NFL Draft Big Board 2.0
Note: This is not a mock draft. This is simply a ranking of who I believe to be the top 32 players in the 2014 NFL Draft.
1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Clowney remains at number one as he is easily still the best prospect in this year’s draft class. He is the best pass rusher to enter the draft since Julius Peppers, and I guarantee Clowney will be a star at the next level.
2. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Coming out of Buffalo University, Mack hasn’t gotten the publicity he’s deserved until recently. With that said, Mack can flat-out play, and he is going to be a terror for opposing offenses in the NFL. Whoever drafts Mack is going to be very happy for the next decade.
3. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Consider me a believer in Greg Robinson. After I failed to include him at all on my inaugural big board, Robinson’s draft stock has skyrocketed. After a combine performance that can only be described as phenomenal, Robinson is easily the top offensive tackle in the 2014 NFL draft class.
4. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Although he has fallen down the board a bit going from number two to number four, Johnny Manziel is still my highest rated quarterback in this year’s draft. Despite reasonable size concerns, I still believe Manziel’s ability to make plays no matter what the circumstances are will make him a successful pro quarterback.
5. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Johhny Manziel’s blind side protector last season, Matthews is perhaps the most pro ready player in this entire draft. He has fantastic technique and polish, however, Matthews doesn’t have the potential of someone like Greg Robinson. With that said, Matthews is going to be a fine NFL tackle.
6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater is still the safest quarterback prospect in this draft, and he’s definitely the most pro-ready of this year’s quarterback crop; but Bridgewater just doesn’t have as much potential as the other top quarterbacks.
7. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
If this were any other draft class, Sammy Watkins would be higher on this big board. However, due to the talent overload at the top, Watkins finds himself sitting at number seven. With that said, Watkins has elite natural ability, and has everything you look for in a number one receiver.
8. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
My man-crush on Pierre Desir of Lindenwood continues on. He doesn’t get the same type of hype as fellow top prospects Darqueze Dennard and Bradley Roby, but Desir is every bit as talented.
9. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Before Khalil Mack came along, Anthony Barr was widely considered to be the top outside linebacker available in this year’s draft. While that may no longer be the case, Barr is still an excellent prospect with the ability to become a great pass rushing force.
10. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
More athletic than he looks, Taylor Lewan has great potential as a Joe Thomas-type lineman in the NFL. He plays with great technique, however, Lewan isn’t the strongest guy ever and sometimes gets overtaken by more powerful edge rushers.
11. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
12. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
13. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
14. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
15. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
16. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
17. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
18. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
20. Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
21. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
22. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
23. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
24. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
25. Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
26. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
27. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
28. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
29. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Florida State
30. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
31. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
32. Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
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