NFL Big Board Top 20

2014 NFL Draft Big Board

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina- To me he is the top talent in this draft no debate. I have not seen a college defensive end dominate like Clowney since Julius Peppers at UNC. Just pure power and speed seen from Clowney that demands a double team at all times. Clowney does have a question mark around if he has a drive to be the best since of his recent performances in games. I don’t see that being an issue for Clowney.
  2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- To me he is the best QB in this group and it’s not as close as people probably think. Manziel gets a bad rap due to his offseason shenanigans and because he is known for holding the ball for too long. Both are fixable and I think he already has improved on both enough to make him this intriguing of a prospect. Johnny is such a likeable teammate and I would love for someone on that Aggies team to tell me something bad about him. I don’t see a comparable QB in the NFL now, nor one ever and I think that’s the main reason why scouts shy away.
  3. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- As state in my mock draft, Matthews may be the safest pick in the entire draft. Whatever team takes Matthews knows the instant they take him they have a starting tackle (most likely left tackle) for the next 10 plus years. The only tackle in this draft that I can say will make an impact for a team and is a guarantee to make it.
  4. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA- The converted FB is the biggest boom/bust pick in the draft. When it comes to getting to the QB, Barr was the star of college pass rushers. The problem with Barr, to me atleast, is his inexperience at the position and he looks lost in coverage. Barr in his first year will primarily have to be a pass rush type only and develop from there. Think of what the Broncos did with Von Miller, not comparing the two but the way he played his rookie year. Barr seems to rely on his athleticism too much when pass rushing and not using any techniques which he will need to improve in the NFL.
  5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson- The best WR in the class to me because of what he brings to the table. Whatever team drafts Watkins gets more than just a guy who can catch footballs. Watkins is a kick returner, deep threat, can run screens and even some plays out of the backfield if need be. Some people reading this will say it sounds a lot like Tavon Austin, however Watkins is 6’1” and 210 pounds playing like Austin.
  6. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- Many people see Bridgewater as that franchise QB and they have the right to think that. Bridgewater is a great player and quarterback who to me, has the type of arm I want in an QB. He is the most accurate QB in this draft and can make any type of throw. His main issue to me is durability. When people see Bridgewater they are shocked with how lean he is. Playing at Louisville he faced weaker competition and never really faced a tough pass rush. Due to that I’m not sure how well he will due facing pressure week in and week out.
  7. Gregg Robinson, OT, Auburn- Really broke out for Auburn this year and was a big part in Tre Mason running all over teams this year. Robinson needs work on technique he is a little raw but Robinson has showed vast improvement this year. He is a redshirt sophomore who’s potential will intrigue teams.
  8. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo- Mack will have the knock of playing in the MAC and not facing the stiffest of competition, however I think he has top 10 talent. Mack dominated Ohio State in his only really test, which proved to me that he could hang with the big boys. Mack struggles in pass coverage much like Barr does and would need to be eased in on passing downs.
  9. Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama- Cyrus is a huge guy who can help anyone with their run game right away. His huge problem is pass protection but he showed improvements throughout the year progressing in every game, which scouts will like to see. Kouandijo will probably start out as a RT and move over to LT as he progresses as a pass blocker.
  10. Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame- He is limited by teams that could want him since he has to be drafted in a 3-4 scheme but whatever team drafts him gets an immediate starter. He does need to undergo surgery this year which may affect his stock somewhat with teams but I fully expect him to make a speedy recovery. Teams have issues with his weight as well but what nose tackle doesn’t run into that time to time.
  11. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M- May be the best WR when it’s said and done out of this draft class but he needs to improve dramatically on his game. He has the size and athleticism to do it but, I do not see it in him. His route running is pretty bad and he also pulls on defenders jerseys and plays hand games. That physicality can be a plus but he needs to learn to use it in another way.
  12. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan- could be the second and has the talent to be the number one tackle in this draft but he was pretty pathetic all year. After last year he was a projected top ten pick and now I see him going 15-20 in this years and that’s only on potential. Was way too inconsistent this year and the team that drafts him better light a fire under him because he does have the talent.
  13. Marqise Lee, WR, USC- Not a typical number one receiver due to his height but Lee knows how to get open. Another player who didn’t meet all his 2013 expectations Lee has good speed combined with good hands which makes him very attractive to teams with a need for that number 2 guy.
  14. Cameron Erving, OT, Florida St.- Was Winston’s blindside protection for the whole year and did a good job to say the least. He is very raw still however and really is scratching the surface of how good of a lineman he can be. He has the athleticism like Cyrus does just needs to work on the technique.
  15. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF- To show how good this draft class is, EJ Manuel went 15 in last year’s draft. Bortles is the 3rd best QB in this year draft and way better than EJ Manuel will ever be. He has the body of the prototypical quarterback which will only help his cause. Bortles main issue is reading defenses and his accuracy which can only be fixed by practice and experience. He may have a terrible first year but I expect him to fully develop into a good NFL QB.
  16. HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama- Clinton-Dix is the type of hard hitting safety the NFL teams dream of. At times make stupid plays, like hitting with his helmet, but he will need to get rid of those bad habits. It will be a tough one to get over but I believe he is talented enough teams will look the other way. He is a ball hawks as well as a hard hitter and there are plenty of teams that need just that.
  17. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame- Notre Dame had the defense this year but just not the offense. Tuitt is no Jadeveon Clowney when it comes to the style of play (who is) but is efficient in his own way. I see him as a 3-4 fit just like Nix but really can play in either scheme, and just like Nix keeping in shape was his issue but I will look the other way for Tuitt as I expect to go back to playing like his sophomore year. He is pretty athletic for his size and surprisingly quick.
  18. Eric Erbon, TE, UNC- The catches this man had over the year could have its own top 10 plays on ESPN. He seemed to have a one handed catch every week over a player and really was UNC’s number one guy this year. Erbon can improve his blocking just like most right ends these days and also, from what I have seen, he has some drops. Even though he makes acrobatic catches every week, he also had some drops he shouldn’t have had.
  19. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State- The most sure thing as a prospect at eh corner position, I call him the pesky corner. Dennard has a habit of somehow coming in at the last second to break up plays. He can play in both a man and zone scheme and will be a starter right away in the NFL. Downside is he lacks the natural speed and quickness other corners posses which may ultimately lead to an average NFL career.
  20. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State- My big thing with Carr and I want to get this out right away is he needs a year or two to learn. He did not play against the biggest competition at Fresno nor did he play in a pro style offense. Because of this I hope he gets drafted into a situation that gives him that time to learn. Carr has all the talents you want from a QB from the physical standpoint. He is actually very athletic and people don’t really see that. Carr’s big thing is he is bad at reading defenses, hence the year off I think he needs.

 

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