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2014 NFL Draft Big Board

South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney
South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney

The 2014 Draft Class is extremely deep at a few positions, wide receiver, cornerback and defensive line and it shows with in my overall top 50 big board. A few names that are at the top of my list including Auburn OLB Dee Ford, Stanford ILB Shayne Skov among others are surprising to anyone following the draft right now. Some others, especially UCF QB Blake Bortles, will find themselves lower than on other boards. My board is indicative only of where the player belongs talent-wise, not where I think they will be drafted.

Some players that really stood out to me that will rise through the draft process include OT Greg Robinson of Auburn. Robinson had not been on anyone's radar throughout the season because he is only a sophomore, but by the end of the season every started taking notice. Robinson is extremely athletic for someone of his size and it is very easy to fall in love with a 21 year old with his size and athleticism. Robinson reminds me of Oklahoma OT Trent Williams with his skill set and ceiling.

Linebackers, Kyle Van Noy and Shayne Skov are two others that have stood out to me this season. Skov has been the best leader in the country for the last few seasons leading one of the two or three best defenses. Skov is the type of player that will come right in to whatever NFL team he gets drafted by and should start right away as the leader in the middle of the defense. Van Noy has been a terror of the edge for years and will be a good competitor on special teams as well off the edge.

Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel is number seven overall on my board and my top quarterback. Others have fallen in love with Bortles size and ability while some have always had Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at the top of their boards. Both of those players are very good and could translate to being very good starting quarterbacks at the next level. Manziel has the highest ceiling of any player in this draft. Someone with his ability to make plays and impact his team playing the quarterback position could change the game. Manziel has the ability to change the NFL with his playmaking ability, but could flounder just like everyone else in this and every draft. No one is a sure thing, but I would expect a team to fall in love with Manziel's potential and that could even be Houston at number one.

There is plenty of value in the second round and beyond with players like Stanford DE Trent Murphy that can play several positions at the next level and should compete right away anywhere in the league. Arizona State DT Will Sutton and Florida State CB LaMarcus Joyner should be able to impact any team right away with their ability to play several positions. Joyner will help on special teams immediately as a returner.

Here is my top fifty players overall in the coming draft, and there will be a mock draft coming in soon.

1. DE – Jadaveon Clowney – South Carolina
2. OT – Greg Robinson – Auburn
3. WR – Sammy Watkins – Clemson
4. OT – Jake Matthews – Texas A&M
5. OLB – Anthony Barr – UCLA
6. DT – Timmy Jernigan – Florida State
7. QB – Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
8. OLB – Dee Ford – Auburn
9. OT – Taylor Lewan – Michigan
10. OLB – Khalil Mack – Buffalo
11. WR – Mike Evans – Texas A&M
12. TE – Eric Ebron – North Carolina
13. DT – Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota
14. CB – Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
15. QB – Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville
16. ILB – CJ Mosley – Alabama
17. DL – Louis Nix III – Notre Dame
18. OL – Zack Martin – Notre Dame
19. WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Florida State
20. S – Ha-Ha Clinton Dix – Alabama
21. CB – Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State
22. DT – Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh
23. DL – Stephon Tuitt – Notre Dame
24. ILB – Shayne Skov – Stanford
25. WR – Marqise Lee – USC
26. OLB – Kyle Van Noy – BYU
27. WR – Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt
28. QB – Blake Bortles – Central Florida
29. OT – Cyrus Kuoandjio – Alabama
30. S – Calvin Pryor – Louisville
31. TE – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins – Washington
32. OLB – Ryan Shazier – Ohio State
33. CB – LaMarcus Joyner – Florida State
34. WR – Brandin Cooks – Oregon State
35. DE – Trent Murphy – Stanford
36. WR – Jarvis Landry – LSU
37. OG – David Yankey – Stanford
38. WR – Allen Robinson – Penn State
39. WR – Odell Beckham Jr. – LSU
40. DE – Kony Ealy – Missouri
41. CB – Jason Verett – TCU
42. RB – Carlos Hyde – Ohio State
43. OG – Xavier Su’a-Filo – UCLA
44. TE – Jace Amaro – Texas Tech
45. OT – Antonio Richardson – Tennessee
46. CB – Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
47. WR – DeVante Adams – Fresno State
48. CB – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Nebraska
49. DE – Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas
50. DT – Will Sutton – Arizona State

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