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2014 NFL Draft Notebook – Top Prospects

Conference Championship weekend is in the books and the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be the competing teams in Super Bowl XLVIII. That means thirty of the thirty-two teams are set in their draft order for May (excluding the Cowboys and Ravens that will determine 16 and 17 via coin flip).

The three main attractions before the 2014 NFL Draft are the Senior Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, and individual school Pro Days. The Senior Bowl is this Saturday (1/25), but the practices are already under way. The top senior prospects from across the country are hand selected by former NFL general manager Phil Savage. Usually a lot of the underclassman are the more highly anticipated prospects, but this event gives the seniors a chance to shine and improve their draft stock.

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As for the Combine it is scheduled for the 22nd through the 25th of February this year. The Combine, or as the NFL media like to call it “the underwear olympics,” is where prospects show off their athletic abilities without pads. This is where a lot of so called “workout warriors” are found. The Combine can really boost or plummet a prospects stock.

Finally there are the Pro Days. Pro Days are essentially a chance at redemption for a prospect who didn’t do as well as they would have hoped at the Combine. Pro Days also feature the Combine drills such as the forty yard dash, vertical jump, long jump and so on while featuring more positional drills.

There are also prospect visits where teams fly in prospects or fly out to meet top prospects. These aren’t usually very well know to the media or the public.

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While these events are taking place I will be cultivating prospect information and turning out as many prospect previews as I can via the 2014 NFL Draft Notebook series. The previews will feature basic bio information, career stats, combine results, skill grades, and my own thoughts on each prospect. I am hoping this will shed some light on not only the top prospects in this years draft class, but on lesser know prospects as well.

Below will be my top prospects at each position.

 

2014 NFL Draft Positional Top Prospects

 

Offense

Quarterbacks:

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

2. Blake Bortles, UCF

3. Derek Carr, Fresno State

4. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

5. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

6. A.J. McCarron, Alabama

7. Zach Mettenberger, LSU

8. Stephen Morris, Miami

9. David Fales, San Jose State

10a. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

10b. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

 

Running backs: 

1. Tre Mason, Auburn

2. Jeremy Hill, LSU

3. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

4. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

5. Bishop Sankey, Washington

6. Andre Williams, Boston College

7. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

8. De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon

9. Charles Sims, West Virginia

10. Terrance West, Towson

 

Fullbacks:

1. Jay Prosch, Auburn

2. J.C. Copeland, LSU

3. Ryan Hewitt, Stanford

4. Chad Abram, FSU

5. Trey Millard, Oklahoma

 

Wide Receivers:

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson

2. Marqise Lee, USC

3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M

4. Kelvin Benjamin, FSU

5. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

6. Allen Robinson, Penn State

7. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

8. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

9. Davante Adams, Fresno State

10. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers

 

Tight Ends:

1. Eric Ebron, North Carolina

2. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

4. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

6. Xavier Grimble, USC

7. Arthur Lynch, Georgia

8. Marcel Jensen, Fresno State

9. Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State

10. Jacob Pederson, Wisconsin

 

Offensive Tackles:

1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

2. Greg Robinson, Auburn

3. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

4. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

5. Zack Martin, Notre Dame

6. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

7. Morgan Moses, Virginia

8. James Hurst, North Carolina

9. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

10. Billy Turner, NDSU

 

Guards:

1. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

2. David Yankey, Stanford

3. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

4. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

5. Joe Bitonio, Nevada

6. Anthony Steen, Alabama

7. Spencer Long, Nebraska

8. Zach Fulton, Tennessee

9. Jon Halapio, Florida

10. Chris Watt, Notre Dame

 

Centers:

1. Travis Swanson, Arkansas

2. Tyler Larsen, Utah State

3. Weston Richburg, Colorado State

4. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

5. Bryan Stork, Florida State

 

Defense

(USA Today)

(USA Today)

Defensive Ends:

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. Kony Ealy, Missouri

3. Trent Murphy, Stanford

4. Shawn Oakman, Baylor

5. Marcus Smith, Louisville

6. Michael Sam, Missouri

7. Scott Crichton, Oregon State

8. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

9. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

10. Aaron Lynch, South Florida

 

Defensive Tackles:

1. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

2. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

3. Lewis Nix, Notre Dame

4. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

5. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

6. Dominique Easley, Florida

7. Will Sutton, Arizona State

8. Anthony Johnson, LSU

9. Ego Ferguson, LSU

10. Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina

 

Outside Linebackers:

1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo

2. Anthony Barr, UCLA

3. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

4. Christian Jones, Florida State

5. Dee Ford, Auburn

6. Kyle Van Noy, BYU

7. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

8. Adrian Hubbard, Alabama

9. Carl Bradford, Arizona State

10. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky

 

Inside Linebackers:

1. C.J. Mosley, Alabama

2. Max Bullough, Michigan State

3. Shayne Skov, Stanford

4. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

5. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

 

Cornerbacks:

1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

3. Jason Verrett, TCU

4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

5. Jamarcus Joyner, Florida State

6. Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

7. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

8. Victor Hampton, South Carolina

9. Marcus Robinson, Florida

10. E.J. Gaines, Missouri

 

Safeties:

1. Ha’Sean “Haha” Clinton-Dix, Alabama

2. Calvin Pryor, Louisville

3. Ed Reynolds, Stanford

4. Craig Loston, LSU

5. Deone Bucannon, Washington State

6. Dion Bailey, USC

7. Tre Boston, North Carolina

8. Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

9. Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

10. Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

 

Kickers:

1. Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson

2. Zach Hocker, Arkansas

3. Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

 

Punters:

1. Tom Hornsey, Memphis

2. Pat O’Donnell, Miami

3. Cody Webster, Purdue

Zachary Cintron

About the Author: Zachary Cintron

Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at ztc24@drexel.edu.