Friday, May 2, 2014

NFL Draft 2014: Top 32 Prospects

Here are my top 32 prospects for the NFL Draft based on the average from CBS Sports, Draft Tek, and Scouts Inc.  The average number is listed next to the player.

1.  Jadeveon Clowney (1.0)--PR #1/DE/OLB--South Carolina-- 6'5" 266--Rock Hill, SC 
NFL Comparison:  Mario Williams (BUF)/Robert Quinn (SL)
Role: Star pass rusher, at worst a starter for 10 years
2.  Greg Robinson (2.3)--OT #1--Auburn--6'5" 332--Thibodaux, LA
NFL Comparison: Trent Williams (WAS)/Anthony Davis (SF)
Role: Starting RT at first with potential to be a franchise left tackle
3.  Khalil Mack (3.3)--PR #2/OLB--Buffalo--6'3" 251--Ft. Pierce, FL
NFL Comparison: Von Miller (DEN)/Willie McGinist (NE retired)
Role: #1 pass rushing option that can fit any system
4.  Sammy Watkins (4.0)--WR #1--Clemson--6'1" 211--Ft. Myers, FL
NFL Comparison: Bigger Percy Harvin (SEA)
Role: #1 WR with star potential
5.  Jake Matthews (5.3)--OT #2--Texas A&M--6'5" 308--Missouri City, TX
NFL Comparison: Jordan Gross (CAR retired)/Joe Staley (SF)
Role: Franchise RT or solid LT, has versatility to play C too
6.  Blake Bortles (8.3)--QB #1--UCF--6'5" 232--Orlando, FL 
NFL Comparison: Big Ben (PIT)/Jake Locker (TN)
Role: Starting QB with a high ceiling but equally high bust potential
7.  Taylor Lewan (9.0)--OT #3--Michigan--6'7" 309--Phoenix, AZ 
NFL Comparison: Sebastian Vollmer (NE)/Jared Veldheer (ARZ)
Role: LT or RT with Pro Bowl Potential
8.  Aaron Donald (10.3)--DT #1--Pittsburgh--6'1" 285--Pittsburgh, PA
NFL Comparison: Geno Atkins
Role: Perfect 3 technique 4-3 DT, should be an instant starter/stud   
9.  Johnny Manziel (10.6)--QB #2--Texas A&M--6'0" 207--Kerriville, TX
NFL Comparison: Jeff Garcia (SF retired)/Michael Vick (NYJ)
Role: Starting QB with high risk factor due to lack of size and maturity issues  
10. Mike Evans (11.0)--WR #2--Texas A&M--6'5" 231--Galveston. TX
NFL Comparison: Alshon Jeffrey (CHI)
Role: Good #1 WR, Stud #2 WR, an instant red zone package threat  
11. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (12.3)--S #1--Alabama--6'1" 208--Orlando, FL
NFL Comparison: Eric Weddle (SD)
Role: Starting safety that can play both spots
12. Teddy Bridgewater (13.0) QB #3--Louisville--6'2" 214--Miami, FL 
NFL Comparison:  Jake Plummer (DEN/ARZ retired)
Role: Solid/safe QB with a low upside, like Plummer can lead a team to the playoffs but will never be a star
13. Darqueze Dennard (13.3)--CB #1--Michigan State--5'11" 191--Dry Branch, GA
NFL Comparison: Jonathan Joseph
Role: Good #1 CB that can play press man or zone 
14. C.J. Mosley (14.3)--ILB #1--Alabama--6'2" 234--Theodore, AL
NFL Comparison: NaVorro Bowman (SF)
Role: Starting MLB or 3-4 ILB that should lead his team in tackles from day one, star potential  
15. Eric Ebron (14.3)--TE #1--UNC--6'4" 250--Greensboro, NC
NFL Comparison: Vernon Davis (SF)/Jared Cook (SL)
Role: Incredibly atheltic TE with Pro Bowl upside, but high bust factor
16. Justin Gilbert (16.6)--CB #2--OK State--6'0" 202--Huntsville, TX
NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib (DEN)
Role: Good #1 CB with ideal size/athleticism too cover big WR's
17. Odell Beckham Jr (16.6)--WR #3--LSU--5'11" 198--New Orleans, LA 
NFL Comparison: Victor Cruz (NYG)/Mike Wallace (MIA)
Role: Good #1 WR that can play the slot, outside and return kicks   
18. Zack Martin (17.0)--OT #4--Notre Dame--6'4" 308--Indianapolis, IN
NFL Comparison: Logan Mankins (NE) as a guard/Brian Bulaga (GB) as a RT
Role: Star RT that can play Guard as well.  Not long enough to play LT 
19. Anthony Barr (18.0)--PR #3--UCLA--6'5" 255--San Pedro, CA
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin (SEA)
Role: High upside situational pass rusher that will be used best as a 3-4 OLB
20. Timmy Jernigan (20.6)--DT #2--FSU--6'3" 299--Lake City, FL
NFL Comparison: Randy Starks (MIA)/Darnell Dockett (ARZ) 
Role: 4-3 DT with the size/quickness to play NT or 3T in a 3-4
21. Marqise Lee (23.3)--WR #4--USC--6'0" 192--Inglewood, CA
NFL Comparison: Reggie Wayne (IND)/Roddy White (ATL)
Role: Perfect #2 WR to pair with a big #1
22. Calvin Pryor (23.3)--S #2--Louisville--5'11" 207--Port St. Joe, FL 
NFL Comparison: Bob Sanders (IND retired)/TJ Ward (DEN)
Role: Perfect box SS that will make big tackles everywhere but also has the ability to be a dual high safety in a cover two 
23. Brandin Cooks (23.6)--WR #5--Oregon St--5'10" 189--Stockton, CA
NFL Comparison: Steve Smith (BAL)/Victor Cruz (NYG)
Role: A good small WR that can stretch the field and can also play underneath in the slot   
24. Kyle Fuller Virginia (24.3) CB #3--Virginia Tech--6'0" 190--Baltimore, MD
NFL Comparison: Morris Claiborne (DAL)
Role: Good #1 CB but would make a great #2, has perfect length to cover big WRs  
25. Jason Verrett (24.6)--CB #4--TCU--5'9" 189--Fairfield, CA 
NFL Comparison: Antoine Winfield (MIN retired)
Role: #2 CB that can play nickel too
26. Louis Nix (25.0)--DT #3--Notre Dame--6'2" 331--Jacksonville, FL 
NFL Comparison: Vince Wilfork (NE)/BJ Raji (GB)
Role: prototype NT
27. Ryan Shazier (26.0)--ILB #2--Ohio St--6'1" 237--Plantation, FL
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David
Role: Perfect WLB that has the size to play a 3-4 ILB too 
28. Kony Ealy (29.0)--PR #4/DE--Missouri--6'4" 273--New Madrid, MO 
NFL Comparison: Justin Tuck (OAK)
Role: Solid 4-3 RDE that could possibly play the 5 technique in a 3-4 
29. Derek Carr (29.3)--QB #4--Fresno State--6'2" 214--Bakersfield, CA
NFL Comparison: Jay Cutler 
Role: Average starting QB that can become good with the right support, has the physical tools 
30. Morgan Moses (29.3)--OT #5--Virginia--6'6" 314--Richmond, VA
NFL Comparison: D'Brickishaw Ferguson (NYJ)
Role: Long athletic LT, another UVA product like Ferguson and Eugene Monroe 
31. Ra'Shede Hageman (30.0)--DT #4--Minnesota--6'6" 310--Minneapolis, MN
NFL Comparison: Michael Brockers (SL)
Role: Good 4-3 DT or a 5 technique 3-4 DE 
32. Xavier Su'a-Filo (30.3)--OG #1--UCLA--6'4" 307--Pleasant Grove, UT
NFL Comparison: Luis Vasquez (SD)
Role: Starting OG that best fits a power man blocking scheme

Honorable Mention: 

Rising Prospects
Guys that can now possibly jump into the first after good workouts/interviews

Cody Latimer--WR #6--Indiana--6'3" 215--Dayton, OH 
NFL Comparison: Brandon Marshall (CHI)/Marques Colston (NO)
Role: Stud #2 WR, an instant red zone package threat, has the skill set to become a productive #1 in the right offense   
Demarcus Lawrence--PR #6/OLB/DE--Boise St.--6'3" 251--Aiken, SC 
NFL Comparison: Trent Cole (PHL)
Role: Solid 3-4 OLB pass rusher or 4-3 RDE also a perfect Leo or DE in a wide 9 alignment
Dominique Easley--DT #5--Florida--6'2" 288--New York City, NY 
NFL Comparison: Jay Ratliff (CHI)/Geno Atkins (CIN) 
Role: Good 3 technique in a 4-3 Tampa 2, injuries are the only thing that separate him and Aaron Donald. 
Joel Bitonio--OT #6--Nevada--6'6" 302--Long Beach, CA
NFL Comparison: Evan Mathis (PHL) as a guard/Riley Reiff (DET) as an OT 
Role: Solid/good RT or a very good guard
Tom Savage--QB #5--Pittsburgh--6'4" 228--Springfield, PA
NFL Comparison: Drew Bledsoe (NE/BUF retired) 
Role: Average starting QB that has great size, a rocket arm and NO mobility.  In the 90's he would have been a top 5 pick, but now his lack of mobility will limit him. 

Slipping Prospects 
Guys that looked like sure fire 1st rounders a few months ago but have slipped for various reasons

Bradley Roby--CB #5--Ohio St.--5'11" 194--Suwanee, GA
NFL Comparison: Jason McCourty (TEN)/Leon Hall (CIN)
Role: Boom/bust CB with Pro Bowl potential, immaturity and inconsistent play make this top 15 talent a border line 1st rounder 
Dee Ford--PR #5/DE/OLB--Auburn--6'2" 252--Odenville, AL 
NFL Comparison: Elvis Dummervil (BAL)/Robert Mathis (IND)
Role: Undersized, yet like Dummervil and Mathis can become an ultra productive, high motor pass rusher 
Kelvin Benjamin--WR #7--FSU--6'5" 231--Belle Glade, FL 
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Buress (NYG/PIT retired)/Mike Williams (DET-former 1st round bust) 
Role: Good #2 WR, an instant red zone package threat, still very raw  
Stephon Tuitt--DT #6--Notre Dame--6'6" 304--Monroe, GA  
NFL Comparison: Justin Tuck (OAK)
Role: Solid  3-4 DE or 4-3 DT, is also quick enough to be a 4-3 LDE 
Jace Amaro--TE #2--Texas Tech--6'5" 265--San Antonio, TX
NFL Comparison: Jason Witten (DAL)/Big Scott Chandler (BUF)
Role: Good #1 TE with Pro Bowl upside at worth will be a good red zone target 

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