NFL Draft 2014: The Top 100 College Prospects (Pre-Senior Bowl Edition)

Al Bello

Naturally I would much rather have spent the majority of my time covering the Cowboys run to the Super Bowl, but things are what they are, so most of my recent time has been invested in prepping for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here at Blogging The Boys, the front page writers are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure that our loyal readers (who really are the heart and soul of this community) remain among the most informed and knowledgeable football fans in the known universe. In that spirit, we strive to go above and beyond your expectations and deliver you the best product that we possibly can. With you the reader in mind, and with the benefit of frequent bouts of insomnia, I have spent many hours over the last several months looking at film of some of the top college football talent that the NCAA has to offer. After the sacrifice of sleep and the torture of watching muscular, well conditioned young men running around in tight pants for hours on end, it is my pleasure to present for your viewing pleasure the first annual edition of "D-Mac's Top 100 College Prospects."

Keep in mind, that the current rankings are based solely on how each player acquitted himself during the regular college season and in bowl games. Since that time, we have witnessed some players, primarily Jimmy Garoppolo, make a significant move during the annual East - West Shrine Game (Earning himself a trip to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama to compete against the "big boys" for his efforts.). Now others, led by Pitt DT Aaron Donald, are increasing their value during the practice sessions at the Senior Bowl.

Others whom I have ranked well are under-performing and as a result their draft stock is taking a hit.

The key thing to remember is that everything remains in flux. What is soon will not be. After the Senior Bowl, everything will be revised and new favorites will emerge. Such is the nature of the beast, but by publishing this list now, it will give us a means to compare how an event like the Senior Bowl can have a dramatic impact on a player's standing, both in the eyes of the fans and eventually from the perspective of NFL teams.

That is a lesson that I suspect a certain Alabama quarterback is going to learn the hard way.

While McCarron is now claiming that injury concerns, and not draft status motivated his choice to not play in his home town of Mobile, with rumors circulating that there are some un-revealed character issues with the Alabama QB, there is little doubt that his "No-Show" is catching the attention of the very NFL executives that will be deciding his future.

In addition to the guys who are hindering themselves, a few guys are making a statement that they belong in the league. One in particular is a player out of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri (yes, I had to look it up).

Based on the research I have done so far, thanks to some technical assistance from my friend and FPW colleague Tom Ryle, who took the time to work my rankings into a presentable table, I present my Pre-Senior Bowl Top 100.

Grading Scheme
Solid First Round
Borderline First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Fourth Round

Rank Player Position School Measurables Rank Player Position School Measurables
1 Jadeveon Clowney DE S. Carolina 6'5" 272 lbs 51 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 6'0" 275 lbs
2 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville 6'3" 218 lbs 52 Travis Swanson C Arkansas 6'4" 305 lbs
3 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M 6'5" 305 lbs 53 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame 6'6" 270 lbs
4 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo 6'2" 244 lbs 54 Trevor Reilly DE Utah 6'4" 245 lbs
5 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 6'1" 205 lbs 55 Will Sutton DT Arizona St. 6'0" 195 lbs
6 C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 6'2" 232 lbs 56 Jarvis Landry WR Louisiana St. 6'1" 195 lbs
7 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 6'3" 238 lbs 57 Adrian Hubbard OLB/DE Alabama 6'5" 252 lbs
8 Greg Robinson OT Auburn 6'5" 320 lbs 58 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford 6'2" 205 lbs
9 Blake Bortles QB Central Fla. 6'3" 230 lbs 59 Jack Mewhort Ohio St. 6'5" 310 lbs
10 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 6'1" 200 lbs 60 Adrian Hubbard OLB/DE Alabama 6'5" 252 lbs
11 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 6'5" 302 lbs 61 Zack Martin OG Notre Dame 6'4" 305 lbs
12 Marqise Lee WR S. California 6'0" 195 lbs 62 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St. 5'10" 186 lbs
13 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama 6'1" 208 lbs 63 Tre Mason RB Auburn 5'10" 207 lbs
14 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St. 5'11" 188 lbs 64 Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon 6'0" 190 lbs
15 Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame 6'3" 357 lbs 65 Paul Richardson WR Colorado 6'1" 172 lbs
16 Eric Ebron TE N. Carolina 6'r" 245 lbs 66 Kelsey Quarles DT S. Carolina 6'3" 293 lbs
17 Kony Ealy DE Missouri 6'5" 275 lbs 67 Chris Smith DE Arkansas 6'2" 266 lbs
18 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 6'5" 312 lbs 68 DaQuan Jones DT Penn St. 6'3" 333 lbs
19 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 6'5" 225 lbs 69 Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut 6'2" 235 lbs
20 Jason Verrett CB Texas Christian 5'10" 182 lbs 70 Christian Jones OLB Florida St. 6'3" 232 lbs
21 Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame 6'5" 303 lbs 71 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio St. 6'0" 235 lbs
22 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 6'7" 302 lbs 72 Josh Mauro DE Stanford 6'6" 282 lbs
23 Allen Robinson WR Penn St. 6'3" 204 lbs 73 Anthony Steen OG Alabama 6'3" 303 lbs
24 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech 6'5" 257 lbs 74 Marcus Roberson CB Florida 6'0" 178 lbs
25 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St. 6'0" 195 lbs 75 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers 6'6" 220 lbs
26 Trent Murphy DE Stanford 6'5" 261 lbs 76 Brett Smith QB Wyoming 6'2" 206 lbs
27 David Yankey OG Stanford 6'5" 312 lbs 77 Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma 6'0" 182 lbs
28 Derek Carr QB Fresno St. 6'3" 212 lbs 78 Dominique Easley DT Florida 6'2" 280 lbs
29 Odel Beckham Jr. WR Louisiana St. 6'0" 207 lbs 79 Dion Bailey SS S. California 6'0" 210 lbs
30 Timmy Jernigan DT Florida St. 6'2" 298 lbs 80 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas 6'4" 245 lbs
31 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee St. 6'6" 332 lbs 81 Jarred Abbrederis WR Wisconsin 6'2" 188 lbs
32 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor. 6'5" 335 lbs 82 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. 6'3" 335 lbs
33 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio St. 6'2" 222 lbs 83 Michael Sam DE Missouri 6'5" 255 lbs
34 Scott Crichton DE Oregon St. 6'3" 263 lbs 84 James Hurst OT N. Carolina 6'6" 310 lbs
35 Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young 6'3" 235 lbs 85 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona 5'10" 196 lbs
36 Calvin Pryor FS Louisville 6'2" 208 lbs 86 Seantrell Henderson OT Miami (Fl.) 6'8" 345 lbs
37 Jimmy Garoppolo QB E. Illinois 6'3" 222 lbs 87 Weston Richburg C Colorado St. 6'4" 298 lbs
38 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech 6'2" 240 lbs 88 Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor 6'0" 210 lbs
39 Lemarcus Joyner CB Florida St. 5'8" 195 lbs 89 Anthony Johnson DT Louisiana St. 6'3" 305 lbs
40 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 6'3" 205 lbs 90 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor 5'10" 205 lbs
41 Bishop Sankey RB Washington 5'10" 200 lbs 91 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin 5'11" 242 lbs
42 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington 6'6" 266 lbs 92 A.J. McCarron QB Alabama 6'3" 205 lbs
43 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida St. 6'5" 235 lbs 93 Victor Hampton CB S. Carolina 5'10" 202 lbs
44 Bradley Roby CB Ohio St. 5'11" 193 lbs 94 Demarcus Lawrence OLB Boise St. 6'3" 245 lbs
45 Shane Skov ILB Stanford 6'3" 242 lbs 95 Morgan Moses OT Virginia 6'6" 325 lbs
46 Ego Ferguson DT Louisiana St. 6'3" 308 lbs 96 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa 6'6" 265 lbs
47 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA 6'4" 295 lbs 97 Zach Mettenburger QB Louisiana St. 6'5" 230 lbs
48 Devonte Adams WR Fresno St. 6'2" 205 lbs 98 Bruce Ellington WR S. Carolina 5'9" 196 lbs
49 Jeremy Hill RB Louisiana St. 6'2" 235 lbs 99 Craig Loston SS Louisiana St. 6'2" 205 lbs
50 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech 6'0" 193 lbs 100 De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon 5'9" 176 lbs

There you have it, folks. My take on the best talent that college football has to offer for the 2014 NFL Draft. As I mentioned before, things change, and we all know that there will be plenty of ups and downs between now and May 8th, when the draft kicks off. Along the way, you will see many other versions of lists just like mine, perhaps a couple of them generated by me and/or my colleagues here at Blogging The Boys. How close will we compare to the "experts" and the NFL teams themselves? Who knows, but that's half the fun of an exercise like this one. The best part of "Draft Season" is that it gives the fans, people like you and me, an opportunity to play scout and general manager. With very few exceptions, something like this is as close as we will ever come to living our dreams.

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