Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Todd McShay on 2014 NFL Draft
Senior Bowl: 2014 QB class lacks depth
1. The 2014 QB draft class isn’t as deep as we thought it would be
...what at times during the 2013 college football season appeared to be a very deep crop of quarterbacks has begun to thin out considerably, which could present problems for NFL teams looking to draft a QB.
Right now there are three prospects who appear to be pretty legitimate first-round talents in UCF’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. But after that there is a relatively significant drop-off to the next tier –- a tier that is shrinking in numbers as well. There are a few reasons for this, including ...
2. Tall tight ends are tantalizing prospects
Teams value big tight ends these days -- Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett -- all big targets in the passing game who create matchup problems...
3. Cornerbacks with size could be highly valued in the 2014 draft
With the Seattle Seahawks obviously having success with bigger cornerbacks such as Richard Sherman, and other teams looking to add more size at the position to deal with the increasing number of big wide receivers, we could see more tall corners taken in this draft...
4. This is a deep group of tackle prospects
There are two offensive tackle prospects in Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Auburn's Greg Robinson, who have the potential to land in the top five, and two more in Michigan’s Taylor Lewan and Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, who each have a good chance to land in the first round. But there is a next tier of tackles, many of whom are participating in Mobile this week, that makes this a very deep tackle class –- which is great news for NFL teams looking to upgrade that position...
5. Outside linebackers [Senior Bowl] find trouble in space
Alabama's Adrian Hubbard, Missouri's Michael Sam and Louisville's Marcus Smith all have limitations in space and on Monday struggled to limit separation in coverage...
6. Shorter DT prospects jumped out first day
Two defensive tackle prospects to keep an eye on as the draft process unfolds are Arizona State’s Will Sutton and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald...
7. Big backs from smaller programs at [Senior Bowl]
There are three bigger backs here with above-average size, all who weigh 225 pounds or more from non-AQ schools -- Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews, Toledo's David Fluellen and Lorenzo Taliaferro from Coastal Carolina...