An incredibly early look at the top 100 prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft: 81-100
It's never too early to start looking ahead at next year's NFL Draft
While the 2017 NFL Draft is still fresh on our minds, it's never too early to start looking forward at next year's crop of standout prospects. Here are the guys you need to know to get you ready for the 2017 NCAA season and ultimately, the 2018 NFL Draft.
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81. Tegray Scales | LB | Indiana | Senior
Scales earned third-team All-Big 10 honors in 2016 after a remarkable campaign that included 125 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. Scales plays with amazing urgency and has the twitchiness and speed to back up that aggressive nature. In 2015, he had 64 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks. Like many of the linebackers on this list, he fits the "new-age linebacker" mold perfectly.
82. Larry Allen III | OL | Harvard | Senior
The son of Hall of Famer Larry Allen, a mammoth offensive lineman who dominated during the 1990s for the 49ers and Cowboys, Allen III is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound stalwart on Harvard's offensive line. He could have played at a bigger football power but has thrived for the Crimson during his collegiate career. He made first-team All-Ivy in 2016.
83. Damien Harris | RB | Alabama | Junior
After just 46 carries as a freshman in 2015, Harris had 1,037 yards on 7.1 yards per carry with two scores a season ago. At 5-foot-11 and 214 pounds, he's not a massive as Derrick Henry or Bo Scarbrough. However, Harris brings the electricity down the field with impressive quickness and good long speed.
84. Troy Fumagalli | TE | Wisconsin | Senior
Fumagalli has been a reliable underneath target for Wisconsin for three years now, and in 2016, he upped his volume in the passing game. The 6-foot-6 tight end caught 47 passes for 580 yards. He's an willing blocker too.
85. Porter Gustin | DE/LB | USC | Junior
Gustin has the frame to play on the edge in the NFL -- he's already 6-foot-5 and close to 260 pounds at just 20 years old. As a sophomore last season, he had 68 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. Don't be surprised if Gustin, a former five-star recruit, becomes one of the premier edge-rushers in the Pac 12 this season.
86. Lavon Coleman | RB | Washington | Senior
Myles Gaskin is the headliner in the Huskies backfield, but his running back mate will garner attention from NFL scouts too. Coleman ran for 852 yards on just 114 carries with seven rushing touchdowns in 2016. He's a boulder at 5-foot-11 and 228 pounds.
87. Byron Cowart | DE/OLB | Auburn | Junior
Even if Cowart never lives up to the huge expectations that came with his recruitment, he has a chance to be a better pro than he was in college. After two disappointing seasons at defensive end for the Tigers, Cowart will play inside as a defensive tackle in 2017. He's listed at Auburn's website at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, a rare height and weight combination.
88. Godwin Igwebuike | S | Northwestern | Senior
If you've watched a Northwestern football game over the past two seasons, Igwebuike has likely stood out. The 6-foot, 205-pound safety is as active as they come in all phases. Last year, he had three games with double-digit tackles and had fewer than five tackles in only one outing for the Wildcats.
89. Dorance Armstrong Jr. | DE/OLB | Kansas | Junior
After a modest 2015 in which he had five tackles for loss and just 3.5 sacks, the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Armstrong Jr. had 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks for the Jayhawks in 2016. He may fly under the radar playing for Kansas but has legitimate sack-specialist skills.
90. Jamar Summers | CB | UConn | Senior
Summers put himself on the map with an eight-interception season in 2015. Last year, he picked off two passes but had 59 tackles, four tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and a forced fumbled -- he clearly rounded out his game.
91. Mike McCray | LB | Michigan | Senior
It took McCray a while to earn a major role on the defense in Ann Arbor, but he made the most of his opportunity in 2016. Behind a loaded defensive line, McCray feasted. He had 73 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and snagged two interceptions.
92. Lowell Lotulelei | DT | Utah | Senior
Lotulelei has done a great job following in his brother Star's footsteps at Utah. He's matured into a disruptive force in the middle of the Utes defensive line. Like his brother, the 6-foot-2, 310-pounder can win in a variety of ways and consistently makes plays in the backfield. He had eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season.
93. Kahlil McKenzie | DT | Tennessee | Junior
The son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, Kahlil is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound space-eater on the interior of the Volunteers defensive line. He's coming off a torn pectoral muscle but should win most of his battles against centers in the SEC this season.
94. Deondre Francois | QB | Florida State | RS Sophomore
Francois took a beating behind a shoddy offensive line a year ago. His pocket drifting needs to get better, and a more sturdy front in Tallahassee would go a long way in his development. As a redshirt freshman, Francois displayed veteran-type moxie, accuracy, and decision-making. He completed nearly 59 percent of his passes at 8.4 yards per attempt with 20 touchdowns and seven picks. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is a calm pocket passer with athleticism who's well on his way to being a super-refined prospect.
95. Azeem Victor | LB | Washington | Senior
Victor racked up 95 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and one interception during a full slate in 2015. Last year, he was limited to nine games due to a leg injury and had 68 tackles and three tackles for loss. Now fully healthy, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound second-level roamer is primed to have a huge 2017 campaign for the Huskies.
96. Da'Ron Payne | DL | Alabama | Junior
Payne is a two-gapping extraordinaire with brute strength to anchor and toss offensive linemen to the side if need be. Like many Alabama defenders before him, Payne is a former five-star recruit with an NFL-ready frame.
97. Trey Adams | OT | Washington | Junior
Adams towers over just about everyone on the field at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. He's started 23 of the last 24 games for Washington. As the Huskies' starting left tackle in 2016, Adams was a first-team All-Pac 12 player.
98. Trey Marshall | DB | Florida State | Senior
In more of a full-time role than his first two seasons with the Seminoles in 2016, Marshall had 58 tackles with two tackles for loss and four pass breakups. The 6-foot corner will have plenty of opportunities to make plays this year as a member of Florida State's loaded defense.
99. Tony Brown | CB | Alabama | Senior
Another 6-foot defensive back, Brown was a key role player on Alabama's defense in 2016, recording 32 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups playing next to Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
100. Jaylen Smith | WR | Louisville | Junior
In the two seasons Smith has played with Lamar Jackson at Louisville, he's amassed 975 yards on just 56 receptions (17.4 yards per grab) with seven touchdowns. Six of those came a year ago when he emerged as the Cardinals go-to, big-play wideout. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has a large, NFL-caliber frame.
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