Here is a look at some sleeper
prospects on the offensive side of the ball in the 2015 NFL Draft
that you should get familiar with.
(Sr) QB Garrett Grayson
A couple of weeks ago, he became
Colorado State's all-time passing leader in yards. He has good arm
strength. Grayson can make all of the throws at the next level. He
is very accurate on short and intermediate passes. He has improved
his deep ball accuracy and footwork this year. He spreads the ball
around to different targets. He is a leader and demonstrates good
command of the offense. In fact, he is one of the top senior
quarterbacks available in next year's draft.
(Sr) WR DeAndre Smelter
He hasn't posted huge numbers
because of the offense that he plays in, but Smelter caught my eye
at the end of last year. He is a gifted athlete. He is a physical
WR with good size. He uses his big body to shield the defenders
away from the ball. He is a deep threat. He makes difficult
catches and uses his strength against press coverage. In the fourth
quarter against Virginia Tech, Smelter made some clutch plays. He
did it against sophomore Kendall Fuller who is considered to be one
of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He is raw in terms of his
route running, but he has huge upside. I currently have a third
round grade on him.
(Sr) WR J.J. Worton (Central
He gets overshadowed by his
teammate Breshad Perriman, but he is the better all-around
receiver. Worton plays mostly in the slot. He has outstanding
hands and runs precise routes. He is an underrated athlete. He is
dangerous in the open field whether he is returning kicks or picking
up yards after the catch. Worton regularly makes tough grabs in
(Sr) TE Isaac Blakeney (Duke)
Blakeney plays WR for the Blue
Devils, but his future is at TE at the next level. He has great
length, long arms and a huge catching radius. He was a former
basketball player in high school. He knows how to box out defenders
and has terrific leaping ability. He is an outstanding athlete and
would present a matchup nightmare with his speed if he would move to
TE at the next level. Blakeney is very raw, but his potential is
A running back will definitely get
drafted in the first round of next year's draft. In fact, the 2015 RB
class could turn out to be really special. It reminds me of the 2008
class that produced the likes of Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Ray Rice and
Jamaal Charles. Let's take a look at the potential prospects.
1. (JR) Todd Gurley (Georgia)
He is a physical, downhill runner.
Gurley has size, power, speed and strength. He punishes defenders and
runs over them. He is tough to bring down and breaks a lot of tackles.
He has great agility and balance. Gurley gets stronger as the game
wears on. Georgia's offense features him in the passing game. He is
finally healthy this year and looks to be in the best shape of his
career. His upright running style and durability are a concern. He
also needs to improve in pass protection. He is still a first round
pick and will be the first RB selected in the 2015 draft.
2. (JR) Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
Gordon is a big play threat. He is an
explosive back with terrific speed and outstanding balance. He is a
dangerous outside runner. He accelerates very quickly and shows a
second gear to pull away from defenders. He can stop and start on a
dime. Gordon is an athletic back with great change of direction
skills. He has become a better inside runner. He makes people miss
with his elusiveness, but has a tendency to go down too easily at
times. Wisconsin also needs to feature him in the passing game more.
He is still a first round talent.
3. (JR) Mike Davis (South Carolina)
He is only about 5'9, but he has a great
build. He is a powerful, physical runner. He runs over defenders and
shows the ability to bounce off tacklers. Davis gains a lot of yards
after initial contact. He runs low to the ground. He has nifty feet,
good vision, impressive balance and deceptive speed. He is quick
through the hole. He is a player that gets stronger in the fourth
quarter. He reminds me of Ray Rice.
4. (JR) T.J. Yeldon (Alabama)
He has the size, the build and the speed
that you look for in an NFL RB. He has exceptionally quick feet, great
cutback ability and good balance. Yeldon finds the smallest creases as
an inside runner. He is a physical back that breaks his share of
tackles. He is a really good blocker in pass protection which is an
underrated part of his game. At times, Yeldon will dance around at the
line of scrimmage instead of being decisive and just hitting that hole.
There are also concerns about his upright running style and his fumbling
5. (JR) Duke Johnson (Miami, FL)
Johnson has tremendous speed and
athleticism. He is very elusive in the open field. He can make people
miss in tight quarters. He shows good vision and uses a deadly stiff
arm to break tackles. He is patient and waits for his blocks to
develop. Johnson can start inside and then bounce it outside without
any hesitation. He is a weapon in the passing game. He has soft hands
and runs good routes. He is also a dangerous kick returner when he has
been asked to handle that duty. However, he is an undersized back with
ball security issues and some durability concerns.
6. (JR) Jay Ajayi (Boise State)
He is a big back with a thick lower body
and blazing speed. Ajayi has a physical running style. He just bounces
off tacklers and is a load to bring down. He can run over defenders or
around them. He also displays good balance and always falls forward.
He is a dangerous receiver coming out of the backfield. Ajayi needs to
improve in short-yardage situations. He also needs to take care of the
ball. He has put the ball on the ground on a few occasions.
7. (SR) Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
Abdullah is off to a terrific start this
year. He already has two 200-yard games. He is a big-play threat. He
hits the hole with authority, shows great quickness to the outside and
an extra gear in the open field. He is also a tough runner between the
tackles. Abdullah runs low to the ground, keeps those feet moving after
initial contact, lowers his shoulder and always fights for extra
yardage. He is one of the strongest players at his size at the RB
position. He is an outstanding cutback runner that has a nose for the
8. (JR) D.J. Foster (Arizona State)
He is an all-purpose back. Foster is
athletic with great quickness. He is shifty and has the ability to make
people miss in the open field. He is a home run hitter. He is a
patient runner with good vision. He has soft hands and runs precise
routes. He is arguably the best receiver at the running back position
in the entire nation.
9. (JR) Javorius ''Buck'' Allen
He has become a workhorse in Steve
Sarkisian's offense. He has good size and balance. Allen has displayed
outstanding vision. He is a good cutback runner. He also shows a
terrific burst through the hole. He is very effective on screen passes
as well. Expect this player to rise in the RB rankings as we get closer
to the draft.
10 (tie). (SR) Karlos Williams
The converted safety became the lead back
this year. He scored the game-winning TD in overtime against Clemson
last week. He has great size and speed combination. Williams is a home
run threat. He is also hard to tackle due to his physical nature. But
he is still raw and is more of an athlete playing the running back
position. He has an upright running style. Williams needs to improve
his vision and become more decisive as an inside runner.
10 (tie). (SR) Jeremy Langford
Langford is off to a slow start this
season. He hasn't recorded a 100-yard game up to this point. He had
eight 100-yard games in 2013. He is a downhill runner with good size,
power and speed. He lowers his shoulder and finishes his runs.
Langford is a good receiver out of the backfield and is a solid pass