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Top 150 Eligible Players for the 2014 NFL Draft

February 21, 2014

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Top 150 Updated 2/20/14 (PR is pass rusher not punt returner)

  1. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Jr.
  2. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina #7 6’6 254 Jr.
  3. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Soph
  4. Khalil Mack PR Buffalo
  5. Marqise Lee WR USC #9 6’1 195 Jr.
  6. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson #2 6’1 180 Jr.
  7. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Sr.
  8. Anthony Barr PR UCLA #11 Sr.
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Jr.
  10. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh #97 Sr.
  11. Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Sr.
  12. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Soph
  13. Allen Robinson WR Penn St. Jr.
  14. Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Jr.
  15. Jeremy Hill RB LSU Soph
  16. Carl Bradford PR Arizona St. Jr.
  17. Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech Jr.
  18. Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame Jr.
  19. Rashad Hageman DT Minnesota Sr.
  20. Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State Jr.
  21. Darqueeze Dennard CB Michigan State Sr.
  22. Jarvis Landry WR LSU Jr.
  23. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St.
  24. Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Jr.
  25. Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama Sr.
  26. Derek Carr QB Fresno State Sr.
  27. Will Sutton DT Arizona St. Sr.
  28. Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee Sr.
  29. Odell Beckham WR LSU Jr.
  30. Greg Robinson OT Auburn Jr.
  31. Travis Swanson C Arkansas Sr.
  32. Carlos Hyde RB OhioState Sr.
  33. Louchez Purifoy CB Florida Jr.
  34. Zach Martin OG Notre Dame Sr.
  35. Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA Jr.
  36. Haha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Jr.
  37. Anthony Johnson DT LSU Jr.
  38. Kyle Van Noy LB BYU Sr.
  39. Aaron Lynch PR South Florida #19 6’6 265 Jr.
  40. Dominique Easley DT Florida #2 6’2 285 Sr.
  41. Deon Buchanon SWashingtonState Sr.
  42. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt Sr.
  43. De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Jr.
  44. David Yankey OG Stanford Sr.
  45. Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Jr.
  46. Jason Verett CB TCU #2 Sr.
  47. Marcus Roberson CB Florida Jr.
  48. CJ Mosley LB Alabama #32 Sr.
  49. Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona Sr.
  50. Lache Seastruck RB Baylor Jr.
  51. Bryan Stork C Florida St. Sr.
  52. Scott Crichton PR Oregon State Sr.
  53. LaMarcus Joyner CB Florida St. Sr.
  54. Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. Sr.
  55. Dri Archer RB/WR Kent St. Sr.
  56. Cody Hoffman WR BYU Sr.
  57. Shayne Skov LB Stanford Sr.
  58. James Hurst OT North Carolina #68 6’6 310 Sr.
  59. Ego Ferguson Jr. DT LSU Jr.
  60. Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Sr.
  61. Brandin Cooks WR OregonState Sr.
  62. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Sr.
  63. Aaron Colvin CB OU Sr.
  64. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia Sr.
  65. Cyril Richardson OG Baylor Sr.
  66. Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame Jr.
  67. Kony Ealy PR Missouri Sr.
  68. Davante Adams WR Fresno St. Soph
  69. Jeremiah Attaochu PR Georgia Tech #45 Sr.
  70. Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Jr.
  71. DeMarcus Lawrence PR Boise St. Sr.
  72. Craig Loston S LSU #6 Sr.
  73. Jared Abrederis WR Wisconsin Sr.
  74. Dion Bailey S USC Jr.
  75. Bradley Roby CB OhioState Sr.
  76. Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA Sr.
  77. Trent Murphy PR Stanford Sr.
  78. Tim Jernigan DT Florida St. Jr.
  79. Kareem Martin PR North Carolina Jr.
  80. Marcus Smith PR Louisville Sr.
  81. Bishop Sankey RB Washington Jr.
  82. Zach Mettenberger QB LSU Sr.
  83. Evan Finkenberg OG ArizonaState Sr.
  84. Jackson Jeffcoat PR Texas Sr.
  85. Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas St. Sr.
  86. Nikita Whitlock DT WakeForest Sr.
  87. Morgan Breslin PR USC Sr.
  88. Ahmad Dixon S Baylor Sr.
  89. Michael Sam DEMissouri Sr.
  90. Jeffrey Pagan DT Alabama Jr.
  91. Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt Sr.
  92. Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois Sr.
  93. Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky Sr.
  94. Alfred Blue RB LSU Jr.
  95. Dee Ford PR Auburn Sr.
  96. Adrian Hubbard PR Alabama Jr.
  97. Shaun Lewis LB Oklahoma St. Sr.
  98. Chris Young LB Arizona St. Sr.
  99. Chris Borland LB Wisconsin Sr.
  100. Tre Boston S North Carolina Sr.
  101. Daniel McCuller DT Tennessee Sr.
  102. Seantrel Henderson OT Miami Sr.
  103. Phillip Gaines CB Rice Sr.
  104. Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska Sr.
  105. Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise St. Sr.
  106. Ty Zimmermann S Kansas St. Sr.
  107. Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers Sr.
  108. Trey Millard FB OU Sr.
  109. Kenny Ladler S Vanderbilt Sr.
  110. Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss Sr.
  111. Isaiah Burse WR Fresno State Sr.
  112. Aaron Murray QB Georgia Sr.
  113. Vinny Sunseri S Alabama Jr.
  114. Josh Huff WR Oregon Sr.
  115. K’Waun Williams CB Pittsburgh Sr.
  116. Cameron Irving OT Florida State Sr.
  117. Tevin Reese WR Baylor Sr.
  118. Justin Jackson LB Wake Forest Sr.
  119. Mike Davis WR Texas Sr.
  120. CJ Fiedorowicz TE Iowa Sr.
  121. Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma Sr.
  122. Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan Sr.
  123. Christian Jones LB Florida St. Sr.
  124. Daquan Jones DT Penn State Sr.
  125. Will Clarke DE West Virginia Sr.
  126. Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona Sr.
  127. Carrington Byndom CB Texas Sr.
  128. Cameron Fleming OT Stanford Sr.
  129. Jonothan Harrison C Florida Sr.
  130. JC Copeland FB LSU Sr.
  131. Kerry Hyder DT Texas Tech Sr.
  132. James Wilder Jr. RB Florida S. Jr.
  133. Ben Gardner 3-4 DE Stanford Sr.
  134. Preston Brown LB Louisville Sr.
  135. Terrance West RB Towson Jr.
  136. Ryan Grant WR Tulane Sr.
  137. Victor Hampton CB South Carolina Sr.
  138. Telvin Smith LB Florida State Sr.
  139. Jason Bromley DT Syracuse Sr.
  140. EJ Gaines CB Missouri Sr.
  141. Taj Boyd QB Clemson Sr.
  142. George Uko DT USC Sr.
  143. Marion Grice RB Arizona St. Sr.
  144. Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina Sr.
  145. Charles Sims RB West Virginia Sr.
  146. Chris Watt OG Notre Dame Sr.
  147. Antonio Andrews RB Western Kentucky Sr.
  148. Emmanuel McCray OT Ole Miss Sr.
  149. Devonta Freeman RB Florida State Jr.
  150. Byron Moore S Tennessee Sr.

A few thoughts:

Wide Receiver Class: Simply put this is the greatest wide receiver class I’ve ever graded. It has everything as you have star power at the top with Marquise Lee (still my #1 WR though EVERYONE else has him #2 or lower) and Sammy Watkins, you have great depth at the top with 4 other wideouts with obvious first round caliber talent (Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin and Jarvis Landry) and you have numerous other players that could in the end sneak their way into the first round (Odell Beckham, and Jordan Matthews). The 2010 Draft with Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Jermaine Gresham, Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson and Garrett Graham will forever be known as the Year of the Tight End. The 2011 Draft with JJ Watt, Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith, Von Miller, Justin Houston, Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jordan, Adrian Clayborn, Jabaal Sheard and Brooks Reed will forever be known as the Year of the Pass Rusher. The 2014 NFL Draft will go down as the Year of the Wide Receiver. It will be fun to watch and compare this class over time as every guy is a little different in style and quite a few of them could become dominant Pro Bowl caliber wideouts. My money is still on Lee due to his speed, elusiveness in the open field, experience in a pro style offense and underrated route running ability yet Watkins with his versatility, Evans with his size and strength or even Kelvin Benjamin with his elite size/speed measurables could end up as the best of this class. Time will tell.

Johnny Manziel: You can’t have a draft blog entry without at least mentioning Johnny so here goes: He’s holding steady as my #3 player on my board, higher on my board than nearly everyone in the media except Gil Brandt who has him #1, yet as the draft gets closer there appears to be a groundswell for him as the #1 Overall Pick. Now obviously the Texans own the pick but if I was told by someone from the future that Manziel went #1 in this Draft my guess would be that it wasn’t the Texans who drafted him. The Jaguars at #3, the Browns at #4 and the Raiders at #5 all have pressing needs both for a QB and for a face to their franchise. Months ago I said that it’d be cool to see Manziel end up with the Browns, due to the Dog Pound and their absurdly loyal fans, or the Raiders, due to his bad boy image and his charisma possibly being able to re-invigorate that once proud franchise. I still see both as dream scenarios and with 3 franchises possibly wanting him and there only being one of him I could see the trade market heat up quickly. The Texans then could bide their time, convince the world that they are quite ready to take him #1 Overall and then trade him for an RGIII type haul (the Redskins gave the Rams two 1st rounders and one 2nd rounder to move from #6 to #2 that year). Then after the trade down they could either “settle” for the real #1 QB in this draft in Teddy Bridgewater, they could take Jadeveon Clowney (if still available) to pair with JJ Watt, or they could trade down further and stockpile even more picks while addressing a key need like CB (with Darqueeze Dennard or Justin Gilbert) or S (with Ha-Ha Clinton Dix). As bad as Houston was last year I honestly think that they could go 11-5 next year without any key additions but if you add to that team an infusion of talent like the Rams added with the RGIII trade the Texans could be Seattle Seahawks type stacked by 2016 or sooner. It’s just a scenario to play around with for Texans fans as all you have to do is Google “Johnny Manziel to the” and you’ll see writers in almost every major city talking about how he would be a great fit for their franchise and the GM of the local team would be stupid to “miss this once in a lifetime chance.” That sound you hear Texans fans…..it’s your pick getting more valuable by the minute.

Combine Bets: The Combine began a few days ago but the real action, the 40 times and other key drills, begin this Saturday. I’ve never done this before but I thought I’d guess the 40 times of some of the more popular players and see how close I get. Here goes nothing:

Johnny Manziel: 4.52 (I’m actually more curious about his shuttle drill as that should be an All-Time Record for a QB with his uncanny start-stop skills.)

Sammy Watkins: 4.43 (A bit overrated pure speed wise)

Marquise Lee: 4.37 (He has more pure speed than Watkins, one of the reasons I like him slightly more.)

Mike Evans: 4.55 (Still impressive for a 6’5 230 lb wideout)

Jadeveon Clowney: 4.49 (He’s talking about breaking the 4.5 mark and I’m believing him.)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: 4.83 (Everyone will make a huge deal of this but speed isn’t his game. He still will be the #1 TE on my board after his poor running due to his soft hands, rare size and the possibility he becomes a Rob Gronkowski red zone threat.)

Eric Ebron: 4.50 (After he runs his 40 Mike Mayock will say “that about cemented him as the #1 TE in this draft class” and I will flick him off, scream “fuck off” and then have my wife call down asking what happened. “Nothing honey just watching TV on a Sunday. Stay upstairs.”)

Justin Gilbert: 4.44 (He’s fast but doesn’t seem 4.3 fast so mid 4.4 seems about right.)

Darqueeze Dennard: 4.52 (Another 40 where people will be disappointed and honestly I can’t blame them as much for this as I can with the TEs as CBs need to be fast to survive. That being said Dennard is so much more physical, aggressive and experienced than Gilbert. Dennard won’t be a star CB but I can guarantee you he’ll be a very solid one for the next 10 years. There is 1st round value in that. The 40 won’t be his best moment though.)

Carl Bradford: 4.65 (The #4 pass rusher and Top 16 player on my board, who isn’t a Top 30 player on most boards and isn’t a Top 50 on some boards, will skyrocket into the media’s attention after his Combine performance. I’m betting it’s spectacular.)

De’Anthony Thomas: 4.31 (He’s my pick for the fastest 40 time at this year’s Combine as he’s not just fast but he gets up to top speed almost instantly. His first 10 yards might set an NFL record.)

Draft Predictions: With the 2014 NFL Draft about 3 months away, the Combine still not complete and few draft boards even close to set it makes little sense to make any predictions but I’m bored so why not.

The Patriots draft either Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Jace Amaro at #29. It makes perfect sense as Tom Brady lacks the arm strength to be a dominant downfield thrower so the best way to maximize his skill set (elite accuracy, quick release, elite diagnoser of defenses) is to finally replace Aaron Hernandez. There are three tight ends with 1st round grades but at #29 Eric Ebron will highly likely be gone so they will be focusing on Seferian-Jenkins and Amaro. Amaro is a clone of Hernandez as he can be moved all around the field like a chess piece and fits the H-Back role Hernandez was used in. Yet Austin is the superior talent and Gronkowski has been so injury prone the past two years that the team very well could be less interested in who complements Gronk and more interested in who most adequately replaces Gronk when, not if, he gets injured next. Seferian-Jenkins has the same soft hands and huge frame that have made Gronk so deadly in the red zone and I think Brady would love having him added to the team. Some might be worried that all three could be gone by #29 but history says that is unlikely. Only once in the past 10 drafts has more than 1 tight end been taken in the first round and only once in the previous 30 drafts have 3 tight ends been taken in the first round. The odds are high that a tight end will fall to them and I bet they snap one up without a second thought.

The Seahawks draft a wide receiver at #32. Their wide receiver corp is the one obvious weakness on their team and this is the rare year in which drafting with the last pick in the first round should still net them a quality wide out. With Percy Harvin on the smaller side I doubt they’d take a similar sized player like Odell Beckham so the most likely scenario will be the Seahawks taking Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry, Kelvin Benjamin or Jordan Matthews. Look for the Seahawks to give Russell Wilson another weapon in the passing game.

There will be at least two trades of Top 5 picks. I earlier discussed the possible trade inside the Top 5 involving Johnny Manziel but I honestly think this year’s Top 5 will be very fluid due to the disparity between team needs and consensus top players. While some would say they aren’t the top 2 players in this year’s draft it’s easy to make the argument that Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney are the two MOST COVETED players in this year’s draft. Yet the top two teams, Texans and Rams, both have serviceable quarterbacks and an elite young pass rusher (JJ Watt and Robert Quinn) on their roster. Either team could take Manziel or Clowney but an argument can be made that neither player is the best fit for those franchises. I suspect Manziel will go #1 or #2 via trade and if Clowney falls at all I think a team like the Falcons (Thomas Dimitroff loves blockbuster draft trades) or the Bucs (Lovie Smith’s Cover 2 scheme is predicated on having a dominant pass rush) would swoop into the Top 5 to snag him. I’m expecting a wild first 30 minutes on draft night.

The Jaguars will draft a quarterback in the 1st round. Whether they trade up for their chosen one, sit tight and take one at #3, or maneuver their assets and take a stud player at #3 (Jadeveon Clowney?) and then move back into the late 1st round for a QB (Derek Carr?) there is no way the Jaguars end the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft without adding a rookie QB. If Clowney is off the board I think they’d play it vanilla and take their highest rated QB at #3 but Jadeveon is talented enough, and Gus Bradley is a former defensive coordinator, that they might be willing to gamble if he’s still available.

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