Dan Hope’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft

Jarvis Landry has the skill set for NFL success, but he is going to have to overcome poor measurables. (Photo: Crystal LoGuidice — USA Today Sports)

76. Chris Smith, DE/OLB, Arkansas

Smith is a high-motor edge defender with a promising combination of size and speed. He lacks height but has long arms, and has limited first-step quickness but moves fast around the corner. He is a likely rotational player who projects best to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

77. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

Martin has outstanding athleticism for a 6’6”, 272-pound defensive end with 35” arms, but he is a stiff, linear player who doesn’t always stand out physically on the field. His physical traits give him the potential to play multiple positions in any defensive scheme, but his game needs technical development.

78. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

Watkins was overshadowed at Florida by Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy, but while the pre-draft process has been a disaster for Roberson and Purifoy, Watkins has emerged as the school’s best cornerback prospect. A fluid athlete who plays with physicality, Watkins can be an asset in both coverage and run support and projects well as a slot cornerback.

79. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

Bucannon is a rangy strong safety with an ideal combination of size and speed. He is a hard hitter with good ball skills. His aggressive nature leads to big plays, but can also lead to mistakes, and he has limited fluidity when dropping back into coverage.

80. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Arguably the best pass-catcher and route-runner in this year’s draft class, Landry is a skilled player who could excel as a slot receiver. Slow and small, however, is a bad combination for a draft evaluation.

81. Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

Davis made a name for himself with his 109-yard game-winning missed field goal return in the Iron Bowl last year, but he is also a skilled cover cornerback with good instincts and short-area quickness. He has limited size and can get out-muscled by bigger receivers, but should be able to contribute as a nickel/dime cornerback while starring on special teams.

82. David Fales, QB, San Jose State

Perhaps the most overlooked quarterback in this year’s draft class, Fales is an efficient pocket passer with a quick release and consistent intermediate accuracy. He has limited physical tools and is a subpar deep-ball thrower, but he is among the more polished passers in the draft class.

83. Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

Smith is very small for an NFL linebacker at just 218 pounds, but he has the football skills to overcome his lack of size. A terrific athlete who flies around the field, Smith is a strong open-field tackler who is fluid in dropping back to cover.

84. Joel Bitonio, OT/G Nevada

Bitonio has some of the foot skills of any blocker in this year’s draft class, allowing him to keep up with speed rushers in pass protection and pick up run blocks in space. His limited size makes him best suited to kick inside from tackle to guard, but he could struggle to win with power inside.

85. Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson

A prospect on the rise before tearing his ACL in a pre-draft workout, Thomas is an athletic offensive lineman who has great hand strength and long arms. He has some issues with outside speed rushers and is best suited for a move inside to guard, but he shows enough pass-blocking ability to hold his own at tackle. A team willing to wait out a potential medical redshirt year could end up with a skilled, versatile offensive lineman.

86. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

A 6’1” cornerback with good strength and great ball skills, Desir fits the NFL’s calling card for increasing height and length at his position. The jump in competition from Division II to the NFL is a steep one, but he has an intriguing skill set and starting potential.

87. Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

An explosive athlete who also starred as a point guard on South Carolina’s basketball team, Ellington has impressive downfield speed and is shifty in space. He is a raw talent who has the potential to improve significantly as a full-time football player, and has the skill set to be a dynamic slot receiver and return specialist.

88. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

One of a number of breakout stars in Auburn’s run to the national championship game, Mason is a compact runner who has a good burst out of the backfield, finds running lanes well and can bounce off of contact. A durable workhorse with good size and athleticism, Mason should be able to produce in a running back rotation at the next level.

89. Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah

McGill is already 25 years old and still a raw talent, but at 6’3” and 211 pounds with explosive athleticism, the Utah cornerback has huge physical upside while going to a league where teams are increasingly searching for big, tall cornerbacks.

90. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Jernigan is an active, athletic defensive tackle who was a disruptive force on the Florida State defense in its national championship run this past season, but he doesn’t project particularly well to any role at the next level. He has limited burst for a 3-technique penetrator, is undersized for a nose tackle and lacks the length to be a 5-technique defensive end.

91. Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

A four-year collegiate starter at right tackle, James has an ideal combination of size, length and power. He can engulf defenders with his size and win with his strength, but he is a heavy-footed athlete who doesn’t make many blocks in space.

92. Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

Jeffcoat is an athletic edge defender who can turn the corner with speed and is a good tackler in pursuit, but he never became the special player he was expected to be at Texas. Best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, Jeffcoat has decent strength but needs to bulk up, while his burst does not stand out.

93. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

Fiedorowicz is a big, strong tight end who excels as an in-line blocker. He is a sure-handed intermediate receiver who could be a go-to target in short-yardage and red zone situations, but he is a limited athlete who doesn’t stretch the field.

94. Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College

Despite a laundry list of injuries that limited him to just full season as a starting offensive lineman in his six-year collegiate career, Patchan has the potential to develop into an NFL starter at offensive tackle. He is a skilled pass blocker who has great foot skills and can explode to the second level to make run blocks.

95. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

The leading rusher in the FBS for the 2013 college football season, Williams is a strong between-the-tackles runner who drives through contact and has adequate speed. His lack of receiving ability might keep him off the field in passing situations, but he is a tailback teams can count on to always fight for extra yardage.

96. Marcus Martin, C/G, USC

An impressive athlete at 6’3” and 320 pounds, Martin explodes off the snap and moves well laterally. He has experience playing both center and guard, and is a strong pass protector who can make key blocks at the second level. He doesn’t drive defenders off the line of scrimmage and needs technical development, but he has high potential as an interior offensive lineman.

97. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Murray has limited physical tools and is coming off a torn ACL, but he has enough quarterback skill to potentially contend for an NFL starting job. An accurate passer from both the pocket and on the run, Murray excelled as a four-year starter against top collegiate competition and is mechanically sound.

98. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

At 6’6” and 225 pounds, Coleman is a massive target who can create mismatches outside. He never produced up to his potential at Rutgers, but that was in part due to poor quarterback play. He has limited speed and could struggle to separate at the next level, but his height and strength allows him to come down with contested catches.

99. Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

Barrow is a skilled lateral athlete who covers ground well in space and is a sound tackler. He doesn’t make a great deal of impact plays, but he is a well-rounded player with the potential to play both middle and outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme or as a 3-4 inside linebacker.

100. Justin Ellis, NT, Louisiana Tech

A 6’1”, 334-pound nose tackle with impressive quickness for his size, Ellis’ draft value is raised by the rarity of his physical traits. He can overwhelm opponents with his size and power, but is overly reliant upon his measurables and needs to develop his technique.

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