The Big Board: v2.0


Here are my top 100 players for the 2014 NFL Draft. This is going to be an exciting draft to watch and I cannot wait to see how this plays out.

The Top 100
1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina* Clear cut #1 player of the draft, questions surround him but physical talent off-the-charts.
Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo Natural edge 3-4 pass rusher, but could also thrive as a hybrid 4-3 player.
Sammy Watkins WR Clemson* #1 playmaker in the draft that will hopefully thrive in the NFL with a legit QB to get him the ball.
Greg Robinson OT Auburn* Dancing bear and physical specimen, best OL in the draft.
Mike Evans WR Texas A&M* One of my favorite prospects, due to Watkins he is being underrated to some degree.
Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Best DT in the draft, short and lacks some prototypical physical traits but is one of the best football players in the draft. Natural pass rusher/disruptive force up the middle who can be a defensive centerpiece.
Anthony Barr DE/OLB UCLA Better ceiling than Dion Jordan, there is the risk factor but potentially a Jason Taylor type of talent.
Eric Ebron TE UNC* If you're a TE in the top ten you better be one heck of an athlete, this guy is all that and a bag of chips. He will need to continue making strides at becoming a better blocker though.
Blake Bortles QB UCF* #1 rated QB, Johnny Football is close but Bortles is safer and thus gets the higher ranking. Reminds me of Andrew Luck, just not as good as the Stanford product.
Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M* Makes a major jump on my board after measuring in with large hands, showed zip and versatility at his Pro Day that impressed the hell out of me. Potential franchise QB who would've ranked higher if not for the sideshow that comes along with the talent.
Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Comes from a strong bloodline. A solid player, lacks LT experience and has position versatility. Safe player and should make a team very happy, possible low ceiling and could be maxed out already.
Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Character concerns push him down the board, if he was clean in that area then he'd find himself ahead of Matthews.
Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State Nowhere near the caliber of CB Patrick Peterson was coming out of LSU, but there are similarities with the ball skills and height/speed combo.
C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama Highly instinctive LB who will be on the field for all three-downs, but needs to stay healthy in order to become the dominating player he has the potential to be.
Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State* One of the best defensive players in the country, Jernigan can be a three-down player and his versatility allows him to be a 1 or 3 tech, not as strong as a pass rusher but has potential there.
Zack Martin OG/OT Notre Dame Safe prospect with position versatility, much better player than Justin Pugh and could solidify an offensive line.
17 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Low ceiling, but will be a safe pick and productive player. Not an elite cornerback, very good at a lot of different techniques.
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville* Continues to drop due to his poor Pro Day and small frame, also doesn't have very large hands, but showed he could spin the ball at Louisville. Derek Carr a much safer pick for a franchise, but Bridgewater has the upside.
Calvin Pryor FS Louisville* Bob Sanders type of safety, needs to be more consistent and show growth in the range department. Has always shown some flash on tape, talent is there to be a starting safety in the NFL.
Hasean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama* Doesn't have the production for me to rank him higher, tough player to evaluate, but I do see some Antrel Rolle in his game.
Kony Ealy DE Missouri* Hardest player of the draft for me to rank and evaluate. Is he the next JPP or the next bust? Major risk, major upside and the type of player who could make a riverboat gambler GM look great or cost him his job.
Jason Verrett CB TCU In 2012 I had Janoris Jenkins ranked as my 11th best player and Verrett is a similar undersized corner with great athleticism and cover skills that is feisty and will mix it up. He's also very willing tackler. Will be a draft day bargain because he will fall deep into the first or early second because of his size.
Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State* Lavonte David type of athetlcism and flies around the field. Not sure where he will go in the draft, but will make a 4-3 team very happy.
Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU* Underrated WR that must show more consistency, he's flashed and wowed at times, but also disappeared. In a deep receiver class, ODB is one of the best.
Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State* Speed kills and Cooks has the production to back up his draft ranking on my board. Can also play outside and showed impressive ball skills for an undersized WR.
Jimmy Ward FS Northern Illinois Could potentially have a better career than the safeties ranked higher than him, but must make the jump from a smaller school. Love his tenacity and ball skills, won't be shocked to see him go in the late first round.
Derek Carr QB Fresno State Safer than Bridgewater and one of the best deep ball QBs in the draft, but his brother never could make it in the NFL and that may deter some teams from drafting him. Regardless, love his arm and passion for the game, should be a quality starter in the pros.
Marqise Lee WR USC* Not a big fan of USC guys, especially WRs. Lee looked explosive two years ago but struggled without Matt Barkley. Risky pick for any team, may be more of a second round player, but his tape from two years ago is hard to ignore.
Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State* Late-riser to my board and reminds me of Justin Tuck. Not as fluid as you would like, but tough player who could be great in the right system.
Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn Probably best as a 3-4 OLB, Ford also showed that he could dominate as a 4-3 DE during the Senior Bowl. Undersized but explosive, still I cannot place Ford higher than 30th overall on my board.
Cody Latimer WR Indiana* Another late riser, though his athleticism and ball skills could sneak him into the first round and make a team needing a WR very happy. Would love to see him fall to 47, but that isn't realistic.
Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Irish Chocolate can be the perfect space eater in the 3-4, just not sure he will be as effective in the 4-3. If I were running a 3-4, he would be much higher on my board due to the perfect scheme fit.
Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State* If you're looking for the next Alshon Jeffery this may be the guy. I need to see him develop his routes and then he could be the steal of the draft.
RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota Older prospect with work ethic concerns. Ideal as a 5-tech in the 3-4, similar to Muhammad Wilkerson.
Bradley Roby CB Ohio State* Pure cover corner with character concerns, really good football player that could be another bargain.
Jeremiah Attaochu DE/OLB Georgia Tech Dynamite as a 3-4 OLB and also moved to 4-3 DE this past year in college. Love his potential as a pass rusher on the next level.
Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Not overly excited about Fuller as others appear to be. Doesn't look that fast or explosive. Tough corner with good cover skills, just not sure he will be a #1 on the next level, wouldn't surprise me if he is overdrafted.
Allen Robinson WR Penn State* Underrated WR that has the size and ball skills to be at worst a very productive #2 WR.
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State* Tough defensive end who gets the job done, but doesn't do one thing great. Love his work ethic and toughness.
Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA* Over the year mean guards with power have always ranked high on my board. I don't see a first round lineman, but in the second he will be a starting caliber player.
Morgan Moses OT Virginia Upside alone puts him in my top 50. Athletic tackle with the size to win consistently in the trenches.
Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State Power back who put on display his versatility during his last season at Ohio State.
Stephen Tuitt DT/DE Notre Dame* Could be a Jason Hatcher type of 4-3 DT, could also be productive in the 3-4.
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt Smart WR who surprised with some with impressive workouts. Could be this year's Keenan Allen.
Davante Adams WR Fresno State* Adams flies under the radar, his ball skills are top notch and I love his tape.
Paul Richardson WR Colorado* Undersized but explosive WR, just needs to bulk up so his body can take the physical beating of the NFL.
Dominique Easley DT Florida Two ACL surgeries are a major concern, but there is no doubt this kid would've been a top 20 pick had he stayed healthy.
Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech* More polished overall receiver than Gavin Escobar. Is the type of tight end teams are looking for to exploit mismatches, needs to become a more complete player and provide production in all aspects of the game.
Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Jeffcoat's combine performance assures me he is a good athlete. Both 3-4 and 4-3 team will be interested in him.
Lamarcus Joyner CB/FS/KR Florida State: Fast cover corner who can play FS, also adds value to your special teams unit.
Kareem Martin DE UNC Much better against the run right now, but hard to ignore his size. Second day pick that could develop his pass rushing skills.
Tre Mason RB Auburn* One of the best running backs in college football. Looks very explosive on tape and could be a steal on draft day.
Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama* More of a power OT than an athletic one. Must work on his blocking technique and footwork.
Jeremy Hill RB LSU* Mean and powerful RB that can take on the workhorse role.
Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State I'm a sucker for SEC offensive lineman, Jackson will be a quality starting guard for a long time.
Terrence Brooks FS Florida State Not the most exciting player, but he is a smart FS that is attacks down hill and made consistent plays for the FSU defense.
Billy Turner OT North Dakota State Raw and inexperienced, probably very rich to have him this high, but love his potential and would take a chance on him.
Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood Raw CB that hails from a small school, but does remind me of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Will Sutton DT Arizona State Frustrating player to rank, should be much higher on my board based off of his tape two years ago. Needs to get his weight under control and get motivated, if he does then he could be one of the steals of the draft.
Trent Murphy DE/OLB Stanford Much like Bjoern Werner, he doesn't excite me at all but he is a safe prospect that will have a good NFL career.
Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU Looks like a 4-3 SAM LB, but could also be a 3-4 guy. Highly productive in college.
Dri Archer RB/WR/KR Kent State Dexter McCluster went in the third-round a few years ago and I think Archer can do the same. Highly versatile player that will give an offense dimensions and dangerous speed.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska Everyone is looking for the next Richard Sherman, well there is only one Richard Sherman, but SJB is a lengthy corner whose physicality and size make him an intriguing CB.
Telvin Smith OLB Florida State I love versatility and athleticism, Smith has both of those. He's extremely undersized and I am not sure where he will find a home in the NFL.
Deone Buccanon SS Washington State
Older prospect, but imposing force who will set the tone in the secondary.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington* Could become what Martellus Bennett never did, must get his weight under control.
Aaron Murray QB Georgia Murray will make a team searching for a QB very happy. I absolutely love his character and his arm is better than people think.
Caraun Reid DT Princeton Small school prospect, but Reid has an NFL type of body. Impressive rushing ability and could be strong against the run.
Bishop Sankey RB Washington* There isn't another Giovani Bernard in this year's draft, maybe Sankey is similar but he is nowhere near fast or silky smooth as Bernard. Regardless I think he is a good RB in the third round.
JaWuan James OT Tennessee People may know his teammate more, but James is the OT I would draft out of Tennessee.
Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois The next Tony Romo? It's possible, but Jimmy G will need some coaching and seasoning before that happens.
Joel Bitonio OT/OG Nevada Others are much higher on Bitonio, but I am not sure if he is G or T.
Phillip Gaines CB Rice Flew under the radar, but is gaining steam. Should go somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Trae Turner OG LSU This guy is MEAN, I love Turner and will be following his career closely. I think this is the type of guard the Cowboys need to add to their already improving OL.
Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State Will be a pass rushing force at 3-4 OLB, but could also see him playing some 4-3 LB
Marcus Smith DE Louisville Vastly undersized, but his quickness make him an explosive edge rusher.
Will Clarke DE West Virginia Prototypical 4-3 DE size and continues to grow as a football player
Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh Flavor of the month at QB, but very immobile and in today's NFL I am not so sure that is what you want under center.
Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina* Explosive WR who can bring a lot of different ability to your offense.
Terrance West RB Towson Love his story and character, will be rooting for him to go onto the NFL and have a successful career.
Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin His 4.8 40-yard dash scares the hell out of me, but it's hard to overlook his old-school approach to LB.
Dokota Dozier OG Furman Another small-school OL makes the list, Dozier is worth drafting and developing.
DaQuan Jones DT Penn State Penn State has produced some quality DL the past few years. Jones may not wow you on tape, but he is a big body that could be a productive as a 1-tech and I also believe he could play 3-tech if he continues to work on his rushing skills. Not overly explosive off the ball like his former teammate Jordan Hill though.
Cyril Richardson OG Baylor Once considered one of the best guards in the draft, Richardson has tumbled down boards after getting owned at the Senior Bowl. Could be a value on draft day if he falls to the right spot.
Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina* Raw physical ability and untapped potential. He's quick off the ball and could be a productive 3-tech.
David Yankey OG Stanford Stanford OL are tough to evaluate, they thrive off their smarts but lack athletic ability. May get be drafted much higher and I am not a huge fan of his.
Jay Bromley DT Syracuse Came on strong last year at Syracuse and is an underrated DT prospect.
James Gayle Virginia Tech Impressive statistics but has ordinary size and needs to bulk up.
Marcus Roberson CB Florida* Probably the best CB at Florida and has the cover skills to potentially become a starter, at worst a #3 CB.
Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor* Another potential gem at RB, jitterbug type but must become more durable.
Shane Skov LB Stanford His knee is a concern for me, if healthy would've been much higher on my board.
Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee* I am probably ranking him too low, but he looked lazy at times and it really bothered me. This will probably be one of those players I look back and it regret ranking so low, but Tiny needs to clean up his blocking technique and work ethic.
Josh Huff WR Oregon Love his game, tough and feisty. Comes from a high-octane offense and is a willing blocker.
Jarvis Landry WR LSU* Again probably ranking this guy too low, but I dislike slow WRs and Landry doesn't time well. His tape from last year was great though.
Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming A FS who converted from CB, tweener type but has good athleticism and likes to hit.
De'Anthony Thomas RB/KR Oregon* The Black Mamba is a dangerous player in space. Curious to see where he will be drafted, I love his speed and maybe I am overrating him but I think he is a special playmaker.
Robert Herron WR Wyoming Steve Smith type of receiver that is an exciting player to watch. I feel he will be a good value, just needs to continue learning the position.
Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech Looks like a nose tackle to me and if you aren't a special one, you will not rank high on my board. Good player, just wouldn't take him over the other DTs on my board.
Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State Surprisingly played LT even though he doesn't have great footwork. More of a wide-bodied type of OT, but his power could make him a starting RT in the NFL.
Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Developmental prospect, makes some wow plays but catches with his body too much to be ranked above the other WRs in a deep class at his position.

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