2015 draft evals: Offensive players 1-25

Evaluations of the top 150 offensive prospects for the 2015 draft continue with players 26-50.

1GURLEY, Todd GeorgiaTB Jr06:00.4 2324.54 7.91
An ankle injury cost Gurley three games last year, but there might not be a big back in college that has the pure blend of power, balance and quickness that the Bulldog possesses. Compared favorably to Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, if he can remain healthy in 2014, the recent quarterback run for the Heisman Trophy could come to an end with the Georgia product our preseason favorite to capture the coveted award in 2014. For a big back, he can generate a second gear to separate in the open and has the nimble feet needed to make precise lateral cuts. His loose hips and change-of-direction agility makes him very elusive avoiding traffic. He has nice feet and above-average balance in his initial burst, doing a nice job of “getting skinny” to pick his way through tight creases.
2PEAT, Andrus StanfordOT Jr06:06.1 3125.28 7.81
The son of former Cardinals and Raiders offensive lineman Todd Peat, Andrus is a rarity for a Stanford blocker, as he not only has remarkable athleticism, balance and body control, but he’s simply the best road grader in college. His frame is still filling out, but he has massive thigh and calf thickness, long arms, active hands with a bone-jarring punch. The offense improved from 174.3 yards per game and a total of 23 touchdowns rushing in 2012 to 207.4 yards and 30 scores in 2013 with Peat manning the demanding left tackle spot, where he delivered 20 touchdown-resulting blocks and 123 knockdowns.
3MARIOTA, Marcus OregonQB rJr06:03.6 2174.53 7.51
Many analysts felt that if Mariota had declared for the 2014 draft, he would have been wearing a Houston Texans uniform today. Those same analysts see the uncanny playmaking ability in the Oregon passer that the 49ers have enjoyed with Colin Kaepernick at the helm. Much like the San Francisco quarterback, Mariota needs to be accounted for at all times, as he not only has a rifle arm but is dangerous when he spots a crease and explodes through it as a ball-carrier. He also uses very good touch and anticipation to move the ball. His athleticism matches the “new wave” of quarterbacks in the NFL, as he is effective operating in play action and is a dangerous threat to strike from anywhere on the field, whether as a passer or a ball-carrier.
4OGBUEHI, Cedric (OG) Texas A&M OTrSr 06:05.0300 4.957.4 1
The lightly recruited linemen is very light on his feet, which was evident by his trap-blocking skills as a right guard during his sophomore season. He shifted to right tackle in 2013, forming the best bookend blocking tandem in college with Jake Matthews on the left side. Matthews was the sixth pick in the 2014 draft by Atlanta and Luke Joeckel was chosen with the second pick in 2013 by Jacksonville, but Oghuehi is regarded as the best athlete among that trio. He shows excellent balance and change-of-direction flexibility, along with outstanding acceleration when working into the second level. He plays on his feet well, thanks to superb balance and shows the body control to play and adjust in space and pick up blocks on the move down field. He can slide and readjust to mirror edge rushers in pass protection and also displays the lower-body flexibility to drop his pads and anchor firmly vs. stunts and the bull rush.
5MONTGOMERY, Ty Stanford WRSr 06:01.5215 4.467.2 1
Our favorite to capture Paul Hornung Award honors (nation’s most versatile player), Montgomery became only the third player in school history to gain more than 2,000 all-purpose yards (2,208 last year) and just the second Cardinal to amass over 1,000 yards via kickoff returns (second in the nation with 1,091 yards and a 30.3-yard average). He scored 14 times, twice on reverses, two more times on returns and hauled in over one-third of the team’s receptions (61) that produced 10 more touchdowns. A Dez Bryant type, as he’s very aggressive combating for jump balls, he’s a physical blocker with nimble footwork and explosive acceleration. He’s well-versed as a route runner, but has had his most success on vertical routes, but has the leg drive to break arm tackles, converting 33 snatches of screen passes into gains of at least 20 yards.
6WINSTON, Jameis Florida State QBrSo 06:03.2228 4.657.2 1
The two-sport standout was the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, but has been in the news more for his off-field blunders recently. His family is firmly stating that Winston plans to stay in school full-term, but his recent purchase of a disability policy at a high price makes Winston likely to bolt college after 2014. As a redshirt freshman, Winston helped Florida State record their first undefeated season and a school record 14-0 campaign, as he completed 257-of-384 passes (66.93%) for 4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns and ten interceptions, but his immaturity off the field will have a handful of teams shying away from him on draft day.
7PARKER, DeVante Louisville WRSr 06:02.5207 4.537.2 1
Not much separates Parker from Montgomery as far as analysts are concerned. Much like the Cardinal pass catcher, he uses his size well to aggressively go after the ball and, while he’s not used on special teams, Parker has great ability to stretch the field. He was limited a bit last year by a midseason shoulder contusion, but he accounted for 855 yards on 55 receptions and tied a school record with 12 touchdowns, as that scoring total tied for 10th nationally and led the conference. He boasts a career average of 17.0 yards per catch, accounting for 28 touchdown grabs in 36 games. He is a shifty runner with the foot quickness, head/shoulder fakes and juke ability to consistently get free vs. the physical press. He has good acceleration heading up field and the agility to sell the route and elude in the open field, along with showing crisp cutting agility out of his breaks. He has a sudden first step that is unusual for a big receiver, demonstrating the breakaway burst needed to ride up his opponent.
8SCHERFF, Brandon (OG) IowaOT rSr06:04.5 3205.09 7.21
While most in the media recognized Michigan’s Taylor Lewan as the elite blocker in the Big Ten Conference, analysts were in consensus that it was actually the underrated Hawkeye who had the best performance for any left tackle in the league last season. He’s equally effective as a drive blocker as he is in pass protection. His 5.09 speed is immediately noticed with his ease of movement and balance attacking edge rushers and riding his opponent away from the pocket. He has tight end-like knee bend and field awareness as a down-field blocker and operating in the trenches, he is well-versed with his hand placement, along with doing an excellent job of delivering a strong punch to rock defenders back on their heels. He is also savvy enough to know how to grab on to his man’s jersey without being penalized.
9DIGGS, Stefon MarylandWR Jr06:00.2 1954.48 7.11-2
The Terps sorely missed Diggs during the final five games of 2013 after he suffered a broken leg vs. Wake Forest. He was so well-thought of that the league’s coaches still accorded him all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. The 2014 Hornung and Maxwell Award watch list member was averaging 20.0 yards per reception before he was injured and also handled kickoff return duties. His best attribute is generating yards after the catch, mostly due to his agility, straight-line speed and vision. He’s a smooth, gliding runner who accelerates quickly and changes directions without sacrificing speed. He can easily make defenders miss in the open field, and also possesses elite lateral agility to juke in tight quarters, along with having the straight-line speed to separate, making him a threat to score from any point on the field.
10GORDON, Melvin Wisconsin TBrJr 06:00.5203 4.437.1 1
Gordon and James White shared tailback duties for the Badgers, producing 3,053 yards and 25 touchdowns combined last season. With White in the NFL, it is Gordon’s time to shine. While Georgia’s Todd Gurley is college’s best big back, no player is a more electrifying ball-carrier than Gordon. On the football field, there are a lot of similarities in his game that Chris Johnson displayed during his 2,000-yard season with the Titans a few years back. He shows explosive lateral agility and movement and is a threat to break for a long run any time he frees himself along the perimeter. He has the crisp plant-and-drive agility to make sharp cuts and, despite his exceptional quickness, he is a patient runner waiting for blocks to develop. He has outstanding balance on the move, keeping his feet churning to break arm tackles. His acceleration makes him a viable threat and he has more than enough moves to defeat a defense on his own to gain separation. He is best when running off tackle, but he also has the power and hip wiggle to go for big yardage running inside.
11PETTY, Bryce BaylorQB rSr06:02.5 2304.74 7.11
The meteoric rise by Blake Bortles last season have quarterback-needy teams keeping close tabs on this fifth-year senior. In his first season as a starter, he ranked second in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 174.29, the second-best annual number in school annals. His 2013 interception percentage of 0.074 ranks second on the FBS season-record list (three interceptions on 403 attempts). He possesses a very quick release and good release point, as he averaged 10.42 yards per pass attempt (second-best by a Bear in a season) and 16.8 yards gained per completion (fourth on the school season-record list). With 14 touchdowns as a ball-carrier in 2013, third-best in the nation among quarterback, he shows outstanding footwork that allows him to square up to any part of the field and deliver with accuracy, along with the escape-ability to keep defenses honest with his running ability.
12COLLINS, La'el (OT) Louisiana State OGSr 06:04.4324 5.057.1 1
As a tackle, Collins is a very good player, just not the best in college, but look at the way he demonstrates ease-of-movement flowing as a trap blocker. Research showed that he had 23 downfield blocks last year. The average for offensive linemen taken in the first three rounds of the 2014 draft was 8.22. He has great ease-of-movement and is by far the best trap blocker in college, but with that burst, balance and body control, I see him as the best guard prospect and feel he has much more to offer as an interior blocker because of his excellent trap-blocking skills. He shows ease of movement accelerating into the second level and change-of-direction agility to make plays working down the line.
13TUERK, Max (OG) Southern California OCJr 06:05.5285 5.127.1 1
With Marcus Martin leaving for the NFL, the Trojans have a 20-game starter with experience at left and right tackle, along with left guard, but with his incredibly quick burst off the snap, active hands and ability to call all the blocking assignments up front, Tuerk has all the makings of being USC’s best center and certainly the most versatile offensive lineman in college since the heydays of Don Mosebar, who also played all only the Trojans’ front wall (1979-82) before a 13-year All-Pro career with the Oakland Raiders (1983-95). What separates him from most center prospects is his good understanding of angles and positioning. He is a productive blocker in-line whose balance and leverage allows him to quickly get in the way of a defender.
14HARPER, Josh Fresno State WRSr 06:00.6184 4.487 1-2 
The pass-happy Bulldogs will be without QB Derek Carr and receivers Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse (receiver tandem combined for 231 catches for 2,745 yards and 30 scores), but Harper will play a critical role in giving the next Fresno State passer (Brian Burrell) ample opportunity to stretch the field. Harper, serving as the “third option” last year, pulled in 79 balls for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013. He Is a smooth route-runner with the cutting ability to make sharp breaks, along with showing above-average ability when stemming his route off the line, keeping his feet under him to create a burst for himself, even when operating in tight spaces.
15DAVIS, Michael South Carolina TBJr 05:09.1215 4.527 1
Steve Spurrier’s “workhorse” might not get the publicity that Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and T.J. Yeldon receive but, much like Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams in his prime, the compactly built Gamecock is an exceptional open-field runner who has proven to be dangerous anytime he breaks free around the perimeter, reaching the end zone 11 times while averaging 5.8 yards per carry in 2013. Unlike past SC tailbacks, he has proven to be a highly capable receiver, pulling down 34 balls. His initial step and cutting ability rank with the nation’s elite. He demonstrates the field vision to spot cutback lanes and does a very good job of picking and sliding. He seems to have an incredible awareness of his surroundings and, while he is not a power runner, he uses his anticipation skills to generate the foot quickness needed to elude. He has the speed to consistently reach the second level and break away on a long run.
16SEUMALO, Isaac Oregon State OCJr 06:02.5305 5.147 1
While Oregon Ducks fans hail Hroniss Grasu, there is no doubt that the best center in the state and the Pac-12 Conference (USC’s Max Tuerk played guard and tackle last year) in 2013 was the versatile Seumalo. The junior was the top guard recruit in the nation, but was thrust into the center position in 2012, becoming the team’s first true freshman to start on the offensive line since 1978. Foot surgery set him back this spring but, much like the Jets’ Nick Mangold, Seumalo has natural, athletic moves and shows great urgency coming off the snap. He has good knee bend and quickness breaking down in space, demonstrating light feet and change-of-direction agility to mirror the defender and stay with the play. He has explosive acceleration getting to the second level and is quick to get his hands up to gain position coming off the ball, combining strength with proper hand punch to generate pop on run blocks.
17COOPER, Amari AlabamaWR Jr06:00.4 2054.56 6.91-2
With rifle-armed Jacob Coker penciled in as the Tide’s starting quarterback, Cooper could see his stock rise to the Julio Jones level in 2014, as he will be a likely candidate for NFL life in 2015. He broke a 62-year school record with 11 touchdown grabs in 2012, but toe and foot injuries hampered him the first part of the 2013 schedule, which limited him to 45 catches. He executes tight angles down the field and displays a good feel vs. zone/off concepts, consistently finding soft spots underneath. He is fearless extending and making plays over the middle and is creative after the catch. He accelerates well with the ball in his hands, displaying the fluidity to side-step defenders even at full speed.
18YELDON, T.J. AlabamaTB Jr06:01.2 2184.46 6.92
The fifth player in program history to have multiple 1,000- yard rushing seasons, Yeldon totaled 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns last season. Like former Tide tailback Mark Ingram, Yeldon possesses good but not great speed to get to the edge. His best ability as an outside runner is his vision to identify opening holes. He has enough burst and power to run through tight areas and shows decisive cutting ability. He just doesn't waste time looking for the “perfect” rush lane, but can make defenders miss in tight quarters with good lateral agility.
19ERVING, Cameron (OG) Florida State OTrSr 06:05.2298 5.166.8 1
The converted defensive tackle has grown into one of the nation's top left tackles and Atlantic Coast Conference coaches recognized that when they named him the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given to the league's top offensive lineman. He did not give up any sacks last year, shutting down Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley (no tackles or sacks) and Pitt’s Aaron Donald (two assisted tackles) while making 120 knockdowns as FSU won the national title. He has the best kick slide of any of the top-rated offensive tackles and you can see in his lateral movement why he has so much success on scoop, fold and second-level blocks. When he fires off the snap, he will consistently drive his man off the ball and shows very good in-line body control and agility, demonstrating a quick kick slide in pass protection.
20COLLINS, La'El (OG) Louisiana State OTSr 06:04.4324 5.056.8 1
Collins was rated 12th, but as the top offensive guard prospect on this board. He is also a highly capable tackle, but his trap-blocking skills appear to be more valuable as an interior blocker. The only player on this list ranked at two positions, the LSU product has explosive short-area quickness to get off the snap on running plays and hook the defenders. He shows a quick first step vs. the pass rush and good agility moving to his side. His lateral agility is one of his one of his better assets and the reason I feel he will make a better guard. He has the natural footwork and maintains good pad level to slide and sink. He is quick to redirect and uses his leg drive to hold ground vs. stunts and blitzes.
21AGHOLOR, Nelson Southern California WRJr 06:00.2185 4.536.8 1-2
The split end stepped into the lineup in 2013 and produced with 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores, adding 343 yards with two more scores on 18 punt returns (19.1 avg) in addition to returning kickoffs. Favorably compared to the Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin, the USC junior has a lean and muscular frame with room to add more bulk without it affecting his overall quickness. He has outstanding hip snap and agility to elude in attempts to gain big yardage after the catch. He makes smooth body adjustments and possesses solid hands and extension to catch away from his frame. He is quick to settle into the holes in the zone and is effective as a cut blocker because of his feel for taking angles.
22FUNCHESS, Devin (WR) Michigan TEJr 06:04.5235 4.736.8 2
Funchess is used in a similar fashion as the Saints’ Jimmy Graham – a pass catching receiver who is often aligned wide or in the slot, but not used often as a traditional tight end. With more emphasis on the NFL passing game, it is the pass catching “big guys” that are being coveted. The Big Ten Conference Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year, he set the school record for tight ends with 748 receiving yards in 2013 and is just the second tight end in U-M annals to record a 100-yard game (three times). Funchess has a rare-sized frame for a wide receiver and good quickness for a tight end, tossing in impressive strength to play well at either position. He has the smooth hip sink to gain separation and knows how to throttle down or generate that impressive second gear.
23GREENE, Rashad Florida State WRSr 05:11.4178 4.476.7 1-2
Greene posted the second-most receptions in a season ever by a Seminole (76) in 2013 and became the first FSU player to gain 1,000 receiving yards (1,128) since Anquan Boldin in 2002. With his explosiveness, you will generally see him win foot races in the open field. He demonstrates excellent athleticism for his position, as few opposing defenders can mirror him on deep routes due to his speed. He not only has the quickness to threaten the deep secondary, but the body control, lateral quickness and change-of-direction agility to make the underneath catches.
24HUNDLEY, Brett UCLAQB rJr06:02.4 2224.64 6.71-2
Hundley is a “boom or bust” quarterback, having completed two-thirds of his passing attempts (.6667) while piling up 6,811 aerial yards, fourth-best in the history of UCLA football. His 3,740 yards during his first year as a starter set the school season record. He has thrown for 53 touchdowns and reached the end zone 20 more times as a ball-carrier, amassing 1,103 yards on the 320 times he has bolted from the pocket. He is trying to eliminate a bit of a wind-up in his release, but has good arm strength and shows great touch on deep passes to compliment the touch he puts on the ball while on a bootleg. But he is woefully inadequate in sensing pressure, resulting in 18 fumbles while being sacked 87 times the last two seasons, as scouts are beginning to compare him to Josh Freeman.
25WILLIAMS, Karlos Florida State TBSr 06:01.0226 4.426.6 2-3
Any success that FSU has running the ball will come from this extremely talented and versatile blue-chip product. Despite not starting in 2013, he gained 730 yards (8.0 ypc) with 11 touchdowns as a tailback, averaging 7.9 yards as a receiver and 17.6 yards as a kickoff returner. As a safety in 2012, he recorded 32 tackles with a key interception. He has impressive strength, outstanding balance and quickness with that uncanny vision and awareness to quickly find the holes. He has the hip snap to easily change direction and shift gears, generating a sudden burst out of his cuts. His body control lets him pick his way through trash and he keeps his feet after contact. He is very effective at making the initial tackler miss and at anticipating the opponent’s moves (gained 71 percent of his yardage after initial contact).

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