2014 NFL Draft Top 32 player big board

Hey draft fans, this is my first NFL draft big board of the year these are the top 32 players that I think will declare or are seniors.

1. DE/OLB #7 Jadaveon Clowney 6’6 274 lbs South Carolina JR

If God was a football fan and wanted to create the perfect defensive end, he’d create Jadaveon Clowney. Clowney has all the measurables for the next level and athleticism to be a dominant defensive player in the NFL. Bull rushing, running the arc and shedding blocks to stuff a run, Clowney is the total package. You could nit pick his game if you want to but I’m not.

Pro Comparison: Julius Peppers

2. QB #5 Teddy Bridgewater 6’2 220 lbs Louisville JR

Teddy Bridgewater has all the tools you want in a franchise QB, his pocket awareness, anticipation, timing and ball placement are extremely advanced for a junior QB. Add in his leadership qualities of team first mentality. Elevates the team mates around him. Amazing toughness. Light feet in the pocket, always ready to move. Can be mobile QB has ability to run but he would rather pass. His biggest flaw right now is his deep accuracy. His long arms elongate his release . Has had ankle and wrist injury issues.

Pro Comparison: Aaron Rodgers

3. #9 DT Louis Nix III 6’3 340 lbs Notre Dame RS JR

A man you want in the middle is Louis Nix the Third. A one man wrecking crew Nix is what you look for in a 3-4 nose tackle, who could also play 1-tech in a 4-3 which could be better spot for him in NFL. Strong big man who controls the point of attack and can 2 gap. Has surprisingly quick first step for a man his size. High Motor. Snap anticipation is excellent. If Nix can adjust his leverage issues he could have a dominating year in college football.

Pro Comparison: Vince Wilfork

4. DE/OLB #11 Anthony Barr 6’4 245 lbs UCLA SR

To combat the influx of athletic QB’s in the NFL, teams will be looking for athletic defenders like Clowney and Barr to help stifle them. Barr an ex RB at UCLA just started playing LB in 2012 and what a start he made recording a stat line of  13 sacks, 21 TFL, 4 forced fumbles and 60 tackles. Great long frame and topflight athleticism. His Explosion off the snap is world-class. Fluid hips, guards the flats well. Still new to the position needs to learn more technique with hands and leverage. If Barr can improve as much as he did last year he could top this list.

Pro Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley

5. LB #32 CJ Mosely 6’2 240lbs Alabama SR

CJ Mosley is the best LB to come out of Alabama in the Saban era (Damn you Rolando!). Great all around linebacker. He has the sideline to sideline speed, great snap anticipation, can shed blocks and excels in coverage. Mosley is one of the best linebackers I’ve ever scouted in coverage. This year Mosley takes on full-time role with Nico Johnson gone, will be interesting to see if he is as active playing more snaps.

Pro Comparison: Patrick Willis

6. DE/OLB #46 Khalil Mack 6’3 250lbs Buffalo SR

Haven’t heard of Khalil Mack? Well you should. Mack has elite athleticism (seen above out running Braxton Miller and Speedy FR Dontre Wilson on pick six). Excellent technique, running the arc. Violent hands. Holds his own in coverage. Football awareness is outstanding locates the ball well. Plays with good pad level using leverage to beat blockers. Could use some work on his rushing inside and power rushing. Runs Mack has all the skills to be a top NFL 3-4 linebacker or “LEO”.

Pro Comaprison: Cameron Wake

7. CB #1 Bradley Roby 5’11 190 lbs Ohio State RS JR

Speed and more speed Roby is the fastest player on Ohio state’s roster full of speedster’s. Plays with “swag” gets in players ears. Roby shows great man to man ability and sits in his zones well. Great feet and flips his hips easily. Solid in the run game can set the edge from the cornerback position. Roby’s in air ball skills need work also at times over plays his coverage trying to make a play. Has some off field issues to clean up. Would like to see him play some press coverage.

Pro Comparison: Joe Haden (with more speed)

8. DT #90 Will Sutton 6’1 285 lbs Arizona State

A great technician Sutton knows how to get by blockers with his hands and amazing use of leverage. Doesn’t have a elite first step but has great burst and motor to finish once he’s got penetration. Sutton lives in the backfield but it’s also one of his flaws he can over run plays leaving running lanes to exploit, if he can knock back his aggressiveness against the run and add some weight for next level he could be special.

Pro Comparison: Geno Atkins

9. OT #75 Jake Matthews 6’5 300 lbs Texas A&M SR

First Luke Joeckel and now Jake Matthews Texas A&M produces another excellent NFL Left tackle prospect. NFL Pedigree from the Mathews football family. Slides his feet well shows great movement mirroring defenders. Learnt to block well in run game at right tackle. Will need to see how he does in his first year at left tackle. Work ons are his punch and upper body strength.

Pro Comparison: Tyron Smith

Easley #2 running with the play . . Motor.

Easley destroying an offense.

10. DT #2 Dominique Easley 6’2 280 lbs Florida SR

Explosive first step and it might be the best in this draft. He is engaged with blockers before they even have a chance to react. Tremendous Motor. Always in the backfield. Finally looked back to his best in the bowl game vs Louisville. Playing at end has given him some similar problems to last years Sharif Floyd in playing through traffic. Needs to learn some more technique shedding blocks, gets locked onto defenders if he doesn’t beat them straight up. Gets to play his more natural role of 3-technique this year and should shine.

Pro Comparison: Brodrick Bunkley 

11. WR #17 Brandon Coleman 6’5 220 lbs Rutgers

This kid can flat-out play. At 6’5 has prototypical size for NFL, he’ll be a deep threat with long strides. Plucks the ball out of there air and not afraid to go up and get it, large catch radius. Smooth in and out of his routes. Shows good YAC ability. Has a couple of focus drops. Needs to be thrown at more.

Pro Comparison: Brandon Marshall

 

Shazier beats blocker, flies to the ball.

12. OLB #10 Ryan Shazier 6’2 240 lbs Ohio State

Flies to the ball with speed. Shoots through traffic well and explodes on plays generally ending in a TFL. Big Hitter. Good overall tackler but can go for the hit too much. Weaves through OL well on blitzes showing nice timing. Solid in coverage not great. Needs to add some upper body strength, can get engulfed by linemen if they get their hands on him.

Pro Comparison: Thomas Davis

 

13. S #6 Ha’sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix 6’1 200 lbs Alabama

What you want in a safety is range, and Clinton-Dix has lots of it. Excellent speed closing on the ball. Shines with great ball skills for a safety with great hands and length. Not really comfortable in the box more enjoys being back deep. Improvement in the run game would delight scouts, can take bad angles and could work on his tackling technique.

Pro Comparsion: Jarius Byrd

 
 

14. TE #88 Austin Seferian Jenkins 6’5 260 lbs Washington

The NFL is always looking for match-ups and “ASJ” is a Matchup Nightmare for defensive coordinators. He has the size and the speed to run the seam and create problems all over the field. Uses his body well boxing out defenders with his size. Multi sport athlete. Solid hands and good catch radius. Average blocker that can get manhandled at times but does well in space. Must improve his Football I.Q. Off field issues are a problem.

Pro Comparison: Tony Gonzales

 

15. WR #2 Sammy Watkins 6’0 205 lbs Clemson

Fast deep threat receiver. Shows great agility in and out of his routes. Not many DBs can keep up with his mix of speed and agility. Great YAC ability making not just a vertical threat. Does well against press coverage not great but good enough. Natural hands catcher, tracks the ball in the air well. Would like to see more physicality from Watkins in jumping up for balls and getting off press coverage.

Pro Comparison: Denarius Moore with some Percy Harvin.

 

16. OW #15 Colt Lyerla 6’4 250 lbs Oregon

OW? You may ask what that is. . . Offensive Weapon. If you watch his film he lines up in the slot, as a TE and even running back. Great hands catcher can make the catch in traffic and go up for the ball, solid athleticism to challenge defenses seams. Has a good muscular frame with long arms needs to add some bulk for next level. Good blocker not great but shows good physicality and motor to get better.

Pro Comparison: Aaron Hernandez

 

17. OLB #7 Christian Jones 6’2 240 lbs Florida State

Florida State has a few defenders on this list and Christian Jones is my favorite right now. As seen above you can see him running stride for stride with Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, so that tells you how athletic this kid is, shuts down Tight ends. Has great frame for a linebacker with exceptional length. Disengages from blocks well. Guards the seams real well, solid in coverage. Doesn’t deal with space well. Supposedly getting to rush the passer this year if he can show up in this area, his stock will fly up.

Pro Comparison: KJ Wright

 

18. LB #22 Telvin Smith 6’2 220 lbs Florida State

A heat seeking missile, very fluid athlete that flies to the ball when he sees it he explodes like Shazier. Shoots his gaps and has amazing instincts. Good tackler shows solid hit when making contact and wraps up his man. Would like to see him in coverage more. Hasn’t got many snaps in his time at FSU and that’s why he’s not higher on this list if he plays like he did in his limited film he’ll be a soaring up this list.

Pro Comparison: Lawrence Timmons

 

19. QB #10 David Fales 6’2 220 lbs San Jose State

When I watch David Fales, I see Drew Brees. Accuracy, ball placement, timing and anticipation are elite for a NFL prospect. Displays good pocket awareness and football I.Q. The biggest knock on Fales is his arm, while it is not in the levels of Cutler or Stafford he has enough arm strength to be a franchise QB in the league. Plays at SJSU in the MAC and would like to see him verse tougher defenses.

Pro Comparison: Drew Brees

20. OT #77 Seantrel Henderson 6’7 340 lbs Miami

Former No.1 recruit in nation. Powerful punch like a heavyweight boxer.  If Seantrel gets his hands on you watch out.  Great feet for offensive tackle slides and mirrors well. Has all the tools to be a great NFL player and top 10 offensive tackle. His football awareness is lacking at times. Has had off field issues with weight and dedication. Want to see him in full time role instead of being rotated in.

Pro Comparison: Bryant Mckinnie (was compared to Mckinnie out of HS.)

 

21. OT #77 Taylor Lewan 6’6 315 lbs Michigan

While I think Lewan will be a 10 year starting tackle in the NFL, I believe he’ll be at right tackle on the next level and maybe Left tackle in a ZBS system. As you can see here Lewan Lunges here and gets beat by true freshmen Adolphus Washington(name to keep eye out for in future drafts) Lewan is a better run blocker then pass blocker shows great vision on second level and drives defenders back in the run game. Strong but not overly athletic.  Has Length to be good in pass protection but doesn’t have super light feet or fluid hips to mirror well. Lacks a strong punch of the snap. Can lets defenders get into his chest allowing them to blow by him.

Pro Comparison: Eric Winston

 

22. #42 DE/OLB Adrian Hubbard 6’5 252 lbs Alabama

The frame you want for a defensive end with and Long frame that holds its weight well and could add more. Hubbard has a nice first step and burst of the snap. Wins at the POA often because he’s long and strong. Has an array of moves but doesn’t build them up enough. Gave Taylor Lewan fits last year. Nice bull rush. Long arms allow him to reach ball-carriers coming through gaps. Shows up well in space could line up as a 3-4 backer in the NFL. Because of his frame he can come out of his stance to tall and loses the leverage game with offensive linemen. His football I.Q and instincts could improve. Doesn’t have a great motor.

Pro Comparison: Michael Bennett

 

23. DT #8 Timmy Jernigan 6’2 298 lbs Florida State

Short but stout build with long arms. Has great strength and speed at the defensive tackle position. Uses his hands well and understands the leverage game. Nice moves with a ball rush and swim move. Doesn’t let Offensive linemen grab him always working. Holds up at the POA. Good tackler. Slow off the snap. When double teamed can be completely driven off the ball. Like Telvin Smith takes on a full-time starting role this year and would like to see how he handles more snaps this year.

Pro Comparison: Jurrell Casey

 

24. QB #10 Tajh Boyd 6’1 225 lbs Clemson

Great velocity on throws. Throws on multiple levels without losing velocity. Shows decent accuracy and anticipation. Nice wiggle in the pocket can escape defenders with his athletic ability. Makes nice plays on the move. Solid awareness in the read option game, knowing when to hand off or hold on to the ball. Solid runner with decent vision. When he is set his deep passes are accurate but when on the move they tend to miss or float. Eye level after pressure needs work. Progressions need work to can at times lock on to targets, needs to spread the ball more.

Pro Comparison: Donovan McNabb + Russell Wilson

 

25. WR #2 Kasen Williams 6’2 215 lbs Washington

Big running back frame with soft hands and nice wiggle. Strong against the press fights off corner backs. Good body control. Tough blocker at WR position. Dangerous with the ball in his hands, gets good yards after the catch. Can let balls come to him instead of reaching out for them. Has some off field stuff that needs to be looked at. Would like to see more college production.

Pro Comparison: Anquan Boldin

 

26. DE/DT #7 Stephon Tuitt 6’5 300 lbs Notre Dame

Big imposing frame made for the NFL. Versatility is a plus could play 5 tech and 3 tech in NFL, I’d even like to see him at the “4-tech” San Francisco uses with Justin Smith. Active hands swims through blockers rather than powering through them. Consistent motor, will keep coming. Has enough speed to finish plays either sacks or catch ball carriers for a TFL. Comes of the snap quite slow. Because of height gets too upright and loses the leverage game.  Was the injury(sports hernia) he played with holding him back?

Pro Comparison: Desmond Bryant

 

27. DE/OLB #45 Jeremiah Attaochu 6’3 245 lbs

Long limbed frame. Athletic pass rushing outside linebacker suited for a 3-4 or the “LEO” in a 4-3 under. Awesome first step. Runs the arc really well using his suddenness and length. More speed rusher than power rusher, would like to see more pass rush moves added to his game. Solid hand use-age but can improve in this department. Sets the edge well. Needs better form at times but good wrap up tackler. Adequate in coverage. Switching to 4-3 DE this year, which will be interesting to see how he holds up with his size.

Pro Comparison: Jerry Hughes

 

28. OW #6 De’anthony Thomas 5’9 180 lbs Oregon

Another offensive weapon out of Oregon, De’anthony Thomas or ‘DAT’ has all the speed you could ask for. Terrific speed, acceleration and agility. Cuts on a dime. To add to all of that DAT has great body control and balance making him hard to bring down. Excellent vision in the open field making him a terror in the return game and any time the ball is in his hands. Soft hands, good receiver that lines up in the slot. What let’s Thomas down is obviously his size, I don’t know if his body can take an NFL beating. Because he is small he gets away with it but needs to run with better pad level, to upright. Would like him to have more of a “true” position to warrant a high pick also.

Pro Comparison: Darren Sproles

 

29. WR #9 Marqise Lee 6’0 200 lbs USC

Marquise Lee this low you ask. . first I’ll start with the positives. Blazing speed that can take the top off of defenses. Gets to top speed quickly. Silky route runner with solid burst in and out of his cuts. Speed and vision make him a handful for defenses after the catch. Tracks the ball deep well. The reason for Lee being low is his physicality, Struggles a lot with press coverage, can get roughed up going for the ball  contesting in the air. Very up and down hands, drops easy ones catches tough ones.

Pro Comparison: Torrey Smith

 

30. CB #14 Ifo Ekpre-olomu 5’10 190 lbs Oregon

Good physical corner despite his size plays ‘bigger’. Fluid hips and great hand use-age allow him to press and run with his man. Attacks the ball better than any one in college football, when in the ball is air either coming up with the INT or breaking up the pass. Excellent Gunner for Special teams, NFL teams will like that. Thing with Ekpre-Olomu is his size, I don’t think teams will like him outside on bigger receivers and may look at him as a slot CB. Ifo can also play too aggressive at times and could be flagged a lot on next level.

Pro Comparison: Brandon Flowers

 

31. CB #2 Jason Verrett 5’9 180 lbs TCU

Another small corner who plays bigger. Solid in the run game, takes great angles to ball carrier. Has fluid hips and enough speed to run with his man. Excellent vision in zones,reading the QB well. Will really suit a Tampa 2 defense in the NFL. Cut tackles more than wraps which can result in a missed tackle. Not slow but not particularly fast either.  Similar to Ekpre-olomu, size lets Verrett down.

Pro Comparison: Tim Jennings

 


32. #6 Craig Loston 6’1 205 lbs LSU

Big imposing safety. I love the way Loston plays the game an “Assassin”. Comes down from his deeps zones quickly into the box to help vs the run. Weaves his way through traffic well, tracking the ball nicely. Has good range in coverage, covers a lot of ground. Takes good angles and wraps ball carriers up. Hard hitter. Can be exposed from play action and ball fakes bites on them too hard at times. Lacks the quickness and hips to line up against slot receivers.

Pro Comparison: Dashon Goldson

Players that could move into list:

DT Daniel McCullers Tennessee, WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss, QB Marcus Mariota Oregon, LB Yawin Smallwood UCONN, DL Calvin Barnett Oklahoma State, S Tre Boston UNC,  QB Devin Gardner Michigan, QB Stephen Morris Miami, RB James Wilder Jr. Florida State, OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU, DT Ra’shede Hageman Minnesota, WR Jordan Mathews, OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee and CB Marcus Roberson.

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