Sammie Coates*, WR, Auburn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 212. 40 Time: 4.43. Projected Round (2015): 2-3.
4/27/15: Coates is a raw receiver who needs to develop his overall game, including his route-running. However at the Senior Bowl, he showed some potential to run the short to intermediate routes while using his size to his advantage. Coates ran well at the Combine, but looked rough around the edges in the receiving field work.
Coates graduated and decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He was banged up with injuries during the 2014 season, plus Auburn struggled to pass the ball. Coates had 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns for the year and faced some double coverage. He did light up Alabama (5-206) though. If Coates had played in a different offense, he easily would have produced a lot more as he has good speed to go along with size.
8/27/14: Coates is an interesting player. He showed some speed and big-play ability as a sophomore in 2013. However, Auburn's rushing attack opened up a lot of space for receivers downfield with safeties playing the run and not providing help over the top. Coates caught 42 passes for 902 yards with seven touchdowns for the year. He averaged 22 yards per catch.
If quarterback Nick Marshall improves as a passer, Coates could have a huge junior season. Considering that he is somewhat raw and he plays in a college offense, it might be in his best interest to return for his senior year.
Personal: Son of Sharon Coates.
Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
Height: 6-2. Weight: 299. 40 Time: 5.07. Projected Round (2015): 2-4.
4/25/15: Wright totaled 24 tackles with 4.5 for a loss and one sack in 2014. He played defensive end and tackle for Auburn, but he's more effective on the inside. Wright is fast at the point of attack, but needs to get stronger. He used his speed to make plays at the Senior Bowl and showed more pass-rushing skills than his senior-year sack total indicates. Wright flashed, but he needs to get more consistent. Wright looks like a three-technique for a 4-3 defense in the NFL.
8/23/14: Wright was a solid defender for Auburn in 2013. The junior totaled 31 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. In 2012 and 2011, he was mostly a backup. Wright is a quick defensive lineman, but he needs to add weight and size, plus increase his production, as a senior.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn
Height: 5-10. Weight: 212. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2015): 4-6.
4/27/15: Artis-Payne replaced Tre Mason for Auburn, and the Tigers received a solid season from their tailback. Artis-Payne averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,608 yards with 13 touchdowns. The senior also had 13 receptions for 147 yards. In 2013, he averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 91 attempts for 610 yards with six scores.
Artis-Payne is a well-rounded runner who isn't overly fast or physical. He looks like a backup running back in the NFL.
Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn
Height: 6-3. Weight: 296. 40 Time: 5.31. Projected Round (2015): 2-4.
4/27/15: Dismukes played well for Auburn in 2014. He is a balanced, well-rounded blocker who is equally effective for the ground or air attack. Dismukes had a strong showing versus Kansas State and was very good against LSU. He also looked good against Ole Miss and Wisconsin. Dismukes looks like he'll be able to start early in his NFL career. Dismukes had a quality workout at the Combine and held his own at the Senior Bowl. Some teams have concerns about him fitting in their locker room.
8/27/14: Dismukes had an excellent 2013 season as a run-blocker for Auburn. The Tigers had a lot of success running behind him from start to finish. Dismukes is quick and athletic for an interior blocker, but could use more weight for the NFL. He would be a great fit in a zone-blocking scheme.
Dismukes was a First-Team All-SEC center in 2013. It was his third straight season as a starter for the Tigers.
Personal: Son of Kim and Ed Dismukes. Majoring in public administration.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn
Height: 6-5. Weight: 263. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.
4/27/15: Uzomah recorded 11 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns during the 2014 season. He was capable of producing more, but Auburn struggled to pass the ball. Uzomah didn't participate in the Combine.
8/27/14: Uzomah has been primarily a blocking tight end for Auburn, which is no surprise considering the program runs a ground-focused offense. He had 11 receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. The season before, Uzomah totalled seven catches for 136 yards and a score.
Personal: Son of Xavier and Stephanie Uzomah. Marketing major.
Jermaine Whitehead, S, Auburn
Height: 5-11. Weight: 197. 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2015): 4-6.
4/25/15: Whitehead had 36 tackles with a tackle for a loss, one pass broken up and six interceptions in 2014. In the season opener against Arkansas, he returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown. Whitehead was suspended following the second game after a verbal altercation with an assistant coach. He was reinstated on October 21st, but for a time, Auburn only played him on special teams.
Whitehead was eventually put back on the field on defense in the final month of the regular season and played well. He had two interceptions against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. If Whitehead had stayed in the lineup all year, he could have had a monster season. He is a sleeper pick who could be a steal. Some teams are targeting Whitehead, but only as an undrafted free agent.
8/27/14: Whitehead has some speed and athleticism, but he isn't the biggest of safeties. Whitehead recorded 65 tackles, six passes broken up and two interceptions in 2013. He was a solid defender for Auburn. In his first season as a starter, Whitehead had 86 tackles with five passes deflected and zero interceptions.
Personal: Son of Teveeta Whitehead and Frank Ellis. Accounting major.
Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 207. 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/25/15: Marshall played quarterback for Auburn, but for the NFL, he is moving to cornerback. Marshall played some corner early in college at Georgia before transferring to Auburn and playing quarterback. As a defensive back, Marshall needs development and should take a redshirt year or two in the NFL before seeing the field and going head-to-head with NFL wide receivers. That being said, Marshall has the size, strength, length and speed of a good NFL cornerback, so the skill set is there but he will be a project pick as a late-rounder. With his quarterback experience. some teams will like Marshall as an emergency option, especially teams that only carry two quarterbacks on their roster.