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2015 NFL Draft: The Observer’s Top 100

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams of USC might be the most complete player in the 2015 NFL draft, and he is ranked No. 1 by The Observer.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams of USC might be the most complete player in the 2015 NFL draft, and he is ranked No. 1 by The Observer. Getty Images

The Observer’s annual list of the top 100 players available in the 2015 NFL draft:

33. Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California: Led the Trojans in catches and receiving yards but can’t blow the top off a defense.

34. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: Reportedly failed multiple drug tests at LSU and that could drop him deeper into the second round.

35. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: A great run stuffer who will have to work on his pass rush if he wants to be an every-down defensive tackle.

36. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: There may be no player more athletically gifted in this draft than DGB. But with drugs and a domestic violence report against him, he’s not in the first round.

37. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami: He impressed a number of teams with a strong pro day performance earlier this month, and the 5-foot-11 linebacker could go in the first round.

38. Byron Jones, DB, Connecticut: Shattered the combine record for long jump at 147 inches but still needs to learn technique.

39. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: There are concerns about a wrist injury but Strong showed at ASU that he can go up and get the ball.

40. Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: Peters would have likely been the first corner taken this year had he not gotten suspended from, and eventually kicked off, Washington’s team.

41. Damarious Randall, FS, Arizona State: A standout in a weak safety class, Randall ran a 4.46 40 at the combine.

42. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State: Easily could get into the first round because of a lack of true 4-3 defensive ends.

43. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami: Ran a 4.27 40 at his pro day, which showed he has the speed to stretch NFL defenses.

44. Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke: A hard-working, smart player, Tomlinson will be a second rounder easily.

45. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: If he goes first round, it’s only because a team in desperate need of a tight end takes the best one available.

46. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: His initial burst is unmatched in this year’s class. He’ll contribute on special teams, too.

47. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: Protected Mariota’s blind side last year but will likely be on the right in the pros.

48. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: Struggled at the Senior Bowl and now has a stress fracture in his foot.

49. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: Averaged 28.2 yards per catch last season but may not be more than a speedster.

50. Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State: A vertical of 41 1/2 inches shows he can contest balls at their highest point.

51. Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State: A hulking player at 6-foot-6 and 338 pounds who quietly had a great pre-draft season.

52. Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson: The Anson County native was one of the most consistent players for a stout Clemson defense last year.

53. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami: A better 40 time at his pro day lifted Johnson into the top-four backs this year.

54. Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio): A former basketball player turned cornerback, Rollins has shown he has great potential.

55. Mario Edwards Jr., DL, Florida State: Edwards is the son of a former NFLer, and the big fella can play left defensive end or add weight and slide inside.

56. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana: Rushed for 2,036 yards in his breakout 2014 season.

57. Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB, Louisville: A first-team All-ACC selection with a great motor.

58. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State: The only player in FBS history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a single season.

59. Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford: Had 8 1/2 sacks last year as a 4-3 defensive end for the Cardinal.

60. Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State: He has the height (6-foot-4) of an inside linebacker but the long arms (33) inches of an outside backer.

61. Clive Walford, TE, Miami: Shares a hometown with Kelvin Benjamin.

62. Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: A top performer at the combine in nearly every drill, Rowe may be more than a workout warrior.

63. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa: A run stuffer who usually drew double teams in college.

64. Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU: Thirteen tackles for loss last season and clocked a 4.57 40.

65. Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart: One of the draft’s quiet risers, he’ll be the first player picked who you’ve never heard of.

66. P.J. Williams, CB, FSU: A recent DUI charge that was dismissed may have teams thinking twice this close to the draft.

67. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State: Good burst but may not be an every-down tackle.

68. Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan: No one knows what position he actually is, but he can catch a ball.

69. Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State: Fought press coverage for two years and won. He’ll also contribute to punt return teams.

70. Jordan Phillips, OT, Oklahoma: A former top high school prospect who only started 17 games for the Sooners.

71. Paul Dawson, ILB, TCU: Character concerns drop this first-round talent way down the board.

72. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State: After Mariota, this class is bad. Mannion suffered behind a poor offensive line last year.

73. D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic: Unsure if his stellar play last year was a product of poor opponents.

74. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah: Was tied for the best mark in the country in sacks with 18 1/2 last year.

75. Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State: Being the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards means something.

76. A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina: A four-year starter for Steve Spurrier with the Gamecocks.

77. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: Will probably be the third QB taken only because he has the prototypical body.

78. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn: A familiar name but has great trouble hauling in the deep ball, which should be his specialty.

79. David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa: Three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and a 4.50 40 time.

80. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon: A true center with 52 collegiate starts under his belt.

81. Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas: True 4-3 defensive end with ideal height (6-foot-2) and weight (266).

82. Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary: Shifty receiver who has turned heads this pre-draft season.

83. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State: At 6-foot-6 he has 33-inch arms that will keep him at tackle.

84. Josh Shaw, CB, Southern California: Repairing his image after a bizarre lie had him off the Trojans’ squad.

85. Justin Hardy, WR, ECU: The all-time leader in receptions at the FBS level, Hardy wants to prove he’s more than a system receiver.

86. Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State: The top offensive player in the Mountain West last season.

87. Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State: First-team All-Big 10 with a 4.44 40.

88. Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington: A first-team All-American with a torn ACL in his past.

89. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke: Speedster who has to work on his hands on punt returns.

90. Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: Underwhelmed in big games during his final season with the Bruins.

91. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama: A good college rusher who needs more strength.

92. Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma: Started every game at right tackle for the Sooners.

93. Davis Tull, OLB, Chattanooga: Had the fastest 10-yard split of any linebacker at 1.52 seconds.

94. David Cobb, RB, Minnesota: Part of a crop of backs who have good value in the third and fourth rounds.

95. Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri: One of the draft’s strongest players with 36 reps on bench press.

96. Adrian Amos, S, Penn State: Allowed 3.9 yards per target last season.

97. Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State: Still trying to figure out the tackle position from defensive end.

98. Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss: His 5-foot-9 stature hurts him in the league.

99. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland: A tough guy who played through suffering a lacerated kidney.

100. Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU: Yet another fast LSU defensive player leaving the school early.

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