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1Jadeveon Clowney *AGE: 20DOB: 2/14/93HT: 6-6WT: 265POS: DE
Tkl 25Sack 3.0Int 0
He picked up another sack this weekend, but his stat line will draw some scrutiny. I just don't think the scrutiny will hold up when people really watch the tape. Clowney has the quickness to beat people at the point of attack, the strength and strong hands to shed blocks and can pursue all over. He's not just an edge rusher looking to quickly turn the corner, as he beats average tackles both inside and outside, which prompts many double-teams. Teams make a great effort to neutralize him.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 1 | PLAYER CARD

2Anthony BarrAGE: 21DOB: 3/18/92HT: 6-4WT: 244POS: OLB
Tkl 63Sack 10.0Int 0
His return has been a success, and he seems destined for the top five. He's remained a disruptive force even with added attention, and become a better player. He's a good pass-rusher, but I love his pursuit when the play runs away from him. A former fullback, he has a powerful lower half and has a long frame and reach. He could have left for the NFL in the spring, but more seasoning has him in great shape for 2014.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 2 | PLAYER CARD

3Jake MatthewsAGE: 21DOB: 2/11/92HT: 6-5WT: 305POS: OT
GP 12GS 12
Another good story of a player returning and improving his draft status. A complete left tackle prospect with experience and a feisty, competitive nature. He's an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines; his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass-protector and a finisher in the run game.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 3 | PLAYER CARD


4Teddy Bridgewater *AGE: 21DOB: 11/10/92HT: 6-3WT: 218POS: QB
Comp 245Att 345Pct 71.0Yds 3,268TD 25Int 3
Bridgewater is poised, smart, a consistent player and leader, and is the guy most regularly making NFL throws with timing and anticipation. He has great poise and increased polish. He moves his eyes quickly and often scans the whole field. When he sees a target, he has a quick release, plenty of arm strength and good ball placement. I really like how he calibrates his throws, not using too much arm when he doesn't need to.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 4 | PLAYER CARD

5Khalil MackAGE: 22DOB: 2/22/91HT: 6-3WT: 248POS: OLB
Tkl 94Sack 11.0Int 3
You can knock Mack due to competition, but you really have to watch him play and see how he lines up all over and can do everything to appreciate him. He is versatile and capable of rushing the passer with quickness and decent power, dropping into coverage and shedding tackles and making plays in the open field. He uses proper leverage to take on blocks and drive people back, and uses quickness and strong hands to shed. Plays with a great motor, but smart.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 7 | PLAYER CARD

6C.J. MosleyAGE: 21DOB: 6/19/92HT: 6-2WT: 232POS: LB
Tkl 100Sack 0Int 0
He doesn't look the part of an enforcer in the middle of a defense, but Mosley has the versatility and great cover skills that will make him an appealing talent in any scheme. He flies to the ball, scrapes well and gets off blocks and makes a ton of plays; now he simply needs to get a bit stronger and show leverage going downhill against the run. But on the weak side, he gets through blocks and chases everything down (or just beats people to the ball). That's where his future will be.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 6 | PLAYER CARD

7Sammy Watkins *AGE: 20DOB: 6/14/93HT: 6-1WT: 205POS: WR
Rec 85Yds 1,237Avg 14.6TD 10
Watkins still has the same explosiveness that jumped off the screen during his freshman year, with added power, and also does a better job of working back to the ball to become a big factor when plays break down. He is extremely explosive, both before and after the catch. He has strong hands and uses his strength to beat defenders for the ball. The idea that he had a "down" season in 2012 was overstated, by the way.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 8 | PLAYER CARD

8Stephon Tuitt *AGE: 20DOB: 5/23/93HT: 6-6WT: 315POS: DE
Tkl 45Sack 6.0Int 1
Tuitt has a great combination of size and quickness, and I've compared him to a young Richard Seymour when he's playing at his best. He offers tremendous burst and power and the ability to work inside or outside and create pressure. Teams looking for a penetrating 3-4 DE will like his potential, but last season he also looked quick enough to turn the corner as a 4-3 DE, which is saying something for someone playing at about 320 pounds.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 9 | PLAYER CARD

9Marqise Lee *AGE: 22DOB: 11/25/91HT: 6-1WT: 195POS: WR
Rec 50Yds 673Avg 13.5TD 2
Looks explosive again, fully recovered from a knee that was hurting and slowed him some this season. Lee is a great prospect because he has so many NFL-ready traits. He has good speed, both in the short area and to beat defenders deep, is an effective route-runner, makes most routine catches and can play bigger than his size to make the spectacular ones. He's physical and extremely dangerous after the catch and will run through many arm tackles.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 10 | PLAYER CARD

10Louis Nix III *AGE: 22DOB: 7/21/91HT: 6-3WT: 326POS: DT
Tkl 27Sack 0Int 0
Guys like this are such a rare commodity. Nix is occasionally moved too easily and loses gap control, but at his best he has the rare size and strength to handle a zero-technique role -- keeping multiple blockers occupied and eating up two gaps, making life easy for linebackers cleaning up against the run. But he's not limited to that because he can really move, at least a lot better than you'd expect from a player his size.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 11 | PLAYER CARD

11Eric Ebron *AGE: 20DOB: 4/10/93HT: 6-4WT: 245POS: TE
Rec 55Yds 895Avg 16.3TD 3
An athletic tight who can haul in anything you throw his way, will be split out and can make plays after the catch. Has the size to overwhelm cornerbacks and most safeties, and also good burst and above-average straight-line speed. He can go up and get the ball, and does a good job of catching it with his hands away from his body. Great body control allows him to haul in errant throws. A QB's best friend.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 12 | PLAYER CARD

12Johnny Manziel **AGE: 20DOB: 12/6/92HT: 6-0WT: 206POS: QB
Comp 270Att 391Pct 69.1Yds 3,732TD 33Int 13
As competitive a player as you'll find, it's a reflection of how he plays; Manziel's attitude is that the play is never really over. He's an improviser and a gifted playmaker. Will that translate to the next level? Not perfectly, but a QB who can turn negative plays into positive ones has real value, and Manziel is plenty capable of executing the scripted stuff, too. He sees the whole field, has tremendous touch and would deliver strikes with more velocity if he kept his feet underneath him consistently.

PREVIOUS RANKING: No. 13 | PLAYER CARD

13Brett Hundley **AGE: 20DOB: 6/15/93HT: 6-3WT: 222POS: QB
Comp 232Att 342Pct 67.8Yds 2,845TD 22Int 9
This could be the next big decision that could shift the board, as Hundley could return to college. He is supremely gifted when it comes to raw tools -- his arm strength is obvious, and he might be ahead of schedule as an improviser when things break down. He'll just want to improve his command on throws because he's accurate but can be erratic with ball placement. He does a good job and is ahead of schedule with his pocket presence, ability to climb instead of retreat and with a sense of how to move away from pressure with his eyes down the field.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 22 | PLAYER CARD

14Greg Robinson **AGE: 21DOB: 10/21/92HT: 6-5WT: 320POS: OT
GP 12GS 12

15Brandon Scherff *AGE: 21DOB: 12/26/91HT: 6-5WT: 315POS: OT
GP 12GS 12

16Vic Beasley *AGE: 21DOB: 7/8/92HT: 6-3WT: 235POS: LB
Tkl 35Sack 12.0Int 0

17Ryan Shazier *AGE: 21DOB: 9/6/92HT: 6-2WT: 225POS: OLB
Tkl 121Sack 6.0Int 0

18Ifo Ekpre-Olomu *AGE: 20DOB: 7/10/93HT: 5-10WT: 190POS: CB
Tkl 78Sack 0Int 3

19Carlos Hyde AGE: 22DOB: 9/20/91HT: 6-0WT: 242POS: RB
Att 165Yds 1,290Avg 7.8TD 14

20Taylor LewanAGE: 22DOB: 7/22/91HT: 6-8WT: 308POS: OT
GP 12GS 12

21Cyrus Kouandjio *AGE: 20DOB: 7/21/93HT: 6-6WT: 311POS: OT
GP 12GS 12

22Timmy Jernigan *AGE: 21DOB: 9/24/92HT: 6-2WT: 298POS: DT
Tkl 44Sack 5.0Int 0

23Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *AGE: 20DOB: 12/21/92HT: 6-1WT: 208POS: S
Tkl 44Sack 0Int 2

24Loucheiz Purifoy *AGE: 20DOB: 12/16/92HT: 6-1WT: 189POS: CB
Tkl 24Sack 2.0Int 2

25Scott Crichton *AGE: 22DOB: 10/30/91HT: 6-3WT: 265POS: DE
Tkl 43Sack 6.5Int 0
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