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Default Re: Rob Rang 2014 draft

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Asked to grade the talent of last year's draft, I gave it a 5 out of 10. This year? A strong 8. Here's why: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/s...aft-class-deep
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1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-6, 268, 4.65)*: There is no denying that Clowney failed to live up to expectations statistically-speaking. He also inflamed concerns about his maturity with two speeding tickets before the Gamecocks' bowl game. Clowney's red flags are real, but so is his talent. Imposing, explosive and more technically sound than many realize, Clowney competes only with former No. 2 overall pick Julius Peppers (2002) as the most gifted defensive end prospect I have ever seen.

2. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 305, 5.14)

3. OT Greg Robinson, Auburn* (6-5, 320, 5.38)

4. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (6-3, 220, 4.65)*: In an era in which college quarterbacks' numbers are often inflated by short passes and relatively simplistic schemes, Bridgewater's sparkling production is due to Pro Bowl-caliber accuracy. His success (71 percent completion rate with 31 touchdowns against just four interceptions) comes out of a pro-style offense that requires him to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage and complete NFL throws. Those traits make Bridgewater an ideal fit in new Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien's offense, making him the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft.

5. WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (6-1, 200, 4.49)

6. OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-4, 238, 4.73)

7. OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6-3, 248, 4.66)

8. QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida* (6-3, 230, 4.78): A prototypically-built pocket passer with good awareness, athleticism and arm talent, Bortles looks the part of an NFL starting quarterback. He is methodical in his set-up and delivery of the ball and is a bit inconsistent with his accuracy, but the mettle he showed in guiding UCF to several comeback victories in 2013 has scouts buzzing. Bortles isn't as polished as Bridgewater, but he may possess an even higher upside. A top 10 pick is likely and it isn't out of the question that he'll rank as the best quarterback for some, potentially including new Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, whose Penn State team was beaten by UCF in 2013.

9. OLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 232, 4.56)

10. WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal (6-0, 195, 4.51)

11. CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (5-11, 197, 4.52)

12. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (6-4, 245, 4.67)

13. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (5-11, 210, 4.45): Manziel's vision, elusiveness and accuracy while on the move make him a mesmerizing prospect who will almost surely be drafted earlier than I rank him. While dynamic throughout his career - including in the Aggies' thrilling comeback over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl -- red flags were raised with mediocre performances against LSU and Missouri to end the regular season. Bottled in the pocket by both, Manziel was unable to throw his receivers open and he struggled. The NFL rule books have never been more accommodating to dual-threat passers, but consistent accuracy from the pocket remains the most critical element to quarterback play at the next level.

14. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M (6-5, 225, 4.58)

15. OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (6-5, 312, 5.12)

16. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State (6-3, 215, 4.78)

17. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6-7, 310, 5.04)

18. TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (6-5, 260, 4.67)

19. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri (6-5, 275, 4.77)

20. DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (6-5, 303, 4.89)

21. OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (6-2, 226, 4.58)

22. WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (5-10, 186, 4.52)

23. DE Trent Murphy, Stanford (6-6, 261, 4.85)

24. DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota (6-6, 311, 4.95)

25. CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 182, 4.49)

26. CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (6-0, 200, 4.52)

27. OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor (6-5, 335, 5.27)

28. FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville (6-2, 208, 4.55)

29. OC Travis Swanson, Arkansas (6-4, 318, 5.26)

30. OG David Yankey, Stanford (6-5, 314, 5.08)

31. DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State (6-3, 265, 4.73)

32. OL Zach Martin, Notre Dame (6-4, 308, 5.15)


Just missed the cut:
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State*
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona*
DT William Sutton, Arizona State
CB Marcus Roberson, Florida*
CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State*
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington*
FS HaSean Clinton-Dix, Alabama*
ILB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut*
WR Allen Robinson, Penn State*
OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA*
DE/OLB Trevor Reilly, Utah
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State*
DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
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