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Default Re: Todd McShay on 2014 NFL Draft

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01/08/14
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1Jadeveon Clowney*
COLLEGE: South CarolinaAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 258POS: DE
Tkl 41Sack 3.0Int 0

2Jake Matthews
COLLEGE: Texas A&MAGE: 21HT: 6-5WT: 309POS: OT
GP 13GS 13

3Anthony Barr
COLLEGE: UCLAAGE: 21HT: 6-4WT: 244POS: OLB
Tkl 66Sack 10.0Int 0
Analysis: Barr had an incredibly productive 2013 season and performed at such a high level that I think he closed the gap between him and Clowney in the minds of some teams, especially those that run a 3-4. Barr may be a notch below in pure ability, but he is a disruptive player with very good first-step quickness and elite closing burst as a pass-rusher and a run defender. He also possesses ideal size, length and versatility for his position, and from everything I've heard, he is exceptional in terms of football character and work ethic.

4Sammy Watkins*
COLLEGE: ClemsonAGE: 20HT: 6-0WT: 205POS: WR
Rec 101Yds 1464YPC 14.5TD 12

5Khalil Mack
COLLEGE: BuffaloAGE: 22HT: 6-2WT: 245POS: OLB
Tkl 100Sack 10.5Int 3
Analysis: Mack has impressive upper-body power, explosiveness and closing burst. He is also very versatile, excelling as a pass-rusher, run defender and in pass coverage. He had a very productive season, which included breaking the NCAA career record for forced fumbles.

6Greg Robinson*
COLLEGE: AuburnAGE: 21HT: 6-5WT: 320POS: OT
GP 13GS 13

7Timmy Jernigan*
COLLEGE: FSUAGE: 20HT: 6-2WT: 298POS: DT
Tkl 53Sack 4.5Int 0
Analysis: Jernigan performed well in the Seminoles' BCS title game victory over Auburn, recording nine tackles, although he appeared gassed at times in the fourth quarter and had to come out of the game for a stretch. He is a classic 3-technique with good first-step quickness and good range versus the run, and is a very disruptive player.

8C.J. Mosley
COLLEGE: AlabamaAGE: 21HT: 6-2WT: 228POS: LB
Tkl 106Sack 0Int 0
Analysis: Teams are going to have to look at Mosley's medical history (shoulder surgery, dislocated elbow, dislocated hip), but in terms of his performance and ability, he has been one of the best defensive playmakers in college football. He has good change-of-direction ability and closing burst against the run, good range in pass coverage and above-average instincts as a pass-rusher.

9Marqise Lee*
COLLEGE: USCAGE: 21HT: 6-0WT: 195POS: WR

10Taylor Lewan
COLLEGE: MichiganAGE: 22HT: 6-7WT: 314POS: OT
GP 13GS 13

11Justin Gilbert
COLLEGE: Oklahoma StateAGE: 22HT: 6-0WT: 200POS: CB
Tkl 42Sack 0Int 7
Analysis: Gilbert has very good size for a cornerback, which is an asset against bigger receivers. He can help your defense in coverage and in run support, and he is a playmaker.

12Teddy Bridgewater*
COLLEGE: LouisvilleAGE: 20HT: 6-2WT: 220POS: QB
Comp 303Att 427Pct 71.0Yds 3970TDs 31INT 4
Analysis: Bridgewater is currently the top QB prospect on our board, which is why he could be in the mix to be selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans. There are concerns about his long-term durability because of his frame, and he doesn't have as high of a ceiling as our No. 2 QB prospect, UCF's Blake Bortles. But he is a very polished prospect with great intangibles, and in the two most critical categories we evaluate quarterbacks in -- mental makeup and accuracy -- Bridgewater rates out very well.

13Stephon Tuitt*
COLLEGE: Notre DameAGE: 20HT: 6-6WT: 303POS: DE
Tkl 49Sack 7.5Int 1
Analysis: Tuitt has declared for the draft, and he figures to warrant first-round consideration with his athleticism, which is very good for his size, and his versatility (he can play the 3-technique in a four-man front or the 5-technique in a three-man line). He does a very good job against the run, and can also get to the QB on occasion (7.5 sacks in 2013).

14Eric Ebron*
COLLEGE: UNCAGE: 20HT: 6-4WT: 231POS: TE
Rec 62Yds 973YPC 15.7TD 3

15Blake Bortles*
COLLEGE: Central FloridaAGE: 21HT: 6-4WT: 228POS: QB
Comp 259Att 382Pct 67.8Yds 3581TD 25Int 9
Analysis: Bortles declared for the draft this week on the heels of UCF's Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor in which he accounted for four total TDs. I went into more detail about his draft stock here, so I'll stick to the basics: He is still a work in progress, and probably could have benefited from another year in school (he needs to take fewer risks and improve his decision-making, as well as the consistency of his mechanics), but he has an impressive set of physical tools. He has a strong arm and very good mobility for his size. He isn't Cam Newton, but he reminds me of a cross between Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco.

16Ha Ha Clinton-Dix*
COLLEGE: AlabamaAGE: 20HT: 6-1WT: 208POS: S
Tkl 50Sack 0Int 2

17Louis Nix III
COLLEGE: Notre DameAGE: 22HT: 6-3WT: 340POS: DT
Tkl 27Sack 0Int 0
Analysis: Nix's 2013 season ended early because of a torn meniscus, and he didn't perform particularly well when he was on the field. His stock could drop after scouts watch the tape of his play against Michigan State. But it's hard to see him falling out of the first round, given his physical abilities and the way he played in 2012. He is a disruptive, space-eating, two-gap nose tackle with ideal size and above-average lateral agility and quickness for the position, and his snap anticipation and first-step quickness are excellent.

18Johnny Manziel*
COLLEGE: Texas A&MAGE: 20HT: 6-0WT: 200POS: QB
Comp 300Att 429Pct 69.9Yds 4114TD 37Int 13
Analysis: Manziel has really improved his arm strength and consistency with his ball placement this season, and he has looked a lot more comfortable in the pocket. That has caused him to rise in these rankings because he still has the unique improvisational skills and speed and agility as a runner that make him so difficult to defend in the open field. Here's my full take on his draft stock.

19Darqueze Dennard
COLLEGE: Michigan StateAGE: 22HT: 5-11WT: 189POS: CB
Tkl 62Sack 0Int 4

20Mike Evans*
COLLEGE: Texas A&MAGE: 20HT: 6-4WT: 220POS: WR
Rec 69Yds 1394YPC 20.2TD 12

21Cyrus Kouandjio*
COLLEGE: AlabamaAGE: 20HT: 6-5WT: 310POS: OT
GP 13GS 13

22Ra'Shede Hageman
COLLEGE: MinnesotaAGE: 23HT: 6-5WT: 307POS: DT
Tkl 38Sack 2.0Int 1
Analysis: Hageman performed very well for Minnesota in 2013, and I think he's one of those guys who will be a better pro than he was a college player. He is an outstanding athlete for his position and is effective as a bull-rusher and against the run.

23Morgan Moses
COLLEGE: VirginiaAGE: 22HT: 6-6WT: 332POS: OT
GP 12GS 12
Analysis: Moses has the potential to be one of the surprises of this year's draft, given his physical tools. He is a big, tall, long-armed left tackle who shows good shock with his initial punch and looks a lot more natural in his pass protection sets this season than he did last year at right tackle. He needs to be more consistent with his balance and more efficient as a run-blocker, but he has shown improvement in both areas.

24Marcus Roberson*
COLLEGE: FloridaAGE: 21HT: 5-11WT: 195POS: CB
Tkl 9Sack 0Int 0
Analysis: Roberson missed a lot of the Gators' disappointing 2013 season because of injury and suspensions. He needs to add strength and improve his consistency, but he has good height for the position and from what I've seen on tape, he has good recognition skills and displays the balance, hip fluidity and closing burst possessed by most good starting cornerbacks in the NFL.

25Scott Crichton*
COLLEGE: Oregon StateAGE: 21HT: 6-3WT: 260POS: DE
Tkl 46Sack 7.5Int 0

26Jordan Matthews
COLLEGE: VanderbiltAGE: 21HT: 6-3WT: 201POS: WR
Rec 112Yds 1477YPC 13.2TD 7
Analysis: Matthews doesn't have great speed, but he has good size, strength, flexibility and ball skills. He was a very productive player at Vanderbilt, even though he was often the focus of opposing defenses.

27Loucheiz Purifoy*
COLLEGE: FloridaAGE: 20HT: 6-0WT: 185POS: CB
Tkl 24Sack 2.0Int 2
Analysis: Purifoy is an elite athlete, with very good quickness, length and top-end speed. He also has great playmaking instincts and can stop and start on a dime. He is still raw as a pure cover corner at this point (his former teammate Roberson has him beat in that regard), but he is aggressive in run support.

28Carlos Hyde
COLLEGE: Ohio StateAGE: 22HT: 5-11WT: 238POS: RB
Rush 208Yds 1521YPC 7.3TD 15

29Kelvin Benjamin*
COLLEGE: Florida StateAGE: 22HT: 6-4WT: 233POS: WR
Rec 54Yds 1011YPC 18.7TD 15

30Kony Ealy*
COLLEGE: MissouriAGE: 22HT: 6-4WT: 275POS: DE
Tkl 42Sack 8.0Int 1
Analysis: Ealy provides a lot of versatility as a prospect, as he can play defensive end full-time but also reduce and move inside on obvious passing downs. He has very good quickness and range for a player his size, and was productive for the Tigers this season.

31Zack Martin
COLLEGE: Notre DameAGE: 23HT: 6-4WT: 308POS: OT
GP 13GS 13
Analysis: The more tape I watch of Martin, the more I like him. He is just really solid -- consistent in his performance and effort, and he possesses great versatility (he's capable of playing guard, but athletic enough to stay at tackle).

32Aaron Donald
COLLEGE: PittsburghAGE: 22HT: 6-0WT: 281POS: DT
Tkl 59Sack 11.0Int 0
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