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2014 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD

Last Updated: Sep. 13, 2013


It's only September so expect the big board to change alot between now and next summer's draft. Teams only have a game or in some cases two under their belts so the sample size in evaluating talent is very small.

Still, the top of the draft class looks to be fairly solid with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney comfortably locked into the top spot.

Remember, the Big Board is not intended as a Mock Draft. It is merely a ranking of which prospects have the most NFL potential regardless of team specific needs.

The Top 10

1. DE Jadeveon Clowney

South Carolina - Junior

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 265

Analysis: Clowney hasn't lived up to the preseason hype thus far, but to be fair, both North Carolina and Georgia ran pretty much everything away from him. He is quick, powerful and sheds blocks easily. If whomever holds the top pick next May needs a player htat can get after quarterbacks, they won't find one better than Clowney.

 

2. QB Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville - Junior

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'3 | Wt: 218

Analysis: There are a few quarterbacks with the potential to go early in next May's draft and Bridgewater might just be the first one called. Ohio and Eastern Kentucky aren't exactly tough opponents, but Bridgewater looked very good piling up nearly 800 yards passing and nine touchdowns in a pair of easy wins for the Cardinals.

 

3. OT Jake Matthews

Texas A&M - Senior

Age: 21| Ht: 6'5 | Wt: 305

Analysis: Matthews moved from right to left takcle this season and has looked very solid in his new role. He has quick feet for such a big man and excels in both pass protection and run blocking. He was dominant for the most part in wins over Sam Houston State and Rice but will face a much stiffer test this week when Alabama visits.

 

4. LB Anthony Barr

UCLA - Senior

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'4 | Wt: 244

Analysis: Barr surpsirsed some by coming going back to school this year aftera a 2012 season where he racked up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss. With an extra year to develop he will be even more enticing for scouts this year. A former fullback, he has great strength and speed off the edge.

 

5. OT Taylor Lewan

Michigan - Senior

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'8 | Wt: 308

Analysis: Lewan is off to a terrific start in his senior year after playing extremely well against a highly rated Fighting Irish defensive line in Michigan's win over Notre Dame. He has excellent size and moves very well.

 

6. WR Marqise Lee

USC - Junior

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'1 | Wt: 195

Analysis: There is a reason Lee caught 118 passes a year ago and won the Biletnikoff award as the NCAA's best receiver. He has great speed, is improving his route-running and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. USC's inexperience at QB could hurt his numbers this year, but he remains the top receiving prospect.

 

7. OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Alabama - Junior

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 311

Analysis: Barrett Jones was named the SEC's best lineman in 2012 but was moved from left tackle to centre this season so Bama could get Kouandjio on the blind side. That should tell you something about his potential. The big Alabama tackle is long, strong and surprisingly fleet of foot for a man his size. He is a dominant blindside protector.

 

8. DT Louis Nix

Notre Dame - Senior

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'3 | Wt: 326

Analysis: Nix is a mammoth of a man on the inside of Notre Dame's vaunted defensive line. He is a classic run stopper and athletic enough to get into the pocket as well. Not a great game against Michigan but he will bounce back.

 

9. LB C.J. Mosley

Alabama - Senior

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'2 | Wt: 232

Analysis: Mosley may well have been a first round pick in last year's draft. He will be one this year. He has the type of all-around game to thrive as a three down linebacker in any system. He makes a ton of plays from sideline to sideline and has no problem dropping into coverage.

 

10. WR Sammy Watkins

Clemson - Junior

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'1 | Wt: 205

Analysis: After an impressive freshman season, Watkins had a down year thanks to injuries and a suspension in 2012. He looks poised for a big rebound this season. He is very explosive, has good hands and is tough to bring down once he gets the ball.


Nos. 11-25

Rank Player Pos. Age Ht Wt School
11 Cameron Erving OT 21 6'6 308 Florida State
12 Brett Hundley QB 20 6'3 222 UCLA
13 Tajh Boyd QB 22 6'1 225 Clemson
14 Anthony Johnson DT 20 6'3 304 LSU
15 Stephon Tuitt DE 20 6'6 315 Notre Dame
16 Timmy Jernigan DT 20 6'2 298 Florida State
17 Antonio Richardson OT 21 6'6 332 Texas
18 Bradley Roby CB 21 5'11 190 Ohio State
19 Khalil Mack LB 22 6'3 248 Buffalo
20 Cyril Richardson OG 22 6'5 335 Baylor
21 Kyle Van Noy LB - 6'3 235 BYU
22 Ryan Shazier LB - 6'2 226 Ohio State
23 Loucheiz Purifoy CB 20 6'1 189 Florida
24 Aaron Lynch DE 20 6'5 262 South Florida
25 David Yankey OG 21 6'5 311 Stanford


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