Scout Draft Top 100: 26-50

Wide receiver Devin Smith and defensive tackle Arik Armstead lead prospects ranked between 26 and 50 in the Scout NFL Draft Top 100.

Wide receiver Devin Smith and defensive tackle Arik Armstead lead prospects ranked between 26 and 50 in the Scout NFL Draft Top 100.

So far this week Scout has released prospects between 1-25,51-75 and 76-100. Coming tomorrow are the top prospects, players ranked 1-25.

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Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Portland, Ore. / 6'3 / 267 lbs
  • DE
  • 38

Analysis

Odighizuwa did not play in 2013 after undergoing surgery on both his left and right hip during the off-season. This past year he finished with 61 tackles, six sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss. When healthy Odighizuwa displays some excellent pass rushing traits – a great first step and elite speed around the edge. He has some explosiveness to his 267-pound frame. He could be a defensive end or strong side linebacker at the next level.

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Cameron Erving
Moultrie, Ga. / 6'5 / 313 lbs
  • C
  • 31

Analysis

Erving, like T.J. Clemmings, is a converted defensive lineman. The south Georgia standout was terrific in Tallahassee when he transitioned to tackle. In 2014 he made a virtually seamless transition to center. He’s the consummate team player who made the move because the Seminoles needed him there. Erving excelled and became the first ACC offensive linemen to ever win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (most outstanding linemen) award twice at two different positions. Erving will give one NFL franchise unbelievable value because of his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive front.

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Arik Armstead
Elk Grove, Calif. / 6'7 / 292 lbs
  • DT
  • 17

Analysis

In 2012 many of us felt Armstead had the most upside as an offensive tackle. This five-star from Elk Grove, Calif. stuck with the other side of the ball though. Still, he had a nice college career at Oregon and is a potential first round pick on April 30th. He’s enormous at 6-foot-7, 292-pounds. Armstead didn’t put up huge numbers but certainly had an impact on the Ducks defense. He can become a strong side defensive end in an NFL 4-3 defense but is likely best suited to play the five-technique in a base 3-4. Armstead has very good feet and athleticism for a bigger man, which is why he would have made an even better offensive tackle.

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Quinten Rollins
Wilmington, Ohio / 5'11 / 195 lbs
  • CB
  • 54

Analysis

Rollins is one of the storylines of this draft. He played basketball at Miami (Ohio) before converting to the game of football in 2014. Now he finds himself on the cusp of being one of the top cornerbacks drafted. In fact, some believe he could fall in the later stages of the first round. That’s truly amazing if you think about it. Would you believe Rollins had seven interceptions in his only season on the gridiron last fall? He has good size, length and is very smooth on the field. Rollins hasn’t scratched the surface yet of what he could become.

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Kevin Johnson
Clarksville, Md. / 6'0 / 188 lbs
  • CB
  • 36

Analysis

Johnson is as experienced as any defensive back in this draft class. This former Wake Forest cornerback started 41 of 47 games for the Demon Deacons. There, he recorded 190 tackles, seven interceptions and 35 pass deflections over the course of his career. Johnson possesses very good size (6-0/188) and he runs well enough. He’s instinctive, aggressive and has good short area quickness. Johnson tested well at the combine and had excellent numbers in the vertical jump (41.5) and broad jump (132-inches).

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Preston Smith
Stone Mountain, Ga. / 6'5 / 271 lbs
  • DE
  • 27

Analysis

Smith spent his playing career in Starkville splitting time starting at both defensive end spots. He finished with 134 tackles, 16 sacks and 27 tackles for a loss. He’s a strong, long and fairly quick player that just needs to develop more moves and technique. That will come as he matures. At 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, Smith possesses a great frame that’s continuing to fill out.

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Eddie Goldman
Washington, D.C. / 6'4 / 336 lbs
  • DT
  • 51

Analysis

Goldman signed with Florida State from the D.C. area as a five-star prospect and one of the very best recruits in the 2012 class. Like many others in Tallahassee he was three and out. Goldman has raw, brute strength that’s well suited to play the under tackle position in a 4-3 or the five-technique or nose guard position in the 3-4. He started every game over the last two seasons and finished his career with 62 tackles, six sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss. This defensive tackle is fairly quick, agile, and tough. Goldman is a high character player that works hard.

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P.J. Williams
Ocala, Fla. / 6'0 / 194 lbs
  • CB
  • 52

Analysis

Williams played very well at FSU, playing in 40 games and starting in two dozen. He finished with 123 tackles, four picks and 18 pass deflections. This is a physical cornerback that can play man press and off as well as zone. Williams is also physical and aggressive in run support. He had a great chance of landing in the first round but was arrested on a DUI charge on April 3rd. Williams plead not guilty and is now fighting the charge. It’s unlikely that this situation will be resolved by April 30 and could causehis draft status to slide.

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Devin Smith
Massillon, Ohio / 6'0 / 196 lbs
  • WR
  • 32

Analysis

Smith played a lot of football in Columbus, playing in 54 games and starting in 34 of those contests. He finished his career with 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. This former track star averaged 20.69 yards per reception. Smith is one of the better ‘deep’ receivers in this draft and seems to have another gear on the long routes. He tracks the ball well and knows how to use his body. Smith has had to prove this off-season that he was more than a one trick pony for the Buckeyes and shows scouts that he could run all the routes in the short and intermediate department. But make no mistake about it, Smith is a big play artist. Think about this – he scored on 30 of his 120 career receptions (25% of the time). That’s one of the best percentages in college football history.

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Eric Kendricks
Fresno, Calif. / 6'0 / 228 lbs
  • MLB
  • 42

Analysis

Kendricks was a defensive workhorse for the Bruins, appearing in 52 games and starting 41 times. He finished with a school record 482 tackles. He also added 10 sacks and 26 tackles for a loss. This is a linebacker that’s physical and aggressive and knows how to play behind his pads. He’s all downhill and can be an explosive talent. Kendricks can make plays in space and is solid in coverage. You have to love his motor and the way Kendricks just plays the game.

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Marcus Peters
Oakland, Calif. / 6'0 / 197 lbs
  • CB
  • 9

Analysis

When he played Peters was a super talent on the Huskies defense. Peters had 48 third down stops and five on fourth down against the pass. He also showed the ability to reroute wide receivers almost 44% of the time. Peters finished with 129 tackles, deflected 25 passes, and had 11 interceptions. This is an explosive cornerback with good size (6-0/197). He can flip his hips, turn and run with anyone. Peters has a quick burst, is terrific in the air and is not afraid in run support. He also has anger issues and was kicked off the Washington team last fall because of arguing with the Huskie coaching staff.

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Maxx Williams
Waconia, Minn. / 6'4 / 254 lbs
  • TE
  • 45

Analysis

Williams is the top tight end prospect in this draft class. He was very good in the Gopher’s run first offense, finishing with only 61 receptions for 986 yards and 13 scores. Williams has good size (6-4/254), soft hands and runs well (despite slower time than what most scouts wanted to see at Combine). He can play in-line and is a good blocker at the point of attack. Williams also has the athleticism to play in the slow or put in motion on the move. He only played two seasons at Minnesota.

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Jake Fisher
Traverse City, Mich. / 6'6 / 306 lbs
  • OT
  • 22

Analysis

Fisher was one of the big surprises at the Combine in Indianapolis. He tested exceptionally well and looked good in drills. At 6-foot-6, 306-pounds he ran a blazing forty of 5.01. He backed that up with a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 4.33 20-yard shuttle. Fisher plays with good leverage in the run game and shows nimble feet and balance when mirroring pass rushers. He’s quick off the ball and knows how to use his hands. Fisher played both tackle positions at Oregon.

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A.J. Cann
Bamberg, S.C. / 6'3 / 313 lbs
  • OG
  • 34

Analysis

Cann started 51 consecutive games at left guard for South Carolina, earning high praise from Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier. He graded out at almost 92% and led the SEC in knockdown blocks with 115 in 2014. Cann also had 15 touchdown resulting blocks last season. He’s smart, quick off the ball, has good feet and big hands. Cann can really block well on the move, whether it’s getting to the second level or pulling and trapping. He’s also stout in pass pro. Cann looks like he will have a chance to play in the league for a very long time in the trenches and is one of the top guard prospects in this draft.

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Nate Orchard
Salt Lake City, Utah / 6'3 / 250 lbs
  • OLB
  • 48

Analysis

Orchard played in 50 games, starting three dozen times. He posted impressive numbers, finishing with 186 tackles, 25 sacks, and 39.5 tackles for a loss. He also caused eight fumbles. This past season he led the nation in sacks with 18.5 This is the same three-star prospect that showed up on Utah’s campus as a 190-pound recruit. Orchard plays fast and hard on every single down, always giving great effort. Now 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, he’s being looked at as a defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. He can rush with speed, power or an array of moves or techniques.

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Bryce Petty
Midlothian, Texas / 6'2 / 220 lbs
  • QB
  • 49

Analysis

I love watching Petty because he throws such a beautiful ball. It comes out of his hand quickly and he can really spin it. In 25 games he threw for 8,195 yards, 62 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions. Petty possesses a quick release and can throw with touch and velocity. He also shows the ability to throw with anticipation and has terrific command in the huddle. Petty is accurate on all the routes. He knows his game is a work in progress and he looks forward to what lies ahead, as he has a true passion for the game. It will be a transition coming from the spread and Petty has battled health issues (back and concussion).

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Eli Harold
Virginia Beach, Va. / 6'4 / 235 lbs
  • OLB
  • 44

Analysis

This former five-star was the top rated outside linebacker in the 2012 class. He started 25 games over the last three seasons as a weak-side defensive end, recording 141 tackles, 17.5 sacks, and 36.5 tackles for a loss. It appears he will likely transition back to linebacker in the NFL as his game is suited to play on the outside as a ‘SAM’ in a 3-4 defense. Harold has terrific speed and plays with explosiveness when attacking the ball. He will have a chance to become an excellent pass rusher.

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Stephone Anthony
Wadesboro, N.C. / 6'3 / 243 lbs
  • MLB
  • 40

Analysis

Anthony played virtually all four years at Clemson, starting 36 times. He racked up an impressive 330 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for a loss. He has good size and is thick, strong and compact at 6-foot-3, 243-pounds. Anthony plays downhill and is physical. He can play inside-out and get to the perimeter to make plays on the outside. Anthony is also an effective defender in coverage.

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Danielle Hunter
Katy, Texas / 6'6 / 241 lbs
  • OLB
  • 47

Analysis

Hunter played in 38 games at LSU, starting 23 times. He finished with 142 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 21 tackles for a loss. He’s built like former Tiger and current Brown Barkevious Mingo, though he’s not quite as athletic. At 6-foot-5, 252-pounds, Hunter has a long frame with plenty of room to bulk up at add weight. He primarily played down in Baton Rouge and good very well do the same in the NFL, although Hunter looks to have more upside standing up as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 scheme. He’s faster than quick and plays hard.

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Breshad Perriman
Lithonia, Ga. / 6'2 / 212 lbs
  • WR
  • 50

Analysis

Perriman is one of the fast risers over the past few months. He’s a wide receiver that played better and better each season at UCF. He posted some impressive numbers, finishing with 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. To match his production are his measureables – Perriman is 6-foot-2, 212-pounds and ran exceptionally well at his pro day (sub-4.3). This is a physical receiver with deep speed and soft hands. He’s the son of former Miami Hurricane great Brett Perriman.

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Jordan Phillips
Towanda, Kan. / 6'5 / 329 lbs
  • DT
  • 77

Analysis

Phillips started his final 17 games in Norman. This guy is a big, physical specimen. Phillips is mammoth 6-foot-5, 329-pound defensive tackle/nose guard. For his size, he possesses excellent short area quickness and agility. Phillips gets off the ball well and strong at the point of attack. But he doesn’t play with good leverage and that really hurts him especially considering his height. This is a player you would like to see give better effort on a more consistent down to down basis.

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Nelson Agholor
Tampa, Fla. / 6'0 / 198 lbs
  • WR
  • 21

Analysis

Agholor got plenty of action, starting at both flanker and split end at USC. He played in 40 games, starting 30 times and finished with 179 receptions for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns. This former running back worked hard to make the full time conversion to wide receiver. Agholor has good size (6-0/198), strength and speed numbers. He catches the ball cleanly and is a good route runner. He’s also good after the catch and is tough to defend in the air.

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D.J. Humphries
Charlotte, N.C. / 6'5 / 307 lbs
  • OT
  • 43

Analysis

The Gators scored a huge recruiting win in 2012 when they landed this five-star recruit. Humphries had trouble adding weight [until of late] and struggled early [MCL]. He started 20 of 30 games at left tackle and graded out at 88.1% and had 67 knockdown blocks. In 2014 Humphries only gave up two sacks (both to Shane Ray from Missouri) in 2014. He shocked many by weighing in at 307-pounds at the Combine. There is still a ton of upside with Humphries. He has all the tools but needs to continue to develop and mature physically.

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Ameer Abdullah
Homewood, Ala. / 5'9 / 205 lbs
  • RB
  • 76

Analysis

Abdullah had a very nice career in Lincoln, starting 33 of the 53 games he played in as a Cornhusker. He finished with 4,588 yards (5.64 yards per carry) and scored 39 touchdowns. He also caught 73 passes for 690 yard and seven more scores. Abdullah was also a very good punt returner. This is a nice change of pace back who can do a lot of different things. He’s bulky and compact at 205-pounds. Abdullah runs with a low center of gravity. He may not test off the charts in terms of speed but he’s football fast. He has excellent short area quickness, can be explosive and is tough to bring down in the open field.

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Clive Walford
Belle Glade, Fla. / 6'4 / 251 lbs
  • TE
  • 41

Analysis

Walford wowed coaches at the Senior Bowl with his effort and performance. Still, he’s viewed at the No. 2 tight end prospect in this draft class. He gained a lot of experience in Coral Gables, starting in the 35 of 49 games he played in. Walford caught one pass in 43 straight games and finished with 121 receptions for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has good size (6-4/251) and runs well enough. Walford’s best asset are his soft hands. He catches the ball well and doesn’t fight it. Walford is a good, not great blocker.

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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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