2014 NFL Draft: Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IDecember 1, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 17:  Eric Ebron #85 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After a wild college football weekend, it's time to look ahead to what some of the weekend's best performances mean for the nation's best prospects.

As some players have consistently seen their stock go down over the last few weeks (looking at you, Johnny Manziel), several players have done everything possible to raise their stock and have shown potential to come off the board early.

It is obviously still early in the draft process, and with several bowl games, the combine and natural fluctuations on "big boards," there's no doubt that players will move around. But here are three players whose stock is on the rise.


Oct 26, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) drives past Boston College Eagles defensive back Bryce Jones (17) during the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. North Carolina won 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Liz Cond
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Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The weekend after he officially announced he would forgo his senior season at North Carolina, Eric Ebron went out and caught five passes for 121 yards in his final game for the Tar Heels.

The 6'4", 245-pound tight end is not only a mammoth receiver, he's also a freak athlete capable of catching any pass. Don't take my word for it—here's proof:

After another monster game, Ebron has a bowl game coming up and a combine to prove he's the best tight end in this class—and he just might be.


Oct 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) before a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

It's tough to not have heard Khalil Mack at some point this season if you're paying attention to draft stock for college players. The senior has tied the NCAA record for tackles for loss in a career and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down with 2.5 TFL in his last game.

While many have probably seen highlight reels of Ebron, here's a look at what Mack is capable of:

Mack, who stands at 6'3", 248 pounds, might be one of the strongest linebackers in the draft and is seen as a top-five pick. So how could his stock continue to rise? With questions popping up about Marcus Mariota and others in the top 10, Mack could go just behind Jadeveon Clowney as far as defensive players are concerned.


Nov 2, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) participates in warm ups prior to the Tigers game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

After the season he's had, the aforementioned Clowney may be the only player standing in the way of Vic Beasley being the No. 1 defensive end taken in the 2014 NFL draft.

Beasley continued to impress Saturday against South Carolina. Though his team took the loss, the 6'3", 225-pounder racked up two sacks and finished with five tackles for the Tigers.

Though Beasley's speed and athleticism have been his biggest strengths, it could be argued that it was his instincts and awareness that earned him another great performance against the Gamecocks. Michael Burns of The Greenville News believed Beasley might have peeked into the South Carolina playbook on one play:

Beasley might not be able to overtake Clowney as the first DE taken in the draft, but he's certainly worked his way near the top 10 overall on draft day.