Scout Draft Top 100: 1-25

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams leads the 2015 NFL Draft class and holds the No. 1 ranking. Here's a very close look at Williams and players ranked 2 through 25. Also included in this story are links to all the players in the Scout NFL Draft Top 100.

This week Scout has unveiled our NFL Draft Top 100, complete with evaluation and plenty of notes. USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams leads the way followed by some elite wide receivers and pass rushers. Check it all out below along with our links to the rest of the 100.

Scout NFL Draft Top 100: 26-50
Scout NFL Draft Top 100: 51-75
Scout NFL Draft Top 100: 76-100

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Leonard Williams
Daytona Beach, Fla. / 6'4.5 / 302 lbs
  • DT
  • 1

Analysis

Williams is the top prospect in this draft. He’s a fit into any front, can play tackle, end and even over the center. This former high profiled four-star recruit from the Sunshine State started 35 of 39 games at USC, where he racked up 21 sacks and 36.5 tackles for a loss. Williams is strong, quick and fast. He has violent hands and shows rare explosion for a 300-pound defensive lineman. Many compare his style and game to that of Richard Seymour.

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Amari Cooper
Miami, Fla. / 6'1 / 211 lbs
  • WR
  • 2

Analysis

Cooper was brilliant in Tuscaloosa, leaving Alabama with 228 receptions for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He may not be the biggest wide receiver in this draft class but he does everything exceptionally well. Cooper runs terrific routes, has soft hands, and very good speed, strength and quickness. His work ethic became that of legend at Alabama. There are no sure things in this business but this former four-star recruit from South Florida is as safe as they come from this draft class.

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Dante Fowler
Saint Petersburg, Fla. / 6'3 / 261 lbs
  • OLB
  • 3

Analysis

I once saw Fowler play quarterback, fullback, tight end, wide receiver, defensive end and defensive tackle in a high school game. That athleticism made him one of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2012. Now he enters the 2015 NFL Draft with the same distinction. Fowler looks ideal as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 defense. He’s freaky on the edge and is arguably the top pass rusher in this class. He’s quick and explosive. At 260-pounds he ran 4.6 [forty] at Combine. That’s smoking fast and he can re-direct in space.

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Randy Gregory
Yuma, Ariz. / 6'5 / 235 lbs
  • DE
  • 16

Analysis

Like Fowler, Gregory is a very athletic outside linebacker prospect. But he tested positive for marijuana and his stock is sliding. How far? It’s too hard to say at this point and we will all find out on April 30th. All things being equal Gregory has tremendous upside once he fills out his long frame and gains bulk and strength. He projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme or rush end. Gregory has good quickness of the ball and shows speed and surprising strength on the edge. In 24 games in Lincoln he scored 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss.

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Danny Shelton
Auburn, Wash. / 6'2 / 339 lbs
  • DT
  • 8

Analysis

Shelton was a beast as the anchor in the Huskie defense. He played in 53 games at Washington, starting 42 [39 at nose guard]. He’s clearly the top nose guard in this class and an ideal centerpiece for a 3-4 front. For a player of his size [340-pounds] he’s surprisingly nimbl, light on his feet and displays excellent lateral quickness. Shelton is so strong and shows some explosiveness. He commands a double team and often times can’t be moved off his spot. Shelton has the sheer strength to occupy multiple blockers. Last season he accounted for 94 tackles.

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Brandon Scherff
Denison, Iowa / 6'5 / 319 lbs
  • OT
  • 4

Analysis

Scherff is another high profiled offensive line prospect from Iowa’s football program. In fact, this former Hawkeye won his share of post-season hardware including the Outland Trophy. He had a spectacular 2014 campaign giving up only once sack. Scherff was credited with 93 knockdowns, 16 touchdown-resulting blocks, and a Big 10-best 90.88% grade for blocking consistency. He projects as a right tackle, guard or both. It’s that versatility that makes him even more draft valuable. Many believe he can have the same rookie impact that Dallas guard Zach Martin had.

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Trae Waynes
Kenosha, Wis. / 6'0 / 186 lbs
  • CB
  • 6

Analysis

Waynes started 27 of 36 games at Michigan State, 13 at boundary corner and 14 at field corner. He recorded 101 tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass deflections. He’s this year’s top rated cornerback. Waynes has good size and surprised many running so well [4.31 forty] at the Combine. He can turn his hips and run with any wide receiver. He has good short area quickness and shows a super burst to the ball. He can play man, press, off, zone and is effective in run support. Former Spartan Darqueze Dennard was a first rounder last year (No. 24 to Cincinnati). Wayne should go much higher.

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Jameis Winston
Hueytown, Ala. / 6'4 / 231 lbs
  • QB
  • 8

Analysis

Winston had an amazing two year starting run at FSU, going 26-1, losing in his final game against Oregon. In 2013 he led his team to an unbeaten season and a national title. This freshman sensation also took home the Heisman Trophy. Winston showed some struggles this past season, throwing 18 interceptions. Still, when Florida State needed him, Winston came through in big ways leading the ‘Noles from behind in many games. There are not many that question Winston the player, the teammate or leader. This kid works hard and some say he’s a football savant. It’s Winston the person that have people worried. Does he have character flaws or just maturity issues? Do you feel comfortable calling him your franchise quarterback?

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Vic Beasley
Adairsville, Ga. / 6'3 / 246 lbs
  • OLB
  • 10

Analysis

Beasley had a big time career with the Tigers, finishing with 33 sacks (Clemson’s all-time leader) and 52.5 tackles for a loss. He tested off the charts at the Combine and on his pro day and looks like he will be one of the top pass rushers taken. Teams are looking at Beasley as an edge guy at defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on scheme. He has quickness, strength and speed to play either position but probably better suited to play OLB in a 3-4 scheme. Beasley is athletic and agile and can play well in space.

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Landon Collins
Geismar, La. / 6'0 / 228 lbs
  • S
  • 24

Analysis

This former five-star recruit from Louisiana is now this draft’s top rated safety. Collins is a terrific overall football player who possesses good size, strength, speed and instincts. He also shows a lot of versatility and can line up just about anywhere you need him. Collins excels near the box and is a good tackler. He’s good and sound in coverage. Collins recorded 190 tackles and five interceptions over his career.

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DeVante Parker
Louisville, Ky. / 6'3 / 209 lbs
  • WR
  • 5

Analysis

Parker hauled in 156 passes for 2,775 yards and scored 33 touchdowns for the Cardinals. He should be one of the first wide receivers off the board on April 30. He has good size and long arms so he plays bigger than his 6-foot-3 frame. Parker gets off the line well and shows good deep speed. He’s also terrific in the air [36.5 vertical jump] and knows how to use his body. Parker is also smart and showed the ability to play and master three spots [flanker, split end and slot] at Louisville. Parker missed with first six games in 2014 with a foot injury.

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Shane Ray
Shawnee Mission, Kan. / 6'3 / 245 lbs
  • DE
  • 13

Analysis

Football changed everything for Ray. He used the sport to stay out of trouble as a kid and now embarks in a career as a professional. Credit his high school coach, Tim Grunhard. Now Ray’s a coveted rush end or outside linebacker, depending on scheme. He’s got speed and strength off the edge to be an elite pass rusher. Ray can also make plays down the line showing his outstanding agility. At times he’s explosive, showing a great get off and closing speed for a big man. Ray only started 13 games at Missouri yet still posted 19 career sacks, 29 pressures and 36 tackles for a loss.

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Kevin White
Scranton, Pa. / 6'3 / 215 lbs
  • WR
  • 14

Analysis

This former junior college standout had a killer two year run in Morgantown where he caught 144 passes for 1,954 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. White had a terrific pre-draft during the off-season, running 4.35 [forty] in Indy at combine. He has good size (6-3/215) and explosiveness for this position. White is a deep threat and also a physical wide receiver. He’s also stout after the catch, though he’s not much of a shake and bake guy. White is more power than finesse with the ball in his hands.

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Marcus Mariota
Honolulu, Hawaii / 6'4 / 222 lbs
  • QB
  • 7

Analysis

Mariota had a storied career for the Ducks. He started every game (41) and won the school’s first ever Heisman Trophy. He finished with 10,796 passing yards (68.6%) for 105 touchdowns and only 14 picks. He also rushed for 2,237 yards and 29 scores. He’s a superior athlete who runs well. Mariota has shown that he’s a tremendous leader who makes great decisions with the ball. He has incredible NFL upside but his game will take some time to develop. Mariota possesses good arm strength, field vision, has shown the ability to throw with anticipation.

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Melvin Gordon
Kenosha, Wis. / 6'1 / 215 lbs
  • RB
  • 15

Analysis

How much money did Melvin Gordon make for himself by coming back for his senior season? He finished with 2,587 yards (7.81 yards/carry), and 29 scores in 2014. Against Nebraska last fall he rushed for 408 yards! I certainly believe Gordon could very well be the first player taken at running back and in the first round. He possesses good size (6-1/215) and excellent balance and vision. Gordon has good speed and a terrific burst once a hole opens up. He has excellent short area quickness and agility and shows the uncanny ability to make defenders miss or plant and drive right by would be tacklers.

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Todd Gurley
Tarboro, N.C. / 6'1 / 222 lbs
  • RB
  • 12

Analysis

I am a huge Todd Gurley guy. I would have loved to have seen him get through 2014 unscathed and healthy because I firmly believe he would have broken the hex that has been on running backs not taken or not taken highly in the first round. A healthy Todd Gurley is a top ten talent in this draft class and that’s being conservative. His draft status will all depend on the individual teams medical staffs and how they view his injured knee. Gurley has it all as a runner – size, strength, speed and athleticism. He has a chance to be something special on Sundays.

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La'el Collins
Baton Rouge, La. / 6'4 / 305 lbs
  • OG
  • 18

Analysis

What does this say about La’el Collins? He played 867 of LSU’s 897 offensive snaps this season and graded out at an incredible 89.23% with 109 knockdown blocks and 16 touchdown resulting blocks. That’s strong, especially in SEC play. Collins looks like a future right tackle although he will likely get a shot on the other side as well. Many think he can slide inside and be a guard but he struggled at that position at the Senior Bowl.

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Malcom Brown
Brenham, Texas / 6'2 / 319 lbs
  • DT
  • 19

Analysis

Brown played everywhere on the defensive front at Texas where he collected 165 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He has good lateral quickness and agility. Brown gets off the ball well and plays with excellent leverage and balance. He’s strong and wide and shows a good burst when locating the ball. Brown had a terrific year with Charlie Strong and really elevated his draft status. His play translates to both a 3-4 and 4-3 front.

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Jaelen Strong
Woodland Hills, Calif. / 6'2 / 217 lbs
  • WR
  • 25

Analysis

Strong had a nice two year career for the Sun Devils. He caught 157 passes in 26 games for 2,287 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He has good size (6-3/215) and ran better than what most thought (4.51 forty) at the combine. Strong is perhaps at his best in the air as he as very good body control, concentration and hand-eye coordination. It also helps that he has a 42-inch vertical jump. More times than not he catches the ball cleanly, showing soft hands. He runs well but is more of a possession/physical wide receiver that should be adept at moving the chains and being a dangerous red-zone threat.

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Andrus Peat
Tempe, Ariz. / 6'7 / 313 lbs
  • OT
  • 29

Analysis

Peat was a three and out player for the Cardinal who is a future right tackle in the NFL. This former four-star recruit was one of the most coveted linemen in the class of 2012. Peat has enormous size, good length (34 3/8) and large hands (10 5/8). He also has a massive lower body and is still filling out up top. Peat can be strong at the point of attack and shows a good punch. He’s nimble, especially for a bigger cat. Once he bulks up and plays with better balance Peat could and should become a Sunday force in the trenches.

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Alvin Dupree
Irwinton, Ga. / 6'4 / 269 lbs
  • DE
  • 28

Analysis

Dupree was recruited to Kentucky to play tight end, eventually transitioning to the other side of the ball. This past season he recorded 74 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 12.5 tackles for a loss for the Wildcats. Dupree tested off the charts. At 6-foot-4, 269-pounds, he ran 4.56 [forty], had a vertical jump of 42-inches and a broad jump of 138-inches. Those are outstanding numbers combined with good production in Lexington. Dupree is an outstanding talent with tremendous upside. He looks like an ideal ‘SAM’ linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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Dorial Green-Beckham
Springfield, Mo. / 6'5 / 237 lbs
  • WR
  • 20

Analysis

DGB was arguably the hottest and most coveted prospect in the Class of 2012. He signed with Missouri and had a super two year run with the Tigers before being dismissed from the team. Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He transferred to Oklahoma but never played a down in Norman. Now he comes into the NFL Draft with character questions off the field coupled with physical attributes for the position that has coaches, scouts and GMs drooling. This kid has elite size (6-5/237), speed and athleticism. No he’s not Calvin Johnson but he’s pretty close physically. DGB is a specimen with a very high ceiling if he does things the right way.

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T.J. Clemmings
Paterson, N.J. / 6'5 / 309 lbs
  • OT
  • 37

Analysis

Clemmings is another draft prospect that coverted from the other side of the ball. This right tackle was a five-star defensive end recruit that signed with Pitt. He converted to the other side of the ball and is now projected as one of the top OL prospects in the draft. In fact, Clemmings has only started two seasons at right tackle at Pitt. Still, he transitioned very well. In two season he has 1,771 plays under his belt where he graded out at 85% with 157 knockdown blocks and 30 touchdown resulting blocks. Clemmings has size and length. He displays flexibility and agility. Clemmings just needs more experience and development. He has a very promising future.

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Shaq Thompson
Sacramento, Calif. / 6'0 / 228 lbs
  • OLB
  • 39

Analysis

You could make a strong case that Thompson is one of the finest athletes in this draft class. He’s a converted running back that projects as a weakside linebacker or strong safety depending on scheme. I see him as a more athletic Lavonte David (Bucs LB). The two have very similar measurables at the same stage. Like David, Thompson is somewhat undersized to be a linebacker but plays with outstanding closing speed, instincts and aggression. He makes plays all over the field and plays with a relentless attitude and terrific motor. I know he didn’t test well but just watch the film. Thompson is a big time player who will shine on Sundays in the pass happy league that is the NFL. He’s game is greatly suited for today’s game.

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Ereck Flowers
Miami, Fla. / 6'5.5 / 329 lbs
  • OT
  • 23

Analysis

Flowers is local talent from south Florida that elected to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. There, he developed into one of the game’s top offensive tackles. At 6-foot-5, 339-pounds, he gets off the ball incredibly well. Flowers has good feet, quick hands and a long reach. He shows the ability to move people off the ball and mirror defenders in pass pro. He projects as a right tackle and some believe he could be destined to play guard before it’s all said and done.

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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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