Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Rob Rang 2014 draft
Big Board: Clowney remains on top; Bridgewater tops QB class
1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-5, 266, 4.53)*: There is no question Clowney failed to live up to expectations in 2013 from a statistical standpoint but as he demonstrated in Indianapolis, the South Carolina star possesses a once-in-a-generation combination of size and explosiveness. Whether at defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, he'll make an immediate impact in the NFL -- precisely why he has been my top-rated prospect since last spring.
2. OT Greg Robinson, Auburn (6-5, 332, 4.92)* : Physical and tenacious, Robinson is a grizzly bear in the running game, mauling opponents with an exciting blend of size, strength and athleticism. Auburn's reliance on the running game, however, provided Robinson few opportunities in pass protection. With some polish, he could prove an Orlando Pace-like presence in the NFL.
3. OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6-3, 251, 4.65): With an FBS-record 16 career forced fumbles and record-tying 75 career tackles for loss, Mack's statistics jump off the page. Against the most gifted opponents he faced last year (Ohio State, Baylor, Connecticut), it was his game that jumped off the screen. His size, instincts and agility as an edge rusher make him equally intriguing to teams operating out of a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment. That versatility will almost certainly land him a spot in the top six. Some even view him as a dark horse candidate for the Texans at No. 1 overall.
4. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 308, 5.07)
5. WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (6-1, 211, 4.43)*
6. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (6-2, 214, 4.67)*: In an era in which college quarterbacks' numbers are often inflated by short passes and relatively simplistic schemes, Bridgewater's sparkling production was due to Pro Bowl-caliber accuracy in the critical short to intermediate levels. His success (71 percent completion rate with 31 touchdowns against just four interceptions) came out of a pro-style offense that required him to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage and complete NFL throws. His slight frame is a legitimate concern and he's not an elite deep ball passer, but he has shown great toughness over his career. Bridgewater did not throw at the combine, electing to wait until his pro pay March 17.
7. OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-5, 255, 4.66)
8. QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida* (6-5, 232, 4.93): A prototypically-built pocket passer with good awareness, athleticism and arm talent, Bortles looks the part of an NFL star quarterback. He also played well against top talent (including South Carolina, Penn State and Baylor) and impressed me with his willingness to compete at the combine. He was good -- not great -- during his workout in Indianapolis, remaining a bit methodical in his set-up and delivery of the ball and a bit inconsistent with his accuracy. His upside will earn him the top ranking at quarterback for some, but it is not accurate to characterize him as a "can't miss" prospect.
9. CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (5-11, 199, 4.52)
10. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri (6-4, 273, 4.92)*
11. CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (6-0, 202, 4.37)
12. OLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 234, 4.65)
13. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (6-0, 207, 4.68)*: Manziel's vision, elusiveness and accuracy while on the move make him a magician in the improvisational game. Red flags were raised with mediocre performances against LSU and Missouri to end the regular season, however, as each team was able to contain his backyard-style of play by penning him in the pocket. Unable to create throwing lanes with his legs, Manziel struggled, raising concerns about his anticipation and accuracy in a muddied pocket. Manziel could have alleviated some of their concerns by throwing well at the combine, but skipped the passing drills to focus on his March 27 pro day. However, I was impressed with his composure at the podium in Indianapolis.
14. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M (6-5, 231, 4.53)*
15. OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame (6-4, 308, 5.22)
16. OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (6-1, 237, 4.58)*
17. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (6-2, 299, 5.06)*
18. DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (6-1, 285, 4.68)
19. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan (6-7, 309, 4.87)
20. WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal (6-0, 192, 4.52)*
21. FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville (5-11, 207, 4.58)*
22. DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame (6-2, 331, 5.42)*
23. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (6-4, 250, 4.60)*
24. FS Hasean Clinton-Dix, Alabama* (6-1, 208, 4.58)*
25. DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (6-5, 304, 4.92)*
26. DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn (6-2, 252, 4.67)
27. CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-09, 189, 4.38)
28. OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA (6-4, 307, 5.04)*
29. OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 243, 4.71)
30. DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota (6-6, 310, 5.02)
31. WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (5-10, 189, 4.33)d.
32. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State (6-2, 214, 4.69)
Just missed the cut:
WR Odell Beckham, LSU*
FS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State*
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*
OC Marcus Martin, Southern California*
CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State*
TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame*
DE/OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford
DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State
WR Donte Moncrief, Mississippi*
OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington*
CB Marcus Roberson, Florida*
DT Will Sutton, Arizona State
WR Davante Adams, Fresno State*
WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State*