We kicked our rankings off with a pre-Combine top 75 and have completed our assessments on the 2014 draft class. While there aren’t many changes to this list, we’ve added an additional 25 to take it to the totality of our evaluations for this year.
The one major change is moving Greg Robinson to the top spot. I feel like I’ll have to justify this one a little, so here’s goes my attempt. Robinson is as dominant a run blocker as I’ve evaluated. His upside as a pass protector is off the charts making me believe in the long-term he’s going to wind up the best player to come out of this draft. Yes, even with Jadeveon Clowney.
1. 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 experience 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. In our last rankings he was sitting third but his upside is so high that I think he ultimately winds up the best player in this draft – at a premium position
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
2. 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’d like to see him with a warm weather team, perhaps in the AFC South. His hand size is a bit concerning when you’re talking about Cleveland.
Projection: Could go as high as one and the floor for me is at 8 with Minnesota.
3. 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. If he makes it past Houston, the trade market at No. 2 with St. Louis could heat up.
4. Khalil Mack, Edge Rusher, Buffalo
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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.
Where he fits: Weakside backer in a three-man front or strongside LB in a four-man front.
Projection: Top 10.
5. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Why I think he’s deserving: There’s no more dynamic player in the entire draft – maybe outside of John Football. Watkins is a threat to take it the distance with each touch. Has experience playing inside and outside at the collegiate level – the problem will be finding him enough touches at the next level.
Where he fits: As I said, he’s played inside and outside at Clemson and either suits him equally well. He’s a guy that DC’s will have nightmares about trying to keep the ball out of his hands.
Projection: Top 10 – floor is at 10 with Detroit. Read the rest of this entry » «2014 NFL Draft Top 100 Rankings»