vs. the cushion than the press due to his stance, but can power through effectively. He can find the open areas in the zone and sit down. While he has good speed, he seems to be more comfortable working as a possession receiver.
59SAXTON, William (H-B) South Alabama TESr 06:03.6238 4.636 3-4
The only tight end to rank among the Sun Belt’s top 10 in receptions (50) and receiving yards (635) last year, Saxton is the classic H-Back, chain-moving pass catcher that NFL teams are looking for to stretch defenses. He has room to add more bulk, as he has a long torso and a developing frame with narrow hips and long limbs, reminding scouts of Titans breakout star Delanie Walker. He is a little undersized for a traditional tight end but has good acceleration and timed speed to compensate. He shows the ability to adjust easily to the poorly thrown pass and looks agile and alert running his routes. Saxton has natural hands, above-average balance and body control, along with highly effective change-of-direction skills and lateral agility, doing a great job of getting open and running crisp routes.
60SHIPLEY, Jaxon  Texas WR Sr06:00.2 1924.58 63-4
With four players taking snaps under center last year, the Longhorns’ quarterback picture was a mess. Shipley did lead the team with 56 catches for 589 yards, but just one of those grabs resulted in a touchdown. He added to his resume with a 13.5-yard average as a punt returner. He comes from strong football bloodlines, as his brother, Jordan, was an All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist at Texas (2006-09), where he set the school record for career receptions and plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their uncle, Stephen Shipley, was a receiver at TCU (1989-1992) and their father, Bob, was roommates with Texas QB Case McCoy's father, Brad, at Abilene Christian. While he does not have the ideal strength to constantly power through the press, Shipley does do an effective job of using his hands and arms to gain his release (good swim move).
61COATES, Sammie AuburnWR rJr06:01.2 2014.48 63-4
There is no better deep threat in the college game than this Tigers split end. With a running back impersonating a quarterback in Nick Marshall (1,068 yards rushing/1,976 passing), Coates made the most of his reception opportunities, hauling in more than 80 percent of the balls targeted to him. He led the team with 42 grabs and his average gain of 21.5 yards ranked third nationally. He had 14 receptions for at least 30 yards and averaged 54.1 yards per touchdown catch. He can get deep and separate thanks to his speed and burst, and shows urgency to get open on short routes, doing a very good job of setting up the cornerback with his head fakes and change-of-direction agility. He is fearless in a crowd and will make proper body adjustments along with good timing elevating for jump balls. He is used mostly on routes over the top because he has more than ample speed to challenge deep.
62MILLER, Braxton Ohio State QBSr 06:01.4215 4.426 3-4
Miller has been compared to Donovan McNabb, but Philadelphia Eagles fans might tell you that is “not a good thing.” No quarterback returning to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks has the running ability that Miller possesses – leading all of college football’s signal-callers and ranking second overall among returning players with 3,054 yards on the ground, making him one of eight players in OSU’s history of producing standout ball-carriers to gain 3,000 rushing yards in a career. His throwing mechanics are viewed as a “work in progress.” There is no questioning his arm strength, but he struggles with ball placement and touch, as his receivers are often adjusting on their routes. Twelve of his passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage, a product of poor/low trajectory. He seems to lack patience standing tall in the pocket, leading to him being sacked 88 times through 36 games, resulting in him fumbling 27 times. Perhaps a move to tailback at the next level is in order.
63ALLEN, Javorius Southern California TBJr 05:11.5215 4.546 3-4
With USC’s ground game floundering, Allen was thrust into the lineup for the final four games and the attack was suddenly invigorated, as he scored 14 times and gained 785 yards on 132 tries, while adding 22 catches for 257 yards. In two seasons prior, he gained 32 yards on six rushes. Allen has good pick-and-vision ability and does a nice job of sliding through the hole, but is more of a between-the-tackles type, as he has only average acceleration and long speed. He will rely more on power to gain yardage after initial contact rather than utilizing his hip swerve and wiggle to elude. He runs over his feet with good base and balance. He sets up his blocks well, has above average field vision and displays a natural feel for the running lanes, generating a good surge to move the pile. He is more nimble than elusive, preferring to use his pile-moving ability to gain additional yardage.
64HICKS, Quayvon GeorgiaFB Jr06:01.4 2574.67 63
The true, bruising, blocking-style fullback seems to be phasing out at the NFL level, but tailback Todd Gurley will be the first to credit Hicks for the tailback’s success as a ball-carrier. Hicks knows his job is to widen the rush lanes for the All-American tailback, but he is capable of getting the tough yards himself, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 13.4 yards per reception last year. He is a hard, inside lead blocker with the power to move the pile, doing a nice job of running behind his pads. He is always alert to his surrounding when protecting the pocket, as his head stays on a swivel to easily recognize backside pressure. He can consistently drive defensive linemen off the ball and always seems to gain advantage coming off the snap. He has a very powerful base and explosion as a blocker, generating a very good kick-out technique and will assert himself and face up picking up the blitz.
65ALEXANDER, Vadal Louisiana State OGJr 06:05.2342 5.465.9 3
There is not a better blocking tandem in college than Tigers left tackle La’el Collins and Alexander. The junior left guard will be relied upon to pave the way for a unit that will put much greater emphasis on the running game in 2013. He possesses an enormous frame and is thickly built. While his top-end speed is below average for the position, he can dominate as a run blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. He also provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. He has the “big mitts” to latch on and stays on his opponent to make sure the defender has no chance to regroup and get back into the play. He is a good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside, as he can physically remove the defender from the hole. The thing you see on film is that Alexander looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level, always showing good effort downfield. He has good body control and straight-line speed for a player of his size and can easily re-adjust in space to hit the linebacker.
66JOHNSTONE, Tyler (OT) OregonOG rJr06:05.6 2924.97 5.93
While Johnstone lacked “sand in the pants” playing at 277 pounds last year, the left tackle added strength to his frame while maintaining his explosiveness off the snap heading into fall camp. With the high-paced offense featuring a mobile QB in Marcus Mariota, the left tackle’s quickness and lateral agility were needed qualities in protecting the Ducks’ featured field general. Compared to the 49ers’ Joe Staley, Johnstone has a tall, angular frame with developing muscles, long arms, large hands and minimal body fat (11.4 percent). He has excellent initial quickness, showing a strong base with the suddenness to get his hands into the defender in an instant. He is light on his feet for a player of his size, showing quick reactions to combat any defensive movement. Whether lining up in a two- or three-point stance, he can set up to protect the edge with good urgency.
67WILLIAMS, Daryl OklahomaOT Sr06:05.1 3274.97 5.93
Much like Oregon’s Tyler Johnstone, Williams is an athletic blocker with excellent open-field quickness, making him one of the best at pulling from the tackle position in the college game. He is fluid in his kick slide and has good quickness out of his stance to lock on and control vs. a lethargic defender. Even when he is occasionally late off the snap, he shows pad level and balance, keeping his hands inside his frame while working to gain advantage. He has good suddenness working into the second level, demonstrating the alertness in the passing game to slide his feet and mirror edge rushers with no wasted motion.
68WALLER, Darren Georgia Tech WRSr 06:05.4231 4.545.9 4
There is no question that Waller is a talented athlete, but there are several questions that need to be answered. Off the field, the coaches are keeping mum on the reason he has been suspended for the first two games of this season. On the field, as his frame continues to fill out, scouts are wondering if he will be better suited to play H-Back than line up at split end. In a run-oriented offense, he had just 17 catches last season, but has above-average blocking ability. He gets to the second level with good angle concept to either cut or wall off. When blocking on the down side, he shows good urgency, preferring to out-power rather than try to finesse.
69EDMUNDS, Trey Virginia Tech TBrSo 06:00.5216 4.425.9 3-4
Like most of the Tech tailbacks before him, Edmunds displays explosive foot speed but, unlike the others, he is also a very capable pass catcher, pulling down 17 tosses (two touchdowns) last year. In 10 starts, he scored 10 more times on 166 carries for 675 yards (4.1 ypc). He is compared to the Browns’ Ben Tate, thanks to his blend of speed, size and raw power. He not only shows explosion off the snap but he’s a shifty runner inside a downhill player’s body. He has great balance running around corners, along with possessing the speed to surge ahead running between the tackles. He stays at a low pad level and knows how to lower a shoulder to push the defender out when going up the crease. He delivers a strong stiff arm and has the upper-body power to beat arm tackles and good ball security heading up the gut.
70WATT, Derek Wisconsin FBJr 06:01.5232 4.675.9 3-4
Houston All-Pro J.J. Watt’s “baby” brother is a classic lunch-pail type that enjoys -- no, relishes -- heavy contact as a lead blocker. He should get more than an ample opportunity to register knockdowns in 2014, with top tailback Melvin Gordon following him through the rush lanes. He only touched the ball four times last season (scored once on a catch), but was the lead blocker on 20 of the Badgers’ rushing touchdowns. He shows excellent balance and leverage as a blocker, along with quickness, agility, change-of-direction skills, body control and hand/eye coordination to fire out and stalk second-level defenders. He has the fluid hips to come out of his stance and attack the rush lanes, keeping his pad level down to root out defenders to clear space for his tailback to operate.
71ABDULLAH, Ameer NebraskaTB Sr05:08.6 1994.45 5.94
Injuries at the quarterback position in 2013 caused the Huskers to rely upon Abdullah for offensive production, and he did nothing to disappoint – with 1,690 yards and nine scores on 281 carries (6.0 ypc) and 26 receptions that included two touchdowns. His cat-like quickness has scouts likening him to former Detroit Lions back Jahvid Best. Abdullah has the field vision and open-field cutting ability to simply fly past second-level defenders. With his lateral agility, he can easily escape linebackers, locate the cutback lane and take the ball up the crease. That lateral quickness is what gains him advantage on most of his perimeter runs.
72BIBBS, Emmanuel (H-B) Iowa State TESr 06:01.6255 4.755.9 4
The junior college transfer posted one of the best seasons by a tight end in ISU history, ranking second on the team in catches (39) and receiving yards (462). Projected as H-Back at the next level, Bibs has good change-of-direction agility and balance. He has excellent body control through his routes and the hand/eye coordination to maintain relationship with the ball in flight. He runs with good forward body lean and has the ability to get open and run under the ball in flight. He has a physical nature attacking the seam and is well balanced through the route’s progression.
73COKER, Jacob AlabamaQB rJr06:03.4 2304.89 5.94
It will be interesting to see if Nick Saban hands the QB reigns over to the newcomer coming out of fall camp, but even an astute coach like Saban recognizes that he needs the rifle-armed transfer to open up the passing lanes for elite receiver Amari Cooper and company. His former coach at Florida State, Jimbo Fisher, has told the Tide coach that Coker is the best passer he will ever coach. If not for Jameis Winston’s emergence, Coker would have likely graduated as a Seminole. He has the ability to reach his throwing point with very good body control and can see the field well, looking very comfortable in the pocket. He has a good follow-through motion and, despite adequate timed speed, he shows no hesitation using his feet to drive away from center properly.
74TAYLOR, Jordan Rice WR Sr06:04.2 2064.54 5.94
The Owls’ leading playmaker at flanker the past two seasons (55 catches in 2012 and 57 with eight touchdowns in 2013) heads into his senior year looking to move into the upper echelons of the Rice receiving record book. He uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball and has the long stride to run up on a defender when going up the seam. He lacks the vertical speed to be an NFL deep threat, but is a long-limbed athlete who knows how to settle in the soft spot of coverage. He presents a nice-sized target on slants, hitches and other short routes. He has enough functional strength to get a decent push off the opponent and shows outstanding concentration looking the ball in, especially when working in a crowd.
75TURNER, Landon North Carolina OGrJr 06:04.1320 5.325.8 3-4
Since taking over right guard duties from an injured Brennan Williams during the last four games of the 2012 schedule, Turner has averaged 11 knockdowns per game through his next 16 starting assignments. He has great strength and leg drive to run through defenders and open rush lanes. His frame is also an asset when he is asked to create movement off the snap, as he comes out of his stance with explosion and active hands to stall the bull rush. He also does a nice job shuffling his feet and protecting the inside when working with his offensive tackle to prevent inside penetration. He has more of a retreat than a fluid kick slide in pass protection, but can cut off the rushers when he keeps his pad level down.

 

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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