Scout Draft Top 100: 51-75

This week we're breaking down the Scout NFL Draft Top 100. Here's 51-75, complete with evaluations, notes, and rankings for each 2015 draft prospect. In this group you will find players like UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, Michigan tight end Devin Funchess, and Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates.

This week we released rankings 1-25, 26-50, and 76-100.

Check out 51-75 below: player evaluations, notes and more.

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Brett Hundley
Chandler, Ariz. / 6'3 / 226 lbs
  • QB
  • 86

Analysis

Hundley comes to the NFL with a ton of playing experience while at UCLA, starting all 40 games he appeared in. He finished with some nice numbers, throwing for 9,966 yards and 75 touchdown passes (25 interceptions). Hundley also rushed for 1,747 yards and 30 scores. Yes he’s an athletic, dual-threat signal caller. The knock here is that he doesn’t stay in the pocket long enough. Another negative is his 29 fumbles over his college career. But Hundley has a lot of arm talent, is smart, and has good character and leadership skills. Hundley will work hard to make himself an NFL quarterback and I really like his upside.

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Laken Tomlinson
Chicago, Ill. / 6'3 / 323 lbs
  • OG
  • 33

Analysis

Tomlinson started in 53 straight games for the Blue Devils at guard. This past season he graded out at nearly 90% and recorded 124 knockdown blocks and 14 touchdown resulting blocks. This kid is athletic, strong, smart and really knows how to use his hands in the trenches. He gets off the ball well and shows toughness and plays scrappy. Tomlinson can drive block and pull and trap in the run game and shows the ability to be a good pass protector on the inside.

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Sammie Coates
Leroy, Ala. / 6'2 / 215 lbs
  • WR
  • 96

Analysis

Coates spent time playing both slot and on the outside at wide receiver for the Tigers. This is a terrific athlete that can really run well. Coates has good size (6-2/215) and is tough to defend and tackle once he has the ball in his hands. He caught 82 passes for 1,757 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Typically it takes multiple players to bring him down. He’s physical and fast and at times shows another gear. Coates needs to play with more consistency and he drops to many easy balls.

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Byron Jones
Bristol, Conn. / 6'1 / 199 lbs
  • CB
  • 30

Analysis

Jones was one of the Combine darlings after he nearly jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a broad jump of 12-foot-3. That’s extraordinary. This is an explosive and versatile defensive back that played well at both safety and cornerback at UConn. He has a nice combination of size (6-1/199) and speed. Jones plays with good instincts, shows range and is good in run support. He started 40 games and finished with eight interceptions and 223 tackles.

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Miami, Fla. / 5'9 / lbs

Analysis

Johnson was one of the most dangerous players in college football because he was a threat to score every time he touched the ball at Miami. He finished with 3,519 rushing yards (6.69 yards per carry) and 26 touchdowns. He caught 69 passes for 719 yards and four scores. Johnson also returned two kickoffs for scores. This player runs with incredible vision, quickness and instincts and is best on the perimeter and in the open field. Johnson has the ability to make defenders miss. The big knock on his game is his durability, as Johnson fought injuries through his college career.

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Xavier Cooper
Tacoma, Wash. / 6'4 / 299 lbs
  • DT
  • 67

Analysis

Cooper is a three-year starter for the Cougars. He posted 87 tackles over the past two seasons and 23.5 tackles for a loss. He can play the five-technique in a 3-4 defense or defensive tackle in a 4-3. Cooper is strong and uses his hands well. At 293-pounds is has deceptive short area quickness. He ran an impressive 4.37 20-yard shuttle at the Combine.

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Jay Ajayi
Frisco, Texas / 6'0 / 221 lbs
  • RB
  • 58

Analysis

Ajayi was very productive during his time at Boise State, gaining 4,583 all-purpose yards and totaled 55 touchdowns. He rushed for 3,796 yards and was effective out of the backfield as a receiver, catching 73 passes for 771 yards. Ajayi’s game should translate well into the NFL. He has excellent size (6-0/221) and good speed. Ajayi is terrific in the open field than between the tackles, as he can make defenders miss and can be explosive at times.. His short area quickness is very good. At the Combine he ran a 4.10 short shuttle.

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Benardrick McKinney
Tunica, Miss. / 6'4 / 246 lbs
  • MLB
  • 75

Analysis

McKinney is a huge (6-4/246) linebacker prospect from Mississippi State that started his final three seasons for the Bulldogs. He racked up 244 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 19.5 tackles for a loss. His athleticism and size combination gives him the chance to show off his versatility in the NFL, as some teams see him as an outside guy and others as an inside player. Regardless, McKinney should be able to play both. He plays with good instincts and terrific aggression. McKinney is solid in coverage.

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Carl Davis
Sterling Heights, Mich. / 6'5 / 320 lbs
  • DT
  • 59

Analysis

Davis got a lot of starts (26) playing both defensive tackle positions for the Hawkeyes. In 43 games he registered 94 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss. Davis has very good size (6-5/320), arm length (34 7/8) and giant 11-inch hands. He had a very good Senior Bowl in January. Davis is a good anchor in the middle that’s strong, physical and difficult to move. He’s a guy that’s going to eat up a lot of space and make some plays on the inside.

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Rashad Greene
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / 5'11 / 182 lbs
  • WR
  • 60

Analysis

I believe Greene has a chance to be an exceptional player at the next level. He certainly was at FSU and is leaving Tallahassee with a handful of school records. When you think about all the great wide receivers that played in the garnet and gold that’s saying something. He may lack great size but Greene does everything else exceptionally well. He possesses excellent hands and runs good routes. Greene is football fast but doesn’t necessarily time well. Greene finished his career with 270 receptions (school record) for 3,830 yards and 29 touchdown receptions.

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Hroniss Grasu
Encino, Calif. / 6'3 / 297 lbs
  • C
  • 53

Analysis

Grasu was sidelined in 2014, ending a streak of 48 consecutive starts because of a leg injury. But when he played last season he was very effective, earning All-American honors. Grasu was credited with 83 knockdown blocks and 13 touchdown resulting blocks. He also graded out highly at 87%. Those are all stellar numbers. He’s the type of lineman that can beat a defender with power or finesse. Grasu gets off the ball well at the snap and functions well blocking on the move, whether it’s getting to the second level or pulling and trapping. Grasu is does a nice job in pass pro but gets in trouble against some big and powerful bull rushers.

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Jalen Collins
Olive Branch, Miss. / 6'2 / 203 lbs
  • CB
  • 64

Analysis

Amazing that Collins only has 10 starts under his belt in Baton Rouge yet is still considered a potential first round draft pick. Why? He’s a bigger cornerback (6-2/203) with length and speed. His other positive measurable (short shuttle, vertical and broad jumps) has not translated too well to the football… yet. Collins is still a work in progress. Not many have his size/length combination, as these guys are so difficult to find.

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Cody Prewitt
Bay Springs, Miss. / 6'2 / 208 lbs
  • S
  • 121

Analysis

Personally, I though Prewitt was simply outstanding at the Senior Bowl. He showed he could make plays in the box or playing centerfield at the safety position. Prewitt saw significant playing time at Ole Miss, starting 37 games at free safety and four at strong safety, as he was a big part of the Rebel rising. He had a nice career, finishing with 247 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 12 interceptions, and five forced fumbles. He has speed and range to defend the run or pass. Prewitt plays well in man but is better in zone.

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Tevin Coleman
Oak Forest, Ill. / 5'11 / 206 lbs
  • RB
  • 78

Analysis

Coleman was the Hoosier workhorse, carrying the ball 452 times for 3,215 yards in 32 games. He averaged over seven yards per attempt and scored 28 touchdowns. He was also very effective out of the backfield as a receiver, catching 54 passes for 383 yards. In 2014 Coleman set a school record with 2,036 rushing yards. He has good size (5-11/206) and has average test speed but he shows explosiveness on the field. Coleman has quickness and knows how to stay on his feet. He runs with good balance and is very elusive. Coleman had surgery in December to repair a foot and toe injury. We will see if that affects his draft stock.

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Devin Funchess
Farmington Hills, Mich. / 6'4 / 232 lbs
  • WR
  • 97

Analysis

How multi-talented is Devin Funchess? He had 25 starts at four different positions – slot receiver, flanker, split end and tight end. In the right scheme he has a chance to do big things on Sundays because of his combination of size and unique skill set. He’s somewhat of a tweener at 6-foot-4, 232-pounds and the reason why he has bounced around at different positions on offense. Then again, Funchess can also do a bunch of different things and also is a matchup problem for opposing defenses. He has good hands but needs to develop consistency in all parts to his game.

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David Johnson
Clinton, Iowa / 6'1 / 224 lbs
  • RB
  • 61

Analysis

Johnson is one of my draft sleepers, as I was really impressed with his game at the Senior Bowl. He’s a small school guy that played in 49 games at Northern Iowa. He rushed for 4,687 yards and 49 scores and also caught the ball well with 141 receptions for 1,743 yards and 14 touchdowns. That’s some production. Johnson has good size at 6-foot-1, 224-pounds and runs well (4.5 forty). He has power and will run through arm tackles. Johnson shows patience and aggression and plays angry.

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Michael Bennett
Centerville, Ohio / 6'3 / 285 lbs
  • DT
  • 35

Analysis

Bennett is a former high profiled four-star recruit that spent five seasons in Columbus. You don’t see that too much anymore with so many elite prospects declaring for the NFL Draft early. He played in 49 games, starting 29 times, finishing with 111 tackles, 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for a loss. Bennett’s only 6-foot-3, 285-pounds but he has a tremendous get off. Being at that size may give him the ability to play either the three-technique in a 4-3 or play defensive end (five-technique) in a 3-4. Bennett has good strength and even better feet and agility.

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Tre' Jackson
Jesup, Ga. / 6'4 / 330 lbs
  • OG
  • 65

Analysis

Jackson was a very good offensive lineman for the Seminoles. At right guard in 2014 he graded out at 88.7%. That’s the best percentage since Walter Jones 20 years ago. Jackson is a road grader at 6-foot-4, 330-pounds. He gets off the ball quickly and plays with outstanding leverage. Jackson has giant paws (10 7/8-inch hands) and uses his hands well. This player has shown big improvement over the last two seasons at FSU.

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Ty Sambrailo
Watsonville, Calif. / 6'6 / 311 lbs
  • OT
  • 69

Analysis

Sambrailo is a self-made offensive tackle. He was an unheralded recruit from Northern California in 2010. In fact, he began his high school career as a quarterback. Now Sambrailo is on the verge of becoming a professional offensive tackle. He was a big part of the Colorado State turnaround, starting 41 games. This past season he recorded 55 knockdown blocks, graded out at 87.1% and had 14 touchdown resulting blocks. He has good size, length, big hands and good feet. Sambrailo is a better run blocker at this stage. He did give up 4.5 sacks in 2014.

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D'Joun Smith
Hialeah, Fla. / 5'10 / 187 lbs
  • CB
  • 66

Analysis

Smith was an active and productive defensive back at FAU. There, he posted some nice stats. Smith played in 46 games, starting 32. He finished with 123 tackles, nine interceptions, and 29 pass deflections. Many have not seen this cornerback but they will on Sundays starting this fall. This defensive back has outstanding instincts and a terrific burst or break on the ball. Smith doesn’t have great size (5-10/187) but makes up for it with his smarts, speed and athletic ability (36-inch vertical jump).

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Steven Nelson
Visalia, Calif. / 5'10 / 197 lbs
  • CB
  • 107

Analysis

Nelson is yet another draft prospect that had to go the junior college route before Oregon State. In two seasons for the Beavers, Nelson started 21 of 25 games, finishing with 122 tackles, eight interceptions and 12 pass deflections. This is a versatile defensive back who has the talent and skill set to play virtually anywhere in the secondary. That will be an added bonus once he gets to the NFL. In the meantime, look for him as a press cornerback. Nelson’s physical and strong. He also has good speed and even better short area quickness.

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Ali Marpet
Hastings On Hudson, N.Y. / 6'3.5 / 307 lbs
  • OG
  • 57

Analysis

Marpet was perhaps the media darling of the NFL Combine with his performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Then again, fans love to root for the underdog. That’s Marpet, a small school standout from little known Hobart and William Smith College. He was a unanimous D-3 All-American as a tackle. This past season he graded out at 92.62%, recorded 109 knockdown blocks, and 20 touchdown resulting blocks. Marpet projects inside as a guard or center in the NFL. He’s quick, athletic and can really run (4.98 forty) at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds. Against some of the best players in college football Marpet performed very well at the Senior Bowl in January.

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John Miller
Miami, Fla. / 6'2 / 303 lbs
  • OG
  • 84

Analysis

Miller had a big year in 2014 and actually led the ACC with 125 knockdown blocks and a 92.38% blocking grade. That’s outstanding. Starting at left guard for the entire season Miller only allowed two sacks. He’s 6-foot-2, 303-pounds and is very strong, especially in the lower body. Miller has an excellent initial punch and plays with a tough and relentless attitude and effort.

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Hau'oli Kikaha
Kahuku, Hawaii / 6'2 / 253 lbs
  • OLB
  • 103

Analysis

Playmaker is the best way to describe Kikaha. He started 38 of the 48 games he played in at Washington. He did everything for the Huskies defense, recording some huge numbers – 206 tackles, 36 sacks and 51.5 tackles for a loss as a defensive end. At times Kikaha was flat out dominant. This past season the opposition ran his way 47 times and he held those runners to minus 26 yards. Kikaha is a very good pass rusher. He fires off the line of scrimmage and has a nice burst on the edge. He has violent hands and some good moves. Kikaha plays with a great motor. He projects best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Eric Rowe
Klein, Texas / 6'1 / 205 lbs
  • CB
  • 26

Analysis

The NFL is constantly looking to find bigger cornerbacks. One in this draft is Eric Rowe from Utah. He’s 6-foot-1, 205-pounds. At that size Rowe moves well. He ran 4.45 [forty] and 3.97 [short shuttle] at the Combine. Those are two very good times. Rowe’s 39-inch vertical jump makes him play even bigger than he already is. He played his first three seasons at Utah at both safety spots so Rowe will definitely bring versatility to the NFL. He’s smart and plays with very good instincts. Rowe recorded 261 tackles, 35 pass deflections, and three interceptions as a Ute.

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Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.


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