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Default Re: NFL.com writers on 2014 Draft

Bucky's Big Board 2.0
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With that in mind, I believe it's still a good time to release my Big Board 2.0 based on the information gathered from talking to scouts and watching workouts over the weekend. As always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@BuckyBrooks) with questions and comments.

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: --

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)

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)

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)

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

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 State

Dropped out of previous top-25 Big Board: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama (8); Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame (13); Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame (18); Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (24).
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