Joe Marino’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft (2/12)

Johnny Manziel has been projected as high as the No. 1 overall pick by some, but his ranking here is more modest. (Photo: Nelson Chenault — USA Today Sports)

76. Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State: Like Derrell Johnson, Barnett was also snubbed from a combine invite. He is a stout run defender with violent hands.

77. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia: Sims is one of the top receiving threats out of the backfield in this draft class. His skill set is reminiscent to that of Chicago Bears star running back Matt Forte.

78. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers: Coleman is a giant receiver who can dominate in the redzone. If he can stay healthy, he has No. 1 wide receiver upside.

79. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: Sankey has great vision and quickness, and possibly the best change-of-direction skills of any back in this draft class. I would like to see him do more as a runner after contact.

80. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Manziel’s playmaking ability is apparent, but it might not be translatable to the NFL. Few players with his size and skill set have proven to be viable starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

81. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa: One of the top blocking tight ends I have ever scouted, Fiedorowicz also provides a large catch radius as a receiver.

82. Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State: Bradford has been a dominant edge defender for the Sun Devils, but he will have to overcome his lack of length to excel in the NFL.

83. Willie Snead, WR, Ball State: Snead separates as well as any receiver in this class and is always open. Any quarterback should love to have him in his arsenal of weapons.

84. Tre Boston, S, North Carolina: Boston reacts well to what he sees and is a good tackler. He has good ball skills and instincts, but doesn’t have the best range. Proving his athletic ability will be important for him at the combine.

85. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas: Smith is a solid 4-3 defensive end prospect with upside. He needs to add strength and to his repertoire of pass-rush moves to be a consistent player at the next level.

86. Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa: Kirksey is an instinctive linebacker with a balanced skill set. He is physical, aggressive and underrated.

87. Victor Hampton , CB, South Carolina: Hampton plays the ball extremely well and is a solid tackler. He has a lot to gain with a solid performance at the combine.

88. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon: Huff is a solid prospect who does many things well. He is a good athlete with reliable hands and is a very intelligent route-runner.

89. Trai Turner, G, LSU: Turner has overwhelmed opponents with his ability to drive block and has a strong anchor in run support. He is a very tenacious blocker.

90. Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State: Smith is an excellent football player who stands out on a talent-laden Florida State defense. He has tremendous instincts and makes plays all over the field. He is a downhill, physical linebacker and a great tackler. The team who drafts him will have to be comfortable with his lack of weight, and he is not a fit for all teams.

91. Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State: Freeman is a decisive runner with excellent vision and burst to and through the hole. He is another Day 2 draft selection who can start.

92. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Cooks, the nation’s leading receiver in 2013, can be a dynamic slot option but lacks size.

93. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon: Hart is an ideal 5-technique defensive end for a 3-4 scheme. He has strong, violent hands, great power and instincts, and underrated athleticism.

94. Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia: Clarke has a tremendous frame and athletic ability to work with. With his terrific size and flashy skills, he is a promising project player with high upside.

95. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU: Hill is a talented, physical downhill runner who is tough to tackle and has solid athletic ability. He has off-field concerns to consider, but his talent is obvious.

96. Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton: Reid is incredibly quick and has strong hands. He projects as a 3-technique defensive tackle who can penetrate and make plays in the backfield.

97. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida: Purifoy is a much better athlete than football player at this point. If he can develop better football instincts, he has the ability to be great.

98. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas: Swanson is technically sound with a balanced skill set. He is a plug-and-play solution for a team needing a center.

99. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida: Watkins is a versatile defensive back who excels in man coverage. He is willing in run support and has solid ball skills.

100. Brent Urban, DE, Virginia: Urban projects as a two-gap defensive lineman with excellent strength and surprising burst. He is ideally suited to play 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

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