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Default Re: NFL.com writers on 2014 Draft

Bucky Brooks
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Without further ado, here are my post-combine rankings:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Rise/fall: --

The freakishly talented pass rusher is an athletic marvel with the potential to wreak havoc on the NFL, as evidenced by his remarkable combine performance. Of course, concerns about Clowney's inconsistent motor and questionable judgment will prompt coaches and scouts to dig into his character, but the talent and potential far outweighs his immaturity at this point.

2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Rise/fall: --

The Tigers' punishing running game was fueled by the dominance of Robinson on the edge. The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder is an impressive athlete with a nasty disposition. Most importantly, he is technician with the body control and agility to neutralize elite rushers in pass protection.

3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Rise/fall: (+3)

4. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (+2)

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Rise/fall: (-2)

Bridgewater bypassed an opportunity to put his wares on display at the combine, but the absence will have little impact on his draft stock. The Cardinals' standout is the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2014 class; he will have a chance to prove that on March 17 at Louisville's pro day.

6. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (+1)

Manziel measured in slightly below the six-foot mark, but scouts in his corner won't blink at his diminutive physical dimension due to his remarkable talent. The Texas A&M star is a creative playmaker with an alpha-dog personality that allows him to perform well when the lights are the brightest. With teams growing more comfortable with his character, it's quite possible that he could make a run at the top spot on the draft board in Houston.

7. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Rise/fall: (-3)

8. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Rise/fall: (+3)

9. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Rise/fall: --

10. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Rise/fall: (+5)

There is a growing faction of NFL scouts who feel Mack could be a top-5 pick when the process is completed. The Bulls' star is an explosive "plug and play" defender with a knack for creating disruption off the edge.

11. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Rise/fall: (+1)

12. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Rise/fall: (-2)

13. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Rise/fall: (+12)

14. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Rise/fall: (NR)

15. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Rise/fall: (-1)

It's hard to find another defender in the 2014 class capable of matching Shazier's disruptive impact. The 6-1, 237-pound junior notched 15 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss in three seasons, while serving as a "Jack of all trades" for the Buckeyes. He is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker with the speed, quickness and burst defensive coaches covet at the second level. Size could be an issue based on his slender frame, but production and playmaking ability could outweigh those concerns on draft day.

16. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Rise/fall: --

17. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Rise/fall: --

18. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Rise/fall: (+4)

The momentum is building behind Bortles as a franchise quarterback due to prototypical physical dimensions, arm talent and athleticism. He has checks all of the boxes in those areas, but remains a work in progress as a playmaker in the pocket. Now, some coaches believe those traits can be developed on the practice field, making Bortles a candidate to go much higher than his film suggests at this time.

19. Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Rise/fall: (+1)

20. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Rise/fall: (+3)

21. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Rise/fall: (-2)

22. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Rise/fall: (NR)

Scouts on the West Coast have been singing Cooks' praises since the middle of the fall, but now the buzz is in full effect after watching him blow up the combine. The Biletnikoff Award winner is one of the most explosive players in the draft, with a game that is ideally suited for an offense featuring "catch and run" plays.

23. Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Rise/fall: (-2)

Scouts across the NFL will have to wage the production vs. potential debate when discussing Hageman. The 6-6, 310-pound defender is an athletic freak with the natural talent to blossom into a Pro Bowler. However, he is maddeningly inconsistent on tape and rarely produces the splash plays expected from a defender with his athletic gifts. Although he seemingly put it together at the Senior Bowl, the fact that he didn't consistently dominate makes it tough to rank him higher at this point.

24. Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Rise/fall: (NR)

25. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Rise/fall: (NR)

On the bubble:

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Justin Verrett, CB, TCU
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno Stat
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