The draft process is here and I’ve been absent through much of it. I am trying to get back to it as much as time will allow right now. For those of you that I didn’t reach via email, I’ve taken a new job and working on completing my Master’s…never a good combination. That said, I’ve slacked a bit in terms of evaluation of players for the 2014 NFL Draft but I think I have a pretty good idea of who I like and don’t like. While the site won’t be filled with content – as in year’s past – what we post will be a worthwhile read. I thought I’d start this out with a top 75 – I will probably only go a hundred players deep this year (as opposed to the normal top 250).
As we speak many of you are tuning into the first on field workouts of the 2014 Scouting Combine, so we’ll get (literally) an up to the minute thought on how I view these guys.
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Why I think he’s deserving: Teddy may not provide the highest upside of the 2014 QB’s but one could certainly make the argument that he’s the most ready to play of the bunch. If I were Houston, this would be my guy.
Where he fits: I don’t see any bad fits for Teddy. Many will point to his hand size as a deterrent for cold weather teams but it’s a non-issue in my book. You take the best guy on the board and that’s Bridgewater.
Projection: Could go as high as one and the floor for me is at 8 with Minnesota.
2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Why I think he’s deserving: You can question his motor, how much he loves the game, and some of his decisions on and off the field – but you can’t question is freakish ability. He’s just too rare of a find to fall far and his scheme diversity will have all 32 teams interested.
Where he fits: Five, seven, or nine technique. Pick one. He’s a guy you take and plug him into your defense regardless of scheme – all 32 teams would love to have the problem of finding a fit for him.
Projection: Could go as high as one and the floor for me is at 6 with Atlanta.
3. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Why I think he’s deserving: This kid is special. I think he’s maybe the highest ceiling prospect in the entire draft. Sure he’s not an experienced pass protector but his skill set suggests with time he could dominate in that area. He’s an NFL-ready run blocker on day one and will test off the charts in Indy.
Where he fits: Could play on the left or right side but long-term he’s a franchise LT in my book.
Projection: Top 10 – could go as high as 2 to St. Louis
4. Khalil Mack, Edge Rusher, Buffalo
Why I think he’s deserving: If all you saw was the Ohio State tape, you’ve seen enough. This kid could play anywhere in the country and dominate so forget about the low level of competition. He’s athletic, physical, has plus instincts, and a phenomenal motor.
Where he fits: Weakside backer in a three-man front or strongside LB in a four-man front.
Projection: Top 10. Read the rest of this entry » «Pre-Combine 2014 NFL Draft Top 75 Rankings»