2014 NFL Draft: Expanded Offensive Positional Rankings

Curt PopejoyContributor IOctober 26, 2013

2014 NFL Draft: Expanded Offensive Positional Rankings

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    Who is the best running back in all of college football? Which offensive tackle should be taken first in the 2014 NFL draft?

    As the college season rounds the turn into the second half, the answers to these questions are becoming more clear.

    One position of significant interest at this point is quarterback. Whereas last season, all the potential top quarterbacks faltered and all but one slid out of the round completely, this season, it seems as if every week another quarterback makes his case to be part of the first-round mix.

    This version of my offensive positional rankings is expanded to include all the players I have studied enough over the past two seasons to assign a ranking to. That's not a grade in terms of a round, just a ranking as a point of comparison. Grading by round will come closer to the end of the season.

    So, with that, let's take a look at these expanded offensive positional rankings for the 2014 NFL draft.

Quarterbacks

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    This group is starting to get crowded up near the top of the list, with multiple players vying for the spot just behind Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
    2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
    3. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
    4. Zach Mettenberger, LSU
    5. Brett Hundley, UCLA
    6. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
    7. Aaron Murray, Georgia
    8. Derek Carr, Fresno State
    9. Bryce Petty, Baylor
    10. David Fales, San Jose State
    11. Stephen Morris, Miami
    12. A.J. McCarron, Alabama
    13. Jeff Mathews, Cornell
    14. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
    15. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
    16. Bryn Renner, North Carolina
    17. Tom Savage, Pitt
    18. Connor Shaw, South Carolina
    19. Keith Price, Washington
    20. Kenny Guiton, Ohio State

Running Backs

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    Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon continues to impress as the season goes on. But even with his skills, this is a group that's struggling to produce a first-round prospect at this point.

    1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
    2. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
    3. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
    4. Bishop Sankey, Washington
    5. Mario Grice, Arizona State
    6. Charles Sims, West Virginia
    7. James Wilder Jr., Florida State
    8. Silas Redd, USC
    9. Rajion Neal, Tennessee
    10. LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
    11. Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
    12. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
    13. Damien Williams, Oklahoma
    14. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
    15. Alfred Blue, LSU

Wide Receivers

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    Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins continues to separate himself from the other top receivers in this class with his ability to get open and the things he can do in the open field.

    1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson
    2. Marqise Lee, USC
    3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M
    4. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
    5. De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
    6. Odell Beckham, LSU
    7. Paul Richardson, Colorado
    8. Allen Robinson, Penn State
    9. Jarvis Landry, LSU
    10. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
    11. Kasen Williams, Washington
    12. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
    13. Rashad Green, Florida State
    14. DeVante Parker, Louisville
    15. Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
    16. Mike Davis, Texas
    17. Jared Abberderis, Wisconsin
    18. Dri Archer, Kent State
    19. Tevin Reese, Baylor
    20. Josh Huff, Oregon

Offensive Tackles

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    Beyond the top two on this list, the rest of the tackles all have significant questions about their games. The players from No. 3 on are sure to shuffle a great deal over the next seven months.

    1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
    2. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
    3. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
    4. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
    5. Cameron Irving, Florida State
    6. Seantrel Henderson, Miami
    7. James Hurst, North Carolina
    8. Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee
    9. La'el Collins, LSU
    10. Jack Mewhort, Wisconsin
    11. Cameron Fleming, Stanford
    12. Charles Leno, Boise State
    13. Morgan Moses, Virginia
    14. Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State
    15. Austin Wentworth, Fresno State

Tight Ends

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    The tight end rankings take a turn with the recent events surrounding former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla. However, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins continues to be the most impressive tight end in the nation.

    1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
    2. Eric Ebron, North Carolina
    3. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
    4. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
    5. Colt Lyerla, Oregon
    6. Trey Millard, Oklahoma
    7. Xavier Grimble, USC
    8. Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
    9. Arthur Lynch, Georgia
    10. Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

Offensive Guards

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    The top guards in the country remain Baylor's Cyril Richardson and Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson. The gap between them and the rest of this class is significant, but there is some nice depth to this group.

    1. Cyril Richardson, Baylor
    2. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
    3. Anthony Steen, Alabama
    4. Zack Martin, Notre Dame
    5. David Yankey, Stanford
    6. Chris Burnette, Georgia
    7. Brandon Thomas, Clemson
    8. Jon Halapio, Florida
    9. Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
    10. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

Centers

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    This isn't an elite center class, but the more I watch Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, the more convinced I am he's going to be great in the NFL. His body type and style of play fit perfectly with today's NFL offenses.

    1. Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
    2. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
    3. James Stone, Tennessee
    4. Tyler Larsen, Utah State
    5. Bryan Stork, Florida State
    6. Corey Linsley, Ohio State
    7. Pat Eger, West Virginia
    8. Khalil Wilkes, Stanford
    9. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
    10. Dion Farrell, New Mexico